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5 Essential Xbox Series X Games Coming Out in September 2022

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There's no denying the fact that 2022 has been an outstanding year for video game releases. We've seen a bounty of notable games released each month, which has kept our library of new games to play, pretty stock full. So we don't blame you if you still have a handful of titles yet to cross off your list. However, as we enter September, the pattern continues, with more noteworthy releases that you may want to add; that is if you can bear it. And for Xbox Series X gamers, these are the five essential games coming out in September.

For the sake of keeping the spotlight on new games coming out for the Xbox Series X in September, we haven't included any of the Xbox Game Pass offerings in our list. Our only exception is if the game coincides as a day one release for the subscription service. This is exactly the case with our number one game, which has had a long and anticipated build-up for its full release. Do you want to know what game that is? Continue reading to learn about the five essential Xbox Series X games releasing in September.


5. LEGO Brawls

LEGO Brawls - Official PC and Consoles Announcement Trailer

The original LEGO Brawls game was released for iOS devices back in 2019, however, its popularity on mobile is now bringing it to Xbox Series X consoles on September 2, 2022. This is definitely one you don't want to knock before trying, as the fighting game is offering a lot this time around with its 4v4-based PvP. You can team up and fight alongside friends online in a variety of game modes, or square off in a free-for-all battle royale mode. All featured on a variety of themed maps, from real-life LEGO expansions.

To add to that, LEGO Brawls is thoroughly complete with character customization. That means you can make your LEGO brawler, whatever you want him to be. From a skeleton ninja, underwater scuba diver, or even a mummified pirate, the customization options are endless. In addition, you can earn brawler upgrades, emotes, and items to make your character more complete. That's why LEGO Brawls is an essential fighting game coming out in September, that you don't want to miss out on.

Release date: September 2, 2022.



4. NBA2K23

NBA 2K23 is this year's annual installment in the NBA game series from publisher 2K Games. If you like sports games, you'll know that the NBA 2K series is one of the most popular, mainly attracting players to grind their MyPlayer and MyPark game modes. And this year's edition appears to take that to new heights. However, there is a new game mode that will bring a new wave of exciting content that we haven't seen in a long time.

That is the Jordan Challenge, which is making its long-awaited return since it was first introduced in NBA 2K11, over a decade ago. The Jordan Challenge lets players live and play through the basketball legend's most memorable moments in his career. All the way from his time in college with the University of North Carolina, to his final game in 1998 that ignited him as a six-time NBA champion and Chicago Bulls Hall of Famer. That's making NBA 2K23 not just an essential game coming out this September, but also an essential addition to the series.

Release date: September 9, 2022.



3. FIFA 23

FIFA 23 Reveal Trailer | The World’s Game

If basketball isn't quite down you're alley, then don't stress because there are other notable sports games coming to Xbox Series X in September. Such as FIFA 23, this year's annual release of the popular EA Sports, FIFA series. And what's got players excited about this entry, is the new features coming to Career Mode.

One of the biggest new features coming to Career Mode is the Player Personality traits. This will let you design your player's playstyle and personality on and off the pitch. There's also the new “Playable Highlights” feature. Instead of players risking and simming through matches they don't want to play, now you can just play the highlight moments that have an impact on the outcome. That's just to name a few, but overall FIFA 23s' career mode should offer a whole new immersive experience in this addition.

Release date: September 30, 2022.



2. Steelrising

Steelrising - Official Gameplay Trailer

Let's step away from the sports-related entries and into the RPG genre with Steelrising. There aren't many RPG games releasing for the Xbox Series X in September, which is okay because most of our time will be spent fighting mechanical bosses in Steelrising. Set in 1789 Paris, Steelrising lets players embark on an alternate dystopic timeline of the French Revolution. In this fictional story, King Louis XVI fights back against the public's uprising with an army of mechanical bots.

Playing as Aegis, a masterfully crafted automaton meant to be the Queen's bodyguard, you have everything at your disposal to stop him. However, how you choose to play as Aegis is entirely up to you. You can be a hard-hitting warrior, a skilled acrobatic warrior, or even a virtuoso of the elemental arts. Steelrising is an essential RPG game coming out in September that, to be honest, not enough people are talking about. It has a rich original narrative as well as intense and diverse action gameplay, which will hopefully come full circle when it is released.

Release date: September 8, 2022.



1. Grounded

Grounded Official 1.0 Trailer

The full release of Grounded will undoubtedly be the highlight game for Xbox Series X gamers in September. This game has been in early access for over a year and will finally see its full version release on September 27, 2022. It will also be available as a day one release on Xbox Game Pass. Not to mention that the game is only available for Xbox and PC. As a result, many Xbox Series X players have this exclusive at the top of their list.

Grounded is a survival game where you must survive in someone's backyard, however, as the size of an insect. It's can be played single player or with up to three friends. Regardless, your goal remains the same, to build, craft, and fend off insects that call this backyard their home. Aside from survival, there are also a number of mysteries that lead into the game's main story.

Grounded is unquestionably the highlight game coming out in September for Xbox Series X; the only question left is whether you have what it takes to survive as an insect-sized person in Grounded's full release.

Release date: September 27, 2022.


So, what's your take? Do you agree with our top five? Are there other games coming out in September for Xbox Series X that we should know about? Let us know in the comments below or over on our socials here!

Riley Fonger is a freelance writer, music lover, and gamer since adolescence. He loves anything video game-related and grew up with a passion for story games such as Bioshock and The Last of Us.