Gears of War free on Xbox Live in December

Gold subscribers can pick up Epic Games' 2006 shooter free December 1-15; Shoot Many Robots free for the remainder of the month.

Microsoft today announced that the next set of free games for Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be 2006's Gears of War and last year's Shoot Many Robots.

From December 1-15, subscribers can pick up Gears of War (normally $20) for free. In Germany and Japan, players will receive Halo Wars instead.

Then starting December 16 and running through the end of the month, subscribers can download Shoot Many Robots (normally $10) for free.

The free games are part of Microsoft's Games With Gold promotion, where subscribers can download two free games every month to keep. The program was recently extended to Xbox One.

Past free games included Halo 3, Assassin's Creed II, Crackdown, and Rainbow Six: Vegas, among others. Gamers have four more days to download Iron Brigade for free.

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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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jark888
jark888

I prefer Halo Wars. Better yet, give us $5 credit each month to buy whatever we'd like rather than throwing random things at us. This could be a good solution to satisfy both end.

isshiah
isshiah

What?! WHAT?!!! C'mon, you can do better than this.

oskuuu
oskuuu

as an xbox user im happy with gears of war 1 & shoot many robots /endsarcasm. it really sucks getting games most 360 users have had for years.. and i know i get to keep 'em even if i stop paying for live, but this is just bullshit.

zzamaro
zzamaro

I know Eddie and no one about GS will give PS Plus any praise/article news so I'll do their job.

This is the December US Plus PS plus Preview:

Borderlands 2 (PS3)
GRID 2 (PS3)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (PS Vita)
Urban Trial Freestyle (PS Vita)


noandno
noandno

ALL HAIL THE MAGIC GOLD!

Daian
Daian

Their free games have been a joke since they began doing it this summer. As a PC gamer I'm jealous PSPlus owners get great stuff every month.

sakaixx
sakaixx

microsoft is saving cost of paying for the game by releasing a game that many had buyed and played so they do not have to pay too much . brilliant idea ms I barely download anything on your free games promotion cause I have like MOST OF THE GAMES LISTED ALREADY !

divinejester
divinejester

This is just like Halo 3, Gears is game that if I own an xbox I probably already have it.

Slammer612
Slammer612

Can't wait to see what the Xbox One has starting next month.  Can see it now.. Dead Rising 1, and Halo evolve.

jaoman9
jaoman9

everyone who wanted this already got it free when they bought judgement this is completely stupid

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

This game came out before the PS3 and Wii were released 7 years ago. Anyone remotely interested would have checked it out by now.

limelight022
limelight022

Its like MS chooses games that already sold enough copies, that are really old games, and/or didnt sell well that nobody cares about in the first place.

dog
dog

this post gave me cancer.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Gears Of WAR! HUH! YEAH! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!

super_tramp_tri
super_tramp_tri

Oh man, oh man, oh man... Gears of Shenmue III confirmed!

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

Lame ass microsoft giving away games we can get for $3.00 in the bargain bin at GameStop. If you haven't played the original GoW by now, you should have your Xbox taken from you. LOL

robertcain
robertcain

*Sigh* The tradition of older games that nearly everyone owns continues with Games of Gold. Compared with PS Plus, this is hardly giving back to people who pay good money for Xbox Live every month.

lukey52
lukey52

It's nice that microsoft decided to follow sony in offering free games but seriously, offering a 7 year old game for free? Woop.


Maybe check on PS+ and see what blockbuster titles they've given away in the last few months then try again? I've not had to buy a single PS3 game (other than GTAV ofc) since last year... and I still have a large backlog of quality games from PS+ waiting.

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

Thanks Microsoft for treating us like little kids that just got an old hand me down game from our older brother who's doesn't play the game anymore. In other words thanks for nothing.

xfiles2099
xfiles2099

This is why I like PlayStation Plus You get alot more bang for your buck this is very Lame Gears of War Microsoft is a joke

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

Cant complain i was going to buy it from game, so they saved me £3

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

Seriously Microsoft this is the free game your offering one that a majority of us have already played? Lame.

chris91090
chris91090

Games with gold > ps+ program. Don't hate.

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

GoW was included for free in GoW: Judgment... such a weak Games With Gold program.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Lost Odyssey. Yes its a big game but this needs to happen. 

TORCEDOR
TORCEDOR

wasn't this already free with grears 3 or something else?


RicanV
RicanV moderator

Slow down with your generosity !

ArataWata
ArataWata

Back when the series was good.

Sw33tEscape
Sw33tEscape

@Daian PS+ games aren't free. It's a rental agreement. If you stop paying for PS+ you can no longer access the games. With XBL even if you revert to Silver you still get to keep the game. So really it's a choice between crappy games for free vs. decent games for $50 a year.

Sw33tEscape
Sw33tEscape

@divinejester I have a 360 (since 2007), never had Halo 3 (until the Free with Gold) and I don't have Gears, so I appreciate both.

Link3301
Link3301

@BelaidKL Which is exactly why it won so many game of the year awards.

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator moderator

Shoot Many Robots came out last year.

robertcain
robertcain

@chris91090 To be fair, MS is giving away free Xbox One games for those with broken systems, but why can't they do the same with Games for Gold?

Link3301
Link3301

@the_real_VIP Only for those who preordered I believe. Plus Judgment didn't sell all too well if I remember.

gorantse
gorantse

@Sw33tEscape Same here, have enjoyed Halo 3 and Gears of War so far since free. Haven't owned it before and enjoying it so far.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

@Link3301 Ah don't take my comment too literally.. I like GOW... Just couldn't help myself

robertcain
robertcain

@Stevo_the_gamer Did Shoot many Robots do well on XBLA? It seems that some of the free games are a little obscure as well.