By September, school’s starting, the weather’s cooling off, and the buzz of summer is winding down. But with our Games with Gold program, we’re just getting started! This month, we’re helping you get caught up with one of the most exciting, awesome series in video games as we bring you Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition on Xbox One. This complete version of one of 2013’s most acclaimed games will get you ready to Jump Ahead into November when Rise of the Tomb Raider, one of 2015’s most anticipated titles, comes out only on Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Also in September, Xbox One Games with Gold members will get the exciting, indie sidescroller The Deer God, and Xbox 360 members will get Battlestations: Pacific, the comprehensive World War II tactical and action simulator, as well as the eye-poppingly gorgeous shooter Crysis 3.
Finally, in case you missed our exciting announcement at Gamescom 2015, when backward compatibility launches in November, all future Xbox 360 Games with Gold titles will be playable on Xbox One. That means Xbox Live Gold members will get even more free games to play each month on Xbox One.
As usual, all games are available only for a limited time*, as part of the ongoing Games with Gold program.
* The Deer God ($14.99 ERP) – Available from September 1-30 on Xbox One
* Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition ($29.99 ERP) – Available from September 16-October 15 on Xbox One
* Battlestations: Pacific ($24.99 ERP) – Available from September 1-15 on Xbox 360
* Crysis 3 ($19.99 ERP) – Available from September 16-30 on Xbox 360
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition combines almost all of the downloadable content and all updates from 2013’s Tomb Raider, along with high-resolution 1080p graphics, into a single, easy-to-download package. If you haven’t played it yet, this is one of the most exciting, engrossing adventures available. Shipwrecked on a mysterious Japanese island, Lara Croft must learn survival skills, and solve the hidden mysteries of the island – all while dodging its bloodthirsty inhabitants. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is your chance to experience Lara’s origin story, completely free, ahead of the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider in November. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is available from September 16 all the way through mid-October on Xbox One, so don’t miss out!
From September 1-30, Xbox One Gold members also get access to The Deer God for free. This beautiful, pixel-art-based platformer asks deep questions about reincarnation, karma, life, death, and what it means to survive in a state of nature. You play a hunter who is suddenly switched into the body of a deer – and vice versa. You must learn to survive, and eventually escape from the body of the deer that you now inhabit. Procedurally generated landscapes mean each playthrough is different, but the story will continue to challenge you philosophically every time, as well.
Xbox 360 Games with Gold members can enjoy Battlestations: Pacific from September 1-15. Putting players in the midst of World War II’s great Pacific Theater battles, Battlestations: Pacific gives players the chance to command fleets on either the American or Japanese sides, making strategic decisions to determine the outcomes, but also taking command of individual units from battleships to submarines to fighter planes and dive bombers, as they see fit. Influence the course of history as an admiral or as a single sailor in this grand strategy-simulation experience.
At the end of September, Xbox 360 Games with Gold members get the epic Crysis 3. A first-person shooter at the technological bleeding edge, Crysis 3 places you inside a super-suit that’s both incredibly powerful and extremely customizable to your play style. Earning experience allows you to upgrade your suit’s stealth and agility abilities, or its armor and strength enhancements – so you can either take the fight directly to your foes’ faces, or choose a more subtle approach. Whichever way you go, you’ll find Crysis 3 to be a challenging, fast-paced affair, filled with excellent enemy A.I., mind-blowing graphics, and some pretty awesome weapons and innovative gadgetry.
As usual, Games with Gold helps you jump ahead with your friends featuring four free awesome games in September. Check out the full details for our Games with Gold program, and make sure you get in on the action while you can!
* Titles are available as free downloads for a limited time, for qualifying paid Xbox Live Gold members in all markets where Xbox Live is available. Some regions may offer different titles depending on market availability. See Major Nelson’s blog for additional details.