Xbox Games With Gold August 2014 Previewby Brett Howse on July 28, 2014 6:30 PM EST
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The latest round of upcoming games for the Games with Gold program have been announced today, and unlike last month, there are no carryover games on the list. As seems to be the norm, Xbox One owners with Xbox Live Gold subscriptions will receive two games available for a free purchase for the entire month of August, while Xbox 360 owners get two games split over two weeks each. Hopefully this will get changed soon so that all games are available for the entire month.
“Available Aug. 1-31, Crimson Dragon, originally an Xbox One launch title, and acts as a spiritual successor to the much-beloved Panzer Dragoon saga. It’s a fast-paced rail shooter set in a beautiful fantasy world, where you can join with up to three other players for online co-op battles. You have a half-dozen majestic draconian steeds to choose from, and they level up as you progress through the game’s epic story. Crimson Dragon also features a killer soundtrack, courtesy of Panzer Dragoon composer Saori Kobayashi.”
The game is set in a science fiction universe where humans have recently colonized a planet inhabited by dragons, which can be befriended and controlled. The game is a spiritual successor to the Panzer Dragoon series, however critical and user reviews of the game have been mixed. The game scores a 56/100 on Metacritic and 6.6 for the User score. Crimson Dragon normally sells for $19.99.
Strike Suite Zero: Director’s Cut
“Also available Aug. 1-31, Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut has its origins in crowdfunding platform Kickstarter and was the first title from the ID@Xbox program. You take on the role of a pilot of the titular suit, flying it against aggressors in epic space battles. One of the key hooks is that you are only a small part of these battles, with huge ships duking it out around you, and your objectives within them clearly defined – but it’s up to you to accomplish them as you see fit. With fantastic ship design, gigantic battles, and plenty of weapons and enemies to deal with, Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut gives space-sim fans on Xbox One plenty to chew on.”
Strike Suit Zero is from the independent game developer Born Ready Games, and was originally a Kickstarter project. Strike Suit Zero was originally released on the PC in January 2013, with Mac and Linux versions coming out in August. The game is a space flight combat game where you play a fighter pilot for the United Nations of Earth. It scored slightly higher than Crimson Dragon in both critical reviews and user scores, with a 68/100 and 6.9 User score on Metacritic. Strike Suit Zero normally sells for $19.99.
“Available Aug. 1-15, back on earth Xbox 360 gamers get to tool around the dirt tracks and mud pits of their imaginations with Motocross Madness, an off-road motorcycle racing game. Racing against the clock (or other racers) is just a small part of this one, as you’ll be able to perform tricks, run through obstacle courses, or just motor around big maps and explore as you please. Asynchronous multiplayer via social networks means you can involve your friends, even if they’re off doing something else while you’re playing. Unlimited potential!”
Bongfish GmbH is the developer for the first of the Xbox 360 games, Motocross Madness. This off-road motorcycle racing game has been well received by both fans and critics alike, scoring a 73 Metascore for critics reviews, and 8.3 as a User score. Motocross Madness normally retails for $9.99 in the Xbox 360 store.
“Finally, available Aug. 16-31, Xbox 360 owners get to experience Dishonored, an award-winning steampunk stealth/action title. You play Corvo, erstwhile bodyguard of the Empress, turned assassin. Your job is to protect the princess, take out the bad guys who are trying to take over the Empire, and do it all undetected. You have an arsenal of gadgets, weapons, and magical powers to help you, but the most important is your own brain. Challenges in Dishonored often have multiple solutions, so lateral thinking is more important than a quick trigger finger. You can blast your way through, too, to be sure – there’s something for everyone here – but cleverness is rewarded more than aggression.”
The second game for the Xbox 360 is Dishonored by Arkane Studios. Dishonored, which normally sells for $19.99, originally came out in October 2012. This is a stealth based action-adventure game which received numerous awards including the 2012 Spike Video Game award for Best Action-Adventure Game and the 2013 BAFTA award for Best Game. It received a 91/100 Metascore on Metacritic and a 8.3 User Score.
This month’s Games with Gold seems to favor the Xbox 360 as far as the overall reception of the games. That’s not a huge surprise considering the much larger catalog. In case you missed it, last month’s games can still be had until July 31, so check them out if you missed them.
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Morawka - Monday, July 28, 2014 - linkWOW amazing month for Xbox Games with Gold. Games that haven't even been released for Xbox One.
Also Dishonored is not so old and is considered a AAA title.
I wish sony's free games were this great, so i could get more time on my PS4
Alexvrb - Monday, July 28, 2014 - linkYeah for 360 owners Dishonored is a nice surprise. I already have it for PC mind you, but for console-only gamers that's one heck of a nice freebie.
althaz - Monday, July 28, 2014 - linkWow, awesome line-up for the first time ever. Even Crimson Dragon is worth a go if it's free!
jayymalll - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - linkWTF... Dishonored?!?!? They just had this game on sale for about 4$ during their summer sale, now they're giving it away for FREE! This is crazy, i'm done with Microsoft.
IndyJaws - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - linkMotocross Madness?!?! I wasted dozens (hundreds?) of hours playing this on PC back in the late 90s! Sweet!
peoplesmachine - Sunday, August 3, 2014 - link"You know last month for 360 owners was garbage with two Arcade titles that suck..gotham city imposters is a MP FPS with gadjets that you have to play online and battle block theater was boring. This month we get motocross mania or whatever and it's an avatar based racing game. I already tried the demo and the controls are terrible and also it's rather boring, there is no music playing at all in exploration mode..Really? How lazy..and avatar game..wow Thanks alot MS.
Now Dishonered is a great game but I already own it..bought it on sale a few months ago for 10 bucks. So this month for me and last month was a waste of time.
The only really other good game that has been given away and don't tell me Ass Creed 2 and Halo 3 are good games because they are not which were were free months ago. The only game recently was the new Hitman which is stellar by the way. The Lara Croft twin stick shoot was also a good game they gave away but giving us titles that are several years old is crap considering I have been a live member since the original xbox so do the math of what I have paid each and every year for it. STOP giving us lame 10 dollar Arcade titles it's Crap and most of which are not worth anyone's time to DL. How about giving us Marlow Briggs, or how about A.R.E.S. Extinction that's a good game, or how abvout Afterburner Climax, or maybe Hydor Thunder, or Shadow Complex but you see they won't because those are those money making titles on there. The crap they give us from Arcade other than the Lara Croft and maybe Charlie Murder have been worthless titles that no one was buying to begin with.
I appreciate the fact it's free but stop with garbage hell a couple months ago you gave away Street Fighter Arcade Edition but didn't tell anyone...I found out going online but on the menu screen for Games with Gold it's wasn't even on there. I already had Street Fighter Cross Tekken so I did not care. How about this MS..how about you allow Gold members to pick any on demand title that's twenty or less as a free DL, simply go to game and it gives you the option for a free download by asking you do you want to use this as your games for gold? Stop with the BS Arcade titles, thanks for the occasional free game that is good like Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising Case Zero, that was awesome but Fable 3 C'mon! If I want Fable 3 which is garbage by the way I can go to Gamestop and pay less than 4 DOLLARS! for it. This month blows chunks for Games for Gold yes Dishonered is awesome but I already have it. Maybe others do not so that is great for them but does me no good. Plus I like driving games but not MOTOCROSS with Avatars! This game blows...."