Top 10 Most Anticipated Games for September 2018 [Best Recommendations]

Have you already thought about all the games releasing this September? As you may or may not know, with Fall —if you’re in the northern hemisphere or go with old gaming industry conventions, that is— comes the most anticipated season and all the big names are here, from new IPs to annual sequels, with a few console exclusives added to the mix.

September is also the preferred month for most sports franchises, so if you’re a fan of annual games we’re sure you’re well aware of those releasing around this days. However, there are many other games to ruin your wallet!

10. The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep

  • System: Linux‎, ‎macOS‎, ‎Microsoft Windows
  • Publisher: inXile Entertainment
  • Developer: inXile Entertainment
  • Release Date: Sep. 18, 2018

The Bard’s Tale is probably one of the best action-adventure franchises out there, and this fourth game continues the story 100 years after our last adventure. However, you don’t even have to play the other 3 games to enjoy or understand what’s happening, and that’s a big selling point considering the original trio came out like 3 decades ago. To be honest, the original saga was made by Interplay Studios, so Barrows Deep is more like a gimmicky spiritual continuation of inXile Entertainment’s spin-off game from 2004.

If you’ve never played this series or genre before, you should know that it was never about cool graphics but more about the experience and the narrative itself… even though graphics here are not that bad. With puzzle-solving, filthy dungeons, menacing monsters and a huge sense of humor, The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep combines the best of dungeon crawling with some RPG and turn-based tactical combat elements. Beyond gear options, character building looks pretty customizable too, as we can choose 4 archetypes, more than 60 skills, and 7 cultures. Could this crowdfunded game match similar AAA games?

9. Immortal: Unchained

  • System: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows
  • Publisher: Game Odyssey Limited
  • Developer: Toadman Interactive
  • Release Date: Sep. 7, 2018

We all know that games in the Arcade/SNES era were really difficult to beat, but not many people like this kind of “frustration over fun” titles. For those who love Dark Souls or even Cuphead, well… here’s another test of might! Immortal: Unchained is a futuristic action RPG game that brands itself as “ultra-hardcore”, and our objective is nothing more than killing anything that moves. As the ultimate weapon, this should be pretty easy once we unleash our true power, but in the meantime, we should probably prepare to cry a lot.

A nice addition to this kind of game is its promising narrative team, with Anne Toole from The Witcher and Adrian Vershinin from Battlefield 1 as the more recognizable members. Another point is that unlike other similar games, Immortal: Unchained has a pretty fast-paced combat system, and you can either use fire-arms or go for the classic Hack and Slash feeling of swords and close-combat weapons. This game is not for everyone, though!

8. Black Clover: Quartet Knights

  • System: PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows
  • Publisher: Namco Bandai
  • Developer: Namco Bandai
  • Release Date: Sep. 14, 2018

If you like the manga or anime version of Black Clover, then you probably fantasized about the possibility of it becoming a video game, right? Well, most Shounen anime get their own video game nowadays, but Black Clover: Quartet Knights is not a retelling of the adventures of Asta and company! In this case, we’re talking about a team-based multiplayer experience: to put it simply, is like any Arena Shooter but using magic and swords.

In this 4v4 scenario, hence the “Quartet Knights” tagline, our main objective is to defeat the enemy team in any of the different game modes available, like Treasure Hunt or Crystal Carry... and expect a lot of fighting and stunning visuals. Black Clover: Quartet Knights offers 4 main roles you can use depending on your character, like Asta being a fighter, Yuno as one of the shooters, Mimosa being a healer or Noelle playing support. If you like anime-style games you should definitely try this one out, especially if you’re a fan of Black Clover and have some friends to play with.

7. Valkyria Chronicles 4

  • System: Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Developer: Sega
  • Release Date: Sep. 25, 2018

Here’s another anime-style video game!, but now we’re talking about a military-themed tactical RPG, part of a 10 years old series. Set around the same time as the original Valkyria Chronicles, this time we must put an end to the Second Europan War and the Autocratic Eastern Imperial Alliance. Valkyria Chronicles 4 actually debuted last March in Japan, but its worldwide version will finally see the light on September and for every big platform.

The Atlantic Federation’s Squad E, our main heroes, are 4 childhood friends using their top skills to kill every enemy they see. The gameplay mainly consists of a turn-based system where you can move your squad around and take on enemies one by one, not only shooting or flanking but also using the map to avoid enemy fire and ambushes. And you can also use tanks and heavy weaponry!

6. Life is Strange 2

  • System: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
  • Release Date: Sep. 27, 2018

A few years ago, Dontnod wasn’t even in our radars, but now we can definitely agree on Life is Strange being one of the best games of this decade, mixing a fantastic time-traveling story with some relatable characters and a very enjoyable indie soundtrack. The story put Max Caulfield as our flawed heroine, using her newly-discovered powers to go back in time and save her friend’s life after a gun incident... but later we had to deal with depression, drugs, sexual violence and other complex stuff.

Even if some dialogues sounded awkward and the ending was a bit of a letdown, Life is Strange’s narrative was powerful enough to deserve a second chance and still has our attention. Before the Storm was a decent prequel and The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is a great spin-off using the same universe, so we’re even more hyped about Life is Strange 2. What will happen now to Max and Chloe? Heck, what will happen to Arcadia Bay?! This sequel will be divided into 5 parts too, so we’ll have to wait a little more to fully understand what’s happening here.

5. FIFA 19

  • System: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, Android and Microsoft Windows
  • Publisher: EA Sports
  • Developer: EA Canada
  • Release Date: Sep. 28, 2018

We already mentioned September being the go-to month for annual sports releases (NBA 2K19, NHL 19 and NBA Live 19 are a few more examples), even if PES 19 decided to gain a few days and release in late October. In this case, we have to say the best and most anticipated game is still FIFA 19, not only because of the popular Ultimate Team mode but also because of some speculation regarding the football-related controversy.

Like FIFA 18, FIFA 19 had a deal with both Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid, but after winning his fourth Champions League with Los Merengues CR7 decided to sign for Juventus. Besides changing the cover image, this means Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo will be playing in different leagues, so we should have more freedom to deal with squad-building in FUT. Also, there’s a change in the shooting system too, and this year we’ll be able to play the fully licensed Champions League! Yeah, we’ll miss the World Cup update, but FIFA 19 is worth buying.

4. Spyro Reignited Trilogy

  • System: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Developer: Toys for Bob
  • Release Date: Sep. 21, 2018 (Update: It got delayed to November)

For most of us, the adventures of Spyro are a big part of our childhood. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the purple dragon is back for this remastered trilogy, and not only for PlayStation but for Xbox One too, with better graphics, some enhanced mechanics and the main voice cast reprising their roles. Even if Spyro games look easy, completing them 120% (yeah, that’s not a typo) was nowhere near an easy task, so this should be a fun but challenging trip down memory lane… or your first encounter with one of the best platformers back in the day.

With the possibility to play all 3 games, Spyro Reignited Trilogy wants to achieve what Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy did last year. Maybe we can even dream of a PC and Switch release somewhere in the near future? If you have children to play with or if you like platformer collectathon games, go for Spyro Reignited Trilogy!

3. Shadow of the Tomb Raider

  • System: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Developer: Eidos Montréal, Crystal Dynamics
  • Release Date: Sep. 14, 2018

Following Lara Croft’s rebooted adventures, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the third entry in the series and a direct sequel to Rise of the Tomb Raider. Although the game mechanics remain mostly the same, there are a few nice additions to enrich the experience, like a barter system and a bigger map. All in all, this is a classic third-person adventure full of mysteries and action sequences, with Lara slowly becoming the ruthless and more aggressive archaeologist we all know and love.

This time the game takes us to the lost city of Paititi, somewhere in the Inca territory near the Andes and one of the biggest news is that Shadow of the Tomb Raider really honours the title, with a lot more of tombs to raid and explore. Graphics look great and every landscape is inviting us to spend hours just looking for every secret, but there’s also a paramilitary group to make things a little more interesting. Will Lara finally discover the truth regarding her father’s death?

2. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

  • System: PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Release Date: Sep. 4, 2018 (Nintendo Switch TBA)

We already presented a game available in Japan with a worldwide release set for September, and the same happens with Dragon Quest XI, although the Nintendo Switch version has been delayed. With not so many JRPG releasing overseas, this is a great opportunity to grab the latest entry in one of the best sagas, the one that made famous thanks to —amongst other things— Akira Toriyama’s designs.

The gameplay is pretty straight-forward as in many other Japanese role-playing games, with a long evolving story about a set of heroes, turn-based combats, the classic HP/MP system, some optional or hidden side-quests and the always present grinding. Why is Dragon Quest XI so hyped? Well, it marks the 30th anniversary of the saga and we finally get the main game with PC version! Oh, and PS4 and Switch owners can be happy too, as Dragon Quest is one of those franchises that every gamer should play once in a lifetime.

1. Spider-Man

  • System: PlayStation 4
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Insomniac Games
  • Release Date: Sep. 7, 2018

Are you proud of your PS4? You should be, because one of the most anticipated games for this year is a Sony exclusive releasing next September, and featuring one of the most popular and loved superheroes of all time. Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is back to kick some butts and save New York City! You don’t have to be a comic book fan to know that this little guy is the only one at Marvel with decent video games, and here he is to prove it again.

This action-adventure features Mister Negative as one of the main villains, but you don’t have to worry because there are other more familiar faces like Kingpin, Rhino, Shocker or Vulture. If you consider yourself well versed in the Spiderverse or if you prefer MIles Morales over Peter Parker, then we have more good news: you can play using Ultimate Spider-Man or classic alternate suits like Spider-Man Noir or the Iron Spider. An open world adventure, fast-paced combat, quick time events and even Mary Jane as a playable character in some parts of the game! If you own a PS4 or have a friend who does, be sure to check this one out.

Fianl Thoughts

With so many games coming out, will we even have enough time to play them all?! You should also start saving money right now and choose the games that best suit your tastes, even if it is a gritty game like Immortal: Unchained or a colorful and fun one as Spider-Man; even if its a sports game with a lot of micro-transactions like FIFA 19 and its Ultimate Team mode or a huge JRPG that promises hundreds of hours of gameplay.

Are you looking forward to any of this video games? Remember you can recommend other titles releasing in September using the comments section, and be sure to come back to Honey’s Anime if you want more gaming news and reviews!

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Author: Rod Locksley

Hey! I'm Rod, and when I'm not watching anime or playing video games I'm probably writing about them, but I'm also a graphic and web designer, and I even published a comic book and worked like 4 years for a well-known MMORPG. Curiously, my favorite series are quite different from each other, so I'm still trying to understand what I really like in an anime...

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