Microsoft’s Ultimate Game Sale – These are the Games

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:

  1. Assassin’s Creed III
  2. Bioshock Infinite
  3. Borderlands 2
  4. Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
  5. Bulletstorm
  6. Command and Conquer Red Alert 3
  7. Crysis
  8. Crysis 3
  9. Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga
  10. Dragon Age Origins
  11. Far Cry 3
  12. Far Cry Instincts Predator
  13. Forza Horizon
  14. Gears of War: Judgement
  15. Hasbro Family Game Night 3
  16. Hitman Absolution
  17. Kinect Sports 2
  18. Left 4 Dead 2
  19. Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes
  20. Lego Lord of the Rings
  21. Mass Effect
  22. Metal Gear Rising: Revengence
  23. Monopoly Streets
  24. Perfect Dark Zero
  25. Prey
  26. Rockstar Table Tennis
  27. The Orange Box
  28. Tomb Raider
  29. Witcher 2
  30. WWE 13
  31. 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!