It’s hard to believe that we’re already two thirds of the way through the entire year. Where the hell has the rest of 2022 gone? As mentioned in August’s biggest releases article, we’re now in the midst of the annual game release blitzkrieg, where the gaming industry launches a relentless assault on your wallet in an attempt to get you to buy as many new games as possible. September 2022 is absolutely filled with them.
Whether you’re a fan of anime fighting games, adorable life-sims, JRPGs, “ground-up” remakes of all-time classics or silly multiplayer games where you fling paint at each other, September offers a little something for everyone. Here’s the biggest new games of September 2022 that you should know about.
New Games Of September 2022
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R | September 2nd, 2022
Developer: CyberConnect2 Publisher: Bandai Namco Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, Nintendo Switch
In the near decade since the original release of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R, the anime and manga it’s based on has gone from a somewhat niche but successful franchise to one of the biggest mainstream anime successes out there. With that success comes opportunity, so it’s not really surprising to see Bandai Namco dressing up JoJo’s most recent fighting game for another release.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R is the ultimate collection of JoJo for fans of the franchise, including dozens of characters, a decent selection of modes and plenty of stand powers to enjoy. With upgraded gameplay, along with more content than ever, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R is going to be the biggest game of the month for anime and manga fans.
Developer: Naughty Dog Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment Platform(s): PS5
The Last Of Us is without a doubt one of the biggest franchises going right now, with two incredibly successful games and a HBO series on the way. Naturally, any new The Last Of Us release is going to be a big deal, and The Last Of Us Part 1 could be the biggest PS5 game of the entire year. Sure, there might be a debate on whether or not it’s actually been “rebuilt from the ground up”, but that’s another story.
The Last Of Us Part 1 sees players controlling Joel as they travel across a post-apocalyptic America with Ellie, a teenager that’s immune to the fungal infection that’s ruined the entire world. With zombies, bandits and some evil villains standing in your way, Joel and Ellie’s journey is bound to be a perilous one. Also included is the Left Behind DLC, which gives us more backstory into Ellie’s story.
Developer: Red Games Publisher: The LEGO Group Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, Nintendo Switch
The beauty of LEGO is that you can build anything, and that versatility lends itself well to video games too, as you can make any kind of LEGO game. While you might immediately default to the co-op adventure/puzzle games from Traveller’s Tales, Red Games Co. are here to bring forth a LEGO genre you might not have expected: multiplayer brawling. Then again, the amount of co-op LEGO play sessions that turn into brawls means it shouldn’t be a surprise.
Players will be able to create their own LEGO Minifigure character and smash their way through different LEGO themed worlds, including the likes of Ninjago and others. LEGO Brawls features full cross-play with 4v4 team battles, along with a battle royale inspired mode that’ll see players scrapping until there’s one player left standing. It might not knock Multiversus off its perch, but it could be a good laugh.
Disney Dreamlight Valley (Early Access) | September 6th, 2022
Developer: Gameloft Publisher: Gameloft Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, Nintendo Switch
The beauty of most Disney and Pixar properties is that you’re often left wondering what it would be like to live in that world. Gameloft have decided to give you that fantasy, kind of, as they’ve lumped some of the biggest Disney properties together in Disney Dreamlight Valley, and they’re letting you live with these iconic characters. Having Wall-E water your plants makes this much better than Animal Crossing. I’m sorry, I don’t make the rules.
Disney Dreamlight Valley lets you move into a town occupied by some of the most iconic and recognisable animated characters in the world, customising your house, garden, character and more with plenty of themed items. You’ll also travel to other realms, battling against The Forgetting to try and free The Dream Castle. Disney Dreamlight Valley will be available in early access, so expect even more content in the upcoming months and years.
Steelrising | September 8th, 2022
Developer: Spiders Publisher: Nacon, Bigben Interactive Platform(s): PC, PS5, Xbox Series X & S
A mechanical version of the French Revolution is definitely a more unique take on history, which is what makes Steelrising such an intriguing premise. King Louis XVI’s head is still going to roll, but instead of it being the will of the people, it’ll be by the hand of an automaton masterpiece by the name of Aegis. This isn’t how things were taught in school, but it could lead to one of the biggest sleeper hits of September 2022.
Players control Aegis, who must face the mechanical army of King Louis XVI that’s turning Paris into a wasteland. Steelrising itself is an action RPG that borrows some of its DNA from the Soulslike genre, with challenging combat and huge bosses being the order of the day. With multiple weapons and abilities, you’re given complete control over how you want to define Aegis’ combat style, which should hopefully make for a rewarding experience.
Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
From a silly but enjoyable shooter that defied tradition to a genuine crown jewel in Nintendo’s multiplayer offerings, Splatoon 3 has every potential to be the biggest Nintendo Switch game of the entire year. Given how Splatoon fans have been clamouring for the game since it was originally announced, it’s not out of the ordinary to suggest that Splatoon 3 could be a genuine game of the year contender.
Taking the action to the sun-soaked area of the Splatlands, players will control their created Octoling/Inkling, doing battle online against teams of other players to see who can get the most ink or paint spread across the level. On top of that, there’s single-player and co-op modes also included, and there’ll be even more content to enjoy in the months after launch, making this one to keep your eye on.
Developer: The Outsiders Publisher: Funcom Platform(s): PC, PS5, Xbox Series X & S
Since the success of the DOOM reboot in 2016, it’s felt like developers have gone out of their way to recapture that lightning in a bottle, with some mixed results. Metal: Hellsinger has every chance to be one of the more successful attempts, as it takes what made DOOM such a big hit and dials it up to 11. Bigger weapons, louder music and gameplay that requires you slaying to the rhythm; all of which make for an enticing cocktail.
As The Unknown, you’ll travel down into the bowels of Hell to take on the worst that the Underworld has to offer, with a range of explosive and devastating weapons to use. Of course, the biggest selling point of Metal: Hellsinger is the music, and the game includes vocal work from some of the biggest names in metal, including Serj Tankian, Matt Heafy, Randy Blythe, Alissa White-Gluz and more.
The DioField Chronicle | September 22nd, 2022
Developer: Square Enix, Lancarse Publisher: Square Enix Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, Nintendo Switch
Square Enix are known for their JRPGs, but they’re also making more waves in recent years with their Japanese strategy games like Octopath Traveller. The DioField Chronicle aims to run down similar paths that previous Square strategy games have walked, and there’s every indication that it could be a real winner, especially considering it’s coming to all major platforms instead of just one or two.
The DioField Chronicles sees players controlling a mercenary band by the name of the Blue Foxes, who find themselves embroiled in a war between the expansionist Trovelt-Schoevian Empire and the Kingdom of Alletain. Instead of being a turn-based strategy game, The DioField Chronicle employs RTS elements and a free movement system similar to XCOM to create something a bit more unique.
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