Microsoft have revealed the slate of freebies being bundled together for Xbox Live’s Games with Gold in August. As always there’s two Xbox One games and a pair of backward compatible games, with this month’s pair both coming from the original Xbox.
Heading the line up from Xbox One are Portal Knights and Override Mech City Brawl, but you might prefer to boot up a pair of games from the early 2000s with MX Unleashed and Red Faction 2.
The games and their availability are as follows:
- Portal Knights – 1st to 31st August
- Override: Mech City Brawl – 16th August to 15th September
- MX Unleashed – 1st to 15th August
- Red Faction II – 16th to 31st August
It’s not the greatest crop of games, especially when compared to the pair of crackers that Sony are dropping into PlayStation Plus in August. Still, you can’t really complain too much about free stuff.
In our Portal Knights review, Gareth said:
Portal Knights aims to put RPG elements and Zelda-style combat into a Minecraft-like game. Minecraft works because everything is systemic. It’s huge, but everything you can find conforms to particular conditions – diamond only appears below a certain height, sugar cane is found on sand next to water, etc. – so you know where to look. When you remove these systems, you have a Portal Knights island; the resources are all over the place, at any height, and if you can’t see them, you want you need another island. It removes the incentive to explore, because there is nothing to find.
Meanwhile Override: Mech City Brawl fared better, as Dom wrote:
Override: Mech City Brawl is an indie mech arena brawler that gets a lot of things right. The single player is often a little on the easy side, but the great character designs and weighty combat help to make up for it, with local multiplayer proving to be a hell of a lot of fun. It’s perfect for fans of giant mechs and kaiju brawling, and easily one of the best additions to the genre in a while.
Don’t forget that you can still pick up some of July’s games: