Rainbow Six Vegas for Xbox 360 free to download via Xbox Live Gold until Sept. 30

It's September 16th, and that means paid Xbox Live Gold subscribers can go ahead and download their second free Xbox 360 game of the month. From now until September 30th, those members can access Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas from the Xbox Games Store.

Normally priced at $19.99, the game is one of the most popular in the long running tactical first person shooter series. First released in 2006 by developer and publisher Ubisoft, the storyline once again involves the secret counter-terrorist group Team Rainbow. In this particular storyline, the team is first sent into the Mexican desert to arrest a terrorist leader, but the plot quickly moves to the lights and sounds of the Las Vegas strip as the team combats enemies inside fictional casinos.

This is the second free game that Microsoft is offering to Xbox Live Gold members this month. In the first half of September, they had their chance to download a free copy of the collectible trading card game Magic 2013. Microsoft will allow Xbox Live Gold members to download two free games a month from now until at least the end of December 2013, although it's possible they could extend the offer beyond that date.

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I was gonna buy a disc again to finish this up but never got around to it. My last disc got scratched up. It was like like $2 but now I can get it for free

Really wish they would do better titles tho (more often), wtf was that last month?? Lol. I'm not even sure I downloaded it and I've been downloading them all even if I don't intend on playing the game.

$19.99 for a 9yr old game, pssshhhht

I don't like the fact that since they got rid of MS points we now have to put our credit card details in to download something FREE.

SnoopZ said,
I don't like the fact that since they got rid of MS points we now have to put our credit card details in to download something FREE.

You only have to put your credit card details in on Xbox.com, if you download from the console it's self you will not be asked.

InsaneNutter said,

You only have to put your credit card details in on Xbox.com, if you download from the console it's self you will not be asked.


So a Credit Card is required? Also outside US of A? damn.. Most Europeans don't have one, gg MS.

Shadowzz said,

So a Credit Card is required? Also outside US of A? damn.. Most Europeans don't have one, gg MS.

Most Europeans don't have a CC? Weird, when I lived in Holland and Belgium, everyone I knew had a CC or at least a Bank Debt/CC.

All that is needed is a valid payment method, even though nothing is deducted.
(See above in your question why MS makes this a 'purchase' to ensure you retain ownership of the Game.)

Anyone can still pick up a MS Points card from most retailers or Amazon, that will convert to your local currency once applied to your account, thus circumventing the need for a CC or other form of payment.

Shadowzz said,

So a Credit Card is required? Also outside US of A? damn.. Most Europeans don't have one, gg MS.

Not just a credit card. You can use any old debit card too, as well as PayPal.

Shadowzz said,

So a Credit Card is required? Also outside US of A? damn.. Most Europeans don't have one, gg MS.

No a credit or debit card is not required, if you download the free game from the 360's dashboard you do not need any sort of payment method associated with your profile. However if you add it to your download list on Xbox.com then it will ask you to add a valid payment method before letting you download.

Oh debit cards work too, then I have said nothing

And I'm from Holland and besides a few (those that have heaps of money or those that regularly do business with, in or from the US) no one has a credit card. We use iDeal and besides international hotels few places accept a credit card here (not counting Amsterdam/Rotterdam/Den Haag)

SnoopZ said,
I don't like the fact that since they got rid of MS points we now have to put our credit card details in to download something FREE.

Ive just "bought" it via the website, but didn't ask me for any payment details (then again I think its linked to my paypal.)

SnoopZ said,
I don't like the fact that since they got rid of MS points we now have to put our credit card details in to download something FREE.

Really? Man, that sucks. They could have done away with their point system and still had a "gift card" style system setup for folks that don't want to enter their CC. Apple did it years ago with their iTunes store. Love that you don't need a CC to buy things on an iOS device. Makes it ideal for the kiddos. Not sure why MS wouldn't want to follow the same pattern.

I do wonder if those games stay in your library after 30th of september/december.
Unlike on WP8 where free offers once 'purchased' and downloaded, later get a price and when uninstalled and you want to install it again, you will have to pay. It isn't added to your purchase history/library. (tested this with few promotional free WP8 games i once 'owned').

If so, Xbox might finally have a decent competition for PSN+.

Shadowzz said,
I do wonder if those games stay in your library after 30th of september/december.
Unlike on WP8 where free offers once 'purchased' and downloaded, later get a price and when uninstalled and you want to install it again, you will have to pay. It isn't added to your purchase history/library. (tested this with few promotional free WP8 games i once 'owned').

If so, Xbox might finally have a decent competition for PSN+.

They stay in your library and even if you cancel Xbox Gold.

Shadowzz said,
I do wonder if those games stay in your library after 30th of september/december.
Unlike on WP8 where free offers once 'purchased' and downloaded, later get a price and when uninstalled and you want to install it again, you will have to pay. It isn't added to your purchase history/library. (tested this with few promotional free WP8 games i once 'owned').

If so, Xbox might finally have a decent competition for PSN+.


incorrect, on windows phone when you go to purchase something you already own it then says you already own this, do you wish to reinstall and doesn't charge you again.

Shadowzz said,
I do wonder if those games stay in your library after 30th of september/december.

They stated they were yours forever even if you cancel your gold membership.

Shadowzz said,

Unlike on WP8 where free offers once 'purchased' and downloaded, later get a price and when uninstalled and you want to install it again, you will have to pay. It isn't added to your purchase history/library. (tested this with few promotional free WP8 games i once 'owned').

If so, Xbox might finally have a decent competition for PSN+.

Not here
If i got anything as a free offer i can re-download at any time as the buttons still says i own (or have owned) it previously.

Sicarius123 said,

incorrect, on windows phone when you go to purchase something you already own it then says you already own this, do you wish to reinstall and doesn't charge you again.

Yes, it shows up as 'Buy' but when you click it then it tells you that you already own it, they should really sort that out as it's very confusing.

Shadowzz said,
I do wonder if those games stay in your library after 30th of september/december.
Unlike on WP8 where free offers once 'purchased' and downloaded, later get a price and when uninstalled and you want to install it again, you will have to pay. It isn't added to your purchase history/library. (tested this with few promotional free WP8 games i once 'owned').

If so, Xbox might finally have a decent competition for PSN+.


Just to be clear, for others reading this...

You are talking about a 'Free' offer of a title that stopped being offered for Free.

(This happened because the App didn't make you complete the 'Purchase' process when you acquired the App, which is where your MS Account stores what Apps you 'own'.)

If you 'Buy' an App on WP7/WP8, and complete the 'Purchase' even if it is only for a 0.01, you can reinstall the App again at anytime no matter what the price is on any WP device as long as you are using the same MS Account.

The reason I am clarifying this, as I have seen other users not realize they can install Apps they purchased on a WP7 device once they move to a WP8 device or are using more than one WP phone.

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As for your question about the Xbox titles...

Since MS is having users 'purchase' the free title for 0.00, it will be recorded and they should retain ownership of the title since it went through the 'purchase' process.

By doing it this way, it is being stored in their MS Account that the they 'own' the Game, and should always be available to reinstall at a later date.

Thanks for clarification. Still sucks though and even more so that their shops work differently from one another. Never had such issues on PSN or whatever, purchased once, free or not at the time. Keep it forever. Not always the case with MS as it turns out.
I'm going with a PS4 but I do want to get a XBO later too and it becomes a whole lot more interesting if their PSN+ free games counter is pretty much identical which it seems it is. If only the certainty remains that Sony promises us, the 2-5 games for free each month. And not currently "May or may not continue after December 2013.

JHBrown said,
Sometimes I wish I never sold my Xbox's. The wait until November is torture. :-(

If you still have a Gold account, you can still claim the game, just be sure to sign in, and the Game Price will change to Free, then purchase the game from the browser.

That way, if you ever pick up another XB360, you won't have lost out on the free games.

Mobius Enigma said,

If you still have a Gold account, you can still claim the game, just be sure to sign in, and the Game Price will change to Free, then purchase the game from the browser.

That way, if you ever pick up another XB360, you won't have lost out on the free games.

Thanks Mobius, I wasn't aware of that.