You've filled up on Halloween candy, and now you're gearing up to gorge yourself during Thanksgiving - so why not play some free games in the interim? The November 2018 Games with Gold selections include some nostalgic throwbacks timed with new games in their respective series: Battlefield 1 lets you sharpen your squad-based shooting skills before Battlefield 5's debut, while the original Assassin's Creed brings you back to where it all started to see just how far we've come with Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Those aren't the only games that Xbox Live Gold subscribers are getting for free this month - read on for the full haul.
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.
November 2018 free Games With Gold games
Battlefield 1 (Xbox One) - Available: November 1 - 30
After the ill-advised cops-'n'-robbers action of Battlefield Hardline, EA and DICE decided to take Battlefield back in time to a grittier era of conflict: World War 1. The resulting multiplayer skirmishes in Battlefield 1 were a return to form for the series, somehow turning trench warfare into a thoroughly enjoyable time thanks to a variety of atypical vehicles (including horses) and an emphasis on close-quarters combat. On the single-player side of things, the War Stories missions offer a diverse series of self-contained chapters, to great effect. Playing Battlefield 1 in any capacity should give you a good sense of what to expect from Battlefield 5's chronicle of WW2.
Race the Sun (Xbox One) - Available: November 16 - December 15
Imagine if the original Star Fox on SNES didn't involve shooting any enemies, putting the focus squarely on nimbly flying around a series of obstacles. Now speed things up by about 300% and you've got a general idea of the challenges found in Race the Sun. While admiring the simple aesthetic and breakneck speed, you'll need to maneuver your solar-powered spacecraft around plenty of blockades and strange terrain in the pursuit of high scores.
Victor Vran (Xbox One) - Available: October 16 - November 15
Here's the recipe for Victor Vran: take one part Diablo's action-RPG formula, one part Gothic Victorian setting, mix thoroughly. Pour over the freshly-slain corpses of demons and other hell-beasts, all while listening to the gravely, dulcet tones of Doug Cockle, the voice of Geralt in the Witcher series. Sound tasty? Then be sure to download.
Assassin's Creed (Xbox One, Xbox 360) - Available: November 1 - 15
If you've somehow already finished Assassin's Creed Odyssey and you're just dying to eliminate more of ancient history's most wanted, a trip back to the original Assassin's Creed will definitely make you miss the colossal strides that the open-world series has made since its early days. Or perhaps you've never dabbled with the series at all, in which case this is the perfect opportunity to meet Desmond Miles as he plugs into the Animus and takes on the role of his assassin ancestor Altair. The 2007-era visuals and open-world can't hold a candle to most modern games, but it's still a trip to see where Ubisoft's biggest series started.
Dante's Inferno (Xbox One, Xbox 360) - Available: November 16 - 30
This would've been the perfect Halloween pick, but oh well. Dante's Inferno reinterprets the Divine Comedy into an edgy, violent beat-'em-up in the vein of classic God of War games, with Dante hacking his way through demons aplenty with his giant scythe. The boss fights stirred up their fair share of controversy in their day, so you might get a kick out of squaring off against one of the largest half-naked women to ever appear as an enemy. It was never the greatest game, but there's some campy fun to be had with the hyper-violent excess of Dante's Inferno.
October 2018 free Games With Gold games
- Overcooked! (Xbox One)
- Stuntman: Ignition (Xbox One / Xbox 360)
- Hitman: Blood Money (Xbox One / Xbox 360)