Since November 2015 the two free Xbox 360 games have also been backwards compatible with the Xbox One, meaning owners of Microsoft’s current gen console can effectively get four free games a month.
The games are yours to keep even if you drop your Xbox Live Gold subscription.
Even if you don’t own an Xbox One yet, you can still nab those games for free as long as you have an Xbox Live Gold account. Just sign into the Xbox website, head to the title’s listing page and redeem the offer. The game will then appear in the console’s ‘Ready to install’ list if you buy an Xbox One in the future.
Below are the free Xbox Live Games With Gold for October. And don’t forget to check out our Xbox deals page for up-to-date console prices.
Gone Home : Oct 1 – Oct 31
A story-focused first-person exploration title – or ‘walking simulator’, if you want to be reductive – Gone Home puts you in the shoes of 21-year-old Katie who, returning from overseas, discovers her family home to be strangely deserted. Exploring the various rooms, you’ll find clues that may shed light on the situation or unlock new parts of the house.
It was critically lauded on release, and is worth a look if you like slow-burning mysteries and understated stories.
The Turing Test : Oct 16 – Nov 15
The Turing Test is a first person puzzle game that – if the title wasn’t already a giveaway – deals with the interaction between humans and AI. You play as a member of a research team sent to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons.
Waking up from cryogenic stasis, you discover that your fellow team members are in trouble and, in order to progress through the base and help them, you’ll have to pass a number of tests.
We likely won’t be seeing a third Portal game anytime soon, so if you miss being trapped in a futuristic facility and being tested by a dodgy artificial intelligence , then this might be your cup of tea.
Rayman 3 HD : Oct 1 – Oct 15
This remastered version of Ubisoft’s well-received 3D platformer is chock full of personality and charm. Our invisibly-limbed hero is tasked with saving the world from corrupted Lums, the usually friendly bug-like creatures that inhabit his world.
If you’re a fan of the genre, there’s a lot to like here, especially the whimsical level design and art style.
Medal of Honor: Airborne : Oct 16 – Oct 31
Ah, Medal of Honor. Before Call of Duty swept in and began its domination of the genre, this was THE World War 2 first person shooter franchise. Airborne introduced the bold concept of having open, non-linear levels that begin with you parachuting in from above, effectively choosing where you start the mission from – and the order in which you take on various objectives.
This means you can plonk down straight into the action, or land quietly on a rooftop (kicking a Nazi in the face on the way down) and pick off enemy soldiers from a distance.
The game didn’t set the world alight on release, but garnered praise from reviewers for its innovative ideas.