Xbox 360 offers Defense Grid as next free download for Gold subscribers

Halo 3 and Assassin's Creed II will be offered for free in the coming months.

Microsoft has announced that Defense Grid: The Awakening will be the next free title released as part of its freshly unveiled Games With Gold promotion.

Defense Grid: The Awakening will be available to Xbox Live Gold members for free from July 1 through July 15. Hidden Path Entertainment's tower Defense game was originally released on Xbox Live Arcade in September 2009, and is normally sold for 800 Microsoft points.

GameSpot awarded Defense Grid a rating of 8.0 in its review, saying that "this exceptionally balanced tower defense game will keep you coming back to fight off the alien invasion for just one more wave."

A new title will replace Defense Grid on July 16 for two weeks, with the Games With Gold campaign offering up a new game every two weeks.

Microsoft announced the Games With Gold promotion during its E3 2013 press conference, with the Xbox owner looking to set up a rival to Sony's similar PlayStation Plus service. Assassin's Creed II and Halo 3 will be coming to the service over the next few months.

Sony's PlayStation Plus service is currently offering the following games in Europe: Uncharted 3, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Little Big Planet Karting, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Classics HD, Demon's Souls, Catherine, Malicious, Lord of the Rings: War in the North, and The Cave.

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stanknuggetz12
stanknuggetz12

Lol I love how he throws in what ps is offering right now in a article about Xbox 360.Draw in fans of both consoles to argue in the comments. Gamespot knows how to start a fanboy war for sure.

LoganWesker
LoganWesker

wow an arcade game? that's seriously part of the deal? lame. 

suicidepickles
suicidepickles

Well, better than Fabula =P

But still far away from the cool games that sony is providing...

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

sigh, yet Steam and PS+ get better perks.

iempire68
iempire68

I will admit compared to PS+, the 360 games list is not as good. My hard drive can't hold everything anymore on my PS3. But I can always re-download titles if i erase them. But defense grid is pretty good. I didn't expect much from it. Pleasantly surprised. Ms should step up though and give gamers something newer though.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

LOL the xbox fanboys need to stop comparing this to PS+. Embarrassing really, stop saying you get free games on XBL.

yusuf_mehdi
yusuf_mehdi

Game fans,  hope you are enjoying Defense Grid!   Couple of you were asking about the E3 announced titles.  AC2 coming on July 16th!

spotlifetv
spotlifetv

Truth be told Live is better. I can Chat on Kinect and I do enjoy it with Family and Friends all over the US.  The quality is better than anything that Sony has offered.

MuddVader
MuddVader

This game is pretty bad, but you people need to encourage it instead of calling them lame :v
The better feedback they get the more encouraged they will be to release actually decent stuff.

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

that's pretty lame M$ 

how about some free M$ points for all those years i payed for gold? 

Nishua
Nishua

YaY! Sike! I'll stick with my Battlefield 3 download :D

AlexFili
AlexFili

Tower Defense games are so last decade

buccomatic
buccomatic

i've had defense grid for awhile now and it's a kickass game! lot's of super cool defense systems that do all kinds of cool looking / badass damage and really good graphics

9/10 highly recommend!

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

You get to keep your XBL games "forever"... ok

You only get to keep your PSN games as long as your PS+ subscription is active...ok

PS3 games won't be playable on PS4

XB360 games won't be playable on XB1

Most people play through the main campaign and then don't play again. A good percent of people play online for 1-2 years if it's a really popular game. The only games that will matter for the keep it "forever" promotions are the games that stand the test of time and can be played over and over again.

Halo 3 - it's had it's run. People won't be playing this for long.

AC2 - it's supposedly the best in the series - so out of the people who enjoy this game, about 30-50% will replay this until their 360 dies.

It doesn't matter that the Xbox games are there forever. Within a couple years you won't be playing them anyway.

The real test will be when the new consoles launch and we start seeing what each company is offering for those systems under their respective programs.

malokevi
malokevi

Sounds good 2 me. Don't have any solid TD games in my repertoire, so this should prove fun. Thanks, MS, loving the free stuff.

Maelsthur
Maelsthur

Hmm I can play Warcraft 3 tower defense online, any time on my computer give us cool stuff, surprise me damn you!

SsangyongKYRON
SsangyongKYRON

Unless you provide these free games to your users out of USA, the gold subscription means nothing. I am a gold member from Saudi Arabia and I am forbidden to download these titles because I'm not a U.S. citizen!!!!!!

Izak80
Izak80

Theýve got to offer alot more games to even come close to what Playstation is giving us PS+ subscribers.

otherkrab
otherkrab

I bought Defense Grid when it came out, this is propa bollocks! I want Halo 3, Defense Grid is Ok but this is a cop out if you ask me. I want a full retail game! Why don't they just give everyone 800 MSP or a choice of games? This deal is getting dodgier by the minute!

grognard
grognard

Strange how the narrative is being shifted by some people now. PS+ was always about the subscription program - that's the point of the premium service. Live has never been about free games in it's 10+ years of existence - it's about the best online experience available.

The free games are just a test until the end of the year and Gold members get to keep those games even if they let their membership lapse, unlike PS+. Apples and Oranges. Live was worth the money before the free games offer - they're just a nice bonus.

I have both services and they're both great, but frankly, Sony had to offer games with the subscription model because their online service simply doesn't match up to Live, so they had to do something different.

robertcain
robertcain

It's a matter of taste; would you rather have older top rated games and keep them forever on Xbox Live or newer top rated games on PSN that will be made available for around two to three years minimum? This along with discounts, early demos and beta access and full game trials does make PlayStation Plus seem more attractive to me personally.

stanknuggetz12
stanknuggetz12

Honestly it's a pretty fun game. Some arcade games are better than full fledged titles.

Trials evolution, state of decay, far cry blood dragon etc etc

spotlifetv
spotlifetv

@DESTROYRS_F8 

What perks do PS+ get that are better than Live?

The OS on Live beats PS+ hands down...

Do you have an Avatar on PS+?????

Can you video chat on Skype???

Can you Cross Game Chat right now on PS+????

I didn't think so that was your @zz talking.

sammoth
sammoth

@PayneKiller Yeah they are fee unlike the PSN+ rental service. You don't own those.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@MuddVader or they will be more likely to put another lame arcade up as free and tell you its value.

sammoth
sammoth

@thequickshooter LMAO appertly you haven't been following live much. Many ways to earn free points.

spotlifetv
spotlifetv

@Nishua 

Who cares about Battlefield 3. You don't renew your PS3 Plus subscription and that game is good as gone. At least I fully own my game. Your just renting those games. Go on loving the way Sony operates Sheep!

spotlifetv
spotlifetv

@AlexFili 

So is your Mom, but hey if she's free I will play with her until I get a younger sea hag!

grognard
grognard

@buccomatic Agreed.  I already had it on Steam, but went ahead and downloaded it on each of my 360's in case I wanted to put some time in on those systems.

sammoth
sammoth

@Hvac0120 So the argument on both sides Is null and void. Except some f us haven't played Halo 3 or AC2.

Chalgyr
Chalgyr

@SsangyongKYRON Even in the US it doesn't mean much if, like me, you own Fable III, Halo 3, AC II and Defense Grid already. Mind you, PlayStation Plus sometimes offers games I have already purchased, but these Xbox titles are *all* old (sometimes the PS+ are newer - like when Double Dragon: Neon was the freebie the week it released). I like the thought behind what Microsoft is doing with it, but currently it's offered no value with this 'upgrade' to the Gold account to me.

Cmon3y
Cmon3y

@otherkrab Halo 3 is $3.00 at Gamestop. You are getting some serious value with that free download, that you have to wait an unspecified amount of time for.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@grognard Live was never worth the money just for online multiplayer and the other "benefits" are mostly services you can access for free on any other device in the world.

The free games are not only to compete with Sony, but to add value to the Gold membership. 

XBL Gold is still overpriced for the value they return to gamers.

PS+ on PS3 is a discounts and game rental service. Was it put in place as a way to add value to PSN? Certainly and it has worked wonderfully and probably gave Sony a decent revenue stream to invest in the PS4 network.

PS+ on PS4 will add a higher quality online multiplayer component along with the benefits currently available on PS3 and will still be $10/year cheaper than XBL Gold.

People are happy with XBL Gold. People are happy with PS+. Both offer a different set of benefits. 

IMO PS+ offers the better value for the cost paid.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@spotlifetv We get 2 free games each month. I don't know about you, but I got a console for playing.

Before you say a word. I own a 360, PS3 and Steam and PS+ is, with difference, the best deal. Right after that you have Steam's weekly sales (personal preferences in this).

So cross game chat all you want. I'll use my consoles for playing.

otherkrab
otherkrab

@sammoth @thequickshooter Xbox live rewards do get you free MS points but it takes ages to actually build them up to spend them, unless you play a beta of something, I got 400msp for particpating in the Beta of Gotham City Imposters, certainly better than the 20msp you get for doing the monthly survey.

bakagami
bakagami

@spotlifetv @Nishua Wow, the way you react, you'd think he insulted your mother or something.  Don't be a fanboy, both services are worthwhile

otherkrab
otherkrab

@Cmon3y @otherkrab I know Halo 3 is cheaper than a disposable lighter at the moment, but microsoft keep saying one thing and then doing another. It's confusing and annoying.

spotlifetv
spotlifetv

@Hvac0120 @grognard 

Ahh who cares. Your moaning about a better service. How much stock do you own in either company??? Until your a stock owner your just a jock holder. Pay the money and shut up!

grognard
grognard

@Hvac0120 @grognard How do you know PS+ will add a higher quality online component when PS4 isn't even out yet? Proofs in the pudding and Sony has a lot to prove regarding online.

Obviously, 48 million people disagree with you about whether Gold was a good value - long before they tossed in a few free games.  Gold is the premium standard for online gaming and has been since launch. 

Finally, Amazon sells 1 year Live subscriptions for under $40 about every 3 weeks so hardly anyone pays the full MSRP.  By contrast, PS+ rarely goes on sale and nowhere near as low as Live.

Both are good services (I have both), but it's apples and oranges to compare the current systems and Sony needs to prove itself next generation because PSN isn't worth paying for as it currently exists.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@spotlifetv So your are getting both consoles. Including that PS4 you only talk trash about? Talk about nonsense.

Quite a long statement you threw there for using personal preferences as facts.

Done with you. and btw: *you`re.

spotlifetv
spotlifetv

@Warlord_Irochi  

You work in the game industry?? Sure - Ok so lets get back to some of your comical statements? Are you saying the Xbox One does not have some great exclusives? You say there are no exclusive and unique content? Hmmmmm I guess you were sleeping on that so called Gaming job you have or even slept thru E3? Let me take a better guess and point out that your going to only get a PS4??? Fact is I will get both consoles. Fact number 2 if you don't think Avatars are cool and a part of gaming your lacking. I love the idea of having a presence within my gaming systems OS. I like being able to cross game chat while gaming. Love video chat via a console when I am not near a dedicated PC. I also love the Xbox Live ecosystem. I love the fact that many Sony Sheep are saying that Kinect is a waste when Sony also felt the need to incorporate a half baked camera into its new console that has yet to declare its purpose. Come on your simply just spurting nonsense.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@spotlifetv Not playing now because I have a work (In the games industry, btw). 

Persuade you? I stated facts, you could only answer with insults. and a console so "game driven" that game-chat, video-chat and Avatar (Really?) are the only stuff you could throw to defend it (Man, you gonna love the X-One, provably the only thing you'll be able to do for months).

360 had the best exclusives and the best start. But now it's falling short in exclusives and unique content. Deal with it. For a multy-system gamer you sure have a pretty narrow and fanatical perspective, let me tell you.

spotlifetv
spotlifetv

@Warlord_Irochi  

Well go game then girlfriend. At the end of the day if it was so great you would be playing now not trying to persuade me its better. I have all three systems too and I still prefer the Xbox 360. It is really game driven and when you want to multiplayer way better to game with friends. Enjoy your PS HIV+ online. I will stick to the Console that does not brick when you update it!

spotlifetv
spotlifetv

@PayneKiller So says the so called gamer who spends more time talking about one stupid free Xbox game raving my online is better. Grow up - Better yet go play in traffic Sheep!

spotlifetv
spotlifetv

@Reinbachimus3 @spotlifetv @Hvac0120 @grognard

Not very much if I have to explain myself to you. I just dislike foolery. People trying to shut down every attempt Microsoft comes up with just to feel good about their systems. Listen if you love Sony and everything the shit out then fine but why try and trash Microsoft at every turn??