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September Games with Gold: Super Time Force, Halo: Reach, and Monaco photo
September Games with Gold: Super Time Force, Halo: Reach, and Monaco
by Jordan Devore

Next month's Games with Gold lineup is among the service's best yet.

Xbox 360 owners who are subscribed to Xbox Live Gold can nab Monaco: What's Yours is Mine for free from September 1 - 15, followed by Halo: Reach from September 16 - 30, while Xbox One owners will have all of September to download Super Time Force.

Shame about the Xbox 360 version of Super Time Force not being included here, but if you're thinking of playing it there I'd recommend going for the Ultra PC release instead.

Games with Gold Has Your Back in September [Xbox]

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Contest: Win the Be Mine 14 bundle! photo
Contest: Win the Be Mine 14 bundle!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Our friends at Groupees have given us 20 codes for their newest bundle, Be Mine 14! Included in the pack are codes for Meltdown, Little Big Adventure 2, Legacy!, The Racer - Passengers, Vanth - Future Overdrive, Eschalon: Book III, Arcade Block, BloodRayne2, Hydral Collection, Heileen 3: New Horizons, Betrayer, The Mysterious Cities of Gold, Whispering Willows, and Consortium. Holy smokes that's a lotta games!

There are two ways to win:

  1. Leave a comment in the thread below! Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Sunday, August 31 at 11:59pm to enter.
  2. Follow Destructoid and Groupees on Twitter and tweet this:

RT and follow @Destructoid and @Groupees1 to win the Be Mine 14 bundle! https://groupees.com/bm14 #DtoidGroupees

We'll be handing out codes to random tweeters throughout the week. Good luck! And remember, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (as well as a bunch of other awesome perks). Try us out!

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These are your free PlayStation Plus games for September photo
These are your free PlayStation Plus games for September
by Steven Hansen

Not a bad haul. Sportsfriends is great for local co-op. PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale probably is, too. I've been meaning to go back and play it since they added Kat from Gravity Rush. And TxK is a real good Vita game. Hoard (PS3) is, uh, probably okay.

Joe Danger is hitting the Vita, too, along with Velocity 2X (PS4, Vita). Both are going to be free with PS+ right at their launch.  

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ChAIR is wrapping up Infinity Blade III with its final update next week photo
ChAIR is wrapping up Infinity Blade III with its final update next week
by Jordan Devore

As part of my slowly-get-out-of-bed routine this morning, I glanced at my inbox and was delighted to see an email pop up on my phone about ChAIR. Could this be it? The announcement of another Shadow Complex? We've been waiting years for a follow-up!

Nah. It was just a press release for some more Infinity Blade stuff.

The studio is preparing its final update for Infinity Blade III, a free download dubbed Kingdom Come. It'll hit the App Store on September 4, 2014. There's going to be a new environment, more items and weapons, a dragon -- the usual. ChAIR has also put out a recap of the series, viewable above, with some of this new content featured here and there.

I liked the original Infinity Blade fine, but I'm eager to see this team move on to another project.

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Cloudbase Prime alpha build available now, free to download photo
Cloudbase Prime alpha build available now, free to download
by Rob Morrow

Originally created for the 7DFPS Challenge in 2012, Cloudbase Prime is an attractive-looking low-poly FPS platformer by Tyrus Peace and is currently available for free in its 0.2 alpha state. You can download it here.

Set on a floating mining platform above a gas giant, you'll be tasked with destroying robotic enemies using your energy cannon and the Architect: a gizmo that can be used to manipulate the hex-based tiles that the mining platform is constructed from. 

The game reminds me a bit of Drunken Robot Pornography, and that's definitely not a bad thing in my book: It's got giant robots, high-flying platforming and first-person shooter elements. Oh yeah, did I mention that it's free?

For an idea of how the game plays, take a look at the developer's Walker Mech combat footage in the video above.

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The next multiplayer maps for The Last of Us will be free photo
The next multiplayer maps for The Last of Us will be free
by Jordan Devore

Naughty Dog has been working to address issues with long wait times in The Last of Us' multiplayer matchmaking and while progress has been made on that front, there's more left to do.

"Over the last two weeks, we've discovered that the most significant improvements may come from working with other teams at PlayStation to make updates to some of the existing matchmaking libraries," the studio wrote. As such, it's hard for the teams to nail down a time frame but we're likely looking at a matter of weeks, not months, until the necessary fixes are deployed.

With that mess still ongoing, Naughty Dog has decided that its next pair of maps for Factions will be released for free on PlayStation 3 and PS4. Not all bad news!

Free maps! And about those pesky matchmaking times… [Naughty Dog]

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Play Borderlands 2 for free on Steam this weekend photo
Play Borderlands 2 for free on Steam this weekend
by Jordan Devore

As part of a 2K sale on Steam this weekend, the publisher is giving folks a chance to play Borderlands 2 for free on Steam today through Sunday at 1:00pm Pacific.

Borderlands 2 has also been marked down to $4.99 to own, or $9.99 if you want the Game of the Year edition and its numerous DLC packs. Elsewhere in the sale, there are discounts on Civilization V ($7.49), BioShock Infinite ($7.49), and XCOM: Enemy Unknown ($7.49).

Oh, and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is $3.99. What, no takers?

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The Testament of the White Cypress is out now and free photo
The Testament of the White Cypress is out now and free
by Patrick Hancock

David O'Toole, developer of 2x0ng, has just released his newest game, The Testament of the White Cypress. Inspired by games like Ultima and Zork, Cypress follows a monk named Geoffrey as he explores a strange and dangerous world while getting caught up in something much bigger, which maybe includes some time travel? Cypress is a one man show, as David O'Toole did everything. The watercolor art, original soundtrack, writing, and the programming are 100% David which makes this game a labor of love through and through. 

The game is a blast to explore and a great way to enjoy an afternoon. David considers this to be episode 1 of a "three episode thing," and if people show interest, more episodes will come. So give it a go! Make sure you read everything, especially the tutorial in the beginning. You won't get an objectives screen blatantly telling you what to do, so be sure to pick up on the hints from the various writings you encounter.

Oh, and if you enjoy it, don't forget to give it a vote on Steam Greenlight!

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Win a copy of Dragon's Crown from Radio Dtoid! photo
Win a copy of Dragon's Crown from Radio Dtoid!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Radio D is Destructoid's official community-focused podcast! Join Aaron "Mxy" Yost (Forums Admin), ConorElsea.com (US Community Manager), Beccy Caine (EU Community Manger), Kyle MacGregor (Contributor), and Mr Andy Dixon as they talk about their favorite Dtoid community happenings!

Have you been listening to Radio Destructoid? If not, you really should be! We talk about fun stuff happening in and around the community, highlight the best of the Community Blogs and Forums, and generally just have a grand old time.

If you want to get involved with tonight's recording (featuring special community guest Captain Merica), here's an incentive: ask us a question in the comments below and you'll be entered to win a copy of Dragon's Crown for PS Vita! The code will go to whomever asks our favorite question, so try not to make it a dumb one. (Or if you do, make it a very, very dumb one.) We'll announce the winner in the next episode, so be sure to listen!

So what are you waiting for? Ask away! You have until 9pm Pacific tonight to submit your questions.

Have fun!

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Play Garden Warfare, Kingdoms of Amalur for free on Origin for a limited time photo
Play Garden Warfare, Kingdoms of Amalur for free on Origin for a limited time
by Jordan Devore

Through Origin's Game Time program, it's currently possible to play Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning for free -- for a limited time, of course. Simply download either game and, once you launch it, the clock will begin counting down.

For Garden Warfare, which I cannot recommend enough -- seriously, now's your chance! -- Origin users are getting unlimited access for 72 hours, while Kingdoms of Amalur is restricted to 48 hours of free play. It's unclear how long these offers will remain valid, so I wouldn't wait too long if you're interested. Something to play over the weekend, perhaps.

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Garden Warfare's Suburbination update adds another mode and character photo
Garden Warfare's Suburbination update adds another mode and character
by Jordan Devore

This week's free new update for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare adds Suburbination mode, a capture-and-defend game type in the same vein as Battlefield's Conquest and Call of Duty's Domination. Gardens & Graveyards is still where it's at, but this is a decent distraction.

The DLC also includes the Plasma Peashooter, who is playable immediately without the need to spend in-game coins; the Crash Course map; more stuff for Garden Ops including the vampiric Baron Von Bats boss and the Treasure Yeti; and a bunch of "bling" customization items.

Garden Warfare has become my go-to "unwinding" game and I don't see that changing anytime soon. Finding an annoying hiding place as the zombie soldier and picking off plants is way too satisfying to stop. You're in for a treat next week, PlayStation gamers.

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Contest: Win a Hohokum art book and a copy of the game! photo
Contest: Win a Hohokum art book and a copy of the game!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winner is Leon!]

Our friends at Sony have bestowed upon us a beautiful hardcover art book to celebrate the launch of their whimsical new game Hohokum on PSN (out today!), and we're going to give it away to one lucky Dtoider!

Featuring gorgeous art by Richard Hogg, The Hohokum Almanac is a great companion piece to the game. For a chance to win it (and a code for the game itself), just leave a comment in this thread! Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Friday, August 15 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Contest is open to anyone with a U.S. shipping address.

Good luck! And don't forget, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (as well as a bunch of other awesome perks). Try us out!

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Contest: Win tickets to SOE Live in Las Vegas! photo
Contest: Win tickets to SOE Live in Las Vegas!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winners are Gargantor and Devoured!]

Our friends at SOE have given us two premium passes to SOE Live in Las Vegas to hand out to lucky Dtoiders! SOE Live is a celebration of SOE games and the gamers who love them, and this year's event takes place August 14 through 17 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. See the latest SOE games, hang out with friends and cosplayers, and more!

Included with the premium pass are two tickets to the event, an SOE Live t-shirt, SOE Live goody bag, exclusive SOE Live in-game items, access to the exhibitor showroom, access to panels and roundtables, option to attend brunch with the dev team, complimentary copies of the upcoming EverQuest and EverQuest II expansions, and a ton more! (For full details, click here.)

To win, we want you to draw something SOE-inspired in MS Paint and then post it in the comments! Any SOE game is eligible, so go as wild as you want. The best two drawings (as chosen by Destructoid staff) will earn their artists each a premium pass to see SOE Live in Las Vegas! Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone willing to make the trek to Vegas next week (travel expenses are not included). You have until this Friday, August 8 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter.

Good luck!

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Battlefield 4 is free to play for a week on PC photo
Battlefield 4 is free to play for a week on PC
by Jordan Devore

EA is back with another Origin Game Time promotion following that one for Titanfall. Those of you on PC can claim a week of free access to Battlefield 4 -- just add the game to your Origin library before August 14. The clock doesn't start until you launch the title, at which point you'll then have one full week (168 hours) to play as much or as little as you'd like.

This offer includes full access to the single-player campaign (don't feel bad about skipping it) and multiplayer, and any progress you make will be retained should you choose to buy Battlefield 4 afterward. Pretty good way to get your fill without committing.

Tempted to log back in after a long absence. Maybe I'll stand a chance now.

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Wing Commander III is free on Origin photo
Wing Commander III is free on Origin
by Jordan Devore

The next free game in EA's On the House promo for Origin is the classic space combat sim Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger. Add it to your account and its yours to keep.

This is definitely something to check out for folks who are into Star Citizen and want to revisit Chris Roberts' past work. It's unquestionably dated -- the game originally released in 1994 and features full-motion video cut scenes -- but not so dated that it can be enjoyed today.

I mean, if nothing else, you'll get a kick out of seeing live-action Mark Hamill and Malcom McDowell.

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Broforce presents The Expendabros, a free crossover game photo
Broforce presents The Expendabros, a free crossover game
by Jordan Devore

Free Lives' Broforce is a run-and-gun game with a parody-filled cast of action movie heroes. Indianna Brones, Rambro, Snake Broskin -- the list goes on. It's all too perfect, then, that this team has collaborated with The Expendables 3 for a free promotion game.

This is The Expendabros, out now on Steam.

All told, there are seven playable characters based on the film and ten missions. Pretty dang cool. Even if you aren't into The Expendables, this should be a good taste of the full-fledged Broforce.

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