Release: September 6 Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Gamers have long had a love and hate relationship with Destiny. The original promised on so much but failed to deliver in its first year, going on to gradually stack meat on the bare bones experience over the course of a few substantial expansions. Destiny 2 doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it looks set to make amends for the original’s lack of story and personality at the very least.
Brodie said:“Having spent hundreds of hundreds with the first game, I’m so excited to jump back in. There’s plenty of story to be told, new strikes and, of course, a new raid is on the horizon. The ship of “Destiny” managed to course correct in its second and third years, so if this is a continuation of that upward trend then goodbye to another 600 of my hours.”
Jake said:“If this is like Destiny 1 I’m gonna cry. If it’s what Destiny 1 should have been then you can count me as one happy gamer!”
Ewan said: “Despite its numerous flaws, Destiny was a tremendous social game. My friends and I would waste countless hours scrounging for loot. Sadly, this was often a fruitless task, repeating the same Raids and Strikes often with no real reward. If Destiny 2 better respects the players time, I suspect this will be a hard game to put down.”
Mehdi said: “It’s been a while since I last played Destiny and despite the fact that I thought I was done with the franchise, Destiny’s pre-release footage and the beta have completely sold me on its sequel. Learning from the flaws of the first and adding much more content, a better story and more variety, Destiny 2 is the game I expected to come out years ago and I’m glad I’ll finally get to play the game I imagined it would be!”
Raymond said: “Proper storyline. More Cayde-6. From what I’ve seen of the game thus far, it is definitely shaping up to be a step up from its predecessor. While Destiny’s value was marred by a lacking storyline and repetitiveness, I feel that Destiny 2 will finally be what we players have been asking for.”
Release: September 16 Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Ever fondly remembered a time when Metroid was one of Nintendo’s power brands? Well, Samus Returns, a reimagining of the Return of Samus on Game Boy, is arriving soon. It ushers in the return of the bounty hunter’s traditional platforming but also welcomes modern trends such as full amiibo support.
Matt said: “Nintendo has finally decided to heed the call of the fans and not a moment too soon. What could be a fitting swansong for the 3DS.”
Ewan said: “It’s nice to see Nintendo listening to their fans. People have been clamouring for an authentic 2D side-scrolling Metroid game and they’re finally delivered. After all, it puts the ‘Metroid’ in ‘Metroidvania’, a subgenre of games that are hugely popular right now. Sure, it’s not an original story, but it’s a significant retooling of Metroid II: Return of Samus that I’m sure will whet the appetite for Metroid 4.”
Steven said: “I have tried and tried to play it but I’ve never been able to push myself through the entirety of Metroid 2 on the Game Boy. I am still a little wary based on MercurySteam’s past games but gosh I hope they do Metroid justice.”
Release: September 29 Platforms: SNES Classic
Releasing for the first time ever in full on the uber popular SNES Classic, Star Fox 2 has missed its original intended date of 1995 by more than two decades. The sequel can only be unlocked on the new micro console by playing the first level of the first Star Fox, so those keen to give this a crack are advised to start where it all began. Barrel roll, baby!
Steven said: “The saga of Star Fox 2 is genuinely interesting, and while we’ve seen ‘playable’ ROMs leak of the game, none have been fully complete until now. I doubt it will set the world on fire, but Star Fox 2 will be if nothing else an interesting artefact of its time.”
Matt said: “The only legitimate retro title to release this year (Sorry, Sonic Mania and Crash Bandicoot). I’m so pumped to see how the full title plays on proper Nintendo hardware rather than an emulator!”
Release: September 29 Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Having been in development for what feels like forever, Cuphead finally arrives at the month’s end. Having grown from a simple and small boss rush title, Cuphead boasts almost forty levels inside of a stunning hand-illustrated world that’d make Steamboat Mickey blush.
Brodie said: “After meeting part of the team behind Cuphead and getting hands-on at Gamescom, this charming platformer has the potential to win over many fans with its stunning art direction and difficult, rewarding gameplay. September might end up feeling like the year’s longest month waiting for this gem.”
Ewan said: “I’m stoked to see Cuphead will finally release this month. It’s unique, classic Disney-inspired art style captured everyone’s eye when this game was first revealed near the time of the Xbox One’s launch. Since then, they’ve been busy responding to player feedback, taking the game from solely a boss-battle focused game, to a fleshed out side-scrolling platformer — just my kind of game. Hopefully, it plays as good as it looks.”
RELEASE LIST FOR SEPTEMBER
Warriors All-Stars (PS4) – Sept. 1
Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth (PS4) – Sept. 5
Destiny 2 (PS4, Xbox One) – Sept. 6
LEGO Worlds (Switch) – Sept. 6
Knack 2 (PS4) – Sept. 6
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (Switch) – Sept. 7