One of the best things game companies could do for their fans is give away games.
Announced last E3, Microsoft has been bringing free games to Xbox 360 consoles with their Games With Gold program. All users need is an Xbox Live membership, the memory space, and the games available for download that month will be free. Some of the more popular Games With Gold games included Halo 3, Assassin’s Creed 2 and Crackdown.
Microsoft has recently announced that Games With Gold will be making its way onto Xbox One consoles in June. The Xbox One version of Games With Gold will actually mimic the PlayStation 4’s approach of a PlayStation Plus account to play the games. Users will now need an Xbox Live Gold Membership in order to download and play the games.
The first available downloadable games on Xbox One are Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault.
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is a 2D platformer developed by Press Play. The game follows Max, a boy who comes home from school one day and finds that his younger brother, named Felix, has destroyed all of his toys. In a fury, Max finds a way to rid himself of his annoying little brother, but accidentally sends him into another dimension. Max must then save his brother from the monsters of this alternate dimension.
The second game is Halo: Spartan Assault. This top-down, third-person shooter was originally on Microsoft and Windows phone before being brought to consoles. In the game, players control their character with the left joystick, and their bullets with the right; much like those who have played the Dead Ops Arcade game in Call of Duty: Black Ops. The game takes place between Halo 3 and Halo 4 and follows a squad of Spartans, the military elite of the United Nation Space Command (USNC), as they battle against rogue Covenant enemies who have ignored the treaty signed after the events of Halo 3.
Both of these games are interesting choices for the first free games on Xbox One with Games With Gold. Halo: Spartan Assault takes the well-known Halo franchise and, with a twist foreign to the series, makes a whole new experience of the Halo universe. Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is another interesting first choice in contrast to Halo: Spartan Assault. Taking a less popular game and making it free to play could raise awareness about other not so well known games that deserve as much recognition as Titanfall or Call of Duty.
We’ll see how Microsoft takes the Games With Gold idea and makes things better (and cheaper) for gamers at this year’s E3.
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