PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Games with Gold are about to swap over to their free games for August, so let’s have a look what both services have lined up and how they compare.
Hunter’s Arena: Legends is the big PS Plus game for the month. It’s been on Steam Early Access for a while but this is its console debut and official release, and both PS4 and PS5 versions are free for Plus subscribers.
This is another battle royale game, but instead of the usual shooty bang-bang most of them have, this one is more stabby-stabby. The character designs look like Dynasty Warriors, but less ridiculous, and we’re more than okay with that.
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We’ve also got two more PS4 games (that you can play on PS5, of course) in Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville and Tennis World Tour 2. The former is a brilliantly silly competitive shooter for kids, and the latter is… tennis. Both offer online and local multiplayer.
You can grab these games free between Tuesday, August 3 and Monday, September 6. Once claimed, you can play them as long as your subscription is active (so you can unsubscribe for a while and resubscribe to regain access).
Meanwhile, Xbox Live’s Games with Gold for August is led by Darksiders III for the entire month. An action game with Metroidvania elements, you play as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Throwback platformer Yooka-Laylee, from the makers of Banjo-Kazooie, is the second Xbox One game, which you’ll be able to grab between August 16 and September 15 (Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break is the holdover July freebie for the first half of August).
As far as Xbox 360 freebies go, Lost Planet 3 is available between August 1 and 15, while Garou: Mark of the Wolves will be free for the remainder of the month. The Xbox One games work like Plus, but if you can claim the free 360 games, you can continue to play them even if your Gold sub runs out.
It’s not the most exciting month for either service, but Microsoft has been prioritising Game Pass over Games with Gold for ages now, with plenty of speculation that the initiative will be dropped to fully focus on the Game Pass.
The newer Xbox/PC subscription service recently added Netflix-like game streaming to iOS devices and Windows via the web browser, allowing you to play tons of games without a console.
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