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.

98 Comments

GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.

No Caption Provided

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.


Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 98 comments about this story
98 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
  • 98 results
  • 1
  • 2
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for kereke12
kereke12

121

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 5

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

Avatar image for angeloti83
angeloti83

113

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

I loove this series!!! freaking love it.

Avatar image for CraZkid37
CraZkid37

530

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 4

User Lists: 0

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

Avatar image for -esw-dragoon_77
-esw-dragoon_77

42

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

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

Avatar image for ddogbritt16
ddogbritt16

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> If it is used can't you return it and get the 20 dollars back?


Avatar image for -esw-dragoon_77
-esw-dragoon_77

42

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

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

Avatar image for ddogbritt16
ddogbritt16

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> That sucks try selling it on craigslist.

Avatar image for -esw-dragoon_77
-esw-dragoon_77

42

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

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.

Avatar image for ddogbritt16
ddogbritt16

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

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.

Avatar image for terrariafan247
Terrariafan247

30

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >> In your opinion.

Avatar image for ddogbritt16
ddogbritt16

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

@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.

Avatar image for chicagojack86
ChicagoJack86

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >> who cares what they gave away 4 years ago? it was a lot more than microsoft was doing

Avatar image for Flyin3lvl
Flyin3lvl

2807

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

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

Avatar image for ddogbritt16
ddogbritt16

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> Sony already did steal an idea from microsoft by charging to play online with the ps4.

Avatar image for chicagojack86
ChicagoJack86

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> because microsoft invented that....

Avatar image for blazin640
blazin640

332

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> thats gonna screw over the developers. Not a good idea.

Avatar image for northArrow
northArrow

370

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

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

Avatar image for Halloll
Halloll

939

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 8

User Lists: 0

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

Avatar image for Daveof89
Daveof89

1583

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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...

Avatar image for sanchango
sanchango

34

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> I don't see the problem? Windows 8 is great!

Avatar image for console_war_vet
console_war_vet

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Don't mind him, he hasn't actually used Windows 8.

Avatar image for Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

7330

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 5

User Lists: 0

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?

Avatar image for repetitious
repetitious

369

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

150 milliono Or so doesn't have this game

Avatar image for sammoth
sammoth

1272

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 6

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> You don't keep the games on PSN+ those are glorified rentals.

Avatar image for wizardjenkins
WizardJenkins

61

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >> Guess we won't be seeing that line anymore

Avatar image for blazin640
blazin640

332

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

Avatar image for chicagojack86
ChicagoJack86

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> yeah, except that sony is the ones that started doing it first, and not to mention the library of games NOW, it was more than it was 4 years ago when ps+ launched

Avatar image for ddogbritt16
ddogbritt16

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

Avatar image for DJones09
DJones09

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

Avatar image for sanchango
sanchango

34

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> *raises hand* I'm not joking

Avatar image for Tribesmaster
Tribesmaster

656

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 9

User Lists: 0

Karl Pilkington

Avatar image for mike468
mike468

696

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

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.

Avatar image for ddogbritt16
ddogbritt16

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

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

Avatar image for punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

1410

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 35

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >>

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.

Avatar image for ddogbritt16
ddogbritt16

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

Avatar image for terrariafan247
Terrariafan247

30

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 5

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.

Avatar image for chicagojack86
ChicagoJack86

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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

  • 98 results
  • 1
  • 2