'Crackdown' and 'Dead Rising 2' to be August's free Xbox Live Gold games

Xbox 360 owners with paid Xbox Live Gold subscriptions have until the end of the day today to download their free copy of "Assassin's Creed 2." However, the free game program begins again on Thursday with Crackdown and continues on Aug. 16 with "Dead Rising 2."

The Xbox Wire website states "Crackdown" will be free to download from Thursday to Aug. 15. Normally, it's price for download on Games on Demand would be $14.99. Released in 2007, this open world action game, developed by the now defunct Realtime Worlds, allows the player to control a genetically enhanced Agent that goes after crime in a fictional city. The game was critically acclaimed when it was released thanks to its impressive graphics and well structured gameplay.

From Aug. 16 to 31, Xbox Live Gold members will be able to download "Dead Rising 2," the open-world zombie action game from Capcom, for free. In fact, they will also be able to download its smaller stand alone expansion "Dead Rising 2: Case Zero," for free as well. Both games normally cost a total of $35. Capcom will release "Dead Rising 3" as an exclusive launch title for Microsoft's Xbox One later this fall.

In related news, Xbox Live Gold members can download "Grand Theft Auto IV" for just $9.99 for a limited time and the game's two expansion packs have price cuts as well.

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Well, I think we can all agree that these FREE games are there so that you play them and then that gets you to buy Dead Rising 3 and Crackdown 3 (which will probably shown at GamesCom).

Does anyone know if the download to xbox 360 on the web confirms the free download? or do you have to actually go turn your xbox on and download it after? because I down have my xbox near me right now and AC2 is about to expire. Also I seen gta4 for $10 so many times before Its hardly a price reduction at this point with its age, no updates, player quality, etc.

tytytucke said,
Does anyone know if the download to xbox 360 on the web confirms the free download? or do you have to actually go turn your xbox on and download it after? because I down have my xbox near me right now and AC2 is about to expire. Also I seen gta4 for $10 so many times before Its hardly a price reduction at this point with its age, no updates, player quality, etc.

You mean If you sign-in on xbox.com and buy them that way? It's fine, they'll be in your download queue and when you finally do turn on your xbox they should start downloading.

Yes, and it's an easy way to still get the game if you don't have the hard drive space for it as you can redownload them later an any time of your choosing as long as you've "purchased" them. These free games on Games with Gold are yours to keep, even if you unsubscribe from Gold.

both were great games at the time of release. Really enjoyed playing through crackdown and searching the city for orbs. Both are musts if you never got a chance to play.

i remember i bought the original crackdown because of the Halo 3 beta and ended up falling in love with the game. Even ended up buying the sub par sequel, and i secretly hope they make a third one for the XBone.

scumdogmillionaire said,
Awesome! I almost just bought DR2 to prepare for DR3 on Xbox One. Money saved!

I bet that's why they picked DR2, they're demoing DR3 left and right actually.

I just bought Crackdown a couple of weeks ago (finished it on the weekend). I don't feel TOO bad as I only paid $7 for it. Great game. A Crackdown sequel would be a nice counter to Infamous: Second Son.

ahhell said,
I just bought Crackdown a couple of weeks ago (finished it on the weekend). I don't feel TOO bad as I only paid $7 for it. Great game. A Crackdown sequel would be a nice counter to Infamous: Second Son.

There is a Crackdown 2!

Its not as good though, a diff dev and its just felt wrong somehow

Milamber said,

There is a Crackdown 2!

Its not as good though, a diff dev and its just felt wrong somehow

Yeah, I played both, I think with the Xbox One though it'd be the perfect time for a CrackDown 3!!! with the world being 10x the size and so on.

Ridiculously weak offerings. I'll download them just because they're free but they might as well give us Prey and PDZero.

Davo said,
Ridiculously weak offerings. I'll download them just because they're free but they might as well give us Prey and PDZero.

Lol, they're probably next...

Davo said,
Ridiculously weak offerings. I'll download them just because they're free but they might as well give us Prey and PDZero.

So why don't you enlighten us as to what you would consider a "good" offering?

Davo said,
Ridiculously weak offerings. I'll download them just because they're free but they might as well give us Prey and PDZero.

Wow, self entitled much?

Davo said,
PS+ is cheaper yet has more on offer, the games are more recent, and are usually better quality.

These games are a free added bonus of being a gold member, you are not paying for them. Quit whining already, MS didn't have to offer these games. Also whether you rate them or not, these games were popular games, and not everybody has played them before.

Davo said,
PS+ is cheaper yet has more on offer, the games are more recent, and are usually better quality.

And you get more than just 2 a month, sometimes it's 6+.
Not really sure why Neowin has articles about Xbox's "free" montly games when PSN+ does it too and gets no articles about it (and they've been doing it for years).
I guess it's NeoWIN for a reason.

TCLN Ryster said,
These games are a free added bonus of being a gold member, you are not paying for them.

Just like being able to access Netflix is a free bonus of paying for Live as well? Let's remember that these wonderful free games stop as soon as the One launches. I prefer XBox Live as a service but when it comes to perks, Microsoft sure knows how to **** on their users' heads and tell them it's raining.