Jesus Christ, you guys. This isn't even the holiday season, and look at how many games are coming out. This is unreasonable. Publishers can't realistically expect to make money in September, can they? Ah, hell, who are we kidding? We're gonna buy almost every friggin' one of these releases before claiming bankruptcy. Just in time for October's similarly unfair set of releases to overwhelm us all over again. Well, until then…

September 6

Dead Island

Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
EU: September 9

Sure, we were in cahoots with Deep Silver to make these bitchin' videos, but our involvement came from our genuine interest in a cool co-op shooter. It's a combination of everything we've loved about the "zombie genre" over the past few years. Co-op, weapon crafting, brutal violence and melee combat. Exploration and interesting side-quests should theoretically hold our interest over the course of its 30 hour campaign, but the early industry gossip has us concerned about its overall quality.

Resistance 3

Platform: PS3
EU: September 9

Apparently, this is the one, guys. Resistance 3 could be the one Resistance game that's actually, truly excellent beyond its nifty weaponry. The New York City setting is a cool one, too, since we can't seem to get enough of seeing America eviscerated by foreign entities. If nothing else, the story should be a great one -- Insomniac's already killed one main character, so nobody's safe in the climax of the Chimeran attack.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
EU: September 9

Captain Titus of the Ultramarines is a short-haired, gruff space marine with a can-do attitude. He's also the star of an over-the-shoulder shooter that looks suspiciously like Gears of War. Don't let this discourage you -- yes, it all sounds generic, but Space Marine has plenty of good stuff going for it. Its melee combat is the focus here, not the shooting, and one of the game's mantras is "cover is for the weak." Expect to charge headlong into a horde of orks with nothing but a chainsword (you can do the math to figure that one out, yeah?) and a pistol. It's as satisfying as it is violent, and it's as unlike Gears as any shooter you've played since that became the go-to comparison for action games. Space Marine also comes with a free downloadable co-op expansion a month after its release, too.  

Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten

Platform: PS3
EU: October 28

We are literally incapable of doing a better job of explaining Disgaea 4 than its trailer does, so we're just going to steal choice quotes from the masterpiece you see above: "Make your manliest fantasy come true! Manly fancy! Outrageous gameplay! Rampage of giant monsters? Ultra Super Transforming Unification! Over-the-top effects! Radical damage! Extreme stats! The insurrectionist of the games industry! This is Disgaea 4!" Really, though, all of this sounds genuinely awesome. These games are traditionally gorgeous, almost infinitely replayable (seriously, do they ever end?), and wildly fun. Disgaea 4 is the sort of oh-so-Japanese game Internet nerds give a bad rap. Definitely consider giving it a shot. "One in every home!"

Rise of Nightmares

Platform: Xbox 360
EU: September 9

This horror game uses the Kinect to get its creep on. The motion detection wasn't great when we played it at E3, but the ideas are definitely there. Exploring spooky locales with not much more than lead pipes and your fists to fend off the undead sounds swell. The idea that you're actually "in the world" is a good one, even if the awkward gameplay is all over the place.

Driver: San Francisco

Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
EU: September 9

After numerous delays, Driver: San Francisco finally hits shelves this month. Hopefully. Its demo was fun enough, and the multiplayer impressed us a couple months back. The much-talked-about Shift mechanic -- which allows our comatose and dreaming hero to warp from one driver's seat to another at almost any time -- should give the game the leg up it needs to stand out. The Driver name is sort of tainted at this point, and rightfully so, but we're hoping this one brings its A-game to redeem itself. 

Crimson Alliance

Platform: Xbox 360
EU: September 7

Hey, it's like Diablo on the Xbox! Wait, that was Torchlight. Oh, wait this has co-op? Ha! Take that, Torchlight, we'll see you later. Crimson Alliance's online hack-and-slash RPGing is right up most of our alleys, and that it was free if you bought the lot of (mostly wonderful) Summer of Arcade titles makes it all the sweeter. The Borderlands-y look to it is delightful, too. Thick lines, bright colors, piles of equippable armor? Yeah. Yes. Please.

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  • Ayss - September 5, 2011 7:30 a.m.

    Wow, Disgaea 4 was not on my radar, but it's hard to say no to a trailer like that.
  • i3atRice - September 3, 2011 7:20 p.m.

    Dead Island, Gears of War 3, Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Uncharted 3. This rest of this year is seriously gonna destroy my wallet
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  • c1nd3rcell - September 3, 2011 9:10 a.m.

    My God, what are we about to do! Thank Christ I'm already done with Human Revolution... oh wait, no I'm not. I am probably going to play it a second time, starting today (I highly recommend playing it, by the way). Gears 3 is a maybe, if I don't have to play the other two first off. Right now, I'm just waiting for October so I can empty my soul into another (most likely) great game, Rage. Yet, there's still November with Skyrim and AC: Revelation. I will be poor by the time this year is done.....
  • jackthemenace - September 3, 2011 2:14 a.m.

    Man, if only Gears 3 wasn't coming out this month. Oh well, at least I found out yesterday (when I went to pre-order it) that RAGE doesn't actually come out till next month. Which means I've got a little bit more time to save up for it, and a little bit longer to finish any games I've already got before Gears 3 absorbs the rest of my life force.
  • garnsr - September 2, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    Wasn't MDK made by Shiny? Did Bioware do the second one, or what?
  • Gotxxrock - September 2, 2011 8:28 p.m.

    And so the holiday season fever sets in... Emperor preserve us.
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  • e1337prodigy - September 2, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    You missed Hard Reset!! How could you miss that, you were the guys that made me take notice of it.
  • mdiaz033 - September 2, 2011 1:25 p.m.

    i don't appreciate the Code Veronica X hate going on, but i'll accept it. did anybody play it and NOT think it was crap. i sure liked it.
  • Project93FTW - September 2, 2011 12:26 p.m.

    Some many games too bad only getting one, NHL 12 for me & getting star fox 64 for my 3ds. also is RE4 HD a Full Retail Game?
  • sgloomy - September 2, 2011 9:03 a.m.

    God of War HD, Ico and Shadow of Colossus HD, FIFA 2012. This month for me isn't so bad money spending wise compared to what is going to happen in October and November!!
  • nonsequitur343 - September 2, 2011 8:23 a.m.

    I'm very excited for Gears 3.
  • ObliqueZombie - September 2, 2011 8:01 a.m.

    I'm already down $270 in this month alone. Maybe $290 if I can get the RE4 HD remake. I've already got Dead Island and Space Marine for this Tuesday, and Gears of War 3 (Epic Edition, I might add) two weeks later. Dammit, college, just come back when I'm done!
  • Asloveszuko - September 2, 2011 5:47 a.m.

    Seriously can't wait for the ICO/Shadow of the Colossus HD collcetion!!! Also, Frogger 3D comes out September 38th huh? *wiggles eyebrows*
  • Asloveszuko - September 2, 2011 5:52 a.m.

    *collection *October
  • Jbo87 - September 2, 2011 3:23 a.m.

    Christ its going to be a bleak month for the bank balance. After cancelling my Space Marine pre-order I played the demo and then put it straight back on. I'd forgotten Gears was out this month I've had it on pre-order for so long. Really like the look of Dead Island. Also might finally have to dust off my PS3 for Resistance and ICO/SotC Collection. Coupled with the fact I'm only about half way through Deus Ex then its going to be a busy, busy month.
  • robertpopovic - September 2, 2011 3:17 a.m.

    Wow, a HD remake of MDK2? I did not see that coming. Really loved the first game, never played the 2nd one though. Bought them both off of for cheap though :3
  • tom-allen - September 2, 2011 2:43 a.m.

    i tried watching all the trailers but Otomedius Excellent (and yes, i did copy paste that) just annoyed me to move on! the high pitch voices hurt my ears!