Defense Grid: The Awakening
Defense Grid: The Awakening Will be Free From July 1 - July 15
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The second game in the "Games for Gold" program that kicked off during E3 with Fable III (which will expire after today and cost $19.99 again) has been announced by Major Nelson to be the XBLA tower defense game Defense Grid: The Awakening, despite himself having said previously that Halo 3 and Assassin's Creed 2 would be the next two games. It will be available free to Gold members from July 1-15, after which it will revert to 800MSP and a new game will take its place. The "Games for Gold" program will offer one free game every two weeks to Xbox Live Gold membership holders, through the release of the Xbox One. It has not been announced if the program will continue into the next generation.

Grab Fable III while you can today, and look for Defense Grid to be free starting tomorrow. Bear in mind both games have DLC achievements which will cost you.


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Comment #1 by Spakon
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 09:47:41 PM
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well free's free i suppose, a retail game would have been better.

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Comment #2 by MUZE
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 09:48:51 PM
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was looking forward to playing AC2 for the first time aswell :(

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Comment #3 by FatalDeathSG45
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 09:53:20 PM
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Never played this game before... but I've heard it's really good, so I'll definitely give it a shot. :)

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Comment #4 by tresyn
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 09:53:37 PM
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I was under the impression that these games would be full GoD titles...

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Comment #5 by MikeCheck
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 09:54:13 PM
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bait and switch really? no halo/ac? not sure what month those will be offered now? oh my dear microsoft, that must be some good crack you're smoking...

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Comment #6 by SuperWoody64
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 09:58:41 PM
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Come one guys, DG is worth more than halo 3. I just wish I could get the dlc free since I already have the game.

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Comment #7 by The Bum-Mobile
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 10:00:48 PM
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Pff. What a load of shit.

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Comment #8 by Anglomaniac
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 10:01:04 PM
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Yeah how rude of them to change there minds.. I mean it's not like they have ever back tracked on decisions they have made lately. :D lol.

They change there mind more than my girlfriend when she is picking wall paper colour. Lol..

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Comment #9 by Renedald
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 10:01:33 PM
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Quite disappointing. Was looking forward to Halo. Hopefully will be offered in the future.

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Comment #10 by Zenka The Myth
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 10:04:54 PM
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Well, guess I'll be downloading another free shitty arcade game I'll play once and never look at again. Not even got coop, what a joke.

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Comment #11 by SasileUchiha92
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 10:10:20 PM
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Arcade game, not a retail game. Typical Micro$oft.

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Comment #12 by SatNiteEduardo
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 10:14:38 PM
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He did not say that Halo 3 and AC2 would be the next games. They will be free at some stage in the future.

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Comment #13 by TotalBlank
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 10:35:08 PM
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Tower defense, unfortunately can't stand them. I'll pass on this.

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Comment #14 by gravelandx88
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 10:35:19 PM
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Whaaa?! I was looking forward to playing Halo 3 and AC2 next. I'm not interested in DG, even if it will be free soon.

#5, #8, #11: Agreed. I'm going to start calling M$, Loki.

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Comment #15 by Ministry4390
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 10:41:37 PM
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What a bunch of whiny bitches.

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Comment #16 by Delirium1138
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 10:42:46 PM
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I already had Halo 3 and AC2, so I'm pretty excited I'll be able to get this game instead since I have never played it. Though I'm still looking forward to Halo 3 multiplayer I've really missed it.

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Comment #17 by KillerBEA
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 10:48:50 PM
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@15 Agreed.

They finally start offering games for free and they get nothing but flack. Ac 2 and Halo 3 are both in the bargain bin at gamestop, just go buy it. Defense Grid is not available on disc so this is the best chance to get this game

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Comment #18 by tunaleg
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 10:57:01 PM
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@15 that's the majority of this site and people in general these days, always crying about something, even free shit

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Comment #19 by Jaska95
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 11:05:54 PM
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Well they never said that Ac2 and Halo 3 would be free games of July. Defense Grid: The Awakening is actually really good game so i'm not disappointed but i can see how some people could be.

"and to kick off that program i would like to share just two of the titles we are gonna offer in NEXT FEW MONTHS"
9 minutes 20 seconds

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Comment #20 by a fat turkey
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 11:13:41 PM
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Wasn't everyone bitching that the free games were suppose to be AC2 and Halo 3 since "everyone has played them already"? Now that it is a less popular game that not everyone has played, people are bitching that it isn't AC2 or Halo 3? Internet never ceases to amaze me.

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Comment #21 by SouthParkGuy
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 11:17:16 PM
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Wow, this fucking sucks. An arcade game... Wow. I really wanted Halo 3 to be free because then people would play online again. And AC2 cause I never played it. I'm really dissapointed that they had lied and switched it. At least they are giving a free game though...

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Comment #22 by Page1992
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 11:19:25 PM
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Right, so do these become free when the states hit the certain dates of the month? I'm only asking because I'm in the UK and I've just checked and DG is still listed for 800msp

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Comment #23 by VVh1pCr3am
Sunday, June 30, 2013 @ 11:49:59 PM
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@22 Probably at 5-6 AM EST time. So 4-5 hours from now.

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Comment #24 by SouthParkGuy
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 12:01:45 AM
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It sucks that it's a DLC game because you're gonna have to spend MSP anyway to get 300G. Only saying this cause this is an achievement website.

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Comment #25 by tunaleg
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 12:14:48 AM
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@24 yeah free games with achievements suck.. only saying cause it's an achievement site.. and you know how much everyone hates free achievements..

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Comment #26 by Nateboy1989
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 12:21:52 AM
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Comment #27 by DecadentBeaver
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 12:27:00 AM
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Tower defends games are not really my thing,but as its free, I'll give it a go. Just hope the next free game is a bit more, well, wow factor in there. Whether or not you like what they've done with game switching, its free. So complaining does come across as ungrateful. Who cares that dlc still costs, the base game is still free. Free achievements all round.

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Comment #28 by bryson 06
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 12:32:13 AM
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So, PS+ has rec'd over $1000 in retail games. Ms has given us Defense Grid. I'm just saying they are not even trying.

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Comment #29 by SatNiteEduardo
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 12:35:48 AM
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@21 there is not switch. They never said that Halo3 and AC2 were for this month.

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Comment #30 by asilent boom
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 12:36:35 AM
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I think it's funny how people are praising MS for this. MS is going to make a lot of money off this promotion because it will get people to buy DLC for the games or a sequel to one of the games.

I'd be surprised if we see a game that's less than 2 years old.

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Comment #31 by McSpain
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 12:37:52 AM
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The.. I... What?

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Comment #32 by scott.m
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 12:43:13 AM
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I have no care for either Halo 3 or AC2. I played them both, I was done with them, so yeah, no big loss on my part.
Funny thing is MS doesn't have to "reward" Gold members with FREE games ( be it retail or xbla), they can easily do the dick move & make us pay for it all.
As for PS+, Sony will do anything in their power to draw more "gamers" away & into their arms. Of course they"ll give titles that are newer, but ultimatelty they are realistically losing money. If you are so happy with PSN go jump ship & leave us alone to game. MS are just clearing out their backlog of the games that obviously didn't sell well enough in hopes it draws more attention to them.
FREE is FREE, no need to be ungrateful.

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Comment #33 by Sgt Brad1809
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 12:43:21 AM
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@28 PS+ requires you to have a subscripion, if your sub lapses for a minute, that $1000 of games is gone, so they get their money back through PS+ fees. Xbox are giving away these games for free, for keeps. the only money they'll make off these is the initial Gold Fee (Which I'm already paying so no loss) and any DLC which is totally your choice :)

@30 whilst Borderlands 2 or Halo 4 would be awesome as a free download, it just wouldn't make business sense to offer a "new" game for free whilst it's still selling. AC2, Halo 3, they're the older counterparts of recent games and so are likely to attract people to the series or take people back for nostalgia, but those games aren't really selling anymore, so it's not as much of a loss to give away :)

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Comment #34 by omgitsbo
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 12:44:53 AM
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Release date, September 2009. 4 years to pick up this game and it has been on sale before as well. Can't imagine there are a ton of people that wanted to play it that haven't picked it up already.

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Comment #35 by starfox200
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 12:57:17 AM
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To be fair they did show on the go for gold website two GoD games so of course we are going to rage we thought we would be getting Full games not arcade

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Comment #36 by marzipanninja
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 01:06:21 AM
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@22 stuff on xbla will usually update from about midday in the uk. Sometimes even as late as the following day.

Defense Grid is well worth a play. Cracking wee game.

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Comment #37 by MoldyClay87
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 01:09:27 AM
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Aside from the obvious "Seriously? You're whining about not getting the free game you wanted first when you're going to get it free later anyway?"

1. Neither Microsoft nor Larry Hyrb, if I am not mistaken, actually ever said Halo 3 or Assassin's Creed II were next. They just said that they were games that were part of this promotion to get people excited. Everyone assumed they were the first ones.

2. Japan STARTED this promotion with an XBLA title. Specifically, JoyRide Turbo. So people shouldn't be that surprised that it isn't just Retail games.

@#20 - Pretty much exactly what you said.

@#34 - That's not true in the least. There are a lot of older games I never got simply because of priorities or simply not knowing if I'd like them.

One of the benefits of making something free is that it gets people to play things they'd never usually play. I had no interest in Fable before they offered it for free. I hadn't gotten Halo 3 yet because I was late in getting into Halo and just hadn't gotten around to buying it since Gamestop kept upping the price for it, but now I can just get it. I didn't want AC2 since I was more into the idea of AC3 (holding out for the supposed George Washington Edition with all the DLC) or the upcoming AC4.

Now I can play all these games I missed out on for various reasons, or wouldn't have tried otherwise in favor of newer releases.

@#28 - And Fable 3. You realize they only just started this promotion and you're comparing it to a few years of PS+, right? Which ALSO included throwaway titles and digital downloads, not just AAA retail games.

@#22 - It's possible UK even gets different games. Japan is, because AC2 and Fable 3 were rated too violently, so it keeps younger people from downloading them for free.

@#24 - You don't HAVE to download the DLC to enjoy the game though. And even then, Fable 3 requires DLC too. As does Halo 3. I am going to assume most of the games they offer will have DLC.

It's still a better deal than buying the game AND the DLC. It would've cost at least $19 to get 300G. Now it's just $9. And that's if you care that much. Just do the main game & call it a day.

@#25 - That's... not what he was complaining about.

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Comment #38 by Kaiyo
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 01:10:24 AM
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Got conned thinking its a GoD. They did say its full GoD every 2 months and this is what we get... :C

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Comment #39 by Zenka The Myth
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 01:29:59 AM
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@28 I'd take Xbox Live over PSN+ any day. That way I know I'll be able to play when I want, with whomever I want and I can play with my mind at ease knowing all my details are safe. The only reason PSN offer these amazing deals (not so amazing once you take into account most are bargain bin games or crappy arcade games) is because they've failed so badly that they have to offer something big to entice the sheep.

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Comment #40 by Snowed
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 02:05:23 AM
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Not a single person on the planet signed up for Xbox Live on MS's promises nor renewed for their promises. Anyone complaining about being conned or fucked over in any way is a complete fucking moron.

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Comment #41 by General Boredom
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 02:20:20 AM
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Yawn, can't stand tower defense games. Hopefully those Ultimate Game Sale prices are decent; there's a couple I wouldn't mind picking up.

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Comment #42 by WackyCactus
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 02:23:43 AM
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I don't mean to point out in a rude fashion, but those that are complaining you will have to purchase DLC to obtain the additional gamerscore. You do realize that with Halo 3 you will have to do the exact same thing if you want all the gamerscore...

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Comment #43 by FatalFlaw810
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 02:30:26 AM
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Why is it that everyone tries to discredit those complaining (even if they are valid) as whiners or babies? Can't people have a valid complaint without being called a whiner? Seriously, grow up and stop discrediting others because you think their points aren't valid (or less valid than yours). At the end of the day, it is a free game but you can't tell me that you don't feel at least a little bit disappointed with this first free game (we'll see as the months go on to see what MS gives us). I was already paid off with gold so this isn't a big deal for me but it would be nice if MS tried just a little bit harder.

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Comment #44 by InsaneKane87
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 02:52:56 AM
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@20 Some people just love to complain no matter what.

This is free, it looks fun so I will give it a try next time I'm on.

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Comment #45 by MabusScarab
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 02:53:26 AM
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We need a "One Day All Games Free" day and let us download the shit outta everything until our hard drives are full.

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Comment #46 by WeapDog
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 03:05:46 AM
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Free game (which happens to be an excellent one) - and people are complaining... wake up to yourself you fools

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Comment #47 by crabbycrabcrab
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 03:09:01 AM
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this is better than halo 3 or ac2! I own them and im sure most others do too!

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Comment #48 by elKazaam
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 03:21:56 AM
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Sad, i got it through including the dlc´s.
I dont think that games like ac2 or h3 will come. only xbla games will be free.

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Comment #49 by pauly_27
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 03:28:17 AM
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It's actually a pretty good game (I bought it full price and all the DLC) but jeez, that is not very inspiring. I've been looking into renewing my gold, and though this promotion might have been the catalyst to do so, but not with the games given so far.

Oh and heads up, the DLC is very glitchy. Unless a patch has been released since I last played, the game often freezes and sometimes won't even start.

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Comment #50 by IEvil IMonkey
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 03:33:06 AM
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WANK.... enough said

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Comment #51 by dirge
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 03:36:18 AM
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I played the demo of this before, enjoyed it but never got around to buying it, so this is awesome news for me!

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Comment #52 by GeneralGranko
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 03:44:09 AM
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This is EXTREMELY pathetic compared to PSN+

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Comment #53 by SlySi1976
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 03:58:11 AM
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Come over to the other side you know you want to. Ms don't give a crap about you gamers.

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Comment #54 by Nitnoid
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 03:58:29 AM
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You "entitled" little pricks need a good whipping. At least its free and they're trying.

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Comment #55 by halodudify
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 03:59:35 AM
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I would rather have this which was 800msp than Halo which almost everyone owns anyway and you can pick up from a shop for £1

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Comment #56 by Peter File
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 03:59:58 AM
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Why is everyone such little cry babies?! Even about free stuff!
Ill grab this, never played any of these 'tower defense' games before so will be cool to find out what theyre actually like!
Nice one!

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Comment #57 by Sewer Shark
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 04:02:05 AM
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I paid for three months Gold membership to take advantage of what i thought was a Games On Demand giveaway. So far i have been stiffed. I wanted Assassin's Creed 2. I feel like a kid that expected a Transformer for Christmas only to be given some tat from a pound shop. And we do have a right to complain when we have PAID for Gold.

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Comment #58 by G4M3 CHANGER
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 04:07:39 AM
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@18 Its not free it costs $60 just to be clear.

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Comment #59 by ginge88isfun
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 04:18:23 AM
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Shame I don't like these type of games, so i'll pass on this.

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Comment #60 by the action frampton
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 04:24:58 AM
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Maybe MS got tired of nearly everyone complaining that they already played H3/AC2, so they've offered a different title. Now it turns out everyone did want those games after all. Go figure.

For me, this IS better as I haven't and probably wouldn't have played this title.

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Comment #61 by eiVaL
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 04:30:53 AM
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i find it somewhat funny that people own a 360 yet havent already played Halo 3 or AC2 and are complaining that it isnt available for free...yet.

if you're a fan of those types of genres or those 2 particular series specifically why havent you play them 5 years ago when they came out or already of either rented or bought them used by now, if you only recently got a 360.

Fable 3 was widely panned by game journalists for being garbage even by Peter Molyneux himself, especially compared to 2, how ever now that its FREE i dont mind giving it another go...rather than spending my own money/rental slot on it back when it came out...but im not exactly going to drop everything to play it now either, in fact im more psyched that Fable 1 is being remade cause i never got to play it on XB1.

but games of Halo 3 and AC2's magnitude were played the shit out of back when they came out and i dont see how any fan of those genres/series wouldnt of played them already. if you've been playing the later games in those series you're just going to be disappointed considering Halo 3 was the last with duel wield along with the last with an actual vibrant color pallet. and AC's mechanics have been increasingly tightened over the 3 games since AC2, even tho 2 made great improvements on 1 which got a pass cause it was attempting alot of things no other game had done but i wouldnt play that game again even if it was free.

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Comment #62 by ziggy78900
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 04:34:48 AM
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seems like got lied to again hu.more crap on xbl.btw i dont understand why people are waithing on Halo 3 and AC2.i think 90% of xbox360 owners already played this and those games over 5 years old.ill stick to ps plus.adleast there we get new games and a lot more of them then just 1 every 2 weeks.

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Comment #63 by ziggy78900
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 04:41:49 AM
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@ its ps plus ended a month ago and i just payed for a new full year and all my old games i have gotten befor from ps plus work.all of them.i dont whant to sound like a fanboy becose i play xbox and ps3 but ps plus is way better then xbl free stuf.btw xbl stuf aint free cant even go online on xbox befor wil nvr top ps plus

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Comment #64 by Minarvia
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 04:42:51 AM
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I might pick this game up, heck its free, and you can't beat that. I pulled the trigger with Fable III when it was free, I am enjoying it and I can't believe people bashed this game.

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Comment #65 by Peter File
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 04:59:07 AM
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Does anyone know when this will be up??? Just checked and its still up for 800 points

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Comment #66 by thenewpeter
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 05:01:49 AM
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This is more what I was after from these free games, I still run the 20 gig hard drive, so this is just good news for me. I still wouldn't mind being given a selection of say 5 games, and being able to just pick 2 of them, but never mind.

Onto a free game, you can't really complain about something that's free (Unless it's free to play and they try to rob you blind 'cough' that ruddy marvel game, £20 a character 'cough').

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Comment #67 by Matt16594
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 05:14:52 AM
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ugh, just completed defense grid the other day :(

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Comment #68 by GDMFS0AB
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 05:35:02 AM
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@32 halo 3 "didn't sell we'll enough"? You're crazy

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Comment #69 by zigoro1
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 05:52:08 AM
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Where the hell is AC2? This game is ancient.

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Comment #70 by R0Y4LEwitCHEESE
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 06:07:58 AM
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This works for me. already got and completed Fable 3, Halo 3, and AC2 so this'll actually be something I haven't already played and finished.

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Comment #71 by TheWeasel
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 06:23:03 AM
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@4 you and everyone else, i hate when they promise one thing and give you half of what was expected.

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Comment #72 by NFP911
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 06:27:14 AM
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funny thing how people say xbl gives you games for free when you have to pay xbl and paid it for the last years. Would have been better for MS to come up with nothing and leave it the way it was cause looks like a pathetic try to compete with PS+.

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Comment #73 by Sigmund666
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 06:33:57 AM
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If you hear the press conference they state SOMEWHERE this year with those titles. Also, ANY free game is cool!

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Comment #74 by The Duke of Darkness
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 06:34:36 AM
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@69 And AC2 isn't?

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Comment #75 by Wayne Warren
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 06:46:05 AM
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This being free after Fable III is a real big comedown.

Doesn't appeal to me, but hey! If people like it then that's cool, right ?

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Comment #76 by scott.m
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 06:54:36 AM
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@68. Halo 3 & AC2 did sell well. What i meant was that MS is trying to move older, less known titles out into the light of day before they bring out titles that possibly 98% of 360 players have played or owned already.

Still, ill give defence grid a go, its free. I dont evwn care for the DLC achievements. It can stay at 200gs.

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Comment #77 by Pakhair
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 07:09:34 AM
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Glad it's Arcade. just wish it's 1 Arcade and 1 God per month :D cause I prefer XBLA.

And since I owned AC 2, Halo 3 and Fable 3. finally something to get excited but I s*** at tower defense. Before I start can anybody tell how hard it is for someone who is terrible at tower defense?

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Comment #78 by bobbyhopadop
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 07:25:53 AM
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Great game, wish I hadnt already played/finished it.

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Comment #79 by creaper210
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 07:41:17 AM
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Already have the game. I wish the DLC was free, as I haven't bought that yet.

This game will only be good for a select amount of people. Tower defense isn't a game that the average gamer might enjoy. But if you DO like tower defense games, however, this is definitely one of the best games that you can get off XBLA.

And for all the people complaining, this is free. If you don't like the game, then don't download it and hope for something better next time. They won't always be giving away the best games every other week.

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Comment #80 by FSparacino4
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 07:52:12 AM
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People really need to stop fucking bitching. Microsoft is giving people free games, something that they didnt have to do, and people still bitch about what games they are getting..

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Comment #81 by SolarFury
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 07:54:55 AM
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Defense Grid doesn't interest me in the slightest, at the moment, but I might do a little looking into it/try it out, to see if it's worth the space.

With that said, let us look at this (robbed from comments on Nelson's page):

Xbox in July:

Defense Grid

PS+ in July:

Battlefield 3
Payday: The Heist
Saints Row the Third
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus
Unit 13

Spin it however you want, PS+ users are getting it better. GG Xbox.

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Comment #82 by BADFELLA
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 07:57:57 AM
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Comment #83 by BADFELLA
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 07:59:55 AM
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This is better u can get halo and AC2 for £2-3quid now adays :)

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Comment #84 by gig
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 08:04:16 AM
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What time will it be available?

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Comment #85 by DanRakich
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 08:15:42 AM
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this is pretty damn gay... i dont pay $80 a year to get offered a $5 game.
glad im going to PS4 next gen and probably get a PS3 to sister the ps4.

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Comment #86 by three15
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 08:31:05 AM
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Meh, I wouldn't waste bandwidth on this, free on not.

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Comment #87 by ATOMICKILA3000
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 08:39:21 AM
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@85 Good riddance.

OT: Does anyone know at what time this and the ultimate game sale will start?

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Comment #88 by hellspawnuchiha
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 08:49:04 AM
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Sure it's a free game (for what it's worth on paying for LIVE), but if you're going to try to compete with Playstation Plus, at least do it right.

And while yeah, "everyone complained about halo 3 and AC2", at least they:

A. Bring in people who have played only a version on another system (AC2)

B. Pumps life into an otherwise abandoned game (Halo 3)

I was thinking of renewing mainly because of the hopes of getting good games from this, but it doesn't seem worth it now.

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Comment #89 by neolego
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 09:38:40 AM
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I am so sick of all the whining. Maybe it's always been this way, but it just seems this year has been so filled with whining, especially from Xbox "fans".

There seem to be 2 complains, however only 1 is valid. The first is that PS+ gives games "free" games and more, while LIVE is giving us really old "free games". This complaint is completely irrational! First off, PS+ was built on free games from the beginning, that is the understand. LIVE has been a paid service that offered NO games previously, so it shouldn't be taken for granted that we should get lots of free games. MS has every right to still give us NO free games. If you don't like the service, stop paying for it! On top of that, the games that LIVE are giving you are actual FREE games. You own them. Online or Offline, LIVE member or not, doesn't matter they are your games. PS+ basically lets you "borrow" games as long as you are a member. Why this is important is because Sony can offer more recent popular titles because they are guaranteed PS+ memberships which will continue to generate money. They are two completely different services and I'm so sick of hearing them compared! That is not to say that I wouldn't LOVE for LIVE to offer the same type of plan, but they don't. Apples and Oranges people.

The second argument is MS told us we were getting "Games on Demand" and "AC2" and "Halo 3". This is a more understandable argument, but again I have read back through some of the posts and it was never clear that those were going to be the 2 games released in July. Everything is very loosely stated, like "You will get games like AC2 and Halo 3 beginning in July". Again, there is some loose marketing talk associated with that. Call it what you want, but it's marketing 101. Build up hype for games that gamers way to generate some subscriptions only making them wait just a little longer for what it appears you promised them. Is that cool? Not really. Does it happen all the time, with every major company on the market? Oh yeah!

The final thing that I will add is, Defense Grid is AWESOME! One of my favorite XBLA games (especially with the Portal DLC). The problem with Defense Grid? No one played it!! In fact, they had to take to Kick Starter to try and make the sequel. What I like about this offering is that there will be a large number of people that will A-download this game because it's free and B-hopefully talk about it and created more buzz for the title. This is a game that deserves to be promoted. I paid $10 for it and would gladly do it again. I like that MS is opening the mass eyes to smaller, awesome games that might have been missed!

I hope this is something that is not kept just for Xbox 360, but somehow carried into the Xbox One LIVE ecosystem. I would prefer the lesser games that I get to keep, but I would even be satisfied with a PS+esque "borrow" type service. I've been a LIVE subscriber for like 7 years so I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.

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Comment #90 by Zoron
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 09:41:50 AM
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@87 Probably never. It's all just a joke. But seriously the game should be free within the next few hours while the sale I'm guessing should go up tomorrow as Tuesday is when DotW starts.

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Comment #91 by ash356
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 09:51:02 AM
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A free game that I haven't played? Well, I'm content.
At least it's a game a lot of people probably haven't played, as opposed to the four or so people who haven't played Halo 3 yet.
I mean, what did you expect? When Halo 3 and AC2 were the games they announced to hype up the whole scheme, your expectations should have already been low.
Personally, hoping for Far Cry 2 to come up; never finished that game. Admittedly because I didn't like it, but it would be nice to give it another shot.

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Comment #92 by GrandTheftAuto
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 09:58:31 AM
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i watched the video again and he said "2 of the games we will offer in the next months"

it seems that more crap is coming =(

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Comment #93 by Wesker STARS
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 10:02:28 AM
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think i'm gonna go ahead and renew that PS+ sub now... i still have saints row the 3rd, deus ex, little big karting, uncharted 3, xcom, and sleeping dogs to crack into.. and i know i'm forgetting some too, $50 for those games or $50 for tower defense... hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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Comment #94 by Corpse87
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 10:21:40 AM
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@89 you just bored me to death!

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Comment #96 by asilent boom
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 10:30:34 AM
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For the people who say MS never said AC2 and Halo 3 would be released first in this promotion. As usual the people who work at MS don't know wtf they are doing and tell people different things.

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Comment #97 by ShinobiSteve81
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 10:32:49 AM
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Next will be Undertow!

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Comment #98 by YiazmatXII
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 11:04:16 AM
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@96 They are just liars! I wouldn't be surprised if they re-introduced the DRM measures for Xbone AFTER it is released!

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Comment #99 by AgentOrange330
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 11:06:55 AM
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A lot of folks looking their gift horse in the mouth today...

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Comment #100 by Ryda34563
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 11:27:03 AM
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Why are people complaining? Free stuff every 2 weeks is a perfect thing MS are doing for the people who pay their fee.

You can get Assassins Creed 2 for about £7 of amazon, that's less than the price you would of had to pay for Defense Grid.

Some people seriously...

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Comment #101 by Peter File
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 11:35:12 AM
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What a lot people dont get is, you pay 40 quid for xbox live and get an amazing online service!! It barely goes down, you can always connect, its always updated etc. And now people moan because 5 year old games arent out for free... i dont get it, i guarentee most people crying about it already own the two games in question.. people need to grow up, you wonder why we have season passes n online passes etc. Cuz spoilt little shits n ignorant people get a little upset cuz they cant get what they want! Sorry for the rant but i hvnt got alot of money and i appreciate what i pay for. Grow up people seriously, stop moaning!

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Comment #102 by MyHERO
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 11:45:25 AM
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Why even complainig about the game switches? Ya to bad if AC2 is not for free (Maybe?) Be happy to get free games from MS... I am glad they do this. Look over the past months (years) and see how many games Arcade and Demand are for free.

* Dorito's CC 1-2
* Happy Wars
* Fable 3 (Offer ended today)
* Spartacus Legends
* Hexics HD
* Harm's Way
* Aegis Wing
* Crimson Alliance DLC Required .. To bad xD
* Game Room

And allot more themes/avatar items/pic's!!!!!

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Comment #103 by DangerousREECE
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 11:45:54 AM
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it doesn't say free on the marketplace yet though .... not for me anyway

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Comment #104 by jkeeton04
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 11:48:46 AM
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total bull i keep checking and it still says its 800 msp is anyone else having this problem?

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Comment #105 by ScottHarris
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 11:49:30 AM
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So basically mircrosoft lied then when they said that Halo 3 and Assassins Creed 2 would be the games offered.

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Comment #106 by Page1992
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 12:12:03 PM
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@104 same here dude!

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Comment #107 by hellspawnuchiha
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 12:12:26 PM
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@102 I have a bit of problems with some of those games:

Crash Course 2 was free to play, and the first was because of Doritos Unlock Xbox along with Harm's Way
Hexic HD was a free game to all Xboxes, and if you lost it, you had to call support. They figured it would lessen calls.
Wasn't Game Room supposed to be the equivalent of Home?

Either way, PSN also does free games even ignoring the PS Plus aspect (Dust 512, Home, DC Universe, etc.).

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Comment #108 by USMC_Drake
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 12:46:31 PM
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#12 they said at E3 AC2 & H3 would be the first 2.

They say July 1st for defense grid..well it's july 1st & it's not free

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Comment #109 by Metaphorically
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 01:44:32 PM
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On it says it costs 800MSP

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Comment #110 by DTM V1
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 02:25:54 PM
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ok is this a theroy that they broke all trading laws if you promise and advertise that something is goin to be offered then they have to oblige thus this must be a breach of said law

tut tut microsoft

i really wanted ac2 again

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Comment #111 by Zenka The Myth
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 04:08:58 PM
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Still not free here in the UK, not for me or my friends anyway.

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Comment #112 by USMC_Drake
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 04:47:40 PM
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It's free now

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Comment #113 by Stoko
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 05:00:09 PM
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Just checked - wasn't free on the UK Marketplace, but it was on the US. So I "bought" it for free on the US, it showed the UK PEGI info on the purchase screen even though it was the US store, and going back to the UK page afterwards showed it as "Already purchased". So UK guys, click the link in the article above (which links to the US Marketplace), sorted. Might never even play it, but for free, why not?

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Comment #114 by DangerousREECE
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 05:48:03 PM
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YEAH @104, 106, 109, 111
its free nowww go go go!!! ha ha :D

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Comment #115 by BrownCrusader
Monday, July 01, 2013 @ 07:33:14 PM
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WHAT?! Well, I guess it's okay. I already own H3 and Ac2. Wouldn't mind trying different things. Hey, good that I don't have to pay for it!

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