4 Video Games Free to Xbox Live Gold Members in August 2015

One of the primary benefits of being an Xbox Live Gold member is that you get free games each month. Sure, 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.

Previously, members could only count on Microsoft to give away one free Xbox One game and two free Xbox 360 games each month. Starting in July, the company began offering two Xbox One games each month, which is good news for Xbox One owners looking to fill out their library of games.

Remember, even 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 having an instant library of games to play.

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

1. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

  • Platform: Xbox One
  • Original price: $19.99
  • Available: All month
  • Metacritic Score: 75

We’ve been waiting years for the next full entry in the Metal Gear Solid franchise. Since we’re going to have to wait a little longer (MGS V: The Phantom Pain comes out September 1), Ground Zeroes is a great morsel to tide us over. Ground Zeroes is a self-contained prequel that drops Snake into enemy territory on an island outpost, and has him rescue a pair of hostages.

The island is an open-world environment, and there are plenty of side missions for you to do whether you’re on your first play-through or your fifth. Even if you’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, you should give this one a shot since it will help you decide whether The Phantom Pain will be worth your time and money come September.

2. How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition

  • Platform: Xbox One
  • Original price: $19.99
  • Available: August 16 – September 15
  • Metacritic Score: 71

Survival games are all the rage now on PC, with titles like Rust, H1Z1, and DayZ keeping people occupied (and terrified) for hours on end. How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition is a console game that strands players on an island overrun by zombies and adds bad weather to further dampen the mood.

Your immediate job in the game is to sneak around, scavenging for tools and weapons as you try to avoid being noticed by any of the undead lurkers shambling about. The overall goal is to get off the island, but it’s not easy to survive long enough to succeed.

3. Metro 2033

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Original price: $19.99
  • Available: August 1 – August 15
  • Metacritic Score: 77

This series of lesser-known shooters has made a big impression on its cult following — and for good reason. The setting is the subway system in Moscow, where the survivors of an apocalyptic event have settled once most of humanity has been wiped out and the air above has turned toxic.

As you travel through this unpleasant world, you have to fight off enemies both human and demonic. Making matters worse, the bullets you load into your gun also double as your currency. So if you want to be able to afford better gear, you’d better make sure your aim is true. It’s a tough, unflinching world, but one worth visiting.

4. Metro: Last Light

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Original price: $19.99
  • Available: August 16 – August 31
  • Metacritic Score: 80

This game, the sequel to Metro 2033, takes place a year after the events of the original. Now humanity is even worse off than before, with various factions of the metro society waging war against one another. Resources are even more scarce, but on the plus side the developers tweaked the shooting mechanics to make them feel a little more natural.

Unlike the previous game, it also give players a glimpse into how the world came to be in the sorry state it’s in. It pushes the dreary game world forward in a number of interesting ways and offers a satisfying conclusion to the story. What more could you want from a sequel?

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