Best Games releases On Xbox Game Pass (September 2023)
The beginning of fall brings with it a full month of new game releases to check out. This month is about much more than just taking off for the stars, but there is one particularly massive, gigantic spacey game that is sure to be sapping up your and everyone else’s attention.
There is something for almost everyone coming out in September with the release of Baldur’s Gate 3 on PS5, the eagerly awaited release of Cyberpunk 2077’s sole DLC, and yet another option to enjoy Final Fantasy VII.
Chants of Sennaar – September 5
With an atmosphere that feels very reminiscent of 2012’s Journey, Chants of Sennaar packs striking visuals into a puzzle adventure with a heavy emphasis on language, as it takes inspiration from the biblical myth of Babel.
Rune Factory 3 Special – September 5
Rune Factory 3 is a return to the 2009 Nintendo DS RPG. Complete with overhauled visuals, including 3D character models, the remake also includes a new “Hell” difficulty mode.
Starfield – September 6
Here it is. Bethesda’s next big adventure heads to the cosmos for the studio’s first new IP since The Elder Scrolls arrived in the ‘90s.
Featuring a mind-boggling size, experiencing everything Starfield has to offer is sure to take up a good chunk of your time, if you can ever even finish it all.
Baldur’s Gate 3 (PS5 release) – September 6
Baldur’s Gate 3 has been a smash-hit success on PC, and now it arrives on PS5 this September.
Featuring a digitized form of the Dungeon & Dragons fifth edition rules, the game offers numerous branching and interconnected narrative situations that demand replayability and almost always defy expectations.
Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis – September 7
Unlike a certain someone, Final Fantasy VII will never die. Ever Crisis is the latest installment in the ongoing series spawned from the hit 1997 PSX JRPG.
Exclusive to Android and iOS, Ever Crisis retells the story of both the original Final Fantasy VII and additional entries like Crisis Core with a return to chibi-style characters and episodic scenarios.
Fae Farm – September 8
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A cooperative farm sim, Fae Farm lets you join three other friends to farm and delve dungeons in a magical realm.
NBA 2K24 – September 8
The latest NBA title from EA, 2K24 sees the return of the MyCareer mode, letting you create your own player to hit the court against AI or human players online.
Eternights – September 12
One part action-adventure, one part dating sim, Eternights asks you to “save the world, and find love along the way.”
As you know, dangerous situations and acts of desperation always result in lasting relationships.
Mythforce – September 12
Taking inspiration from Saturday morning cartoons, MythForce is a first-person roguelike set in a high-fantasy universe.
Super Bomberman R 2 – September 12
Bad news: There are more bombs. Good news: Bomberman is here. Out on September 12, Super Bomberman R 2 features a story mode and competitive multiplayer with up to 64 players. That’s a lotta bombs.
Baten Kaitos I & II Remaster – September 14
Play it on: Switch
Two classic JRPGs, Baten Kaitos I and II, are returning to the Nintendo Switch by way of an HD remaster that lowers the bar of entry with options to skip encounters and an auto-save.
The Crew Motorfest – September 14
The Crew Motorfest is all about fast cars and Hawaiin vistas, with both street races and off-road challenges.The game boasts a wild collection of more than 600 cars to choose from.
Gloomhaven – September 18
Gloomhaven tasks you and your band of bloodthirsty mercenaries with exploring dungeons, forests, caves, and other fantasy trappings with turn-based combat and cooperative multiplayer.
Having already enjoyed some time out in the wild on PC, Gloomhaven hits consoles on September 18.
Lies of P – September 19
What if Pinocchio, but also Bloodborne? That’s the basic premise for Lies of P, a soulslike hitting PC and consoles on September 19.
There’s sure to be a lot of death, which is every puppet’s dream. If you’re skeptical, you can now check out a free demo on your platform of choice.
Mortal Kombat 1 – September 19
Mortal Kombat returns with a reboot, setting familiar faces against one another in a whole new and unexpected narrative journey.
And yes, the game appears to be packed with blood-dripping, bone-crunching fatalities.
Party Animals – September 20
Party Animals looks like a proper riot. A party game in which you and a group of friends take on the roles of very floppy and cute critters, you can either work together, or mosh around in adorably hilarious ways.
Warhaven – September 20
Play it on: Windows
This free-to-play medieval combat sim launches on PC on September 20, promising “dynamic melee combat” and squad battles aplenty.
Witchfire – September 20
Play it on: Windows (Early Access)
Hitting Early Access on the Epic Games Store on September 20, Witchfire is a gory first-person shooter set in a dark-fantasy realm that mixes up medieval and western stylings, magic, guns, and a snappy dodge move to get-out-of-the-way™.
Payday 3 – September 21
The next installment in the long-running co-op shooter crime sim, Payday 3 sets you off to shoot up some banks, grab the money, and then plan your next heist.
EA Sports FC 24 – September 22
Play it on: PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Windows
Buy it from: Amazon | Best Buy | GameStop
EA Sports FC 24 aspires to bring to gaming one of the most wildly detailed and realistic soccer experiences out there.
Featuring over 19,000 licensed players across mens’ and womens’ soccer, the game launches on September 22.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty – September 26
Following a long road to recovery from its shaky 2020 launch, Cyberpunk 2077 will see its one-and-done narrative expansion with Phantom Liberty.
Starring Keanu Reeves alongside Cyberpunk newcomer Idris Elba, Phantom Liberty doesn’t just send players on a new sci-fi narrative quest, it also features comprehensive retoolings of both the game’s engine and the RPG mechanics you’ll deploy to defy physics, hack your opponents, and slice ‘em up with katanas and forearm-mounted blades
Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos – September 26
Celebrating 25 years of Harvest Moon, the latest entry in the cozy franchise sets you off farming all kinds of locales, from mountains to shorelines.
Infinity Strash: Dragon Quest The Adventure Of Dai – September 28
The Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai anime transforms into video game form with Infinity Strash, an action-RPG that tells the tale of an epic struggle between good and evil.
Cocoon – September 29
Cocoon comes from Jeppe Carleson, designer of Limbo and Inside. A puzzler that tasks you with traversing different worlds to solve its puzzles and unravel its narrative, the game looks as cryptic as it is beautiful.
Fate/Samurai Remnant – September 29
With a cast of characters you can switch between during combat, Fate/Samurai Remnant is the newest addition to the Fate series. Launching on September 29 on PlayStation, Switch, and PC, this action-RPG focuses on samurai styles and pretty, colorful magic.
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