Microsoft’s Games with Gold finally gets its act together

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Sony changed the face of online networks when they released PlayStation Plus onto the gaming world and taking everyone by surprise by giving all their subscribers free games every month. What’s more is that these games were pretty new and generally very good.

Microsoft then tried to get in on the act by giving their subscribers free games but they missed the point really as all their offerings were really old games that no one was interested in any more.

Well it seems like all the bad press their Games with Gold feature received has sunk in and Microsoft have upped their game considerably.

The 2 games that will be free to Xbox Live members in January are the highly rated Sleeping Dogs and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

Both of which were listed in our top 100 games of the generation recently and if you haven’t played them then there is absolutely no reason to not download these tomorrow.

What’s even better is that unlike PSN+ if you do cancel your Xbox Live membership then you can still continue playing the games. So go grab a 7 day card and download the games. Cheapest top quality games you are going to get this holiday season.

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Last Updated: December 31, 2013

Gavin Mannion

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  • Hammersteyn

    Well done MS, now they are getting it.

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    Like most things MS people had to pretty much scream complaints at them for years before anything was done… I still don’t understand why people support them.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      I know hey, it’s like you have to spam their boards, harass them on twitter, orchestrate a mass internet movement before they take notice. I hate them so much!

      • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

        You just know deep down in your soul that if Sony didn’t have PSN and Steam wasn’t a thing and MS was left to their own devices that they would just rape pricing… THAT is what makes me hate them.

        • Honestly Steam and Sony would do the same if they could get away with it… okay maybe not Steam but definitely Sony

          • Hammersteyn

            I must agree, if Sony was the only dog in the yard and didn’t have to worry about MS then PS+ would be way different.

          • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

            Sony might do it, but with MS I just KNOW they will. I like to see Sony as a more holistically orientated company. They try to work towards a balance. Where MS is just money hungry.

          • er did you forget about their previous Rootkit debacle and the “get a second job” to pay for the PS3?

            Corporates are all the same

          • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

            At least Gabe is trying to save the world for us… <3 Gabe

      • ALKi1234

        That’s some brutal honesty right there.

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          Bananas tell it like it is! 😛

          • Sentinal_Slug

            You have one mad obsession with bananas my friend haha!

    • loss

      Umm did you remember the PS3 launch? thats exactly the same crap we had to do with Sony. Yelling at them for years WE DONT WANT A BLU RAY PLAYER WE WANT GAMES until 2008 came around and they finally started giving us games.

  • Her Highness the Hipster

    everyone should play sleeping dogs. well done MS – finally a game that’s worthwhile!

    • Hammersteyn

      I just hope they can keep this up. R600 a year is still a bit more than PS+ though.

    • Brian Murphy

      Oh I will, but, I didn’t have to buy a One for it. <3 Steam Christmas Sale!

      • Mathias

        “Buy a One”? Are you that dumb?

        • Brian Murphy

          Obviously not, I used the steam sale :P. Learn to read. Is English really that difficult to comprehend?

          Let’s see, $8 dollars for Sleeping Dogs + All DLC, or…buy a whole console, and pay for their shitty closed network to get it for free. Sounds like I’m actually ahead of the curve when it comes to intelligence.

          • Mathias

            Sleeping Dogs is for last gen… MS gave away the vanilla game for free, for the 360, not the One.

            You’re ahead of the curve, but not when it comes to intelligence.

          • Brian Murphy

            Article says nothing about the 360, just says XBL Gold, which would lead one to believe you simply need Microsoft hardware + XBL Gold. Learn to Read.

          • Mathias

            LOL, you’re just stupid and take any chance to bash a console because you’re just that, stupid.

            Whenever you want to troll, or laugh about something, try at least to know what you’re laughing about. Or even better, when a lot of people can get a good game for free, regardless of the system, you can actually type “gee, good one. This is a good game. Enjoy it!” instead of being a dumbass.

            Your argument about this whole article and whatever is as idiotic as your original comment, so have a nice 2014, dude 😉

          • Brian Murphy

            It’s not free though, is it?

            And what argument did I have? From the 2 sentences I originally posted? It was a joke, learn to recognize them from afar, and you won’t look like a total douchebag in the process.

            And if you have a problem with my reaction, welcome to the internet. It’s full of jokes, snide remarks, and sarcasm. Deal with it.

          • Mathias

            It’s a gift, though. And your comment had neither snide remarks or sarcasm. It was plain dumb.

            One thing is a joke, another is to bash something just for the sake of bashing. If you’re happy being part of the scum of the Internet, good for you. Now I’m bored. You just are too ridiculous to mantain my interest.

            Happy new year, asshole.

          • why are you two so grumpy on the last day of 2013?

          • Brian Murphy

            I’m not grumpy, I had my coffee already today woo 🙂

            I just don’t back down from morons who can’t take a joke. Poor Mathias, thinks he’s getting under my skin.

          • It’s late afternoon here so I’m on the beers and cocktails already

          • Brian Murphy

            Haha, cocktails and beers would signify a fairly robust drinking problem at 8 in the morning. Although, to be fair, it’s not the earliest I’ve started drinking (or stopped) hah. Been awhile since I pulled an all-night bender though. And the only time I start drinking before 8am is St Patricks Day. Though, I’ve stopped that completely since I don’t celebrate his life, as it’s a celebration of the Church eradicating the history and culture of my ancestors….but that’s another story entirely.

          • Brian Murphy

            It was dumb to you, but apparently other people found it amusing, or at least agreed that the Steam Sale fucking rocks.

            And it’s not free, if you have to buy a console and network access to get it. Spin that however you like, but that is literally the exact opposite of free.

            The joke is you keep wishing me a happy new year, but lack the balls to say what you really feel. Pussy.

          • Mathias

            Balls on the internet? Please… Stop it. I really do wish you a happy new year, regardless of being a cunt. Being a cunt and an idiot doesn’t mean you’re bad, tho, even if you enjoy writing stupid shit.

            Now shove that PC up your ass and enjoy it!

          • Mark Treloar

            Says the one making all the personal attacks.

          • Mathias

            Join him. He does need some back up.

          • Mark Treloar

            I think you have helped him enough already.

      • Mathias

        LOL, you even had to edit it because you can’t handle being an idiot. GG

        • Brian Murphy

          Who’s the idiot, someone who takes a joke too seriously, or someone who realizes they forgot to include a piece of information and edits it for clarification?

    • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

      I will be playing this! Oi, have you started LO yet?

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    That’s more like it, maybe Major Nelson got the message after our prolonged spamming of his board.

    Although, not enough to get me to resub. Only a few more months and I will be free of Xbox live gold. Good riddance!

    • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

      Silence bot!

  • Admiral Chief in Vegas

    Hey all, thanks for 2013, see you next year!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      You too dude, have a great one.

  • Avithar
  • Mathias

    Well, finally, is all I can say. If they end up giving away shit like Infinite or DMC then the god damn fanboys will shut the hell up eventually.

  • Damian Paynter

    It’s looking up!! Well done Microsoft, it seems like they are listening at last…

  • Guest

    Pity the damn games are region locked…

  • xboxforsale

    January Games with Gold: Sleeping Dogs, Lara farm guarding the sunshine

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