Games With Gold Announced for July

By Rebecca Smith,
The end of June is closing in and, with it, the end of another month of Games With Gold. Of course, you're probably more interested in the new upcoming titles. Well, July marks the second anniversary of the Games With Gold program. As a result, Microsoft is slightly changing the way that Games With Gold works on the Xbox One. Gamers are guaranteed to get two new Xbox One games per month, so Pool Nation FX will forever hold the title as the game that was available through the program for the longest amount of time. Like the Xbox 360 games, these titles will be available on the 1st and 16th of each month. Unlike the Xbox 360 games, each title will be available for a full month.

Here are the new Xbox One titles:

July 1st until July 31st: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
While ship-to-ship combat was a small part of the action in Assassin’s Creed III, it was one of the most popular features in that game, and caused such huge fan clamor that Ubisoft was met with thunderous acclaim when it announced that Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag would feature it heavily. But Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag goes far beyond exciting naval battles. The massive game world hides bustling villages, dank grottoes, dense jungles, and buried treasures – all teeming with interesting things to do, enemies to beat, and stories to uncover. Set within the milieu of the Assassin’s Creed universe, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag advances the storyline, but does plenty to catch newcomers up-to-speed quickly and easily, too. It’s got action, mystery, and a whole lot of sea shanties. What more could you ask for?
July 15th until August 15th: So Many Me
In the all-new puzzle-focused platformer So Many Me, blob-shaped clones with different abilities take on an ancient, evil by leveraging their ever-so-slightly different mutations. This game is about thinking laterally, looking cute, and asking yourself the key existential questions: Who are you? Why are there so many of me? And how can I get more of these sweet costumes? You get dozens of levels, hundreds of puzzles, thousands of ways to solve them. You’ll need to have good thumbstick skills and a sharp mind to take this one down!

Naturally, there are two new Xbox 360 titles too:

July 1st until July 15th: Plants vs. Zombies
We’re sure you’ve already heard of the original Plants vs. Zombies by PopCap Games. It’s only the multi-award-winning tower defense game to beat all tower defense games. The amazing title pretty much says it all: A bunch of not-too-frightening zombies are attacking a house, and that house has a garden in front of it. In that garden, you can plant a variety of different flowers, veggies, trees, nuts, you name it. The point is, they all have different powers, and they all really hate zombies. So plan correctly, use your limited resources to stop those pesky zombies from reaching your back door, and learn a thing or two about green thumbs while you’re at it.
July 16th until July 31st: Gears of War 3
One of the best-reviewed action games of its time, and one of the most beloved shooters ever, Gears of War 3 puts you back in the boots of Marcus Fenix. He and his comrades have retreated to the relative safety of a helicopter carrier following an invasion by the Lambent, a new foe that mankind must face down after their attempts to destroy the Locust Horde. Marcus and his squad mates must use cover, crack shooting, and plenty of willpower to overcome near-impossible odds and secure a future for mankind in this white-knuckle thrill-ride of a game.
Very soon, Xbox LIVE Gold members will not be able to download free copies of MASSIVE CHALICE, Pool Nation FX and THIEF (Xbox 360), the remaining titles from June. We recommend that you download these immediately if you haven't done so.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.