And so we enter a new month in the gaming calendar in what is set to be a pretty exciting month as we start the inevitable Christmas run up and games publishers fight amongst themselves to find that sweet spot in the release schedule that not only fits when people can afford to but the game, but to try no to clash with another major release and of course not enter the market so early that they have fallen out of public interest before the Christmas season and its accompanied gift buying frenzy begins.
It’s a tough time of year to bring out a game, but it’s one that can seriously make or break a studios investment in a major way, here in the UK the school holidays are about to come to an end, which sees a large portion of the game playing public returning to school and simply playing less games, so publishers really need to pull out the big guns to draw both that market and of course the rest of the game buying market back into full throttle money spending mode, from which we can expect to see companies spending huge amount promoting their latest wares over the next couple of months more than they would any other time of year.
Last month was a good month for gamers, not great but certainly not without its winners, seeing games like Risen 2: Dark Waters, Persona 4 Arena, Final Fantasy VII Digital PC Edition, Sleeping Dogs, Darksiders II, Guild Wars 2 and Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition, the RPG loving game has been well catered for with enough roll playing goodness to keep them busy for many months to come, so what does September hold in wait for the gaming masses, with Sleeping Dogs and Guild Wars last month, it’s going to take something pretty special to get people to open their wallets again, so let’s take a quick look at when we can expect of the rest of this month.
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Mac)
Double Dragon: Neon (PS3/360)
NBA Baller Beats (360)
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (PS3/360)
Kinect Nat Geo (360)
Kinect Sesame Street TV (360)
Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector’s Set (PS3/360)
Train Simulator 2013 (PC)
Borderlands 2 (PC/PS3/360)
F1 2012 (PC/PS3/360)
Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection (360)
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (MAC/PC)
FIFA 13 (PS2/VITA/PS3/360)
Obviously there are a whole lot more games coming out this month, with around a hundred games set to launch through September on everything from iOS to Google Chrome it’s a nightmare to keep track of them all, but hopefully this little run down will keep your eyes open to some of the big hitters and odd choices that we can expect this month.
First up on the 6th we have a mac port of Lego Batman : DC, while I’m not much of a fan of the beloved Apple system, there is a lot of untapped potential in the Mac market and it’s nice to see game developers making that extra effort to launch the platform, still a far cry from the PC in terms of releases though. After that we have Double Dragon: Neon aims to give us a much needed throwback to the button mashing classic Double Dragon series and games like Tekken Tag Tournament 2 goes head to head with Street fighter 25th Anniversary Collector’s Set to throw the gauntlet down this month for the modern fighting game, only time will tell who wins this fight.
Kinect fans can rejoice by waving their arms at the TV this month too, with the release of Nat Geo, Sesame Street TV and Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection, personally I'm looking forward to the Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection, but only because I’m a little big for Sesame Street (maybe).
Train Simulator 2013 gets an mention this month too, given that the titles are nothing special, they are what they are, but my god do the gaming public love the have some fun with these games, who would have thought they would be as popular as they are due to lack of quality?
But to round things off we have some serious big guns launching this month, with the latest yearly updates for FIFA and F1 launching which will both no doubt sell well right in to next year as the fans mop up the latest updates and tweaks to the pair of titles. World of Warcraft fans will no doubt clamour to pick every corner of Mists of Pandaria in no time at all and I will be calling in sick to work on the 21st as we see the launch of what I expect will be one of the hottest games on the next 12 months, Borderlands 2.
Overall though September is shaping up to be one superb month in gaming, but even with some of the big hitters launching this month, it's hard not to see the shadow of giants over the hill as we roll up to Christmas where Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft will be rolling out the big guns in terms of hardware deals, promotions and of course first party exclusives, but the real money spinner will be Call of Duty, Halo, Need for Speed and the other yearly flavours, so what are you looking forward to this month or even just this year?