The Games with Gold for September has officially been announced for the Xbox One and Xbox 360. The four free games, Xbox Live members get will be “Earthlock: Festival of Magic,” “Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China,” Forza Horizon,” and “Mirror’s Edge” for free.
For Xbox One, players get Earthlock: Festival of Magic for the entire month and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China from September 16th to October 15th.
On Xbox 360, starting Thursday, September 1st, Forza Horizon will be free through September 15th. Then on September 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Mirror’s Edge for free through September 30th.
You can play both Xbox 360 titles on your Xbox One with Backward Compatibility.
This is honestly why it sucks to be an early adopter of anything, even a semi early adopter. Microsoft has announced they are once again dropping the price of the Xbox One console bundles to the lowest it has ever been: $299. It started out at almost $500 when it first came out and periodically dropping $50 bucks at a time.
This most recent price drop to $299 actually puts the Xbox One $50 cheaper than the PS4. This could also be Microsoft’s attempt to overtake its competitor in the only way it can (since it has a lack of new and exclusive games and comparable hardware.)
Microsoft’s price drop timing is also interesting as it is just two weeks before E3, the biggest gaming convention of the year. Based on several anonymous sources, it is heavily rumored that Microsoft will reveal a new, more powerful Xbox One model as well as a more compact version of the current Xbox One.
As April rolls in we have a new set of games for free courtesy of Microsoft and the Games of Gold program! April’s Xbox One lineup includes The Wolf Among Us (April 1-30) and Sunset Overdrive (April 16-May 15), while Xbox 360 players can pick up backwards-compatible games Dead Space (April 1-15) and Saints Row IV (April 16-30).
However, Xbox One gamers can get the backwards compatible games as well.
April 2016 Games With Gold Lineup:
Every month, Microsoft gives Xbox Live members new games to download for free as part of their Games with Gold program. For the month of February 2015, Microsoft is offering #IDARB, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, and Sniper Elite V2.
#IDARB is free for the entire month of February for XBOX One players. It is a 2D sport game with a competitive edge and a decent multiplayer option.
For Xbox 360 players, from February 1-15 you can download the adventure game “Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.” After that, from the 16th through the end of the month you can download “Sniper Elite V2.”
Just in time for the holidays, the Xbox One is cutting the price by 50 dollars in the United States. Beginning November 2, the Xbox One will cost $349 through the holiday season.
The $50 dollar price drop will also apply to upcoming special editions including the Assassin’s Creed Unity Edition, Sunset Overdrive Edition, and the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Edition.
Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president, Microsoft, said,
“Fans don’t have to wait for Black Friday this year to enjoy great savings on Xbox One. We’re offering our best price yet, with unprecedented choices and value, so more people can play on Xbox One this holiday. We’re gearing up for one of our biggest holidays ever and we are thrilled to offer fans up to $150 in savings on Xbox One and some of the biggest blockbuster games of the season.”
The deal ends January 3, 2015. There is no word yet on whether this deal will extend outside of the United States.
October is almost here and Microsoft has officially revealed the free titles for Xbox Live Gold members for October 2014.
Xbox 360 gamers will get “Battlefield: Bad Company 2” from October 1-15. The game is a military shooter with multiplayer maps. From October 12-31, the free game is “Darksiders II,” a hack and slash game but with elements similar to “God of War.” It also has a huge open world element.
Xbox One gamers can get “Chariot” for the entire month of October. This game is a brand new ID@Xbox indie platformer with couch co-op. You play as the princess and her fiancé as you guide a coffin through 25 levels.
The free games for the month of September in the Games with Gold program have been announced. The headlining games are “Super TIME Force” for Xbox One and “Halo: Reach” on Xbox 360. The games are free for Xbox Live Gold members.
“Super TIME Force” is a 2D action platforming title that released earlier this year. It will come to Xbox One alongside last month’s entry “Crimson Dragon.” It is free to subscribers from September 1-30.
For Xbox 360 gold, from September 1-15, you will get the arcade game “Monaco” described as an “indie heist” style arcade game. Then from the 16th through 30, “Halo: Reach” becomes the free title.
Microsoft has announced what July’s Games with Gold will be for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Gamers on Xbox One will see “Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition” and Xbox 360 Gamers get “Gotham City Impostors” and “BattleBlock Theater.”
“Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition” will trade places will “Halo: Spartan Assault” while “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” will continue to be a free title for Xbox Live subscribers.
“Gotham City Imposters” will be available July 1 through 15. It is a shorter with a sense of humor. “BattleBlock Theater” will be available through July 16 to 31. IGN called it a “satisfying platforming romp.”
After the announcement of “Halo 5: Guardians” last week, rumors have begun swirling that “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” will be released on Xbox One as well.
According to a report from Engadget, the collection will include remastered versions of “Halo: Combat Evolved,” “Halo 2,” “Halo 3” and “Halo 4” and will be out this year.
The point of the release is more than just a collection of “Halo” games. It will also serve to refresh gamers about the character of Master Chief before “Halo 5” is released next year.
At the moment, Microsoft has not confirmed the collection release.
343 Industries has officially announced a new installment in the “Halo” game series. “Halo 5: Guardians” will launch on the Xbox One in the fall of 2015.
According to the announcement, the game will run “at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade,” and will also be powered by a new engine.
Bonnie Ross, general manager at 343, made the announcement on a blog post that detailed the future of the Halo franchise as a whole. Ross talked about Master Chief’s next journey. She said,
“Halo 5: Guardians is a bigger effort than Halo 4. That applies to the content and scope of the game, as well as the technology in what’s now a brand new and more powerful engine. Certainly there are some core elements carried over from prior games, but we’ve invested a huge effort in retooling our tech to take full advantage of the Xbox One’s hardware and ecosystem to create worlds and experiences worthy of next-gen.”
The first teaser for “Halo 5” was revealed at Microsoft’s E3 2013 press conference which featured short teaser showcasing the iconic character trudging across a desert in a poncho.
Ross also hinted at what we’d see from the franchise at this year’s E3, stating,
“Many fans noted that I was very deliberate with my phrasing on stage at E3 last year. I spoke about a ‘journey,’ rather than a destination – and that journey definitely begins in 2014 with a giant leap, rather than one small step. We’ll give you much more information about our plans for this year at the Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing on June 9, and we’re confident that Halo fans will be pretty excited [about] the special plans we have in store.”