Microsoft has once again pulled the trigger a day early: The first free games in its August Games with Gold promotion are now available. This is at least the third time this has happened this year; July’s first two games were also quietly offered for free a day early.
Speaking of pulling the trigger early, Mehedi already documented the four games that will be available for free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers this (coming) month. So here, I’ll focus on the two that are now available.
Forza Horizon 2 Standard – 10th Anniversary Edition for Xbox One
Normal price: $19.99
Free availability: August 1 to August 31
Description: The Forza Horizon 2 Standard Edition includes the full game of Forza Horizon 2, the official Forza Hub app for Xbox One, and the Ten Year Anniversary Car Pack, which features 10 specially tuned and liveried cars, including the 2009 Ferrari 458 Italia, the 2015 Lamborghini Hurácan and the 2013 McLaren P1™. With Forza Hub, players can collect their monthly Forza Rewards, check out the latest news from the Forza Motorsport world, vote on their favorite community creations, and much more.
Dead Space 3 for Xbox 360 (and Xbox One)
Normal price: $14.99
Free availability: August 1 to August 15
Description: Dead Space 3 brings Isaac Clarke and merciless soldier John Carver on a journey across space to discover the source of the Necromorph outbreak. Crash-landed on the frozen planet of Tau Volantis, Isaac must comb the harsh environment for raw materials and scavenged parts. He will then put his engineering skills to the ultimate test to create and customize weapons and survival tools.