With only a week left in arguably the greatest month of the year (happy birthday to me, remember?), it’s no surprise that the folks at Xbox have already revealed September’s Games With Gold lineup.
As always, Xbox One’s Gold subscribers have access to four games, since every Xbox 360 title offered through Games With Gold supports backwards compatibility.
Xbox One owners will be able to pick up Earthlock: Festival of Magic, which is a brand new turn-based role-playing game that was successfully funded via Kickstarter back in 2014, by developer Snowcastle Games.
According to the project page, you’ll “Enter a beautiful world haunted by its fateful past and join a party of unlikely heroes on their journey to rescue Amon’s uncle from an ancient cult and uncover the secret of the Earthkey.”
Aesthetically, it reminds me of a more westernized take of the Tales series, but given its turn-based nature I highly doubt that’s where they drew their inspiration from.
As an RPG fan, this is the title that intrigues me the most.
Also up for grabs on the Xbox One is the first entry in the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles trilogy, China.
Abandoning the series’ 3D exploratory nature in favor of a 2D story-driven stealth game is a neat idea for a mere spin-off, but even as a fan of the core series I just couldn’t get in to China. The artfully designed cut-scenes were great and I thought the central character was fine, but the gameplay itself needed a little more time under the microscope.
I’m not sure if things got better with Chronicles‘ Russia or India chapters, since China clearly didn’t hold my attention. Maybe I’ll give it a second chance, though.
On the 360 side of things, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will have access to the first-person parkour platformer Mirror’s Edge (the original, not this year’s reboot).
This is one of those games that received a lot of hype, but didn’t connect with me when I eventually played it for myself. Although it looks pretty, I felt the controls were too cumbersome to be enjoyable and eventually called it quits after roughly two hours.
Also available on Xbox 360 is the open-world arcade racer, Forza Horizon. With the third game in the series slated to release on September 27th, this’ll be a great opportunity for the uninitiated to get their feet wet.
Since I’m genuinely terrible at racing sims, I’ve always preferred the Horizon series to the core Forza Motorsport experience.
So how about it, folks? See anything interesting?