November’s Games With Gold doubles up on Xbox One

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You all know how it works by now. You pay up for an annual subscription to network services on your favourite console, and you get the added benefit of a carrot being dangled in your face, a carrot mad up of “free” games every month. Next month however, that carrot is going to be a bit bigger on Xbox, as the Games With Gold service doubles down in size thanks to some backwards compatibility love.

Next month, any game listed in the Xbox 360 section for Games With Gold, will be compatible on Xbox One when the console starts running some old school emulation from November 12. Which means that in November, you’ll have four games to choose from:

Pneuma: Breath of Life – November 1-30 on Xbox One

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Pneuma: Breath of Life is an intricately designed adventure/puzzle title that challenges players to delve into the mystery of consciousness and discover the power of one’s own decisions. Beautifully rendered – yet utterly sparse – environments convey a sense of lonely wonderment, while a minimalistic soundtrack helps set the stage for exploration and discovery.

This is an utterly solitary game, but one that will leave you thinking, questioning, and wondering long after it’s over.

Knight Squad – November 16 – December 15 on Xbox One

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On the other end of the spectrum, Games with Gold is spotlighting Knight Squad, an action-filled, medieval-themed multiplayer party game with one goal in mind: Kick as much enemy butt as possible.

You pick your representative knight, then face off against up to seven other players in a series of top-down, bird’s-eye-view arenas, in several different game modes – including deathmatch and a modified “soccer” mode, where you have to kill the other team to get to their goal.

Part Bomberman, part Castle Crashers, Knight Squad is nonstop thrills for a party weekend.

DiRT 3 – November 1-15 on Xbox 360.

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For Xbox 360 (and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility), Games with Gold starts off November with Codemasters’ critically acclaimed DiRT 3.

Competing in iconic rally cars across three continents, players can race through snow, rain and dirt and experience dramatic night races with thrilling rally driving or express themselves in the Gymkhana mode, inspired by Ken Block’s incredible freestyle driving event.

Dungeon Siege III – November 16-30 on Xbox 360

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Finally, also coming to Xbox 360 is the action-role-playing game Dungeon Siege III. Players can choose from one of four characters, each with unique abilities, to embark on an epic adventure through a medieval land filled to the brim with dangerous monsters and fabulous treasures.

Up to four characters can join the party at once, and while the A.I. will control these for you, Dungeon Siege III notably features full drop-in, drop-out online co-op play, so a friend can join you for the many twisting and turning levels.

And, true to the series’ roots, there are no loading screens – the entire adventure unfolds across a single, seamless world.

DiRT 3 is easily my highlight on that list. It’s one of the last great rally games made for many a year, mixing Tokyo Sexwale drifting with mud in your eyes. Not a terrible offering at all next month, but hardly worth jumping up and down about.

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Last Updated: October 29, 2015

Darryn Bonthuys

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  • Nice bit of optimism, D – but these games are not awesome. No sir, no sir.

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja
      • Hammersteyn

        teehee

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          Finally, a worthy comment to use that on!

    • Nikola

      True they actually as crap as Sony PS+ lineups are lately!

    • I bet they’ll be awesome on a 4K monitor.

  • Hammersteyn

    PS+ stopped trying, seems it took the pressure of XBOX

    • WitWolfy

      They should call its PS+ indie shovelware “FOR THE GAMERS”.. I barely even downloAd games from PS+ anymore.. THE MAIN REASON I GOT IT 4 YEARS AGO to BEGIN WITH!!

      • Hammersteyn

        Yeah, we’ve waited almost 2 years now for PS+ to get some games with a bigger budget. Problem is you need PS+ to play online

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          [goes to check how much Steam/uPlay/Origin costs per month…….comes back with smile]

          • Hammersteyn

            LOL Gog Galaxy for me thanks

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Oh, that is free too

      • Nikola

        Yeah it’s disappointing well they both are even these Xbox games are crap they both need to fucking start giving us decent games!

  • WitWolfy

    Just read Sony wont bring PS3 BC to PS4.. I say hello Xbox my old friend…. Guess I’ll have to make you my main console AGAIN… So tired of Sonys arrogance these days.

    Kudos to the games of the month. Totally gonna get it.

    • Hammersteyn

      That’s why I kept my PS3. But my backlog on my PS4 has kept me from it for almost a year 🙁

      • WitWolfy

        I still have my PS3 too.. But its like they dont even care of main features people really want. They only care about making the ultimate PEWDIEPIE streaming machine.. with shovelware indie titles nobody wants..

        • Hammersteyn

          I always frowned on indies. But there have been many titles that won me over. It’s funny what can happen when one is force fed a certain product

          • WitWolfy

            Or learn to love it?? Lets just say I’ve never been a fan of 2d platform games..

          • Hammersteyn

            Was my bread and butter growing up.

          • WitWolfy

            Yes growing up.. Not now.. Technology has spoiled me.

          • Hammersteyn

            But but, there’s that Mega Man Collection on my wishlist

    • Nikola

      Thing is dude to be honest I really don’t want backward compatibility like I bought a new console to what, play old games?? Which I already played with old outdated graphics. What’s the point? I agree it wouldn’t hurt Sony to have it don’t get me wrong but personally MEH!!

      • Ir0nseraph

        So you will pass on the chance to replay mass effect ?

        • Nikola

          I do have it on PC already so can play it there! Would like it on my PS4 as well but as a remaster rather with all the DLC bundled and updated graphics!

          • WitWolfy

            Saying no to more games is just plain dumb because its last gen, looks like you forgot just how good MANY games were last gen bro.. Just my 5c.

          • Nikola

            Not free games though??? There were some GREAT games last gen but again they have been played and finished or I own them already what is the point of buying them again. But that’s my point of view there is absolutely nothing with backwards compatibility I just would never use it…

      • WitWolfy

        And yet you probably bought a “remaster” title at least once this gen.. Correct?

        • Ir0nseraph

          A remastered and BC isn’t exactly the same unless it’s prototype 2, a remaster normally gives you all the content and graphics gets and upgrade, and if your lucky you get a full series like uncharted 1 to 3 all for the great price of a single game.

          • WitWolfy

            Oh really…

            Let me begin… by posting this…

            TLOU
            http://www.gamepur.com/files/images/2014/the-last-of-us-ps4-vs-ps3-comparison.jpg

            http://i.blogs.es/449424/650_1000_video-de-the-last-of-us-comparando-su-version-de-ps3-vs-ps4/650_1200.jpg

            Uncharted 2

            https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Hc1FmBYCih4/maxresdefault.jpg

            http://blogjob.com/oneangrygamer/files/2015/10/Image246-585×300.jpg

            Not much of a difference, is there?

            As for “gives you all the content” so does a GOTY.. You argument is invalid.. Enjoy your “remaster” collections…

          • Ir0nseraph

            Odd when I load gears of war 1 BC on my Xbox 1 it looks like shit, but when I play gears remastered it looks much better, and it has PC stages included, get that on your GOTY edition.

          • WitWolfy

            Really??? Looks exactly the same to me??? Heck it even loads faster and the texture pop ups almost disappears instantly.

          • Ir0nseraph

            OK then, BC is king enjoy.

          • WitWolfy
          • Nikola

            Looks the same exactly the same though. Spend money on an old game with old graphics on a new console! How much will Mass Effect be with BC?

          • WitWolfy

            At least that old game and is like R80 at BT Games… At least..

          • Nikola

            Ohhh shit ok I though it was a digital thingy, so you can just put any XBox 360 game disc inside, not bad then I guess if you own them already especially!

          • Brady miaau

            Yeah, that is my point. I am going to replay MAss Effect starting next month.

          • Nikola

            Nice!! I would as well got it on PC so it’s chilled but wouldn’t mind it on console but at the same time I wouldn’t buy it you know again since I finished it unless it’s like a remastered bundle all 3 together!

          • Ir0nseraph
          • WitWolfy

            Dude thats the GOW remake “Remaster”

          • Ir0nseraph

            Yes as I stated first gears 1 vs Gears remastered , they look exactly the same don’t they ?

          • Nikola

            Yeah there is a HUUUUUUGE difference there!! That’s why for me if I want an old game badly rather remaster to be honest then BC with updated graphics and a bundle!

          • Hammersteyn

            He looks older on the PS4, more grey hair. Job well done

          • WitWolfy

            Do those few extra grey hairs justify a R800 double dip price tag?? Thats the question..

          • Hammersteyn

            *R200

          • WitWolfy

            Not on launch 😉

          • Hammersteyn

            Indeed, that’s why patience is key

          • WitWolfy

            Oh hush you!

          • Hammersteyn

            XD

          • Hammersteyn

            They should be going Forwards not Backwards.

          • WitWolfy

            LOL tell that to re-releasing old games.. Thats just fooling you by making it look like they’re going forward but in reality they’re just staying stationary.

          • Hammersteyn

            Have to agree, GOW1 look pretty ordinary and handled like a bus when I played it

          • WitWolfy

            Well ti was the first game of its type…

          • Brady miaau

            It is because the player characters WERE buse’s. And they cannot answer a telephone or dress themselves in shirts. Hands cannot reach head.

          • Hammersteyn

            hahaha

          • Brady miaau

            We gamers, Mr Hammer, are forcing them to look backwards. Nostalgia sells. It truly does.

          • Hammersteyn

            Good point

        • Nikola

          I bought Uncharted as I never had a PS3 but well worth the price as you get 3 games into one with much better visuals. But a I said to each to his own with so many brilliant new games I need to go back and spend money buying old games that I already played meh nooo thanks not for me personally I understand if someone would like to!

  • Pieter Kruger

    So 4 free games a month from now on? Do they still want us to buy games at all…..?!

    • Hammersteyn

      I wouldn’t buy these games, nor the ones on PS+ atm. Except Rocket League. I’d buy that any day

    • Brady miaau

      Yes. Yes they do. They choose carefully. I swear they give games away two months after they had them on sale at 50% off. Bastards.

      I BOUGHT Syndicate Black Flag on sale, next month was free.

  • Nikola

    Well seems like Xbox is going the same way as Sony is all these games are crap… I don’t know why we pay for subscritions anymore!

    • Pieter Kruger

      Would you give away 4 AAA titles at the same time that 2 of your best and most anticipated exclusives are releasing?

      • Nikola

        No of course not but that’s besides the point. Both Xbox and Sony line ups of free games have been terrible lately give me 1 AAA decent title a month and I will be happy, doesn’t have to be a brand new one either!

      • Hammersteyn

        LMAO 4 AAA games….

        • Pieter Kruger

          My point exactly!

          • Hammersteyn

            I’m 90% sure the XBOX One games are indies

          • Pieter Kruger

            Again….exactly, but also remember all 4 games from now on are XBOX ONE games….

          • Nikola
          • Pieter Kruger

            Surely that “Forza” footage was captured from PS Now….?

          • Nikola

            Yeah dude that’s totally “Forza” 😉 hahah just found it funny:)

          • Ir0nseraph

            XD

          • Hammersteyn

            teehee

          • Hammersteyn

            This is true.

          • Nikola

            Yip with 2 exclusives they have ***Runs

          • Brady miaau

            It seems as though some of the indie games are huge success’s, like that bike game, on a single track, think. (Name?)

          • Hammersteyn

            No idea…. Rocket League is awesome though

  • HvR

    “you get the added benefit of a carrot being dangled in your face”

    More like DiRTY floppy penis

  • Nikola

    http://9gag.com/gag/abbmwOv

    Just going to leave this here;)

  • Brady miaau

    bought Dungeon Siege 3 online and it got lost in the post, still in the days when Amazon.co.uk. shipped games here. Sweet justice means I can play it now on my Xbox One.

    Trouble is, it just does not look a good as 2 or even 1. It seems different. But for for free? Hell yeah. I play it.

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