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Free Xbox games: the best downloadables you can play for nothing

Update: Dishonored is free to download till the end of August

It's a good time to be a penniless Xbox owner. Microsoft has a number of free-to-play games in the works for Xbox Live, including World of Tanks: Xbox 360 and Project Spark, which doesn't even require a Gold subscription. Under the Games with Gold scheme, the firm will also hand out two free Xbox 360 games to Gold subscribers every month - one game on the 1st, the next on the 16th.

You'll read about each free game as it arrives right here, on this continually updated page, which is definitely worth a bookmark. By all means drop us a comment about a freebie we've missed, or a suggestion as to what Microsoft should give away next, or to let us know how you're making use of the cash you've saved. Games with Gold has also launched on Xbox One - visit our round-up of free Xbox One games for more.

Free Xbox games with Gold for August 2014

Motocross Madness (1st-15th August)
A cheerful, surprisingly addictive Xbox Live Avatar racer featuring nine, multiple-route stages from around the globe, ghost challenges and eight-way multiplayer. "So much content has been wrung out of this game that there's even a reward for the number of miles you bail out of jumps," our review concludes. "That's right: you get rewarded for not being very good. Basically, if you don't enjoy this game you're probably dead from the waist down." That's everybody well and truly told, then.

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Dishonored (16-31st August)
Arkane's finest work is essentially a Thief game equipped with an arsenal of fetid magical powers, which takes place in a reimagined Victorian London that's powered by whale oil and infested with plague-bearing rats. Vividly realised by Half-Life 2 artist Viktor Antonov, it's a classic of the stealth sandbox genre and one of Xbox 360's best new IPs. "Dishonored is a straight-up essential purchase, for anyone who's ever complained about samey shooters," observed our review. "And everyone complains about samey shooters, so that's all of you."

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Free Xbox games for all time

AirMech Arena
A brilliant, brutal mixture of top-down shooting, MOBA-style NPC "Creeps" and real-time strategy base-building. Players star as a transforming mech - ferrying troops to the frontline while in aerial form and doing battle on the ground. The emphasis is on multiplayer here - you can team up with other players to fight the AI or other teams - but there are survival and skirmish match types for solo players. Should you tire of levelling up to unlock all the content, new unit types, boosts and other goodies can be bought with real money. Our review has more.

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