I can’t believe it’s almost September. September 1st is tomorrow! Labor Day is Monday!
And that means that hopefully you might have the day off, in which case you’ll have a bit more time to play some video games. That’s always a good thing, I don’t care what anyone says. More time spent playing video games is, overall, just one more way to make the world a better place.
In any case, Microsoft is giving away two Xbox One games and two Xbox 360 games (with backward compatibility on the Xbox One) in September to Xbox Live Gold members as well as Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. These . . . aren’t the best we’ve seen from Microsoft, but there’s at least one game in the batch that I think is pretty great.
Let’s see what’s on offer this September.
- Hitman: The Complete First Season – Available September 1 to 30 on Xbox One
- We Were Here – Available September 16 to October 15 on Xbox One
- Earth Defense Force 2025 – Available September 1 to 15 on Xbox One & Xbox 360
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2 – Available September 16 to 30 on Xbox One & Xbox 360
Of these four games I’ve only played one. I’m not an Earth Defense Force fan. I’ve played some Tekken games, but never Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (how badly am I missing out, dear readers?).
We Were Here sounds very cool, but I’ve never played it. It’s basically a co-op puzzle game that you play online with a friend, helping the other player escape a frozen castle with only a walkie-talkie and your wits. I mean, I’ll definitely download this game and give it a spin, but I’ve never played it. People seem to like it, though, with a Very Positive user review score on Steam (where it’s also free) and…not really a Metacritic score. I guess this one flew under the radar. In any case, it sounds like an escape room, so I’m intrigued.
Hitman: The Complete First Season is the one game in this batch I have played and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. I just love this kind of stealth game, with open-ended missions and lots of ways to complete (or screw up) the objective. I’m not alone. This one gets a Very Positive user review score on Steam and 85% on Metacritic. It’s not perfect. It’s not the best the franchise has to offer. But it’s pretty good for the most part and you should definitely give it a spin. Also, you won’t have to deal with having to wait for episodes to release. You get the whole thing all at once, the way the video game gods intended.