Fable III, Defense Grid, Assassin’s Creed 2, Crackdown, and Dead Rising 2. What do all of these games have in common? Well, they’re all part of Microsoft’s “Free Games with Gold” campaign, which was recently implemented this past June and I can’t help but feel a bit confused by the games we’ve seen thus far. Aside from Assassin’s Creed 2, there hasn’t been much of a reason to download any of these games. Granted, that is merely my personal opinion, but I’m sure there are others out there who aren’t necessarily pleased by Microsoft’s free game line up.
Considering Microsoft’s current program is still very young compared to Playstation Plus, I do feel inclined to give it a bit of grace. That being said, why are we receiving titles like Defense Grid? If Microsoft wants to bolster its online numbers it should have released a series of blockbuster titles at the beginning of the program to gain consumer trust. Instead, Microsoft manipulated the consumer market by throwing out names like “Halo 3,” which sounded great, but big name titles like Halo are yet to make an appearance. For those of us who already have Xbox Live it’s not that big of a deal because the free games we’re receiving are essentially icing on the cake, but it still doesn’t excuse releases like Crackdown and Defense Grid. If it is in fact the goal of Microsoft to make us feel rewarded for being loyal Xbox Live Gold Memebers then they should show it by means of better free game releases.
What do you think? Are you satisfied with the free games released to Xbox Live Gold Members so far? Vote using the poll below or drop me a comment in the comments section.
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- Dead Rising 2 Now Free for Xbox 360 Gold Subscribers via Games with Gold (news.softpedia.com)
- Crackdown, Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 2: Case Zero free for Xbox Live Gold members in Aug. (polygon.com)
- Next up on the “Games With Gold” program for all Xbox Live Gold Members! (reviewbros.com)
- Reminder: Assassin’s Creed 2 is free on Xbox 360 today (games.com)
- ‘Dead Rising 2,’ expansion now available for free for Xbox Live Gold members (neowin.net)
- Xbox gets Live TV, more ways to use Kinect (reviews.cnet.com)
- Coming soon: Microsoft E3 press briefing (live blog) (reviews.cnet.com)