We round up the best in September gaming releases across the UK.
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2
Tues 13 Sept
Platforms: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
Pac-Man is back in this crazy, ultra fast-paced take on the arcade classic. This neon-filled, techno-pumping sequel includes the classic attack mode to show off your dot-chomping skills as well as a new ‘adventure’ mode. Players will navigate changing mazes to chase down moving fruit, leap over walls to escape using the new jump pads and going up against giant boss versions of the four Pac-Man ghosts Inky, Pinky, Blinky and Clyde. Customise the way every game looks and sounds, change the graphic style of the models and orientation of the maps and even music track selection. As a huge Pac-Man fan, I’m excited for this one. Got to get on that leader board!
Bioshock: The Collection
Fri 16 Sept
Platforms: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
Prepare to relive one of the greatest story-driven game series of all time. Bioshock: The Collection brings together Bioshock, Bioshock 2 and Bioshock Infinite into one re-mastered package. Return to the underwater ‘utopia’ of Rapture as Jack in the first instalment of the game, where a class civil war has devastated the city leaving only mutated Splicers driven mad by a substance known as ADAM. Bioshock 2 puts you in the shoes of Delta, a protector known as ‘Big Daddy’ as you try to reunite with your ‘Little Sister’ through the ruins of Rapture. Then fly through the floating city of Columbia in Bioshock Infinite as Booker Dewitt as he is tasked to save a mysterious young woman to wipe away his debt.
Forza Horizon 3
Tues 27 Sept
Platforms: PC, XBOX ONE
Take to the Australian outback in Playground Games’ new open world arcade racer. The Horizon Festival has begun and it’s time to get behind the wheel of over 350 of the world’s greatest cars, customise them however you like and challenge your friends in high-octane races, or work together in the new four player co-op campaign with cross-play between PC and Xbox One players. Forza Horizon 3 will also include weekly challenges known as Forzathon, where racers can enter competitions to drive and win new cars. Wind your way through ravines in 4x4s and speed through city streets inside supercars in what is looking to be one of the most visually stunning games of the year.
Thurs 29 Sept
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, XBOX 360, XBOX ONE
Even if you’re not a fan of sports games, you would be hard-pressed not to know about the juggernaut that is EA’s FIFA franchise. FIFA 17 is the next annual release of the series and it’s bringing something completely new to the table – a story mode. The journey follows a young athlete trying to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps to become a premier league footballer in one of 20 clubs. As well as this new feature, FIFA 17 will also include new J1 and J leagues, a complete graphical overhaul using the Frostbite game engine and all new techniques on the pitch for attacking and defending. Oh, and card packs are back so YouTube will be flooded with pack openings again.