FIFA 17, Forza Horizon 3, PES 2017, and Other Games Releasing in September 2016

by admin August 30, 2016 at 9:59 am

August was a month of heavy-hitters, starting with Telltale’s newest episodic adventure, this time with Batman. The game largely impressed everyone. Hello Games’ space survival title No Man’s Sky fell well below expectations, with players (us included) complaining about how little there was to do in such a vast galaxy. We returned to better days towards the end of the month thankfully with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which we labelled “The Empire Strikes Back of cyberpunk video games” in our review.

September is usually a month of big releases, and this year looks to be no exception. Be it arcade racing across the Australian outback, playing with the world’s best football players or exploring a Twin Peaks-style world, there’s a lot to look forward to.

Here’s the complete list for September 2016:

FIFA 17

September is the month of annual numbered franchises, and EA Sports is taking a big bet this year. An engine change. Frostbite 3, known simply as Frostbite since 2015, has been used on other EA games such as Need for Speed reboot, Star Wars Battlefront, and Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. This has allowed FIFA to introduce its newest mode – The Journey – which will feature scenes off the pitch, including the manager’s office, the dressing room and so forth.

The new game mode also brings a dialogue wheel reminiscent of Mass Effect franchise, and will allow players to play in any position across all 20 Premier League clubs. The use of Frostbite also means physical player overhaul, in addition to an active intelligence system, better set-pieces and the use of R1/ RB for powerful ground shots, the same way FIFA 16 used it for passing.

You can play FIFA 17 on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows PCs. It will release on September 27 in N. America and September 29 around the world.

Image: EA Sports

Forza Horizon 3

Forza Horizon may have started off as a spin-off but two solid instalments later, it’s very much a franchise in itself. No wonder then there’s so much anticipation for the third entry, which will have twice the map size of Horizon 2 and will be set in Australia – from Surfers Paradise in Queensland to Byron Bay in New South Wales.

Another change is that the player is now in charge of the festival, be it hiring or firing racers and organising races with custom maps to boot. You can also take part in a four-player co-op multiplayer campaign, choosing from a total of 350 cars as you progress.

English developer Playground Games retains developing duties for Forza Horizon 3, which will be the first in the series to release on Windows 10 alongside its exclusive console presence on Xbox One come September 27. Buying on one platform will get you access on the other.

Image: Microsoft Studios

(Also see: Forza Horizon 3 PC to Have Unlocked Frame Rate but Non-Adjustable FOV)

Pro Evolution Soccer 2017

Konami may have largely quit the triple A gaming business, but its football simulator franchise – Pro Evolution Soccer – the only great rival to EA Sports’ FIFA, continues to exist for now. The company has always struggled with licensing, and with PES 2017, it’s taking a different approach to the situation. Konami has started to partner with clubs directly, making FC Barcelona its primary target.

That means two things: Camp Nou will be exclusive to the series for three years, and the company has opted for five Barça players on its cover instead of a solitary star. Other club partnerships include: Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke 04, and River Plate.

The game will feature improved passing, Real Touch ball control, and improved goalkeepers. We noted some of this while playing the demo last week, and you can experience it come September 13 in N. America, and September 15 in Europe, India and Japan. PES 2017 will be available on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows PCs.