10 great PC games you may have missed in September | PCWorld – PCWorld

Steam’s on track to add 5,000 PC games in 2017, and I swear at least 1,000 of them released in September. Which is to say: I’m slammed with review codes at the moment. I logged at least 30 different games in my to-be-reviewed chart in September—too many to realistically get through, especially when two of those 30 were Divinity: Original Sin 2 (going on 50 hours at the moment) and Total War: Warhammer II (31).

I’ve dabbled in quite a few other titles though, and so this is my compromise: A comprehensive list of September’s best PC games. Sure, the obvious choices are on here, Divinity 2 and Total Warhammer II  among them, but hopefully you’ll spot something you hadn’t heard of also—great games, but ones that just happened to be drowned in one of the busiest months of the year.

Divinity: Original Sin 2

What can I even say about Divinity: Original Sin 2 ($45 on Steam)? I’m 50-plus hours into the game after two weeks and it continues to be one of the most surprising, engaging, and borderline-revolutionary RPGs I’ve ever played. The first Original Sin championed a systems-first approach to the isometric RPG, with deep and reactive combat that played out almost like a puzzle at times. The sequel takes those systems, broadens them, and slaps on an excellent story to boot.

It’s wonderful. I’ve confronted a satanic deer and a depressed shark, eaten an arm to find out who it belonged to, communed with ghosts, dodged a hungry kraken, stolen a face and worn it as my own, and so much more. Divinity: Original Sin 2 is on track to be not only one of 2017’s best RPGs, but one of the best RPGs ever made.

SteamWorld Dig 2

The original SteamWorld Dig was an excellent Metroid-style adventure, with a twist: You were in a mine and had to dig your way downwards, collecting riches on your way. If you ever played the old Flash game Motherload, it shared a lot of DNA. The only problem with SteamWorld Dig? It was too short.

So a sequel was well in order, and I happily sank a bunch of hours into SteamWorld Dig 2 ($20 on Steam) this month. At around 12 hours it’s two or three times as long as the original, and takes you from pickaxe-wielding nobody to a jetpacking, bomb-throwing, pickaxe-of-the-gods super-miner. There are also some excellent platforming challenges tucked away in the game’s corners. Highly recommended.

Hob

Hob ($20 on Steam) is the first one on this list that’s in my Pile of Shame. I was looking forward to this Zelda-style adventure, which comes from the Torchlight devs over at Runic. It released last week though and I haven’t even booted it yet. Oops.

It looks gorgeous though, and the short demos I played at PAX last year (and the year before) definitely intrigued me. There are all sorts of larger-than-life events at play, with you changing the entire world with the help of your giant robot fist—literally changing the world, meaning whole parts of it rise from the void or sink down into it as you activate switches. It’s a cool effect.

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