As announced during their E3 conference in June, Microsoft has stuck to their word insofar that starting today; Xbox Live Gold Members will be allowed two games downloads per month for free.
Yusuf Mehdi Microsoft SVP had received a cheer from the audience when he broke news about the two game quota per month for existing as well as new members on June 10th but the initial two games announced back then are nowhere to be seen right now.
Halo 3 and Assassin’s Creed 2 were to be the initial free downloads but instead Defense Grid: The Awakening –an arcade game, has been announced as the first free download. Though we might see Halo and Assassin’s Creed sometime soon as they are still listed on Xbox’s website as part of the offer but they are surely not the first games up for grabs under the “Games with Gold” promotion.
Defense Grid is usually charged 10 bucks which the users can avoid now if they have a Live Membership and if they use it to download the game before 16th of July according to Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb’s blog post. It looks like the first game and second game for each month will be available to download on the 1st and 16th of each month respectively.
Other than that Major Nelson has some more good news! The Xbox Live “Ultimate Game Sale” kicks off this week and the Xbox Live director of programming has listed 31 titles on his blog that will be discounted during the whole weekend.
He states that the games will be put up on sale at different times during the week and no exact timing has been shared. How much discounts will be given is still to be known.
The list includes newer games like Far Cry 3 and Crysis 3 along with some of the older titles. Here’s the complete list of games up for grabs at different times during the week:
- Assassin’s Creed III
- Bioshock Infinite
- Borderlands 2
- Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
- Command and Conquer Red Alert 3
- Crysis 3
- Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga
- Dragon Age Origins
- Far Cry 3
- Far Cry Instincts Predator
- Forza Horizon
- Gears of War: Judgement
- Hasbro Family Game Night 3
- Hitman Absolution
- Kinect Sports 2
- Left 4 Dead 2
- Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes
- Lego Lord of the Rings
- Mass Effect
- Metal Gear Rising: Revengence
- Monopoly Streets
- Perfect Dark Zero
- Rockstar Table Tennis
- The Orange Box
- Tomb Raider
- Witcher 2
- WWE 13
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Where the Ultimate Game Sale will last for this week as of now, Xbox website states that the Games with Gold promotion will end with the launch of Xbox One as they have no plans so far of continuing the promotion for the next gen console.
Looks like Microsoft is rolling out its dice as well!