It's time for the March 2018 Games With Gold parade, where four games will become available for free to any and all with an active Xbox Live Gold subscription. (The games go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah...) This month, the daredevils among us will get their thrills and chills via Superhot and Trials of the Blood Dragon, while those who prefer a calmer gaming experience can take their time with Brave: The Video Game and Quantum Conundrum.
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 too that any Xbox 360 games made available through Games With Gold are also backwards compatible with Xbox One.
March 2018 free Games With Gold games
Trials of the Blood Dragon (Xbox One) - Available: March 1 - 31
Do you long for the days when action movie heroes wore way too much leather, spouted pun-tastic one-liners, and the world was awash in neon? If so, you should check out Trials of the Blood Dragon - a quasi-spin-off of the standalone Far Cry 3 DLC, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. Only this time, instead of blowing up cyborgs as '80s hunk Michael Biehn, you'll be using a motorbike to make mind-blowing jumps and pull off sick tricks. Radical!
Superhot (Xbox One) - Available: March 16 - April 15
"Super. Hot. Super. Hot." If this hypnotizing chorus hasn't entered your consciousness by now, March is the time to fix that. A first-person shooter where time only moves when you do, Superhot lets you feel like Neo in the Matrix. You'll be effortlessly dodging bullets, catching enemy weapons, and taking out red polygonal enemies like a martial arts master in no time.
Brave: The Video Game (Xbox One / Xbox 360) - Available March 1 - 15
Yes, it's a game based on a film, and a family film at that. But it's also quite charming, and surprisingly well-assembled. Gameplay has you focusing on dodging enemy attacks and firing back with your bow, and puzzles will give your brain a light teasing. If not for yourself, feel free to download this one to give the younger folk in your home a game to play.
Quantum Conundrum (Xbox One / Xbox 360) - Available: March 16 - 31
Directed by the lead designer of Portal, Quantum Conundrum is a serious exercise in out-of-the-box thinking. Actually, considering how its puzzles revolve around alternate dimensions (such as a dimension where everything becomes light and fluffy, or one where everything becomes extra heavy), maybe I should say out-of-the-universe thinking. Come for the mental stimulation, stay for the excellent voice acting by John de Lancie (or as you might recognize him, Q from Star Trek).
February 2018 free Games With Gold games
- Shadow Warrior (Xbox One)
- Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India (Xbox One)
- Split/Second (Xbox One / Xbox 360)
- Crazy Taxi (Xbox One / Xbox 360)