Microsoft has announced the Games with Gold for August, with four free games being handed out to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Here’s the good news: it’s actually quite a good month!
What are August’s Xbox Games with Gold?
The four games are the usual mixture of two Xbox One titles and two Xbox and Xbox 360 games that can be played via backward compatibility. The four games will be made available at different points through the month, as follows:
- Darksiders III – 1st to 31st August
- Yooka-Laylee – 16th August to 15th September
- Lost Planet 3 (Xbox 360 BC) – 1st to 15th August
- Garou: Mark of the Wolves (Xbox 360 BC) – 16th to 31st August
We had some good things to say about Darksiders III when it was released in 2018. In our review, Tom wrote:
“Darksiders III, while more limited in scope than its predecessor, provides a tighter, more deliberate experience that elaborates on the lore we’ve seen so far. The smaller world of Darksiders 3 may disappoint some fans of the previous game, but this feels like a reboot of the series. Poor PC performance, a lack of side-objectives and some unimaginative world-design point to a game with ambitions bigger than its budget, but Darksiders III is a fun and challenging experience that kept me engaged across the length of its story.”
It was a similar tale for Yooka-Laylee, the throwback collectathon platformer from 2017. In our Yooka-Laylee review, Jim said:
“Of all the potential hurdles to snag on in creating a 3D platformers in the style of the late nineties classics, Playtonic deftly avoids the most egregious ones by far. At its very core, Yooka-Laylee succeeds in reviving a format long forgotten and does so with such vigor and passion. However, players shouldn’t expect it to reinvent the genre.”
We have to dig all the way back to 2013 for our Lost Planet 3 review:
“The series has come a long way since Extreme Condition yet, even now, Lost Planet is still playing catch-up. It often feels as though Capcom wanted to emulate other, more successful third person shooters, namely Dead Space. It may have succeeded in that pursuit, though the genre continues to expand and surprise, the goalposts constantly moving.”
Has time been more favourable to Capcom’s frigid shooter?
Can I still download the July 2021 Games with Gold Games?
Yes! You can still grab half of last month’s games. Due to Microsoft’s staggered windows Conker: Live & Reloaded has already exited the service, but the the other three games are still available.
- Planet Alpha – 1st to 31st July
- Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break – 16th July to 15th August
- Midway Arcade Origins (Xbox 360 BC) – 16th to 31st July