The August offerings for the Xbox Games With Gold promotion were pretty sleek. You had WWE 2K16 and Warriors Orochi 3 for the Xbox One, and Spelunky and Beyond Good & Evil for the Xbox 360. You kind of had a little bit of everything in August. Well, I’m here to tell you that September is nowhere near as good, but you’re still getting some interesting titles.
If you’re new to gaming and you’ve never owned a seventh gen console, then you’re in for a treat with Mirror’s Edge, which will be available for the Xbox 360. However, thanks to the Xbox One’s backward compatibility, you’ll be able to play Mirror’s Edge on the Xbox One, too.
There’s also Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China. The 3D side-scroller that works as part of a series of miniature adventures within the Assassin’s Creed universe set across places like China, Russia and India, is an okay game that reminded me a little bit of Mark of the Ninja, but without all the sexy gadgets and cool gear. Even still, the stealth mechanics in Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China are pretty cool and the platforming and scenery designs are top notch.
There’s a video that you can check out below that covers another game that hasn’t been in the media spotlight for too much called Earthlock: Festival of Magic. The title sees players gathering their party and going on an adventure in the sand-hued deserts, the green-covered jungles and the cloud-swept mountains in order to save the Earth. It looks like it could be a pretty cool game.
The single-player RPG won’t be releasing on just the Xbox One. The game will also be available on PC, PS4 and Wii U. However, you can get your hands on it for free on Xbox One if you’re signed up with Xbox Live.
Last and least on the list is the original Forza Horizon. This is being peppered into the libraries of Xbox One owners as a way to get them interested (desperately) for the release of Forza Horizon 3. You get to see just how far off Xbox 360 graphics are compared to today’s standards with the original Forza Horizon.
As I mentioned, the four free games this month aren’t that great but they aren’t terrible either. I would have imagined that most people would already own Mirror’s Edge by now, but even if you don’t have the game in your library at least the first Mirror’s Edge is well worth owning so there’s that (and it’s a better paced game than that trash sequel).
The real breakout star of September’s Games With Gold will likely be Earthlock. If you aren’t impressed with the games for September, you’ll just have to wait another month for the good games to pop up during October. And besides, August’s offerings will likely keep you busy all the way until November.