Every month, Xbox Live Games with Gold subscribers look forward to what will be the new games. Fortunately, the latest games have just been unveiled for October 2015, and here is a list of what is available for September 2015 as well.
According to Major Nelson, the Xbox Live Gold free games have been unveiled. There are some AAA surprises this time, as well as some tie-ins to The Walking Dead franchise, just in time for Season 6 of the popular AMC television show.
Starting with Xbox One, Live Gold members can download Valiant Hearts: The Great War from October 1st to the 31st. According to the Steam Store, Valiant Hearts: The Great War is "the story of 4 crossed destinies and a broken love in a world torn apart". It is a 2D animated comic book adventure that mixes exploration, action, and puzzles in a World War I setting rich with atmosphere. The player is actually playing four characters with Emile, is German son-in-law Karl, American soldier Freddie, and a Belgian nurse named Anna.
Xbox One users will also be treated with The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season. This is an episodic interactive drama graphic adventure that was released by Telltale games. It takes place in the same fictional world of the graphic novel (not the television show, which differs in some ways), and has five "episodes". The game is good at character development, and putting the player in the same scenario as its comic-book source material, and matching its grim, monochromatic tone with very little use of color.
The Walking Dead Season One will be available on the Xbox One from October 16th until November 15th. For those that have the Xbox 360, the same game will be available from October 16 to the 31st.
Also available for the Xbox 360 from October 1st to the 15th is Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4). Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is part of a sub-series of prequels in the Metal Gear series, which takes place after Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. This game follows the protagonist Snake as he infiltrates an American black site in Cuba called Camp Omega, to attempt to rescue a Cipher agent named Paz Ortega Andrade and a former Sandinista child soldier Richardo "Chico" Valenciano Libre.
There are still many games available to play for September 2015. For the Xbox One, players have the option of getting The Deer God available until September 30th. According to the Steam Store, The Deer God is "a breathtaking 3D pixel art adventure that will challenge your religion and your platforming skills. It's a game about survival, reincarnation, and karma; all set in a breathtaking and unique 3D pixelized world".
A Definite crowd-pleaser for the Xbox One crowd is that Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition will be available as a free download from September 16th to October 15th. According to Amazon, this is the critically, acclaimed cinematic action-adventure, re-built specifically for next gen consoles. This will bring Lara Croft back to life in a lot of detail through many great adventures. It is good timing that the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is coming out with the soon to be released Rise of the Tomb Raider coming up.
From September 16th through the 30th, Xbox 360 users will be able to download Crysis 3. For those unfamiliar with Crysis, it is a first person shooter game series where the player runs around in a cool nanosuit fighting against aliens known as the Ceph. Crysis 3 is the final act of the series, and it takes place in post-apocalyptic New York City, as the player takes the Prophet to end the war with the Ceph once and for all.
I'll also answer the question about backwards compatibility, as it has been rumored that soon Xbox One users will have four free games to pick instead of the usual two. It hasn't been confirmed whether this will be the case. If it is, then that does change the playing field a bit. The fact that The Walking Dead Season 1 is available on both platforms show that Games with Gold could be moving in that direction, but it is inconclusive at this present time. We'll see what Free Games with Gold November 2015 will bring.