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'Halo: Spartan Assault' and 'Max' now free on Xbox One for Gold subscribers

Halo: Spartan Assault, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
Halo: Spartan Assault, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
Photo courtesy of Microsoft, used with permission

Tuesday saw the launch of Microsoft’s Games with Gold promotion to the Xbox One. Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers can now pick up free games on the new console every month starting with “Halo: Spartan Assault” and “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood.” There’s also a number of games on sale as part of the Deals with Gold program.

“Halo: Spartan Assault” is normally $9.99 but can be downloaded free from the Xbox Store. Likewise, “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” is $14.99 but can be had for the low price of free. Getting both games free requires an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription and downloading the games to the Xbox One while both games are part of the Games with Gold promotion.

It’s important to note that the Games with Gold program on the Xbox One is different from the Xbox 360. Downloaded Xbox One games require an active LIVE Gold subscription to play just like Sony’s PS Plus while games downloaded to the Xbox 360 are your free to keep forever even if you’re subscription ends.

Xbox 360 owners currently have “Dark Souls” available to download for free through June 15. “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition” and “Charlie Murder” will both be free starting June 16.

Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 also have a number of deals available through Monday, June 9 as part of Games with Gold. The Xbox One has “NBA 2K14” for $39.99, “Call of Duty: Ghosts” for $49.99 and “Call of Duty: Ghosts Digital Hardened Edition” for $79.99. While it’s not listed on Major Nelson’s round-up, the price of “Crimson Dragon” has been cut in half to $9.99.

The Xbox 360 has several titles on sale including “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “NBA 2K14,” “Saints Row IV,” “Rayman Legends” and more for up to 70 percent off. You can see the complete list below.

An Xbox LIVE Gold subscription is required. The cheapest current options include a 12-month subscription for $49.99 from Amazon or a 3-month subscription with two $5 Xbox gift cards for $24.99 from Newegg.

Xbox 360 Deals with Gold

Call of Duty Ghosts - $40.19
Far Cry Class - $3.29
Far Cry: Blood Dragon - $4.94
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier - $6.59
Rayman Legends - $15.99
Smurfs 2 - $13.19
Storm - $4.99
Skydrift - $7.49
Invincible Tiger - $1.69
Saint’s Row IV - $11.99
NBA 2K14 - $29.99