Here are all the free Xbox games for October

Did you know there are free games released every month on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One? It’s true!

If you pay $60 annually for an Xbox Live Gold membership, you get a handful of free games every single month. The program works very similarly to Sony’s PlayStation Plus program, with one significant difference: Every single game offered through Games with Gold is compatible with Xbox One.

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Xbox

Even if you don’t own an Xbox 360, you can still download free Xbox 360 titles every month directly onto your Xbox One. And they work on the Xbox One! Voila!

Here are all the games available this October.


“Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings”

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Metalhead Software

Though I can’t personally speak to its quality, gaming site Polygon seems to be a big fan of “Super Mega Baseball” – it was named their Sports Game of the Year in 2014.

It seems to have the rigor of a hardcore baseball simulator, but with a goofy, cartoony skin stretched over it.

At any rate, now’s a perfect time to give this game a shot, because its developer, Metalhead, is coming out with a sequel next year.

Platforms: Xbox One

Availability: October 1 to October 31


“The Escapists”

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Team17 Digital Ltd

Trying to make the prison industrial complex a humorous, light video game experience is no easy task, but “The Escapists” certainly makes a valiant effort.

It’s an open world, strategy/puzzle game in which you play a prisoner plotting their escape. You can buy contraband from other prisoners, finding and trading items to help in your plot, all while hiding the evidence from everyone else so they can’t blow your cover.

Platforms: Xbox One

Availability: October 16 to November 15


“MX vs ATV Reflex”

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THQ

This driving game’s most interesting feature is that it has dynamic terrain that gets damaged and scarred throughout the race as vehicles drive over it.

“MX vs ATV Reflex” received positive-ish reviews upon its release in 2009, so you can probably skip it unless you really have a hankering for some off-road action.

Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One

Availability: October 1 to October 15


“I Am Alive”

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Ubisoft

“I Am Alive” is a post-apocalyptic RPG from 2012, back when game developers thought games aimed at adults could only have colors that ranged from brown to gray.

Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One

Availability: October 16 to October 31


One important thing to note about Games With Gold: Some titles are available all month long, while others are only available for half the month. So, if you have your eye on something specific, make sure you pay attention to the dates it will be available.

Also, there is one Games With Gold entry from September that is still available through October 15th: “Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China,” so be sure to download that if you have yet to do so.

Check out the official video from Xbox for more details about all of the games available this October: