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June Games with Gold: Five Great Games for Xbox One and Xbox 360

With June officially kicking off soon, Xbox Live Gold members are especially prosperous with a total of five free games on Xbox One and Xbox 360. As Head of Xbox Phil Spencer recently announced, June’s system update will debut Games with Gold on Xbox One, with two great games – “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault.” And on Xbox 360, members will receive “Dark Souls,” “Charlie Murder” and the bonus game “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.” No matter what, you're in for a good time so make sure you get in on the action!

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Cherchez La Ghost1600d ago

Not bad....., not bad at all. And after watching Assassin's Fist, I want to get a Street Fighter game.

DonDon1600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

I'm not known to be much of a fan of Microsoft, but I just had to post this article. They really did step up their game BIG TIME with the free games this month. But if it wasn't for Sony, MS would have never given any games away at all. Sony sets the trend, MS follows. Either way, everyone wins.

gamerfan09091600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

Giving away free games isn't some novel idea. Steam was doing it way before anyone. Besides the entire reason PSN exists and PS+ even has free games is because XBL's popularity and to undercut XBL's service seller features.

shinrock1600d ago

And we keep what we download.

xx4xx1600d ago

Your last sentence is what is spot on.

The more heated the competition, the better the deals gamers get.

Microsoft needs to claw their way back and all signs point to that as their gameplan. Gold member upgrades, Kinect-less sku, etc.

Want to know how heated the competition is going to get?.... watch this year's E3. I try to keep my hype levels down, but i really think this year is going to be crazy. All the rumors point to Microsoft having a crazy lineup planned for their E3 show....Sony has to have heard that as well...I expect Sony to have an amazing show too. They may have the lead, but they can't stand pat.

Less thank 2 weeks away...it's going to be interesting.

darthv721600d ago

Sorry gamerfan but yes...giving away free games IS a novel idea in the console world. just because it has been done on the PC does not apply in this situation.

@shinrock...you only get to keep those that are on the 360. XB1 GwG is now like the PS+ where you need to have an account to keep playing the free games. The account expires then so does access to those games.

@DonDon, sony couldnt compete with MS in the quality of service dept so they did what they had to do. Giving away games as part of your membership seemed like a logical decision to get more people to pay for the service. They certainly werent making very much $ from members prior to that change. Simply because early PS+ was more of a discount service than anything substantial.

I always said sony would change their policy regarding their online, to be a paid service. They went one step further with the inclusion of giveaways to keep members enticed to remain members and offset the inconvenience of paying to play online (for the PS4 at least).

both services are after the all mighty $ and will find ways to get people to sign up and stay members.

PunisherRevenge1600d ago

@DonDon......lol how soon you guys forget. Do you even remember why PS plus even exist? The only reason Sony even started doing this is because of the PSN hack that happened a couple years ago. DO you really think Sony just one day called a meeting and said: Hey guys, you know what would be a great idea? Lets start giving games away for free because we love our fans so much....LOL no that didn't happen. It happened because they f***ed up and lost millions of peoples data.

bleedsoe9mm1600d ago

thats what happens when a company is trying to fight back from a disastrous beginning of a gen like the ps3 . competition is great for all consumers !

Phoenix761600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

@marcel you do know that Sony were giving away free games through PS+ long before the now infamous hack. They just offered both members and non members access to 5 free game as way of saying sorry for what happened afterwards.
PS+ will be 4 years old in June. The hack only happened roughly 2.5 year ago.

Volkama1600d ago

Meanwhile rumour has it Sony will be discussing some huge improvements to their network infrastructure next week, which is something MS are way ahead on. Improvements all round, let's all thank everyone else and then hand over our money.

mhunterjr1600d ago

If Sony's PSN wasn't getting hammered by Xbox live ps+ wouldn't exist. Competition is forcing both companies to innovate. Open your eyes.

ZodTheRipper1600d ago

That's definately better than the last few months ...now the question is whether they can keep this up or whether it's just for E3.

zero_gamer1600d ago

If it wasn't for MS PlayStation wouldn't have the trophy system or a gaming network half as good as XBL. See how competition works? Either way, everyone wins.

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Gamer19821600d ago

Big games in time for E3?? The only time they had games of this calibre?? No doubt so they can brag at E3 but hell do we care?? NOPE cause gamers win!

its_JEFF1600d ago

@shinrock

Not for the X-1. It's just like PS+ now. The reason they couldn't give you better games in the past was because you owned it 100%.

mikeslemonade1600d ago

Still this does not compare to plus. These games are older than the plus games. Xbox loses to PlayStation once again.

DLConspiracy1600d ago

Come on man. Yes We all win, but it was a business strategy. XBL was selling their service which included free chat with a silver membership even. They were putting all that money into the servers to keep XBL chugging along. PSN did it free and everyone raved about that until they realized you get what you pay for. So to undercut the competition and still make money for their own servers (they still need)they offered free games with the PS+ service. Which I can almost guarantee you that they basically throw some money at when someone downloads it.

They need servers for chat too. It takes a lot of servers to run streaming chat well. Which I have noticed it doesn't sound as clear on PSN right now. It may be some time before it is as clear as XBL. That's a widely under appreciated feature on XBL and over looked on PSN. The quality is different.

As part of the cost of PS+. However it would also make sense if most of that money would go to pay for those "free" games. Also the servers but not nearly as much as XBL has had a chance to blow on over the last 8 years. So both have their advantages. Unfortunately while PS+ is great for 'free' games. It's also lacking in other online areas like servers. I pay for the service to get free games on PS+ where I pay for XBL for all the other stuff. Now, XBL also offers free games with gold. Even better. It's the best of both worlds.

Deadpoolio1600d ago

@shinrock you do know that games with gold doesn't get to keep what you download anymore right? It's being changed to exactly what PS+ is.

Evilsnuggle1600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

How can you fanBoys be so stupid? You guys are bragging one Microsoft changing you money for playing games online how silly is that. The reason that PS4 gamers are paying for online gaming is because of xbox gamers. I own both 360 and PS3 I had xbox live gold as soon as I got my PS3 I cancelled my gold because PSN is free. I know that Sony was going to have to change for PSN because they couldn't not compete with xbox live gold. Because xbox live had more cash to bride developers. How is that good for gamers. PSN + is Sony way to not upset their customers by adding value for paying to play online. This is some fanBoy fantasy that xbox live gold is some how better than PSN. Microsoft nor Sony has control over Internet speed or connections is your IP provider. Foolish fanBoys

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You have no idea what you are taking about . You can voice chat on PSN just like xbox live what are you talking about. There is no lack of servers on PSN. you have no idea what you're talking about

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There's no difference in xbox live gold and PSN . you obviously have never played on PSN

k3rn3ll1599d ago (Edited 1599d ago )

The trend setting thing goes back and forth. Until ps+... every online functionalfunctionality had already been used by MS. For god sake how long did it take sony to get cross game party chat? Seven Years or so? But yes they did set the bar for giving away games on consoles ill give u that much.

@evilsnuggle
And their network infrastructure suffered as a whole for it. Btw PS+ is going down again for "construction" like six hours. Never ever happens on live

Kingthrash3601599d ago (Edited 1599d ago )

All this back and forth from you guys gets me dizzy.
How's bout we all thank Atari for pioneering consoles to begin with and end all this childish bickering on who dun what first.

kreate1599d ago

'And we keep what we download'

thumbs up!

'XB1 GwG is now like the PS+ where you need to have an account to keep playing the free games. The account expires then so does access to those games'

thumbs down...

*I don't want games on gwg that I already got on ps plus a year ago like street fighter, or last month's saints row game, defeats the purpose of multi-console owner
**MS should out-beat sony instead of simply matching the identical games ...

P_Bomb1599d ago (Edited 1599d ago )

@marcellius1

FYI, I subscribed to psplus for the first time in December 2010 to get exclusive access to the DCUO beta. Loved it so much I bought it at launch on 01/11/2011. Downloaded a FREE Sam&Max game too just because.

The hack happened Months LATER. I bought Portal 2 to pass the time when it did and did the SP in Motorstorm Apocalypse as well. My trophy list corroborates everything. To say plus only exists because of the hack is fubar.

@k3rn3ll
And the 360 didn't even have a web browser until many, many years after the ps3. Or built in wifi, or GameRoom, or GWG, or cloud storage. I still can't even look at my friends' XboxOne trophies from my XBox360. Both companies have leapfrogged eachother in different ways.

JasonKCK1599d ago (Edited 1599d ago )

WOW! some people on this site really believe everything started with Sony.

GarrusVakarian1599d ago

This is awesome...this right here is why competition is great. This is the first time that I've preferred the GWG offerings over the PS Plus offerings. I've been really wanting to play Max, and I'll play Halo co-op with a friend. I hope they can keep this quality up.

Volkama1599d ago (Edited 1599d ago )

@DL chat doesn't sound better on live because it has more servers. Chat sounds better because MS have very good codecs in place (from Skype), and most importantly because the mics on the XBox use the high bandwidth wireless controller connection (as opposed to the Bluetooth the PS4 mic uses).

Sadly they can only make voice chat more clear, they can't make the people talking more interesting :)

blackout1599d ago

And if it wasn't for Microsoft there would be no PS Plus. Remember you had that trash ass HOME that was supposed to be the Xbox Live killer. Sony had two shots at going LIVE and got it right on the second try. Competition is bliss on the game front.

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Magicite1600d ago

only old or meh games, xbox fails again.

Max-Zorin1600d ago

No wonder you only have one bubble.

Gotcha51600d ago

Former Microsoft Steve Ballmer gets the LA Clippers and we gets free games.... Good Tymes.

TheSaint1599d ago

Actually it is bad, not the quality necessarily but the fact that they put Dark Souls on sale not that long ago.

That's a piss take, but that's MS.

ITPython1599d ago (Edited 1599d ago )

Glad to see MS starting to come around and catching up to PS+. If all goes well they could pull a Sony, and be successful in the next-next-gen of gaming consoles (XB2/PS5).

They will, however, be playing catch-up all this gen. Those with an XB1, you better get used to it, it's a long ride. But if they keep doing things right, like Sony did with the PS3, they may take the lead next-next-gen as long as Sony doesn't become complacent in their success (like they did coming out of the PS2 generation).

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Lawboy21600d ago

Will be playing max don't know about halo spartan assault

AngelicIceDiamond1600d ago

Same.

I'll try Max I dunno bout Spartan Assault.

The X1 starting out month isn't that appealing. But 360 looks great.

Lawboy21600d ago

It does but I traded my in to buy my next gen consoles...probably shouldn't have

Dannyh1600d ago

Max is really good, halo Spartan is really bad

DLConspiracy1600d ago

Now if Xbox would allow LARGER Gigs of external support on 360 then we would be set. I have run out of room on my external because on the 360 you only get 32gbs of extra support. If they opened that up a bit I would have more room.

Mega241599d ago

We have to keep in mind that this is still the Launch window, people expect AAA, there aren't actually that many to offer them, and by my theory X1 first AAA will be either Ryse or DR3, for sony will be Knack or KZ.

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TheBrit1600d ago

My son and I definitely will be playing both of those.

incendy351600d ago

Both Max and Spartan Assault are a lot of fun. If you don't have them, I highly recommend both.

truefan11600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

We'll everyone is so quick to say Xb1 owners should thank ps4 and sony for GwG. Prepare to do the same for XB1 and MSFT, because these are ACTUAL XB1 GAMES, not ports. Also these are good quality Xb1 and great value 360 game (especially in terms of being free). Not to mention ps+ members are now getting 2 free games for ps4, thanks to MSFT announcing Max COB and Halo Spartan Assault.

-Your Welcome.

FITgamer1600d ago

Yeah i heard Spartan Assault was an amazing game. /s

gamerfan09091600d ago

It's not bad and it's not great. I played it on my PC and it was a simple enjoyable game that passes time. It's free so idk why someone would complain about it. At worst it's an average game with solid top down gameplay and a shaky story

HugoDrax1600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

It's fun co-op, and the levels are actually different depending on if you're playing single player or co-op. I've completed the co-op levels with my brother on Xbox one, and I'm currently on the B missions for my single player play through.

IRetrouk1600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

I think you will find sony released their statment about ps4 getting two free + games before anyone knew what games you were getting with gfg on xbox 1 or even how many you were getting, soooo yeah. Good choices though im sure xbox 1 fans will be happy with the first offerings.

IRetrouk1600d ago

I was wrong about them not announcing how many games you would get, my bad.

DonDon1600d ago

Sony announced that PS4 will get 2 games w/ PS+ DAYS before this article was made. So no, Sony fans have nothing to thank MS for. Nada.

LoveOfTheGame1600d ago

Not agreeing with the guy above you, but they announced the two XBO games like a week ago so.

And there is plenty Sony fans should be thankful for from MS, and vice versa.

Ausbo1600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

Um no. These games were announced a couple weeks ago. When they announced the kinectless sku.

even the 360 ones were announced

Dread1600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

Sony FREE (AKA rental)

or really FREE (AKA the way the rest of the world defines and understands something to be free)

Flutterby1600d ago

@dread

Games with gold work the same way as the psn ones now or didn't you know that , you look silly now huh.

LexHazard791600d ago

I say you owe Thanks for PSN. XBL for what it is has always been a great service from the get go. I cant say the same for PS. Sony envied XBL for awhile there. Now PS+ is a great service, thanks to Sony trying to out do MS XBL.

Also new generation Id say the GFG on XB1 is off to a great start. Maybe next month XB1 owners get lucky and get 1st Season of Killer Instincts and Zoo Tycoon for free.

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Malphite1600d ago

Congratulations. You seem to have understood how competition works. And even though both Playstation and Xbox gamers benefit from the competition between Sony and MS, people like you try to make another topic in your pathetic console war out of it.

I also don't understand why you said "you're welcome" at the end of your comment. Even though it might have been Sony's intention to one up Microsoft's GwG offerings I'm pretty sure you have nothing to do with it.

InTheLab1600d ago

But one still would not exist without the other so adding an additional game makes no difference.

If you want to get technical, PSN+ gives away at least Five games a month.

This site is ridiculous. Let's all thank mS for copying psn+ who copies Xbox live that copies psn+.

That is what you're saying.

FanboyKilla1600d ago

@truefan BOOM!! And o yeah, ms GIVES you games, sony lets u play games if you are sub. If you leave xbox live, you take YOUR games. Sony will follow.....

memots1600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

truefan1 " because these are ACTUAL XB1 GAMES, not ports. "

Halo Spartan Assault is a tablet port .
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is also a port from PC and 360

I got Sf4 arcade on ps+ free like over half a year ago.
Dark soul is nice but still prefer Demon soul ( free with ps+ as well )
Charlie Murder is only avail on 360, i tough indie didn't count ?

DigitalRaptor1599d ago (Edited 1599d ago )

They ARE ports and they are worse quality than the PS+ offerings too.

Congratulations.

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gamerfan09091600d ago

Too bad I don't have my 360 anymore or else I'd play Dark Souls. But I will definitely try out Max and Halo Spartan assault on my buddies XB1.

No_Limit1600d ago

Cool stuff incoming....I also like that the Free Super SFIV also grant you a discount of 50% to upgrade to Ultra SFIV as well. Also not noted here is that both Forza 5 and Ryse will be on sale over Live next week.