It’s September already! Marvel’s Spider-Man has finally launched on PS4, overshadowing the equally impressive Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The release of NBA 2K19 and FIFA 19 means there’s plenty of sport to go around. Two dormant franchises return after decades on the shelf. We’re talking off-road racer V-Rally 4 and tactical RPG The Bard’s Tale 4: Barrows Deep. There’s also this odd VR game from Ubisoft called Transference. It stars Elijah Wood. The trailer is definitely worth a look.
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Marvel’s Spider-Man – PS4 – Available Now
Everyone’s favourite web-slinger stars in this open-world blockbuster that’s setting all sorts of records for 2018. Marvel’s Spider-Man channels the combo-focused combat of the Batman Arkham games, combined with strong city traversal for what results in one of this year’s best games and possibly the best superhero game ever.
Forget Tom Holland. This Peter Parker is older and more experienced. He’s more skilled at traversing the rooftops of NYC and beating up the city’s rogues. We love it. Be sure to read up on our Peter Parker-inspired style guide for city-dwellers and wannabe wall-crawlers.
V-Rally 4 – PS4, Xbox One – Available Now
After a 16 year break, racing royalty finally returns. Dominate dangerous roads, hostile conditions and environments, continually striving for more speed while boosting your reflexes. Get behind the wheel of over 50 modern and legendary off-road vehicles while racing across 22 environments.
Become a champion in each of the five racing disciplines: Rally, Extreme-Khana, V-Rally Cross, Buggy, and Hillclimb. Between races, manages your garage, purchase upgrades and even hire the engineers and pit crew best tailored to your driving style. Just be sure to have enough prize money at the end of the week to pay their wages. You can find our full V-Rally 4 review right here.
NBA 2K19 – PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch – Available Now
NBA 2K celebrates 20 years of redefining what sports gaming can be. From realistic players and gameplay to groundbreaking game modes and an immersive open-world in “Neighborhood” mode. NBA 2K19 continues to push limits as it brings gaming one step closer to real-life basketball excitement and culture.
The Australia and New Zealand version features Aussie NBA Baller Ben Simmons on the cover. You can see what went down at an exclusive NBA 2K19 Ben Simmons event in Sydney right here. If you want to try before you buy, the first chapter of NBA 2K19’s story mode can be downloaded for free.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider – PC, PS4, Xbox One – Available Now
Experience Lara Croft’s darkest moments as the Tomb Raider. Within the deadly jungles of Peru, she must overcome terrifying tombs and Trinity forces while racing to save the world from a Mayan apocalypse.
Master an unforgiving jungle and explore underwater environments filled with crevasses and deep tunnel systems. Outgunned and outnumbered, you must strike suddenly and disappear like a jaguar.
Use mud as camouflage, and instil fear into your enemies. The tombs are tougher than ever before, requiring advanced traversal techniques to reach them and each is filled with deadly puzzles. Discover a hidden city and explore the biggest hub space ever found in a Tomb Raider game.
The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep – PC – Available Now
Discover a beautifully crafted world. Delve into a tactically rich combat system that rewards creativity. Solve puzzles to gain treasure and advantages – All in the long overdue return of this iconic RPG series.
Hidden in the shadows an evil has waited patiently to strike. Fanatics are gathering control. The famous Adventurer’s Guild has been outlawed and its members persecuted. You must rise in defiance and become the hero that the realm needs.
Build a party of adventurers that suits your unique play style. Each offers 60-70 skills, and collectively they unlock 21 unique classes. Explore towns full of quest givers, fight your way through dark and deadly dungeons, and navigate beautiful rolling hills, dense forests, and icy wastes. Battle enemies in dynamic, turn-based tactical combat that rewards smart thinking.
The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep is expected to arrive on PS4 and Xbox One at a later date.
Transference – PC, PS4, Xbox One – Available Now
Imagine an escape room set in a deranged mind. Transference is a first-person exploration game that shifts between three perspectives of a family in a troubled scientist’s experiment. Each attempts to unravel the mystery hiding in this mind-bending psychological thriller.
Explore the walls of this family’s home as you shift between the corrupted consciousness of each’s perspective and attempt to piece together their mystery. Interpret events to discover your truth.
Transference is described as a movie thriller combined with a game. It even stars Elijah Wood as one of the main characters. It’s best played in VR but can also be played without a virtual reality headset.
FIFA 19 – PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch – 28th September
FIFA 19 delivers a champion-calibre experience on and off the pitch. It finally introduces the prestigious UEFA Champions League and adds gameplay innovations that allow you to control the pitch in every moment for new and unrivalled ways to play.
We’re most excited for the new gameplay modes. Survival is like a football Battle Royale. Long Range adds scoring rules similar to basketball. Any goal scored inside the box counts as one goal, but goals scored from outside count as two. Headers & Volleys is exactly what it sounds like.
Players can also experience the dramatic finale to the story of Alex Hunter in The Journey: Champions. Be sure to give the FIFA 19 Spotify playlist a listen.