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3:30 PM on 12.11.2014

I don't know WTF #IDARB is but I want it

I've heard that title before, #IDARB. I know it's coming to Xbox One. But other than that, I'm clueless. Brett came into chat today wondering about it, and Nic said the game looked "amazingly silly" on Giant Bomb months ago....

Jordan Devore


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SSX, Worms Battlegrounds free with Xbox Live Gold in December photo
SSX, Worms Battlegrounds free with Xbox Live Gold in December
by Jordan Devore

November is almost over, which means more free-with-Xbox-Live-Gold games to look at and hopefully remember to download once they're actually available.

Throughout December, Xbox One users with a paid subscription can nab Worms Battlegrounds at no extra charge. Xbox 360 players can claim The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief (*shrugs*) from December 1 - 15, and then SSX from December 15 - 31.

I've cooled on SSX over the years (the 2012 title, I mean, not the whole series; SSX Tricky is still in the running for my desert-island game of choice) but for free, yeah, it's worth playing.

As for The Raven, it's an episodic crime adventure from King Art Games set in 1960s Paris. But, more importantly, there's this screenshot:

Xbox Live Games with Gold for December 2014 [Major Nelson]

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2:30 PM on 10.30.2014

October's Games with Gold are among my favorites

Two of my favorite Xbox 360 games will be free next month for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise is up first on Saturday, November 1. You'll have through November 15 to download the adorable...

Jordan Devore



Friendly reminder: Go get yo' free games on Xbox Live! photo
Friendly reminder: Go get yo' free games on Xbox Live!
by Brett Makedonski

With the beginning of a new month, it's time that we all flip our calendars from that picture of an adorable kitten rolling around in the leaves to that picture of an adorable kitten sitting in a pumpkin. It's also time that Xbox Live Gold members should go ahead and swoop on their free games.

As a quick reminder, DICE's highly praised Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is available until October 15 on Xbox 360. On Xbox One, newly released indie cooperative platformer Chariot is free all month long. Chariot's one that you won't want to pass up, especially if you have a partner to sit on the couch and work through it with.

Xbox Live Gold subscribers would be remiss to pass these up. Go ahead and put on your Uggs, froth your pumpkin spice lattes, and queue up some videogames to play.

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Download Halo: Reach for free with Xbox Live Gold photo
Download Halo: Reach for free with Xbox Live Gold
by Jordan Devore

Now through September 30, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download Halo: Reach for free through Microsoft's Games with Gold program. And those of you with an Xbox One still have the rest of the month to nab the excellent Super Time Force. Just putting that out there.

Reach has the distinction of being the last Halo game I was even moderately into, though my memory of it is mostly hazy. I do recall struggling quite a bit toward the end of the game. Funny how of all the things I could remember about my playthrough, it ends up being the painful part.

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PSA: Xbox Live Gold members, go get yo' free games! photo
PSA: Xbox Live Gold members, go get yo' free games!
by Brett Makedonski

As you flip the calendar from July's impossibly cute picture of a puppy to August's impossibly cute picture of a puppy, you should be reminded that there's a new stable of free games to download on Xbox One and Xbox 360 for Xbox Live Gold members. Maybe you should just start writing "Games with Gold" on the calendar for the first of every month so you don't have to rely on the Internet people.

The offerings right now are Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero on Xbox One, and Motocross Madness on Xbox 360. The Xbox One titles are both available through the end of the month, but Motocross Madness is only free through August 15. That's when Dishonored -- the real highlight of August -- takes over until September rolls around.

Xbox Live Games with Gold for August 2014 [Major Nelson]

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August Games with Gold: Dishonored, Crimson Dragon, more photo
August Games with Gold: Dishonored, Crimson Dragon, more
by Jordan Devore

Microsoft has come out with its August lineup of free games for Xbox Live Gold members and the highlight here is unquestionably Arkane Studios' stealth title Dishonored. You'll want to clear hard drive space for it in a couple weeks. But, that's not the only one worth trying.

The first Games with Gold selections -- Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero on Xbox One, and Motorcross Madness on Xbox 360 -- will be free beginning this Friday, August 1. Then, it's Dishonored's turn from August 16 - 31. We'll have a reminder post when the time comes.

One of the recurring complaints for Games with Gold has been its insistence on featuring stuff that many of us own and have owned for years. With Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero next month, at least we're getting something I imagine not a ton of folks have played yet.

August Games with Gold [Xbox]

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10:15 AM on 07.16.2014

BattleBlock Theater is now on Games With Gold

BattleBlock Theater is a great platformer (especially when played cooperatively), and now it's free on Games with Gold on the Xbox 360. Gotham City Imposters is out, and BattleBlock is in, with all its "buckle your ...

Chris Carter

1:30 PM on 06.26.2014

Guacamelee!, BattleBlock Theater among next free Games with Gold

Now we're talking. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is going to be a nice freebie for Xbox One owners. That's coming up next month as a part of Microsoft's Games with Gold promotion, though last month's selection,...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 06.16.2014

Charlie Murder and Super Street Fighter: AE are free on Xbox Games with Gold

In addition to Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault, Microsoft's Games with Gold is getting two more additions this month on the 360 -- Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition and Charlie Murder. S...

Chris Carter



Xbox One's free Games with Gold are now available to download photo
Xbox One's free Games with Gold are now available to download
by Brett Makedonski

We've known for a little while now that Xbox One was finally going to be included in Microsoft's continuing Games with Gold program beginning in the month of June. We just didn't know when in June that was going to take effect. Apparently, the answer is June 3.

Right now, both Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault are free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. They can be downloaded via the console or on Xbox.com. Remember though: Regular Games with Gold rules don't apply to Xbox One titles. You have to maintain an active Gold subscription to be able to keep them.

Halo: Spartan Assault [Xbox]
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood [Xbox]

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Friendly reminder: Dark Souls is free on Games with Gold first of June photo
Friendly reminder: Dark Souls is free on Games with Gold first of June
by Brett Makedonski

It's about that time of month when Microsoft clears its throat and lets everyone know what the upcoming titles in the Games with Gold program are going to be. But, it's already done that earlier in May, and Jordan already told you about it. But, that feels like a million years ago, and chances are you got lost gazing into Jordan's dreamy avatar, so here's a quick reminder.

On June 1, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to download Dark Souls for free. June 16 ends the Souls opportunity, and sees Charlie Murder and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition take over. Sometime this month, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault will be free on Xbox One, but those dates aren't known yet.

Now go back to staring at Jordan.

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11:30 AM on 05.13.2014

Games with Gold coming to Xbox One, June titles revealed

Microsoft is coming up on the one-year anniversary of its Games with Gold program in which Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download two free games per month on Xbox 360 to own even if their membership lapses. In June, there wi...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 04.30.2014

Saints Row: The Third and Dust are next for Games with Gold

May's free titles for Xbox Live Gold members are some of the best featured in Microsoft's Games with Gold promo so far, I'd say. We're getting the action-adventure RPG Dust: An Elysian Tail from May 1 - 15 and the ridiculous ...

Jordan Devore



Hitman: Absolution, Deadlight are April's free Games with Gold photo
Hitman: Absolution, Deadlight are April's free Games with Gold
by Jordan Devore

The featured titles in Microsoft's Games with Gold promotion have tended to not be compelling, I think most of us can agree. April shows signs of improvement, with Hitman: Absolution available to Xbox Live Gold members for free from April 1 - 15, and Deadlight offered from April 16 - 30.

I hadn't yet played the game, but our own Brett Makedonski shared this advice for Deadlight: "Get it for free, play the first bit, then put it down forever."

Let's hope this pair is the beginning of moderately good things to come for Games with Gold.

Xbox Live Gold Members Get Hitman: Absolution and Deadlight Free in April [Major Nelson]

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Microsoft's Phil Spencer talks improving Games with Gold photo
Microsoft's Phil Spencer talks improving Games with Gold
by Jordan Devore

Comparisons between Microsoft's Games with Gold and Sony's PlayStation Plus cannot be helped. The two services may be set up differently, but on the surface, they both offer free games (some much newer than others) with a subscription. Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer spoke about the program during a Q&A session at SXSW, reports Polygon.

"One of our issues with Games with Gold -- not 'issues,' but differences between the other system we get compared to, is the fact that with Games with Gold, you get to keep that game, regardless of whether you continue to subscribe," he said. "And the business around Games with Gold, for us, is just fundamentally different from some of the other programs that are out there, which does put a different financial picture on a -- you're gonna go buy a game that's brand new, the cost of putting that in, just to be kind of blunt about it."

For its part, Microsoft appears to be listening to feedback even if it might not seem that way at all based on the service's offerings as of late. Continuing, Spencer said "I have been sitting down, monthly now, with that team -- some of the earlier months were already programmed -- and playing a more active role in picking franchises that show up in Games with Gold, and I think you'll see at least something that feels, at least, more true to what I think Games with Gold should look like with the constraints that are there."

Those darned constraints. At this rate, I'm more interested in seeing how Microsoft approaches Games with Gold on Xbox One where there isn't a library of years-old titles to fall back on.

Phil Spencer: Games with Gold will feel 'more true' to what consumers want in the future [Polygon]

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