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July is just around the corner, which means it's time to take a gander at the next batch of titles coming to Games with Gold on Xbox One. This month's crop of four titles will have you running, jumping, shooting and swashbuckling your way through the summer. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, Kane & Lynch 2, Grow up, and Runbow.
Over on the Major Nelson blog, the latest group of Games with Gold titles have been announced for July. To gain access to these games, all you need to do is sign up for Microsoft's premium service for about 60 bucks annually. As this month's update points out, the July games alone are worth $59 and, for those of you who are into such things, 4,000 in Gamerscore.
So what games are we looking at this month? As has become the standard with Gold, you'll be getting a pair of Xbox One games and a pair of Xbox 360 games that are backward compatible on the Xbox One, too.
First up, in the Xbox One library, is Grow Up. The sequel to indie platformer Grow Home, fans of the first game can expect to enjoy even more environmental puzzle solving as they try to guide their robot around the world, help plants blossom and follow their snaking path higher and higher. Grow Up will be available through Gold from July 1-31.
Next up in the Xbox One camp is Runbow, which can be yours from July 16 to Aug. 15. Another indie darling, Runbow offers a bright and colorful single-player campaign to work through, but what really gives the game its legs are the multiplayer events. Up to nine players can compete in a whole bunch of challenges that will have you dashing and punching your way to victory. If you're fond of games like Smash Bros. and TowerFall, then Runbow will be right up your alley.
Over to the Xbox 360 games and Gold is offering a pair of titles at complete opposite sides of the spectrum. First up is Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, a third-person shooter that seriously earns its mature rating. It's a pretty great co-op shooter and can be added to your digital collection from July 1-15.
If foul-mouthed, violent criminals aren't what you're in the market for, then maybe a lighthearted romp into the world of pirating will catch your interest. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Game is up for grabs through Gold this month, and it's positively packed with all of the fast and fun antics the Lego games have become known for over the years. You'll bash baddies, loot treasure chests and build contraption across a world that spans the first three Pirates movies and beyond.
So what do you think, folks? How does the July list of Gold games stack up? Let us know in the comments below.