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Microsoft defends free Xbox Games with Gold - "we've got some great games coming up"

Speaking to OXM at our reader-exclusive Xbox One hands-on event last night, Xbox Live product manager Pav Bhardwaj has discussed the future of Microsoft's Games with Gold program, whereby Gold subscribers are handed two free downloadable Xbox 360 titles a month. There's still no definite word as to whether the program will continue past the end of 2013, but Bhardwaj suggested that it could "evolve" along lines drawn by Microsoft's free-to-play strategy on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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Bundi1037d ago

I think the games and they give us this month were pretty decent...if this were 2007 that is!
I know free is free, but at some point it just becomes insulting.I didn't even bother downloading this month games I mean a card game and nuts and bolts? Are you kidding me?!

yes I did not buy xbox live gold for the free games but if you're going to offer me free games please make them worth my while.

dirigiblebill1037d ago

Thing is, Magic 2013 and Nuts & Bolts were and are great games. They're just a bit old, and they don't fit the "OMG shiny blockbuster" criteria.

Maddens Raiders1037d ago

Well bundi is right. The games offered shouldn't need "defending" at all. The games offered should stand on their own "gold" merit, but this is too often, not the case.

Bundi1037d ago

I disagree, DR2 was old but that was a great gift. Crackdown as well, ACII, heck even Fable 3 as a great freebie.
I would even recommend Ghost Recon too!

The rest have been an insult IMO. Grid, Joyride Turbo, Magic 2013, nuts & Bolts...I mean come now.

As old as it is, I'm looking forward to playing Halo 3 again. Now that's a classic. How can this dude call hose 4 games classics?

PoSTedUP1037d ago (Edited 1037d ago )

imagine if sony was like MS?

Sony: this months free game will be Haze. enjoy, f#%&ers.

yeesh, that would be a nightmare.

i feel like MS is that kid in last place (metaphorically speaking) thats struggling to cross the finsh line and everyone n their mother is trying to help him by giving moral support and advice from the sideline.

i hope they Really have some good games for yall considering their dedicated fanbase that has paid for the service for almost a decade, like cmon show some appreciation MS!! oh yeah thats right, they said they would ony continue the program if "they benifit" from it. microsoft, just stop. stop with the bs, you aint about the gamer at all obv. im not trying to be harsh either, idky but it makes me sick, its like watching someone take advantage of a [naive] person.

hellzsupernova1037d ago

The problem is Sony is making them look bad with plus
The last three months for me I got assassins creed 3 far cry 3. Also include sleeping dogs, mass effect 3, battle field 3 of course it is going to look bad

ShinMaster1037d ago

Excuse me, Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie were great.

Nuts & Bolts? no.

minimur121037d ago

Better than Far cry 3, Hitman Absolution, AC3, Need for Speed: Most wanted?

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MrZweistein1037d ago (Edited 1037d ago )

I have to agree. Only game i did not have was Magic 2013. All others I had already played or was not my taste of a game. Especially in germany which didn't had Dead Rising 2 which was a game that I wanted to play but couldn't. As I remember this game is blacklisted in germany which is a real shame!

GearSkiN1037d ago

Microsoft free games is crap, but glad is free, we're sony is a rent not really free unless you stay with the plus.

Hellsvacancy1037d ago (Edited 1037d ago )

"we've got some great games coming up"

Kane & Lynch and Iron Man 2 incoming

GearSkin? yes we may "rent" these games but after they've been beaten I delete them, I'd MUCH rather rent NEW games then get to keep oldskool games no one give a sh!t about

Besides I rent games anyway, currently renting Skyrim Legendary Edition, soon as i've got the trophies for all the dlc ill send it back

joefrost001037d ago

Well MS free games are actually free
Meaning if you lose gold you still get to play your games
PS plus games are not free so please stop saying that
Its like subscription based
It's like game fly accept you dont even get to choose what games you get
People complain about the games but they actually give you free games not like sony who lets you llay games free with but read the fine print

Kryptix1037d ago

If you're always going to be paying for Plus yearly then arguing about the games being "rental" or not doesn't make any sense. I payed $50 for a year and from playing most of the games Plus has offered, I'm going to subscribe again. That's the thing Sony is good at, they give you a reason to subscribe again. And since they're "rental," Plus offers more games than Gold does...and better games at that. And a lot of us can't keep all the games in the hard drive. Eventually you'll be deleting them and might not bother downloading them again.

andrewsqual1037d ago (Edited 1037d ago )

@joefrost00 And you forget Games for Gold IS ENDING in 2 months. You get to keep the games because it was a rushed concept after the May 21st gargantuan epic console reveal failure. Do you think if they had time to plan it out they would have actually let you keep the games? It was out of their control because they can't activate additional "Services" for you on an Xbox Live account.
The service was released in desperation to stop people letting their Gold run out over the next 6 months after May and jump ship, like so many people have. What are those global Xbox Live gold numbers now Microsoft?

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Peckyyy1037d ago

How could Magic 2013? be a decent game in 2007 if it came out in 2013?

MrZweistein1037d ago

Magic Gathering 2013 XBLA card game. Sorry for using the short name :)

andrewsqual1037d ago

It was Magic 2012 that you got on Games for Gold not Magic 2013, the outdated one that nobody would be playing anymore. Are they going to give you FIFA 12 next?

XboxFun1037d ago

Yea, Magic was kind of ehhhh...

But I think Nuts and Bolts is great just because it was a great game that went unrecognized by many.

By offering that game free hopefully more people will try it and see how good it was prompting Rare to make a sequel for it.

zugdar1037d ago

Free is free. Nuts and Bolts, DR2 and Halo are far from 3rd party. I do agree however that they set it up to look more epic when they announced it.

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KonsoruMasuta1037d ago (Edited 1037d ago )

Dead Rising 2 and Assassin's Creed 2 were good games. Never played either of them before they put up for free.

Fable 3 was meh.

Magic the gathering is a horrible game to put up.

No doubt that PSN is the better and I'm not asking that Microsoft try to make this program the next PSN. I'm just asking that they try harder.

They should do a poll for these types of things and see what answers are the most possible.

BabyTownFrolics1037d ago

Well the recent NA offerings on PSN have been getting many complaints on the PS+ subreddit. Apparently EU gets the better games. This month for NA its ICO and a couple of RE on rails games.

I guess its all in the eyes of the beholder.

MasterCornholio1037d ago

In October Europe gets Far Cry 3, Street Fighter X Tekken and Dragons Dogma. That's a pretty good selection in my opinion.

Nexus 7 2013

gamer20131037d ago (Edited 1037d ago )

A glorified game rental service does not equal overall better service. Better features, connectivity and social options would be better examples for comparing XBL to PSN.

KonsoruMasuta1037d ago (Edited 1037d ago )

Lets put the fanboyism aside for a minute. I'm not exactly comparing everything in the two services. I'm only comparing the free game aspects of each.

And in terms of what these two services are doing with game handouts, PS+ is the the better service.

If this conversation was about social options or connectivity I might agree with you. But that is not what this is about.

You can scream on and on about "glorified rentals" but if you're looking for free games, PS+ is the better service.

ShwankyShpanky1037d ago

I'd say BF3, Vanquish, Deus Ex, XCOM, Infamous 2, Uncharted 3, Demon's Souls, Saint's Row 3, Sleeping Dogs, Far Cry 2, Bioshock 2, and SSFIV (and those are just *some* of the full retail games included with PS+) are much better features than cross game chat and "social options."

Tooly1036d ago (Edited 1036d ago )

if the service was on xbox you would be singing so stfu ohh and the ps4 is built around the social aspect so dont worry bout that

PrimeGrime1037d ago (Edited 1037d ago )

Seems like you aren't doing a lot of things right when you constantly have to defend what you are doing.

DiRtY1037d ago

If I really want a game, I just spend my money on it. If I don't want a game, I won't spend my money on it. Pretty simple, heh?

So the free games are the titles I play when I am bored and I won't complain about that. Dead Rising, Assassin's Creed 3, Halo 3, Banjo Kazooie are nice titles to play even today.

DiRtY1036d ago

I bought Banjo n Kazooie for $50 and got the HD remake of the original for free with it. I enjoyed both games.

Septic1037d ago (Edited 1037d ago )

We get 'great games' till December and then what?

"and then we'll take a look at the program, see how well it's done, and how we want to go forward with it"

So what they haven't even thought about how they're going to move forward with it?

PSN puts this reward scheme to shame. MS really need to get their act together in this department unless they can somehow justify the cost now that the PS4 has bolstered its online social functionality.

Kayant1037d ago

And that right there is the problem. Am happy they're finally trying to offer some value for live and giving free games old but totally free. But in all honestly I would have rather liked it if they introduced something similar to IGC on PS+ with free games that are relevant and less chances of you having played them already rather than this promotional offer. Even if IGC is a rental service at the end of the day it's the best damn rental you can pay for anywhere and not forgetting it's also the cheapest in the long run :)

Come on MS step up your game my X360 is waiting for a reason to justify paying for live.

gamer20131037d ago

Pahleeze! XBL is, and has been the gold standard for online gaming on consoles for quite a few years now. Sony is just barley managing to keep pace with MS with their online infrastructure. Microsoft's recent Azure and Matchmaking upgrades along with everything thing else just puts PSN to shame.

GiantEnemyCrab1037d ago

MS are so confident and sure that they don't need to give any further true value to the Gold service.

How wrong they are. They seriously have some issues with their charge to return to customer ratio. The value they think they are giving just doesn't look that good from the customers perspective now that the competition has brought their online service up to speed.

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