Magic 2013 and Rainbow Six Vegas to be September's free Xbox Live Gold games

Xbox 360 owners with paid Xbox Live Gold subscriptions have until the end of the day on Saturday to download their free copies of Dead Rising 2 and its stand-alone expansion Dead Rising 2: Case Zero. However, the free game program begins again on Sunday with Magic 2013 and continues on September 16th with Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas.

The Xbox Wire website has the details on the two latest games to join Microsoft's Games for Gold program, which began earlier this summer. From September 1-15, Gold members can download the full version of Magic 2013, the fantasy themed collectible card game based on the Magic The Gathering franchise from Wizards of the Coast. The full game normally costs $9.99 and comes with 10 customizable decks. You can get more decks by paying extra via the newly branded Xbox Games Store.

From September 16-30, the free game for Xbox Live Gold members will be Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas, which is normally priced via download at $19.99. First released in 2006, it's one of the most popular games in the long running tactical shooter franchise as players take command of Team Rainbow to stop terrorists who are waging attacks on the Las Vegas strip, among other locations.

Microsoft has said it will offer two free downloadable Xbox 360 games to Xbox Live Gold members every month until at least the end of 2013.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Wizards of the Coasts

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I had made a joke in some thread that this month's games were going to be Mass Effect 2 Disc 2 and Perfect Dark Zero. One could only be so lucky.

Nice to see Microsoft giving away those "quality" games with XBL. Seriously, these titles are a sad joke.

Here's what I get free this month from Sony:

Galaga Legions DX (PSN)
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PSP)
Resident Evil Chronicles HD Collection (PS3)
Rayman Origins (Vita)

Microsoft better step up their game...

I'd rather pay a small amount each month for loads of good games, than forever own a bunch of games I already completed and sold 5 years ago.

Alexander Nevrmind said,
I will wait of R6 since its free.

It's more or less free anyway, if you can't afford less than £2.00, I feel sorry for you

Wow, a lot of Magic hate...

As for analog vs digital nerds, I was a digital nerd long before I tried Magic.

Digital nerds should give it a chance, especially when it is free. The Xbox 2013 version is not as good as the classic card game, as you don't have the deck creation freedom that tests your creativity, but it is fun none the less.

The original card based version of Magic is analogous to a complex version of Chess with a bit of randomness. Anyone can play, but you need a creative mind to manage all the aspects of the game to create and successfully play a deck.

Not everyone is going to like every free game Microsoft offers. Many of us have already purchased some of the games or don't like the genre.

Looks like next month I won't be bothering with GWG.
I already own RS:V and RS:V 2 and I have no interest in 'Magic'.

akav0id said,

Looks like next month I won't be bothering with GWG.
I already own RS:V and RS:V 2 and I have no interest in 'Magic'.

Same here. A boring card game, and a boring formulaic first person shooter game!

Utter drivel!

Isn't Magic the gathering the card game for "analog nerds"? Does not appeal to me as a "digital nerd"
I will hit the purchase button but am still hesitant on the download part.. Still slaying massive ammounts of zombies and waiting for GTA V

I thought that, until I actually started playing the Magic Xbox games. It's really fun, albeit a bit buggy at times. I have three of these games and if I didn't already have 2013 I'd be all over this free download. If you enjoy the original Magic card game, I'd advise you to at least give it a try, you might be pleasantly surprised
And if you never played Magic, this is a great way to learn a new strategy game.