Mirror's Edge

Another month will be here soon, and with it, comes another month of free video games. The collection of titles offered on Microsoft platforms will likely have something for every gamer. This is assuming, of course, that you haven't already played the hell out of them. Xbox One owners will get access to a new indie RPG, called Earthlock: Festival of Magic for the entire month. Beginning September 16 they will also gain Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China free of charge. On the Xbox 360, gamers will get Forza Horizon for the first half of the month, then the original Mirror's Edge for the back half. Both titles will, as is now the norm, also be backward compatible for the Xbox One.

If you're a true racing fan, then odds are you've probably already played the original Forza Horizon, but the Xbox blog tells us it will be the first 360 title on offer. While the Horizon series has been something of a secondary concern as compared to the racing sim's proper entries, it has built a fan base of its own. If you're not sure if the more open world racing game is quite your style, the free title is perfectly timed, as Forza Horizon 3 will be making it's debut at the end of the month.

If first-person action is more your style, then the cult hit Mirror's Edge will be perfect for anybody that hasn't had the chance to check it out yet. While the game isn't for everybody, it had enough of a fan base to eventually drum up the recent sequel Mirror's Edge Catalyst. Unfortunately, sales of that title were also likely slower than EA would have liked. No doubt, there are some hopes that new fans may fall in love with the series now and then try the sequel.

While the Assassin's Creed series certainly has no shortage of fans, it's possible that many never really gave the Chronicles games a look. As side-scrolling 2D action games, they kept the spirit of the series intact but were otherwise more reminiscent of the original Prince of Persia, which was the series that eventually gave birth to Assassin's Creed anyway.

The real mystery game is Earthlock: Festival of Magic. While most free Xbox games involve titles that have been around for awhile, Earthlock is making its debut as a free game. This means that nobody really knows what to make of it. From the early looks, it appears to be a fairly traditional turn-based RPG, but as fans of that particular genre can rarely get enough, hopefully, this one will be a solid addition. It does look to be a fairly traditional attempt, but that's not a bad thing.

Will you be picking up any of the titles in September? How many have you already played? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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