After a few relatively quiet months, 2021 is set for a big gaming release period, with September kicking things off. From exciting new franchises to long-awaited sequels, here are the hottest games coming your way in September 2021:
Release date: 1 September 2021 (Xbox Series X/S | PC)
If you’re in the mood for something slow and relaxing, Lake is an interesting-looking indie title where you play a mailman working in a small town in the 1980s. It’s a character-driven narrative adventure where you can make your own choices and forge your own relationships in this serene lakeside town.
Release date: 2 September 2021 (Xbox Series X/S | Xbox One | PS5 | PS4 | PC)
The next instalment in the beloved WRC series brings more officially licensed tracks, cars, and sponsors from the World Rally Championship. There are four new locations across Estonia, Croatia, Belgium and Spain, six historic races, and an enhanced career mode, allowing you to create your own team and identity; not to mention some gameplay improvements to the driving and physics.
Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions
Release date: 3 September 2021 (Xbox One | PS4 | PC | Switch)
We haven’t had a great boxing game in quite some time (EA, where the hell is Fight Night!?), but Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions might just scratch that itch. The game is a bit more cartoonish and exaggerated compared to other boxing sims, but it features some iconic fictional boxers, such as Adonis Creed, Rocky Balboa, and Viktor Drago, mixed with some slick and fun gameplay. We’re excited to try this one out.
Release date: 3 September 2021 (PS5 | Already on: Xbox Series X/S | PC)
Already released on Xbox and PC, The Medium is a horror-adventure from Polish developer Bloober Team, and tells the story of Marianne, a medium who has the ability to move between the real and spirit realms, and dealing with the horrors that await on either side. There is a really interesting realm-switching mechanic which can be done on-the-fly, and the story is a real hook here. You can check out our review of The Medium on Xbox Series X.
Release date: 28 September 2021 (Xbox Series X/S | Xbox One | PS5 | PS4 | Already on: PC)
While a tragedic incident in history, the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster makes for an interesting setting for any game, and Chernobylite takes a horror-FPS spin that fans of Stalker and Metro fans should look out for. The player plays as a physicist who returns to the disaster zone to look for their lost partner. Most of the single-player gameplay revolves around exploring the exclusion zone, gathering supplies and tools while encountering ‘Stalkers’ and hostile military personnel. The player is also forced to make decisions that affect the nonlinear storyline. There is also a crafting system, which allows the player to craft their own equipment and weapons.
F.I.S.T. Forged in Shadow Torch
Release date: 7 September 2021 (PS5 | PS4 | PC)
Despite the admittedly over-the-top name, F.I.S.T is an interesting side-scrolling beat-’em-up where you play as a rabbit outfitted with a giant mechanic fist. The graphics are stunning and the animal-run world looks fascinating. It should prove to be an interesting release that might slip under the radar, which would be a shame.
Release date: 10 September 2021 (Xbox Series X/S | Xbox One | PS5 | PS4 | PC | Switch)
NBA 2K22 is set to up the ante for the beloved basketball franchise, with publisher 2K Sports and developer Visual Concepts aiming to deliver the most comprehensive and finely-tuned iteration the series has ever seen. The goal this year is all about giving players more choices and versatility on both attack and defence, and 2K22 puts “basketball IQ” front-and-centre, allowing you to use left stick dribble skills to break down and bamboozle defenders, along with new signature moves and combos which anyone familiar with the real-world stars will spot.
Tales of Arise
Release date: 10 September 2021 (Xbox Series X/S | Xbox One | PS5 | PS4 | PC)
Tales of Arise is a gorgeous action-JRPG and the next-instalment in Namco-Bandai’s Tales series. Featuring a diverse cast of characters, an intuitive and rewarding combat system, and a captivating story set in a lush world with lots to explore, Tales of Arise delivers a first-class JRPG experience that fans of the genre should take note of.
Release date: 14 September 2021 (PS5 | PC)
From Arkane Studios, the team behind the much-loved Dishonored series, comes Deathloop, a new first-person shooter which adds a time-loop element to the already super-slick gunplay. The game has the player in the role of Colt, an assassin that has to eliminate eight targets, but there’s one catch: he is stuck in a time loop. While Colt is in this seemingly endless cycle, he retains memories from each loop, learning the behaviours and patterns of the partygoers with each loop.
Release date: 17 September 2021 (Xbox Series X/S | Xbox One | PS5 | PS4 | PC)
Aragami 2 is a third-person stealth game where you play as an assassin with the power to control the shadows. Fans of Dishonored and similar titles will appreciate the ability to combine fluid movement with supernatural powers, and the colourful art style of the game will surely appeal to those who want a little pazazz with their virtual violence.
Diablo II: Resurrected
Release date: 23 September 2021 (Xbox Series X/S | Xbox One | PS5 | PS4 | PC | Switch)
A remastered version of the quintessential action RPG, Diablo II: Resurrected also features all of the original game’s additional content and its beloved expansion, Lord of Destruction. The core gameplay is all there, but you also get a few tweaks to bring the game up to speed: including a new and improved user interface, item tooltip comparisons, and automatic partying in multiplayer games.
Release date: 24 September 2021 (Xbox Series X/S | Xbox One | PS5 | PS4)
Lost Judgment is a spin-off from the mainline Yakuza series and takes a more ‘legal thriller’ approach to the main series. Of course, it borrows a lot of mechanics from Yakuza, such as the exploration and fighting system. The first game was an underappreciated hit, and there’s no doubt that the follow-up will deliver the goods.
Release date: 28 September 2021 (Xbox Series X/S | PS5)
If Mirror’s Edge and Shadow Warrior had a baby, it would be Ghostrunner. Set in a dark, dystopian world, Ghostrunner is all about fast, acrobatic first-person combat using a monomolecular katana (it’s a thing) to slice enemies apart, dodge bullets with superhuman reflexes, and work your way across the dangerous landscape in order to survive. It looks amazing in action too, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.
Hot Wheels Unleashed
Release date: 30 September 2021 (Xbox Series X/S | Xbox One | PS5 | PS4 | PC | Switch)
Prepare for some serious nostalgia with Hot Wheels Unleashed, a new racing game allowing you to play on imaginative and crazy tracks with more than 60 vehicles from the very best of the Hot Wheels universe. Whether its the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles van or the Batmobile, discover their own attributes, personality, driving style, and levels of rarity.