Xbox Games with Gold for April 2018 will take you from Victorian era London to deep, dead space

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The Games With Gold April 2018 lineup has been announced, and those looking to get away from it all will find plenty of exotic locales to enjoy. If peace, quiet, and contemplation is your bag, check out The Witness. If you fancy yourself a time traveler, guv'na, maybe take Assassin's Creed Syndicate for a spin. And if you're in need of an adrenaline shock, explore the furthest, darkest corners of our galaxy with Dead Space 2.

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.

April 2018 free Games With Gold games

The Witness (Xbox One) - Available: April 1 - 30
Hope you like puzzles, because The Witness has more than 500 for you to solve. Spread around on a serene, peaceful island paradise, these puzzles unlock something far more important than a chest or door - they open up your human soul. Okay, maybe that's being a bit melodramatic, but point remains: The Witness is a game for thinkers and philosophers who enjoy contemplating existence as much as beating a game.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate (Xbox One) - Available: April 16 - May 15
Sandwiched between the disappointing Assassin's Creed Unity and the trope-dismantling Assassin's Creed Origins, Syndicate tells the tale of Jacob and Evie Frye, a brother-sister duo of Assassins in Victorian era London. While it's a bit less open-ended than the latest entry in the series, it nonetheless is an exciting ride well worth taking. And hey, the DLC lets you hunt Jack the Ripper!

Cars 2 (Xbox One / Xbox 360) - Available April 1 - 15
Based on the Disney / Pixar film, Cars 2 is a kid-friendly racer full of power-ups and special abilities you won't find in the more serious sims. Don't let the cartoon visuals fool you though, this is actually a pretty solid game, with unique mechanics and fun level design.

Dead Space 2 (Xbox One / Xbox 360) - Available: April 16 - 30
All the family wholesomeness too much to handle? Swing the proverbial pendulum way back in the opposite direction with this dark, terrifying, and gruesome sci-fi horror game about dismembering reanimated, mutated corpses. Yes, it's a sequel, but Dead Space 2 does a pretty good job of summarizing the first so that you don't need to have played the original (even though you totally should).

March 2018 free Games With Gold games

  • Trials of the Blood Dragon (Xbox One)
  • Superhot (Xbox One)
  • Brave: The Video Game (Xbox One / Xbox 360) 
  • Quantum Conundrum (Xbox One / Xbox 360)