The Xbox One’s first Games With Gold are now live

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Xbox 360 owners who subscribe to Xbox Live gold have up until recently, been getting pretty lacklustre, old games for free as part of Microsoft’s Games with Gold – but at least they’ve been getting games. Xbox One owners haven’t been quite as lucky, getting the digital equivalent of Darryn’s sex life every month. This month, that changes – and the first two games for Xbox One owners are now live.

If you possess an Xbox One, you can now download two games on the house. Before you get too excited, they’re not exactly exceptional games – though to be fait, neither are the PS4 games available on PlayStation Plus.


Right now, you can download the micro-transaction addled Halo: Spartan Assault  and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood for nothing. Halo Spartan Assault is a top-down shooter set between Halo 3 and 4, and features a campaign of over 30 missions that the game, laughably, wants you to pay real-world money to buy weapons for.


Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is an action-adventure, puzzle-filled platformer that has you drawing things with a magical marker in order to traverse hazard-filled levels to save your brother.

As with PlayStation Plus, you can actually add these games to your library without actually owning an Xbox One, so if you subscribe to gold, you may as well grab these while they’re available. Unfortunately. those with South African Xbox Live accounts won’t be able to take advantage here, as they’ll be greeted with a message saying “The Xbox One Games Store is not supported in your region at this time.”

If you have a US or UK account though, here’s where to go to add these games to your libraries.

Last Updated: June 4, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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