This past August seems to have been all about online multiplayer games, especially with the unexpected success and popularity of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (which you might remember as being part of August 2020’s free PlayStation Plus games.) This September, we’re getting a few more online multiplayer titles as free games through PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold, alongside some solid single-player games. If you’re looking for something new to play with your friends on days when you just can’t get a win on Fall Guys, this month’s free games have you covered.
Here are the games you can play for free on PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold this September.
This month’s line-up for PlayStation Plus has some timely offerings considering recent news of upcoming updates to Street Fighter V as well as the resurgence in popularity of the battle royale genre. While we won’t be getting those great single-player experiences as in previous PS Plus offerings, these titles are great for finally putting the online multiplayer feature of PS Plus to use, if you haven’t yet.
Earlier this month, we got some sweet news on what’s next for Street Fighter V. The fifth and final season of Street Fighter V will be adding some classic Capcom characters to the game, most notably the pink gi-clad Dan, and Akira Kazama from Rival Schools (!!!). News of the fifth season being the last for Street Fighter V also had many fans speculating that Street Fighter VI might be well on the way. Sadly, all this good news also comes with the bittersweet announcement of longtime Street Fighter producer, Yoshinori Ono’s departure from Capcom.
The version of Street Fighter V that’ll be available on PS Plus for September 2020 is the base game, which features only sixteen playable characters. While it doesn’t offer much by way of variety, it’s a great entryway for new players looking to try their hand at fighting games. The base game also has an online multiplayer mode for when you feel like you’re ready to face some real human opponents.
If Street Fighter V turns out to be your cup of tea, you can check out the Arcade edition which features an additional 12 playable characters, or the Champion edition which adds yet another 12 to that roster. Season 5 will also be adding a few more characters as DLC, so there’s still more SFV content to come.
With Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout taking the spotlight in the past month, the battle royale genre seems to be gaining popularity once again. There was also a lot of controversy surrounding tensions between Epic Games, Apple, and Google when Fortnite was pulled from the Apple and Google app stores over disputes on direct-payment services and each company’s pay cuts from Fortnite profits.
With PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds still sitting comfortably in the Apple and Google app stores, it’s getting its second wind as players are moving from Fortnite back to one of the earliest games of the battle royale genre. PUBG is also getting some love from PlayStation Plus with its inclusion in this month’s offerings. If you’ve always wanted to try playing a battle royale game but didn’t want to spend money on one, this is the perfect time to queue into a PUBG game to see what all those frying pan memes from 2017 are about.
This month’s Xbox Live Gold offerings have something for everyone, and just like in previous months’ releases, there are some hidden gems from the Xbox’s yesteryear included. Run-and-gun action, retro adventure, and some light platforming make up Xbox Live Gold’s September 2020 line-up.
(Available from September 1 to 30 on Xbox One)
One of the most popular shooter games of 2016 which enjoyed a steady player base up until the release of its sequel in 2019, Tom Clancy’s The Division is a riveting action shooter set in a near-dystopian Manhattan, where a virus has left everyone to fend for themselves (eerily familiar, isn’t it?). The Division features a solid single-player campaign as well as a multiplayer PvP mode that’ll pit you against other players on a large, torn-down city stage.
With a setting not unlike those found in The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part II but with more traditional shooter game mechanics, Tom Clancy’s The Division was a fresh take on the shooter genre at the time of its release. The storyline being uncannily relevant today might also give you a new perspective on the game, so it’s definitely a title worth revisiting.
(Available from September 16 to October 15 on Xbox One)
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a point-and-click adventure game that hearkens back to the classic point-and-click PC games of the 1990s. With an art style that’s reminiscent of those classic PC games and over 20 hours’ worth of puzzles and humorous dialogue shared among the game’s four protagonists, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a hidden gem that’s worth checking out if you missed it the first time.
(Available from September 1 to 15 on Xbox One and Xbox 360)
De Blob 2 is a lighthearted puzzle platformer from 2010 which puts you in the shoes of the game’s titular character, Blob. The game features a unique painting mechanic to enrich its platforming experience, having you mix and match colors for Blob in order to unlock new areas and progress through the game. Its relatively easy gameplay makes it an accessible and family-friendly title that almost feels like something you’d see on the Nintendo Switch today, and it’s a perfect game for younger audiences.
(Available from September 16 to 30 on Xbox One and Xbox 360)
Armed and Dangerous is a classic title originally released for the Xbox in 2003, and it features the same kind of run-and-gun action and edgy humor from similar titles of its time, most notably Jak and Daxter and Ratchet and Clank. It’s a nice throwback to the zany shooters of the 2000s, which now seems to have been a specific subgenre that we don’t see much of anymore in today’s video games. While Armed and Dangerous never enjoyed the same popularity as its fellow ridiculous-weapon-filled shooters, it remains a cult favorite among those who’ve played it.
So those are the free games you can check out on PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold this September. For more updates on each month’s featured free games as well as the latest news on the upcoming PlayStation and Xbox consoles, be sure to stay tuned to our website and Facebook page.
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