Crackdown, Dead Rising 2 free on Xbox Live in August

Microsoft reveals Realtime Worlds' open-world game free beginning tomorrow, while Dead Rising 2 and Case Zero free starting August 15.

Crackdown, Dead Rising 2, and Dead Rising 2: Case Zero will be free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers in August, Microsoft announced today.

Beginning tomorrow, gamers can grab Realtime Worlds' 2007 open-world game Crackdown--normally $10--for free through August 15.

Starting August 15, subscribers can pick up both Dead Rising 2 (normally $15) and Dead Rising 2: Case Zero (normally $5) for free.

The free games are part of Microsoft's new Games With Gold program that gives Xbox Live Gold subscribers two free titles--to keep--each month until December 31.

Currently up for grabs is Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed II, though it will only be available until midnight this evening.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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fefisgbf
fefisgbf

Crackdown was not that great even in 2007 and I already have Dead Rising 2 :/

B-boy
B-boy

microsoft fail again crackdown is crappy game

lilflex1
lilflex1

dead rising 2 might be the top game they release

BrainFart01
BrainFart01

Crackdown is one of the best sandbox games of this generation of consoles, especially after you put a couple of hours into it and develop your powers...truly a great time.

Lenga Banks
Lenga Banks

At least they let you keep the game. PS+ is a rental service. Once the subscription is gone, the games are gone.

ThereWillBeNPCs
ThereWillBeNPCs

I remember playing the demo for this game a lot by myself :( It was really fun though, I'll download it once my capped bandwith is renewed on monday. To any Canadians out there, Rogers sucks so fucking much. My household pays 50+ a month for 80gb (+ 20gb in case we left their service) and each gb I go over after 100 I get charged 2 dollars. Wtf. Gonna change to Teksavvy. Anybody have that service? One of their plan is equivalent to mine (up to 25mbs) but its 39.99 and i get 300gb instead of 80 and each gb over costs a quarter of those 2 dollars. Scared about the speed though since it's a new company and all. If any body has any info regarding their service provider in Canada or service providers in general just yeah.. tell me about it.

XCyberForceX
XCyberForceX

How about saints Row III and its DLCs for Sept.?

Yamakoichi
Yamakoichi

oh sweet, was going to buy DR2 today, guess Ill just wait till the 15th.

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

Just downloaded Assassins Creed II and it's one  of my favorite games already. I'm happy MS is doing this. I bought Crackdown literally like two weeks ago for $2.49. 

It's a great game with friends. Just lots of crazy shit, as for Dead Rising 2, I'll be getting that. Looks like alot of fun. 

udubdawgz
udubdawgz

lol, i guess i'll have to return the copy of crackdown that i just bought and get a different game.

zeeblebrox
zeeblebrox

I don't know if it's a mistake or not, but just been on Xbox.com and it's let me download Spartacus Legends as well as Crackdown as part of Games With Gold =\

Hammmodi
Hammmodi

why on earth i cant download crackdown????? because i dont live in the US? well find someone outside the US to buy your new console.

Tadgerot
Tadgerot

I have played both so the deal does not bother me...But

I urge anyone who has not played crackdown to get it NOW.

Play with a friend for the craziest ride ever guys.

Me and my mate spent about a hour waiting for cars to stack up in a pile then planted a explosive in the middle..oh man ifs fucking great.

The game is actually good as well.

Pro tip. Look of for the trucks along the highway with a ramp on the back of them, stop them and set up some crazy stunts.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Great. A couple years ago, a friend "borrowed" my copy of Crackdown and never gave it back. It's a decent game and I wouldn't mind finishing it.

Unlike Crackdown 2, which is the laziest sequel ever: a re-skinned version of the first game that uses the exact same city and just fills it with zombies.

isv666
isv666

I don't mind the free games.  Yes, I realize they aren't technically free.  But I plan on paying for my Gold account regardless and some of these games I never got around to playing, so it's free enough for me.  

But some people will complain about anything.  It's one thing to complain about them even charging for a Gold account.  It's entirely different if you actively keep up a Gold account and then complain because they're not giving away the games you want.

Lucas Rau
Lucas Rau

Awesome!!!!! Well, except for the fact that they're all banned in Germany^^ You did it again M$ :)

Grandmah Spydee
Grandmah Spydee

I only played Dead Rising 1 and Dead Rising 2 Off the record. I never really liked the character of Chuck but they made Frank West a douchebag in that half ass alternative DR2.(which I can't complain much because I never played Dr2)

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

Unlike PS+, these games are not "rentals". They are free even if you quit gold. WIN!

mike468
mike468

While the people who already played these games are pissed about these games being a crappy selection. Those of us who never got around to playing them appreciate MS giving them to us for free. 


I never had the chance to play either AS2 or DR2, I'm happy with the game selection so far.

gruoch1
gruoch1

Why not Crackdown 2?

Matt Facer
Matt Facer

Thank you XBOX but you can shut some of these people up and give us Mass Effect, ACBrotherhood, and Spiderman Web of Shadows.

bigd1985
bigd1985

@Eoghan Doherty  how do you know that when dr2 only released on free for gold in 11 days unless you can see in to the future lol

theedua7x
theedua7x

@Hammmodi 

you can use a proxy, for example i use ultrasurf,  my account is from USA but i'm actually living in Mexico, i use the proxy and then i go to xbox.com and purchase the game in PC, later i go to my xbox and the download start it.

i hope you understand me, sorry for my english

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@Hammmodi 

It will be available from today. Try again after 12pm BST, then it should be there.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@Lucas Rau 

Is there any good games not banned in Germany? I'm not trolling, I'm actually interested.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@sleepnsurf Of course for those of us who will probably never unsub from PS+ because they keep giving us free titles of recent releases, it doesn't effect us much. I still think its great that Xbox Live is finally following suit though. AC II is a fantastic free game for those who don't already have it.

Tadgerot
Tadgerot

Crackdown is not crappy. Gfx are not up to today's standard, but the game is fun through and through.

Manifest_78
Manifest_78

@mike468 Same here...can't complain with free and I so far have not purchased none of the games giving away!

Tadgerot
Tadgerot

Because its not as good as crackdown, still awesome though.

gosushi
gosushi

@Matt Facer LOL......this guys name is stupid :D

zeeblebrox
zeeblebrox

Weeeeell, don't I look silly. Clicked on the GWG link on the site and it took me to Spartacus so figured they'd put it in the deal

ddoggbritt16
ddoggbritt16

@Tadgerot i played crackdown beat it and i sold it and now i downloaded this at midnight


punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@zeeblebrox 

lol, that's understandable, don't worry about it, no harm done and at least you will have two free games to play instead of one. 

Good Times!  ;)

zeeblebrox
zeeblebrox

Just looked at the site again, realised I clicked a link that said Spartacus play free with gold. It's far too early for me to process things properly

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@Hammmodi @punksterdaddy 

It's not available yet on my console, only the link to it exists but not the game.

This seems to be happening a lot with Xbox Live lately! Sales & Specials are meant to be changed on a Tuesday and yet it fails to show on Live until the next day, sometimes!

Have you tried searching for the game and then trying to download from there?

If that doesn't work then try again after 12pm UK time, it may then work.

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

@BryanBadillo @hadlee73 @sleepnsurf 50 dollars a year is baby change. Its not that hard to drop 50$ out of a years income. Poor people problems.