9 games to look forward to in September

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Arise for the Fall

The hustle and bustle of the summer has finally come to a close, and the time has come to settle in for colder winds.

But while we have to say goodbye to sunny beaches, crowded festivals, and smoky barbecues, we can now say hi to the most exciting, congested, but ultimately fun time of the year for video games: the fall.

To start us off on the wonderful gaming journey towards the end of the year, here are 9 games coming to a platform near you in the cool, refreshing month of September.

LEGO Dimensions

Developer TT Games is back once again with another instalment in their successful LEGO series, but this time they're pulling out all the stops with what is undoubtedly the biggest LEGO game to date.

LEGO Dimensions bring the colorful worlds of 14 fan-favorite brands such as DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, and The LEGO Movie together in a LEGO Multiverse threated by an evil mastermind. Starting out in the world of Oz with Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle, players will have to traverse the 14 different Adventure Worlds in order to save their friends and their universes from oblivion.

LEGO Dimensions also marks LEGO's first foray into the toys-to-life arena, with physical minifigures, vehicles, and gadgets available for purchase to be unlocked in-game. Up to seven toys can be dropped onto the LEGO Toy Pad included in the Starter Pack into the game, providing an action-packed experience regardless of whether players choose to play solo or co-op.

Travel through multiple Dimensions on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 from September 27th.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5

After more than a decade, the sequel to the greatest skateboarding game series of all time has finally arrived.

The tenth installment in the Tony Hawk's series and the first main entry since 2007, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 brings it back to where it all began. Classic gameplay with signature Pro Skater moves mixed with extended trick combinations is brought to life in over 80 unique missions across 8 different environments.

As a pro or personalized skater, players can shred pavements online with up to 20 people at once, and build and share their very own skateparks using over 250 obstacles for endless creativity. With new items like power-ups and projectiles, leveling up to be the best pro skater around will be a fresh and entertaining experience.

Go Pro on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 29th, and PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 10th.

SOMA

As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, it's only fitting to pass the darkness with some new-found horror.

From Frictional Games, the creators of the highly-acclaimed Amnesia and Penumbra horror series, SOMA is a first-person sci-fi survival horror game that takes place underwater. In a remote research facility, machines have begun to become human, and alien entities have begun to disrupt the peace.

Players have to find out what happened to the abandoned facility, and find a way out, without weapons, and without help. Through a futuristic setting, disturbing truths about technology and human nature await to be discovered.

Escape SOMA alive on Windows, Mac, Linux, and PlayStation 4 on September 22nd.

Blood Bowl 2

Craving for a video game that combines American football with a fantasy boardgame? Well, Blood Bowl 2 might just be the one.

The sequel to Cyanide Studios' 2009 Blood Bowl, Blood Bowl 2 brings the humor and brutality of the original adaptation into a new graphics engine that fully realizes the character-driven world of Blood Bowl 2 with new cameras and animations.

The all-new single-player story campaign puts players in charge of leading the human race back to glory, while the revamped multiplayer mode lets players create, manage, and develop their own teams comprised of eight races from the Warhammer world. With the ability to upgrade stadiums, customize jerseys, and transfer players, Blood Bowl 2 is a turn-based strategy game with countless possibilities.

Reap Blood on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 22nd.

Forza Motorsport 6

It's been ten years since the first Forza Motorsport came out on the original Xbox and changed the racing genre forever. To celebrate, Turn 10 Studios looks to do the same again with the sixth instalment in their critically-acclaimed franchise.

Forza Motorsport 6 will be a wetter, darker, and more realistic affair as rain and night will finally be able to affect cars during a race, all in glorious 60 frames per second at 1080p resolution. More than 70 hours of gameplay will be present in the new career mode called "Stories of Motorsport", along with unlockable Showcase events that relive the greatest moments in motorsport history.

Split-screen racing will also return to Forza, and feature 24 cars on track in a single race, ensuring a jam-packed experience both online and offline. With over 450 intricately designer cars to collect, customize, and race across 26 world-famous tracks, Forza Motorsport 6 will surely be an all-consuming experience for racing fans.

Take over Motorsport on Xbox One on September 15th.

Super Mario Maker

After 30 years of making side-scrolling platformers about an Italian plumber, Nintendo is finally letting go of the reins and leaving the controls to the fans.

Super Mario Maker gives fans the tools to create their very own Super Mario levels and bring their imaginations into reality using only the Wii U GamePad. Enemies, obstacles, blocks, and more can be combined by dragging and dropping them together, with more parts becoming available the next day after spending 5 minutes creating a course.

Sound effects and animations can be edited in all the classic environments, and Amiibos can be scanned to add special elements to courses. With a Course World filled with player creations, creators, and challenges, Super Mario fans will be treated with a plethora of crazy iterations of their favorite Nintendo series.

Become the greatest Super Mario Maker on Wii U on September 11th.

Tearaway Unfolded

One of the best games ever on the PlayStation Vita will finally be making the big leap to console, with the creators of LittleBigPlanet, Media Molecule, reinventing their award-winning platformer for the current generation.

Tearaway Unfolded is an expanded retelling of the original Tearaway story that puts players on a quest to help atoi, the messenger, deliver an important message. Through a vibrant papercraft world filled with colorful drawings and doodles, the magical adventure of Tearaway has been reimagined for the TV.

The power of wind can be unleashed in-game by swiping on the DualShock 4's touch pad, and the power of light can be activated by shining the DualShock 4's light bar. Stuff hurled out of the TV can be thrown back in to solve puzzles and defeat enemies, while the mobile companion app lets players customize the wild papery world of Tearaway Unfolded.

Adventure Unfolded on PlayStation 4 on September 8th.

Mad Max

Cars, guns, and a whole lot of action - a storied film franchise will be making the transition to video games, but unlike other movie games, this one looks like it's going to be an epic of apocalyptic proportions.

From the masterminds of the Just Cause series, Avalanche Studios, Mad Max puts players in the shoes of franchise protagonist Max Rockatansky in search of the car he lost, the Interceptor, and to build the car of his dreams, the Magnum Opus. Through canyons, caves, and deserts, Max must survive by scavenging for resources such as food, water, and fuel before War Boys take them away first.

Max's car can be customized as well as his weapons, while friendly relationships can be formed with strongholds to garner new quests and rewards, and lower the threat level of each region. With radical vehicular combat, dangerous environmental hazards, and a tense expansive story, players will be in for an exhilarating experience in the open world of the wasteland. 

Get Mad on Windows, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 1st.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

After almost three decades of innovation, hard work, and success, the story of the greatest stealth series of all time will finally be complete.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be the final chapter of the Metal Gear series pioneered by gaming visionary Hideo Kojima, linking all the games into one cohesive story. As Punished "Venom" Snake, also known as Big Boss, players will traverse through Afghanistan and the Angola-Zaire border in the first open world Metal Gear on a mission to exact revenge on those that wronged him.

Besides the usual sneaking elements, The Phantom Pain includes a host of new features to complement its whole new game world, namely, intelligent AI companions and enemies, real-time day-and-night cycles, and a fully customizable Mother Base utilizing the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system. Multiplayer will also make a return to Metal Gear with two brand new online modes, so players needn't worry about what to do after they're done with The Phantom Pain's highly-sophisticated single-player.

V will come to Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on September 1st.

Published Aug. 28th 2015

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