September’s Games for Xbox Game Pass
Another month means another slew of titles for the Xbox Game Pass subscription service. The very beginning of September will bring new games to download, including Xbox One exclusive titles Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Quantum Break.
September brings a little something for everyone. Everybody knows the Master Chief Collection featuring Halo 1, 2, 3, and 4 but with special enhancements for this generation of console. Earlier this week, Microsoft delivered a host of new features within a mega-sized update that will add quality and content to the experience. We’re talking better HDR support, LAN, and the like. Then we have Quantum Break, which is Microsoft’s first dabble in games and television as a combined art. More importantly, it’s an innovative game by Remedy in which you control space and time. Here’s your chance to play before the release of the developer’s next mind-bender of a game, Control.
More games from a variety of genres will be reaching Xbox Game Pass early in September. Players will have access to Onrush, Aven Colony, Sky Force Reloaded, Manual Samuel, Snake Pass, Shadow Warrior, Giana Sisters; Twisted Dreams, and InnerSpace. Remember, there’s a full library of over 100 games on top of the latest additions, and the price for one month is $9.99.
Onrush | September 5
Onrush, developed by the racing game gurus at Codemasters, features high-impact, adrenaline-fuelled off-road arcade racing with a focus high-tempo excitement and fun. In Onrush, you’ll need to build up your boost and show your opponent’s who’s boss with a perfectly timed takedown that scores maximum points for your team. If you’re the one who gets taken down, you can get back into the action quickly with the Stampede System, which respawns you right back into the mix. Want to gain a real edge? Unleash your Rush, a blast of power and speed that allows you to quickly take down your foes.
Aven Colony | September 1
Take on the role of a governor who must oversee the Aven Expedition on the alien planet of Aven Prime, a moon that orbits a massive gas giant that’s many light years from Earth. You must help grow this tiny, vulnerable colony into a massive, sprawling sci-fi metropolis while battling everything from social policies to giant space sandworms.
Shadow Warrior 1 | September 1
Developed by indie studio Flying Wild Hog, Shadow Warrior is a 2013 reboot of the 1997 classic first-person shooter. It tells the offbeat tale of a corporate shogun named Lo Wang who is ordered to find a legendary blade of limitless power by his employer, Zilla Enterprise. Spoiler: Lo Wang is betrayed and left for dead, forcing him to fight back with a combination of guns, magic, his blade, and his equally sharp wit to uncover the truth behind a looming demonic invasion. Highlights of this over-the-top first-person adventure include slicing up enemies with precisely targeted swings and using their own severed heads and still-beating hearts to bring them to their knees.
Sky Force Reloaded | September 1
Sky Force Reloaded, developed by Infinite Dream, seamlessly blends the gameplay from classic arcade shoot ‘em ups with modern visuals and design. This game will grab you with the things you’ve come to love in scrolling shooters: Massive explosions, incinerating lasers, colossal bosses and a wide variety of aircraft to pilot. Sky Force Reloaded will draw you in with its beautiful environments and intense effects and keep you with its superb gameplay mechanics, progression system and in-game collectibles. Once it’s over, you’ll be wishing for more. Thankfully, there’s plenty to do before that happens.
Manual Samuel | September 1
This unique game by the team at Perfectly Paranormal features one of the most memorable control schemes in recent years. After Samuel dies and makes a deal with the Grim Reaper, our hapless hero must survive for a whole day by controlling his entire (and we mean entire) body manually. From working and driving to even blinking and breathing, every minute task is your responsibility, often to hilarious results. Getting through the ordeal won’t be easy, especially given that Death will always be nearby heckling you. This is also a great co-op experience for you and a partner, as you must share the bodily function workload if you hope to see Samuel survive
Snake Pass | September 1
Join Noodle the Snake and his friend Doodle the Hummingbird in this physics-based platformer as you slither, coil, and climb around his tranquil home of Haven Tor in a quest to reunite missing Keystones with the magical gates that power this mythical world. Find hidden collectibles, take on Time Trials, and play the brand-new Arcade mode to prove that you are the slickest slitherer around.
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams | September 1
Created by Black Forest Games, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a fast-paced, frenetic platformer with a unique gameplay twist. In addition to plenty of old-school, retro-era platforming, you’ll be able to warp Giana’s dreams to change up your abilities in an effort to better battle the twisted creatures living within them. Featuring graphics that pack a visual punch and tight platforming controls. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams sees you morphing between two dream worlds to solve puzzles and fight furious foes. You’ll need to utilize both Punk Giana’s hammering dash attack and Giana’s twirling jump attack and if you want to make it through this double-edged ordeal alive.
InnerSpace | September 1
Created by a small team of seven developers at PolyKnight Games, InnerSpace is a beautiful space exploration game with no horizons. You’ll navigate breath-taking landscapes and submerge yourself in lost oceans in your search for the ancient gods of the Inverse, a dimension of inside-out planets. As you explore, you’ll awaken old friends and foes, hunt for relics that help to uncover the history of the Inverse, and collect wind that you’ll use to unlock and master each of the game’s seven airframes.