Happy September! Spring is here. Flowers are blooming, butterflies are shimmering in the air, and my hayfever is so bad I look like I’ve been crying for days. Check out the free games for PlayStation Plus, Xbox Gold, Humble Monthly, Epic Games, Twitch Prime subscribers this month.
- Batman: Arkham Knight
The final instalment of Rocksteady’s Arkham trilogy. The Dark Knight confronts the mysterious Arkham Knight, but not before stopping to do one of the many sidequests littered across a huge open-world Gotham City. Glide above the rooftops like a brooding kite or summon the Batmobile to smash through the streets at high speed.
- Darksiders III
Fury, a Horseman of the Apocalypse, explores a post-apocalyptic Earth and hunts down the Seven Deadly Sins with her trusty whip. While Darksiders II was a loot-based dungeon crawler, III travels at a more measured, Dark Souls-esque pace. The next game in the series, Darksiders: Genesis, is a top-down ARPG in the in the vein of Diablo 3. Like Horsemen of the Apocalypse, no two Darksiders games are alike.
Xbox Games with Gold
- Hitman: The Complete First Season (available September 1 – September 30)
A reboot-of-sorts for the stealth series. Each “episode” takes place in a densely packed location, full of all the tools you need to take down your targets. We loved stealthing around the world in our review, but the lackluster story and the need for patience and carefully planning every mission may turn off some folks.
- Earth Defence Force 2025 (available September 1 – September 15)
This ridiculous series about shooting big bugs out of the sky! Pick a character class and one of the hundreds of weapons available, and blast those nasty aliens while buildings dynamically crumble around you. If only there was a force to defend the buildings.
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (available September 16 – September 30)
It’s the Tekken you know and love, but now you get to take two characters into battle at once. Tag in and out to create huge combos and special moves. And don’t worry, the panda is in this one.
- Slay the Spire (available until September 6)
This unexpected hybrid of card game and roguelike may seem unusual, but according to our review, it’s the good kind of weird. It may feel a bit easy at times, but the mechanics mesh in such a unique way, you might have fun just appreciating it.
- Squad (available until September 6)
War never changes. And for the longest time, neither did war games. But Squad aims to change that. Teaming up with other players is essential to taking down the enemy team. The enemy team consists of other players, doing the same thing.
- Celeste (available until September 6)
This gorgeous platformer has won acclaim and many awards since it released in 2018. A cute art style, precise controls, an emotional story, as well as numerous accessibility options come together to form this little gem of a game. One of the better free games going around.
- Inside (available until September 6)
If this looks similar to cult 2010 platformer Limbo, that’s because it’s by the same developer. Play as a lost little boy exploring a creepy factory. If that’s not enough to reel you in, consider that this is a very violent game, with many gruesome end states. If that doesn’t reel you in, this probably isn’t a game for you, and that’s fully understandable.
- The End is Nigh (available September 6 – September 13)
From the makers of Super Meat Boy comes this platformer. Very similar to its fleshy big brother, but trading blood and raw flesh for a grim, dystopian atmosphere.
- ABZU (available September 6 – September 13)
An exploration game taking place in a beautiful underwater environment full of plants, creatures, and puzzles. Some of the folks behind Journey were involved in development, so check this out if you like your free games to be serene and low-stress.
- Pumped BMX Pro (available until September 4)
Bikes, dude! Totally rad bikes! Create your own bike and smash your way through the sickest courses! It’s like Trials but a side-scroller, man! *cough* Sorry I blacked out for a second, what happened.
- Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (available until September 4)
A cute remake of the 1989 game. Featuring a hand-drawn art style and the ability to continue your save file from the original game. Past and present collide, in clean lines and bright colours.
- Mable & The Wood (available until September 4)
A metroidvania in which you must become different monsters in order to reach new areas. You don’t just acquire power-ups, you become power-ups.
- Automachef (available until September 4)
Arrange various machines together to make the most efficient robot kitchen you can. This is a restaurant management sim for all the robot overlord fans out there.
And there you have all the free games for September! Which of these are you most excited for? How many bugs will you shoot down? How many spires will you slay? How many Arkhams will you… Knight… that one didn’t turn out well.