If you’re into ice-hockey (or just Canadian), September 13th (North America, 15th for Europe) brings with it NHL 17— the latest in the series of ice-hockey simulations. For the first time in said series, teams from the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) are playable. Aside from that, as with most, if not all sports games being released this year, there have been improvements made to general gameplay and the aesthetics of the game, with the help of motion-capture and the implementation of ‘reactionary save intelligence’, developed for the goalkeepers.
Pro Evolution Soccer 17
Are you a fan of soccer but not a fan of FIFA? PES 17, is your alternative. What’s new in this entry is that match analysis has been made available for both online and offline games, allowing you to analyse your opponent’s favourite moves, areas of attack, and traits. You know it’ll be worth trying since it’s been nominated for both the E3 Games Critics Award, and the Gamescom 2016 Award for Best Sports Game.
NASCAR Heat Evolution
With 23 different tracks, four different game modes, and the challenge presented to you to beat NASCAR records, NASCAR Heat Evolution is a racing game that should excite, especially since this is the first NASCAR game to be released for current-gen consoles. Look out for it in stores on September 13th.
While PC gamers have been enjoying XCOM 2 since February, console gamers will get their chance to try this turn-based strategy game on the 30th of September. With added depth using a concealment system, which allows for stealth and reconnaissance, and the use of a procedurally generated map to prevent patterns from forming, there’s no doubt that developers Firaxis Games have outdone themselves with XCOM 2, and proven that this rebooted series is one to keep an eye on.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
Last but not least, the indie platformer, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, a kickstarter funded game that places you in the magical shoes of Shantae— a 2D shapeshifting half-genie, whom in this game, is trying to prevent the escape of a powerful malevolent force from escaping the mystical genie realm. If you’re interested in a good ol’ fashioned platformer or you’re a fan of the series (which is now up to the its fourth entry), look out for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero on the 27th of September.