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Submitted by tom110584 963d ago | news

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." (Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE)

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Excalibur  +   963d 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.
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EVILDEAD360  +   963d ago | Well said
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.

Godmars290   963d ago | Trolling | show
GameCents  +   963d ago | Well said
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?
nukeitall  +   963d 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!
Godmars290  +   963d 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.

"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?
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GameSpawn  +   963d 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)
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Wintersun616  +   963d 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.
Godmars290  +   963d 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.
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Wintersun616  +   963d ago

"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.
Nevers  +   963d 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.
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dedicatedtogamers  +   963d 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.
greenlantern2814  +   963d 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 why  +   963d 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
Mounce  +   963d 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 McGroin  +   963d 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.
aquamala  +   963d 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.
pixelsword  +   963d 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_II  +   963d ago
evil dead i could buy halo 3 and ass creed 2 for the price of 2 2litre cokes.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   963d 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!"***

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?

I know because now MS is doing it instead of Sony alone so now it magically doesn't hurt the industry anymore!
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justastranger10  +   963d 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.
NewZealander  +   963d 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!
Funky Town_TX  +   963d 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.
Parapraxis  +   963d 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.
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Zechs34  +   963d 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.
Blacktric  +   963d 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?
gta2800  +   963d 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!
kayoss  +   963d 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.
joefrost00  +   963d ago
Nobody brings up the fact psn dont really give 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
HeavenlySnipes  +   963d 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 23  +   963d 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.
Perjoss  +   963d 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.
Godmars290  +   963d 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.
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4Sh0w  +   963d 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.
Mainsqueeze  +   963d ago
Lol at this Godmars guy coming into a 360 article and just bashing everything for no reason...get a life dude.
GameCents  +   963d 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.
FunAndGun  +   963d 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.
Wintersun616  +   963d 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.
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Topshelfcheese  +   963d 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...
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3-4-5  +   963d 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.
3-4-5  +   963d 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.
DragonKnight  +   963d 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.
redwin  +   963d ago
All this negativity is getting old early.RME...@@
BallsEye  +   963d 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.
DragonKnight  +   963d 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.
BallsEye  +   963d ago

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.
PimpDaddy  +   963d 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!!!
NSANiTY  +   963d 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.
plaZeHD  +   963d ago
Isn't that the same thing Playstation Plus, getting "free" games?
Corpser  +   963d 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-Spud  +   963d 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.
YNWA96  +   963d 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....
Knushwood Butt  +   963d ago
lol 'free'
ichimaru  +   963d 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
nosferatuzodd  +   963d ago
indeed well said
chuckyj1  +   963d 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.
TukkerIntensity  +   962d 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-Error  +   963d ago
Such a tard
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
ALLWRONG  +   963d ago
The part I like the most is you get to keep the games.
AO1JMM  +   963d ago
free is free though.
NewZealander  +   963d 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.
moparful99  +   962d 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..
shaenoide  +   962d ago
they can't give away "new" games because for the last two year There was no big exclusives relased ^^
blackberty  +   963d ago
Sony give away latest games, where as MS just give away games you can buy for £2 preowned.
MariaHelFutura  +   963d ago
There giving you Halo 3 and AC2? That's adorable. This month, I got Deus Ex, X-Com and Saint's row 3.
nick309  +   963d ago
You dont get to keep the games if you suddenly cant pay for plus anymore.
awesomeperson  +   963d ago

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.
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GameCents  +   963d ago
You're renting those games. I get to keep mine.
Riderz1337  +   963d ago
And Uncharted 3 ^^
kreate  +   963d ago

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
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Blackdeath_663  +   963d ago
its too hard for microsoft to match the value of PS+ and it would be hard for sony even to keep the great value up on the ps4 when everyone will likely have ps+
iceman06  +   963d ago
This is the very reason for PS+. They are generating revenue, like Xbox Live, while striking deals with publishers to basically give free advertising for them. Indie titles that I wouldn't have thought to pay for, I have gotten for free and have now decided to buy the next game. Larger titles that I couldn't afford, due to other games that I chose to purchase, I can now play for free. As for PS4, initially it will be difficult to offer PS4 content (aside from Indies). However, just like PS3, it will drastically improve over time. More PS+ is more revenue for Sony.
vikingland1  +   963d ago
but If you quit paying for PS+ you lose your games you are renting. MS is giving you the games to keep even if you quit paying for gold.
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vishant101  +   963d ago
ps + is more of a renting service they dont actually give u the games, this is yours too keep even after u stop subscribing frm live. also who bitches about free games?
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gamertk421  +   963d ago
I don't think any of the shops here accept British currency, tho, so free is good.
Dynasty2021  +   963d ago
I believe Gears Of War is available to download from MS for £20.

Yeah, the first Gears Of War.

You think Microsoft's new store will be cheap and the games they give away relatively recent? Ahaha.

Look at Games For Windows Live. It's as bad as EA's Origin for prices.

At least Sony give away AAA games that are about a year or 2 old.

Halo 3 and AC2? You can literally pick BOTH of these up for £15 TOTAL on Amazon.

Sony just gave away Uncharted 3, which is about £20 by itself.
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GameCents  +   963d ago
Gave away huh? Tell me what happens to your FREE game when the subscription you PAID for runs out.
Neixus  +   963d ago
lol,stop defending ms, every ms fanboy thinks this 2 games per month is sooo good. but if u read the article, it says that it will only last to the end of the year.

meanwhile we actually get free ps4 games from ps+ the FIRST month of ps4 release.
Conan-O-Brady  +   963d ago
So after you get your free games from MS you're gonna stop paying for live?...... Me thinks not.
HammadTheBeast  +   963d ago
For $50 a year, I get 100+ recent and new games.

For $60 a year, I get to "keep" Fable 3 (lolterribad) and 6 year old games I could otherwise get for probably $10 new total.

Yeah, amazing argument.
fsfsxii  +   963d ago
The free XBL game you can get for about 5 dollars used.
Or is that to justify the fee for the online?? I know that the Cross chat got old, so you guys had to find a new one
theEx1Le  +   963d ago
Actually they gave away half of uncharted. Not to nitpick or anything but the resulting cost of downloading the f2p MP and purchasing to remove the subsequent restrictions is at least twice what you would pay retail.

I mean I think MS could do better but dont talk up the PS store because its just as bad. The pricing on psn is absolutely shocking, £58 for new games, over priced bundles, games not coming out on time or even turning up at all(Cs:go).
Thomper  +   963d ago
I use xbox and psn, and xbl is head and shoulder above Sony's offering. I have given up with it. Constant freezing, drop-outs, lag and no voice chat.

It is sh1te !!
trouble_bubble  +   963d ago
Oh dear, the old "I can haz both consoles so I can't be full of it" logic. The damage control and politicking since E3 has been legendary.

"Buh buh PSN freezes and melts and lags like a pile of rags that sags and gags and has a game called mag. Green eggs and ham, I stood by a lake once, sam I am." It's 2013. We know the state of online, inside out. No need to lie about it thomp. doesn't work.
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Fishy Fingers  +   963d ago
This thread about how awesome Sony is?
A-laughing-horse  +   963d ago
Every thread is fishy. Haven't you been to this Sony circle jerk of a website the past 2 weeks?
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MariaHelFutura  +   963d ago
The funny is it's Microsoft that makes Sony look so much better. Not my fault. It's my right to voice my opinion, unless you know, you think people should be censored. It's Microsofts job to make themselves look better, not me not voicing my opinion.
vikingland1  +   963d ago
My opinion is that your opinion is wrong. I am one of the minority that never played AC2 or never beat Halo3. So how is this bad for me? Plus I get o keep them. I have PS+ and I love it. But to say that MS giving me free games that are old is just foolish.
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Gran Touring  +   963d ago
@vikingland1 But they are old games. They're not bad games by any means, but they are 6 and 4 years old respectively.
No_Limit  +   963d ago
Who gives a rat how old games are? If someone never play the game or just play a bit of the game from renting it in the past, he/she can now play it, enjoy it, and finish it. It is no different than watching a movie that was released 10 years ago. Yea it is old but for the person that never seen it, does it matter? And the good thing it is FREE and you can keep it forever with or without a renewal. Logic and N4G just don't apply and fanboys will try to spin anything negatively even on a great thing like free games. smh
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wenaldy  +   963d ago
Everyday is the day of Sony.
ArmrdChaos  +   963d ago
Come on know how it works. Sad little people who can't stand tall on their own come in here to knock others down so that they can "feel" taller. You find them with sports, games, or any other interest where they are allowed to run amok.
Geezus  +   963d ago
assasins creed 2 is actually the only assasins i haven't played in the numbered series so that works out for me as for fable 3 i passed it and its whatever. my halo3 is so scratched up i cant play it so i can re up with the download and play some mp rounds duel wielding some weapons which is a feature that is really missed in the latest halo installments... all in all pretty good cant hate on free stuffz.
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ado908  +   963d ago
Lol literally the best one in the series is the one you never played. What the hell is the matter with you!!! Look forward to AC2 buddy :) because that is one of the greater gems this gen
LogicStomper  +   963d ago
For me, I've only played Fable 1 and 2 so 3 is new to me. Halo 3 I've played a tonne, so I don't need that. Assassin's Creed 1 was tedious and repetitive so it turned me away from their following titles. Now I can actually play the second without cost!
TimeSkipLuffy  +   963d ago
It would be a great move if they wouldn't have limited to a few months. They should expand it to as long as people are going to have a gold subscription.
The games might be old compared to PS+ that offers much more games but MS just don't seem to get it right this time...
At least they go upfront and didn't lie that they are not doing this forever XD
A-laughing-horse  +   963d ago
At least if you loose Xbox live or it goes down you can STILL play them. If you lose connection or ps+ gets hacked again and you loose service, or even cancel your service, you LOSE the game. They let you borrow it. Remember , like Sonys e3. The best part of their conference was when they showed how they exclusively let people borrow games. What a joke.
ThatCanadianGuy514  +   963d ago
These "free" games are only for 360 and only up until the xbox U launches.It's not really a fair comparison to be honest.

And you're actually wrong, the games don't magically vanish if for some crazy reason PSN was down.It's based on your PS+ Subscription not your access to PSN.
Ilovetheps4  +   963d ago
Not sure what you service you have, but PS+ doesn't work that way. You can play PS+ games while not connected to the internet. The only restriction is that you have to still be subscribed to the service.

Basically, when you download the game, your game is given a timer based on how long you have left on your subscription. That timer runs out if your subscription lapses. But if you resubscribe, that timer will reset. But, you can play that game (on or offline) until that timer expires.
RiPPn  +   963d ago
What are you talking about, when you download a game on plus it puts an expiration date on the game, and it remains active until that date. The date is when you plus subscription expires. It doesn't matter if you're online or offline. Quit spreading BS. And people know the games are only available when you subscribe, it's not like Sony hides this.
WeAreLegion  +   963d ago
If you lose connection or PS+ gets hacked, you can still play your PS Plus games. What are you talking about?
ltachiUchiha  +   963d ago
You sir are making things up out of your azz. You obviously dont own a ps3 so why talk about a feature u have no clue about? Also this article has nothing to do with sony. Just be happy about the service that microsoft is giving its fanbase & move along. Thank u & have a good day.
DlocDaBudSmoka  +   963d ago
that isnt true at all. If you are a + member, u can still play the games offline.the only thing u said that was remotely true is that if u cancel the sub, u no longer have access to those games. But its like netflix, if u cancel u cant stream and tv shows or movies. so i dont see what the problem is.
A-laughing-horse  +   963d ago
If you cancel live they are still yours. Not borrowed
trouble_bubble  +   963d ago
As are the many games PSN has given away for free, outside of Plus.

Such as:
* 'welcome back' promo games like LBP/inFamous/WipEout
* one-off Back to the Future & The Walking Dead episodes
* FTP DC Universe, Free Realms, Dust 514, Tekken Revolution
* PSN promos for Rag Doll Kung Fu, Flow, Jetpack Joyride, Buzz, Singstar
* MP like MAG and UC3

On the surface, the free Halo 3 download seems like a nice gesture, but at the same time it's a bit late to thank MS for it, 6 years later and after 11 million people already paid for it lol.
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Zichu  +   963d ago
I think people are missing the point.

I won't deny it, PS+ is a great service. They offer some pretty awesome games each month, but the only downside to that is that you don't own the games forever. It's a rental service, as along as you keep paying £40 a month, you get to keep playing those games.

What MS are doing is they are offering 2 games a month to Gold Subscribers, which you can get for about £30 for a year and you keep those games forever. Even after your Gold finishes, you still get to play those games.

So that's 2 games each month until December. They start this in July and in total you get 12 games. For an average of £5 per game if you bought it used, that's about £60 worth of games. I think that's a pretty good offer.

For those that are already Gold members shouldn't really be complaining because you aren't paying any extra to get these games, you are already paying for Gold because you decided to do this before they decided to offer free games.
MartinB105  +   963d ago
£40 a month for Plus? You need to find a better deal. I only pay £40 a year for my Plus subscription. ;)
Zichu  +   963d ago
Crap... Well spotted sir.

£40 a year then >.<
despair  +   963d ago
I agree its a great idea, but its not really geared towards existing Xbox 360 owners, the games are quite old so far and I don't expect any good, newer titles to show up. That means those who have had their 360s for a while already would've played those games if they wanted to. Its for new players who get an incentive to get and Xbox360 and Xbox Live Gold.

PS+ is different as its for both new and existing PS3/PSV owners, the rental thing is minor at best as once you get PS+ and like it most likely you will stick with it (plus cost/value ratio goes up with each month), and it spreads across 3 platforms now for the same price so its ridiculous to not get it. Add to that, that it offers about 5 games every month, discounts, betas etc. its even more value.

MS free game decision comes off as a rushed response to Sony's very well thought out PS+ strategy and that's what hurts them.

Edit: Yea your pricing is waay off, its actually cheaper than a year of XBlive gold for a year of PS+ (especially if you take advantage of those extra 3 months offers they have every so often).
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RiPPn  +   963d ago
If the games don't get better than Fable 3, Halo 3 and AssCreed 2 then who cares if you get to keep them, most people already own these games or have played through them. But it is nice that Microsoft is finally giving back. Even if it is games on a dying console with no backward compatibility on the new one. :)
RiPPn  +   963d ago
What new details did this story provide?
EffectO  +   963d ago
At least you can keep the games forever,not rent them like with PS+.
moparful99  +   962d ago
Stop bringing this up.. all of the 360 fans in this thread are harping on Sony fans for complaining about MS's free games but you all keep bringing this stupid fact up.. Who cares that its tantamount to a rental service. The idea is that once you start receiving the amazing titles on offer you wont want to unsub.. In fact it would be silly to unsub seeing as the longer you are a member the greater your return is. This is turning into an annoying peeing contest.. Enjoy your free games and shut up already...
MilkMan  +   963d ago
To little, to late.
and (again) wasn't Sony doing this, like forever?
I'm OK, I've been a gold member for 6 years and all I got was a big FU.
I like value for dollar and now you want to give crap away and all that, at the end of the cycle when I have every game I want on the 360. No thank you.
M$ did their math.
FD  +   963d ago
What a pathetic attempt of M$ to 'compete' with PS+. Glad my XBL Gold expires tomorrow and i won't renew. These dusty and worthless games are not convincing me to renew and waste more money on XBL. I have used PS+ and XBL Gold side by side for the last couple of years and PS+ have proven to be the most value for the money. Such an half-assed move again from M$, Way too little and way too late. Thank you too M$.... for nothing!
Funky Town_TX  +   963d ago
M $ cannot please some people. If you hate m $ then why bother reading news about m$ and the xbox. I can count maybe two games from the free PS+ that was even worth $5, and they are not mine to keep they are a rental. If Sony or m$ was to ship me a disc that I can keep then we would be talking about something exciting. Xbox live > PS+ with or without these fake free games.
moparful99  +   962d ago
"I can count maybe two games from the free PS+ that was even worth $5"

Uncharted 3
Infamous 2
Little Big Planet 2
Deus ex
Saints row 2 and 3
are less then $5? Seriously dude you aren't fooling anyone. It's also common knowledge that the only real difference between Live and PSN is the cross game chat.. PSN is equitable to Live and it's free.. I don't have to "rent" the privilege to play my retail games online.
No_Limit  +   963d ago
Grabbed Fable 3, looking forward to getting all 12 free games that I can keep forever. Forever is nice. Just curious, never used PSN before, if my subscription runs out, do I get to keep playing all those free games each month or is it like subscription music in that if I decided not to renew, I can't play them anymore?
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TimeSkipLuffy  +   963d ago
You need ro renew the subscription at the expire date to keep on playing but I wouldn't let it expire because you keep getting 1 to X games a month (depending on the consoles you own)
A lot of XBOX gamers do already have a paid gold account to play online. If MS does not continue this cool offer they are back to what they had before while PS+ users keep getting more and more ^^
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Parapraxis  +   963d ago, you sound like a 5 year old.
DlocDaBudSmoka  +   963d ago
its basically netflix for game consoles. u no pay, u no play.
Dlacy13g  +   963d ago
Arguing about wether free games are a good....a new low point for N4G.
mochachino  +   963d ago
Plus gives you free games the entire time you have your membership.

Live gives you free games until December then goes back to giving to nothing.
GameCents  +   963d ago
Gold gives you free games. Plus lets you rent them.
I paid R300 for my subscription, that's about $30. I'm getting 13 games at the value of at least R50 preowned and R120 on games on demand. My maths tells me I'm getting at the very least, R650 ($65) worth of games in the preowned market or R1560 ($156) worth on GoD to keep forever.

Either way you slice it, I'm getting games worth alot more than I paid for my subscription.
I'll take that deal thank very much.
stage88  +   963d ago
Those old games are more of an insult than a perk.

It just goes to show they have a long way to go before they reach the standard of PS+
Iltapalanyymi  +   963d ago
pfft. copycats.
SegaGamer  +   963d ago
Why can't we just pick the game ? i guarantee that the only games they make available will be A list games.
tudors  +   963d ago
I can't believe that some of you people are putting me off buying a PS4, it's not all about PS you know! I for one am really pleased with this announcement! PSN+ has some great offers, I don't have it but I have thought about it, but Xbox-live has always been worth the cost, it's a really amazing online service, this is just a great extra bonus!
Belking  +   963d ago
And you keep the games even if your subscription runs out. Something you can't say PS Plus does.
stage88  +   963d ago
2 old ass games you can keep or 2 new games for vita, 2 new games for PS3 and also exclusive discounts and demos/betas on subscription. It's a no brainer.

But have fun with Assasins Creed 2.
That game was great.... back in 2009.
DestinyHeroDoomlord  +   963d ago
Could we please get a forecast for the year...
AutoCad  +   963d ago
people seriously complaining bout free games lol?

more people playing halo 3 im ready
titletownrelo  +   963d ago
This gen is so different

SONY is like that "guy" at school. Sports, academics, girlfriend, social life. He's got his shit together.

M$ on the other, not so much
isyourhouseonfire  +   963d ago
This is huge news. Microsoft is starting to really understand customer needs more in recent years. More and more I find myself less and less reluctant to renew my XBOX LIVE Gold membership. Thanks MS!!
esemce  +   963d ago
BS it's a desperate attempt to keep people on live and then maybe buying the Bone it's obvious.
E2S  +   963d ago
Sony still has the better deal.
marchinggamer  +   963d ago
You can say that after you get cross game chat
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LogicStomper  +   963d ago
Stop being immature. They're giving away games for free so why do you have to randomly bring Sony into this? The only reason I see plausible is that you feel insecure so you have to try divert the attention back to your favoured company.

Grow up, kid.
moparful99  +   962d ago
You're soloing him out yet you neglect to point out the tons of people above that can't seem to enjoy this news without "At least I get to keep them unlike with PS+." You're throwing stones in a glass house my friend
esemce  +   963d ago
7 years of live and only now they give us some old games that 90% have already played.

Free is free but damn they have made billions from live when Sony did not charge a penny.
Heavenly King  +   963d ago
BUT they will give free 360 games until the XBO launches; after that non of the XB consoles will get free games. So I really wonder, what is so wonderful about this?

Yeah, it is nice to temporary get some games; but M$ is mostly doing so; just so people misinformed think that this will happen with the XBO too; and so they would "jump in"; when that is not the case.
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marchinggamer  +   963d ago
I would pay 60$ just for the cross game chat PlayStation doesn't have it even plus
AceofStaves  +   963d ago
PS Plus is getting cross-game chat as part of the service. http://www.officialplaystat...
AceofStaves  +   963d ago
Free games are great regardless. Besides, there are new players buying consoles every month, people who may just now be getting into gaming. Programs like these give them access to titles they missed - and that's a good thing.

It's a good move on MS' part.
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