Would you look at the time? It’s monthly list o’clock. It’s list number 26, and it’s time to get into what September has in store. Before getting into it, though, here are 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. 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, let's look at my top picks for September.
5. Gears 5
Coalition’s newest entry into the third-person shooter franchise is Gears 5, which follows Kait on a quest to uncover the Locust’s origin. The only Gears game I have experience with is Gears of War 4, but the time I had with it was a lot of fun. I am looking forward to this game’s more open-ended campaign as well as the vast amount of modes this game has to offer. On top of that, the game will be available for Game Pass, which means that I will be able to play it without paying full price. Gears 5 will be out on the 10th for Xbox One and PC.
4. Creature in the Well
Creature in the Well is the newest game by Flight School Studio about a robot tasked with turning on the power found deep within a mountain while fighting off the creature that lives there. I love a good genre-mash, and Creature in the Well looks like a solid mix between pinball and hack and slash. The thing that really attracts me to this game, though, is the Hyper Light Drifter vibe I get from the art style and mood of this game. Creature in the Well will be out on the 6th for Xbox One, Switch, and PC.
3. Police Stories
Police Stories, Mighty Morgan’s first game, is a top-down tactical game following two cops taking down criminals. I have never played a police tactical game before, but I think this game would be a great place to start. A top-down shooter where shooting is the last resort sounds refreshing, and having randomly-placed criminals and a level editor sounds like a recipe for high replayability. Police Stories will release for all four systems on the 19th.
2. Borderlands 3
Gearbox’s magnum opus is back, following vault hunters fighting against a cult and, you know, picking up an ungodly amount of weapons along the way. I don’t know what to say about this series that hasn’t already been said, but I think this game is one of the safest releases in terms of the quality of the game. I am a little hesitant about the game because I fear it may not feel well-enough improved from Borderlands 2 and may feel like a 2012 game more than a 2019 game, but I will gladly be wrong on that prediction. Borderlands 3 will be out on the 13th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
1. The Surge 2
The sequel to Deck13’s Souls-like is travelling to the city, but the city is dilapidated and full of things wanting to kill you. I love the first game, and even did a piece about why I like it more than the first Dark Souls, so it should come as no surprise that I am excited for this game. I am excited to explore the new setting, but keeping the same dismemberment combat and upgrades is enough to get me back into the series. The Surge 2 will be out for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on the 24th.
Bonus: Other Games
Here are some more games releasing this month that didn’t make the cut for various reasons:
Atomicrops, Blasphemous, Children of Morta, GreedFall, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Overland, and Untitled Goose Game.
That is going to wrap up this list. Thank’s for stopping by, and tune in for the next (and I would say largest) month of releases.