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November XBL Games With Gold Announced

The new Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced today on Major Nelson’s blog.

First up for Games with Gold is Volgarr the Viking, a hardcore 2-D indie in the vein of Battletoads and Contra. It will be a free download on the Xbox One through Microsoft’s [email protected] initiative.

On the Xbox 360, Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise will be available on Saturday, November 1st. It will be free via Games with Gold ($14.99 ERP) until November 15th. This game is a sequel to Rare’s acclaimed Viva Pinata.

Additionally, 2009’s Red Faction: Guerilla will be free ($19.99 ERP) from November 16th to November 30th. Guerilla is the third entry in the now-defunct THQ’s Red Faction franchise, featuring open-world gameplay and GEOMOD 2.0. The game allows players to destroy structures and other cover a la DICE’s Frostbite engine.

Xbox Live Games with Gold is Microsoft’s answer to Sony’s popular Playstation Plus system, which also rewards subscribers with a rotating list of free games every month. Microsoft also features Deals With Gold, where gold members have access to exclusive discounts on select content each week.

This week, the Xbox One’s first killer exclusive Titanfall is 50% off. Titanfall’s season pass is 67% off, as well. For Xbox 360 users, a decent amount of games have been discounted. Most notable on this list is Grand Theft Auto V, marked down 50%. For those players who didn’t catch the title during it’s release last year and aren’t planning on picking up the announced next-gen version, this is a great opportunity.