It’s September 1, and you know what that means: It’s time for our monthly peek at Games with Gold, where Xbox Live Gold members get another set of four free games, two each for Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Reminder: All Xbox 360 games in the Games for Gold promotion will work with Xbox One in compatibility mode too. So that means Xbox One users are now really getting four free games each month.
Here’s what’s free this month. There are some excellent choices this time around.
Earthlock: Festival of Magic
Normal pricing: $29.99
Availability: September 1 to 30
Description: Join Amon and other remarkable heroes in this turn-based fantasy RPG, on an unforgettable journey across the world of Umbra; a mysterious, beautiful but harsh planet that stopped spinning thousands of cycles ago. With a unique set of customizable characters, all with their own personalities and journeys of self-discovery, you will scavenge, explore and fight your way from the everlasting day-side and into the darkness of perpetual night. To save Umbra you must unlock its secrets, expose the shadows, and defeat a growing evil beyond your wildest imagination!
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China
Normal pricing: $9.99
Availability: September 16 to October 15
Description: Exact Shao Jun’s vengeance on the Chinese Emperor in stunning 16th century China with fresh 2.5D stealth gameplay. Travel across China and its legendary landmarks. Stalk enemies from the roofs of the Forbidden City, hide in the shadows of the Great Wall, meet iconic historical figures and discover this Great Empire. Shao Jun’s adventure will keep you awed in an evocative and truly living painting. (Note that this game is more like the mobile Assassin’s Creed games than the AAA console titles. —Paul)
Normal pricing: $19.99
Availability: September 1 to 15
Description: Where cars belong! Celebrate speed, music, and style at the Horizon Festival. From the makers of the highest-rated racing franchise of this generation, Forza Horizon combines legendary Forza authenticity with the freedom of the open road.
Normal pricing: $14.99
Availability: September 16 to 30
Description: In a city where information is heavily monitored, where crime is just a memory, where most people have sacrificed freedom for a comfortable life, Some choose to live differently. Some. like you, are Runners, phenomenally agile messengers who deliver sensitive information for a price. You are a Runner called Faith. Murder has come to this city. And now you are being hunted.