Free Games For Xbox Live Gold Members Starting October 16

Two new free games for Xbox Live Gold members will be available beginning tomorrow, October 16. Under Microsoft’s Games with Gold program, one video game each on Xbox 360 and Xbox One will be a free download starting this Sunday.

The second half of the month will open with a treat for Xbox One users who particularly have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription as they can get their own copy of The Escapists, according to Major Nelson. Regularly priced at $20, this award-winning prison break simulation video game can be downloaded without an expense as early as tomorrow.

Free Games For Xbox Live Gold Members This Month
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The Escapists joins Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings in the array of free Xbox One games this month for Gold members. Its $0 price tag won’t expire until November 15.

The game’s description posted on the official website reads below.

“All that stands between you and your freedom is a perfectly executed escape plan. The Escapists provides players the opportunity of experiencing a light-hearted insight into everyday prison life with the main objective being that of breaking out.”

Meanwhile, Xbox Live Gold subscribers who do not own yet the baseball simulation video game Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings on Xbox One, which originally sells for $20, have until the last day of October to grab it. It “packs ultra-tight batting/pitching mechanics, a novel difficulty system dubbed ‘Ego,’ and a deep baseball simulation with accurate physics and comprehensive statistics tracking,” its page on Microsoft noted.

The Xbox 360 owners with Gold subscription, on the other hand, will be gifted with a free survival video game from Ubisoft titled I Am Alive, which initially hit the shelves in March, 2012. It received a 65 Metascore and 6.3 User Score from Metacritic. The game is set a year after a global catastrophic event which wiped out most of the human race. I Am Alive players take the role of a man struggling for his survival in an abandoned city as he attempts to reunite with his long lost family.

“‘I Am Alive‘ successfully introduces new mechanics to the survival genre, and it does it offering us an interesting story in a convincing environment, MondoXbox noted in its review, as featured in Metacritic. We’d love to see it evolved into a full-blown, high budget AAA game.”

I Am Alive is set to replace the 2009 off-road racer MX vs ATV Reflex ($30 original price tag), another one of the free games scheduled for this month but only until today, October 15. Also going out today in the list of current free games for Xbox Live Gold members is Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China on Xbox One. This 2015 side-scrolling title has been free since September 16.

In addition to these free games, there are also Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles that are presently available for a much cheaper price. This is made possible by Microsoft’s Deals with Gold, a program that offers a weekly set of discounted games for Xbox Live Gold members.

This week, huge markdowns are available for racing games and add-ons. Specifically, Need for Speed Deluxe Edition on Xbox One is on sale with 75 percent discount. Xbox Live Gold members can also get Forza Horizon 2 and Forza Motorsport 5 Bundle for only half of its normal price.

Xbox 360 deals this week include enormous discounts for various Call of Duty titles, including the Classic edition, Black Ops 2 and 3, Ghosts, and others.

The 360 Super Sale is also ongoing, offering up to 80 percent discount. Some of the discounted games to take advantage of before this sale event ends are Far Cry 4, DmC Devil May Cry, Dungeon Siege 3, Borderlands 2 and the Pre-Sequel, as well as the Activision’s 2014 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Microsoft’s current deals will end on Monday, October 17. After that, Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners with Xbox Live Gold subscription can look forward to a new set of discounted titles.

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