Games with Gold for August 2014 is actually pretty awesome. Xbox One players get “Crimson Dragon” and “Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut.” Xbox 360 players will get “Motorcross Madness” and “Dishonored.”
On Xbox 360, from August 1 – 15, gamers can download “Motocross Madness” for free. The game is an arcade style motocross racing game that was developed by Rainbow Studios in 1998. From August 16 – 31, players get “Dishonored” for free. The stealth-action game was originally released in 2012 and was developed by Arkane Studios and released by Bethesda.
Games with Gold on the Xbox One means players get both their games free all month-long. “Crimson Dragon” is a shooter game that is described as a spiritual successor to the “Panzer Dragoon” game series. “Strike Suit Zero” is a story driven space combat game.
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.”
June is a very special month for Microsoft’s Games with Gold program. Xbox Live Gold members will get five free games this June while Xbox One gamers will finally be able to be a part of the program as well.
Xbox One members will get the Press Play 2.5D platformer, “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” as well as 343 Industries shooter, “Halo: Spartan Assault.”
360 members the XBLA co-op game, “Charlie Murder” and Capcom’s “Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition” throughout the month.
June is also known as the anniversary of the Games with Gold program, hence the free-ish gifts.
Microsoft’s Game with Gold program is getting an update in June 2014. The program is finally hitting Xbox One next month!
Next month Xbox One players will get “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault.”
If you are a Xbox 360 player, June will bring you an extra game on top of the typical two due to the one-year anniversary of the program. The games will be “Dark Souls,” “Charlie Murder” and the bonus title, “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.”
Another update announced was that Microsoft will begin selling a Xbox One without the Kinect for $399 USD on June 9. In addition, they are ending the Gold membership requirement for streaming apps, like Netflix and Hulu.
The Games with Gold for May 2014 will be “Saint’s Row: The Third” and “Dust: An Elysian Tail.”
Starting May 1, Games With Gold will offer “Dust: An Elysian Tail” – normally $15 USD – for free through May 15.
Dust takes place in the fictional world of Falana, inhabited by anthropomorphic animals. Gameplay is presented on a 2D side-scrolling main character, Dust, as he tries to remember his past. Dust wields a sentient sword, the Blade of Ahrah, as his main weapon. Fidget, the sword’s guardian, acts as a companion for Dust and can use magical attacks. As the player travels the world, they can acquire power-ups that permanently alter gameplay, such as the ability to double jump or climb to previously unreachable areas. Incorporating elements of role-playing games, Dust can gain experience points by defeating enemies, and in turn may level up.
On May 16, “Saint’s Row: The Third” – normally $20 USD – will be available for free through May 30. As in Saints Row 2, the player controls the leader of the Third Street Saints. The game world is the fictional city of Steelport, and the story focuses on the urban gang war between the Saints and the three gangs. As the gang war intensifies, STAG (Special Tactical Anti-Gang), an elite paramilitary police force led by Commander Cyrus Temple is deployed to Steelport in an attempt to disrupt the violence
The Games With Gold program offers two free Xbox 360 games, on the 1st and 16th of each month, to Gold members; you can keep the game forever as long as you buy them within the established time period. Games With Gold is currently only available for Xbox 360 users, but the program is expected to come to Xbox One later in 2014.
If you are an Xbox Live Gold subscriber, you are about to be inundated with Batman. This week’s Xbox 360 sale is Gotham-ed out with almost a complete set of Batman games and add-ons.
The Dark Knight-themed discounts include:
- Batman Arkham Asylum for $4.99, 75 percent off
- Batman Arkham City for $4.99, 75 percent off
- Batman Arkham City Harley Quinn’s Revenge for $2.49, 75 percent off
- Batman Arkham City Arkham City Skins Pack for $1.24, 75 percent off
- Batman Arkham Origins: Deathstroke Challenge Pack for $2.99, 50 percent off
- Batman Arkham Origins Infinite Earths Skins Pack for $2.49, 50 percent off
- Batman Arkham Origins Initiation for $3.49, 50 percent off
- Batman Arkham Origins New Millennium Skins Pack for $2.49, 50 percent off
- Batman Arkham Origins Season Pass for $9.99, 50 percent off
- Gotham City Impostors for $3.74, 75 percent off
- Injustice: Gods Among Us for $19.99, 50 percent off
- Injustice: Gods Among Us Season Pass for $7.49, 50 percent off
- Lego Batman 2 for $6.59, 67 percent off
Other discounts for all Xbox Live members good through April 21 include:
- Assassin’s Creed IV Season Pass Add-On 33%
- Assassin’s Creed IV Add-ons Add-On (x11) 33%
- Saints Row IV Games on Demand 50%
- Saints Row IV Add-ons Add-On (x24) 66%
- Dead Island Add-ons Add-On (x2) 75%
- Dishonored Add-ons Add-On (x4) 75%
- F1 2013 Add-ons Add-On (x3) 50%
- Borderlands 2 Games on Demand 65%
- Borderlands 2 Add-ons Add-On (x44) 50%
- Armored Core Verdict Day Add-ons Add-On (x53) 75%
- Skyrim Add-ons Add-On (x3) 75%
- Fallout 3 Add-ons Add-On (x5) 75%
- Tropico 4 Add-ons Add-On (x12) 50%
- Fallout: New Vegas Add-ons Add-On (x6) 75%
- The Walking Dead Season 1 chapters Add-On (x5) 50%
- Wolf Among Us Ep2: Smoke and Mirrors Add-On 50%
- Pinball FX 2 tables Add-On (x31) 50%
- Toy Soldiers add-ons Add-On (x2) 67%
- PAC-MAN CE DX Arcade 50%
- PAC-MAN CE DX Add-ons Add-On (x9) 50%
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes Games on Demand 33%
- Assassin’s Creed Liberation Arcade 33%
- Prototype 2 Games on Demand 75%
- Thief: The Bank Heist Add-On 50%
- State of Decay: Breakdown Add-On 50%
It is safe to say fans were unhappy when it was first announced that the Xbox One would not be backwards compatible with the 360. “If you’re backwards compatible, you’re really backwards,” said former Xbox chief Don Mattrick. However, now that they are under new management it looks like things might change.
According to Xbox partner development lead Frank Savage, Microsoft is working on a solution to get Xbox 360 games on Xbox One, but players at home may never get to experience it themselves. During a developer conference, Savage confirmed that Microsoft is tinkering with the idea of backwards compatibility, however there was one small problem. Getting software made for drastically different hardware to run on another machine is a tricky proposition.
“There are [plans], but we’re not done thinking them through yet, unfortunately,” said Savage, as reported by Kotaku Australia. “It turns out to be hard to emulate the PowerPC stuff on the X86 stuff. So there’s nothing to announce, but I would love to see it myself.”
Unfortunately there are currently no plans to begin implementing the backwards compatibility but at least they are thinking about it right?
Non-Xbox One players are anxiously awaiting the release of “Titanfall” on the 360 and according to Bluepoint Games, we will be getting a very comparable and “true experience” once the game finally releases next week.
Daryl Allison, senior producer at Bluepoint, gave an update yesterday on the Xbox 360 version of Titanfall over on the game’s official website. In the update he promised a comparable product to the Xbox One and PC versions already out.
“Titanfall on the Xbox 360 is the true experience: all the maps, modes, pilots, titans, weapons, burn cards, you name it, found in the Xbox One and PC versions,” he said. “The game looks great, sounds great, and above all it plays great.”
Why has “Titanfall” been delayed for the 360? According to Allison, the technical specs are just not up to snuff just yet.
“There are of course some technical differences that are due to the technical limitations of the hardware — for example, the game runs above 30fps — but rest assured, the intense 6v6 wall-running, titan-dropping action is all there.”
Allison did not mention” Titanfall’s” resolution on Xbox 360 in the update, despite a report last month that stated the version allegedly ran below 720p.
“Titanfall” on Xbox 360 comes out next week on April 8 in the United States and April 11 in the UK and Australia.
A new month brings new free games with the Games With Gold promotion on Xbox Live. This March the games are “Civilization Revolution” and “Dungeon Defenders.”
From March 1st to March 15, “Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution” will go from $30 to free. Even though the game was released way back in 2008, it earned a 8.8 in IGN’s review when it released.
Starting on March 16, “Dungeon Defenders” will drop from $14.99 and remain free through the end of March. “Dungeon Defenders” launched in 2011 for the Xbox Live Arcade, and it’s an incredibly addictive multiplayer tower defense action game. It scored 8.5 in IGN’s review.
Keep in mind that only Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox 360 will be able to download these games. If the games are downloaded during the two-week free periods, players can keep and play them forever, whether they remain Gold members or not. Xbox One owners will get the Games With Gold promotion sometime before 2014 ends.
“Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare” has gotten an official release date from EA’s PopCap Games. The game will be hitting Xbox One and Xbox 360 beginning February 18th, 2014 in North America and February 20, 2014 in Europe. The new release is an action-packed third-person multiplayer shooter that puts players in the shoes—or roots—of their favorite characters from the popular “Plants vs. Zombies” franchise.
Brian Lindley, producer on “Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare,” said,
“Gamers across the world have fallen in love with the Plants vs. Zombies characters and now they’ll get to see them in an entirely new light. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare give the series’ fans and shooter players a fun, new experience that they’ll both enjoy as they blast, chomp and laugh their way through co-op and head-to-head online action.”
“Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare” is powered by the Frostbite 3 engine and features more than 10 maps and three distinct modes including two 12v12 competitive multiplayer modes called “Garden & Graveyards” and “Team Vanquish,” and a four-player co-operative mode called “Garden Ops.” In “Garden & Graveyards,” plants must defend their garden bases from zombies attempting to turn them into spooky graveyards. Players can also square off in “Team Vanquish” as they try to send the other team to the compost pile. For gamers that just want to have a fun time with their friends, they can work together in “Garden Ops” battling off waves of zombies on the attack.
On the next-gen console, the Xbox One, the game features two extra modes including local cooperative split screen and “Boss Mode.” With split screen, players can team up with a friend on the couch to fight against an endless horde of zombies. In “Boss Mode,” gamers can utilize their Kinect or a SmartGlass device in any of the other gameplay modes to support their teams. Players have a top-down view of the battlefield and can help out their teammates with intel, health drops, revive stations and explosive artillery strikes.
A PC version will be available at a later date.