'Dead Island,' 'Toy Soldiers: Cold War' are February's free games for Xbox Live Gold

Xbox 360 owners who subscribe to Xbox Live Gold service can look forward to downloading "Dead Island" and "Toy Soldiers: Cold Wars" for free with Microsoft's Games for Gold program.

The Xbox Wire site states that from Feb. 1-15, Xbox 360 owners with Xbox Live Gold can download the full version of "Dead Island." Originally released in 2011, the game, from developer Techland and publisher Deep Silver, is normally priced at $19.99. "Dead Island" is a first-person zombie action game where the undead are attacking a tropical resort. There are some role playing elements, including gaining experience points to increase health and stamina, and there's a big emphasis on melee weapons to take out the zombies. The game also supports up to four players in co-op. Last year, Techland released the game's sequel, "Dead Island: Riptide."

From Feb. 16-28, the free game will be "Toy Soldiers: Cold War." The Xbox Live Arcade game was first released in 2010 and is normally priced at $14.99. Developed by Signal Studios, the game uses the idea that 1980s-style action figures and vehicles have come to live and wage war against each other. Players can take control of a variety of military units in single player or play online in two player multiplayer or co-op modes.

Microsoft promised a few months ago that Xbox One owners with Xbox Live Gold would also be able to download free games starting later in 2014, though the company has yet to reveal any details on these plans.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Deep Silver

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Since these games are usually old, they should be giving the best possible version.. ie. The GOTY version of Dead Island, which can be had for $20 or less. Instead of this free one, then you have to buy the DLC for it.. which costs as much or more than the GOTY version.

-adrian- said,
yes - when you get free stuff complain about it .. that's the way to go

Not exactly free when you're paying for it.

Subsidised games more like.

sagum said,

Not exactly free when you're paying for it.

Subsidised games more like.

In what way are you paying for it ?

Not exactly free when you're paying for it.

Subsidised games more like.


You get 2 free games a month (that you own) right? Let's assume those games cost $5 each (since some of them are old etc), that's $120 worth of games lol.

neufuse said,

You are paying for a gold subscription, are you not?

Yea, but the Gold subscription has always been there & the price didn't change when they added the monthly games.

I sure there is a term of this. like pseudo-free? Any Economists?

Lamp0 said,

Yea, but the Gold subscription has always been there & the price didn't change when they added the monthly games.

I sure there is a term of this. like pseudo-free? Any Economists?

to me, as long as money changes hands and you got something for it, it wasn't free in any sense... if non-gold members got it also, then it was free.... you did pay for the perk of getting them

neufuse said,

You are paying for a gold subscription, are you not?

It's true, but I paid for gold even before GFG, and there was no price increase. For me, that's giving something for free. Nothing was changed on my part. It's like getting a baseball hat with a six-pack that costs the same as a pack without the hat.

neufuse said,

to me, as long as money changes hands and you got something for it, it wasn't free in any sense... if non-gold members got it also, then it was free.... you did pay for the perk of getting them

I guess it's kind of like "buy one get one free", in the sense that you have to buy to get the "free".

2-3 year old games? They'll have to step their game up. Meanwhile PS+ users are getting games like Bioshock Infinite etc.

Borderlands 2 and DMC too are what I've been playing as of recent... though, despite the bigger name titles, I've honestly been stuck on Hotline Miami.

Goldfire86 said,
2-3 year old games? They'll have to step their game up. Meanwhile PS+ users are getting games like Bioshock Infinite etc.

Except with Live you own those games, if you stop paying for live you can still keep playing them. With PS+ if you stop paying, you lose all those games.

Except why would I want to own games that I don't want to play? Also, if PS+ is required for the PS4 multiplayer anyway, then what does it hurt getting more content out of the package between the two systems? (3 if you have the Vita)

It's a pretty straightforward system. Active subscription? Awesome content. What doesn't make sense to me is paying Microsoft to access my subscription to Netflix...

Except why would I want to own games that I don't want to play? Also, if PS+ is required for the PS4 multiplayer anyway, then what does it hurt getting more content out of the package between the two systems? (3 if you have the Vita)

Because at some point you may not want to pay for it anymore? I dunno but on live those games are yours to keep forever.

It's a pretty straightforward system. Active subscription? Awesome content. What doesn't make sense to me is paying Microsoft to access my subscription to Netflix...

Yeah I've always found that to be pretty stupid tbh.

-Razorfold said,
Because at some point you may not want to pay for it anymore? I dunno but on live those games are yours to keep forever.

Yeah I've always found that to be pretty stupid tbh.


Stupid is the rebuttal. lol, to each their own man.

I'll definitely get the Toy Soldiers game. I enjoyed the first one. Dead Island doesn't appeal to me though, burned out on the whole zombie thing at the moment.

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