What you need to know
- Xbox Games with Gold is one of the perks included for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers.
- The service offers four free games to subscribers every single month, although often of lackluster quality.
- The Xbox Games with Gold for August have been revealed, and include titles like Darksiders III, Yooka-Laylee, Lost Planet 3, and Garou: Mark of the Wolves.
- The highlight of this month seems to be Darksiders III, which is a well-reviewed action-RPG from a few years ago.
As July draws to a close, it's time for the next round of free Xbox games. Microsoft has taken the wraps off the Xbox Games with Gold for Aug. 2021 (opens in new tab), and the selection may actually be pretty solid for players, especially action-RPG fans. The four free games offered to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers every month are often met with disappointment due to a dwindling overall quality, often accused of being driven by a new focus on the superior value service: Xbox Game Pass.
Still, players can add up to four new games to their library every single month just for being subscribed to Xbox Live Gold, and the selection for Aug. has been revealed.
The Xbox Games with Gold for Aug. 2021 are reportedly worth a combined $130 in value and 3,200 in Gamerscore. Players can redeem Lost Planet 3 from Aug. 1 to Aug. 15, Darksiders III from Aug. 1 to Aug. 31, Garou: Mark of the Wolves from Aug. 16 to Aug. 31, and Yooka-Laylee from Aug. 16 to Sept. 15.
If you want the best of everything at the greatest value, your safest bet is Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. On monthly subscription includes Xbox Live Gold (including Games with Gold), Xbox Game Pass for PC and consoles, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. If you want to see why Xbox Game Pass is worth your attention, be sure to check out our list of best Xbox Game Pass games and all the new games coming to Xbox Game Pass.
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.
There hasn't been any games that appeal to me for some time now so I let my Xbox Live Gold subscription expire last month. Maybe down the road will hook up with Game Pass.
Almost good games this month.
I'm glad to see Darksiders and Yooka Laylee, I'll play the hell out of them.
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