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Xbox Games With Gold Free Games October 2022 Are Live

Xbox Live Gold subscribers now only get two free games per month.


October is here, and that means the first wave of this month's Xbox Games with Gold lineup is available to claim now, but you don't have much longer before one of them leaves and gets replaced by a new game. This is the first month that no original Xbox or Xbox 360 games are included, leaving two games for the month. Double Kick Heroes is currently up, and it'll be replaced by Bomber Crew Deluxe Edition on October 16.

Though Microsoft announced the change to Games with Gold months ago, it's still a bit of a bummer to see Games with Gold freebies halved from four to two each month, especially since the backward-compatible titles were often more exciting than the Xbox One games.

All month long subscribers will be able to grab Windbound, an adventure game set on the Forbidden Islands. In order for Kara to survive and thrive on this mysterious chain of islands, she needs to scour the lands for resources, craft weapons, and even build a makeshift boat to travel the seas. With harsh elements and an assortment of fantasy creatures roaming the lands, the Forbidden Islands is a dangerous yet beautiful sandbox. Windbound released in 2020 to mixed reviews, but anyone who likes survival-adventure games should give it a go.

Starting October 16, members can claim Bomber Crew Deluxe Edition, a strategy sim set during World War II. As the commander of a bomber crew (of course), it's your job to pick the right team members, prepare your bomber, and, most importantly, manage your resources and delegate tasks during the mission. Each crew member is procedurally generated and has their own unique traits. You can't get too attached, though, as Bomber Crew features permadeath. With colorful cartoon visuals and lighthearted dialogue, Bomber Crew doesn't take itself too seriously. Unlike a lot of World War II games, Bomber Crew is appropriate for kids, so it'll be a good one for your youngsters to try next month.

Xbox Games with Gold free games October 2022

  • Windbound (October 1-31)
  • Bomber Crew Deluxe Edition (October 16-November 15)

Editor's Note: Article updated on October 3, 2022

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