Games with Gold August delivers Darksiders III, Yooka-Laylee and more

Microsoft today unveiled the next wave of bonus games coming to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, and it boasts a strong selection after months of rather unimpressive arrivals. The August 2021 Games with Gold is carrying four games as usual for the program, and they will arrive in two clusters as the month progresses.

The first drop will arrive in the beginning of August, followed by the second drop at the midpoint of the month. Both will have an Xbox One and an Xbox 360 game each. Thanks to backward compatibility support, all provided games are playable on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles.

Here are the upcoming games and their active periods on the promotion:

Darksiders III: Available August 1 to 31 (Xbox One)

darksiders III screenshot

Return to an apocalyptic Earth in Darksiders III, a hack-n-slash Action Adventure where players assume the role of FURY in her quest to hunt down and dispose of the Seven Deadly Sins. The most unpredictable and enigmatic of the Four Horsemen, FURY must succeed where many have failed – to bring balance to the forces that now ravage Earth.

Yooka-Laylee: Available August 16 to September 15 (Xbox One)

Yooka-Laylee screenshot

Explore huge, beautiful worlds, meet (and beat) an unforgettable cast of characters and horde a vault-load of shiny collectibles as buddy-duo Yooka (the green one) and Laylee (the wisecracking bat with the big nose) embark on an epic adventure to thwart corporate creep Capital B and his devious scheme to absorb all the world’s books… and convert them into pure profit!

Lost Planet 3: Available August 1 to 15 (Xbox 360)

Lost Planet 3 screenshot

With numerous multiplayer modes and a highly engrossing cinematic single player experience, Lost Planet 3 delves deeper into the Lost Planet universe, uncovering hidden truths within the unique environment of E.D.N. III.

Garou: Mark of the Wolves: Available August 16 to 31 (Xbox 360)

Garou Mark of the Wolves screenshot

With the New Hero “Rock Howard” who is only son of Geese Howard and rose up by legendary wolf Terry Bogard, story of the new wolves begin. It banned the traditional line-system but instead bring in the brand-new systems such as “Just Defense”, “T.O.P. In” and “Braking”. It is not only system which renewed but also all the characters are new comers only except Terry Bogard.

Since this is a bi-weekly affair, there is plenty of time left on the clock for most of the remaining July Games with Gold offerings for anyone who's yet to claim them. As such, Planet Alpha, Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break, and Midway Arcade Origins are still available as freebies for active Gold members.

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