Three free Xbox 360 games being offered in June, including Dark Souls

The Games With Gold promotion celebrates one year with an extra free game for subscribers.

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After launching last June, the Games With Gold promotion's one-year anniversary takes place next month. To celebrate, Microsoft is temporarily bumping up the usual allotment of two free games to three for Xbox 360 owners with an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

No specific dates were shared for when the games would be made free, but we do know which games we'll be getting. The notoriously difficult (yet highly rewarding) Dark Souls is the first of the two regularly scheduled games. While it is over two years old (and with a sequel now available), Dark Souls remains an excellent game, having earned a 9.5 in GameSpot's review.

Following that is quality Xbox Live Arcade beat-em-up Charlie Murder, which was released last August. An especially good co-op game with an interesting art style, Charlie Murder earned a 7.5 in GameSpot's review last year.

The bonus game for Gold members in June is one of the many updated versions of Street Fighter IV--specifically, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition. Released on consoles in 2011, it earned a 7.5 in GameSpot's review and remains the most current version of Street Fighter IV--until Ultra Street Fighter IV is released this summer, at least.

In case you haven't already downloaded it, the current free Xbox 360 game, Dust: An Elysian Tail, will be replaced by Saints Row: The Third later this week.

As always, Xbox 360 Games With Gold titles are free to download for Xbox Live Gold members. By adding any of the games to your download queue, you permanently add it to your library so that you can play and re-download it in the future, regardless of your current subscription status.

We learned today that arrangement is not how Games With Gold will work on the Xbox One when it's brought to the system in June. Instead, Gold members will get "subscription-based access to free games."

Games With Gold news was just some of what Microsoft announced today. Most notably, the company revealed plans to launch a Xbox One system without Kinect in June and did away with its long-standing Xbox Live Gold requirement for apps like Netflix.

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Discussion

81 comments
kereke12
kereke12

THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

angeloti83
angeloti83

I loove this series!!! freaking love it.

CraZkid37
CraZkid37

It's hard to keep up with all these free games. But that's a good problem to have, of course.

-esw-dragoon_77
-esw-dragoon_77

Awesome, just after I wasted $20 on a used copy of Dark Souls.  I really hate that game.  Should have waited.

ddogbritt16
ddogbritt16

It is funny how people say that games with gold sucks and that ps+ is better but if you look at the games that came out for ps+ and the games that came out for games with gold the games with gold games are better.

Flyin3lvl
Flyin3lvl

with Microsoft taking ideas and tactics from sony I think sony should nick one from them with the whole once it's downloaded then its yours to keep....it'll be like in your face ms....but hay we all know that won't happen

northArrow
northArrow

I let my subscription lapse last week because XBL just wasn't worth it, but this is a big improvement on MS's part. Dark souls is quite tempting

Halloll
Halloll

Microsoft is learning! but it's too late, they already released Windows 8

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

lol Late to the game, where PS+ is concerned, and doing a half ass'd job, to boot. What's the deal with MS giving free 3+ year old games?


With PS+, you typically get games that either came out in recent months or, at most, a year ago. 


Don't get me wrong... a free copy of Dark Souls is awesome. Superb slice o' gaming right there... but its down to like $10 bucks used. And, who doesn't have this great game, by now? 

mike468
mike468

Great games. I'll be looking forward to Dark Souls.

Anyone looking to get into SSF4 is getting a great deal to be able to upgrade to Ultra Street Fighter 4 for $15 when it is released.

ddogbritt16
ddogbritt16

Great games,the only one I won't download is charlie murder.

terrariafan247
terrariafan247

I got DS for £20 a few weeks ago (PS3)... Although I could have gotten it cheaper I still consider it a deal because it is a great game. For free is an absolute steal. Your move Sony...


However if anyone does download it. Take the "Prepare To Die" message seriously. It is probably the hardest game I've ever played but it is so rewarding.

rexpowercolt
rexpowercolt

Too bad I don' t have the patience anymore for games like Dark Souls, but free is free. 

B-boy
B-boy

give more games like playstation plus give 1 or 2 games per week and good game not shitty old games 

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Over Chistmas you could get DS from Steam for $5 so it shouldn't be costing them much, but free is still better than $5.  Of course that included the dlc also. 

ddogbritt16
ddogbritt16

@Flyin3lvl  Sony already did steal an idea from microsoft by charging to play online with the ps4.

Daveof89
Daveof89

@Halloll  Clearly someone who hasn't used Windows 8.


You can make it look exactly like windows 7, only faster, and with an app store.


And, if you have a touch device, it has extremely efficient touch controls.


So go ahead, complain about Win 8, you just make yourself look like a doof...

repetitious
repetitious

150 milliono Or so doesn't have this game

sammoth
sammoth

@Drkr_Zen You don't keep the games on PSN+ those are glorified rentals.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@ddogbritt16  

That will be the only one this year I get from this promotion (so far) that I didn't already have. So I'll be getting it. Apparently it is a good game, but like you I am hardly keen on it.

chicagojack86
chicagojack86

@terrariafan247  well it's not like sony hasn't released a ton of great games on ps+. let us not forget demon's souls, bioshock infinite and metro last light, among many others

emerin76
emerin76

@rexpowercolt I'm the same as you.  Simply dont have the time to sit and play for hours on end trying to pass that challenge...just one more go...just one more go...I'll still play it though.  I suppose.

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

@B-boy PS+ is great value for money but it isn't 1 or 2 games per week :P

terrariafan247
terrariafan247

@Rayzakk  I'd hate to play DS on keyboard + mouse so you'd probably have to buy a PC controller to play it. Unless you REALLY want a challenge.

-esw-dragoon_77
-esw-dragoon_77

In fact, I doubt I even had a chance to open the case before the refund date.

-esw-dragoon_77
-esw-dragoon_77

Nah, best I can do now is sell it back to them for store credit, which would probably amount to $5. Kept it well past the refund date so I could give it plenty of chances to redeem itself, which takes a long time as a full-time college student with two children under the age of three.

ddogbritt16
ddogbritt16

@terrariafan247  Have you seen what the first ps+ games they were horrible? Wipeout, Mushroom Wars, Zen Pinball they weren't anywhere near as good as the ps+ games that are given out now which is the same situation with games with gold.

blazin640
blazin640

@sammoth @Drkr_Zen  that terrible excuse is as old as my grandma. Why would pay for ps+ and not play the games? You have 3 months to a year to finish the games. 

DJones09
DJones09

@sammoth @Drkr_Zen  You do keep the games as long as you keep renewing PS+ And if you ever run out, all you have to do is disconnect from the internet lol.

ddogbritt16
ddogbritt16

@punksterdaddy @ddogbritt16  Most of the games I have owned but some I haven't played which is great and this is the first month that I haven't even played any of those games,I was going to get dark souls but I am glad I waited.I looked at the gameplay for charlie murder and that is just a game i would never play and normally ill download a game if it looks bad to play it for the achievements but I won't even play this game.

ddogbritt16
ddogbritt16

@blazin640 @sammoth @Drkr_Zen  Have you seen the first ps+ games they were pretty bad and they didn't start to give out good games until later which is the same situation as games with gold.