Microsoft has announced a list of free games that will be included in its Games for Gold on Xbox Live in the month of June. Two free games will be available for the Xbox One while three free games will be available for the Xbox 360. The five free games are being offered to celebrate the first year anniversary of Games with Gold on Xbox Live.
June will be the first month that Games with Gold will arrive on the Xbox One. However, download release dates for the games have not been announced yet. The first title announced as a free download is Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. Released back in December, the game is an action-adventure platformer with puzzles. Max is out to find his brother that has been kidnapped. Max will use his on-screen magic marker to manipulate the environment around him and create pathways to continue on his quest. Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is usually priced at $14.99.
The second game announced for the Xbox One will be Halo: Spartan Assault. Also released in December, this game takes place between Halo 3 and Halo 4. This game is a top-down shooter where players control their Spartan using the left thumbstick to control movement and the right thumbstick to control the direction of weapon fire. Many familiar armor abilities, weapons and vehicles return from the Halo universe as players fight through 30 different missions. This game also supports online multi-players where a player and a friend can battle against waves of enemies. Halo: Spartan Assault is usually priced at $9.99.
Games with Gold started a year ago in June on the Xbox 360 when subscribers of Xbox Live were able to download a free copy of Fable 3. One year later, Microsoft has expanded from one game to three. Following June, Microsoft is expected to lower the number of free games to two.
The first game announced for the Xbox 360 will be Dark Souls and will be available to download from June 1 until June 15. Originally released in October of 2011, this game is an action RPG set in an open world environment. The player controls a human character that is cursed and must journey to the Undead Asylum to learn the fate of the undead. The character switches from a human state to an undead form to fight against various creatures and bosses. Upon release, reviewers praised its high difficulty level as other action RPGs tend to be more on the easy side. Dark Souls is usually priced at $19.99.
The second game announced for the Xbox 360 will be Charlie Murder and will be available to download from June 16 until June 30. Originally released in August, players will control an entire punk rock band under the same name as the game. It is a side scrolling game with RPG elements to upgrade different characters within the band to take on a rival death metal band Gore Quaffer and their evil minions. This game supports local and online co-op multi-players. Charlie Murder is usually priced at $9.99.
The third game announced for the Xbox 360 will be Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition and will also be available for download from June 16 until June 30. This is the third version of Street Fighter 4 originally released in February of 2009. Featuring more fighters than the original version, this title also includes extra stages and tweaks to the gameplay that this fighting game is known for. Players can choose to learn combos in training mode, defeat a ladder tournament in Arcade Mode or go online and test their skills against human opponents from around the world. This is the undisputed champ of fighting games. Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition is usually priced at $29.99.
These five games will be available as a free download on Xbox Live in June through the Games with Gold program. Users need to remember that Games with Gold is only available for gamers with an Xbox Live Gold membership and that games downloaded on the Xbox One will only stay in the library while the membership is active. Users that download the free games on the Xbox 360 must also have an Xbox Live Gold membership, but will be able to keep the game in their library regardless of their membership status.
By Raul Hernandez