Microsoft has announced which games are coming to the Games With Gold program in September 2019, and they're some good ones. While previously these titles would only be available for free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, now that the all-encompassing Xbox Game Pass has been released players who opt-in to this larger subscription service will also be able to play these upcoming games at no extra charge.
August saw Xbox Live Gold members downloading newer titles like Gears of War 4 and Forza Motorsport 6, as well as Xbox 360 hits Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and the Diablo-like Torchlight, and this month's selection follows suit with two games for the Xbox One and two others that utilize the console's backwards compatibility to bring 360 games to current generation players. Players who have yet to download Forza need not worry, however, as the game will still be available for free until September 15th.
This September, Xbox players will be able to sink their teeth into multiple games worth getting excited about if they missed out on playing them the first time around. According to MajorNelson, the full schedule for releases looks like this:
-Hitman: The Complete First Season: Available from September 1st through September 30th
-We Were Here: Available from September 16th to October 15th
-Earth Defense Force 2025: Available from September 1st through September 15th
-Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Available from September 16th through September 30th
For any fans of the Hitman franchise who chose not to purchase the game back when it was releasing on an episodic basis, getting The Complete First Season for free is a fantastic opportunity to jump into what might be one of the best titles in the entire series. Players who enjoy solving puzzles with a friend, however, might be more excited about We Were Here, a co-op adventure game which tasks two people with escaping an abandoned castle filled with dangerous traps.
People looking for a little more violence and action may be drawn to Earth Defense Force 2025, which sees players fighting off invading alien bugs with third-person shooter mechanics. Sometimes, however, gamers just want to beat the crap of out each other with their bare fists, and it's hard to find a fighting game as much about hand-to-hand combat as Tekken, although unfortunately this is not the Tekken that has Negan from The Walking Dead.
While not as AAA-laden as last month's offerings, September's Games With Gold still hold enough variety and quality content to be worth the price of admission. Although replacing something as well-known as Forza with a small indie title like We Were Here may not initially sound like a thrilling choice, what good is a subscription service for free games if it doesn't periodically let players try out experiences they never would have played otherwise?