Free Xbox games: 14 DLC packs and add-ons that don't cost a penny

Fatten your game, pay nothing, rejoice

There's no such thing as a free lunch, but it turns out there is such a thing as free Xbox DLC. We regaled you earlier this week with a list of free Xbox games - now, consider the below, equally marvellous round-up of price-deficient add-ons and expansions. Zero pounds, zero pennies, multiple man-hours of fun.

I've combined certain packs into one entry for the sake of brevity. As always, free to clue us in on any painful omissions or errors.

1. Halo 4 Forge Island

A new Halo 4 map that's tailor-made for Forge Mode customisation. That's to say, it's huge and flat with lots of ceiling space. You may wish to refer to this Forge Mode masterclass, which contains extensive tips and insights from Halo map veterans Certain Affinity.


2. Gears of War: Judgment - Haven

Maxim isn't just great at objectifying women and telling stories about lager-fuelled sex adventures - the mag has also been known to sponsor multiplayer map packs for popular shooters. Haven includes the titular map plus returning Gears of War mode Execution, in which teams try to kill each other off before the clock runs down. No excuses for missing either.


3. Gunstringer - The Wavy Tube Man Chronicles

Log terms this whopping add-on campaign "ridiculous", and "like somebody tried to make a game out of those old CD-ROM films". As the official rundown puts it, "this completely live-action interactive shooter features Wavy Tube Man Jr., who has stolen a time machine to prevent his father's death at the hands of the Gunstringer. Shot on location with classic western and futuristic sets, this DLC pack features quick-drawing cowboys, heavily armed future warriors, and a final showdown against Wavy Tube Man Jr. himself." You'll need a Kinect sensor, and a flexible imagination.


4. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine - assorted multiplayer modes

If outside impressions are worth anything, THQ was in such a rush to get shot of Relic's solid, unremarkable Warhammer shooter that it lopped off a brace of online modes, which have thankfully been released separately for no additional charge. Those modes are Capture & Control, Capture The Flag and Exterminatus, which is Horde Mode but shoutier and with spikier kneecaps.


5. Fable 2 - Knothole Island

This one's a little bit cheeky - when last we checked, the only way to actually visit the island in question, converse with/slay its denizens and avail yourself of its new quests, outfits, appearance-altering potions and augments was to shack up with somebody who's bought the 800 MP Premium Version. Still, you could always split the cost with that somebody.

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