Games Coming in September 2019

Work has begun anew for me so I decided to take the week off from blogging to get my bearings again. It sucks that summer wasn’t very productive for the blog but there’s no use fretting over that. I just hope I don’t keep getting sick like I have lately.

I plan on playing catch up with the anime reviews (however quickly or slowly that’ll take) but today, I felt I needed a change of pace to help me climb out of my blogging slump. Hence this post about what video games I’m looking forward to this month. This blog was actually meant to be about both anime and video games but ultimately, anime has hogged the spotlight due to college and my desire to try and focus the blog on one medium for the time being (results have obviously varied). With 2019 being a so-so year for anime, I think maybe I should get the ball rolling again. Anime will still be the focal point of this blog but hopefully, branching out to something else I love will keep me more motivated. If it doesn’t, well, at least I tried.

And yes, this is more or less like the anime season previews I post. I won’t pretend that it’s not similar. The big difference is that these preview posts will be on a monthly basis rather than a quarterly one. Whereas anime has a concrete seasonal cycle and releases at specific times of the year, video games release every month. Video games also get delayed very often, sometimes close to the intended release, so going monthly helps me account for that wild card.

One last thing: like with the anime previews, these video game previews are also a reflection of what interests me. So if you ever wonder why a big Triple-A game isn’t on here, it’s probably because I have no intention to buy it, let alone play it.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at some games coming out in September 2019.

Hype Level Breakdown:

Excited A game I really want to play right now but alas, I must wait for it to come out. The one game that stands out the most, even in this group also gets “Most Anticipated” added to its hype level.
Optimistic Reserved for games that probably aren’t going to blow my mind but will still make for solid entertainment.
Mild The games just looks so-so to me for one reason or another though I’m nevertheless still interested in it.
Surprise Me The games frankly looks bad to me or I’m just very skeptical about it. It’s still attracting a modicum of attention or the premise still got my attention so I gave it a spot on the preview.

Catherine: Full Body

Releases: September 3 Platform: PlayStation 4
Developer: Atlus Publisher: Atlus
Genre: Puzzle, Platformer Hype Level: Mild
External Links: Official Website | PlayStationWikipedia

I’ve been meaning to play Catherine as it’s by the same team that developed Persona 3-5 but I’ve never gotten around to it due to college and being broke during college. With Full Body coming out real soon, now might be a good time to finally try the game. This version expands on the base game, even featuring a third and entirely new “Catherine” named Rin. The gameplay has also been tweaked with an easier difficulty mode added in which is good as I’ve heard that Catherine is notoriously difficult. The only thing that makes me wary is that I’ve heard there’s some controversy surrounding a transgender character which is unfortunate if that’s true.

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered

Releases: September 3 Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Developer: Square, Dotemu Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Role-playing Hype Level: Mild
External Links: Official Website | Steam | PlayStation | Xbox | Nintendo | Wikipedia

Final Fantasy VIII is one of the mainline Final Fantasy games I’ve yet to play. I know very little about the game apart from the game involving some insane time travel plot and you have to draw magic from enemies to cast spells which frankly sounds really dumb to me. It does seem to be less revered as Final Fantasy VII and IX, its PS1 brethren, and I’m a little curious as to why. Regardless of whether or not I sink my teeth into it, I’m glad the game is getting remastered after all that worry about the source code being lost. Video games should never be lost to time.

River City Girls

Releases: September 5 Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Developer: WayForward, Arc System Works Publisher: WayForward
Genre: Beat ’em up Hype Level: Optimistic
External Links: Nintendo

This is kind of a shot in the dark. I know almost nothing about the Kunio-kun franchise. I didn’t even know that River City Ransom was a part of it. But River City Girls caught my attention for two reasons. One, it’s a beat ’em up and I haven’t played one in quite some time and would like to correct that. And two…there’s two cute anime girls on the cover. This is what happens when you watch too much anime. Petty reasons aside, this game does look fun to play. The art direction particularly stands out with its fluid and expressive sprite work. Don’t expect me to get around to this game soon though; I just ordered a physical copy from Limited Run Games and it’ll be a while before it ships.

Gears 5

Releases: September 10 Platforms: PC, Xbox One
Developer: The Coalition Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Genre: Third-Person Shooter Hype Level: Surprise Me
External Links: Official Website | XboxSteam | Wikipedia

I keep forgetting Gears 5 is a thing. Actually, no. I keep forgetting Gears of War in general is still a thing at all.

I love the original Gears of War trilogy. It was one of my favorite series back in the day and I have very fond memories of playing the campaigns and Horde modes with friends (the multiplayer sucks though). But to be honest, I also feel that Gears of War ran its course years ago. The story ended perfectly with Gears of War 3; there was no need to continue it. Gears of War 4 is a competent game but it’s also a very unnecessary one. It also doesn’t help that playing it felt dull. None of the new guns were cool to use, the DeeBees were boring to fight, and the Swarm was too much of a retread to be interesting. It all didn’t sit well for me so like hell, I want to play more of that in Gears 5.

That said, I am subscribed to Xbox Game Pass and I have been borrowing an Xbone from a friend (for almost a year in fact). I guess I might as well try the game.

Daemon x Machina

Releases: September 13 Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Marvelous First Studio Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Action, Third-Person Shooter Hype Level: Mild
External Links: Official Website | NintendoWikipedia

When Daemon x Machina was first revealed, I thought for a second that this is the sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles X. Obviously, this game is an entirely different beast, being more of an action game and a shooter than an RPG but it does have flying mechs at the forefront. It looks fun enough but it is admittedly on the low end of the excitement spectrum for me.

AI: The Somnium Files

Releases: September 17 Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Developer: Spike Chunsoft Publisher: Spike Chunsoft
Genre: Adventure Hype Level: Mild
External Links: Official Website | Steam | PlayStationNintendoWikipedia

You know you’ve lived under a rock when the only Kotaro Uchikoshi work you’ve experienced is The Girl in Twilight. The Zero Escape games? Never played them even though a lot of friends recommended them to me. I’d still like to give that series a whirl but for now, maybe I’ll settle with AI: The Somnium Files, Uchikoshi’s next work. It’s an adventure game where you plays a detective investigating murders by the memories of witnesses and suspects. I suspect this game will be light on actual gameplay but so long as the writing pulls through, that’s fine by me.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Releases: September 20 Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Intelligent Systems, Nintendo EPD, Grezzo Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Action-adventure Hype Level: High – Most Anticipated
External Links: Official Website | Nintendo | Wikipedia

To be honest, it’s kind of random that we’re getting a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. I personally figured that Skyward Sword would be the next one to be updated. Also, wouldn’t it make more sense to remake A Link to the Past first? But whatever, I love Zelda so I’m naturally really interested in this game. I also never played Link’s Awakening and while I’d still like to play the Game Boy Color version one day, this remake ought to tide me over.

I can’t exactly comment on how the gameplay may have been changed but I can comment on some other things. One, this toy or diorama-like art style is gorgeous. I know some people don’t like the way it looks but I think this aesthetic suits the game’s adventurous and nostalgic tone perfectly. And two, I’m really curious how the “Chamber Dungeons” will play out. After Super Mario Maker, I’ve wanted to see Nintendo make a similar game for Zelda. This feature in Link’s Awakening could be a step in that direction.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered

Releases: September 20 Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Developer: Level-5 Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Genre: Role-Playing Hype Level: Optimistic
External Links: PlayStation | NintendoWikipedia

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was one of the games that made me want to get a PlayStation 3. So I bought a PS3…and never got around to getting Ni no Kuni…or any other PS3 game for that matter…again, college and lack of money. Now that the game is getting re-released on more modern systems, I’m hoping I’ll finally satisfy my curiosity for this game. And if I like it enough, maybe I’ll try the sequel as well. Something to note is that the Switch version isn’t technically the remaster but just a straight port of the PS3 version. It’s a little odd but the only difference are the graphics and that’s something I won’t bat an eye over when I get the game on Switch.

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition

Releases: September 27 Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Square Enix Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Role-Playing Hype Level: Optimistic
External Links: Official Website | NintendoWikipedia

Dragon Quest is a series that I’ve never sunk my teeth into. I know it’s extremely huge in Japan but I haven’t had the time to check it out. I figured Dragon Quest XI would be my starting point though I’ll admit that I’ve held off on getting the game in order to wait for the Switch version to come out. I largely just to play the game on the go but apparently, this version happens to also come with extra content so I guess I really will get the definitive experience. My only concern is that I’ve heard the game plays very traditionally as an RPG. As much as I love the RPG genre, I have learned that I’m not fond of games that stick so closely to the original formula. Still, I hope this game pushes the right buttons for me. After falling out of love with Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts, I could use a game to remind how good Square Enix’s RPGS can get.


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7 thoughts on “Games Coming in September 2019

    • Yeah, I have a feeling I’ll be sucked into Link’s Awakening the most as well. I try to balance out my playtime with games but sometimes, there’s that one game that sucks you in (I’m currently addicted to Fire Emblem: Three Houses).

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        • I can attest that not moving from my room a lot is what’s been happening to me with Three Houses. I’m on my third playthrough of the game rn. I’ve admittedly been playing it a lot because I want to write a review on it for the blog but the game is genuinely that arresting.

          Switch is pretty much my go-to platform for playing and collecting games now. I’d like to get a new PC at some point but the portability of the Switch is so appealing and convenient for me.

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