Each month, Xbox gamers can download and play a selection of free games as part of an Xbox Live Gold subscription.
Xbox Live Gold is more than just free games though. It also gives Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One X, Xbox One S and even original Xbox One owners the chance to play multiplayer games online and discounts on many digital games on the Xbox Store.
Membership in the UK usually costs £17.99 for three-months or £49.99 for a whole year’s membership when paid up front. Alternatively, you can choose to pay monthly for £6.99 a month.
In our opinion though, the best way to subscribe is through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. For just £10.99 per month, you get Xbox Live Gold membership, Xbox Game Pass with access to over 300 games to download and play, EA Play, xCloud cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, plus Xbox Game Pass for PC with more than 200 Windows 10 titles.
Free Xbox Games with Gold list for July 2021:
Available 1 to 31 July 2021
An adventure platformer with stunning Avatar-esque backdrops, Planet Alpha uses a day and night cycle for great gameplay effect. It got lost on its original release, perhaps, so is great to pick up as one of the free games this month.
Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break
Available 16 July to 15 August 2021
About as Monty Python-inspired as you’re ever likely to get. You not only get to play levels in this arcade tower defence title, you can make your own to share with friends.
Conker: Live & Reloaded
Available 1 to 15 July 2021
Starring one of gaming’s most notorious characters, Rare’s Conker: Live & reloaded mixes classic 3D platforming with action, movie parodies and enough bad language to make this anything but cute.
Midway Arcade Origins
Available 16 to 31 July 2021
More than 30 classic arcade games are yours to play in Midway Arcade Origins, including Marble Madness, Gauntlet, Defender and Spy Hunter.
Conker: Live & Reloaded and Midway Arcade Origins are original Xbox and Xbox 360 games respectively, available through backward compatibility. They are also available to Xbox 360 owners with Xbox Live Gold.
Of last month’s free games, Shadows: Awakening will still be available for download until 15 July 2021.