Microsoft’s Games for Gold plan is going to be offering free games during the 1st and 16th of every month. How old of games we are talking here has yet to be fully unearthed, but with promises of Halo 3 and Assassin’s Creed II, Microsoft might have to realize eventually that we already own those games and have beaten them in the five years they’ve been available.
Can anyone remember the awkward moment what E3 when this new deal was announced? I sure can. Free Halo 3 and Assassin’s Creed II seems almost patronizing at this point.
“As our way of saying thanks for being part of this community, we’re giving all qualifying Gold members two free Xbox 360 games each month for the rest of the year. Each specially selected, fan-favorite game will be available to download only for a limited time, so grab them before they’re gone and keep them no matter what.”
Sony’s wildly successful Instant Game Collection has proved to be huge in getting PlayStation Plus subscriptions up, and no doubt Microsoft wants a piece of that action.
Freebies seem to be the way to go, but there needs to be a little more luxury to lure some over. Promises of Halo 3 and Assassin’s Creed II, the equivalent of what Sony promises, might be more alluring, but “free” and “Xbox Live” have had a rocky past.
In all fairness though, Sony’s free offerings last only as long as the PlayStation Plus subscription lasts. Microsoft’s program seems to make the titles officially yours, but the limited run raises the question of how long this revelation that free stuff sells will stick.
It’s nice to see that the company is catching on to the idea. It’s not the same as downloading slightly more recent hits like Saints Row:The Third, but it’s a start. It shows Microsoft is willing to start sharing the goods for free.
The Games for Gold selection right now is Fable 3, so get it while it’s hot!