Xbox One and Xbox 360 Free August Games With Gold Titles Include Crimson Dragon, Dishonored

Strike Suit Zero for Xbox One and Motocross Madness for Xbox 360 will also be free for Xbox Live Gold players in August.

Microsoft today announced August's free Games With Gold titles for Xbox One and Xbox 360, totaling four games in all split between the two platforms.

On Xbox One, players with an active Xbox Live Gold subscription ($60/year) can download Crimson Dragon (normally $20) and Strike Suit Zero (normally $20). These will become available starting August 1, and they replace the current free games, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition and Max: Curse of Brotherhood. If you have not downloaded those games yet, now would be a good time to do so.

Xbox 360 players with the Xbox Live Gold subscription, on the other hand, can download Motocross Madness (normally $10) for free August 1-15. Then starting on August 16, subscribers can pick up Dishonored (normally $20) for free through the end of the month.

On Xbox 360, once you download a free game, it is yours to keep even if your Xbox Live Gold subscription lapses. But on Xbox One, you'll need to keep your Xbox Live Gold subscription active to hang on to the free games.

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cvantu
cvantu

I'm actually quite surprised with Crimson Dragon. As a huge Panzar Dragoon fan, the reviews scared me away from trying the game. However, it is quite faithful to Panzar Dragoon and worthy of playing. No, since it was meant to be a 360 game, the graphics are not jaw dropping, but the textures are even very Panzar"ish" and work in the game's favor. This is a free quality game. Anyone who enjoyed Panzar Dragoon should not have any problems enjoying Crimson Dragon.

Bond_Villain
Bond_Villain

Dishonored is good. Definitely getting that one


thanks MS




sammoth
sammoth

Kewl more games to play.

mrbennett20
mrbennett20

Dishonored is a terrible game. i bought it a few months ago and then sold it a week later

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Crimson Dragon and Dishonored, nice.

I was just thinking of picking up both, but decided not to because I have a big enough gaming backlog already. Glad I did!

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

Motocross Madness is a huge steamin pile of sh*te but Dishonoured is something I did not expect.

Perhaps I should have seen it coming though as it was in the sales but 3 weeks ago.

I've been noticing that pattern with Xbox GWG, put it in the sales for like £5 and then shortly after it will be free to all Gold members. Minimizing the amount of people who will download it by quite a margin.

Smart move but also a d!ck move too!

Although I'm glad to see that they are making some effort with giving away better titles like Dishonoured, it will be yet another game I will not play, sadly. FPS games are just so horrible IMO.

On another note, I predict that Murdered: Soul Suspect will be free by Xmas 2014 on X1 and X360.

xneonic
xneonic

@punksterdaddy I'm seeing the same pattern. Bought Battleblock Theater for $5 in February and it was free in July.

soullessshadow
soullessshadow

@punksterdaddy To be fair, I don't think it's up to Microsoft to decide whether or not to give it away for free. That decision would be up to the developer and publisher.

isshiah
isshiah

Haven't played dishonored since release, so I'll definitely pick it up and play it through more aggressively. Damn glitchy stealth achievement...you suck. 


The dlc was on sale not too long ago, but i passed it up. D'oh! 

Defender1978
Defender1978

Sweet.  Just renewed Xbox Live this month and the free games between Xbox One and 360 have already paid for it.  

digthat32
digthat32

Sony is killin Xbone in this department.

yoda101280
yoda101280

@digthat32 How?  I have PS4 and the only free game they gave away recently I liked was Strider

hestar69
hestar69

@digthat32 I like the games ps+ and games with gold  are giving away this month.Been wanting to play crimson dragon and same for dragons crown on ps3/vita.
Shame I bought dishonored when it came out and haven't played it yet..One day I'll learn..One day...

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Nice. I've wanted to try both Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit, but not enough to buy them.

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

Owning Xbox one games without owning a Xbox one lol 

xantufrog
xantufrog moderator

That's a good selection - don't know why some folks are complaining. There isn't much to give away yet on the X1 and PS4 except smaller titles. They won't give away the newest greatest game because that's bad business. I didn't play Dishonored on console, but it was very fun on PC, so hopefully folks that haven't played it yet will enjoy

BARRICADE_28
BARRICADE_28

What a ripoff !!  Xbox Live just had Dishonored advertised on sale on Xbox 360 a couple of weeks ago for $5, which I bought, and now they put it out for free?  REFUND PLEASE!

imajinn
imajinn

@BARRICADE_28 Your whining about buying a great game at 5$? Seriously? Its free now, so what? You still got an awesome deal. You can't even get a foot long from Subway anymore for 5$.

BARRICADE_28
BARRICADE_28

@Stinger78 @BARRICADE_28 The difference is that I know that games 6 months after launch will often be cheaper.  I paid $5 for nothing.  That's a month of Xbox Live, or another game I could have bought during the sale.

BARRICADE_28
BARRICADE_28

@imajinn $5 is $5.  It takes me 30 minutes of hard work to make that on my paycheck.  I didn't get an awesome deal, getting the game free would have been an awesome deal.  Not only do I lose my $5, but I can't download any free game from XBL in late August because I just bought it.

cvantu
cvantu

@BARRICADE_28 @imajinn  wow, you do sound like a self entitled fool. Everyone who works does work hard for their money. It is 5 dollars. You probably waste 5 dollars often by buying bottled water or 20oz drinks. The amount of value you get with Dishonored more than makes up for it. Quit living on principle as if anyone will feel sorry for you.

Stinger78
Stinger78

@BARRICADE_28 You knowingly paid $5 because you believed you were getting a deal and would be entertained at least to the point you'd get $5 worth of fun out of it.  

Should I get a refund on games I bought at launch for $50 - $60 now that most of them are under $20?  No, I shouldn't.

jayjay444
jayjay444

I already have strike suit zero it's a great game, looking forward to crimson dragon as iv'e yet to play it.

Darknight765
Darknight765

I can't get mad at free X1 games that haven't been out for a year. I liked all 3 of the first ones. Again it's free.

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

Crimson Dragon is less than a year old and people are complaining. I forgot Sony gave me Knack and Killzone...oh wait.

CraZkid37
CraZkid37

Plenty of ingrates here, of course. I only heard great things about Dishonored so I'm really happy about this. The Games with Gold has been great. Maybe some of you should stop judging games by their less than AAA status and try them out - many of them have been great. Even ones I felt like I would not have any interest I tried anyway and was so happy I did.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@CraZkid37

I agree but Motocross Madness is not one I would praise at all.

Deadlight, Castle Crashers, Civilization Revolution were all great titles to give away. I just wish they wouldn't put them on sale a few weeks earlier.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Strike Suit Zero is a great game for people that like space combat games. I bought it on the XB1 when it first came out. The 360 games kinda suck though. Dishonored was a great game, and will be fun for those that never played it, but it's better than nothing.

oflow
oflow

@Vodoo i dunno if I'd call it great but its fun I bought it when it first came out on Steam a long time ago played thru it was worth playing thru once or twice.

mi_hung_lo
mi_hung_lo

I canceled my XBL membership 4 months because of this. They give you nonsense. The gold games are things PSN already offered for free or BS arcade games

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@mi_hung_lo you know...xbox gamer pay for gold for great online gaming in first place,free games was never the reason.

Stedmister
Stedmister

Why did I have to buy Dishonoured via steam sale, why..., anywho nice

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

@Stedmister Exactly. I just bought it! Oh well, at least we got to enjoy it in much better graphics..

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@Zloth2 @Oozyrat @Stedmister

No DLC will be included but I would assume that they will offer the DLC at a reduced price to go with the game.

Well that's how they normally do it.

oflow
oflow

I primarily pay for Gold because I mostly like to play MP online games.

Games with Gold free games are mostly filler games.  You arent going to get any AAA games for free when they are still relatively new. What has been good for me  on Gold is they actually have discounted most of the decent AAA titles.

Tomb Raider, Titanfall, Ryse, DR3, Garden Warfare and Forza 5 were all on Gold for $20 off.  This discount alone pays for itself for me.  I can now buy the major AAA's I want at launch and just wait for the others that are playable but not worth $60 to go on sale on Gold a few months in. I buy a lot of games so its worth it.

Plus ID@Software has a lot of decent looking indies coming up, they will all eventually be free games most likely if they are under $20 at launch.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

People act like free PS Plus games didn't take a while to get really good.  Give them time, the deals will eventually get relevant.

zoopsat
zoopsat

@VegasAceVII right but right now both X1 and PS4 suck. Their not going to give away really good AAA games when both systems hardly have them. 

grenadehh
grenadehh

Good thing i own three if these already \\end sarcasm

DemoKnight10656
DemoKnight10656

I don't understand why xbxone is doing this free games gold thing when they barely have any games to give out halo Spartan assault was like the only good one and I didn't even play it and for xbox360 the last couple of games sucked battleblock theater? who wants that game from behemoth studios give them castle crashers or burnout something fun but not to expensive

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

@MrFreehuggs Havent played Guacamelee yet, Im trying to get the last 20 challenges i need in Peggle 2, but Max was really good and Im glad it was free otherwise I wouldnt have played it.

MrFreehuggs
MrFreehuggs

I think max is the first game I actually got 100% completion in

zoopsat
zoopsat

@DemoKnight10656 same thing I think about Sony. These consoles are too young right now so the free games arent AAA. 

RevLux
RevLux

@xXxIRyanxXx @MrFreehuggs  Guacamelee is awesome. One of my favorite indie games to come out on the XB1 and PS4 so far. It's one of the few that I would have gladly payed for. (though I'm certainly glad I didn't have to)

jameston80
jameston80

@DemoKnight10656 dude, you are on crack!! how are you only remembering those games? there are a bunch more games, like these 1. Sniper Elite 3, 2. Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition, 3. Contrast 4. Valiant Hearts - the great war 5. Another World - 20th anniversary edition 6. R.B.I. Baseball 14 7. Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark 8. Sixty Second Shooter Prime 9. EA Sports UFC 10. 1001 Spikes 11. Murdered: Soul Suspect 12. Worms Battlegrounds 13. Watch Dogs 14. Wolfenstein: The New Order 15. Super Time Force 16. Child of Light 17. The Amazing Spider-man 2 18. Trials Fusion 19. Kinect Sports Rivals 20. Lego The Hobbit 21. Metal Gear Solid V:Ground Zeroes 22. Thief 23. Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 24. Strider 25. Rayman Legends 26. The Lego Movie Videogame 27. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition 28. Peggle 2 29. NBA Live 14 30. Fighter Within 31. Call of Duty:Ghosts 32. Battlefield 4 33. Zoo Tycoon 34. Angry Birds Star Wars 35. Just Dance 2014 36. Powerstar Golf 37. Need For Speed Rivals 38. LocoCycle 39. NBA 2K14 40. Forza Motorsport 5 and 41. Skylanders SWAP Force......yeah i guess your right, there's no games on Xbox One !!!! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR and go back to playing your ps3 will ya !!!

MrFreehuggs
MrFreehuggs

Max and Guacamelee were both great. I'm glad that they put them out for free or else I would have never played them.

sanchango
sanchango

@RevLux @xXxIRyanxXx @MrFreehuggs Same here, when I saw it was free I downloaded to see how it was. Instantly fell in love with. My only concern was that IT WAS TOO SHORT!! I started flipping tables and then started replaying the game to get all the stuff i'm missing lol XD

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@DemoKnight10656 why is sony giving free games away for the ps4 in so early stages of the consoles life?And Battleblock Theater is amazing imo.

imajinn
imajinn

@DemoKnight10656 You obviously have not played Max or Guacamelee