Defense Grid - The Awakening

Defense Grid: The Awakening!

Back at its E3 presentation during the beginning of June, Microsoft announced that they would roll out free games for Gold Xbox LIVE members as way to reward their loyalty. They’re calling it “Games With Gold.”

No matter how you shake it, the decision to bring on such a program is a clear model based around Sony’s successul PlayStation Plus system. PS Plus members get free games, and Sony recently shared an image encapsulating its first full year of free software. Here’s that because why not?

PlayStation Plus Year One Free Games

To be fair, Defense Grid: The Awakening is a strong tower defense game. The problem? It’s quite old at this point. It launched for the PC back in December of 2008.

That was five years ago. Sony, on the other hand, is rolling out games like Saints Row: The ThirdUncharted 3: Drake’s DeceptionLittleBigPlanet Karting and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The oldest game in that pile is Uncharted 3, and that released in 2011.

PS Plus is $49.99 per year, Xbox LIVE Gold is $60 per year and you can get Defense Grid: The Awakening from Amazon for $4.99. Just saying.

As for the promised Assassin’s Creed II and Halo 3? They’re coming. When? Not sure.