Games That Should Be Considered For Microsoft’s ‘Free Games With Gold’ Program
Microsoft has recently confirmed that the ‘Free Games With Gold’ program for Xbox 360 will be extended indefinitely. There’s been no formal announcement for whether 2 free games will be offered each month for the Xbox One as well when it is released but this is still great news for Xbox 360 owners. When the program was announced back during E3 of this year, many 360 players rejoiced at the chance to get free games just as PlayStation Plus subscribers do. The Games With Gold program has given 360 players the chance to play and keep amazing titles such as Assassin’s Creed II from 2 months ago ,and Halo 3 which is available this month. However, there are several essential titles that are being missed out, titles which will give Microsoft a chance to open players to new genres and series, as well as show off the power of Xbox 360 games. Halo 3 is a heavy hitter but there’s many other titles that should be on offer, games that have been classic games for 360 or at the very least sold amazingly on 360.
Forza Motorsport 4
The most recent title in the excellent driving series and the last Xbox 360 title of the series before its newest entry on Xbox One; Forza Motorsport 4 is an amazing racing game that provides a great visual experience, deep customization and various methods of playing. The Forza series is well-known for its solid presentation and engaging gameplay, so offering this title for free will allow 360 users to get a taste of what to expect in the upcoming Xbox One title, Forza Motorsport 5. Similarly, Forza Motorsport 3 would be just as good, but the new features of the 4th title will be perfect for giving players the complete Forza experience.
Mass Effect 2
While the first title in the series is noteworthy for its interesting take on third-person shooters with an RPG element, BioWare’s second outing solidifies the experience with comprehensive character creation, great action and deep dialogue. Mass Effect 2 is a game that manages to be both straight-up fun and deeply engaging through its portrayal of fictional alien races and vast parts of space. The improved combat and morality system gives players the opportunity to take control of Commander Shepard in their own personal way, deciding the fate of the universe through choices and actions. If there’s one game you need to play out of the series, it’s arguably this one, and giving players the chance to do so will then easily lead them to the original Mass Effect and the superb Mass Effect 3.
An excellent and complex story, a superb mix of action and survival horror, all accentuated by fantastic voice acting makes Alan Wake one of the most dynamic titles on Xbox 360. Remedy Entertainment, the developers of the original Max Payne and Max Payne 2, crafted a detailed and unforgettable experience with Alan Wake, utilizing story telling and game mechanics in an innovative way. Whether you’re running scared or busy finding the scattered pages, the game features a deep plot that will have you replaying multiple times to experience the thrills. This is a title that should definitely not be missed and would be the perfect game for 360 players looking for something unique.
Gears of War
Just like Halo, Xbox 360 is well-known for the mega-popular Gears of War series that started back in 2006 with the original Gears of War title. Gears of War is a visceral, non-stop action third-person shooter that changed the landscape of its genre to this day. Tight controls, graphics that pushed the capabilities of the hardware, an intuitive cover system; all features that complimented Gears of War and its several sequels. While the original game might not have as much in-your-face encounters are the explosive Gears of War 2, or the smooth controls and visual flair of Gears of War 3, it still stands as one of the toughest and most satisfying third person shooters to date.
A collaboration between Epic Games, the developer of Gears of War, and the studio People Can Fly, produced this absurd, crude but amazingly entertaining first person shooter. Though some may remember this as the game that gave them access to the Gears of War 3 beta, Bulletstorm is a solid title on its own merits; a violent, over-the-top shooter in which you mix-up your attacks and weapons to ‘kill with skill’. The arcade style points system and zany moment-to-moment gameplay is highlighted perfectly by the game’s truly phenomenal graphics, which showed the power of the Unreal Engine like never before. While some of the jokes and violent scenes might not be for all, Bulletstorm is a 360 game like no other.
Splinter Cell: Conviction
The Splinter Cell series may be multiplatform, but Ubisoft decided to place this title on Xbox 360 and PC alone. The newest title, Splinter Cell Blacklist, is an amazing entry in the series and a return to the series’ roots whilst adding new features. But to see what gave Blacklist its solid new gameplay system and stylistic edge, you’ll want to play the game that changed Splinter Cell for the better. Simple controls, intuitive mechanics and a unique style that can even be called ‘cool’ like it’s not cliché, Splinter Cell Conviction does a lot right with how it changed Sam Fisher’s exploits, even though it may have strayed too far from the path of pure stealth action. This title will be a great way for gamers to try out a stealth action game like never before, experiencing surprises and tactical situations which well test all your knowledge of stealth in video games.
Call of Duty 4
Xbox 360 owners at some point in their life have probably heard of the Call of Duty series, and whether they love it or hate it, they cannot deny how big the series is. The start of the series’ incredible rise to fame was 2007’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. This was a war game that handled presentation, gameplay and multiplayer in a new, profound way that managed to be both viscerally exciting and thoroughly rewarding. It’s a multiplatform title but it is also one that sold amazingly on Xbox 360 and started the long history of Call of Duty being associated with Xbox 360. Giving players the chance to play this game will not only introduce them to the series but it will also present them with one of the most solid FPS action experiences of this generation.
So these are just a few of the titles that would be perfect on the Free Games With Gold program, as they will offer a variety of experiences for players. What games do you believe should be offered on the program? Tell us in the comments below.