September kicks off with 2009’s real-time tactics battleship game, Battlestations: Pacific on the Xbox 360, which will be free from Sept. 1 to Sept. 15. The follow-up to Battlestations: Midway, Battlestations: Pacific puts you straight into the naval battles experiences during the Pacific War. You get to decide whether history repeats itself or changes forever as you take part in awesome strategy-based naval combat.
The Xbox One’s first title for the month is the Kickstarted adventure game, The Deer God. This lovely pixel platformer puts you in the hoofs of a fawn on the run from hunters, learning to survive as he grows. The twist is that you used to be a hunter, but after an accident find yourself reincarnated as the hunted. If you’re an Xbox Live Gold member, grab The Deer God on Xbox One for free for the entire month of September.
The second half of the month starts with Crysis 3 on Xbox 360, which will be free from Sept. 16 through to Sept. 30. While a quick glance at our review shows a decidedly average game, it still has plenty of redeeming qualities such as high production quality production and an excellent selection of weapons. Plus you can hardly go wrong as the affordable price of zero dollars.
September wraps up with a bang, giving Xbox One players who missed out on Lara Croft’s latest adventure the perfect chance to do so before Rise of the Tomb Raider hits store shelves in November. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is just that; the best possible version of the hit 2013 reboot that you could hope to play. With excellent stealth, challenging (the good kind) combat, and a better story than any previous game in the franchise, now is the best time to get into Tomb Raider. Microsoft wants players to have such ample opportunity to get their hands on Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition that it will be free for an entire month, from Sept. 16 to Oct. 15.
You’ve still got time to grab some of the current offerings for Games with Gold, but not much. You can nab Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for Xbox One and Metro: Last Light for Xbox 360 until the end of August, while How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition is free on Xbox One until Tomb Raider takes its place in mid-September.
What do you think of September’s Games with Gold line-up? Are you planning to get back into the Tomb Raider groove before the sequel hits? Let us know in the comments!