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Microsoft provides new details on free Xbox Live Gold games

El33tonline writes:

"One of the highlights of Microsoft’s E3 press conference was the announcement that all active Xbox LIVE Gold members will receive two free Xbox 360 games every month for the rest of the year. Fable 3 is currently free for Gold members and will be replaced by Halo 3 and Assassin’s Creed II next month."

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Excalibur1129d ago (Edited 1129d ago )

It's nice to be given something "Free" with your paid Gold subscription but just like everything with M$ it's a half hearted effort.

I can see them now behind closed doors with their little charts and graphs figuring out which games sold the most and which would be downloaded the least because of it and which games you can pick up used for $5-$10 because the are 5 years old.

Again not really B!T(#ing because they are free (at least to the end of the year) but just like most things with them it's too little too late, Sony has been giving away great games for 2 years now.

I always see this pattern with M$, they see something that is really hot and trending and then they jump on it like it's something special after all the hoopla has died down and people have move on to something else.

EVILDEAD3601129d ago

There is ZERO downside to getting free games regardless. Even if you got rid of live after downloading all 10 thy are yours.

There are 20 million gamers who have Xbox Live and NO game on any system has 20 million in sales on the 360 or the PS3, so there are people out there new and old gamers that will enjoy this regardless of the silly hate.

Sure Fable 3, Assassins Creed and Halo 3 are older games that you can get cheap used. But, the FACT is they are all on sale as digital downloads through MS at 19.99 a piece. That's 60 dollars in savings right there and there are 7 others coming.

Free for gamer = good as no one bought Live for free games. I'll just keep taking these crazy fire sales MS has been having. I bought like 10 games & DLC in the last 3 months on those sales alone.

Evil

Godmars2901129d ago TrollingShow
GameCents1129d ago

Godmars, get off your high horse and quit trying to spin everything xbox related into a negative.
I didn't have Fable 3 and I sold my Halo 3 and Assassin's Creed 2 a few years back when I was cash strapped.

Are you seriously here trying to show gamers that there's a down side to getting games for free?
I'd understand if Gold was a free game service like ps plus but it isn't. Everybody who subscriber to gold does so for the sole purpose of playing online so getting 2 extra games on top of that is a positive no matter how you and the rest of the drones try to spin it.

I've never defended paying to play online and I never will. But when I get 11 free games that I wasn't expecting then you can be sure I will protest when you and your ps branded sheep come in here and try to convince me it isn't a good thing.

When my subscription runs out, I'll get to keep my 11 free games. Can you say the same?

nukeitall1129d ago

People never seize to amaze me. Program has barely announced, and they give you free games. Those are quality games, but they still complain!

It's not like they give you crappy small games like PSN plus when it started. Nobody really complained then, so why now?

I know, because it was MS, not Sony offering it!

Godmars2901129d ago (Edited 1129d ago )

"Are you seriously here trying to show gamers that there's a down side to getting games for free?"

Why? When you're trying to spin it only as a positive. Trying to equate getting ten games over a few months as something as good if not better than PS+ has given out when it includes discounts.

At this point Sony is and have been giving out free games regardless of having PS+, and plan on making a slew of F2P multiplayer titles available for the PS4 outside of it's multiplayer paywall. As far as I know the 360's gotten Wold of Tanks but that needs Gold.

@nukeitall:
"Program has barely announced, and they give you free games."

It really needs to be said that MS is going by Sony's example, just like Sony copied MS with achievements?

GameSpawn1129d ago (Edited 1129d ago )

Just pointing out something everyone is missing here, this is not the same a PS+ by ANY means.

Microsoft is giving away those games "UNTIL the Xbox One Launch". This is NOT a continuous service. There is a FINITE number of FREE games. You have no control of what is being offered. You may already own and have finished many of the games they'll offer and the trade in value of these games so that you can get some money off your duplicate retail copy is likely $6-$10 and sells used for $20-$30. Yes you can keep these games, but the selection is FINITE and the offer is subsequently FINITE.

PS+'s free games are for the duration of PS+ and it's a CONTINUED service. Meaning the limit of free games is only as finite as the PSN service's existence (which is not going away anytime in the near future). How many free games have PS+ users gotten thus far? Also once you've finished the game loosing it because your subscription ends is not so bad because you got your use out of it and at no cost beyond your membership (which gives you other benefits too). Also you have something to show for it in terms of the trophies you earned.

In the end:
XBLG Free Games - 10 Free Experiences that never go away for any reason
PS+ - Infinite Free Experiences that only go away if your service ends (and you have MORE than advanced notice of when that happens)

Wintersun6161129d ago

What's up with the spinners here? People are getting something for free from MS and someone is still nitpicking and desperately seeking negatives from it? I play my games primarily on Sony consoles, but I still see that this is a step in the right direction. Even though the first few are older games, it doesn't matter, it's still a good thing.

Godmars2901129d ago (Edited 1129d ago )

"What's up with the spinners here? People are getting something for free from MS and someone is still nitpicking and desperately seeking negatives from it?"

Because they're going on to say that its better than something else. As has just been written above your comment, this is a temporary thing and the people who are praising it are saying its better than another ongoing program.

If this was just about getting the free crap there wouldn't be an issue, but its not just about free crap. Its about praising a company which seems to only mess with its customers. Of misrepresenting itself.

Wintersun6161129d ago

@Godmars290,

"Because they're going on to say that its better than something else."

I do hold the same opinion that PS+ is better than what MS is offering right now, but that's not the topic of discussion now. I was referring to the very first comment here, which was trying to degrade the value of free games from MS. Some of you can go find things to complain about both sides somewhere else.

Nevers1129d ago

From this long time XBL member and defender... thanks, MS, but it's too little too late for me. Glad you're finally doing something like this though.

OOG1129d ago InappropriateShow
Why o why1128d ago InappropriateShow
dedicatedtogamers1128d ago

The effort from Microsoft is nice, yeah, but this is a temporary measure (the program only continues until Xbox One launches).

So, it isn't meant to compete with PS+. It's meant to keep you as an Xbox Live subscriber for the next few months so that you're slightly more likely to buy an Xbox One.

It's a defensive measure. Nothing more, nothing less.

greenlantern28141128d ago

Yes free games are a good thing, only down side I see is that unlike sony ms will only be to the end of the year. hope they change that, and as a sony fan I download plenty of free games already, this is not something people should be complaining about. Points for ms on this decision anyway.

Why o why1128d ago

Not sure why my comment was marked as offensive

Gifted games shouldn't be downplayed. Yaris challenge was a joke but these games are not. I was actually sticking up for ms's attempt to give more back to their customers. Whats so offensive about that...smh

Mounce1128d ago

Yea, cause I totally want to get Assassin's Creed 2 as a first Free game, a game I already 100% and got every trophy(On PS3) and such. How old is this game again?

They're giving out OLD free games that everyone has already played and the sales for it is low enough to equate it to being minimal profits.

So yea, Sony's PSN gives you free games that are barely old, brand new, brand new discounts and Microsoft in contrast is giving Xbox Gold Members TABLE SCRAPS.

That's what you're getting, Table scraps....that's not even over-exaggeration...

Old McGroin1128d ago

@ Godmars290

""What's up with the spinners here? People are getting something for free from MS and someone is still nitpicking and desperately seeking negatives from it?"

Because they're going on to say that its better than something else. As has just been written above your comment, this is a temporary thing and the people who are praising it are saying its better than another ongoing program."

I don't see anyone above saying that this program is better than Sony's, all I can see is you saying Sony's program is better. Actually, all I can see from your comments is you creating arguments out of absolutely nothing. So what if people like this program? Are people not allowed to like something? You have to stick your negative nose in where it's not welcome?

""Are you seriously here trying to show gamers that there's a down side to getting games for free?"

Why? When you're trying to spin it only as a positive."

Had to laugh when I read that comment! Get a life for yourself.

aquamala1128d ago

these games are FREE TO KEEP even if you stop paying for gold, you don't need to keep subscribing to ps+ to keep renting their "free" games.

pixelsword1128d ago

Yeah, in respect to the games and the pay to play, this puts it on par with the PS4 in every way now, unless I'm missing something.

Pope_Kaz_Hirai_II1128d ago

evil dead i could buy halo 3 and ass creed 2 for the price of 2 2litre cokes.

Outside_ofthe_Box1128d ago (Edited 1128d ago )

@nukeitall...

***"People never seize to amaze me. Program has barely announced, and they give you free games. Those are quality games, but they still complain!

It's not like they give you crappy small games like PSN plus when it started. Nobody really complained then, so why now?

I know, because it was MS, not Sony offering it!"***

Your hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me. Interesting how now you want to compare the two services as when they started instead comparing both at their current state like you usually do, more importantly, how come you aren't complaining how this is hurting the industry? http://n4g.com/news/1231714...

I know because now MS is doing it instead of Sony alone so now it magically doesn't hurt the industry anymore!

justastranger101128d ago

This is so much better than PS+ because you can keep these games after you decide to end your LIVE subscription. Can't do that with PS+. Once you decide to not subscribe. You lose all your games. Sucks.

NewZealander1128d ago

godmars the games are FREE...i get to keep them FOREVER! hell i own over 80 games so there will probably be nothing for me anyway, but how can you act like giving out free stuff is bad?

i wont go down to your level and use these free games as a reason to take cheap shots at the competition either, they should be enjoyed for what they are, and at least they are full retrial games not arcade!

i also bought max payne a while back for $9 in a sale and RE6 for $5, so the deals on XBL have been awesome lately!

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Funky Town_TX1129d ago

As if the free PS + games are mega hits. You can only expect to see gamea that rerail for $20 to be on any free list.

Parapraxis1129d ago (Edited 1129d ago )

"As if the free PS + games are mega hits."
Uncharted 3, Little Big Planet, Demons Souls, Borderlands...all pretty much "mega hits"
". You can only expect to see gamea that rerail for $20 to be on any free list."
Utter nonsense.

Halo 3 and AC2 are VERY old. The cost to buy them is far less than most games (even PSN titles) that you get with PS+.

Anyways, just read this and feel like a dumbass.
http://www.hardcoreware.net...

Zechs341129d ago

Really? We just got those mentioned by Parapraxis and I, for one, LOVE that they just gave XCOM as well. Those are all Game of the Year games.

Blacktric1129d ago

You do realize that they're giving Battlefield 3 and Saints Row The Third along with a couple more games starting in early July, right?

gta28001129d ago

You obviously dont know squat about PS+. Recently they've been giving good games. I got Demon Souls, Sleeping Dogs, Saints Row 3 LBP Karting and many other good games in just these past weeks alone. I didn't mention Uncharted and many any other games because I already own on disc but there's a lot of good variety that PS+ offers!

kayoss1129d ago

Can we just be happy that we are getting more for our money from by subscribing to xbox live gold instead of just cross chat? Free games are free games regardless. If im able to save $1 on anything i would gladly accept it.

joefrost001128d ago

Nobody brings up the fact psn dont really give you.free games and that's the difference
If get rid of the service the so called free games aren't yours anymore they are large space taken on your hard drive
Were as xbox you get to keep the games even if you lose your gold membership
PlayStation just really manipulated you into making keep your plus membership
But MS and PS hqve there tricks

HeavenlySnipes1128d ago

Well only this year we got Arkham City, Deus Ex, Saints Row 3 and Uncharted 3

InFamous 2 and LBP2 are forever there as well

Lets be honest, almost every gamer has played through Halo 3 and was there during its prime MP years. Assassin's Creed 2 is also in many many people's library.

Games like Deus Ex that are good but not popular are great candidates

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bohemian 231128d ago

Everyone has not played these games, the only one I have 100% is halo 3. Ne er played fable 3, or assassins creed 2. I'll gladly take them for free. Quit comparing the two, I get to keep my games, no matter how "old" they are.

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Perjoss1129d ago

"I always see this pattern with M$, they see something that is really hot and trending and then they jump on it like it's something special after all the hoopla has died down and people have move on to something else."

Give them a little credit, after Microsoft introduced achievements some of the biggest names in gaming copied them, Playstation, Apple, Steam , Blizzard, I think UBI soft also have some kind of achievement system now.

Personally I dont really like Microsoft, specially after the recent attempts to DRMify everything, but credit where its due.

Godmars2901129d ago (Edited 1129d ago )

And all achievements points have done is trivialize the "gaming experience". Gotten hardcore gamers to play crap like Barbie's Dream House to increase the size of their e-penis.

4Sh0w1129d ago

Wow Godsmar new low from you, in here only to bash something thats positive. I dont know anyone and have never seen anyone who plays Barbie games for points, sure there are likely some gamerscore nuts but they are the exception not the rule. You get more respect from what kind of games you play not just points but you already knew that.

Mainsqueeze1128d ago

Lol at this Godmars guy coming into a 360 article and just bashing everything for no reason...get a life dude.

GameCents1129d ago

Sony has been renting you games for 2 years now. Xbox Live Gold games are yours to keep forever.
Why is it that every single move by Microsoft is analysed by N4G and spun into a negative? Quit shoving your SONY love down our throats.

Go make babies with your playstation brand elsewhere please.

FunAndGun1129d ago

How many years have you been renting your right to play games online?

$400+ over the life of your console JUST to rent the multiplayer portion of your games.

It is about time you get something of value for the years you were a willing ATM machine.

Wintersun6161129d ago (Edited 1129d ago )

How hypocritical of you GameCents. I don't agree at all with those people you are complaining about, but you're doing the very same thing, only on the other side of the fence. PS+ is good, MS giving free games is good and that's it.

Topshelfcheese1128d ago

"Sony has been renting you games for 2 years now. Xbox Live Gold games are yours to keep forever."

That's all well and good, but its a promotion, you are getting 2 a month til the end of the year. They didn't say it would continue into next year. And besides all that, who the hell would not have a gold subscription, you can't do anything on the 360 without it...

gameonbro1129d ago SpamShowReplies(1)
3-4-51128d ago

They give games away for free that everyone has already played.....3-5 years ago

Give us some games we may not have played.

3-4-51128d ago

yea true. It's cool they are doing it but it's one of those " For show" type of things.

If they really meant it they would release 10-20 games Right NOW for Free..

It wouldn't hurt them financially at all.

DragonKnight1128d ago

The thing is, whether half hearted or not, this is Microsoft giving something away for free. MICROSOFT! That is something everyone should remember. Who cares if they are inferior, old games and PS+ offers newer better experiences. Microsoft is giving FREE games. This is a company that started the charge for Avatar clothing on consoles.

redwin1128d ago

All this negativity is getting old early.RME...@@

BallsEye1128d ago

Atleast games that you get on xbox YOU KEEP even if you dont have gold. ON ps+ they take it away from you so NO YOU DONT GET FREE GAMES ON PS+, YOU RENT THEM.

DragonKnight1128d ago

Just stop. Seriously. The games you're keeping on Live aren't worth keeping, that's why MS doesn't care if you keep them.

BallsEye1128d ago

@DragonKnight

STOP? Wait, you were crying over that MS is restricting games and now you are happy sony is only LENDING YOU GAMES while you pay monthly? Why would I stop? Those are the facts. Unfortunately fanboy denial is incurable.

Just because you don't like the games doesn't mean others don't.

PimpDaddy1128d ago

Both XBL and PSN are giving/renting quality "older" games that are NO LONGER selling significantly DragonKnight. Just because you may not like what Microsoft is offering doesn't mean everyone else feels the way you do.

Lets not overhype what either Sony or Microsoft are doing. It's not really costing them any significant amount of money to provide these games digitally. Especially since they are making residual income from PS Plus/XBL fees.

And to be honest since PS Plus will be "required" for multiplayer on the PS4 then the whole renting/owning argument BallsEye is bringing up is moot since you have to continue to subscribe to PS Plus anyways.

I recently tried a 3 month trial of PS Plus on my PS3 and I can understand the value argument. I ran out of room on my 120GB HDD before I could finish downloading all the games I didn't already own. Can't beat that...

I think it's great that Microsoft is including games as part of XBL membership. In this regard Sony led the way and is forcing Microsoft to offer more value to be competitive. In the end ALL gamers win!!!

NSANiTY1128d ago

Got to say that it is nice that Microsoft is giving away something for free. That's the bottom line. Old games, yes, but good games also. Curious what happens if you run out of hard drive space and end up deleting these games to make room for something else.

Do you then have the option to re-download those games at any point and time because you had downloaded them in the past? I forget how that works on 360, I haven't used mine in a while.

I know on PS+ that even games that are no longer listed on PS+, as long as you've downloaded them (or started to download them) in the past, then you can just re-download the game again, no problem. Also can use them on multiple different PS3's with your PS+ log in.

Was just curious about that. Either way, getting free games is awesome. Wouldn't mind playing Halo 3 or Assasins Creed 2 again if I still had a Gold account.

plaZeHD1128d ago

Isn't that the same thing Playstation Plus, getting "free" games?

Corpser1128d ago

Not the same at all, these are yours to keep and own forever, ps+ "free" games you are just renting while you're a subscriber

Mutant-Spud1128d ago

They had the Walking Dead for free a couple of weeks ago, it's not my cup of tea but it was a popular game.

YNWA961128d ago

MS giving away xbox one for free!

Sony fanboy, oh, but you got a free PS3 when you signed a 3 year contract with a cell phone provider! Clearly a better deal! MS must be up to something evil! Point is, you guys are unreal.... And I know a lot of the people complaining are actually getting an xbox one, but want everyone to see you as a pure sony sweetheart....

ichimaru1128d ago

"I can see them now behind closed doors with their little charts and graphs"
stopped reading there. Please leave the conspiracy theories at the door

chuckyj11128d ago

Not to mention that with the Xbox free games they are actually yours forever.

Even if you cancel your subscription to gold you still have access to every free game you downloaded.

Unlike the PSN+ you only have access to the "Free" games as long as you are a member.

The Xbox Live gold games are free forever.

TukkerIntensity1128d ago

except that you actually have to pay for XBL to make the console even half useful in the first place (and probably have been for years).

Kind of a catch 22.

Syntax-Error1128d ago

They offer free stuff and you can do nothing but BITCH ABOUT IT? Almost makes others feel like if that's how you feel about it I don't blame them for being assh*les towards gamers. Can't make anyone happy any damn more. That's like EA saying they will give a free game to the first 100,000 purchasers and you cry about the 100,001 guy that doesn't get it. What a cry baby

ALLWRONG1128d ago

The part I like the most is you get to keep the games.

NewZealander1128d ago

The difference with xbox free games is you get to keep them, even if you dont renew gold, with ps+ you only get the games free whlie you are still a ps+ subscriber, so to keep them you have to renew your account so its kinda like your hireing the game, and what happens in years to come when they close the ps3 servers down, you no longer have the game.

moparful991128d ago

Ps+ is connected with PSN which is continuing on to the ps4. So your concern is moot until the day that PSN servers shut down..

shaenoide1128d ago

they can't give away "new" games because for the last two year There was no big exclusives relased ^^

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blackberty1129d ago

Sony give away latest games, where as MS just give away games you can buy for £2 preowned.

MariaHelFutura1129d ago

There giving you Halo 3 and AC2? That's adorable. This month, I got Deus Ex, X-Com and Saint's row 3.

nick3091129d ago

You dont get to keep the games if you suddenly cant pay for plus anymore.

awesomeperson1129d ago (Edited 1129d ago )

@Nick

So, would you rather Sony let you keep any games you download on PS Plus?

Therefore I could go to the PS Store and buy a one month PS Plus subscription. With that subscription, I would gain immediate access to no less than 13 full titles over both PS3 and PS Vita. You then propose I keep those games with no need to resubscribe to the service. I could then repeat the same every few months, spending little and gaining entire libraries of games.

That would make absolutely no sense, and Sony's offering is fine as it is.

GameCents1129d ago

You're renting those games. I get to keep mine.

kreate1129d ago (Edited 1129d ago )

@gamecents

Some games are free dude.

But lately its been more like, ps plus games became of higher quality but its not totally free anymore.

*Also plz let microsoft know what games u want.

Plz don't don't tell them u want halo, fable, gears. Name some good rare games ppl