Xbox Games with Gold for March 2020 include Batman and Shantae

Shantae (Image credit: WayForward Games)

What you need to know

  • Every month Microsoft gives Xbox Live Gold members four free games.
  • In March 2020, you can download titles like Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.
  • You need an active Xbox Live Gold subscription to access Xbox One games.
  • You can purchase Xbox Live Gold through Amazon (opens in new tab).

Today, Microsoft announced March 2020's free Games with Gold for Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners. Starting on March 1, Batman: The Enemy Within - The Complete Season and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will be free with the subscription. Then, on March 16, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero and Sonic Generations can be downloaded at no cost. You need an active Xbox Live membership to play the Xbox One games, but the Xbox 360 or original Xbox titles are yours to keep after you redeem them once. It doesn't matter if you're still an Xbox Live Gold subscriber.

You can read about the games below.

Batman: The Enemy Within - The Complete Season

n this latest chapter from the award-winning studio behind Batman - The Telltale Series, both Bruce Wayne and Batman will be forced into precarious new roles. The Riddler has returned to terrorize Gotham City, but his gruesome puzzles merely foreshadow an even greater crisis.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Awoken after centuries of slumber, weakened and yearning for release from his immortal bonds, Dracula must reclaim his powers and make a pact with Death, to defeat Satan and gain eternal rest. Blood is everything as Dracula faces both his nemesis and his descendant's unyielding quest for revenge, in this final, dramatic battle between good and evil.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Shantae embarks on her first full HD adventure! When a mysterious crime wave sweeps Sequin Land, it's up to Half-Genie Hero Shantae to save the day! Use Shantae's devastating Hair-Whip Attack to send monsters flying, or Belly Dance to transform into a more powerful creature form! Topple the masterminds behind each criminal caper and prepare for the ultimate showdown against Shantae's arch-nemesis.

Sonic Generations

Sonic's universe is thrown into chaos when a mysterious new power comes into force, creating time holes which take Sonic and his friends back in time. Whilst there, Sonic runs into some very familiar characters from his past including a younger version of himself! Now they must team up to defeat their enemies, save their friends, and find out who is behind this diabolical deed.

All of these are great games, but we're partial to Batman: The Enemy Within. It's just fantastic!

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate bundles Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Xbox Live Gold into one package. The monthly subscription fee goes up to $15 a month, but you gain access to over two hundred games instantaneously.

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  • Shantae and Sonic bundled with this Game Pass, this is the best timeline
  • Lego games, and telltale games I'm done with, had my fill. I'd like a different selection. Yes, I realise that none of these are Lego games.
  • Nifty, I didn't finish Shantae before it left Game Pass so I'll finally be able to knock that one out. Also I've been waiting to play LoS2 since the 360 days. The other two I'm not fussed about but cool to add to the collection (especially since Telltale games are an easy completion).
  • I actually like these picks for the most part.