4 Games Free to Xbox Live Gold Members in October 2016

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Being an Xbox Live Gold subscriber means you get free games each month. The service costs around $60 per year, but the games are worth far more than that, even if you’re only interested in playing a fraction of them. (If you’re a PlayStation owner, check out Sony’s similar service, PlayStation Plus.)

Each month, Microsoft gives away two games apiece for Xbox One and Xbox 360. Thanks to backwards compatibility, you can play all of the Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One, which means Xbox One owners effectively get four free games each month instead of two.

It’s also worth noting that 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.

Without further ado, here are the free Games With Gold for October 2016. It’s a pretty disappointing month overall, but you might find something that piques your interest.

1. Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings

Platform: Xbox One
Metacritic score: 80
Original price: $20
Available: October 1 – 31

If you grew up playing couch co-op games in the ‘90s, you’ll want to take a look at Super Mega Baseball. This arcade-style sports game is easier to get into than realistic baseball sims like MLB The Show, but it has a surprising amount of depth that you’ll uncover with a little bit of practice. Better yet, it makes for a great couch co-op game to play with friends. The cartoonish graphics and silly sense of humor make it an easy game to enjoy, whether you’re a big baseball fan or not.

2. The Escapists

Platform: Xbox One
Metacritic score: 74
Original price: $20
Available: October 16 – November 15

If you’ve never thought of the words “prison” and “cute” going together, you probably haven’t seen The Escapists, a pixel-art game with cops and criminals so adorable you could just pinch their little cheeks. You play as a prisoner who’s determined to make an escape, but how you do it is up to you. Want to dig a tunnel? Want to spark a prison riot? You can. As you do your plotting, you can take on a number of jobs at the prison to earn money and craft tools to aid in your getaway.

3. MX Vs. ATV Reflex

Platform: Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Metacritic score: 75
Original price: $30
Available: October 1 – 15

If off-road racing is your thing, you’ll want to download MX Vs. ATV Reflex, a game from 2009 that lets you get dirty racing motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in realistically muddy tracks. One of the game’s selling points is that the tracks get torn up by the vehicles’ wheels, making for a bumpier ride with each additional lap. It also lets you control your bike and rider separately, giving you more control over jumps and landings. The game hasn’t turned out to be a classic, but racing fans looking for something new and effectively free can check it out.

4. I Am Alive

Platform: Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Metacritic score: 69
Original price: $15
Available: October 16 – 31

Like so many games, this one takes place after the apocalypse. But unlike many others, you won’t face off against zombies, aliens, or any other kind of supernatural threat. You play as a man trying to reconnect with his family about a year after the world-crippling disaster. This involves the kind of climbing and jumping you’d find in Uncharted or Tomb Raider, as well as fending off armed and dangerous humans who are also trying to survive, like in The Last of Us. Unfortunately, it’s not as good as any of those franchises. Still, it could be worth a look.

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