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With this many games to choose from and autumn on its way, why go outside?

By Virgin TV Edit

It seems there’s never a dull month for gamers, and boy does September seem to prove it. A whopping 15 bajillion games are set to be released this month, with each one more action-packed, enticing and mind-boggling than the last.

 

As such, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to round-up all the best games headed your way. So grab yourself a notepad and pen, and jot down the titles you’ll be sinking hours into over the coming weeks…

 

 

Ary And The Secret Of Seasons

Available to play now on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

We’re not sure about you, but any game that simultaneously manages to give off Kubo And The Two Strings, Fable 2, and Breath Of The Wild vibes is surely worth a look, especially when the gameplay has you saving a mythical kingdom from an evil mage who has stolen the seasons.

 

Evergate

Available to play now on PC

Kindred spirits and souls come together in this charming 2D platformer, with players exploring the afterlife alongside a plethora of cute (if undead) characters.

 

Crusader Kings III

Available to play now on PC

Crusader Kings III is another of those gaming triumphs in which a long-awaited third entry to a series both improves on the first two entries and brings its own updates to the table. Players again can create and expand a dynasty that lasts an age, with graphical upgrades and cracking new features making this an absolute humdinger of a strategy game.

 

Iron Harvest

Available to play now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

A diesel-punk-style strategy game featuring hordes of hulking mechs in a war-torn, Soviet-esque landscape in which fictional versions of Poland, Germany and the Soviet Union duke it out in the aftermath of a World War? Where do we sign?

 

WRC 9

Available to play now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

If it’s a pulse-raising, nail-bitingly tense, ridiculously detailed racing sim experience you’re after then look no further than the latest entry to Kyloton’s acclaimed series of WRC titles. Check out our things to know here!

 

Spellbreak

Available to play now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Combine the expansive multiplayer, PvP madness of Fortnite: Battle Royale with Breath Of The Wild-type visuals and the magical, spellcasting gameplay of Elder Scrolls and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what this bonkers-looking action-multiplayer game will entail.

 

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2

Available to play now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

If, like us, you frequently find yourself looking back to a simpler time, when whiling away hours as a blocky-looking skateboarder shredding inside dimly lit warehouses on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was the way to spend an evening, rejoice… Two remastered versions in one package makes us cry happy tears. We hope/know they’ll make you do the same.

 

Doraemon: Story Of Seasons

Available to play now on PS4

In a nutshell, Doraemon: Story Of Seasons features all the farming fun of Animal Crossing: New Horizons combined with Studio Ghibli-looking visuals. Need we say more…?

 

Marvel’s Avengers

Available to play now on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Stadia

Wooo-wee, what a game this is shaping up to be. The world’s mightiest heroes finally get a blockbuster console title of their own in this action-packed-looking outing from Tomb Raider (2014) co-developers Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix. A detailed campaign, vast array of characters and countless abilities and playstyles make this one a must-play.

 

Visit our Marvel’s Avengers homepage for absolutely everything about this epic new release.

 

NBA 2K21

Available to play now on PS4 and Xbox One

If superheroes aren’t really your jam, then fear not, for this year’s NBA 2K offering looks as good as last year’s smash entry. Graphically, they’ve somehow managed to reach another level with this one. Plus, the career mode remains, as ever, frighteningly addictive.

 

Necromunda: Underhive Wars

Available to play now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

This innovative action strategy game sees players fight for power, wealth and survival in dystopian cities. Fans of the Warhammer series will find plenty to love with this one.

 

OkunoKA Madness

Available to play now on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

Madness is strangely appropriate when it comes to this action-packed platformer in which KA, a blue, fang-tastic, Kirby-esque hero (as opposed to a small, reasonably priced city car) attempts to save his cartoonish world from destruction at the hands of his mortal enemies. Lots of levels, lots of action, and plenty of platforming.

 

Star Renegades

Available to play now on PC

Star Renegades features everything RPG fans have come to know and love, namely: procedurally generated environments, countless encounters with enemies, and more turn-based combat than we’ve had hot dinners. You’ll (hopefully) save multiple dimensions from destruction, and have a blast doing so.

 

Bounty Battle

Available to play from Thursday 10 September on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

A who’s who of the indie fighting game scene, Bounty Battle pits some of your favourite, more obscure fighters (Owlboy, Guacamelee!, anyone?) against one another in the mother of all indie fighting games. Super Smash Bros.? Who even knows them?

 

MO:Astray

Available to play from Thursday 10 September on Nintendo Switch

The latest PC smash to make its way over to the Switch, MO:Astray allows you to save the day by navigating an adorable jelly-like critter called MO through a maze of puzzles and platforms, and all in gorgeous 2D, pixelated graphics, too.

 

Inertial Drift

Available to play from Friday 11 September on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

Whack Need For Speed, Ridge Racer, and Akira-esque visuals into a console-shaped blender and Inertial Drift is what you’d be pouring out when the whirring stops. Bonkers drift mechanics, oh-so-cool-looking Hot Wheels-style cars and countless tracks to slide your way down make this one a must-play for any arcade racing fans.

 

Spelunky 2

Available to play from Tuesday 15 September on PC and PS4

OG fans of 2008’s Spelunky have long been crying out for a sequel… 12 years in fact. Finally, Spelunky 2 is spelunking its way onto screens in mid-September, with the sequel promising new characters, abilities, weaponry and worlds. Get in.

 

eFootball PES 2021

Available to play from Tuesday 15 September on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Though the PES series has long since dropped the quirkiness that used to differentiate it from FIFA (cough penguin suits and ostriches cough), PES buttery smooth and, we think, more realistic gameplay (along with a handful of exclusive licenses regarding stadia and, oddly, Juventus – aka, Piemonte Calcio) are now what separates Konami’s annual football title from EA Sports’ giant.

 

Medieval Dynasty

Available to play from Thursday 17 September on PC

This stunningly put together RPG allows players to enjoy all the fun of the middle ages – from hunting, forging, exploring and expanding your adopted village into larger, bustling townships – without any of the, you know, down sides to the middle ages. Like dysentery.

 

Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Available to play from Friday 18 September on Nintendo Switch

What…? WHAT?! Just when you think you couldn’t love Nintendo any more than you already do, they go and hit you with something like this, a title where three of Mario’s greatest ever 3D adventures are cleverly slotted into one, simple, handy little game. Genius.

 

Crysis Remastered

Available to play from Friday 18 September on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

It’s a testament to how far graphics have come in the last decade or so that Crysis, a game which looked jaw-droppingly good back in the “old days” of 2007, can then return in 2020 years later looking even better. If you’re the type of gamer who gets an excitable shiver from beautifully rendered rocks… Crysis Remastered is the one for you.

 

WWE 2K Battlegrounds

Available to play from Friday 18 September on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

After the… so-so reception to last year’s WWE 2K title, a cartoonish, power-up focused brawler seems the right way to go for a franchise which was starting to show signs of fatigue. Battlegrounds looks an absolute blast.

 

Hello Neighbor

Available to play from Sunday 20 September on Stadia

For players on Stadia, we’re sure both of you will enjoy this quirky, brilliantly dark survival horror game which sees you sneaking into your neighour’s house to unearth something hidden in his basement.

 

Unrailed

Available to play from Wednesday 23 September on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

If, donkey’s years ago, you spent days building a 500-block long rail in Minecraft for the On A Rail achievement and enjoyed doing so, Unrailed will be right up your train cart, as you and your friends traverse a challenging landscape by building a brilliantly pixelated railroad. Hours of co-op fun await with this one.

 

Going Under

Available to play from Thursday 24 September on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

Classic traits of dungeon crawlers and action RPGs are given a stripping down and satirised in this bonkers beat ’em up, which sees an unwitting intern have to battle her way through the cursed ruins of failed tech start-ups. Plus, just look at those visuals… Damn.

 

Little Big Workshop

Available to play from Thursday 24 September on Xbox One

We’re getting strong Prison Architect vibes from this one, which can only be a good thing. In essence, build and expand your charming, miniscule and cartoonish 3D workshop into your dream factory in a strategy game as addictive as it is adorable.

 

Serious Sam 4

Available to play from Thursday 24 September on PC and Stadia

Serious Sam fans have good reason to be excited about this much-anticipated fourth entry to the “main series.” The action looks as fast, fluid and chaotic as always, and The Talos Principle’s writers have scripted the story. A good time surely awaits.

 

Bullet Age

Available to play from Friday 25 September on PC and Nintendo Switch

A 2D, co-op action-platformer with sword-and-gun-gameplay which channels Shovel Knight, Super Mario and almost as many upgradable weapons as the gun-derful Borderlands series? Yep, we think we’re in.

 

Port Royale 4

Available to play from Friday 25 September on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Get prepared to sing some serious sea shanties and annoy your neighbours all over again as the fourth entry in the acclaimed strategy series arrives on PC and consoles. Players once again do battle with colonial forces France, England, Spain and the Netherlands as they look to control the 17th Century Caribbean.

 

Trollhunters: Defenders Of Arcadia

Available to play from Friday 25 September on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

The only game in this list to be scripted by an Academy award-winning film director in Guillermo del Toro, this colourful title – based on del Toro’s children’s cartoon of the same name – sees players battle all manner of foes in a solid-looking, side-scrolling 3D platformer.

 

Mafia: Definitive Edition

Available to play from Friday 25 September on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

While some remastered titles simply boost the graphics up to modern standards, Mafia: Definitive Edition takes the atmosphere, story and gameplay we all loved in 2002’s Mafia and rebuilds it from the ground up. Put simply, this remake looks incredible, and is a must-play for anyone for whom the crime-ridden streets of Los Santos have long lost their sense of adventure.

 

The Walking Dead: Onslaught

Available to play from Tuesday 29 September on PC and PSVR

While zombie games feel soooo 2010, the ever-improving tech behind VR could well lend a new lease of life to the once popular genre, with this highly anticipated project based on one of the OG zombie brands looking seriously intense.

 

Baldur’s Gate 3

Available to play from Wednesday 30 September on PC and Stadia

Turn-based combat makes its Baldur’s Gate debut in this third-entry to the smash-hit, Dungeons & Dragons-inspired series of fantasy RPGs. Players can either experience the game’s rich, detailed story in single player or multiplayer this time round.