With October in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to turn our attention to the Games with Gold freebies that Microsoft is providing to Xbox Live Gold members in November.
Reminder: All Xbox 360 games in the Games for Gold promotion also work on Xbox One in Backward Compatibility mode too. So Xbox One users with Xbox Live Gold subscriptions are technically getting at least four free games each month.
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Here’s what’s free this month.
Normal price: $39.99
Free availability: November 1 to November 30
Description: “Test your arcade racing skills in outlandish tracks and challenge your friends at home (offline splitscreen) or online.”
Tales from the Borderlands Complete Season (Episodes 1-5)
Normal price: $14.99
Free availability: November 16 to December 15
Description: “Set on the unforgiving world of Pandora after the events seen in Borderlands 2, this is a story full of Borderlands’ trademark humor, following two adventurers on their quest for greatness. You’ll play as Rhys, a Hyperion ‘suit’ with dreams of being the next Handsome Jack, and Fiona, a Pandoran con artist looking to score her biggest ever swindle. Thrown together as unwilling partners in an adventure to recover cash they both think is theirs, their journey will take you on a wild ride where gangsters, bandit lords, and Vault Hunters are just some of the obstacles you’ll encounter.”
Nights into Dreams…
Normal price: $9.99
Free availability: November 1 to November 15
Description: “Slip off into the dream world and go on an aerial adventure as NiGHTS in this classic Saturn remake. Collect Ideya (colored orbs), rack up points, and battle bosses to help Elliot and Claris save Nightopia from Wizeman the Wicked. With all 7 original dreams, enhanced graphics, achievements, leaderboards, and playable content from Christmas NiGHTS, this beloved title is back and better than ever.”
Normal price: $39.99
Free availability: November 16 to November 30
Description: “You are James Lee Quatermain, descendant of the legendary adventurer Allan Quatermain. Reluctantly, Quatermain agrees to help the US government find a powerful artefact before the Nazis or the Russians do. Its pieces are hidden in ancient temples across the globe, protected by deadly traps and raging mummies. Ready your guns, because the hunt is on. Classic action-adventure story set in exotic locations around the globe – Egypt, Arctic and forgotten ruins of the Maya Inspired by the novels of H. Rider Haggard Levels full of traps, puzzles and hidden treasures.”
A few other related items for the start of the month…
The Turing Test. Remember that The Turing Test for Xbox One is still free through October 15. It normally costs $19.99.
Xbox Game Pass. As I noted recently, Microsoft is adding 7 new games to its affordable Xbox Game Pass subscription this month, including the temporary addition Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Xbox One X. My Xbox One X first impressions article hits Friday, and I’ll have a ton of other Xbox One X articles starting that day as well. A new generation awaits.