8 Games You'll Want to Buy in September

This month, publishers break out some killer games ahead of the holiday shopping season. Every week is loaded with titles to grab; here are eight highlights.
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8 Games You'll Want to Buy in September

Summer is over and the kids are headed back to school. Shops are starting to push holiday-themed goods, and of course, publishers are breaking out their killer video games to capitalize on the shopping upswing.

If you’ve been shopping for games regularly, you no doubt saw Monster Hunter World on digital shelves last month. The game made its way onto PCs, further boosting sales of the dragon-slaying action title and making it one of the year’s must-own games. Yakuza 0 also arrived on PC last month, giving gamers a kooky Japanese adventure game with silly side quests, brutal beat-’em-up action, and touching storytelling. August even got a few old-school side-scrolling games, like the brutal fantasy action game Death’s Gambit and the Metroid-esque Dead Cells.

September has plenty in store, though, from Japanese RPGs to fighting, sports, and adventure. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age will deliver old-school turn-based action and Akira Toriyama’s iconic aesthetic. If you’re trigger finger is itching for a workout, Lara Croft might have the routine you need with Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which concludes her origin story arc and gives you mountains of baddies to mow down.

Every week of this month is loaded with games to grab. We’ve limited our list of recommendations to eight great titles, in hopes of sparing your wallets, and your video game backlog. But let us know what you’re looking forward in the comments.

  • 1 Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

    Platform: PC, PS4
    Release Date: September 4
    MSRP: $ 59.99

    The Dragon Quest series is an icon among Japanese RPG series, and XI continues the tradition of classic, turn-based combat, whimsical storytelling, and fantastic Akira Toriyama artwork. Dragon Quest XI is filled to bursting with charm, as well as content you would expect, like monster-slaying combat and expansive areas to investigate. If you’re looking for an RPG to keep you busy, you cannot go wrong with Dragon Quest XI.

  • 2 SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy

    Platform: PS4, Nintendo Switch
    Release Date: September 7
    MSRP: $ 49.99

    SNK Heroines is a goofy fighting game set in the SNK universe that pits the female cast of characters against one another in a bombastic, tag-team brawl. SNK Heroines features a wealth of superficial costume customization, as well as a simplified combat to make the game easier to get into. Pro players needn’t worry, however, as Heroines incorporates a support system that makes fighting more complex than a first glance may suggest.

  • 3 Marvel's Spider-Man

    Platform: PS4
    Release Date: September 7
    MSRP: $ 59.99

    The beloved web slinger makes a triumphant return to the video game scene in Spider-Man. Set in an open-world New York City, you can swing around town taking on optional quests, or play through the game’s cameo-packed campaign. Combat is reminiscent of the Arkham games; however, Spider-Man has a few special attacks he can mix in to give his fighting more flair and freedom. Spidey fans won’t want to miss this one.

  • 4 NBA 2K19

    Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
    Release Date: September 11
    MSRP: $ 59.99

    The NBA 2K series is a solid basketball sim that rarely disappoints, and 2K19 is poised to deliver the same great sports goodness that fans expect. 2K19 makes improvements all around, including new animations, less clipping, redesigned stealing, enhanced AI, and more liberal use of the shot meter. If sports are your cup of tea, NBA 2k19 will be your jam.

  • 5 Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
    Release Date: September 14
    MSRP: $ 59.99

    Lara Croft faces her darkest hour in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, where she continues to battle the Trinity Cult while attempting to thwart a cataclysm she unwittingly set into motion. This new Tomb Raider is set in Mesoamerica and South America, and features improved gameplay elements, such as a reworked swimming system and more intuitive grappling. Of course, Lara is a brutally efficient gunfighter, and you’ll have plenty of dudes to shoot.

  • 6 Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna–The Golden Country

    Platform: Nintendo Switch
    Release Date: September 14 (Expansion), September 21 (Retail)
    MSRP: $ 39.99

    Torna–The Golden Country is a prequel to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and is set some 500 years prior to the original game. It follows a new pair of protagonists, Lora and Jin, but expands upon the story of many Xenoblade Chronicles 2 characters. Torna features an action-combat system that uses a party of three characters, as well as massive environments for you to explore. It will be available as a DLC expansion on September 14, or as a standalone retail purchase on September 21.

  • 7 Valkyria Chronicles 4

    Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
    Release Date: September 25
    MSRP: $ 59.99

    The World War II-inspired tactical RPG Valkyria Chronicles gets a sequel this month. Like in previous games, your ragtag group of anime misfits is caught in a war between the fictional Atlantic Federation and the Eastern Imperial Alliance. Your soldiers play different roles depending on their class, and you move them around the field in real time, picking off targets until you run out of action points and forfeit your turn to the enemy.

  • 8 Life is Strange 2

    Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
    Release Date: September 27
    MSRP: $ 39.99 (Compete Season)

    Life is Strange 2 is an episodic graphic adventure game that follows two boys, Sean and Daniel Diaz, on the run from the law after a bizarre accident results in the death of a police officer. This story is more familiar than the original Life is Strange, and explores themes of brotherhood and growth, and is structured like a road film. The first of five episodes will be available this month.

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