This month we have a big list of games on the horizon. Big enough that five isn’t enough for this month’s Big 5. We may have to go bigger! This month we’ve got five games, a couple special mentions and a highly anticipated game in the Indie Spotlight. It’s a bit sports heavy this month but as you all know we’re on the slow climb to the holiday season. Look for October to really shine. Let’s get started, shall we?
NHL 17 – EA Sports – Sept 13 (Multiplatform)
Lace up your skates for the latest entry in the NHL franchise. Believe it or not, NHL 17 is the 26th entry in the NHL series and this year the cover is graced by St. Louis Blues forward, Vladimir Tarasenko. As always there are a host of improvements, many of them based on player feedback. One of the new modes this year sees ‘Be a GM’ changed to ‘Franchise Mode’. In ‘Franchise Mode’ you go one step further to become the team’s official owner. Relocate the team, build a new stadium, and rebuild your dynasty. Wind up that slapshot on Sept. 13th!
FIFA 17 – EA Sports – Sept 27 (Multiplatform)
From lacing skates to lacing up your cleats, it’s FIFA 17. The beautiful game prepares to debut its 2017 edition this Sept 27 and this year brings the Frostbite Engine to the series. Play through the league modes or take ‘The Journey’ which tells the story of Alex Hunter and his rise through the Premier League. Gracing the cover this year is German striker, best known for his versatility and crazy speed, Marco Reus.
NBA 2K17 – 2K Sports – Sept 16 (Multiplatform)
Three games in and three sports titles on the list. Like we mentioned above, this month is heavy on the sports. With EA’s NBA Live 17 being pushed right into 2017 there’s no competition for NBA 2K17, never mind the fact that Live hasn’t been competition for years. We’re now 18 installments into the series and 2K is never content to sit back without pumping in some new ideas every year. Cover duties are shared by Paul George on the Standard Edition and Kobe Bryant on the ‘Legends’ Edition and it will be available this coming Sept 16th.
ReCore – Microsoft Studios – Sept 13 (X1/PC)
Alright, we’re moving past the sports section into something different! Keiji Inafune and Armature Studio bring this new IP to life for the Xbox One and PC (via Xbox Play Anywhere) on Sept 13. Following the story of Joule and her robot companions, it is a fast paced and at times relentless platformer. We got some hands-on time with ReCore at an event in Toronto and summed up our thoughts in a preview piece. Coming in at a lower price point than most AAA games it offers a good incentive to jump in and check it out.
Forza Horizon 3 – Microsoft Studios – Sept 27 (X1/PC)
Start your engines for the next installment to the Forza Horizon series with Forza Horizon 3. The Horizon Festival has moved to the great continent of Australia and it’s brought over 350 of your favorite vehicles with it! With a map touted to be over twice the size of that in Horizon 2, you’ll visit iconic locations like Surfer’s Paradise and Byron Bay all while playing with your friends. Developed by Playground Games and dropping with more races and modes than ever you can get it on Sept 27th.
SPECIAL MENTIONS : BioShock: The Collection – 2K Games – Sept 13 (Multiplatform), Destiny: Rise of Iron – Activision – Sept 20 (PS4/X1)