Xbox Games with Gold for August 2018 will have you racing, battling, and surviving

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I don't have anything cheeky or clever to say. The Games With Gold August 2018 lineup is simply one of the most exciting in awhile, with heavy-hitters like For Honor and Dead Space to sate the action-lovers, while Forza Horizon 2 and Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two will cause your eyes to glaze over in pure visual delight.

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.

August 2018 free Games With Gold games

Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox One) - Available: August 1 - 31
The Forza Horizon series has made a name for itself by being not only beautiful, but freeing. The first game let you spin your wheels across Colorado, but this sequel expands your, ahem, horizons by taking a trip to southern France and northern Italy. Just try not to get your burnt rubber into the vineyards.

For Honor (Xbox One) - Available: August 16 - September 15
This medieval combat game from Ubisoft started out solid, if a bit underappreciated, and has only gotten better with age. Pick one of three factions and use brutal melee fighting styles to outwit and outmaneuver your opponents. There's really nothing quite like this game out there, so now's your chance to give it a shot for free!

Dead Space 3 (Xbox One / Xbox 360) - Available: August 1 - 15
Who doesn't want a buddy at their side while they go blasting through hordes of undead, mutated aliens? This final chapter in the Dead Space trilogy is more action and less horror than previous games, but the shooting is as solid as ever, and the ending is as big of a gut punch as you'd hope from something called "Dead Space".

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Xbox One / Xbox 360) - Available: August 16 - 31
Yes, it's a Disney game starring Mickey Mouse. But don't let that fool you - Epic Mickey can be seriously dark and twisted, and features not only solid platforming, but challenging bosses and a surprisingly well-told tale about heroes and redemption. Disney fans will love it for the clear and deep love for the company's history, while any gamer should enjoy its challenges.

July 2018 free Games With Gold games

  • Assault Android Cactus (Xbox One)
  • Death Squared (Xbox One)
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown (Xbox One / Xbox 360) 
  • Splinter Cell Conviction (Xbox One / Xbox 360)