September's here, the temperatures dropped and the days are definitely getting shorter... but we really don't mind as this month we won't be leaving the house!
The games industry is really ramping up now, and we have some excellent AAAs coming up this month, many which have been highly anticipated and teased throughout the year. I’ve made sure to include a couple of indies for variety sake, but expect the emphasis to be on the big boys for this month. Also, we’ve got a bit of a running theme of post-apocalyptic games, completely coincidently!
Without further ado, let’s get right into it with the first game, and it’s one I would hope you’re looking forward to…
Looking back, we have a lot to thank Borderlands 2 for. It was a genre-defining title that went on to inspire recent blockbusters such as Destiny, the Division and Anthem (much in the same way games like PUBG kicked off the battle Royale craze!).
But this month, all other action RPGs will be taking a back-seat... the king of looter shooters has returned! Now with multiple planets, an expanded skill-system, and more guns than ever (over a billion reportedly!), Borderlands 3 explodes back onto the scene. So cosey up and catch up with old friends including Lilith, Mordecai, Brick, Tiny Tina, Moxxi, Claptrap, Vaughn, Rhys, and more.
Return to Pandora on the 13th of September on PC, PS4, and XB1. Check out IGN's guide to the best pre-order deals and packages!
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PC & Console turn-based tactical games aren’t too common in the market place at the moment, with studios either steering towards turn-based strategy (Total War, Civilisation) or choosing to go down more of a mobile route. However, one recent turn-based tactics franchise that has seen a huge amount of success, were the last 2 XCOM games, resurrecting the series from its downhill slide and putting the perfect modern spin on a brutally difficult but satisfying classic tactics game.
Developed by Snapshot games, Phoenix Point is currently being made by original XCOM veteran, Julian Gollop, and will take inspiration from the original games (ones he actually worked on) rather than the new modern title. With a multitude of accolades already under its belt (PC Gamer, Most Looking Forward to in 2019; IGN, Best PC game of E3 2019; Game Informer, Most Anticipated game of 2019 and Game Critics Awards, Best of E3 2019) this looks like it could be the first game on the market to stand up as a direct competitor to the modern XCOM franchise!
Defend humanity and protect Earth, this month on PC or XB1. You can either pre-order or get an early release (with extras!) here direct from the SnapShot games.
Video Source: PhoenixPoint YouTube
The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Edition Edition
After the recent conclusion of the much-loved franchise, The Walking Dead, we finally saw an end to Clementine’s story after 4 seasons of emotional, intense and occasionally heart-warming experiences.
It makes sense to release one complete collection since newcomers would have previously had to pick up 4 full-priced AAA games, as well as 2 DLCs to get the full experience, making this release a much more cost-effective way to experience the series as a whole.
Of course, I'm sure you don't need me to tell you, but the series is an excellent one, with the first one actually being deemed Game of the Year back in 2012, so if you haven’t already played through, now’s the time!
Journey through the zombie-infested post-apocalyptic world on the 10th of September, on PC, PS4 and XB1. Pre-order your copy and get ready to experience the whole story...
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The Last Oasis
This game is likely to be the least know title in this list, but it sure as hell doesn’t deserve to be.
The Last Oasis is a Nomadic Survival MMO set in a desolate and barren scorched earth, in which players take on a nomadic lifestyle, constantly on the move in large wooden wind-powered hubs.
The gimmick here though is that you’re the one creating the wooden transports. You build your walking mobile bases and travel to new lands. Create clans and fight for territory. Resources deplete fast, so take your sword and scavenge, pirate, and trade to stay alive. You can customize it to your liking, scavenging parts around the wasteland with your friends whilst exploring, farming, crafting and fighting. But you've got to keep moving!
Roam the Wasteland on the 3rd of September on PC. You can pre-order on Steam or get early access!
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The Surge 2
With the recent release of Sekiro, and the complete Dark Souls collection, fans continue to hunger for the fast-paced and skillful combat of FromSoftwares masterpieces.
The Surge 2 is essentially Dark Souls set in a sci-fi universe, in which the protagonist is pitched against mad cyborgs after having his plane shot down in enemy territory. You wake up weeks later in a derelict detention facility inside the city. Armor-clad soldiers enforce Martial Law, robots are on a rampage, and a dark, expanding nanostorm looms over the cityscape...
The sequel focuses on tactical and brutal combat, strategically dismembering foes, exploiting elemental weaknesses, and pulling off gory executions on those foolish enough to contest you unarmoured... Fun!
Crashlanding on 24th September, you can grab a limited edition PS4 from Game here.
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That's it for September and we can't wait to get into these games!! As ever if you’d like to discuss any of the titles I’ve talked about this month, have chat about what’s coming out next month, OR if you have something you’d like us to review… you can reach me on Twitter @SansonWray.
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