September is finally here, and with it comes the annual dump of video games that we all know and love. This isn’t a comprehensive list of releases by any means, rather it’s a list of the bigger games that I’m personally keeping an eye on.
Marvel’s Spider-Man [09/07/18]
Like a lot of people, my memory of Spider-Man games gets real blurry right after the 2004 release of Spider-Man 2 for the PS2 and Xbox. There are a lot of reasons people consider that one to be the most memorable, but all I really remember is that the web-swinging felt really good. All I know is that there’s a new Spider-Man game that looks like it’s combining the feeling of moving around as Spider-Man with Arkham Asylum-style combat, which seems like a match made in heaven for me.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider [09/14/18]
I’ve been really impressed with the rebooted Tomb Raider games we’ve gotten thus far, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider seems to be building upon the already solid foundation its predecessors have laid down. I may not know anything about what’s actually going on in the story of Lara Croft over the course of these games, but playing them has been an absolute blast, and I look forward to eventually getting to shoot arrows at dudes who wander too far into the woods.
Life is Strange 2 [09/28/18]
Set in the same universe as the first Life is Strange, the upcoming sequel is also angling to pinpoint my heart and viciously attack it until I feel like an angsty and confused teen once again. I haven’t been looking at any pre-release materials because I’d just like to experience it at my own pace, but from what I gather it revolves around two brothers and a murder. But even without knowing anything about the plot, I was so taken with the first game that I’m onboard for whatever they would do with a sequel.
Red Dead Redemption 2 [10/26/18]
Do I really need to write anything about why I’m excited for Red Dead Redemption 2? At the bare minimum I’ll say that I really enjoyed the tone of the original Red Dead Redemption and think the overall game was a triumph in game design. It’s refreshing to see Rockstar make a game that isn’t all about being satirical and lampooning some aspect of our society. Red Dead Redemption 2 looks like an incredibly ambitious game and I can’t wait to get to spend time with it.
Hitman 2 [11/13/18]
It seems surreal that a sequel to Hitman 2016 is right around the corner. That game was so damn good and I really don’t know how you’d make that experience better, but the folks over at IO apparently have found a way. My only reservation with Hitman 2 is the fact that they’re ditching the episodic model in favor of a traditional release. That’s totally valid, but I feel like some of the appeal to the 2016 release was the fact that because there were limited levels, you’d replay them over and over and try to exhaust every option available to you. But hey, I’ll take Hitman 2 any way it’s offered to me.
Fallout 76 [11/14/18]
I don’t like Bethesda RPGs, and I strongly doubt this game is going to convert me, but boy howdy am I curious to see what the reception to Fallout 76 is. From everything I’ve heard about the way it works, it seems iffy, but I’d love to be proven wrong on this.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate [12/07/18]
I mean, I really don’t care about Ultimate, but I’m a really big fan of how Nintendo went ahead and got every character from past entries as well as added some heavily requested ones, while making sure not to let Waluigi be a full character. Waluigi sucks.