The Xbox Live Games With Gold service offers subscribers up to four free games every single month and they're yours to keep – it’s extraordinary value. So what can fans anticipate through 2016?
Following on from our guide to predicting the next free Games With Gold titles, we thought we’d pull out our crystal ball and look through the current 2016 releases to predict contenders for the service. We’ve assembled a list of 16 titles that match our criteria, and we believe are highly likely to appear on Games With Gold during 2016 (assuming it continues to operate as it currently does). How would you like to pick-up some of the below games for free?
Games With Gold is a subscription service that opens access to a number of features on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, including the ability to play online and receive up to four free games a month to keep. The service costs $89.00 for 12 months in Australia, but that price varies depending on your region.
List of 2016 games with gold titles
- Alan Wake – Not only a fantastic game, this is the last project from developer Remedy, who is set to release Quantum Break in 2016. As a new IP, previous form will count for a lot with consumers and Alan Wake is an exemplary game experience.
- Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway – It has been a long journey between titles in this WWII series, and with developer Gearbox Software expecting to unleash news of a sequel in 2016, expect this classic to pop-up on Games With Gold just beforehand.
- Crackdown 2 – With this trilogy of open-world, comic-inspired action expected to round-out in 2016, expect the middle title to get a run on Games With Gold.
- Dark Souls II – With the third game on the horizon, and the original Dark Souls already appearing on the service, the sequel is a definite contender.
- Dead Island: Riptide – With the official sequel on the horizon and the original game already starring on the service, this dark spin-off looks a certainty at some point in 2016.
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution – With a direct follow-up incoming and publisher Eidos showing form with Tomb Raider, we expect the Definitive Edition of Deus Ex to hit the service in 2016.
- Doom 3 – Bethesda has form with the service and will want the coming Doom reboot to knock it out of the park, so reach back into the vault is a no-brainer.
- Duke Nukem Forever – With the famous IP now fully wrestled into Gearbox Software’s hands and the near endless legal battles final over, “The King” is set for a return. The developer has promised a genuine sequel, and an appearance on Games With Gold could lead in to any announcement.
- FlatOut: Ultimate Destruction – Few can resist a quick dose of vehicular mayhem, and with the FlatOut series having lost momentum since this game’s 2011 release, a free reminder is on the cards as Bugbear Entertainment prepares for the release of FlatOut 4: Total Insanity.
- Gears of War: Ultimate Edition – It may have only just come out, but with two Gears games already on the service, giving the original a nudge ahead of the fourth core title is an easy win.
- Halo Wars – This real-time strategy spin-off to the mighty Halo series has already appeared on the service in Germany and Japan, and the IP in general has warmed to Games With Gold in the past with both Halo 3 and Halo: Reach appearing previously. Giving Halo Wars a global Games With Gold release to ramp into Halo Wars 2 would be a smart play.
- Homefront – The sequel has had an extremely rocky road to store shelves and gamers have lost faith: If Crytek has the rights to the original, we can see it going up on Games With Gold in 2013. Crysis 3’s delivery to the service shows Crytek are happy to make use of it.
- Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare – EA has strong form on Games With Gold, and ahead of the sequel to this Call of Duty-inspired online shooter, a quick splash on the service from the original game would seem likely.
- Rage – As with Doom 3, this can reinvigorate gamer interest in both developer iD Software and its id Tech 5 game engine ahead of the next Doom.
- Rare Replay – Yes it is a very recent release, but for Microsoft to generate interest in coming pirate adventure MMO Sea of Thieves, expect the Rare brand to get another flog in late 2016.
- Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 – A quick shot at brand awareness ahead of the third game release in 2016 would seem like a no-brainer in a series not blessed with thousands in marketing spend.