While you wait for all those exciting new games of 2019, why not enjoy some free goodies courtesy of the Xbox Games with Gold March 2019 selections? There's no one unifying theme this month - just a bunch of great titles that add up to $90 of value. Chief among them is the last-gen, cult classic spinoff Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and the vibrant, family-friendly battles of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. You can also enjoy a LucasArts throwback with Star Wars Republic Commando, and Adventure Time fans can revisit their pals in an all-ages RPG now that the show is over.
Remember: any games you choose to download during their availability period will remain accessible so long as you have an active Xbox Live Gold membership. And don't forget that any Xbox 360 games made available through Games With Gold are also backwards compatible with Xbox One, letting you keep everything on one console.
March 2019 free Games With Gold games
Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion (Xbox One) - Available: March 1 - 31
This colorful, cel-shaded RPG is based on the now-concluded Cartoon Network series that's long been beloved by kids of all ages. Finn and Jake join forces with Marceline and BMO on a seafaring quest across the mysteriously flooded Land of Ooo. The turn-based combat and environmental puzzles are simple enough that anyone can enjoy exploring this virtual waterworld, and the show's off-kilter humor is here in force, particularly via Jake's absurd transformations and the goofy interrogation segments.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (Xbox One) - Available: March 16 - April 15
Who would've thought: Plants vs. Zombies is just as surprising and delightful in third-person, team shooter form as the classic tower defense incarnation. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 expands on the cheery, class-based shootouts of the original, with even more unconventional soldiers for both the Plants and Zombies sides. With matches that support up to 24 players in multiplayer battlefields, the clash of foliage and flesh-eaters can get pretty hectic. And if you'd rather not get competitive, you can enjoy the brief story mode or four-player co-op
Super Bomberman R (Xbox One) - Available: February 16 - March 15
Bomberman's tense, highly explosive multiplayer is timeless, and Super Bomberman R is an effort to modernize the series for contemporary consoles. Playing solo or with a co-op pal, you can tackle a lengthy story mode as Bomberman and his pals (including the big-headed, Xbox-exclusive Master Chief) endeavor to take down the villainous Emperor Buggler. But the real draw here is the eight-player multiplayer that you can enjoy locally or online, with everyone frantically dropping bombs to trap their enemies and doom them to a fiery death - without accidentally detonating themselves.
Star Wars Republic Commando (Xbox One, Xbox 360) - Available: March 1 - 15
In previous months, Xbox Games with Gold has included such LucasArts freebies as Mercenaries and Jedi Academy - and now Star Wars Republic Commando is the next to join the list of cult classic games brought over from the original Xbox. With a flavor evoking Ghost Recon mixed with Metroid Prime, Republic Commando throws you and a squad of AI clone troopers into a tense first-person fight against forces in plenty of locations from the Star Wars prequels. The textures are a bit rough by modern standards, but playing Republic Commando again is sure to be a nostalgia bomb for plenty of old-school Xbox fans.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Xbox One, Xbox 360) - Available: March 16 - 31
Even in a series known for convoluted world domination schemes and absurd characters, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance stands out for being particularly over-the-top (in a good way). This third-person, hack-'n'-slash action game was crafted by the combo masters at PlatinumGames, but still has that cinematic Metal Gear feel that adds dramatic flair to even the smallest interaction. Revengeance also has one of the most memorable final bosses of the past decade, with a larger-than-life villain who seemed to predict the course of American politics years ahead of the fact.
February 2018 free Games With Gold games you might've missed
- Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (Xbox One)
- WRC 6 (Xbox One)
- Assassin's Creed Rogue (Xbox One / Xbox 360)
- Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (Xbox One / Xbox 360)
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