Xbox 360 free game promotion Games with Gold to continue indefinitely

No word on whether Xbox One will be included in the promotion.

Xbox Live Gold free Xbox 360 games promotion Games With Gold will continue indefinitely, Microsoft has said.

When the scheme was unveiled, the publisher only confirmed that it would run until the end of 2013.

Microsoft has not commented on whether its Games With Gold promotion will carry over to the Xbox One when it launches on November 22, however.

Xbox Live Gold members are given the chance to download two free titles a month, with one game available from the 1st to the 15th of each month, and the second game available from the 16th onwards.

The promotion is currently offering Halo 3, and has previously featured the likes of Fable III, Assassin's Creed II, Crackdown, Rainbow Six: Vegas, and Dead Rising 2.

Microsoft added Games with Gold titles have been played for over 120 million hours by users.

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dogicus
dogicus

LOL the only game I didn't pick up was Fable 3. What a piece of garbage that was...


I mean... do I REALLY have to go around and dance for EVERY SINGLE CIVILIAN to be good? pfffft.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I've still got the legendary edition of Halo 3 with the Master Chief helmet.

faroosh
faroosh

i really want halo 3 but dont have gold!

is it possible for a friend who downloads it and then gives me it via USB

would it work or is there some sort of account recognition?

Please answer

hellgast0
hellgast0

I enjoyed every free game so far, I already had Halo 3 but now I can give my copy to a friend who just bought an xbox and doesn't have Halo 3 or XBL Gold. 

Noonewarrior
Noonewarrior

Street Fighter IV / Soul Calibur IV or Tekken 6 would be good for the next gold downloads

u1tradt
u1tradt

I would have been really happy with MS if they'd given us Halo 3 with all the map packs. But instead we get just the game which is absolutely bare bones by today's standards. Even offering just the Halo 3 ODST bonus disc as a free download would have been better than Halo 3 for free.

Dylantfk
Dylantfk

Microsoft is a cheap, greedy organization!! HALO 3? Seriously? 3/4 of the people who own a 360 probably own this game already, and it won't even download in my region! I was already turned off by Halo 4 forcing you to get live to play Spartan-Ops, which can clearly be played offline (Firefight, Horde, Spec-Ops) I've stopped playing my 360 and got a PS3, Sony doesn't try to milk every dime from you that it can and gives Plus members games that are good and only a year or two old, if even that!! None of these 5 or 6 year old games that everyone already owns or doesn't care about/play anymore!!! I am really leaning towards getting a PS4 if Microsoft continues to rob and manipulate people into thinking that Microsoft is giving people free games out of the goodness of they're hearts, when its actually a publicity stunt to make more people sign up for live. They aren't losing money from this move, they're making more!! (The PS4 also looks a lot sharper than the XBONE from a design perspective; much rather show off a PS4 in my living room than a rectangular box)

moesuir
moesuir

2 Free games, and also 50% off sales every week.

XBOX IS SO AMAZING, WE LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVE XBOX!!!!!!!!

VENOM6979
VENOM6979

Thank you Sony for making Microsoft change drm policies and having games with gold permanent to compete with Ps Plus. People should Praise Sony for that.

isshiah
isshiah

The games they have for free would cost barely anything to begin with. I've downloaded and replayed most of them, but I hear the PS+ service has more recent games for free. C'mon....

XBOunity
XBOunity

Sounds like ill need to upgrade hdd with all the games ill be owning. 500gb hdd coming

R083R70
R083R70

Glad to hear it'll keep going, maybe down the line the selection will be better but it's hard to complain about free.

allever
allever

It's not like they have a choice.  They blew it with their Xbox One reveal fiasco.  It's wise to keep their remaining fans happy. They can't afford more negativity.  Ending the free games would put them on a lower footing competing with the PS+ free games.

Bazongaman502
Bazongaman502

If they are going to do this, they have to release better games. Halo 3 was good and all, but do some newer games (at least some within the past 3 years or so). 

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Hmm I've not been following this for some time now. Most of the games I already own or won't go near with a shitty stick. If they can give us something worthwhile each month, then claiming it so it is on our digital download list is something but chances are unless it is something top shelf I wouldn't bother.

I mean I wouldn't mind downloading F.E.A.R again since I sold that. Even though I probably won't play it for very long. 

knightmare11720
knightmare11720

@faroosh If you have a hard drive and if your friend has gold then you can log in as your friend on your xbox and with his account, download the game to your hard drive, wait until the download finishes. switch back to your account and check your games. halo should be there, yours and free. I did the same things with might and magic :)

foxrlz
foxrlz

@faroosh Don't think that's possible. 

You can also buy 14 days Xbox Live Trial on ebay or something for 3 bucks.

shulet
shulet

@u1tradt Waa, I'm getting free games but I don't like one so I'm going to B1tch about it. Grow up.

jaredlemonsauce
jaredlemonsauce

Okay, I'm going to be honest here. Absolutely no one cares what you have to say about playstation, this is a section on xbox, we came here to talk about it. Not you're sorry excuse for a company. The xbox one (by the way that's the real name of it) is doing way better than the ps4, are you happy with all the problems its having? Microsoft is actually a great company, that's why they're doing so well, stop making up stuff about how they are so evil. Where is your evidence to back it up?

shulet
shulet

@Dylantfk LOL, comparing POS Plus to Games With Gold. You do realize that you don't get to keep Plus games right?

shulet
shulet

@Dylantfk Microsoft is greedy because they're giving stuff away for free? That's a new one.

If you love your POS3 so much then why don't you play it and stay out of this unless you have something constructive to say.

Dylantfk
Dylantfk

Though in Microsoft's defense, both consoles are guilty of manipulating and milking people, its just that the XBOX is much worse.

moesuir
moesuir

@VENOM6979 and Sony is the reason why MS upgraded their servers so that user's credit card data would NOT be hacked. Thank you Sony :p

shulet
shulet

@isshiah Cost barely anything? They've given away about $100 in games so far.

You get to keep your games FOREVER with Games With Gold but not with POS+.

hellgast0
hellgast0

@isshiah the difference is that the xbox games are yours forever and the playstation games are only free if you keep paying ps+

divinejester
divinejester

@Meta-Gnostic Yea except psn actually offers games that people want or have not owned for a decade. Sure you have to keep the subscription, but you pretty much have to do that with MS as well, because most games have half their features blocked without live. Trying playing Forza without gold.

shulet
shulet

@allever There is no comparison between Games With Gold and PS+. Most people like the idea of keeping their games FOREVER.

SirAardvark
SirAardvark

@Bazongaman502 Fable 3 was released in late 2010, so thats something. And hey, the games that they're releasing aren't meant to be new games. They're meant to be classics that everyone should own.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@Dannystaples14 OH gawd...FEAR is dead online and the vast majority of its achievemnts are online related...my personal nightmare lol

Dylantfk
Dylantfk

@jaredlemonsauce No one cares about what you have to say either, mainly because this post is months old, the real name is Xbox One with capitals, and because your statistics are wrong. The Xbox and PS4 are both having problems, with some saying that the Xbox is having more, and though both consoles are about tied in the US, the PS4 is outselling the Xbox in Europe.

Dylantfk
Dylantfk

@shulet @Dylantfk Yes I do realize that. As I said, both companies manipulate and milk people, I'm just more frustrated at the XBOX right now

Dylantfk
Dylantfk

@shulet @Dylantfk For the record I do still play my 360 (Halo fan forever), I'm just frustrated at Microsoft trying to make money wherever possible, for example: having to get LIVE to use features on a game that should be offline, especially for someone who doesn't have access to internet. I also wish that they would give away games that are newer and not old games that don't make money anymore. I have been so frustrated each month waiting for the next free game, only to find that it's a game I'v already played through tons of times

VENOM6979
VENOM6979

@moesuir @VENOM6979 That is not the reason MS upgraded their servers. The reason they upgraded their servers is to enhance multiplayer with dedicated servers and for the cloud. Show me proof if otherwise? 

hollyhangover
hollyhangover

Our household has saved double that... true we had some of the games but some we didn't... with 2 xbox it makes it more fun to play online on our own tv instead of having to share a screen... you wont find our house complaining about games with gold...

isshiah
isshiah

I know that. I'm not crying from the rooftop, i'm only stating what I think can be seen as a discrepancy. This isn't based on fanboyism.

isshiah
isshiah

I understand that, but there is still disparity in the types of games eelected.

shulet
shulet

@ritsukoblue @R083R70 They're just jealous and they can't resist a chance to complain irrationally about something that doesn't affect them.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@sladakrobot Haha it was already dead like several months after it was released. But to be fair it was also followed quite closely by Gears of War and that had a pretty big online population for a long time.

It was more in the single player for me. Was actually the first game I bought I think. Was right before my Xbox melted when I was playing it and I had to get it replaced.

Dylantfk
Dylantfk

@shulet @Dylantfk Yes, you do raise a strong point, I guess I'm just frustrated because I already own most of the free games already and the most resent one, halo 3, wont even let me download it saying that its unavailable in my region or something stupid like that; I live in LA for crying out loud, why is it unavailable there?! 

shulet
shulet

@Dylantfk @shulet You get what you pay for. There's a reason why XBL has 50% more online players than PSN despite PSN having free online play.

You shouldn't complain about the age of the game when you actually own it and can keep it FOREVER instead of renting it like you do with PS+.

shulet
shulet

@isshiah There's still a lot to come and not all of them have been that old.

shulet
shulet

@Meta-Gnostic @divinejester ...and it has a far better multiplayer with 50% more online players despite Sony's free online multiplayer.

PS is for Asian single player games and Xbox is for Western games and multiplayer.

noladem504
noladem504

@blue_shift_91 @divinejester @Meta-Gnostic yeah, there is no comparison. Ive got both consoles and am in disbelief at the  blind devotion of the fanboys. Sony really doesnt hold any weight in comparison to what MS has BEEN offering in the 360, i can only imagine how much better the XBone will be. I hope Sony gets their shit together in the services game, MS needs to competition to keep them innovating.