Xbox Live gold members get free game on 1st and 16th of each month through 2013

Friday, 21st June 2013 11:52 GMT By Dave Cook

Microsoft has outlined its plans to give away two free games to Xbox Live Gold members each month until the end of 2013, starting with Assassin’s Creed 2 and Halo 3.

OXM reports that both games will be free next month, and the program of free games will see new titles added on the 1st and 16th of each month until year’s end.

Once you have the games they are yours to keep indefinitely. No strings it seems.

A Microsoft statement reads, “As our way of saying thanks, we’re giving all active Gold members two bonus Xbox 360 games each month for the rest of the year. Each specially selected, fan-favourite game will be available to download only for a limited time, so grab them before they’re gone and keep them no matter what.”

What do you make of the above? Is it a good incentive to get Xbox Live Gold? Let us know below.



  1. Pytox

    no insta game collection though :p

    #1 2 years ago
  2. TrickyAudio

    Halo 3? Thats some value right there.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. tezzer1985

    But it’s only for 6 months…but I guess you can’t argue about free content

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Christopher Jack

    Starts with 4 & 6 year old games…

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    Yeah, you can’t really argue with free honestly, old or not.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. GK

    wow,its not to good for xbox? like we a getting shitty games like Uncharted 3,Xcom:Enemy Unknown,Payday or LBP Kartings,what a shame for sony :)

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Logion

    They probably need to do better than that to compete with Sony’s PSN+. Halo 4 and Assassins Creed 3 would probably have been better in this case.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. tezzer1985

    @6 difference being with Xbox, you keep those games if you no longer have Gold…I personally prefer PS+

    #8 2 years ago

    I can clearly see that one of this horse’s molars is slightly chipped.

    Take it away.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. CyberMarco

    I don’t want to cross the line between XBL Gold and PS+ but, these are the games that will be available with PS+ on PS4 when it launches.

    -Don’t Starve

    -Secret Ponchos

    -Drive Club PlayStation Plus Edition



    #10 2 years ago
  11. SplatteredHouse

    Meh. It’s an uninspired, risk-free, me-too reaction from a supposed leader.
    @5: Of course you can! An argument could be that the free games on offer aren’t of interest to me, or that I’d prefer to play other games.

    If that’s their new incentive for Live, there’s no way that it stacks up to what Sony offers (and each person will know their level of long-term interest in PS+ to be able to tell the impact of maintaining that service, and how that affects them.)

    Dave, I’d like to ask: When you read that statement quoted here, how does it read to you? Describe the feeling it leaves you with, please, if you can.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Fin


    Yeah, Halo 4 and AC3 would’ve made a lot more sense.
    Sure, free games are good, but it doesn’t really compare to PS+, which gets 5 games a month, and a lot of them are less than a year old.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. MidlifeAxe

    They seem to be copying Sony a bit lately.

    And it’s only for 6 months proving its just something short-term to combat Sony’s PS+ offers.

    Edit: “As our way of saying thanks,”

    For what? Bitching and slagging you off for the past two weeks?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. redwood

    @13 you can say that again

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Ireland Michael

    @11 For me, it works. For instance, my nephew recently picked up an Xbox 360. Since he’s going to have Xbox Live Gold anyway, we don’t need to buy a second copy of Halo 3 Fable 3,(that’s free right now) to play them together.

    Sure, the games aren’t as stellar as what’s on PS+, but I don’t feel the need to look a gift horse in the mouth.

    @13 Every company takes cues from each other, and tries to be as competitive as possible. It’s good business, and benefits the consumer in the long run.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. merrc

    As our way of saying thanks? I got $10 from PSN on my birthday; Xbox gave me 10 Microsoft points. What the fuck am I going to do with 10 Microsoft points? Maybe an avatar sock?

    #16 2 years ago
  17. SplatteredHouse

    The language sounds about as genuine as one of those advertising/contest mailouts that come through the door and, – exactly – what are they thanking people for? This is…I don’t even.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Lv01

    im getting confused as how you spell the company’s name that makes xboxes… are you all sure its not s-o-n-y..?
    copy, paste, copy, paste.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. SplatteredHouse

    @18 Accept that any one company’s service/product offering does not exist in a vacuum, which explains why comparisons will, and are going to be made.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Cobra951

    AC2 I already have. But not Halo 3. It’s a game I’d probably never buy. But for free, why not? Let’s see what else comes down the pipe.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. superjay779

    That’s awesome. Keep no matter what. Does that mean that if I get silver membership I still keep it. That’s way better than PSN. Not surprised that no one here has acknowledged that.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Ireland Michael

    @21 Yes. Once you buy it, that’s it. It’s yours.

    “That’s way better than PSN. Not surprised that no one here has acknowledged that.”

    They’re both good and bad in their own ways.

    #22 2 years ago

    Meh was more excited for Fable 3 because I didn’t have it.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. MCTJim

    If its free, its for me :D

    #24 2 years ago
  25. WENDiGO

    @21 PS+ has more value to it tho.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. PEYJ

    I’m pretty that indefinately means as long as your a gold member. If not, anything else than very old games like the mentioned ones, seems more than unlikely.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. pcphantom

    @ #25 & Everyone else. When PSN+ gives you “free games” they’re rentals. You do not “Own” the titles, they have a duration which becomes instantly expired if you do not keep PSN+. Look at any “free” game on PSN+, they have dates they are good until but all expire if you stop paying Sony.

    How on earth could anyone think PSN+ is a better “Value” than XBL? I’ve used both for longer than I can even remember and comparing PSN+ to XBL is like comparing an iPhone 5 to an old iPod touch with Skype installed (I hate iCrap, but thought a good comparison).

    PSN+ Has the same garbage network PSN free has, which will go away at the launch of the PS4. As it stands now, the build on PSN is horrible. Say when you’re playing COD and the person that’s the “host” that knows it drops the game and you’re all sent back to the lobby with no credit for the win you were about to get. XBL randomly selects a new host with the best ping/speed and moves on with life. This is just one thing, but seriously, have you ever tried to find matches or partners in old PS3 games? It’s horrible compared to XBL. The ease of grouping with friends, versatility of online grouping, you name it, there is nothing PSN has that’s better other than the ability to play online with the free version which is going away.

    For those that have obviously never really been XBL Gold Members all of the games MS gives away free are free forever. You can cancel your subscription and re-download them anytime you want. I have dozens of games that MS has given away during random promo’s, give aways and specials. Every one of them I still own, they’re still free, and I’ve moved them as I’ve upgraded my Xbox several times.

    Comparatively speaking, I have never been “given” anything from PSN+ except some crappy rentals of games I don’t even get to choose. In fact, the only real changes to my console have been that Sony gave me that crappy joke they call “Home” and took away my Linux which I actually had fun with. Several of the games I’ve purchased I have to keep backed up on a USB drive because I’m limited in the number of times I can re-download them and if I don’t back them up I could lose them…

    Worse network, not any cheaper (forget MSRP, I’ve never paid more than $40/year for XBL and usually get killer deals like the bundle with the camera, a bunch of games, a year+ XBL, and points I got for like $44.99) and you get to keep what Microsoft gives you but not Sony.

    I can see all the freeple out there that try to compare XBL Gold to PSN free… but PSN+? Only a fanboy could argue the difference because anyone that’s actually used both (you know, like owned them for a year+ not just has a friend that tells them about it) knows how pathetic PSN+ is by comparison.

    #27 2 years ago

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