Erm, well, this is a surprise. Microsoft has revealed their July line-up for Games With Gold and, well, they've already cut down their monthly Xbox One games from two to one. After an invigorating June leading into E3 where both Halo: Spartan Assault and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood we both made available on Xbox One, Microsoft apparently decided that was too much of a good thing. I'd guessed they were trying to impress for E3, but I didn't think they'd then pull the rug.
No insult intended to the remaining Games With Gold titles. They're each exceptional and there will be many of gamers excited to give them a run. Here's July's Games With Gold line-up for Xbox One and Xbox 360:
- Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
- Gotham City Imposters
- BattleBlock Theater
Just a month after Microsoft they were focused on "Games, games, games!" going forward, here they are chopping their free offerings on Xbox One in half. Of course, it must be taken into consideration that Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition will effectively be launching as a Games With Gold title. This is a brand new edition of the game, so there's no doubt that Xbox One gamers will get some great value out of that.
The Xbox 360 games, however, are rather a mixed bag. Gotham City Imposters is free-to-play on PC these days and BattleBlock Theater just went through a Steam Sale charging just $2.50. Basically, neither game is of particular high value. That doesn't mean they're poor games, quite the opposite in reality, but it just continues to be a curiosity to me that Microsoft isn't pushing to properly compete with Sony's PlayStation Plus.
Hopefully Xbox gamers will be pleased with the selection for Microsoft's Games With Gold in July. Great free games packaged in with a service everyone was buying anyway is hard to argue with.