The top 10 PC games in September 2021


Just when we thought video games were right again, there was another wave of delays last month. It’s perfectly understandable: unprecedented times and so on, etc. For you, dear readers, however, it meant our post on August’s top games was gutted almost immediately after it was released.

There are plenty of great looking games to be found this September … at the time of this writing. So, can everyone stay as calm as possible, please? It would be a shame if Kena got pushed again. I would love to play that. I would really like to play a lot of them to be fair.

Everything is going according to plan, you will have tons of wonderful games to play around with over the next few weeks but I know that you are looking for the best of the best. Here are the 10 best video games to hit PC in September 2021 … hopefully.

If you like moving pictures with words and music, you can watch the video above. But if you prefer text then read on.

Deathloop (September 14th)

Who is this from? Arcane Studios
Where can i get this? steam
How much is it? £ 50 / € 60 / $ 60

The first time loop game on this list – yes, there are two this month – is from the people who brought you Prey and Dishonored, Arkane Studios. In Deathloop you have to take out eight targets in a single day; If not, the day will start over. However, one of your potential victims is also after blood. Whether player or AI controlled, they will try to hunt you down while you are on your mission. Chances are you won’t be a normal Ian Hitman to begin with, but that’s fine as each loop is a chance to learn the behavior and schedule of each person you need to turn off. And it gives you a chance to find out how you are going to manipulate their plans. The developers have carried over some of the supernatural elements from their previous games, which means that with the help of some familiar skills like Dishonored’s Blink characters, you will be murdered. But there are a lot of guns in here too, obvs. There’s a reason Deathloop is causing so much buzz: it looks amazing.

The Artful Escape (September 9th)

Who is this from? Beethoven and dinosaurs
Where can i get this? steam
How much is it? No price quoted at the time of writing

You know a game has been in development for a while when a studio says it has been working on it since the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Anyone who’s seen a few seconds of gameplay can say it was time well spent. The Artful Escape is about a teenage guitarist who explores psychadelic, cosmic levels to find out what his stage personality should be. It’s a one-piece 2D platformer, adventure game, and tons of rock operas. Oh! And Lena Headey and Carl Weathers are also here somewhere. I’m curious if all of this turns out to be a must-play this September, but the art style and soundtrack are enough to get me on board.

Life is Strange: True Colors (September 10th)

Who is this from? Deck nine
Where can i get this? Steam | Modest
How much is it? £ 50 / € 60 / $ 60

The latest Life Is Strange game is out this month and it promises the passionate sharing and supernatural powers that you have come to expect from the series. This time you play as a young woman named Alex in the quaint Colorado town of Haven Springs. The special ability in this one revolves around empathy: Just by being close to another person, Alex feeling their emotions. Certainly not as bombastic as rewinding time, but these connections allow you to get to the bottom of a mysterious death. I know some people love this show, but to me it was spotty at best. Developer Deck Nine has said that if you do this, you’ll have more impact on your story, so keep your fingers crossed that it means a more compelling narrative.

Lemnistor (September 28)

Who is this from? Ratloop Games Canada
Where can i get this? Steam | Modest
How much is it? £ 12 / € 13 / $ 16

Like Deathloop, Lemnis Gate is an FPS with a time loop. However, it is a little more difficult to summarize succinctly. But let’s try anyway! So you play against other players in 1v1 or 2v2 matches – one tries to destroy a target while the other tries to defend it. However, this is not a direct shootout; it’s turn based. Both attackers and defenders have five attempts to send a futuristic soldier onto the field, each attempt lasting 25 seconds. When everyone has completed their turns, in the 25-second loop, 10 agents will simultaneously perform the actions specified by the players. For example, if I use my first 25 seconds to destroy an important large piece of metal, you can use your first 25 seconds to kill me before I destroy the large metal mentioned above. And so it continues. I have it? Isch? It definitely seems like a game that makes more sense after a game or two. Of all the multiplayer first person shooters this fall, Lemnis Gate is definitely the one that fascinates me the most.

To the east (September 16)

Who is this from? Pixpil
Where can i get this? Steam | GOG | Modest
How much is it? £ 20 / € 22 / $ 22

Katharine previously described Eastward as “Studio Ghibli meets The Legend Of Zelda,” and even if you haven’t played it, you can see it for yourself from around 10 seconds of footage. In this role-playing game, you play two different characters: Sam (a magical and enthusiastic young girl) and John (a gruff middle-aged man with a Vic- and Bob-like penchant for beating people on the head with a frying pan). To solve puzzles and take out villains, you switch back and forth between them and use the powers of each one. If this plays as well as it looks, Eastward could be one of the real winners this month.

Sable (September 23)

Who is this from? Scale work
Where can i get this? Steam | Shop for Epic Games | GOG | Modest
How much is it? No price quoted at the time of writing

This beautiful open world exploration game has appeared on the most anticipated lists for years, and we will finally be able to play it all in just a few weeks. While the game is effectively a coming-of-age story, where the eponymous Sable searches for her role in society, it’s also about the little stories you encounter. Talking to NPCs and bumping into points of interest sounds just as rewarding as anything else in the game. There is also a hoverbike here and they are always brilliant. We hope the final game lives up to the hype that has surrounded Sable since it was announced in 2018.

Lost In Random (September 10th)

Who is this from? Zoink / Thunderous
Where can i get this? steam
How much is it? £ 25 / € 30 / $ 30

Yes, it has a name that sounds a bit wrong and the reviews will be full of references to Tim Burton. Lost In Random is a dark fairy tale about a little girl who sets out on a journey to save her sister from a suitably evil queen. The world of Random isn’t exactly the friendliest place – you might have noticed – so this girl brought her adorable six-sided die to help her fight off all the bad guys she comes across. While it looks like a simple action game at first glance, there is a little more to this fight than that. So you will use your slingshot to knock energy cubes from enemies. You then feed those dice to Dicey (I think we all agree that’s an excellent name), who freezes time as he rolls the dice. That way, you can then play any of the cards that you collect during the game for maximum damage. The bomb card is my early favorite. Simple but effective. Keep an eye on Lost In Random: it could be a real sleeper hit.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits (September 21)

Who is this from? Ember Lab
Where can i get this? Epic Games Store
How much is it? £ 32 / € 40 / $ 40

No wonder some of the Kena trailers felt like their own short films: the developer started life as an animation studio. Whatever their background, Ember Lab’s first game looks just to my liking: a third-person action adventure with Horizon Zero Dawn-like battles and a story that will likely end with a pet dying or being so. Oh no … I just realize who is going to die. There are these sooty little dots in the game called The Rot, and I’m now afraid they’ll all get super murdered when the credits roll in. If so, these cute blobs will at least help you explore and fight before heading to the big fireplace in the sky. Regardless of a possible genocide, I am very much looking forward to this one.

Gamedec (September 16)

Who is this from? Anshar Studios
Where can i get this? Steam | Shop for Epic Games | GOG | Modest
How much is it? No price quoted at the time of writing

Gamedec: It’s pretty much the perfect name for a video game that is all about being a detective, isn’t it? Although this cyberpunk-themed isometric RPG will task you with solving crimes in virtual worlds – see it’s the 22nd century, just join in. By interviewing interesting people and examining your surroundings, you can find out who did the evil. In fact, this is the only way to solve it, as this is a text-heavy, no-fight game. So many games of this nature will highlight important evidence or make the “right” dialogue choice really obvious, but the blurb on Gamedec’s official website mentions that your choices will affect both the world and your character. So it sounds like you’re a real, full-fledged detective. If that’s the case, I can’t wait to hook up.

Woven (September 9th)

Who is this from? Sbug games
Where can i get this? Steam | GOG | Modest
How much is it? No price quoted at the time of writing

Many people are afraid of spiders; My scream can be heard for miles when I see one of the man-eating bastards in the shower. If you’re scared of the eight legged killers, don’t let that stop you from taking a look at Webbed. It’s almost like the Arachnids Council came up with a strategy to transform public perception through an incredibly cute 2D platformer. It seems to have worked too, because whenever the developer posts a gif on their Twitter, the responses are full of joy. As a cobweb spider woman, your goal is to track down a prickly bird that might want to invite your guy out for dinner. You will also encounter a few insects along the way that could aid your rescue mission if you help them. This one is full of luck and should be on your radar if it wasn’t already.

It’s a packed month. Aside from the 10 I’ve highlighted, there are Tales Of Arise, Lake, Get In The Car, Loser, Aragami 2, and even some Outer Wilds DLC. Whatever you’re going to be playing in September, I hope you have a good time. But say, what new games, if any, are you looking forward to this month when you get your hands on them? Want to see if you can take out your targets in Deathloop in time? Eager to Get Emotional Life Is Strange: True Colors? Or are you planning to try out Rena Mero’s most popular game of all time, Sable? Let us know in the comments.


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