Microsoft is kicking off 2018 right with five new free games available through their Games with Gold program that is for Xbox Live Gold members and include Xbox 360 and Xbox One Free games. Each month both Microsoft and Sony release free games for their current console systems, these games are only available for free for a limited time so make sure to try them out before they’re gone.
January 2018 sees the debut of two new Xbox One free games with a third that has been available since mid-december. There are two free Xbox 360 games available this month. Games are detailed below along with the dates of availability.
January 2018 – Games with Gold
Xbox One Free Games
Back to the Future: The Game 30th Anniversary – A Telltale Games, graphic adventure game originally released for the PC back in 2010. This edition was release to commemorate the film’s 30th anniversary. It includes all 5 episodes. Available: December 16 – January 15.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing – An action roleplaying game based on the Dracula. In the game players take on the role of the young Van Helsing, the great vampire hunter. Originally released for Windows PCs back in 2013. Available: January 1-31
Zombi – First person survival horror game where players take on the role of a human survivor during a zombie apocalypse. Originally released for the Wii U in 2012 and then Xbox One and Windows PCs in 2015. Available: January 16 – February 15.
Xbox 360 Free Games
Tomb Raider: Underworld – the eighth game in the popular action/adventure Tomb Raider series. Released in 2008 it is the direct sequel to Tomb Raider: Legend. Players assume the role of Lara Croft. Available: January 1-31.
Army of Two – Third person shooter game where two players fight through a series of missions cooperatively. Released in 2008 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles.
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Microsoft has released the free Xbox One games and free Xbox 360 games that will be made available through their Games with Gold program that is available to Xbox Live Gold members. Each month both Microsoft and Sony release free games for a limited time through their respective digital distribution platforms.
Each month Games with Gold features two free games each for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 console systems. A bonus for Xbox One owners is that the games that have been released for the Xbox 360 have been backwards compatible and playable on Xbox One since November 2016.
Once again Xbox One owners will have the chance to download and play all four of the games featured in February’s Games with Gold. They feature the following titles (Links to Amazon.com for purchase if so desired).
Free Xbox One Games
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (Buy From Amazon) – 2D action game where players control a flying ship as they avoid obstacles and fight enemies all while trying to control the ship and travel through caverns. Available Feb 1 – Feb 28
Project Cars Digital Edition (Buy From Amazon) – A popular and top notch sandbox style racing game features street racing, tracks and loads of cars to customize. Available Feb 16 – Mar 15.
Free Xbox 360 Games
Secret of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge – Special Edition (Buy From Amazon.com) – A remastered edition of the Lucas Arts classic Secret of Monkey Island 2 that was released in 2010. Featuring updated graphics, music and voice overs the game plays much like the original and will give many older gamers a nostalgic look back.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Buy From Amazon.com) – The first title in the Force Unleased sub-series of third person action games that gives players the chance to learn the powers of the force as Darth Vader’s secret apprentice.
If you can’t wait for February 1st to get here for some free games, be sure to check out January’s list of free games from Games with Gold, for more free Xbox One games and Xbox 360 games. There are still three titles that are available for free download and play.
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Electronic Arts announced today via the official Battlefield Twitter account that two new free games have been added to the EA Access Vault. Both Battlefield 3 (Buy From Amazon) and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Buy From Amazon) are now free for Xbox One owners and EA Access subscribers. The Battlefield 3 and Bad Company 2 free games can be found in the download library and can be added/loaded at anytime. They are only available for EA Access subscribers so technically they aren’t free as EA Access does require a subscription fee but they no longer require a payment for the game itself.
Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 2: Bad Company was originally released in 2011 and 2010 respectively for the Xbox One, PS3, and PC. They were recently made backwards compatible with the Xbox One and are now free to play on Xbox One only. No word on if they will be available for free on the PlayStation 3/4 or PC.
Battlefield 3 is one of the most popular titles in the Battlefield series of multiplayer first person shooter video games. Released in 2011 the game features single player, cooperative and multiplayer game modes. The multiplayer component of Battlefield 3 is the most popular aspect of the game. Players can choose from one of four different roles or soldier classes. Each class includes a different load out of weapons and gear. Game modes include Conquest, Rush, Team Deathmatch and more. There are dozens of maps and environments to play as well.
Released in 2010, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a sub series to the main Battlefield series. The Bad Company sub-series was unique as they included a full single player story campaign unlike the main Battlefield games of that time. Bad Company 2 puts players into the role of a squad member of the notorious “Bad Company” who are tasked with completing objective based missions. The multiplayer portion of Bad Company 2, like Battlefield 3, is a class based system with four different soldier classes available to play. Both Battlefield 3 and Bad Company 2 offer a wide array of drivable vehicles as well.
The Battlefield series of game, is a long running and popular series of video games that have been primarily multiplayer first person shooters. More recent titles have also included a single players story campaign. The series has a total of 11 games and 12 expansion packs released over the years with the latest release being Battlefield 1 (Buy From Amazon). Battlefield: 1942, the first game in the series, was at one time offered for free through EA’s Origin but no longer appears available. There are some third party sites that do offer Battlefield: 1942 for free as well its expansions but the legality of these downloads is unconfirmed. Be sure to take advantage of Battlefield 3 and Bad Company 2 free games as it is unknown if they will remain free forever or for a limited time.
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Microsoft has released its list of games that will be available for free in January 2017, making your Happy New Year even better. This month will see three free Xbox One games and two free Xbox 360 games available for all Xbox Gold members. Both Microsoft and Sony have been releasing free games on a monthly basis for their console systems and subscription memberships for quite a while now. It’s a great opportunity to try out some excellent games you may not have heard of or have always wanted to try.
Microsoft’s version of the free game offerings, called Games With Gold, has a total of five games for January 2017 with varying dates of availability. The free Xbox One games and free Xbox 360 games available include:
Deathtrap: World of Van Helsing (XONE) – A tower defense style action game with a number of role playing game elements. Available January 1 – 31.
Killer Instinct Season 2 (XONE) – A fighting video game that features nine fighters from season 2 with single and multiplayer game modes. Available January 16 – February 15.
Outlast (XONE) – First person survival horror game where players control a journalist investigating human experiments taking place at a psychiatric hospital. Available December 16 – January 15.
Rayman Origins (X360) – Side scrolling platform action game in the style of the original Rayman game. Single player and local multiplayer for four players is supported. Available January 16 – 31.
The Cave (X360) – Puzzle platform adventure game based with players take three characters to investigate a magical cave. Available January 1 – 15.
Likewise, Sony has announced the free PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita games they will be offering free access to starting on January 3rd. The PlayStation games will be available for free access through the end of the month on the PlayStation Network.
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