August is just around the corner, which means it's time to take a gander at yet another fresh crop of Games with Gold titles coming to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One throughout the next 30 days. Get ready to wrestle, fight hordes of enemies, explore endless caverns and more.
Announced this week on the Major Nelson blog, the August Games with Gold lineup is a pretty solid one, boasting four free games that should keep you plenty busy between now and September.
The Xbox One will be getting both Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate and WWE 2K16, while folks on the Xbox 360 will enjoy gratis copies of Spelunky and Beyond Good & Evil HD. As a reminder, both of those Xbox 360 games are backwards compatible titles, so you technically can download all four offerings on the Xbox One...Noice. Take a look at the announcement.
As always, the release schedule for the August Games with Gold is a bit all over the place. Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate will be available from Aug. 1-31, with WWE 2K16 up for grabs from Aug. 16 to Sept. 15. Spelunky can be yours from Aug. 1-15, with Beyond Good & Evil HD on the virtual shelf from Aug. 16-31. For those of you who like to feel like you're getting plenty of bang for your buck, this month's games alone would set you back $120 if purchased separately. Even if you occasionally don't appreciate the selection on services like Gold and Plus, you can't really argue with savings like that spread out over the course of a year.
As for what you're getting out of this month's lineup, we'll start with the Xbox One offerings, as they offer very different experiences that still manage to let you beat the stuffing out of your opponents.
Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate comes from possibly my favorite musou series. It combines characters from both the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors franchises with enemies that are frequently oni and other supernatural entities. I appreciate the history of the core series but, when I'm able to mop the floor with 100 enemies' faces at a time, that sort of supernatural crowd control blends better with a story that's equally ridiculous.
As for WWE 2K16, you pretty much know what you're getting here. If you like wrestling games, this one is apparently a keeper, offering a huge cast of characters, plenty of customization options and modes aplenty to grapple your way through.
Over to the 360 and Spelunky likely needs no introduction. A fantastic roguelike full of randomly generated dungeons, you could literally play this game forever and never experience the same levels twice.
Beyond Good & Evil, on the other hand, is a beloved action adventure game from a couple generations back that was lovingly recreated for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. If you haven't played this classic, now would be a good time.