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.


  • Pocotron - September 1, 2011 6:05 p.m.

    Holy crap, a busy month is ahead of us. And it only gets crazier as time goes on.
  • ChiChiRocket - September 1, 2011 6:15 p.m.

    I'm kind of wondering how Star Fox 64 3D isn't on this list. Did they change the release date without me knowing?
  • Zeos - September 1, 2011 6:16 p.m.

    A nice beginning to the crazy holiday season. Resistance 3 and Dead Island are two I will get for sure.
  • Errrrbo - September 1, 2011 6:22 p.m.

    No mention of Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny or Atelier Totori? Your disregard for niche Japanese games disappoints me, GamesRadar.
  • 510BrotherPanda - September 1, 2011 6:38 p.m.

    I've only ever tried MDK back when it was made by Shiny. It was pretty...interesting...
  • Money - September 1, 2011 6:46 p.m.

    Gears of War3 Epic Edition has taken up all my money for September... and October...and November
  • Yeager1122 - September 1, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    I want 2 games but thats alot considering how crazy october november and december are.
  • beezn - September 1, 2011 7:09 p.m.

    I would go with Dead Rising and that's about it. I have to save money for November 15th releases
  • gondarpwns - September 1, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    wow GoW3 and Re4 same day now which to not to preorder B3 or MW3?
  • Lolwarf - September 1, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    Probably will get Dead Island and Persona 2
  • D0CCON - September 1, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    This year should easily be the best in gaming since 2007. Heck, it'll probably beat 07 unless some delays start showing up.
  • spencertucksen - September 1, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    There will be delays. Too much congestion for the Holiday season, so games like Saints Row: The Third and the other smaller, but still interesting games, will be pushed back to February-April, I'd say.
  • msg - September 1, 2011 8:10 p.m.

    Where's Red Orchestra 2?
  • pepheb - September 1, 2011 8:14 p.m.

    *scumbag Gamesradar* Makes an article about Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad Doesn't mention it's september 13 release date but does mention that frogger 3d is comming out.
  • Cloud1Fair3 - September 1, 2011 10:21 p.m.

    I'm just going to guess you're a redditor. Respect.
  • Mexiflan - September 1, 2011 8:41 p.m.

    Am i the only one who noticed this?
  • Baron164 - September 1, 2011 8:48 p.m.

    Gears 3 has sucked up my cash for Sept unfortunately. Dead Island I'm interested in but will be holding off until I read some reviews. If Resistance 1 hadn't bored me to sleep I might be interested in the new one. But seriously, Gears of War 3, enough said :-)
  • shawksta - September 1, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    You forgotten some important games you know, lile Starfox 64 which im definitly buying with my gears 3
  • LuisHernandez1988 - September 1, 2011 9:26 p.m.

  • NanoElite666 - September 1, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    Definitely looking forward to Resistance and Space Marine, although I may not have the money for either and thus will have to wait and see if the holiday season is kind to me on the gaming front again this year.

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