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The Best Games of 2014: September Releases

Now that the summer is officially coming to a close, several of the year’s most anticipated titles are finally on the way. While many may agree that Destiny is the main attraction this month, there is simply no denying that there are still several impressive titles worth checking out. Below is a detailed list of 18 games that may be worth both your time and money.

Full Title: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Publisher: NIS America
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
Release Date: September 2nd (North America) September 5th (Europe)

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is the long awaited sequel to the popular murder mystery adventure series of the same name. If you enjoyed all that Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc had to offer, then you’ll absolutely love all the chills and thrills you’ll get from this highly coveted followup.

For more, check out our Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair review.

Full Title: The Sims 4
Developers: EA Maxis and The Sims Studio
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: PC and Mac OS X
Release Date: September 2nd (North America) September 4th (Europe)

When it comes to life simulation games, The Sims 4 is already poised to be the most memorable entry in the series yet. With new social features and several different ways for sims to experience life, love, and death, The Sims 4 promises to up the ante in virtually every way imaginable.

For more, check out our Sims 4 review.

Full Title: Velocity 2X
Developers: FuturLab
Publisher: FuturLab
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita
Release Date: September 2nd (North America and Europe)

Velocity 2X is an exhilarating space combat game that caters mostly to fans of both puzzle-platformers and adventure games. Considering that this will be free for PlayStation Plus subscribers all month long, you and your friends have absolutely no excuse not to check it out.

For more, check out our Velocity 2X review.

Full Title: Destiny
Developers: Bungie
Publisher: Activision
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Release Date: September 9th (North America and Europe)

Destiny is an upcoming open world multiplayer first-person shooter created by the talented team over at Bungie. If you’re looking for a game similar to Halo and filled with plenty of enticing MMO elements, then Destiny may be just the game for you.

For more, check out our Destiny review.

Full Title: NHL 15
Developers: EA Canada
Publisher: EA Sports
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Release Date: September 9th (North America and Europe)

NHL 15 is the 24th installment in the NHL series and the official current gen debut of the franchise on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. If you’re a diehard fan of hockey, then you may want to check this out when it hits stores everywhere next week.

Full Title: ArcheAge
Developers: XL Games
Publisher: Trion Worlds
Platforms: PC
Release Date: September 16th (North America and Europe)

ArcheAge could be best described as a bold sandbox MMORPG full of questing, crafting, and PvP elements. If you’re looking for a new MMORPG to spend your time on, then this may be your best bet. 

Full Title: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution
Developers: CyberConnect2
Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC
Release Date: September 16th (North America) September 12th (Europe)

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is the action-packed sequel to Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. With plenty of new characters and a revamped fighting system, Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is an absolute must play for any and every Naruto fan on the planet.

Full Title: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call
Developers: Square Enix 1st Production Development
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: September 16th (North America) September 19th (Europe)

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call is a rhythm game based of music from the popular Final Fantasy series. If you enjoyed music from some of these games, then Curtain Call might be right up your alley.

Full Title: Wasteland 2
Developers: inXile Entertainment
Publisher: inXile Entertainment
Platforms: PC, Mac OS X and Linux
Release Date: September 19th (North America and Europe)

Wasteland 2 is a post-apocalyptic RPG and the sequel to the original Wasteland published way back in 1988. This sequel is the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign and will appeal most to fans of the first game.

Full Title: Defense Grid 2
Developers: Hidden Path Entertainment
Publisher: 505 Games
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac OS X and Linux
Release Date: September 23rd (North America and Europe)

Defense Grid 2 is the result of another successful Kickstarter campaign. This unique tower defense game is both fun and challenging to playthrough. If you’re into these types of strategy games, then you may want to keep this game on your radar.

Full Title: Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes
Developers: Avalanche Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Playstation Vita and Xbox 360
Release Date: September 23rd (North America) September 18th (Europe)

Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes is an action-adventure sandbox game that combines both disney and marvel characters with different playsets. If you had a chance to play the original Disney Infinity, then you have a good idea of what you can expect from this.

Full Title: FIFA 15
Developers: EA Canada
Publisher: EA Sports
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, iOS and Android
Release Date: September 23rd (North America) September 25th (Europe)

FIFA 15 is the latest installment from the popular football simulation series. Fans can expect crisper graphics, advanced gameplay dynamics, and several other notable improvements over last year’s edition. If you’re a diehard FIFA fan, then you definitely owe it to yourself to check out this game.

Full Title: Hyrule Warriors
Developers: Omega Force and Team Ninja
Publisher: Nintendo and Koei Tecmo
Platforms: Wii U
Release Date: September 26th (North America) September 19th (Europe)

Hyrule Warriors takes the popular characters from the Zelda series and places them firmly in a Dynasty Warriors inspired universe. This hack and slash action video game is easily Nintendo’s biggest release of the month and one title that Wii U owners have been patiently waiting on.

Full Title: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
Developers: The Astronauts
Publisher: The Astronauts and Nordic Games
Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4 (Out in 2015)
Release Date: September 26th (North America and Europe)

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is an adventure game that puts players in the shoes of a detective with paranormal powers as he investigates the fictional Red Creek Valley. This intriguing title will debut on the PC later this month and on the PS4 sometime next year.

Full Title: Massive Chalice
Developers: Double Fine Productions
Publisher: Double Fine Productions
Platforms: PC, Mac OS X, Linux, and Xbox One
Release Date: September 28th (North America and Europe)

Massive Chalice is a turn-based strategy game created by the talented team over at Double Fine Productions. This was another game that was successfully funded through Kickstarter and will be launching on several platforms later this month.

Full Title: Forza Horizon 2
Developers: Playground Games, Sumo Digital and Turn 10 Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platforms: Xbox One and Xbox 360
Release Date: September 30th (North America and Europe)

Forza Horizon 2 is one racing game that alot of Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners are looking forward to. Fans can expect several new gameplay features and three times the amount of drivable areas to explore. If you’re a diehard Forza fan at heart, then you definitely should pickup this game on September 30th.

For more, check out our Forza Horizon 2 review

Full Title: Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Developers: Monolith Productions and Behaviour Interactive
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3
Release Date: September 30th (North America and Europe) PC Version out on October 2nd

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is an action RPG set within The Lord of The Rings universe. This game is expected to bridge the gap between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings saga all while introducing us to several new characters along the way. If you’re a fan of this universe, then you definitely owe it to yourself to checkout this title as soon as humanly possible.

Full Title: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Developers: Arc System Works and Atlus
Publisher: Atlus
Platforms: PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Release Date: September 30th (North America and Europe)

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is an exciting fighting game and the direct sequel to Persona 4 Arena. If your infatuated with the Persona series, then picking this up is an absolute no-brainer.

Honorable Mentions:

September 2nd:

Warframe (Xbox One)

September 4th:

Valiant Hearts: The Great War (iOS)

September 5th:

Dead Rising 3 (PC)

September 13th:

Fable Anniversary (PC)

September 16th:

Fairy Fencer F (PlayStation 3)

September 23rd:

Arcana Heart 3: LOVE MAX!!!!! (PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita)

Natural Doctrine (PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 3)

Stronghold Crusader 2 (PC)

September 30th:

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC)

This concludes my list of the best games worth picking up this month. Please note that some of these release dates are subject to change at any given time. Do any of you plan on purchasing any of the titles listed above? Please feel free to let us know in the comments section below.