4 Video Games Free for Xbox Live Gold Members in November

Being an Xbox Live Gold subscriber means you get free games each month. The service costs around $60 per year, but the games you’ll get are worth far more than that, even if you’re only interested in playing a fraction of them.

On November 12, all Xbox One owners will receive “The New Xbox One Experience.” This is a major firmware update that includes an all-new user interface as well as backward compatibility. Not only will your Xbox One have a slick new look when you boot it up, but you’ll be able to play lots of Xbox 360 games on it as well — including every Games with Gold offering going forward. Effectively, Xbox One owners now get four free games each month instead of two.

If you don’t have an Xbox One yet, you can redeem your free games either on Xbox.com or your Xbox 360. Then if you buy an Xbox One in the future, you’ll be able to find those games in your account and download them for free. It’s like buying a new console and already having a library of games to play.

Without further ado, here are the free Games With Gold for November 2015.

1. Pneuma: Breath of Life

Platform: Xbox One
Metacritic score: 63
Original price: $19.99
Available: November 1 – 30

Ever since Portal came out in 2007, we’ve seen an uptick in first-person puzzle games. That’s a good thing, even the reviews for Pneuma: Breath of Life are a little on the low side.

Pneuma is a first-person puzzle game about wandering through a rather pleasant building made of marble and gold, and decorated with vases and mirrors. As you play, a narrator explains what you’re doing and raises the occasional philosophical question.

The puzzles mostly revolve around looking at things and pulling levers to progress through the pristine building. While it doesn’t reach the heights achieved by similar games like Portal 2 and Talos Principle, it’s good for a few hours of first-person puzzle solving.

2. Knight Squad

Platform: Xbox One
Original price: $14.99
Available: November 16 – December 15

Described by the developer as “SNES era Bomberman meets Gauntlet,” this game promises non-stop chaotic action. It’s a multiplayer game of top-down sword fighting, and one hit is all it takes to make a kill. To boost the action even further, weapons and bonus abilities are scattered around the levels; pick them up and become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

This game doesn’t come out until November 16, so it doesn’t have a Metacritic score yet, but the user reviews for its Steam Early Access edition are listed as “Very Positive.”

3. DiRT

Platform: Xbox 360
Metacritic score: 83
Original price: $24.99
Available: November 1 – 15

Racing game fans will want to check out this one. Although it originally launched in 2007 and has spawned a pair of sequels in the meantime, this is the game that marked the series’s transition from the Colin McRae games to what they are now. Made by Codemasters, DiRT is all about off-road racing, with players grinding their cars over bumpy, dusty, winding paths no sane person would take at anywhere near these speeds. The only downside is the lackluster options for multiplayer. But if you don’t mind racing solo, DiRT offers plenty of fun.

4. Dungeon Siege III

Platform: Xbox 360
Metacritic score: 72
Original price: $19.99
Available: November 16 – 30

Don’t let the number in the title scare you away from this dungeon crawler. Even if you know nothing about the series going into it, you’ll find yourself right at home in its fantasy world. The basic idea is that you enter into enemy-filled dungeons, hack away at enemies, and collect sweet, sweet loot. Along the way, you’ll level up your character and gain new abilities, but it’s all very straightforward.

All of November’s free games are worth a look if you’re in the market for something to play. The question is whether you’ll want to pull yourself away from big games like Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Fallout 4 to play them. But if you’re strapped for cash, these titles will see you through the month just fine.

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