It was confirmed earlier this week that the Xbox Games with Gold program would officially be getting rid of Xbox 360 titles beginning this October, marking the end of a near decade-long era for 360 games in the GwG program. Don’t worry though – anything you’ve claimed up to now will be yours to keep, even if you end your subscription.
To mark the occasion, we’ve been going back and looking at some of the Xbox 360 games that were included as part of Games with Gold over the years, and there have been some real belters! In the first year alone back in 2013, we saw the likes of Assassin’s Creed 2, Crackdown, Dead Rising 2, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas, Gears of War spirit Halo 3!
2014 and 2015 did not let up either, bringing us the likes of Sleeping Dogs, Hitman: Absolution, Saints Row: The Third, Dark Souls, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Tomb Raider, BioShock Infinite, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes spirit The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season. Plus, Halo: Reach was added to the pile, along with Gears of War 3 spirit Gears of War: Judgment.
By November 2015, all Xbox 360 games included as part of Games with Gold were promised to be backwards compatible on Xbox One, with highlights over the next couple of years including Dead Space, Forza Horizon, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, Burnout Paradise, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Gears of War 2, Borderlands, and much more. 2018 and 2019 added to this with the likes of Crazy Taxi, Dante’s Inferno, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tomb Raider: Underworldand a variety of others.
There’s no doubt that the major giveaways began to slow down around that point though, which happened to coincide with the Xbox Game Pass becoming a major focus for Team Xbox instead, and over the past few years that trend has continued, although we’ve still seen some great additions such as Sonic Generations, Fable Anniversary, Injustice: Gods Among Us, LEGO Batman, Zone of the Enders HD Collection, and plenty others. It should also be noted that original Xbox titles eventually joined the fray, which has meant the quantity of Xbox 360 releases has been slightly lower over the past few years.
Microsoft says that after all this time, it has “reached the limit of our ability to bring Xbox 360 games to the catalog”, and to be fair, we’ve been treated to some really great giveaways over the past nine years. All good things must come to an end, but here at Pure Xbox, we’ll still be enjoying a lot of these Games with Gold for many years to come.
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