My Top Five Anticipated Releases of September 2018

Do you remember the 21st night of September? I don't, but I do know of the games releasing in September of 2018, so let's go with that. Hello and welcome (or welcome back) to my monthly series diving into the upcoming games of the month. I don't really have much else to say, so let's get right into the rules.

The game has to be released on at least one of the major systems (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch). The game has to be new, so no remasters or re-releases onto new systems. 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. Finally, it has to be a game, not a DLC. With the rules out of the way, let's look at my top picks for September.

5. The Gardens Between

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The Gardens Between, by the Voxel Agents, has two friends stuck in a strange land littered with items of their past where time can be manipulated to help them find the exit. From the sounds of it, it is essentially 3D Braid with more of a narrative focus. I won't lie in saying that this game wasn't originally going to be top five (not one, but two games had false release dates on Metacritic), but I am still interested in the game nonetheless. Its beautiful art style, the concept of the plot, and small island gameplay look to make a solid game. The Gardens Between is coming out on the 20th for PC, PS4, and Switch. 

4. Immortal: Unchained

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Immortal: Unchained is an upcoming RPG by Toadman Interactive that has you playing as a person locked up for a long time only to be released to stop the World from ending. I won't lie in saying that this game is primarily here out of curiosity and interest in how it will turn out, but the game still looks fun nonetheless. What am I talking about? The game is a Souls-like, but with guns. And I mean guns are the primary weapon, not some side weapon. I'm interested in seeing how it will turn out, which is why it is on this list. And if it doesn't turn out well, then at least it's an easy shooter in the interesting intricacies of a Souls-like game.  Immortal: Unchained will be out on on the 7th for PC.

3. Creed: Rise to Glory

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Creed: Rise to Glory is an upcoming VR boxing game by Survios that, well, has you playing as Creed as he boxes his way to the top. When looking through the games on this list, I never thought about VR boxing until seeing this game. Now thinking about, I actually really want to try it out. I remember having fun with Wii Sports boxing, so taking that to VR could be a lot of fun. Am I saying this is the first VR boxing game on the market? No. But it is the first one I am excited about. Creed: Rise to Glory is coming out on PC and PS4 VR systems on the 25th.

2. Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Lara is back at it again and this time she is...trying to stop a Mayan apocalypse. Shadow of the Tomb Raider, by Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics, has Lara pillaging tombs, shooting dudes, and parkouring her way through distant lands as she continues her quest to try not to die and stop evil from taking over. There really isn't much to say here other than 'yep, it's more Tomb Raider,' but as it turns out that isn't a bad thing. I love the previous Tomb Raider games, and knowing they are still sticking with the formula means I know the game will at least be decent. Is it as exciting as something new? No. But Shadow of the Tomb Raider is still a game I am very much excited for nonetheless. The game is coming out on the 14th for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

1. Spider-Man

Insomniac's Spider-Man has you playing as, you guessed it, Spider-Man as he swings his way through Manhattan kicking ass and saving the day. I've never played a Spider-Man game before, but I believe this game is a great jumping-in point. The new story sounds intriguing, the open world sounds amazing, and much, much more. Sony has so far knocked it out-of-the-park with exclusives, so let's hope this game is no different. Spider-Man is coming out on the 7th for the PS4. 

Bonus: some extra games

Why only share five interesting games releasing this month when there are more? Here are some more games I am interested in but didn't quite make the cut.

Insurgency Sandstorm, Labo Vehicle Kit, Life is Strange, Light Fingers, Old School Musical, Planet Alpha, Shadows Awakening, Transference, and Valkyria Chronicles 4

That about sums up my list. Some solid games releasing, but of course it's the next two months that really have my attention. Any games you are interested in this month? Put them in the comments below. Thank you all for reading and tune in next month for the behemoth that is October.