Fable 3
Microsoft Puts a Date on Free Xbox Live Gold Games
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Microsoft has released a few more details regarding the free games it intends to offer alongside Xbox Live Gold memberships.

Announced during E3 2013, the platform holder will be rewarding Gold members with two free titles every month. And unlike the equivalent PlayStation service, the Instant Game Collection, these are games that you can keep indefinitely.

Beginning in July, Microsoft will be offering up the free titles on the 1st and 16th of every month, starting with Assassin’s Creed II and Halo 3.

"As our way of saying thanks, we're giving all active Gold members two bonus Xbox 360 games each month for the rest of the year," reads a statement from MS. 

"Each specially selected, fan-favourite game will be available to download only for a limited time, so grab them before they're gone and keep them no matter what."

Nice, eh? Oh, and Gold members can still grab Fable III through Xbox Live up until then end of the month. Get on that if you haven't already.

[via OXM]


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Comment #1 by Frasr
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:32:12 AM
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I'll need to get a new hard drive to hold all these games. (if I don't already own most of them that is...)

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Comment #2 by tplusp
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:32:56 AM
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Hope they start releasing games that are a lot newer, still can't complain though if its free!

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Comment #3 by Trendin
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:33:04 AM
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Of course the games they're going to give out I already have.... Still it's nice to see Microsoft giving gold members games.

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Comment #4 by Da Beni Man
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:33:16 AM
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Can't wait for Halo, that last mission is still the stuff of legend

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Comment #5 by Ark_Thompson
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:33:17 AM
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I'll wait before I have an idea about this. Sure it's a good idea. But I hope all the games they will offer won't be as old as Halo 3 and Assassin's Creed when Sony offers Hitman and Sleeping dogs nearly 8 months after their release...

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Comment #6 by ModernSith2010
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:35:37 AM
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But unlike PS+ these games are at least 4 years old!

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Comment #7 by Rickmassacre
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:38:47 AM
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@2 i recon all the games are going to be "Classics" seeing as both of these are.
it'll be games YOU SHOULD OF PLAYED During the 360 life cycle
and if no then now you have the chance

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Comment #8 by Aussie27Legend
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:39:13 AM
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Who hasn't played those two games at this point :/

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Comment #9 by Craphex
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:39:38 AM
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Cool, having fun going through Fable 3 again, can't wait to finish off AC2's achievements after renting it a while back as well. Good on them.

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Comment #10 by Kailon791
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:40:26 AM
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@6 Yep, I knew someone would find something to complain about. Only the trolliest of trolls would find a way to complain about free stuff.

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Comment #11 by x_Silxx_x
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:40:28 AM
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Give someone something for free and they still act like they're entitled to more. You're entitled to nothing.

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Comment #12 by tplusp
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:41:17 AM
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@7 yeah true, hopefully there's some classics I've missed out on!

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Comment #13 by LeafRaider
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:43:14 AM
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So far I've owned 3/3 great

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Comment #14 by Roose91
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:43:19 AM
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Well my brother did have Halo 3 and I I have the multiplayer with ODST so don't really need it but not going to say no when it is free.

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Comment #15 by Zenka The Myth
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:43:26 AM
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Shame that so far I already have all of them sitting on my shelf. Still good news though.

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Comment #16 by ash356
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:44:11 AM
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Well, I already have all of them thusfar. Still, my Halo 3 disc is pretty duff right now, and I guess it saves me carting them to and from uni :L

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Comment #17 by Raging Bullgod
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:45:29 AM
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@8 I haven't played Halo 3 or AC2. So yah for me, I get 2 games.

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Comment #18 by Elite49
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:46:27 AM
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@10 @11

HA. After what's happened with MS in the past month, this doesn't feel like a huge slap in the face? Give me a break. You have either played these games or never wanted to so most of these will be a joke.

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Comment #19 by Elite49
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:48:16 AM
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Not to mention Halo 3 doesn't work correctly if it's installed on the HDD.

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Comment #20 by Chaos5282
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:49:19 AM
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I just downloaded Fable 3 and Aegis Wing. I have Assassins Creed 2 and Halo 3 already.
Free stuff is still great anytime, this was a great idea to reward gamers with great games.
I have 120+ games in my collection so i'm hoping they offer something I don't have.

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Comment #21 by BrokenFuse
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:51:19 AM
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Ive downloaded fable3 on both mine and the bitch's xbox. now i can sell my disc copies. maybe something for other people to think about. If you do own the disc copies then just download these ones and sell the disc. EASY! nothing to complain about.YOU MISERABLE FUCKERS WHO HAVE NOTHING TO DO BUT COMPLAIN!

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Comment #22 by DarqStalker
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:51:19 AM
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cool but.. and I don't want to seen ungrateful, but any real gamer would have gotten these games already. Well, if they could of afforded it. PSN+ has new games that have come out recently, and not ones that have been out for years.

I appreciate having these games free and downloadable. Now Gamestop is only offering $1 for these games since they are free.

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Comment #23 by Devil Sora
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:53:49 AM
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It'd be nice to get the classic Call of Duty 4 for one of them. Either way it'll be nice to replay Halo 3

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Comment #24 by ENVY021
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:54:05 AM
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I am actually excited for free Halo 3. I have one MP achievement I need to get for 100% and that'll give me a good reason to go get it.

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Comment #25 by Hurricane Of 87
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:54:43 AM
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Cool. Playing Halo 4 currently, so Halo 3 is cool, can also mop up the feathers I got bored with in AC2.


Wonder what's up next. Hybrid would be nice as I just want more people to steamroll.

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Comment #26 by Monkey Wizard
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:54:59 AM
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Hmmm, I signed up to PS+ last week and immediately got XCOM Enemy Unknown, Infamous 2, Lord of the rings: War In The North, and Kingdoms of Amular Reckoning... for free, and there are still more to download for free, Demon's Souls to name a few.
It has payed for my yearly subscription and more already in free games.

It's about time M$ made a damn effort to give there loyal customers on Xbox Live a fair deal...Games On Demand is a joke.

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Comment #27 by Annalie
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:55:47 AM
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@18 Why are you here Sony shill? piss off.

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Comment #28 by Iconoclast Envy
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:56:14 AM
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@21 Calm down, I think that's enough internet for you bro.

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Comment #29 by MasterGazelle
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:03:05 AM
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"Each specially selected, fan-favourite" > Google Translate > "Each specially selected, title you already bought" Hahaha

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Comment #30 by Leviathan v2
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:06:55 AM
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It's a shame they're all 5-7 gig though

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Comment #31 by Sali B
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:07:40 AM
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Chances are i already own the games that are gonna be free, but still its pretty good that they are free for those that either lost/traded/sold there copies

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Comment #32 by gunswat
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:10:13 AM
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@1 Ill prob get them but delte and redownload later haha

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Comment #33 by PickVanCleef
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:14:55 AM
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It's better than nothing- so thank you Microsoft.
But...they're not competing with nothing. This can be seen as a direct response to PS Plus....and PS Plus still absolutely demolishes it. The games on offer here are old games which can be picked up at dirt cheap prices.
If Micro had shown a bit more ambition and offered Halo 4 and AC:3 then I'd have been a little more congratulatory.

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Comment #34 by 3sixty
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:17:20 AM
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This news is 11 days old!!

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Comment #35 by Quid Squid
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:23:16 AM
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I hope this isn't just promotion for the Xbox One and goes into next year as well.

Love the idea, but hoping to see some titles I don't have. Also assuming we will see Fallout 3 as one of these titles at some point.

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Comment #36 by cheevo360
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:23:29 AM
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That is cool, it is like PSN owners now since Microsoft want bring free games, DLCs and stuffs much more then before. :)

Well done to Microsoft for doing this. I am so proud for Microsoft did it.

Look forward Xbox One lots. Ofc ourse

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Comment #37 by SP1R17US S4NC71
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:24:07 AM
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I already own halo 3 and fable 3, but I will need to buy a bigger hard drive because my 60gb hard drive only has 3gb lefts. Maybe I can sell my games that they offer and won't have to worry about it breaking

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Comment #38 by Earth Djinn
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:28:03 AM
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I'm expecting to own most, if not all, of the titles that they'll release through this, but if even a couple of the games are ones I don't own then I'll be happy. Fable 3 was new for me, so I'm already ahead.

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Comment #39 by PSNgaviota1195
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:39:34 AM
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Wait,Wait,Wait...What? What do you mean that once you download them you get to keep them indefinitely and that's something you that playstation doesn't do? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Microsoft, that's something you could always do with PS+ You dumb shits! Once you get a game free from PS+ It's yours forever!!! You can download it even if it's no longer on PS+ offer for free if you already downloaded it!!! If your saying that you can use them even if you don't have gold, then in that case now I understand what your bragging about since you need to be in PS+ to keep using the games you download for free or at a discount, otherwise you need to pay the regular price, but if it's the former and not the latter, you guys really do suck at convincing smart people to buy your product! Anyway, Im glad we forced your DRM and used games bullshit off the console, so MAYBE I repeat MAYBE I'l buy Xbox One in the future when it's cheaper and for the exclusives.

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Comment #40 by PluralAces
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:41:10 AM
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I predict the next two games will be Gears of War 2 and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

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Comment #41 by gunswat
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:44:05 AM
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@40 good haha I got gears preowned only online and one or to missions work :( lol

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Comment #42 by kingkongkyle
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:48:25 AM
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I havent played assassins creed 2 yet so thats good, and my halo disc is very slow these days so it will be nice to download and sell my original copy. also very fable to hear about fable 3 which i havent yet played either. Good job on this one microsoft

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Comment #43 by UKevin
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:53:21 AM
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Reading the title I figured you had a complete list with dates.
What kind of sloppy jornalist work is this ? This news is E3 old. The "games for gold" page has all this info. It's nothing new.

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Comment #44 by Wiihalofan
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:55:26 AM
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I'm just excited over the chance of Halo 3 multiplayer being restored with players!

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Comment #45 by havok zwo
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:57:32 AM
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I don't own either so I'll gladly snap these up :)

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Comment #46 by iBlaise
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:59:10 AM
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A better question is: "Will this service continue to exist after the Xbox One releases?"

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Comment #47 by SeraphTC
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 10:00:35 AM
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@39 - do some basic research before posting ffs.

Yes, you get to keep and play the games forever - even if you cancel your gold subscription.

As you pointed out, with PS+ the games are only yours whilst you are subscribed.

So yeah, what they've said is completely accurate.

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Comment #48 by Bunny07x360
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 10:03:14 AM
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show me a games list! please! i predict alan wake, bioshock, maybe gears.

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Comment #49 by ScottHarris
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 10:04:21 AM
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I don't want to sound ungrateful but wouldn't it have been better if WE could choose the games ourselves ? I already have Halo 3, and i am sure pretty much everyone that has ever wanted the game also have it by now, and i am not a fan of Assassin's creed at all. The only games that are going to become available are games like Gears Of War, or Forza. We should pick what games we want.

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Comment #50 by Komrade Kayce
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 10:07:08 AM
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Free is free. My collection of retail discs is something like 200+, but Ill happily take the games on demand counterparts so as I don't have to use my discs, even if I already own them.

Seriously tho, people actually complaining about getting free games because they are older or people already own them. Free. Something you weren't getting for free before. The sense of entitlement is astounding. I know a few people on my friends list who were happy about Fable III because they were looking for something to play or are broke right now.

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Comment #51 by Majica8
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 10:12:17 AM
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"Fan favourites" very popular i.e. everyone already owns them. Yeah that's great.

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Comment #52 by treo9
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 10:20:47 AM
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So free games are cool... can't complain, after 10 years subscribed it's about time... but i'm thinking since DRM is now cancelled(YAY)how long till EA and and there evil friends announce online passes again, you no it's coming.

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Comment #53 by neolego
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 10:21:32 AM
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People can always find something to complain about.

I am actually SUPER excited for this. I picked up Fable III which I never played. It's great. I 100% AC2 (GoD) so I have no need for that. But Halo 3!? Of course I beat that game on disc, but to get a free digital copy, I will definitely play through that game again. Such a great game.

What people can't see through their whining is that these are only the first 2 games announced, and arguabiliy, 2 of the best games of the early part of this generation. (Note: AC2 was my favorite game on the Xbox 360 until last year!). The good news, we are going to keep get 2 FREE games till the end of the year. I'm sure there is going to be some great stuff along the way.

Also, I can't stand the comparison to PS+. The games you get from PS+ are more akin to Netflix, as what LIVE is offering is more like a BluRay. You can only play those PS+ games while you have a PS+ account, and that has to be validated by an online connection. Whereas, with these 2 free games from Microsoft, once they are downloaded they are yours. You can play them on any Xbox 360 that you every own and it can be played offline, with no internet connection, whether you are gold or not. So, there really is no comparison.

I will lastly say, I hope this is a testing ground for what is coming on the Xbox One. PS+, if nothing else, has proven that there should be more value to a paid service than just playing online. I'm really hoping that MS will see fit to continue something similar to this, even after 2013 is over.

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Comment #54 by PSNgaviota1195
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 10:24:58 AM
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@47 And would you please read everything I said with careful detail FFS.

I clearly state that if it was that you could keep it even without gold, then yes, I see the advantage in such a thing. If it was the other way around where they say you couldn't keep your games on PS+ forever, then that's the part that's bullshit since you can do that even after the offer ends since they are yours forever, just like the new offer that Microsoft is bringing to Xbox Live. Im being fair to both consoles since I want a fair fight between this 2 consoles.

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Comment #55 by Dlark17
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 10:25:24 AM
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"Keep em no matter what?"
Whoa whoa whoa, Microsoft. Slow down, bro! You're gonna break something!
Quite impressed!

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Comment #56 by i got squeezed
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 10:26:20 AM
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Loved Ac2, always wanted to play it again. Now I can for free! Oh yeah!

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Comment #57 by liana_c
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 10:31:02 AM
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Hope the free Halo 3 helps re-populate the servers once again. My heart beats with that game forever, lol ;)

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Comment #58 by Alec216
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 10:46:38 AM
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I joined the xbox party a bit late and never got into Halo, guess I'll give it a go now that it's free. Maybe that'll lead on to me getting the others! Very clever MS! Maybe that's why they're doing AC2 rather than AC1, don't think people would be convinced by the first one.

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Comment #59 by E10phoenix
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 10:59:23 AM
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This is great and all, but it's only until the end of the year. People need to remember that

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Comment #60 by simmshady22
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 11:05:49 AM
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@18 So just because u already played these games u think its a "slap in the face". Free games can only be a good thing. Not everyone has them so STFU trying to speak for everyone. Like #10 said.. Only the trolliest of trolls will find a way to complain about this.

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Comment #61 by RobotHacker
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 11:05:53 AM
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@54 you're talking crap. As soon as your PS+ sub lapses, you CANNOT play those games you downloaded from PS+ for free.

True story

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Comment #62 by Spanish Assault
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 11:18:28 AM
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Love it. I wont be downloading any of the games this coming month, but I look forward to the rest of the year.

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Comment #63 by captainhowdy95
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 11:28:38 AM
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Hopefully this will see a hefty increase to amount of people willing to 100% and work towards multiplayer achievements for these games

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Comment #64 by Kailon791
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 11:28:56 AM
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Would be very happy if Gears of War 2 was on here soon. My disc broke a while ago and I haven't wanted to spend money on another one. Would be great to play it again. It's the best Gears IMO.

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Comment #65 by DragonessAthena
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 11:29:53 AM
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Enough with the PS+ comparison, Sony DOESN'T GIVE YOU FREE GAMES. If you cancel your PS+, you no longer have access to those games unless you buy them or renew PS+. PS+ is a RENTAL service, you pay a fee and they give you a select few games you can play. I don't know why so many of you are so oblivious to that fact.

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Comment #66 by gravelandx88
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 11:30:58 AM
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I wish MS started this years ago but w/e im digging this now. I never played Fable 3 up until I dl'ed it last week and enjoying the game! I'm looking forward to AC2 and Halo 3 next month. I hope MS puts in AC3 next next month.

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Comment #67 by Blade Runner 07
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 11:35:19 AM
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QUESTION: Does this mean we get Halo 3 on the 1st and AC2 on the 16th or vice versa OR do we get both games on the first and two other games on the 16th.

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Comment #68 by howling crazy
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 11:41:01 AM
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ac2 first on the 1st and halo on the 16th, moaners will always find something lol free is free be it brand new or old I for one would like to finish halo off as I didn't complete it.

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Comment #69 by Nero Mystyraa
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 11:51:46 AM
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Normally I would be excited for this but since I got the "This item is not available in your country" message when i went to download the free Fable 3, I have lost all interest as I am pretty sure 99% of the free games that they will put up in the next few months, will also give me the same error message so I'm not gaining anything from this.


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Comment #70 by Mc1ovin11
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 11:52:33 AM
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#39/#54 You sir are a twat-anyone who would incorporate an online gaming service into their profile name has to be a twat-maybe i'll change mine to xboxliveTwat just to be your arch-twat rival!!
Sorry,rant over-I really hate trolling Sony fan-boys clogging up threads with their inane and no doubt pre-pubescent drivel!
OT-I will not complain at the prospect of free games,yes I have already played both mentioned but no longer own a copy of Halo 3-it would be nice if we could see a list of the other games to be offered up but apart from that this is nothing but good news.

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Comment #71 by Hextech Raven
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 11:58:55 AM
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I have about 300+ Xbox 360 games in my collection, so I doubt Microsoft is going to be able to release something I don't own already :P

It's still an awesome gesture though, and I'm hoping they continue doing something like this past the end of the year too. It would be pretty cool if they eventually catch up to PS+ and start releasing newer games for a limited time as well.

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Comment #72 by Restricted-Access
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 11:59:36 AM
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I'm impressed that it isn't limited to games published ONLY from Microsoft!

There's a number of good games I traded-in or sold when I completed all the achievements for them. Hopefully, some of those will end-up on the list!

So far, what's been released/announced at this time, I already have... but I'll still download them. I like NOT having to put the disc in each time I feel like playing a game (something I "was" looking forward to on the Xbox One)!

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Comment #73 by xtye
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 12:04:32 PM
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I was kind of excited for Halo 3 on the 1st...I hope that one is the first because Assassins Creed is terrible.

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Comment #74 by creaper210
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 12:10:35 PM
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I'd love free arcade games instead, but that's just me. I never trade in my games, so I still have all 3 of the games mentioned here so far.

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Comment #75 by 41inuyasha
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 12:12:30 PM
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Im suprised it took you guys this long to post this, this info has been on for almost a week

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Comment #76 by Restricted-Access
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 12:13:18 PM
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What's with the PS fan-boys creating an account in x360a, just so they can rant and troll here? Can't the moderators or someone here "ban" those user's IP address?

Personally... if you're just coming across the street to start a fight... go back to your side of the street and stay there! I'm all for free speech, but when someone is creating a log-in just to rant in a forum on a web site they do not post in... just get out of here!!

Anyone on the web site who owns both consoles, is more entitled to share an opposing opinion on either site.

I do not own a PS (never have), so you don't see me posting on the other site (and anyone on this site who can see what my IP address is, could verify I've never created an account over there)!

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Comment #77 by Yug1D0rk
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 12:18:48 PM
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I apparently am an impoverished Spaniard who lives on a rock off the coast of Venezuela, which prevents me from downloading it

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Comment #78 by Shazaeomon
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 12:24:42 PM
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As an owner of PS+ for my PS3 and now getting similar rewards for my XBOX 360 Gold? Goodness, sure, they're older games, but who cares; now I have free games on both platforms, sounds like a win to me. ^_^

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Comment #79 by the action frampton
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 12:26:02 PM
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@26 fuck off PS troll with 0 posts. Go back to the sister site.

I've never played Fable 3, so its good news for me.

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Comment #81 by ReklezZTrini
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 12:54:21 PM
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Who hasn't played Ac2 of Halo 3? If it's going to be free it should be worthwhile. It's good that they are doing this, but there should be a list of games that you can choose from.

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Comment #82 by Andr0077
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 01:02:34 PM
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But when it comes time to Ebay your X-box to buy a PS4 or even an Xbone you can sell it with some already installed full games that were triple AAA (At one time) thus increasing it's resale value.

Personally it's no good for me as I didn't renew my gold membership when it last expired a couple years ago and haven't really missed it anyway.

PS+ is still a better proposition though, anyone saying otherwise is just kidding themselves :)

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Comment #83 by Spandex Stiffy
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 01:20:25 PM
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I own a lot of games. Free game programs really aren't doing much for me since, if I want to play it, I probably already have it. These programs are great for college kids and younger kids on a stricter budget, though. I get that. Now, take Okami for PS3, I want to play that. However, I'm afraid to buy it since it has already hit PS+ for Europe.

I will be shocked if I haven't played even a single one of the games offered free by Microsoft. In the end, I sign up for Xbox Live because I want the very best multiplayer environment possible on a console. I have had terrible experiences on PSN. That's really all there is to it.

A special aside for all the Playstation trolls on this site:
Don't forget that PS+ comes with free yearly console bricking issues and hard drive reformatting. It's hard to imagine that people exist only to troll forums for Sony. Aren't they the company who got caught hiring people to post in forums in the first place? Yeah, totally trustworthy. 3 console makers exist. Get over it and get out.

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Comment #84 by Enigk
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 01:20:51 PM
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They should give out some hidden gems rather than triple a titles. Most people who haven't already played Fable 3, AC2 or Halo 3 haven't played them as they are relatively new to 360 or didn't want to in the first place. They should maybe put something like Beautiful Katamari or Condemned or another classic that I can't think of.

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Comment #85 by Spandex Stiffy
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 01:24:27 PM
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@84, that's good thinking.

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Comment #86 by StinkyPete2021
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 01:41:52 PM
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Not bad considering that I am currently only paying $3.33 a month in a years subscription.

Also, thanks for the heads up on Fable 3.

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Comment #87 by Fire Mage
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 01:48:58 PM
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The reason most people are complaining are because Microsoft is going to explicitly choose games from years and years ago that you could find for $5 if you really wanted to play them now. They are intentionally picking some of the already MOST PLAYED games on the system throughout the years.

People who have been here since launch will with a 99% chance have already played all of the games that Microsoft is going to offer.

If they release a game that you wanted to play PRIOR to it being free, and the game has been out for years, then chances are VERY likely that you have already played it barring some abnormal excuse.

If you never really cared to try a game, but then you SUDDENLY want to play it now that it is free, then you have no rights to berate those pointing out that Microsoft is going to choose the most-commonly played games on the Xbox 360 over the years.

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Comment #88 by DirtyHarryEIRE
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 01:53:51 PM
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sweeeeet extra g's !!!

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Comment #89 by BiggD
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 01:55:27 PM
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Jesus Christ, who cares if YOU have already played the game. Other people who are new to Xbox might have not.

People will always find something to complain about.

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Comment #90 by PATALiTY
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 01:58:54 PM
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ac 2 & halo 3? wow...

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Comment #91 by rastrast
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 02:18:43 PM
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i cant download those games .i dont know why ist my region or what?

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Comment #92 by XxShadowSpiderxX
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 02:27:40 PM
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@ 89 its hard to agree with something like that. There is a reasonable chance people haven't played AC 2 and fable 3. As far as halo 3 i doubt core gamers haven't played it by now. The only people I would guess haven't are casuals or gamers who dislike shooters.I see it as an attempt to broaden their audience for the halo franchise. However that is hardly something to care about from a current gold member's point of view. I personally don't care and if they decide to put something I haven't played then I will play it and be grateful but its completely understandable for people to be annoyed by the games they plan to release so far.

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Comment #93 by gabwe
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 02:34:22 PM
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I still cannot download Fable 3, no matter what I try. The'd better correct that before they offer Halo 3, which I haven't played and want to get...

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Comment #94 by SasileUchiha92
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 02:42:09 PM
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So, it's probably going to be games that are really popular and everyone already has them that wants them. At least I got Fable 3 for free.

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Comment #95 by SAM 602
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 02:58:12 PM
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I hope they put Ghostbusters up on there :D

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Comment #96 by havok zwo
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 02:59:23 PM
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@91 they arent free yet until the dates provided in the article. fable 3 is free to download at the minute

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Comment #97 by Gearbolt
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 03:11:12 PM
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@91 Re-read the article. It says when these games are available for download. It's not July yet.

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Comment #98 by Tim 13
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 03:17:55 PM
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I get nervous about the warning of "Keep them no matter what." I wonder if it'll stay in your download history, or if it'll revert to you never having owned it, like they removed the title and then listed it again, and you'd have to pay again if you wanted it.

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Comment #99 by PSNgaviota1195
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 03:20:09 PM
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@61 Did you even fucking bothered to read what I said?

@70 What the fuck are you even talking about?

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Comment #100 by keightley1980
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 03:23:12 PM
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king kong and table tennis next!

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Comment #101 by SUBLIMETROJAN5
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 03:29:17 PM
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Call of duty 2 next or maybe Quake 4 or even BK sneak king....LOL

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Comment #102 by Fullbrook
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 04:00:15 PM
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Free games are always good. I own Fable 3 already, but I downloaded the digital copy. Always nice to have. A lot of people on my friends list are playing it lately, so not everyone has it.. AC 2 I own but have never played. But I have never played a Halo game.. I've never really been interested in it but if it is free I will give it a shot. Maybe I will love it :)

Between 2 games a month here, and my PS+ Looks like I won't need to buy many games for the rest of the year. It will be nice to save a little money :)

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Comment #103 by Wesker STARS
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 04:26:09 PM
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looks like i have a reason to turn on my 360, to download these games then turn it back off and keep playing my ps3.

ive had xbox live for well over 10 years and only had ps plus for 2, but i feel much more of a mutual relationship with sony than i do with microsoft, it seems like sony really keeps the consumer in mind and doesn't just view you as such, but as a loyal customer, whereas i feel like MS only views everyone as a consumer.

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Comment #104 by Panznerr
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 04:37:11 PM
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Doesn't Halo 3 have problems running from HDD? Or was that for MP?

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Comment #105 by Xtrem3 Poptarts
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 04:47:24 PM
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Can't complain about free stuff, but it would be nice if they can provide the DLC for free (unlikely though).

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Comment #106 by Daniel55645
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 04:54:13 PM
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so far, fable, assassins creed, and halo 3 i def do not care about. hopefully will see some games with easy gamerscore that i have yet to complete will be available

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Comment #107 by The Kingslayer
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 05:00:56 PM
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Fable 3, Halo 3 and Assassin's Creed II are all AAA titles that scored great reviews, sure they are a couple years old but to complain about getting free quality titles is ridiculous.

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Comment #108 by Tim 13
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 05:28:46 PM
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Nobody should bother reselling their Fable 3 disc. Gamestop gave me a dollar for it. lol

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Comment #109 by Prof Bad Touch
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 05:29:27 PM
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seriously, this doesnt even compare to ps plus. I used to be a hardcore xbox gamer from 2006 to the beginning of 2011. then i got ps plus on my playstation, and over the course of 2 and a half years, ive moved mostly to playstation. people who say this is better than ps plus just needs to take the first week of high school economics again.

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Comment #110 by Prof Bad Touch
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 05:32:01 PM
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oh by the way saints row the third was released last week on ps plus. jus sayin.

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Comment #111 by l.maciver
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 05:36:57 PM
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wish the list was bigger. if there doing old games then im guessing Alone in the dark, crackdown, bourne conspiracy and viva pinata should be future free titles.

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Comment #112 by sho91
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 06:09:00 PM
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Grab them while you can Microshaft will be killing this once the XBONE is released,don't even insult PSN+ they have been doing this for years and will continue thru PS4 ....

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Comment #113 by nonschoolboy
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 06:14:50 PM
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I am sure that one of the games each month will be an exclusive. Bioshock, Call of Duty 4, Mass Effect, Gears of War, Dead Space, Borderlands are some of the games that I think will be apart of this "deal."

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Comment #114 by a fat turkey
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 07:01:11 PM
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@112 You're the reason we can't have nice things.

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Comment #115 by BinaryGlitch
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 07:05:01 PM
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I am excited about this. Just got my copy of Fable III. However I have the first two already being handed out. Hoping they will have some good games real soon.

Since they have total number of Gold Members and can tell which of those members have achievements for a game I would guess that is how they will determine to release game. Smallest number of a popular game will prevent overload on download servers.

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Comment #116 by HitokiriSEVEN
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 07:17:49 PM
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Sucks for me because I have tried to download Fable 3 and it refuses to let me. Maybe this will be the same way for the other games too...

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Comment #117 by macd
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 08:54:18 PM
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I never actually got around to buying Ac3, so this is quite good for me. Even if there isn't anything else free that I want to play, I'll still be happy with a free game.

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Comment #118 by xxiv435
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:19:03 PM
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To be quite honest even if you do have the games they are still bothering to give them out for free so why whinge? i for one cant wait to get AC2 as i was just about to buy it again!

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Comment #119 by Restricted-Access
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:42:20 PM
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That issue with Halo 3 installed to the hard drive WAS about the multiplayer. However... that issue was patched a LOOOOONNNNG time ago!!!

I'll be downloading "Halo 3" for the campaign... but I always use the second disc from "Halo 3: ODST" for Halo 3 multiplayer... because ALL the maps are included on that disc! I don't think they'll ever put the second disc to Halo 3: ODST on GoD... since it's considered a bonus disc. At least that disc CAN be installed to the HD, so you aren't spinning the disc constantly!

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Comment #120 by Restricted-Access
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 09:48:09 PM
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It's "Fable III" right now, and "Assassin's Creed II" (not III) that's free/going to be free.

I'd love it if they put AC3 as one of the freebies, but I wouldn't hold my breath!

I'd rather MS bought the rights to "Chromehounds" and put the servers back online, and make it available as a Games on Demand download (perhaps FREE, to spark a renewed interest, if nothing else). I miss that game (and the 240 GS I got cheated out of)!!

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Comment #121 by Voytek
Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 12:36:07 AM
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Fable 3 wasn't as bad as I heard it was supposed to be. I'm glad we're finally getting rewarded for being loyal Gold members. Free games are fine by me!

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Comment #122 by Spartn117
Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 12:41:41 AM
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Well remeber that if you already have the game then you can download the digital one and sell the other at like gamestop or something. Just make shure you do it befor they go free cuz then the wont be worth anything.

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Comment #123 by FlackoWeasel
Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 03:02:51 AM
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How to get past the "this is not available in your region?" I have no idea how to make VPN...can you do VPN on PC too and download the game on PC and use VPN so it goes to my DL queue and then I can DL it from my x360? The "Put VPN on lappy and lappy cable to xbox" seems complicated...

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Comment #124 by AU Unit
Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 03:09:52 AM
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Looks like I'll need more memory.

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Comment #125 by Groudon199
Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 06:27:56 AM
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Hoping there's eventually something I'd actually be interested in. Part of the reason I don't have PS+ is because they almost never have any deals I want.

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Comment #126 by GSWAT85
Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 08:26:35 AM
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I thought they were going to let us chose from a pool of games for our 2 free games.....who owns a 360 and hasn't played halo 3? this is dumb.....bring on the next generation!!!

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Comment #127 by Groudon199
Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 08:31:38 AM
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^ I own a 360 and haven't played Halo 3. I've only played Halo Reach. For 5 minutes. Which is the most time I've spent on any FPS.

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Comment #128 by Grummy
Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 10:31:03 AM
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It seems clear to me that their plan with these free games is to give people access to the best games from a wide variety of franchises. People, of course will have their own opinions on which is best, I like AC1 the most, but 2 is generally considered the best. I prefer ODST but Halo 3 was the first Halo of this generation, it makes sense for it to be the one they choose. I expect to GoW 1, as it is the first in that series, ME1 for the same reason, CoD 4, as it was the one that really reshaped the FPS genre this generation (yes it did, Battlefield was floundering on console, then CoD made the modern military setting popular by being an incredible game, and since then modern military has been the way forward). I wouldn't be surprised to see Oblivion or Fallout 3 given away as well (FO3 preferably). I also expect Forza 3 (one in that's not too early or too recent). Viva Pinata might be a choice too, possibly Just Cause, possibly Crackdown and possibly one of the Saint's Row games.

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Comment #129 by Figbender
Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 10:56:05 AM
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It would be great if they did release some uncommon games, im willing to bet that 90% of the free games they offer dont cost more than $9.99 anyway.

oh well, maybe august will hold treasure i dont already own

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Comment #130 by DanielKun818
Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 01:20:13 PM
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I like free games! Although I already have Halo 3, getting it on digital is a bit more convenient. Does it also come with the map packs? AC II is good as well!

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Comment #131 by FTW1884MJ
Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 01:32:36 PM
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Don't have AC II, so that's awesome.

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Comment #132 by davhuit
Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 04:47:35 PM
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I'm not fan of all those xbox one thing (and even without the limitations, I won't be one with a XBLA games support), but two free games per month is a good thing, whatever the games they offer.

Even if they offer 2 games at 9.99, it far more than the actual value of a month of XBOX Live gold.

For people who might be interested by some games, but don't have enough free space on their hard drive. Just start to download them, then stop the download and remove the temporary files from the hard drive. As long as you download it once and that the game is now on your history list, you will be able to download it whenever you want.

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Comment #133 by davhuit
Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 05:54:44 PM
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*won't buy one* (an edit function for the messages would be cool, one day, to fix typos :D)

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Comment #134 by SandroShaitan
Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 10:58:05 PM
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I hope they put alot of the mulptiplayer stuff on the free list, be good to finally convince some of my friends to play, should be easy if its free!

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Comment #135 by bupic hair II
Sunday, June 23, 2013 @ 03:11:26 AM
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Fable 3 for free? What's there to really complain about?

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Comment #136 by Aerobillybob
Sunday, June 23, 2013 @ 04:56:01 AM
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Can't wait to get ac2 for free. Love just messing about italian cities like florence and venice, and this whe Ezio was at his best. When does this service end? When the xbox one comes out?

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Comment #137 by Silrath
Sunday, June 23, 2013 @ 05:01:49 AM
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Fable 3 for free, yes please.
Halo 3 for free, I'll take that too.
Assassins Creed 2 for free, yep load that up on the top too.

All sounds great to me, free games, no disc so less to cart around when moving the x360.

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Comment #138 by DEFCON 1
Sunday, June 23, 2013 @ 11:12:49 AM
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m$ will probably increase price of gold again.

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Comment #139 by sgtleehead
Sunday, June 23, 2013 @ 12:30:17 PM
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The MS fans have missed the point here completely. Its not about a lack of appreciation here from most gamer's. Its about value. On my gamer list are 314 games. I've spent a lot of money for which Microsoft has rewarded me with - sweet FA.
If I had a Playstation 3 - which I don't, Sony would of given me more free games which were generally newer. Considering MY loyalty with my purchase history the suggestion that I would be moaning over 'free' items is moot. Sony appear to have learned somewhat from their mistakes. Microsoft on the other hand is still acting as if it doesn't need to consider customer loyalty or give a shit.
As a non brand conscious consumer My consideration is currently this -
1. The new Xbone looks like a 80's VCR
2. Its £80 more expensive
3. Its less powerful (Ok its slight - But the PS4 still better architecture)
4. The PS4 wont have a kinect spying on you.
5. Sony are giving away more and better free games
6. The DRM games 'renting' scandal was a huge middle finger to consumers.
7. The quality of Xbox 360 was utter shite - I've had five!
8. Achievements for watching a video or an advert - Fuck right off.
9. Obstructive advert and selling driven dashboard.
10. Multimedia unit! need I say more.
Its personal of course. But at this stage Microsoft needs to be going way out of their way to show people like me, who have owned virtually every console, that they are something others then greedy wankers pushing an inferior machine. And yes - after 314 games I feel that I should have been shown some customer loyalty.

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Comment #140 by Groudon199
Sunday, June 23, 2013 @ 12:41:31 PM
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They said the price of XBL Gold will not be increasing.

1. "Xbone". I'm never going to like people calling it that.
2. Because it includes Kinect.
4. You can control what features of Kinect are used and what data it sends to MS.
5. Subjective. For me, they're equal in "good" games.
7. They've gotten better since 2009. The one I got in August of that year is still working.
9. I haven't seen any "obstructive" ads on any console.

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Comment #141 by Sgt Brad1809
Sunday, June 23, 2013 @ 12:50:26 PM
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@46 and anyone else wondering how long it will last. The terms and conditions of the Games with Gold promotion states '“Games with Gold” bonus games offer available 6/10/13-12/31/13 for paid Gold members only' So it's at least confirmed up until the end of this year by my understanding :)

Plus, I'm looking forward to just "buying" all these games anyway, at least then I can play games on my 5-6 year old console that's broken its disc drive :P even if I don't want the game, I could use it at some later point for free :) Can't wait for the first of next month to see which game they'll release!

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Comment #142 by TheSipuli91
Sunday, June 23, 2013 @ 03:39:03 PM
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Please, stop saying they are free. They're not. You're required to have a Gold membership to have them and the last time I checked, Gold is something you pay for. So, the games MS gives are just as "free" as the ones you get by getting PS+.

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Comment #143 by WILLYUMZ
Sunday, June 23, 2013 @ 03:46:33 PM
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on the one hand, free games are great whether you already have them or even whether you want them or not, so kudos for that MS.

on the other hand, I can't just dismiss the people complaining as idiots who feel entitled to something when they shouldn't... because there is for me a bitter aftertaste to this.

they were getting smashed in pre-order sales - losing big time to Sony... that is the ONLY reason they changed their used games policies etc and this was just a earlier version of the same thing - a desperate reaction to Playstation winning people over.

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Comment #144 by Cronic ATG
Sunday, June 23, 2013 @ 05:34:30 PM
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SAY IT WITH ME... F R E E !!!!

How can anyone complain, really...
I have it already, its old, I don't like that game.... Shut up!!!!

I play happy wars every day! Free. I played the walking dead, first ep free other 4 400 points, well worth it imo. I love fable, sold my copy, downloaded free copy... Nice, made $15 on a present. I own and love all the AC games, will dl and sell my copy, another $15. I haven't played Halo 3, skipped that one. F R E E... Just awesome.

Save your complaining for the real problems, like the with the Xbox one (although they are busting there ass to make us happy! And seem to be fixing all the stuff we dont like, so...)

Save it up and bitch then, not about this... This is FREE stuff. If we thank them instead of bitching, maybe this will be a main stay with MS!
For once BE HAPPY and say it with me...
F R E E!!!

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Comment #145 by TheBajan
Sunday, June 23, 2013 @ 05:39:48 PM
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@21 Sell the discs? For what 25 cents each? Stupid.

Anyway those of you complaining, regardless of how old or new the games are, they will always be someone who doesn't have them, or want to play. So stop crying if the next two are not or you.

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Comment #146 by xALx KUHNTZ
Monday, June 24, 2013 @ 02:04:01 AM
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Microsoft and free in the same sentence?? Nearly brings a tear to my eye!

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Comment #147 by sxylou123
Monday, June 24, 2013 @ 02:59:42 AM
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id love to see burnout paradise go up for free, a game id defo play again

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Comment #148 by DougTheJoker
Monday, June 24, 2013 @ 11:02:53 AM
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already played and beat halo 3 and assassins creed 2

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Comment #149 by DougTheJoker
Monday, June 24, 2013 @ 11:11:52 AM
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@23 I agree Call Of Duty 4 was by far my favorite. I'm just hoping they put at least one game that's some what newer for free like once every 3 months

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Comment #150 by reaper527
Monday, June 24, 2013 @ 12:11:05 PM
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i just hope that after the program is over in december, they decide to continue it as a long term thing.

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Comment #151 by Hosscat
Monday, June 24, 2013 @ 02:14:45 PM
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How much space does a full game normally take? Ive never installed any to my hard drive and have only downloaded arcade titles. Want to make sure I have plenty of space :)

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Comment #152 by Deadsea 18
Monday, June 24, 2013 @ 06:23:31 PM
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I'm so excited for this. I havent played Halo 3 in years. I recently bought Halo ODST which came with the Halo 3 MP disc. Man Halo 3's online may be dated now but it's still the bomb. I'm so pumped. I already have AC2 and have 940/1000 gs in it but can sell my retail version now with my power up card.

My next 2 predictions.

August- Alan Wake and Forza 3

September- COD 4 Modern warfare and Battlefield Bad Company 2.

I bet after that maybe I could see a game like Lego Indiana Jones or Lego Batman 1. I hope no matter what they release quality games and not games like Kung Fu panda/baby games.

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Comment #153 by Deadsea 18
Monday, June 24, 2013 @ 06:25:31 PM
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Sorry double post I really hate Fable III recently sold it. Fable II and the first were miles better. Downloaded it anyway just in case I ever return to it (Doubtful). So this month wasn't that good. Still can't complain atleast it wasn't a game like The 1$ zombie game.

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Comment #154 by Bobabacca
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 10:51:38 AM
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@152 Alan Wake is a great shout I'd love that to come up :) Can't complain with whatever they put up really they are all a great price!

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Comment #155 by Mc1ovin11
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 01:23:18 PM
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#151 full games are usually 5-7 GB each-approximately.

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Comment #156 by Akatsuki Seven
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 07:38:24 PM
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Lol i have had live since 07 and this ia the first free ever. At least my ps plus memberships pays itself off within a few months. Finally xbox g. Finally MS gets this done, just a lil too late

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Comment #157 by Hanjr23
Saturday, July 27, 2013 @ 11:17:28 PM
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Have they Released halo 3 ?

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US October 26, 2010
Europe October 29, 2010

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