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It's that time of the month where Microsoft rolls out details on the Games With Gold for Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners. The August 2017 sale features some really good Xbox 360 titles and some decent Xbox One games for those of you looking to extend your library with some free games.

Major Nelson's blog played host to the news for the games you're going to get for free next month in August for the Xbox console family. This includes:

• Slime Rancher for Xbox One: Available between August 1st and August 31st.

Trials Fusion for Xbox One: Available between August 16th and September 15th.

Bayonetta for Xbox 360: Available between August 1st and August 15th.

• Red Faction: Armageddon for Xbox 360: Available between August 16th and August 31st.

August is an interesting line-up because one of those games for the Xbox One is still in the Game Preview program. Slime Rancher isn't finished yet, but Xbox owners will be able to get their hands on it for free throughout August.

The game originally came out on Steam as an Early Access title. It's a mix of Monster Rancher and Pokemon, but the object of the game is to hunt down and capture slimes roaming around the game world. It's an inventive remix on the first-person shooter that avoids the blood and gore found in games like Battlefield or Call of Duty. The game quickly gained a ton of popularity due to its colorful nature and unorthodox themes. I wonder how well Xbox One owners will take to the title?

RedLynx's Trials Fusion is a good go-to game for something fun, challenging and a bit casual. The skill curve definitely ramps up in the title later on, but it's one of those games you can sit down and play with friends and family without having to worry about inappropriate content or having to get them to understand a plethora of functions or controls in order to manage the bike. Some part of me feels as if the Trials games are like today's generation of the Paperboy titles.

For those who still rock an Xbox 360 or for those of you looking to extend your backwards compatible library on Xbox 360, the availability of Bayonetta during August is a nice way to take a trip down seventh-gen memory lane without risking any extra funds in doing so. The fantasy third-person shooter really helped carve out the sort of niche that Platinum Games would later dominate with subsequent games such as Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and Nier: Automata. The hyper-sexualized, angel-killing heroine is now an iconic staple in the anime-gaming sectors of the industry. For those who missed out on the game when it came out back in 2009, you can see what all the hype is about.

Red Faction: Armageddon isn't the best way to round out the month for Games With Gold, but it sure beats a game like Vampire Rain, am I right? Red Faction: Armageddon was a clear step back from the destruction and open-world mayhem featured in the 2009 outing, Red Faction: Guerrilla. Nevertheless, Armageddon is a solid enough shooter and you don't have to pay anything for it, so you don't lose anything.

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