September 27th, 2016 was the day I released my first piece of writing, making this month my four year anniversary of writing. Time flies when you’re having fun I guess. Anyways, here are my top five anticipated releases of September. But first, the rules.
The game has to be released on at least one major systems (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch). I do not count re-releases or remasters, but I may make an exception for remakes. One thing I do count is a game either entering or exiting Early Access, but that game can only be counted once. If a game does have multiple release dates like Destiny 2 or GTA 5, then I will only count the earliest release date. The exception to that is if the game has a pre-order bonus of entering the game early, in which I will count its normal release date. Finally, it has to be a game, not a DLC. With the rules out of the way, here are my top five anticipated titles of September.
5. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
In this new age of skateboarding games, Activision has decided to bring back the first two games in their popular skateboarding franchise Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. While a lot of the new skateboarding games have taken a more realistic approach to skating, this game is keeping its arcade roots. I still haven’t really played a skateboarding game, so why not start with one of the biggest skating franchises to-date? Plus, I could always do with a great soundtrack to listen to. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 will release on the 4th for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
4. Second Extinction
Second Extinction is the newest game from Systemic Reaction about 1-3 players trying to survive in a world filled with dinosaurs. While I am skeptic of this game for looking like it has the same sort of emptiness as Generation Zero (the previous game by Systemic Reaction), I think the game’s mission structure and weapon upgrades sound compelling enough to keep me interested. At the very least, Generation Zero had fun combat, and I am hoping for the same thing here. Second Extinction will release into Early Access for PC sometime this month, and will have a release for Xbox One and Xbox Series X sometime in 2021.
3. Marvel’s Avengers
Crystal Dynamic’s newest game is Marvel’s Avengers, a co-op action game about the heroes banding together five years after an incident to save the world yet again. While I am no fan of anything superheroes, I think this game looks interesting for its high-budget quality. A lot of co-op focused games I see tend to follow the Left 4 Dead formula a little too closely, so seeing a co-op focused game trying to be more cinematic and story-focused interests me no matter the subject. Marvel’s Avengers will be out on the 4th for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC, as well as a PS5 and Xbox Series X release in the near future.
2. Iron Harvest
Iron Harvest is the newest game by King Art Games and it takes place in an alternate World War 1 setting where the war rages on into 1920 and battles are fought with diesel machines. I still haven’t really dipped my toes into the RTS genre, but I think this would be a cool game to try. I really like its alternate World War 1 setting, and I think it would be fun to play around with the game’s mechanical creations. Iron Harvest released today (September 1st) on PC, and will release sometime in 2021 for the Playstation and Xbox consoles.
1. Mafia: Definitive Edition
Hangar 13’s Mafia series is being bundled together, with the first game being the final piece of this three-piece puzzle. Mafia: Definitive Edition is a remake of the original 2002 release following the rise and fall of a cab driver in the 1930s. I love the rise and fall mafia narratives in movies and games, and here is no different. On top of that, this game takes place during the Prohibition era, which I think is a fascinating time period to immerse into. Mafia: Definitive Edition will release on the 25th for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
That is going to wrap monthly list 38. Thank you for reading, and tune in next month for another set of releases.