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Games With Gold Month 2: Things Are Looking Up

When Microsoft first announced the Games for Gold program, there was a bit of a mixed reaction.  Some people saw it as a cheap way to try to emulate Sony’s PlayStation Plus program.  After all, Microsoft clearly has no problem dropping their own ideas to suit the market.  Others saw it as simply free games.  What could be wrong with that, right?  Despite some misgivings about whether or not Microsoft is making the right decisions, I fall squarely into the second camp.  My Xbox 360 is my current console of choice, so while obviously I would like to see  AAA high-profile titles being given to me, I’m certainly not going to complain about a free copy of Defense Grid: The Awakening.

Well, today Microsoft announced this month’s free games.  Starting tomorrow, you will be able to pick up the original Crackdown free of charge, provided you have a Gold account.  Although well over five years old at this point, it is still a competent game that can provide riotous fun, especially with its cooperative play.  A lot of people may wonder why the sequel wasn’t instead offered, but for my money, I’ll take the original Crackdown any day.

I mean...come on.

I mean…come on.

On the 16th, Capcom’s Deadrising 2 becomes available.  I enjoyed the demo immensely, but never got around to checking out, so I’m particularly excited about it.  I imagine we’re seeing this particular title because of Deadrising 3’s Xbox One exclusivity, which I thought was one of the bigger coups by Microsoft.  It isn’t for everybody, but it is a quality game that most people won’t mind adding to their collection, and you get the DLC as a bonus.  Not bad, Microsoft.

All in all, I’d say this is a step up, albeit not a huge one, from last months offerings of Assassin’s Creed II and Defense Grid.  It is worth noting that one of the games mentioned when the promotion first took form was Halo 3, which we have yet to see.  Perhaps next month?  Either way, its nice to see Microsoft is living up to their promise, and, for the first time in a while, I’m excited about what they have up their sleeve next.

What about you?  Are you excited for this months lineup, or underwhelmed?  What are your thoughts on the Games with Gold program overall?  Drop us a line.

Source: Major Nelson