Along with the heat, September is rolling in and bringing with it a ton of new games to enjoy this month. There’s a great variety of annual sporting releases mixed with big-name sequels for some notable franchises; and we’ve rounded up the must-play games we can’t wait to get our hands on:
Release date: 6 September 2019 (Xbox One | PS4 | PC | Switch)
2K’s beloved NBA franchise returns for its annual stint on the court, and for the first time ever in the NBA 2K series, all twelve teams from the WNBA are included. A staple of the series, MyCareer, also sees a return, with a whole new storyline to play through (with the voices of actors including Idris Elba) which plays out as the player competes in games as well as off-court activities. The creation tools have been overhauled.
Release date: 10 September 2019 (Xbox One | PC)
We’ve seen a fair bit of Gears of War 5 (which is seemingly now just being called Gears 5) since its reveal, but there’s definitely an air of mystery around the campaign. Shifting away from the characters of Marcus and JD Fenix (who headed up previous Gears titles),the new entry puts Kait from Gears 4 front-and-centre, as she, Marcus, and the rest of the gang tackle a dangerous journey to get to the bottom of Kait’s mysterious connection to the Locust. New brutal weapons, meaner enemies, and some exciting new snow-capped locations await players in Gears 5.
Release date: 13 September 2019 (Xbox One | PS4 | PC | Stadia)
The zany, random-gun-generating loot-shooter Borderlands is back for a third primary entry, returning to the ravaged yet colourful world of Pandora (and a host of other planets) for another shooting bonanza. Players can take control of a whole new set of vault-hunters, but familiar faces from past games will also be making appearances. You’ll be able to travel to different worlds using your own spacecraft, and there’ll be a ton of trickier and crazier enemies to hunt down and kill – thankfully, the game still leans heavily on online or offline co-op, so you and some buddies can tackle the chaos together.
The Surge 2
Release date: 24 September 2019 (Xbox One | PS4 | PC)
The Surge was a surprise hit in 2017, delivering fans a Dark Souls-like experience, albeit with cybernetically-enhanced lunatics, a dynamic limb-targeting system, and gory combat. The sequel will deliver all that and a host of improvements to the formula, such as new armour and exo-skeleton upgrades, trickier boss fights, and a much less-linear world to explore.
Release date: 27 September 2019 (Xbox One | PS4 | PC)
Code Vein was first revealed in April 2017 and clearly draws inspiration from the Dark Souls franchise, which is also published by Bandai Namco. The stylish adventure features vampire-like player characters known as the Vein. Using super powers known as Gifts, players fight an infestation of demonic creatures known as the Lost in a post-apocalyptic, anime-styled world with the help of AI-controlled partners.
Release date: 28 September 2019 (Xbox One | PS4 | PC | Switch)
At this point, you know to expect with FIFA, but FIFA 20 adds a few new modes to the formula, which is a nice change that the franchise that, quite arguably, has been needing. The most exciting new addition, Volta, is essentially a 5-a-side mode akin to the FIFA Street titles of yesteryear, and it’s about damn time that EA Sport decided to bundle this beloved spin-off gameplay style unto their main FIFA franchise.