What you need to know
- Xbox Games with Gold gifts four free games a month to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers.
- The selection for Oct. 2021 has been revealed, and includes a couple classic gems and some newer futuristic titles.
- Castlevania: Harmony of Despair and Resident Evil Code: Veronica X likely headline this month's free Games with Gold.
- Aaero, an intense and beautiful rhythm runner, is also a well-reviewed addition to Xbox Games with Gold.
Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can take advantage of another round of Xbox Games with Gold, as Microsoft has just unveiled the four games heading to the service throughout October. From classic horror to modern rhythm action, Xbox Games with Gold has a little something for everyone this month, and looks to offer a solid selection to partakers.
Xbox Games with Gold for Oct. 2021 clock in at a reported combined value of $74.96, with up to 3,200 potential Gamerscore between the bunch. The month kicks off with Aaero, a critically-acclaimed rhythm-based runner set in a futuristic world, which will be available from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31. Simultaneously, Castlevania: Harmony of Despair joins the service from Oct. 1 and leaves on Oct. 15. Then, players will be able to pick up another Xbox 360 gem with Resident Evil Code: Veronica X being available from Oct. 16 until Oct. 31. Finally, Xbox Games with Gold ends with open-world adventure Hover being available from Oct. 16 until Nov. 15.
Xbox Games with Gold is still a great program for anyone lacking new games to play, but the quality has arguably continued to dwindle over the last few years, according to community feedback. Fortunately, this is offset by the incredible value offered by Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which is currently considered one of the best deals in gaming.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes Games with Gold benefits, on top of Xbox Game Pass for consoles and PC, Xbox Live Gold for multiplayer, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. If you're looking for a reason to be interested in Xbox Game Pass, the best games on the service is a great place to start.
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Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.
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