The Xbox Live Gold free games for September 2017 include some big name hits from the past, and one interesting more recent title. So it’s time to clear some space on your hard drive if you want to grab the freebies for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. And don’t forget all Games with Gold Xbox 360 titles are backwards compatible with the One.
If you don’t have enough hard drive space at the moment, or might be buying an Xbox One at Christmas for yourself or someone else, you can always log into the Xbox site online and click to download each of the promoted games, which will then be added if and when you next fire up your console.
Xbox Live Gold Free Games for September 2017
Forza Motorsport 5:
Not the best in the Microsoft-owned, Turn 10 racing game series. Although the core racing was as good as ever, the interface for managing your garage, online racing, and sharing content all felt like it was a bit lacklustre and rushed to coincide with the launch of the Xbox One back in 2013. But it’s still a decent racing game, and it’s free, which allows you the chance to decide whether or not to invest in the outgoing Forza Motorsport 6 or the forthcoming Forza Motorsport 7. Apparently more than half of Xbox One owners had played the full version of FM5 back in 2014, but that number has probably declined since then, so now’s the chance to pick up the game, which normally has a new digital download list price of £23.99, for nothing. It’s available from Sep 1st-30th, 2017.
The most interesting download will be available from September 16th to October 15th. And it’s a supernatural mystery of a game, based on classic teen movies and coming-of-age tales. The graphical adventure Oxenfree was developed and published by Night School Studio to a good critical reception in 2016 as players took on the role of teenager Alex. When you visit a local island with a group of friends, a paranormal force is unleashed and you have to try to figure out what it is and how to stop it.
It’s interesting, and features natural dialogue and no deaths. Instead, you’ll always make it to the end although the results will change, and you will need to go back and play it a few times to see everything. It’s all about chatting, solving puzzles and finding out whether your relationships with your friends will have survived. And as it’s normally £15.99, it’s a good time to pick it up.
Hydro Thunder Hurricane:
Hydro Thunder is a wave racing arcade sequel originally released in 2010 for the Xbox 360. Hydro Thunder was reasonably popular in the arcades, and the console title doesn’t radically change things – pick a boat, race a boat, find shortcuts, earn power up and play in 4-player split screen or up to 8 by combining it with Xbox Live. You’ll need to grab it from September 1-15th, 2017.
The big name title for the Xbox 360 downloads in September is 2011 epic FPS feast Battlefield 3. Part of the long-running Battlefield series, it’ll all feel instantly familiar if you’ve played any title since the original 1942, or the later Battlefield 4 and Battlefield One.
Basically it’s a very good Battlefield title. And although it’s 6 years old, it’ll still feel as good to play, especially while there may be more people in multiplayer lobbies during September. Just remember to clear a fair bit of space on your hard drive, as Battlefield games tend to eat up storage….
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