Summer is finally drawing to a close, and what a summer it’s been. UK temperature records were broken this year, and that isn’t a cause for celebration; for many, it’s simply been too hot, so the prospect of returning to somewhat cooler days and nights is enticing. Happily, whether you’re a summer lover or an autumn fanatic, there are going to be plenty of games to play in September 2022 as well, so your PS5 should see lots of use despite a series of high-profile delays. Here are the best PS5 games coming in September 2022.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R (September 1st)
The JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure franchise must be seen to be believed. It’s an over-the-top, hyperactive kids’ dream of a series, with absurdly musclebound men fighting each other to the death using Pokemon-esque spirits by the name of Stands. Many of the characters are named for classic rock or pop bands or performers, and the storylines are often so completely ridiculous that they snap right back around to being credible again. All Star Battle R is a remaster of the classic 2013 JoJo fighting game with lots of additional stuff to check out, so it’s bound to be worth looking at.
The Last of Us: Part I (September 2nd)
After The Last of Us Part II polarised critics and audiences alike in 2020 (although not always for the right reasons), Sony has declared its intention to go back and remake Part I with Part II’s more modern sensibilities and more open-ended game design. Otherwise, it’ll still be the same classic story of Joel and Ellie battling through impossible odds and building an unbreakable bond along the way, albeit with much prettier graphics and better presentation.
Disney Dreamlight Valley (September 6th)
What if Animal Crossing was set in the worlds of Disney cartoons? That’s the premise behind Disney Dreamlight Valley, a rather delightful-looking life sim that sees you befriending Disney characters and solving their problems alongside them. It’s launching into Early Access on September 6th, so while all of the content won’t quite be there yet, you will be able to get a feel for the core gameplay and the basic idea of the game, which looks adorable.
Steelrising (September 8th)
Steelrising is a rather intriguing Soulslike set in an alternate-history version of French Revolution-era France, one in which Louis XVI has built an automaton army in order to rule all of Paris. You are an automaton constructed at the behest of Marie Antoinette, and you must venture forth into the streets to battle Louis XVI’s automata and take down his reign of terror. It promises to be equal parts odd, challenging, and satisfying, so keep an eye on this one.
Metal: Hellsinger (September 15th)
If you love the more recent Doom games, then you’re going to adore Metal: Hellsinger, which is basically Doom but with the involvement of some serious metal heavy hitters. Much like in BPM: Bullets Per Minute, your goal here is to blast enemies to the beat, with the music becoming more complex as you dispatch foes with increasingly wanton abandon. You’ll have access to a range of satisfying weaponry as you do so, and as you can imagine, the soundtrack is characteristically awesome too.
Construction Simulator (September 20th)
The Construction Simulator franchise is surprisingly popular among a certain subset of gamers, and the newest entry promises to be its most beautiful and complex yet. You can take control of a range of licensed construction machinery and oversee all kinds of builds, all rendered in the kind of beautiful realistic graphics only the PS5 is capable of producing. Obviously, you’ll already have decided whether this one is for you or not, but it’s an exciting prospect nonetheless.
Tunic (September 27th)
Xbox owners have already had a chance to play Tunic, but on September 27th, this inscrutable, wonderful adventure is coming to PS5 as well. Inspired by the classic Zelda games, Tunic tells the story of a nameless fox adventuring through the ruins of a once-mighty kingdom. The unique selling point here is the in-game manual, which is lovingly rendered in the style of 80s NES instruction booklets; you must collect pages of said manual to decipher what’s going on in the game and how you’re supposed to progress.
Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous (September 29th)
If you love classic RPG experiences, then you owe it to yourself to check out Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous. Owlcat’s love letter to the good old days of Infinity Engine RPGs is based on the popular Pathfinder setting created by Paizo Publishing, and it revolves around a hero who discovers they have special powers after demons attack their city. What follows is a classic RPG storyline full of characters to recruit, complex combat to engage with, and dozens of hours of questing.
FIFA 23 (September 30th)
Last but not least this September, we have FIFA 23, the latest instalment of the long-running FIFA franchise and the last to be developed and published by EA (the series will henceforth be known as EA Sports FC). FIFA 23 promises several improvements both on and off the pitch, but it’s going to be more FIFA, so you already know whether you should be excited for this one or not. Better ball control, smarter AI, and sharper graphics are all on the menu, but more importantly, it’s another slice of high-quality EA sports sim gameplay.