It’s September, which heralds the beginning of the big game rush. Heck, maybe we will even learn the dates and prices of the next-gen consoles this month (PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF…)
Sure big games are exciting, I am ready to pee myself over Avengers despite the hate train following it. But the avalanche of big-name games means a lot of other equally good games might get buried in the pile.
Like all my monthly lists, I don’t list the biggest games, we all know about Avengers, and Crusader Kings 3 released already, and is really good apparently. This list consists of 10 games that you may not even know about. Hopefully, by the end of this article, I’ve made your wallet a little bit sadder.
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Rogue Summoner was released to Steam on September 3rd, 2020.
Rogue Summoner is a turn-based tactical rogue-like with a really neat tabletop miniature aesthetic. You can cast spells, use potions, and what-not. But the defining feature of the game is the ability to summon any creature you can encounter. Kind of in the name “Rogue Summoner” rogue-like, Summoner. Clever.
If you die, you start over with no monsters in your loadout, but I really like the concept. It’s always interesting to have the ability to bring a creature that was eating your face to your side and have it eat the faces of others instead. If you are reading this, it’s already out, and you can buy it!
Spellbreak was released on the Epic Games store, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on September 3rd, 2020.
Spellbreak looks like an absolutely wild take on the Battle Royal genre. I get giddy watching all the videos of it, it just looks like so much fun. You aren’t a half-naked person digging through a trash can for a new pair of pants just to get sniped in the dingleberries after an hour anyway.
You are a badass wizard with badass spells, flight, jumping, explosions, and everything else that’s cool. The combinations of magic, and how they interact is really neat. For example, if someone chucks a boulder at your face, toss it aside with a whirlwind. Best of all, Spellbreak is free to play, features crossplay and it’s out now.
Necromunda: Underhive Wars
Necromunda is a tactical turn-based game that is based on the tabletop game by the same name. Mordheim: City of the Damned was another great tabletop adaption and was made by the same developer so you can count on Necromunda to be good.
You lead and customize a group of fighters from one of three gangs in Necromunda. The combat in Necromunda seems to feature a lot of vertically and terrain features within the under-hive. I really enjoyed Mordheim and Necromunda is a great setting, so i’m hyped.
Star Renegades releases to Steam and PC Gamepass on September 8th
If anyone ever says that retro or pixel art games are ugly, show them Star Renegades and watch them sit in the corner of shame. Seriously, look at it, would ya just look at that!
Once your eyeballs stop orgasming, you will find that Star Renegades is a rogue-lite strategy RPG with a neat active battle system. What really has my attention is the adversary system. I will stan the nemesis system in Shadow of War more than Smeagol stans the one ring, and the Adversary system shares similar DNA.
Blazing Sails: Pirate Battle Royal
Blazing Sails enters Steam early access on September 9th, 2020.
I can’t help it, if I read the words “Battle Royal” I groan. The genre never jived with me in the first place, and I will be happy when a new fad takes over. But it’s pirates. I can’t really think of a better vessel for the genre, and Blazing Sails is probably the most unique take on battle royal aside from Tetris 99.
You run a ship with a crew and fight it out, patching holes, manning cannons, sword fighting, and other pirate stuff. The hide in a bush for an hour and die mechanic that I hate isn’t present here, you respawn until your ship is sunk. Between Blazing Sails and SpellBreak, I may get into the genre yet.
Rule of Land: Pioneers
Rule of Land: Pioneers enters Steam early access on September 9th, 2020.
Rule of Land is a side-scrolling survival game that initially caught my eye due to its pastel-like art style and clean animations. After a Disaster, survivors take part in a survival competition, and you play as one of them. The other survivors are AI-controlled, it’s a single-player game, not a battle royal don’t worry.
Rule of Land seems to focus on the more realistic side of survival with disease, weather effects, and even ecological balance. It is an early access game, but it claims to be a complete experience with more to come.
I love the survival genre, but I have to admit, a lot make the attempt and fail. I keep my eyes peeled for potential good ones, and I really feel like Rule of Land: Pioneers might be one of them.
Ostranauts enters Steam early access on September 10, 2020.
If you have ever played NEO Scavenger, Ostranauts is set in the same universe, and if you haven’t played NEO scavenger, go do that now. It’s a great game. Ostranauts is a space ship life sim. You create a captain, hire crew members, and manage the difficulty of living in space.
It’s very much a simulation game where you need to manage both the ship’s systems and the health of your crew. The game features a type of social combat system and you get to flick switches and turn dials in the first person, pretty nifty. This looks like the type of game you can get lost in. It’s early access but I feel confident since the developers of NEO scavenger are the ones piloting the ship.
As Far As The Eye
As Far As The Eye releases to Steam on September 10th, 2020.
As Far As The Eye is a strategic turn-based roguelike with a twist. It’s a peaceful game with no enemies. Instead, the game is a nomadic city builder based on resource management and decision making.
Long journeys can be difficult even without the threat of attack and I am really interested in seeing how the roguelike concept plays out without combat. The game features a bunch of customization options to tune it the way you want as well.
Mortal Glory – Fresh Blood DLC
The Fresh Blood DLC for Mortal Glory releases to Steam on September 14th, 2020.
The base game of Mortal Glory is only $8, and it’s fantastic. Seriously, I reviewed it, and it’s sitting in my highest scoring section of the website. Fresh Blood is a new DLC that seeks to expand a great game that honestly deserves more attention.
Mortal Glory is a turn-based roguelike gladiator game, and Fresh Blood adds new races, skills, a new weapon type, and a whole new way to play in the form of a career mode. If you enjoy turn-based or roguish games. You need to check out Mortal Glory. I would bet that if you do, you will be ready to pick up Fresh Blood the moment it drops.
Unrailed is already in early access, but its full release is slated for September 21st, 2020. It will be available on Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
I gave Unrailed an early access review awhile back and was pretty impressed with it. It’s a chaotic party game in the same vein as titles such as Overcooked. You and some friends work to keep a train from derailing by building and placing tracks while keeping the engine cool.
The game takes you through a bunch of biomes with different challenges, and you can add cars and upgrades to the train. Many party games live in the shadows of the well-established ones. But I think Unrailed can sit among the best ones, and I am really excited to see what the full release brings.
Well, that’s the list, and while I hope you found something to look forward to. This is the part where I shill myself for the second time. I have a Kofi page you can check out to support the site. Or just share this article with folks, traffic is always good for me, and it helps other people find games they might otherwise miss. Happy gaming folks!