If Halo 3 wasn’t enough of an example to prove how little interest Microsoft has in delivering this whole “free game” idea to the best of its capabilities, then let his month’s selection sink in.
Gears of War was the first killer app for the Xbox 360. It sold millions of consoles and created a best selling franchise that many would go on to become one of the hottest new franchises of the generation. It did this in 2006, when it was being released alongside PlayStation 2 games like Okami and Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII.
It’s on sale used at Amazon for 1 cent, and Gamestop has it for $2.99 pre-owned. For some reason, it is still $19.99 through the Xbox Live Game on Demand, and it can be yours for free in December.
In the meantime, the PlayStation Plus subscribers in Europe get free copies of Resogun and Contrast, which were released last week. Both were promised on American shores too. Guacamelee was also a hit released this year which can confirm how much Sony is dominating this tactic.
If you want to do this right and not seem like you could care less Microsoft, then at least look like your trying. Gears of War 3 would have been a fine non-cynical choice, and it’s first-party so there is no need to go shelling out money to other companies.
Shoot Many Robots is a bit more in line with the times since it was released in 2012, but I haven’t heard of it.
There is one way to see this sale as a positive. I seem to have no problem with retro games becoming available through free bargains like these. Is Gears of War old enough to be considered a savvy retro release, or are the days of retro classics long since over?