One of the main benefits of being an Xbox Live Gold subscriber is definitely the fact that each month you get access to a range of free games across the Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms. If you’re an Xbox One owner, backwards compatibility means you get to take advantage of the Xbox 360 titles too.
This is a great way to try games you might not otherwise have played, whether because they’re indie titles that slip under your radar or simply because you don’t have the funds to buy several games a month.
Even if you don’t have the console memory or the time to spare right now, we’d say it’s always worth claiming them every month anyway as you’ll then have free access to them for as long as you have an active Xbox Live account.
Since this is a monthly event, we’ve decided to create a one-stop shop where you’ll be able to find the newest free games, as well as scroll back and see which games were featured in previous months. That way you’ll know whether it’s worth holding out for a game to appear in an upcoming Games with Gold month or if it’s already been offered.
So without further ado, here are the free Xbox Live games in North America, Europe, and Australia for August 2017.
Don’t forget some of the July titles are still available too!
Slime Rancher – August 1 to August 31(usually £15.99/ $19.99/ AU $26.95)
Slime Rancher is a game that tells the story of Beatrix LeBeau, a rancher who leaves Earth to live on the ‘Far, Far Range’ where she has to learn how to wrangle slimes rather than cattle. It’s challenging enough leaving Earth but Beatrix has to learn how to use vacpacs and jetpacks as her tools.
Trials Fusion – August 16 to September 15 (usually £15.99/ $19.99/ AU $29.95)
Love bikes? You might be interested in Trials Fusion. Building on previous games, Trials Fusion is the fifth installment and has players take control of a motorcycle rider with physics-based controls. You can play through a variety of tracks and courses with obstacles, performing tricks and stunts as you go. You have the option to go it alone in career mode or play online and compete with friends and with the track editor you can even create your own new challenges.
Bayonetta – August 1 to August 15 (usually £14.99/ $19.99/ AU $29.95)
Bayonetta could be classed as a simple hack and slash video game but at the same time it’s so much more than that. Stylish and delightfully over the top, it has you take up the role of the eponymous witch who uses magic and a variety of insane weapons to defeat her enemies. It’s critically acclaimed and for good reason.
Red Faction: Armageddon – August 16 to August 31 (usually £24.99/ $29.99/ AU $49.95)
Set fifty years after the first game in the franchise, this third person shooter tasks you with saving Mars from being destroyed after a short period of fifty years of peace. You can either go it alone in a single player campaign or play co-cooperatively online with friends but either way you’re in for some basic destructive fun.
Grow Up – Available July 1 to July 30 (usually $9.99/ £7.99/ AU $14.95)
A follow up to the hugely popular Grow Home, Grow Up is another open world platformer game starring the robot B.U.D. This time B.U.D’s spaceship MOM has been destroyed in a collision with the moon and its parts have been spread across the planet. It’s up to B.U.D to collect them and repair the ship.
Runbow – Available July 16 to August 15
Runbow is a fast-paced action game that’s perfect for parties. Supporting up to nine players locally or online, it involves racing against one another as platforms and obstacles appear and disappear in time with the color-changing background. The game has several modes to enjoy and change up play.
Kane & Lynch 2 – Available July 1 to July 15 (usually $14.99/ £11.99/ AU $19.95)
Kane & Lynch 2 is an action shooter that has you play as two violent criminals – Lynch, a psychopath always on the edge of sanity or Kane, a disillusioned and disturbed ex-mercenary. If you choose to play the game’s single-player story driven campaign you’ll play both, but you can also team up with a friend online and play one character each.
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game – Available July 16 to July 31(usually $19.99/ £8.99/ AU $29.95)
At this point we’re all pretty familiar with how the LEGO games work, but that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable. This one takes you into the swashbuckling world of Pirates of the Caribbean, allowing you to play as characters from the franchise like Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann either alone or in co-op mode with friends.
SpeedRunners – Available June 1 to June 30
Watch Dogs – Available June 26 to July 15 (usually $29.99/ £23.99/ AU$39.95)
Assassin’s Creed III – Available June 1 to June 15 (usually $19.99/ £8.99/ AU$14.95)
Dragon Age: Origins – Available June 16 to June 30 (usually $14.99/ £14.99/ AU$19.95)
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris – Available May 16 to June 15 (usually $19.99/ £14.99/ AU $26.95)
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Director’s Cut – Available May 1 to May 31 (usually $14.99/ £11.99 / listed as Coming Soon on Australian store)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II – Available May 1 to May 15 (usually $19.99 / £11.99/ AU $29.95)
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga – Available May 16 to May 31 (usually $19.99/ £11.99/ AU $29.95)
Ryse: Son of Rome – Available April 1 to April 30 (currently only available as part of a bundle in US and AU for ($29.99/ AU $69.95)
The Walking Dead: Season Two – Available April 16 to May 15 (usually £19.99/ $24.99/ AU $33.45)
Darksiders – Available April 1 to April 15 (usually £14.99/ $19.99/ AU$29.95)
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – Available April 16 to April 30 (usually £8.99/ $19.99/ AU $9.95)
Layers of Fear – Available 01/03 to 31/03 (usually £15.99/ $19.99/ AU $26.95
Evolve: Ultimate Edition – Available 16/03 to 15/04 (usually £34.99/ $49.99/ AU $54.95)
Borderlands 2 – Available 01/03 to 15/03 (Usually £19.99/ $19.99/ AU $49.95)
Heavy Weapon – Available 16/03 to 31/03 (usually £7.99/ $9.99/ AU $14.95)
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime – Available 01/02 to 28/02 (usually £11.99/ $14.99/ AU$19.95)
Project Cars Digital Edition – Available 16/02 to 15/03 (usually £23.99/ $29.99/ AU$39.95)
Monkey Island 2: Special Edition – Available 01/02 to 15/02 (usually £6.75/ $9.99/ AU$9.95)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – Available 16/02 to 28/02 (usually £11.99/ $19.99/ AU$19.95)
- Van Helsing: Deathtrap (£15.99/ $19.99/ AU $26.95)
- Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition (£31.99/ $39.99 / AU $52.45)
- The Cave (£9.99 / $14.99/ AU$14.95)
- Rayman Origins (£11.99/ $14.99/ AU$19.95)
- Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition (£23.99/ $29.99/ AU$39.95)
- Outlast (£15.99/ $19.99/ AU$26.95)
- Super Dungeon Bros (£15.99/ $19.99/ AU$26.95)
- Murdered: Soul Suspect (£15.99/ $19.99/ AU$26.95)
- Monkey Island Special Edition (£7.99/ $9.99/ AU$13.45)
- Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon (£9.99/ $14.99/ AU$14.95)
- Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings (£15.99/ $19.99/ AU$26.95)
- The Escapists (£14.99/ $19.99/ AU$26.95)
- MX vs ATV Reflex (£24.99/ $29.99/ AU$49.95)
- I Am Alive (£9.99/ $14.99/ AU$14.95)
- Earthlock: Festival of Magic (£23.99/$29.99/AU$39.95)
- Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Chine (£7.99/ $9.99/ AU$13.45)
- Forza Horizon (no current pricing available)
- Mirror’s Edge (£14.99/ $14.99/ AU$19.95)