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July Games with Gold: ‘Guacamelee!’ and more

Xbox Live’s Games with Gold program comes to July brandishing a new line up of 3 free titles. Each title this month would have otherwise gone for an estimated retail price of $14.99. But free is always better!

DrinkBox Studios

The most impressive of the bunch would have to be Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition by DrinkBox Studios, coming for free all month long on July 2. The ridiculously lengthy subtitle is an obvious homage to the naming sense found in the Street Fighter series, if the cameo-laden trailer wasn’t enough to convey that.

Guacamelee! is only available for free on the Xbox One - a sad bit of news that haven't yet upgraded from their 360s. The Super Turbo Championship Edition moniker adds new content to the 2013 game, including new bosses, new abilities, and an expanded main storyline. This action-adventure platformer, inspired by Mexican legends and mythos (and masked luchador heroes), is not to be missed. Fans of the Metroid and Castlevania series should take note especially, considering how Guacamelee! based the core of its gameplay on those classic titles.

For the first half of July, from the 1st to the 15th, the Xbox 360 will receive Monolith Productions’ Gotham City Impostors. It’s a 6-versus-6 first person shooter and plays like mostly any modern FPS – except with an added Batman- and Joker-flavored twist.

The second half of July for the Xbox 360 (16th to 31st) will see The Behemoth’s BattleBlock Theater become free to acquire. If the game’s unique, charming, and slightly disturbing art style seems familiar, that’s because The Behemoth is also the brilliant team behind Castle Crashers.

BattleBlock Theater, which can be played solo or co-op (the latter being much more enjoyable, unsurprisingly) challenges players to complete platforming puzzles and defeat a sentient race of giant cat creatures trying to kill them. Luckily, falling into water means the cats' demise. And by falling, that usually refers to players forcefully throwing them in.

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