It’s almost that time of year again folks. The holiday season is nearly upon us and while there’s only a few big releases in September as compared to October and November, single players still have plenty to look forward to this month.
Destiny – September 9th
Published by Activision, Developed by Bungie
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One
Destiny. It’s a game that we were very wary about covering until we finally got hands-on time with it during the Alpha and Beta sessions earlier this year. To our surprise, the game, while being very online-centric still could be played as a single player experience with minimal interaction with the outside world. For someone like me who has played every Bungie game released, I was a bit wary about Bungie’s next game having MMO elements.
However, having played it now, it feels like a true next-gen experience and I’m looking forward to the full release come September 9th. If you’re still on the edge of picking it up or turned off by its multiplayer focus, take a look at David Nelson’s latest editorial on the game right here. He might be able to help sway your purchasing decision. We’ll have a review up for the game as soon as we can so stay tuned for that.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter – September 25th
Developed by The Astronauts
Platforms: PC (Sept 25th), PS4 (TBA)
We’ve been following The Vanishing of Ethan Carter since its initial announcement last year. There are a couple reasons why we’re very excited to play Adrian Chmielarz’s first project from his new development studio, The Astronauts. First of all, it’s a single player only experience and you know how much we love those. Okay, that’s not the main reason why we’re excited.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a very mysterious project. Up until last week, we hadn’t even seen gameplay from it, but if you check out the video for the game just below, you’ll see pretty quickly why we’re excited. Next to nothing about the game’s story has been revealed, and that’s what excites us the most. Mystery games can be really engrossing experiences if done right, and from the gameplay we’ve seen now, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter isn’t going to hold your hand when it comes to solving its mystery.
Another really neat feature about The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is how the game was developed. The Astronauts are using a technology called photogrammetry which, in basic terms, is used to make the environments you’ll see in the game using environment scanning techniques integral to the technology. Just from watching the video you can see how realistic the environment looks. The crazy part is all of this is running on Unreal Engine 3, not 4.
Shadow of Mordor – September 30th
Published by Warner Brothers, Developed by Monolith Productions
Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One
Licensed games have been making some strides in quality over the past few years. The Arkham series has led the charge, but some other gems exist like Transformers: War for Cybertron and even more recently High Moon’s Deadpool. This year, however, should be a treat for licensed products as Shadow of Mordor is looking like a very high profile game from what we’ve seen.
The game features an open world set in a very different Mordor than the one we’ve come to know from the Lord of the Rings film depictions of the area. Something that excites us even more than an open world Middle-Earth game, is the Nemesis engine the game will be running on. If you’ve somehow missed all of the gameplay trailers released for the game, the Nemesis engine may forever change the way you look at AI in video games. Below you’ll find a video explaining exactly what the Nemesis engine does for Shadow of Mordor.
So there you have it single players. September is looking to be a pretty good month in terms of game releases, especially for us single players. Another game that’s also releasing this September, but did not make the list is Sherlock Holmes: Crime and Punishment. The previous Sherlock game wasn’t half bad, so we’re looking forward to seeing how Crime and Punishment turns out on September 3oth. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest single player gaming news, reviews, editorials and more.