The Best Upcoming Games in September
The highly anticipated Kena: Bridge of Spirits will be released this month, alongside other indie games, including The Artful Escape and Sable. Take a look at some of the most anticipated titles this month:
The Artful Escape
Annapurna Interactive has been publishing a huge bunch of high profile indies lately, and The Artful Escape is no exception, with the game featuring the voice performances of a Hollywood cast that includes Michael Johnston, Caroline Kinley, Lena Headey, Jason Schwartzman, Mark Strong, and Carl Weathers. But The Artful Escape has been boosting a great deal of star power on its own. It features a teenage guitar prodigy on a transcendental journey towards superstardom, as he attempts to build his own stage persona and step out from under his uncle’s legacy–a beloved folk legend. You’ll get to shred, soar and dance across wondrous landscapes, with your very movement modulating the pulse of the game’s soundtrack.
The Artful Escape will be released on 9 September.
Gas Station Simulator
Having played too much of the demo to Gas Station Simulator, I can only say that this game is wonderfully therapeutic, and no one should sleep on it. The short of it is that you get to run a gas station. The longer version, of course, is that you get to clean up the rubbish, debris and copious amount of sand in the station, which is somehow set in the middle of an desert. You’ll get to outfit the station with your favourite decoration, and expand the place with additional services to complement your income–such as a small car repair workshop and even a car wash. You’ll also get to pump patrol and run the kiosk–perhaps even hire an employee to help you out with these tasks. It may sound very tedious, but there’s immense comfort in these routines, and satisfaction in watching your profit margins soar through the roof.
Gas Station Simulator will be released on 16 September.
With the sheer amount of cyberpunk games being released, cyberpunk fatigue is surely imminent, but the isometric RPG Gamedec looks so intriguing–and its subject matter so compelling–that it’s hard not to give this genre one more shot. You play as a game detective–a Gamedec, so to speak–who solves crimes within virtual worlds. Rather than barge into cases guns-ablazing, Gamdec is strictly non-combat focused; you’ll finally need to use your wits to get to the bottom of your cases, rather than point the end of your hi-tech rifle towards your suspects. The freedom and liberty to approach situations your way, too, is one of the game’s key features, much like the classic tabletop RPGs the game is inspired by. Expect to see virtual and real-life perspectives blend into one haphazard mis-mash of realities.
Gamedec will see a release on 16 September.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is garnering a lot of attention, and it’s not hard to see why; the game looks and feels like an interactive movie made by the likes of Pixar and Disney. The debut game by Ember Lab, players will experience this world as Kena, a young spirit guide, has travelled to an abandoned village in search of a sacred mountain shrine. Working closely with spirit companions known as the Rot–which honestly seems like a misnomer given their cuddly looks and googly eyes–she will be able to transform the environment to restore this village and the world to its former majestic self, while freeing other corrupted spirits by taking them on in combat.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits will be released on 21 September.
The dusty yet pastel-coloured sand dunes of Sable, coupled by a soundtrack composed by indie rock band Japanese Breakfast, are immediately arresting. But what belies these scenes is also a moving coming-of-age journey of a young girl who’s exploring a world filled with remnants of ancient civilisations. As the eponymous Sable, you’ll leap and climb across derelict structures and environments, or hop on a hoverbike to discover every inch of this mysterious world. You’ll also interact with other nomads you’ll meet along your adventures, and help them out as part of your rite of passage towards adulthood. You’ll also discover more about yourself and your environments around you, as you trudge along unfamiliar and unforgiving terrains.
Sable will be seeing a release on 23 September.