July’s Xbox Games With Gold are pure classics

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Juky GWG

I’ve got a whole new interest in Microsoft’s current Games With Gold promotion on Xbox platforms. Primarily because I’m hoping that a few Xbox 360 gems will be getting some backwards compatibility on Xbox One and will in turn make me feel like less of an idiot for giving my entire box of old-gen games to my brother-in-law.

ANYWAY. Here’s what’s on the way next month, in the program:

Xbox One

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag


July 2015 will see the release of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag via Games with Gold for Xbox One, for the entire month.

This critically-acclaimed, swashbuckling adventure set during the Golden Age of Pirates puts players in the shoes boots of Edward Kenway, a pirate captain trained by Assassins.

Gamers sail the high seas in the dreaded Jackdaw in search of adventure and treasure while embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars. assassin and pirate, as he sails the seas – exploring, taking prizes, and discovering the secrets of ancient civilizations.

So Many Me


In the all-new puzzle-focused platformer So Many Me, blob-shaped clones with different abilities take on an ancient, evil by leveraging their ever-so-slightly different mutations.

This game is about thinking laterally, looking cute, and asking yourself the key existential questions: Who are you? Why are there so many of me? And how can I get more of these sweet costumes?

You get dozens of levels, hundreds of puzzles, thousands of ways to solve them. You’ll need to have good thumbstick skills and a sharp mind to take this one down!

Xbox 360

Plants vs. Zombies


We’re sure you’ve already heard of the original Plants vs. Zombies by PopCap Games. It’s only the multi-award-winning tower defense game to beat all tower defense games.

The amazing title pretty much says it all: A bunch of not-too-frightening zombies are attacking a house, and that house has a garden in front of it. In that garden, you can plant a variety of different flowers, veggies, trees, nuts, you name it.

The point is, they all have different powers, and they all really hate zombies. So plan correctly, use your limited resources to stop those pesky zombies from reaching your back door, and learn a thing or two about green thumbs while you’re at it.

Gears of War 3


It may be more of an evolution than a revolution, but it’s one that takes the series’ tried-and-tested mechanics, tightens and refines them until they’re almost faultless. Gears of War has a reputation for being a big, dumb shooter – though it’s obvious its designers are anything but.

There’s some very clever design required There’s no doubt this is the best Gears of War game, and one of the best exclusives available on the Xbox 360.

It’s not a bad selection. Not a bad one at all. In fact those are some rather damn good games, although you’ve most likely already played them because of said quality. Gears Of War 3 is my personal highlight on that list, as it’s easily the best game in the series.

It’s also the only game in the series that got my eyeballs to start malfunctioning. Dammit Dom, why’d you have to do that, huh? DOM NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Last Updated: June 26, 2015

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