The arrival of September signals to end of Summer and the start of the back to school season here in Jamaica. Luckily, it also signals the start of the best time in gaming as all the major publishers and developers release a plethora of mega blockbuster titles from now until the end of the festive season. Things are finally heating up so without further adieu...Here's our recommended list of September games you should definitely keep an eye on:
Gears 5 (September 10)
Gears 5 was personally my game of the show from the recent Gamescom, and I am beyond excited for this latest instalment in the series. As a gamer that loved the first game to death but lost his way after the release of each iteration, the announcement of a new horde mode has me especially excited for this one. Also, as one of the few remaining major exclusive titles for the Xbox One, it will be fascinating to see how well the game performs both critically and commercially. The best part we don't have to wait long as September 10 is just around the corner.
Borderlands 3 (September 13)
Looters prepare to loot! The third game in the popular loot-based first-person shooter, Borderlands 3 is coming hot this September. The game shares the same core loop with previous games around taking on missions, defeating enemies, and obtaining loot from fallen foes or special chests, most often in the form of procedurally generated weapons to vary in damage, range, ammo capacity, and other special perks, giving the game "over one billion guns". Despite being the game I am least excited for on this list, the series does have a rabid fan base, so I am excited to try it for my self when it launches on September 13.
Daemon X Machina (September 13)
If you are a lover of Mechs then here is the game for you. Since the release of Super Mario Maker 2 back in July, Nintendo has been on an absolute tear when comes to its first party releases for the Switch. Daemon X Machina arriving only a few short weeks after the release of the excellent Astral Chain is a prime example. In the game, the player controls a custom player character, who commands an Arsenal mech and engages in battle with other mech enemies. With promises from the Dev team that the feedback from gamers (after their playing of the demo) was taken to heart, Daemon X Machina has the potential to be another stellar exclusive in the Switch's locker.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (September 20)
Speaking of stellar Switch exclusives, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening arrives on the console a mere seven days after Daemon X Machina. It is a remake of the 1993 game for the Game Boy that retains the original title's top-down perspective and gameplay, along with elements from the 1998 remaster Link's Awakening DX. The remake features a "retro-modern" art style unique within the series with toy-like character designs, diorama-like world designs, and tilt-shift visuals that evoke the original game's presentation on the Game Boy. It also features customizable dungeons which the player can create and then complete for rewards.
FIFA 20 (September 27)
Like the sport it's based on, FIFA games are more of obsession rather than 'just another sports game' for many worldwide, especially here in Jamaica. All of the major European Leagues have already begun of course, so virtual footy is sliding in at its traditional late September release date. This time FIFA is mixing it up with tweaks to the gameplay, new elements to the story mode and the return of a FIFA Street mode called VOLTA. There exist one big caveat, however, as due to FIFA's eternal rivals, Pro Evolution Soccer (also releasing this September) coping the exclusive rights of Italian Champions Juventus, you will have to make do with Cristiano Ronaldo banging in goals for "Piemonte Calcio". With FIFA esports on the rise here in Jamaica, it will be exciting to see how the local scene takes to the changes in the new game.
And that concludes our top 5 recommended games for September. As stated before we are really getting into the busiest period for major game releases, so much so we could not fit other noteworthy September games such as NBA 2k20 and CODE VEIN on the list. For more on gaming check out the latest trailer for Mario Kart Tour and the review roundup for CONTROL.
Hey I am Marlon Mcfarlane the writer here at Blue Crescent Studio & a longtime lover of all things Animation & Gaming.