September is upon us, and that means it's time for the flood of video game releases to come pouring in. What are some of the biggest games to keep an eye out for? We've got you covered, starting with the top (non-FPS) action games releasing later this year.
Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain (September 1st)
A Konami spokesperson has already proclaimed that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is guaranteed to be game of the year. That alone should make gamers curious, whether they're fans of the series or not. But, going beyond the hype, this will be the last Metal Gear game that features Hideo Kojima as its lead developer, so it's almost a given that he'll be pouring his best effort and work into it. Not that we need a lot of convincing, given how impressive last year's Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, The Phantom Pain's lead-in, is.
Tearaway Unfolded (September 8th)
PlayStation 4 and Vita owners will have a chance to join the most dedicated messenger service with Tearaway Unfolded, an updated and expanded version of the original Tearaway. A whole world of paper craft adventure awaits, challenging players to deliver a message to themselves.
Super Mario Maker (September 11th)
Super Mario fans will have their minds challenged in a variety of ways with Super Mario Maker for Wii U. Players not only have a chance to put together the most challenging and creative levels they can imagine, but they also have a chance to play through what's bound to become a massive library of puzzle platforming levels.
Soma (September 22nd)
Soma takes players deep underwater, to a research station called PATHOS-II. Unperturbed by the ominous name of the station, players take up the role of an employee assigned to this isolated facility, and must survive using limited resources as the machines that keep the place running start to exhibit human-like behavior. Soma promises to be a story about identity, consciousness, and what it means to be human among monsters, homicidal robots, and an ever watchful AI. The only way to stay alive is to outsmart your foes, since fighting back is out of the question. So, expect to do a lot of running and hiding.
Lego Dimensions (September 28th)
Not content with being restricted to a single reality, Lego Dimensions breaks all barriers my mashing together different characters and settings. The evil Lord Vortech wants to control the multiverse, and in his efforts to recruit allies, causes the different worlds to blend together. When characters from Batman, Doctor Who, and Portal 2 among others are able to travel to the land of Oz for adventure, anything is possible.
Assassin's Creed Syndicate (October 23rd, November 19th on PC)
It's time to relive the past, but this time from two different points of view with Assassin's Creed Syndicate. Play as either Jacob or Evie Frye and experience London during the Industrial Revolution, gather together allies, and loosen the Templar's hold on society using a variety of new gear and fighting moves. It's time to unite the criminal gangs of London and rise up against the oppressors, all with possible help from historic figures like Charles Dickens and Charles Darwin.
Rise of the Tomb Raider (November 10th)
Lara Croft experienced a rebirth with 2013's Tomb Raider reboot. Toughened by her previous adventure, her new journey will take her to snow covered mountains, where she braves the elements and combats an organization called Trinity. The truth, and Lara's destiny, is out there for her to find. It's just a matter of how much blood will be spilled getting there.
Star Fox Zero (November 20th)
Some would say it's about time, but after a nine year break, the Star Fox series is finally making a comeback. Releasing in November, Star Fox Zero promises to recapture the action that made games like Star Fox 64 so popular, but it will use the Wii U Controller's second screen to help enhance the experience.
Just Cause 3 (December 1st)
There is nothing quite like causing mass destruction all in the name of unseating a dictator. Rico's playground is bigger than ever, and it's up to him to blow up as much of this idyllic island nation as he can. There are gas stations that need burning, cars to crash, and we're not sure what that other thing is, but it needs to be wrecked in the name of freedom.
Hitman (December 8th)
Play as Agent 47, the best professional assassin in the world, at the height of his career in the upcoming Hitman game. You'll need to use your wits, disguises, and anything else you can get your hands on in order to creatively eliminate your targets in an open world and slip out undetected like a ghost. You could even make a big hit in the fashion scene.
Bonus: Adr1ft (TBA)
Expected to release sometime in September, Adr1ft puts you in an impossible situation. You're onboard a critically damaged space station with no memory of who you are and what happened, and you must find a way to escape back to Earth. Except, there's one more catch: You have limited oxygen and your suit is leaking. Part exploration game, part survival, players have to make their way through the station as quickly as possible, or else suffocate in space. The game will also support VR headsets, for those that want an even more immersive experience.