Microsoft's free Xbox 360 games for May include Saints Row: The Third

Two more free games coming to Xbox Live Gold subscribers next month.

Microsoft's Games With Gold initiative will bring two more free games to Xbox Live Gold members in May, the first of which will be available tomorrow.

From May 1 through May 15, Dust: An Elysian Tail will be a free download for Gold members. The Xbox Live Arcade game was released in August 2012 and remained a 360 exclusive until last May, when it was released on PC. The game (regularly priced at $15) was received positively, earning a 7.0 in GameSpot's review.

Dust will be replaced on May 16 by Saints Row: The Third (regularly $20), perhaps the most acclaimed game in the Saints Row series. Originally released in November 2011, The Third's over-the-top action (not to mention its spot-on usage of Kanye West's "Power") earned it an 8.5 in GameSpot's review.

With the new month set to begin, today is your last chance to download the current free game, Deadlight.

As is the case with all Games With Gold titles, the only requirement for downloading them is that you are a current Xbox Live Gold member. Initiating the download on either game permanently adds it to your account so it can be played or downloaded again in the future, regardless of your status as an Xbox Live subscriber.

Games With Gold has, to date, been limited to Xbox 360 games, although recently promoted Head of Xbox Phil Spencer stated earlier this year that news regarding free Xbox One games should be coming soon.

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125 comments
thedave3894
thedave3894

because it is a digital copy and there is no case, how are we going to play co-op? will it be free or something?

itsbriguy
itsbriguy

It's a free game. Download if you want to, or don't. Plain and simple.

Chefjase
Chefjase

I actually enjoyed Deadlight, mostly. There were a few frustrating bits, but it had a decent story and looked beautiful. I would have never purchased it, but I'm glad I got to download and play last month. Hit man I might go back to, but the mechanics(highlight and press ?) of some executions seem kind of wonky.

ddogbritt16
ddogbritt16

The games from previous months may not have been that great compared to ps+'s games that were given away but if you compare the games that were given away at the start of ps+ and the games given away at the start of games with gold,the games with gold are as good or better.

teller76567
teller76567

I think that Microsoft should give us a choice of 4 games to chose from for a month but only be alowed 2 out of the four. I think that would work better but they want to control to give us sh#t games every month.

Vodoo
Vodoo

The 1st Saints Row was awesome. After that they just got so stupid. But I guess that's what happens when you make a game for pre-teens and cavemen.

I felt brain cells dying off as soon as I started the game up.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Never did get around to buying Dust, so that'll be nice.


Saints Row 3, I can't be bothered with.

Zloth2
Zloth2

That's... a mighty M rated game to be giving away for free.  This already happened on Playstation and the Mothers Against Four Foot Dildos didn't demand that SonyHQ and Japan in general be put on the sanctions list?  I'm surprised.

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

Psn had this free months ago... And thank god it was free because it damn sure ain't worth what retail is asking for it these days.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Not too shabby... Can't wait to see what the November'ish games will be, given the huge incline of quality we've seen recently

teller76567
teller76567

Dead light was such a wast of bandwidth... 

Aryck1095
Aryck1095

Damn it! I've been waiting for Saints Row:The Third to be free for months, until I finally ran out of patience and just bought the game when I saw the price had dropped to $20 bucks. Oh, f*** me...

Amazing game, though. Worth every penny.

rmiller365
rmiller365

Glad more people get to play this fun game!

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

ive always wanted to give sr3 a try but i never wanted to lay down the moolah to get a copy. im actually excited that ill finally be able to play it.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

This month is good, but we're starting to get crappier stuff than we used to when the promotion started.  At some point they might start giving away the $1 indie games or something.

jetjetjaguar
jetjetjaguar

Saints Row III was one of my all time favorite PS+ freebies (ok, ok rent-bies).   A great mix of world, game-play and humor.  Enjoy!

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Meh, tried it last year with PS+, didn't really grab me my attention...

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator moderator

Nice selection of games there. I look forward to giving Dust a try. Saints Row was a little too outlandish for my tastes.

hestar69
hestar69

Another disappointing month and STILL no free xbox one games...come on Microsoft

brian_ghattas
brian_ghattas

I have both games from Steam but the PC version of Saints Row The Third runs poorly on my PC despite the game saying I could run it on high settings. I ended up playing The Third when it was free for PS+ users and blew through it in two weeks. I like GTA better but Saints Row is almost as good and is arguably more fun because there are no rules to worry about. You can do everything you want without repercussions and you can even have your character be a sexy woman in a nice business suit or a summer dress. I doubt the Majorettes will be complaining much over on the blog about these choices for May...but some will. Kids are like that.

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

Oh sweet been wanting to go back and play this again.Also been wanting dust so its a win for may.Keep bringing the good games for free microsoft that we can actually keep

Sevenstorms
Sevenstorms

Sweet. I have neither of these games and I do want to get both and now there free !!!! Woot ! Woot !

RossRichard
RossRichard

SR3 was already basically given away for free in the THQ Humble Bundle last year, along with several other games.

mkdewidar
mkdewidar

nice, they have been giving nice games for the past two months, but still doesn't defeat the fact that they are old and most people have either bought them or have no interest in them.


only reason i dont have them is cause im a pc gamer and play them on pc.


meanwhile on my ps vita im not buying any games, im just playing the stuff i get on ps plus -which is really fun i must add- it makes the subscription worth more than just "to play online on ps4".


the good thing about ps plus is that you dont have to buy any games since you will probably get it for free after a couple of months. im only gonna be buying the games im really hyped up for such as tearaway or persona 4 golden. those will take ages before they come out for free on plus, they are too valuable.

themc_7
themc_7

SR3 was awesome and I love that it's free, but games for gold still pales in comparison to PS+

DarthMallrat
DarthMallrat

Underwhelming, as usual. Already got SR free on PlayStation and don't care about Dust.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

already ahead of you

StickyJr1
StickyJr1

Yet another game PS+ already got (in June 2013).  Microsoft should look at Sony's selections a bit closer.  Many of the games they have given out have been developed by Sony's own studios.  Microsoft could just as easily give away some of the games from studios they own.  That would likely be better than just repeating what the competition did nearly a year ago.

Barighm
Barighm

Oh, and grab Dust anyway even if you don't like the game. The game was created by a single man and he deserves the recognition.

Barighm
Barighm

Dang it! I just bought Dust too. Also just grabbed SR4, but it looks to be the funner between this and SR3; still, doesn't heard to initiate the FREE purchase so it will always be in my purchase history.

flyersfan87
flyersfan87

Hey look, two games I'm interested in and don't already own. Well...that took longer than expected, lol.

meedokicky
meedokicky

Super cool! I have platinumed this :] I too got it free with PS+ lol hope you enjoy.

dark_rage864
dark_rage864

How bout June - Gears of War 3 / Resident Evil Veronica X

Chefjase
Chefjase

@Zloth2 Last month they gave away Dead Island. The bit I played was just meh, but lots of violence, profanity and maybe nudity later in the game(I stopped playing, got bored). Also Deadlight had a surprising amount of profanity, which probably got it an M rating. I didn't hear of anyone complaining, but I wasn't paying attention either.

jessejay420
jessejay420

by free you mean with a $60 psn+ subscription and lose it when you stop paying? yeah that sure sounds like "free" to me.

Vodoo
Vodoo

That "POS Indie game" is actually better than SR3.

freedomzealot
freedomzealot

@teller76567

Havent liked a single indie game they have given away yet, bunch of rubbish wasting my memory I dont even bother to download them anymore.

_Silent_Jay_
_Silent_Jay_

@hestar69 Like what?  What can they realistically give away for free at six months into the console's lifecycle?  Do you really want, what, LocoCycle?

kidflash2000
kidflash2000

@mkdewidar  I bought me a Vita just the other day and I have Unit 13 and Gravity Rush for free lol plus all of the Indie game i could get for free, you're right, you really dont need too buy games


dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@StickyJr1  

Let's see, so far there has been:


Fable III

Crackdown

Gears of War

Defense Grid

Halo 3

Deadlight

Toy Soldiers: Cold War

A World of Keiflings


All of which are games published by Microsoft Studios. Seems to me they have been hitting their own games pretty hard and personally I am looking forward to SR3 as that has been the ONLY retail game I did not already own. 

michaeltenison7
michaeltenison7

@Chefjase @Zloth2  hey Chefjase if your bored of dead island ..... u can send the license of dead island on xbox live to me if u wanna (because i really wanna play dead island alot.)    contact me at    :      havesomehay2@hotmail.com

stevelabny
stevelabny

@jessejay420

You mean the same "free" as the Xbox Live subscription?  Oh. okay. Also most PSN+ users got their sub renewed for $30 last Christmas. I know that the 420 in your name means you aren't a great critical thinker but at least try?   And stop babbling about the "lose it when you stop paying' because 1> theres no reason to stop paying and 2> if you didnt play the game in your 12 month freebie period, youre not going to pay it 3 years from now. Because your backlog will only get bigger. 

teller76567
teller76567

@freedomzealot  Yeah and it was a Microsoft exclusive as well...they really suck...


The game it's self is very broken and buggy..poor development is what it is...

hestar69
hestar69

@feared4power @hestar69I wonder if theyll give games away around e3 like they did last year with Fable 3.Wish they wold step up their games as I've already beaten Sr3 on xbox and on ps3 when I got it for free last year.

StickyJr1
StickyJr1

@dlCHIEF58 @StickyJr1 Oh, sorry.  I thought the other bemoaned aspect of the Games With Gold program had already been discussed enough by others that everybody was aware that all of the titles you mentioned were many years old when they were featured (Toy Soldiers: Cold War being the newest at over 2 years old).  I guess you might not have heard.


For May 2014, Playstation Plus is offering Puppeteer, a game released by a Sony studio in September 2013, 8 months ago.  And then there's games like Bioshock Infinite, on PS+ 11 months after release, and The Cave, on PS+ 2 months after release.  I'm sure I could list others that were offered to PS+ subscribers within a year of their initial release.



All of that said, I do understand that just because a game is older, it doesn't mean it's no longer fun.  It does mean that most people have moved on to other games.  Games like Halo 4 are what I'm suggesting would generate more positive buzz for Games With Gold.


On a side note, I just realized how many crap exclusives Xbox 360 has, thanks to the Kinect.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_video_game_exclusives_(seventh_generation)#Xbox_360

StickyJr1
StickyJr1

@dlCHIEF58 @StickyJr1 Oh, sorry.  I thought the other bemoaned aspect of the Games With Gold program had already been discussed enough by others that everybody was aware that all of the titles you mentioned were many years old when they were featured (Toy Soldiers: Cold War being the newest at over 2 years old).  I guess you might not have heard.


For May 2014, Playstation Plus is offering Puppeteer, a game released by a Sony studio in September 2013, 8 months ago.  And then there's games like Bioshock Infinite, on PS+ 11 months after release, and The Cave, on PS+ 2 months after release.  I'm sure I could list others that were offered to PS+ subscribers within a year of their initial release.



All of that said, I do understand that just because a game is older, it doesn't mean it's no longer fun.  It does mean that most people have moved on to other games.  Games like Halo 4 are what I'm suggesting would generate more positive buzz for Games With Gold.


On a side note, I just realized how much crap exclusives Xbox 360 has, thanks to the Kinect.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_video_game_exclusives_(seventh_generation)#Xbox_360

itsbriguy
itsbriguy

@teller76567  Good news! You didn't waste a dime on it but now you know you didn't like it.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@StickyJr1 @dlCHIEF58  

Deadlight was the most recent tile being released in August of 2012. Also you point about "most people have moved on to other games" doesn't float, since the majority of the console purchases actually came AFTER many of these games were released. I have several friends who have only gotten their console within the past year and had played NONE of the free games offered and enjoy them immensely. And as I recall, the majority of PS+ titles on the program when it launched were also old and not well known titles, they only improved the selections later as Microsoft is doing now. 


While there are some crappy Kinect titles, there are also quite a few quality titles there as well. At least Microsoft has committed to support the system, unlike SONY which copied the Wii-Mote from Nintendo then left the system hang out to rot with no support as they do have a tendency to do (PS Home anyone?). 


Does Microsoft still have room for improvement in the Games with Gold promotion? Yes, that is without a doubt. But as a long time, dedicated 360 gamer I know it would be hard for Microsoft to come up with games I had not played or owned (Saint's Row the Third will be the first retail game I did not already have in my collection). It is mnor probable that the arcade titles would be new to me, and probably the same for most long time users. Clearly the newer users will reap the most benefits and I hope Microsoft can make changes that will benefit long time owners who play a lot of games as well.