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Microsoft Games with Gold. The FREE Games You Never Knew You Had.

How many of you have heard of Microsoft Games with Gold?  I hadn’t until recently and apparently they’ve been available for a long time.  Anyone who has a Microsoft XBox Live Gold Membership has perks that others don’t. You get discounts on games and accessories and previously were the only ones to have access to streaming content such as Netflix and Pandora, although that has recently changed.

As the console wars heat up, so does the competition from each of the console manufacturers and one of those amazing benefits from these wars is FREE games from Microsoft for us.

On the 1st and the 16th of every month Microsoft has been giving away free games to anyone with an XBox Live Gold Membership.  Yes you’re reading that correct, the games are FREE.  They are available for the XBox 360, and have been for some time, but now Microsoft has extended the Microsoft Games with Gold to the XBox One as well.

The first two games released are Halo: Spartan Assault and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. both of which are pretty cool games.


Halo: Spartan Assault for the Xbox One

Halo: Spartan Assault is a fast paced top-down shooter set during the timeline between Halo 3 and Halo 4. Progress your Spartan career as you engage in over 30 exciting Campaign missions using many of your favorite Halo weapons, vehicles and armor abilities. Team-up on Xbox Live and fight with a friend against waves of the nightmarish Flood in the all-new online co-op multiplayer mode.

HALO: Spartan Assault Screen Shot

Purchase from the Microsoft Store


Max: The Curse of Brotherhood for the XBox One

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is a classic action-adventure. At its core it is a platformer filled with puzzles. Max must start on a quest to save his brother who is kidnapped to a hostile world. His only chance to succeed is to stay courageous and use the powers of his marker to manipulate the environment. Unleash the many powers of the Marker and beat the evil kidnapper!

Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood Screen Shot

Purchase from the Microsoft Store


Dark Souls for the XBox 360

Dark Souls is an action RPG (role playing game) set in a rich, dark fantasy universe. Tense dungeon crawling, fearsome enemy encounters, and groundbreaking online features combine for a truly unique RPG experience. Dark Souls breaks down barriers with a seamless world design that encourages exploration and fosters an adaptable gameplay experience.

Dark Souls

Purchase from the Microsoft Store


So what are you waiting for!! Head over to the Microsoft XBox online store and get these games right now for FREE.  Don’t forget to check back on the 1st and 16th of each month when we’ll give you the scoop on the latest free games downloads.

If you’re interested, we also have the complete list of Microsoft Games with Gold that have been released to date.


About Simon Walker

I was an IT consultant for 20 years and ran my own web design and development company for an additional 3 years. I have been involved with technology from birth. OK, that maybe an exaggeration, but it sure is a long time. I'm also an avid Home Theater geek and self appointed installer for friends and relatives. My first serious modding of Smart-Phones started with my T-Mobile WING and now Android devices. I'm also a bit of a photographer, although Android has kind of taken over my life and photography has taken a back seat.