Microsoft has unveiled a new batch of free games for Xbox Live Gold membership subscribers for July. There will be one new game available for the Xbox One and two new games game available for the Xbox 360. The three games come a month after the one-year anniversary of Games with Gold on Xbox Live. June was the first month that Games with Gold was made possible for the Xbox One.
The new game for the Xbox One is Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition. The platform game is published and developed by Drinkbox who have previously made Tales from Space: About a Blob and Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, both of which received good reviews. Guacamelee is centered around Juan Aguacate, a Mexican wrestler, who goes on a journey to get back the kidnapped daughter of El Presidente from the Evil Charro Skeleton. The game blurs the lines between traditional fighting games and platform games. The user will perform moves that are both useful in combat and regular transversal of the game.
The super turbo championship edition will have all the previous downloadable content wrapped into one game, additional abilities for all the playable characters, and expands the original story with added levels and extra boss battles. The game is fully split-screen co-operative, so the user and a friend can play the game through the entire campaign on the same couch, a feature many new Xbox One games are lacking. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition will normally cost $14.99.
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition replaces Halo: Spartan Assault, with Max: The Curse of Brotherhood remaining as a free game for Xbox Live Gold subscribers in July for the Xbox One. On the Xbox 360 the two new games will come in two different time periods. From July 1 through July 15, Gotham City Impostors, will be available for free download, and from July 16 through July 30, BattleBlock Theater will be the free title.
Gotham City Impostors was originally released in 2012 for Xbox 360 and is a straightforward first person shooter. The game is entirely multiplayer and pits two teams of six, one on the side of the Joker and one for Batman, against each other. The characters are extremely customizable and there are tons of unlockable items for repeated gameplay, as the characters have at least 500 attainable levels. There are five different maps that are bathed in purple and green, and three game type variants, Deathmatch, King of the Hill and Capture the Flag. There are regular weapons like machine guns and rifles, but other gadgets get thrown in the mix like roller skates, a glider cape and spring shoes to give the game added diversity. Gotham City Impostors got a 7 out of 10 by IGN and is normally $14.99.
BattleBlock Theater, which is free for Xbox Live subscribers in the second half of July, is a side scrolling platform game that can be played individually or co-operatively. The goal of the game is to save Hatty Hattington from a group of highly technological cats while traveling through a mysterious theater. There are more than 80 levels to go through, and hours of gameplay, with addition bonus levels unlocked once the game is completed. There is the ability to customize levels for gamers to create the ultimate challenge, with the developers Behemoth promising to curate the best built levels each month for even more extended game play. BattleBlock Theater also has a multiplayer portion where a gamer can race their friends through maps. The game received a 7.8 out of 10 score from IGN and is also usually $14.99.
These three games will be available on Xbox 360 and Xbox One respectively as a free download in July through Microsoft’s Games with Gold program on Xbox Live. Users should note that Games with Gold is only available for gamers with a Live Gold membership. Xbox One games will stay in the user’s library as long as their gold membership is active, while Xbox 360 games will remain in the user’s library regardless of their membership status.
By B. Taylor Rash