6 Games Free to Xbox Live Gold Members in April

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 half of them.

Normally Microsoft gives Xbox Live Gold members one free Xbox One game and two free Xbox 360 games each month. In April 2015, the company is doubling that, so you’ll get two free Xbox One games and four free Xbox 360 games. That’s a lot of games.

And remember, you can redeem your free Xbox One games even if you don’t have an Xbox One yet. If you buy one in the future, you’ll be able to find those games in your account and download them then. It’s like buying a new console and suddenly having an instant library of games to play.

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

Source: Ubisoft

Source: Ubisoft

Child of Light

Platform: Xbox One
Original Price: $14.99
Available: All month
Metacritic score: 82

Child of Light may come from the director of Far Cry 3, but it’s an entirely different kind of game. Billed as a modern take on classic Japanese role-playing games like Final Fantasy VI, Child of Light offers fast combat, a swiftly moving story, and gorgeous visuals. You play as Aurora, a girl who’s spirited away from her home in the real world into the fantastical realm of the game. You’ll meet plenty of strange characters, many of whom join your party as you try to make your way back home.

Source: Cherry Pop Games

Source: Cherry Pop Games

Pool Nation FX

Platform: Xbox One
Original Price: $13.99
Available: All month

Launching for free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers on April 1 is Pool Nation FX, a — you guessed it — game about trick shots and billiards. Judging by the trailer, the graphics are top notch, with realistic ball physics and lots of stylish flair. You can customize the rules of the game, create your own trick shots, and play online or offline multiplayer matches. In other words, it’s everything you’d probably want in a pool game.

Source: Microsoft

Source: Microsoft

Gears of War: Judgment

Platform: Xbox 360
Original Price: $19.99
Available: April 1 – 15
Metacritic score: 79

Probably the least-played game in this series of third-person shooters, Gears of War: Judgment takes place 14 years before the original trilogy kicks off. It makes some bold gameplay choices that set it apart from the previous games, but its fast action and solid writing make it a must-play for fans of the series. If you want to spend more time in this fascinating universe, Judgment is well worth your attention.

Source: Re-Logic

Source: Re-Logic

Terraria

Platform: Xbox 360
Original Price: $14.99
Available: April 1 – 15
Metacritic score: 81

Often described as a side-scrolling version of Minecraft, Terraria is kind of like a bunch of games rolled into one. At the start, you’re dropped into a randomly generated world that you can interact with however you want. Some people focus on collecting materials and shaping the environment to their whims. Others explore the vast and diverse environments, fighting off enemies as they go. It’s your world, so use it however you want.

Source: Ubisoft

Source: Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag

Platform: Xbox 360
Original Price: $29.99
Available: April 16 – 30
Metacritic score: 86

Black Flag takes place in the pirate-infested Caribbean during the colonial days of 1715. Just that setting is probably enough to entice most gamers, but the game’s incredibly fun, and rewarding seafaring pushes it over the edge. You have the standard wall-climbing and back-stabbing the series is known for, but there’s also a huge exploration and ship combat component that breathes fresh life into the series. Many fans consider this the best Assassin’s Creed game yet, so be sure to download it for free while you can.

Source: Electronic Arts

Source: Electronic Arts

Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel

Platform: Xbox 360
Original Price: $19.99
Available: April 16 – 30
Metacritic score: 54

Maybe this game isn’t destined to be a classic like some of the others on the list, but Army of Two: Devil’s Cartel brings a good deal of destruction to the third-person shooting genre. With two protagonists, the game focuses on multiplayer action as you rain bullets on drug slinging thugs and you fight your way to the criminal mastermind heading up the cartel. It might not do anything we haven’t seen before, but it might not have to.

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