Xbox Games with Gold has been a constant source of joy for fans of Microsoft?s console. While the Xbox One might not have a killer library like the PS4 this 2016, it does have its own set of quality titles and the ever handy backwards compatibility feature.
Now that we’re halfway through July, it seems like it would be appropriate to ponder on the next set of games that will be part of Microsoft’s excellent subscription service. Microsoft has been very smart with their choices of games, usually getting a solid mix of Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles. Here are the titles we think will be included as August’s free games.
An upcoming top-down shooter from Arc Games, Livelock would be a very good choice as one of the Xbox Games with Gold. Multiplayer shooters have always been popular with fans, and making it free on its launch would get the attention of Xbox fans who would not have looked at it, had it not been part of the Games with Gold program.
The sequel to the surprisingly successful Grow Home, Grow Up continues the first game’s mix of platforming and puzzle gameplay. BUD returns, but instead of going through a fairly linear path, the sequel will now be an open-world where players must search for the pieces of his broken ship. The sequel also has several new features, like a flying companion named POD. Sony gave included Grow Home in their PlayStation Plus Free games for September 2015, and it would surely be intriguing if Microsoft were to give away the sequel this August.
Dragon Age 2
A game many consider to be the black sheep of the Dragon Age series, it is still a pretty decent RPG in its own right. Sure, it might not have the robust customization of the first game or the current-gen sequel Inquisition, but it does have a solid story and some fun combat. The dialogue is also a highlight like in most games from Bioware and would be a solid addition to the subscription-based service.
South Park: The Stick of Truth
With The Fractured But Whole coming out soon, it would be fun to see this quirky RPG get the Games with Gold treatment. The Stick of Truth feels like a love letter to fans of the series, with plenty of good jokes ? though not all are tasteful ? and references to the show.
Download July’s Xbox Games with Gold while they are still available.