Another month and another new batch of games to keep forever courtesy of Xbox Games With Gold. Whether you’re new to the service or a returning player, there are enough free titles to download and keep forever. The month of July is headlined by WRC: The Official Game 8 and Dunk Lords* on Xbox One. Meanwhile, over on Xbox 360, keep an eye out for Saint’s Row 2 and Juju.
Each of July’s game’s availability will be staggered across the month. Here is this month’s schedule:
- WRC 8 ($49.99/£49.99 ERP) – Xbox One (1st July to 31st July)
- Dunk Lords ($19.99/£15.49 ERP) – Xbox One (16th June to 15th July) – *Dunk Lords will also be making it’s Xbox One debut on 16th as part of Games With Gold. Previously, the game was only available on Steam.
- Saint’s Row 2 ($9.99/£8.99 ERP) – Xbox One backwards compatibility and Xbox 360 (1st July to 15th July)
- Juju ($14.99/£11.99 ERP) – Xbox One backwards compatibility and Xbox 360 (16th July to 31st July)
“The WRC championship is the most challenging motor racing competition in the world.
With the new dynamic weather system, climatic conditions have true-to-life effects: rain and snowfall are now an important game feature as variable traction, different set-ups for each stage, tyre choice and shrewd use of the weather forecasting team all need to be considered.
The single-player Career mode has been rebuilt from the ground up: calendar management, R&D to improve performance, staff recruitment and management (mechanics, engineers, medical and weather teams, finance manager, etc.).
For multiplayer, weekly challenges and WRC eSports return, but the challenge and competition is now even stiffer.
With 50 teams, 14 rallies and over 100 special stages in the 2019 season, WRC 8 has the deepest content ever included in an off-road racing game”.Xbox
“You might be able to ball, but can you fight? Dunk Lords is a two-on-two basketball beat ’em up featuring over-the-top special moves, devastating dunks, and game-changing equipment. Choose from 20 of the baddest ballers around, each with unique special attacks and abilities, and do battle on a variety of hazard-filled courts.
Gain the upper hand as you slam opponents with Slice’s powerful digital blast, or trap players in grandma’s jam jar as Frank the strawberry. But to keep the beatings going, you’ll need to earn more special attacks through high-flying dunks or confidence-smashing rejections. Score from shot pads on the court to rack up additional bonuses such as money, extra points, and more. Mega shot pads even allow players to grow to an enormous size and dunk through the ceiling.
Still not powerful enough? Players can also purchase equipment that increases their abilities. Imagine lacing up shoes that let you dunk from anywhere inside the three-point line, suiting up in magnetic armour that pulls loose balls your way, or slipping on spooky gloves and shooting ghostly shots that can’t be blocked”.storyfort.com
Saint’s Row 2
“Help the 3rd Streets take back their city in this explosive sequal to the 2006 hit. Saints Row 2 features unparalleled character creation and customization; a massive open world to explore by land, air or sea; and online co-op play that enables you and a friend play through the entire story of Saints Row 2“.Xbox
“Journey with the shaman panda, Juju, and his lizard sidekick, Peyo, as they embark upon a dangerous and mystical journey to save Juju’s father and the world from an ancient evil. Run, bounce, chant, and battle humongous bosses with a friendor family member in this beautifully animated, lighthearted adventure”.Xbox
Obviously, another mix of great games to download and keep forever this month. It’s up to you to decide whether the main draw is WRC 8 or Saint’s Row 2 (it’s definitely the latter), but regardless of your taste, there’s something for everyone. Also, make sure you check out Dunk Lords which is making it’s Xbox One debut as part of Games With Gold. The title was previously only available via Steam.
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