As tradition now dictates, from mid-September, games marked “Gold” for Xbox Live are available to players for free download. For those who missed Microsoft’s announcement, the September golden game collection consists of Warhammer games: Chaosbane, Mulak, Zone of the Enders HD Collection, and Samurai Showdown 2.
Fortunately for Microsoft, subscribers received positively Xbox games labeled “Gold” this month, mostly because of the titles offered for the Xbox 360. In the next few weeks, meaning for the next month, Microsoft is expected to release a new list of free games. What “Gold” games could we see next month? Read more about it below.
The games we are talking about are not the games you can bet on, in case you are both a passionate gamer and bettor. The world’s largest eSports bookmakers, which are listed here, and gaming companies have not merged gaming and wagering assets for the following games.
We stress – even though we are sure you were already aware of that – that most, if not all, video games we are to mention in the continuation of the article will be available on Steam. So, download and install the Steam ‘engine’ or program on your computer and after that, you will be able to access the entire library of games, applications, and forums, including the most-anticipated games in October.
Platform: Xbox One
InnerSpace, an action-adventure game developed by PolyKnight Games and published in 2018, is undoubtedly at the top of this wish list for October’s Xbox games rated “Gold.” It is worth noting that InnerSpace is a studio debut game, inspired by other titles guided by characters, like Proteus and Grow Home. Shortly after its release, InnerSpace received positive reviews thanks to strange worlds that players can explore and the very impressive graphics that accompany it.
Platform: Xbox One
Next on the list is Shovel Knight. It is a 2D platform, the so-called “side-scroller”, developed and published by Yacht Club Games. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Shovel Knight was released in 2014 and offered players nostalgic 8-bit graphics.
Players control the title character as he collects treasure and fights a villainous group of knights – The Order of No Quarter. Shovel Knight has garnered positive reviews, and a spin-off game called Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon is presently in production, with a release date expected this winter.
Platform: Xbox 360
Next month, Remedy Entertainment is releasing a reissue, an improved version of Alan Wake, first released in 2010. While the upcoming reissue will surely bring huge improvements to the original game, some players would probably want to play the original as well.
Especially if it will be offered for free as part of Xbox Games Gold Editions, if for no other reason than just for comparing the upcoming remake with the original. For all those who have not had the opportunity to play the game so far, here are a few words about it.
The original Alan Wake received positive reviews from both the players and the critics, thanks to the impressive graphics, deep narration, very good pace of the story, and atmosphere. Shortly after its release in 2010, Alan Wake was awarded first place in Time Magazine’s list of the top 10 video games of the year.
Of course, many would probably prefer a reissue of Alan Wake to be released on October 5, but for those who have not played the original from 2010 yet, the “Gold” edition will certainly come in handy.
Metal Gear Solid HD Edition
Platform: Xbox 360
The Zone of Enders HD Collection was added to Xbox Games Gold in September, and it is presently the most popular title on the whole list. Given this, it would be a smart move for Microsoft to integrate another popular Konami franchise, namely Metal Gear Solid 2011.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and Metal Gear Solid:
Peace Walker are included in the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection from Konami. It is worth mentioning that Metal Gear Solid 2 and MGS 3 are among the most popular games in the franchise, which means that it would undoubtedly lead to success if Microsoft implemented these games in its “Gold” collection next month.
Just by the way, these games were never released on the Xbox One, and although Xbox consoles offer compatibility with the previous version, many are not exactly willing to pay for those games since MGS 2 was released in 2001 and MGS 3 in 2004. However, the free offer of the collection as part of the “Gold” program for Xbox Live will surely attract the interest of longtime fans of the Metal Gear franchise, since last year since Konami released a Metal Gear Solid game (to be more precise, 6 years). In addition, the Metal Gear Solid:
HD Collection is also a great way for new generations of gamers to experience old, good MGS games and a chance to see why those games are still some of the best, if not the best, in their genre today.