Games with Gold March 2017: these are the free games you can get this month

Forget silver linings, it's all gold here

One of the main benefits of being an Xbox Live Gold subscriber is definitely the fact that each month you get access to a range of free games across the Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms. If you’re an Xbox One owner, backwards compatibility means you get to take advantage of the Xbox 360 titles too.

This is a great way to try games you might not otherwise have played, whether because they're indie titles that slip under your radar or simply because you don’t have the funds to buy several games a month.

Even if you don’t have the console memory or the time to spare right now, we’d say it’s always worth claiming them every month anyway as you’ll then have free access to them for as long as you have an active Xbox Live account.

Since this is a monthly event, we’ve decided to create a one-stop shop where you’ll be able to find the newest free games, as well as scroll back and see which games were featured in previous months. That way you’ll know whether it’s worth holding out for a game to appear in an upcoming Games with Gold month or if it's already been offered. 

So without further ado, here are the free Xbox Live games in North America, Europe, and Australia for March 2017.

March 2017

Xbox One

Layers of Fear – Available 01/03 to 31/03 (usually £15.99/ $19.99/ AU $26.95

If you enjoyed The Picture of Dorian Grey you might just like the story behind Layers of Fear. This is a first person horror game where you play an artist whose sanity deteriorates and paintings become increasingly twisted and horrific as the game goes on. It's your job to uncover the mystery behind the psychological horror through story-focused exploration. 

Evolve: Ultimate Edition – Available 16/03 to 15/04 (usually £34.99/ $49.99/ AU $54.95

Evolve is the best first person shooter you probably haven't played. From the creators of Left4Dead, it's it's a 4 versus 1 game where players can either become a giant monster and take on three of their friends or join up with their friends to take down a monster. It's an interesting game concept and with the Ultimate Edition you'll get even more gear, weapons and monsters. It won the Game Of Show award at E3 and Gamescom in 2014 for a reason. 

Xbox 360

Borderlands 2 – Available 01/03 to 15/03 (Usually £19.99/ $19.99/ AU $49.95)

Like games with a lot of guns, fun and an emphasis on co-op play? You'll love Borderlands 2. Join up with 2 to 4 players online or locally and take on a host of monsters together with some of the wildest weapons in gaming.

Heavy Weapon – Available 16/03 to 31/03 (usually £7.99/ $9.99/ AU $14.95)

It looks like the cartoonish side-scrolling war games of old but Heavy Weapon is a challenging modern game that lets you play alone or with friends to defend your way of life against hoards of enemies.

Xbox Live sub: Need to top up your Xbox Live Gold membership? Don't pay the default automatic renewal price, head on over to CD Keys, where you can usually get a great 12 month Xbox Live Gold deal for cheaper than anywhere else.

February 2017

Xbox One

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime  – Available 01/02 to 28/02 (usually £11.99/ $14.99/ AU$19.95)

Project Cars Digital Edition – Available 16/02 to 15/03 (usually £23.99/ $29.99/ AU$39.95)

Xbox 360

Monkey Island 2: Special Edition – Available 01/02 to 15/02 (usually £6.75/ $9.99/ AU$9.95)

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – Available 16/02 to 28/02 (usually £11.99/ $19.99/ AU$19.95)


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