August 30th 2013 9:00 am PT

Games with Gold for September: Magic 2013 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas

Magic 2013 TC's RainbowSix Vegas

The next set of free games for Xbox Live Members in September will be Magic 2013 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas.

Starting Sunday (September 1st)  Magic 2013 (Normally US $9.99) will be free for Xbox LIVE Gold members through September 15th .

Then on September 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download  Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas (Normally US $19.99) for free. Note: South Africa Xbox Live members will receive Banjo Kazooie:  Nuts & Bolts instead of RSV.

As a reminder, the “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.

Updated tiles for South Africa

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  • Future_Chief_Keef_

    I would’ve loved for them to release Forza 4 to hold me off until GTA 5 comes out…. This is about to be the longest two weeks of my life considering I’m getting my copy of GTA for 30 dollars.

    • Bennijin

      Well now you’ve said that we’ll probably get Forza 2.

  • roozbeh, again

    https://www.change org/en-CA/petitions/microsoft-xbox-lets-gamers-choose-games-from-a-list-for-games-with-gold-promotion

    some guy sent this to me. sign it if you want to

    • martin_m95

      oh hellz yeah i hope it works
      roozbeh did you sign it

      • roozbeh, again

        yes i did. i hope others do it as well.
        sign it. tell friends to sign it. hell tell major nelson to sign it

        • martin_m95

          i really hope this really works im gonna tell all my xbox live friends to sign it

    • Maximum Gamer

      this link not working …

      • roozbeh, again

        put the period ( . ) in the link

        • Maximum Gamer

          signed!

    • Pasajero82

      Signed!

    • martin_m95

      how can we get microsoft to see this
      do we need 100 signatures

      • roozbeh, again

        spread the word. comment everywhere.
        please people for the love of gaming sign it!

    • beardyman3218

      Their not going to allow us to choose any game, it would be better to ask them to give us a list 2 weeks before the promotion were we can vote on what games we want from a list, they could do it through the dashboard, the two games with the most votes are free that month.

      • roozbeh, again

        i would think they could.
        say they give us a limit on the price of the game we want. say 20 dollars. we should be allowed to pick any 20 dollar retail game of a our choosing. and the one that got chosen will be off the list for the rest of the time period.

        but your way works too :)

        • beardyman3218

          Again it falls down to the scheme policy of allowing us to keep them, if they went down the path of sony and only allowed people still purchasing gold to play them, we would have a lot more recent titles and more than 2 a month.

          • roozbeh, again

            i agree. maybe they could do some tweaking to their policies in this regard

  • roozbeh, again

    1000th comment.
    WOOHOO!

    • martin_m95

      • roozbeh, again

        you know you jealous.
        :D

        • martin_m95

          about what

          • roozbeh, again

            nothing. that was fun for like 10 minutes

          • martin_m95

            um……………………okay

    • Future_Chief_Keef_

      Are you going to claim a prize since you’re the 1000th visitor? OOOOH if I were you, I would get the Wal-Mart gift card.

      • roozbeh, again

        no, probably would get an achievement though.

      • Jun284

        For the love of God, please change your icon. It looks so gross. It makes me want to take another shower.

        • roozbeh, again

          kinda looks like deep roy

        • Future_Chief_Keef_

          Naaaaah

  • Dylan

    Paying Gold for Netflix, F2P games, and other free apps that are everywhere is ridiculous and reduces the value of the box.

  • x$NIPERx

    When live started giving free games with gold every month I already knew most of the games wouldn’t be new or anything close to new. I was happy in the fact that I would get the chance to try some of the games I didn’t get to play yet. I see people crying about this months free game line up and I gotta say there isn’t going to be free games that you like or care to own every time or if you’re that hard to please at all. Maybe next time. These games are free and can be transferred between all of your consoles and played offline. I own 4 xbox 360’s for system link gaming with friends and family. As for playstation’s plus “FREE” games AAA blockbuster smash hits that are free until you’re memberships ends. Playstation also limits you to 2 consoles and 2 handhelds to share games you buy and own. For a gamer that has friends outside of the online world 360 is the only way to go. As for xbox one and ps4 I’ll wait until they make a bigger hard drive. Until then it’s peecee and steam for my next gen gaming lol.

    • Nathaniel Frost

      PlayStation’s offerings are still better than those for Gold members. If Gold membership carried that same program as Sony’s then we wouldn’t complain so loudly about this point; we’d complain about something else lol

      • roozbeh, again

        like, microsoftz suckz. xbone suckz. huh?
        at this point they can make gta v an exclusive and people on the internet will still say they arent interested.

  • Digiadam

    Bleh and bleher.

    Translation: There are no good games this month for Gold Members.

  • Rafik Bouchaala

    roozbeh and martin live in this blog LOL, seriously, get a life, see the sun outside, get laid, do something…

    • roozbeh, again

      you try doing something in an airport while in transit for 7 hours

    • martin_m95

      im typing from my phone and i am with friends were having a great thime

  • Dave Michael

    lol Rainbow Six normally $20. I can go to ebay or gamestop and get the game used for like $5. what a ripoff.

    • Rafik Bouchaala

      I also switched to microsoft since the original xbox, back then MS cared to compete with sony. nowadays they simply don’t bother to :p they are repeating what sony did with the ps3 in it’s early days thinking that the loyal fans will stick forever no matter how bad they treat’em. My xbox live gold subscription ends in 2 weeks and I’m seriously thinking about not renewing it and getting a ps3 & ps+. One thing I’m sure about is that Im pre-ordering a ps4. might buy an xbox one later down the road but not untill MS start treating their customers right again :P

      • Bush O Connor

        just make sure you take any game saves off the cloud if you use it.
        its the only reason i renewed my gold, all my saves were held hostage.

    • Bibo

      “combined with forcing the userbase into using kinect for Xbox One”

      Please do some research before making statements like these. You don’t need to use the kinect.

      • Dave Michael

        right, but if we want Xbox One we are being forced to pay extra for the included Kinect, since they keep saying that they will never release a version without Kinect.

        • roozbeh, again

          and they said they wont remove drm.
          there will be a kinect less sku at some point.

  • Scott

    yet another hurtfully underwhelming month of “Games with Gold”..

    It’s almost an insultingly cheap offering.

  • King Solomon

    Maybe MS expects you to sell your Xbox 360 when you get an Xbox One. I think the value of an Xbox 360 will be more than a PS3 with all of the free games on the hard drive.

  • Lestat748

    I’m a gamer that will play any game once. But the game “Magic 2013” just didn’t have the means to keep me playing.. I haven’t got to play “Rainbow Six Vegas” yet maybe that will make up for it..

  • Marcus W.

    Why wouldn’t you want R6V as one of the games? GwG was supposed to have classics; R6V is a classic, but Magic 2013… Not at all.(I guess the guys at the M$ office went “We like Magic, and it’s cheap, so let’s toss it in!”)

  • martin_m95

    people complain yet they still download it.
    WTF

    • m1nh0ca

      Almost 50 million Xbox Live Gold accounts… and 1000 comments here (situation which doesn’t reflect in 1000 people). Most players will download… mainly because it’s a game that sold 10 units. They will get it, at least, as a matter of curiosity.

      I have Magic 2014 and I can say it’s a good game (I got a promotional code from my cousin – he doesn’t like Magic). Of course, the public is extremely restricted and I was up for something else to be given in the Games With Gold program… but both those games are far from being bad, even I don’t want them. They may please some people.

      The best to be done would be having a poll to be voted or a list with some games from where we chose the ones we would like to download.

      • O Mosqueda

        I second the poll, but considering our complains from Defense Grid didn’t do much, I don’t think it will make any changes to their plan.

        • beardyman3218

          I actually liked that game, call me crazy but i do like my tower defence games but if i wanted to play a card game i would use an actual set of cards.

          • O Mosqueda

            The case with DG was not that it was a bad game, it was a game most of us didn’t want. Just like DG, Magic has a limited market and that’s the problem. If the XB360 had JRPG like the PS3 and one of those will be part of GwG, a lot of people will complain too.
            The problem is not that games are bad, is that the games are for a very small portion of the users.
            I think the best we can do is just welcome the ones we like and let the ones we don’t to pass us by. After all, they are free games and it’s only until December. I rather spend money in games I really want instead.

          • m1nh0ca

            Following this line of thinking, I guess we still can have a JRPG in the list. I’d be happy with Blue Dragon, Tales of Vesperia, Resonance of Fate, Eternal Sonata or Lost Odyssey.

            But, as you told, most of people would complain because it’s for a very specific public. I wouldn’t ;-)

          • O Mosqueda

            I’d like some of those too, but the average XB360 gamer is more into Halo, GTA and others, they wouldn’t welcome such a choice either.

    • O Mosqueda

      I don’t, just like I didn’t with Defense Grid. The ones who complain are the most likely not to download. However, we don’t represent most of the users with Gold accounts. That’s why they’ll keep delivering the games they feel are “worth” for GwG. I’ve had it, next month I won’t even comment on the announcement. If I think is worth to link the upcoming games to my account and console, I’ll do it. I’ll “complain” by not downloading and linking the games I don’t want and I won’t care if they’re free. Thank goodness it’s only 4 months, 3 announcements left. I doubt they’ll ever do this again, not even with the XBO.

      • martin_m95

        AGREED
        but there still must be a way to let ms know that we dont want those kind of games and we want to choose them ourselfs

      • Monkable P

        Personally I couldn’t care less what they ‘give’ away anymore, I’ve not been impressed by a single game they’ve put up for free yet, I kinda liked Defense Grid but that got old quick. I’m still downloading the games to check out but only to pass the time til GTA V hits, then two months later I’m off to Sony.

  • Hairybeasty

    Magic is not that bad of a game. But after playing new and recent shooting games vegas is trash. It might of been good 7 years ago and people would want to play because they loved it back in the day. I would like to see vegas changed for a different game. btw vegas is $2.59 used at gamestop.

    • roozbeh, again

      vegas was and still is one of the most predominant shooters on the xbox 360.
      its cheap yes but a brilliant game none the less.

      • Hairybeasty

        i agree with your statement except the still is part. imo if they wasn’t giving it away for free and we was talking about shooters vegas probably wouldn’t be mentioned.

        • roozbeh, again

          vegas is a great game still. the cover mechanics to this day is almost unrivaled. really even by today’s standards it is a great game in my view.

          plus the rb6 series is still running strong. not as strong as they were with the early days of the xbox 360 but patriots is still has a good amount of demand.

  • beardyman3218

    Whats next months?

    • Hairybeasty

      we will have to wait . I am hoping for a bit of a “thank you” than a “here take this” mentality.

      • beardyman3218

        Yes this months games have been more of a “were not really putting effort into this scheme” than a thank you, its needs to change, i wouldnt mind if they would go the same route as sony and basically have them as rentals, if you have gold you can still play them, at least we would get games worth playing in 2013.

      • roozbeh, again

        Or “we are sorry” or “you ungrateful b*stards” could do.
        think if they give GTA V for free. man that would cause the world to explode.
        too incredible.

        • beardyman3218

          Maybe that why this months games are so bad, everyone will be on gta v this month i know i will and several months after that :)

          • roozbeh, again

            a man can dream right?

          • evilfangs .

            GTA 5 from 17th till late November and hopefully I have completed it by then for next gen launch. If not I’ll just setup my next gen console and continue to play GTA 5.

          • beardyman3218

            I will be playing it until the next gta is out, i am planning on plugging my 360 into my xbox one just to keep playing gta, i can also overlay the xbox ones interface over the 360.

          • evilfangs .

            You can’t pass your 360 through X1 can you?

          • beardyman3218

            Yes you can, major nelson confirmed this works on the pax podcast.

          • evilfangs .

            Until it’s in my house and I can do it myself then it’s not confirmed in my eyes tbh lol. You never know what Microsoft might reverse next.

          • beardyman3218

            You can plug any hdmi source into it and have the xbox one overlay and dahsboard available, you cannot control your 360 with it you will still have to use your 360 controller but i think its great that i can plug my pc or 360 into it and access my dashboard whenever i want.

        • Hairybeasty

          i am not ungrateful at all. this event was made to thank the xbox community for the support. magic is a decent game if you like card games. at least I was surprised at how good it turned out. I am not asking for a NEW game or a even up to date game there are TONS of shooting games out for the xbox. to give a game that is 7 years old with that kind of competition (FPS genre) is not a thank you in my book.

          • roozbeh, again

            i never said you were ungrateful. i said maybe that could be the mentality.
            get yo facts straight son!

      • O Mosqueda

        I think the mentality will be “we appreciate your feedback, but we planed this for months in advance, so deal with it. Your complains although read, can’t change anything as we’ve made the deals with the publishers of games in the program months ago.”
        I still think Fable III was originally a glitch.

    • Disturbed_Court_Jester

      Burger King’s Sneak King and The Maw.

      • O Mosqueda

        LOL.
        The Maw is not bad, but I wouldn’t be surprised is one of the next, they don’t want to lose much money, and with a game that many have and has already been given away in so many ways, is a sure bet for an upcoming GwG.
        This are my predictions: The Warriors (XBLA, not XB Original), Wander of the Dragons, Project Sylpheed, Dollar Dash and Bomberman: Act Zero.

        • martin_m95

          i hope none of your predictions are true
          i hope its borderlands or mass effect or fallout 3

  • shabba

    downloaded that magic game and oh god played it for 5 minutes and got bored as hell, such a niche game that not a lot of people will be able to understand and/or be able get into and enjoy very easily. awful choice microsoft

  • Timothy Hames

    I was going to say i downloaded magic and played it for about 20 miuntes it seems too glitchy and i have a couple of problems with the game play and interface.

    Last week I was all like yea now I’m more like nea

    • roozbeh, again

      lag on a card game. somehow i think i would have done a better job

      • Volitar Prime

        I’ve read that the 2014 version fixed a lot of the bugs present in this one. Leave it to MS to give us the out of date buggy one for free instead of the current one.

        • roozbeh, again

          what is funny is rb6 vegas is less laggy than its newer sequel.

          so by that logic rb6 is the better pick

    • Hairybeasty

      Yea i noticed this also while the opponent was switching from main to combat phases it would take a 10-20 sec pause constantly

  • StonerSmurf420

    Ummm…. wasnt magic a free to download game for a small period a few months before games for gold existed? Could have sworn…..

  • Bennijin

    Rubbish, total rubbish. Step up your game, Microsoft.

  • Hairybeasty

    You can unlock 100 cards if you go to player status select the magic the gathering logo press RB they list codes to unlock cards.think you press X to enter them.

  • G-Man

    I can honestly say that a Magic game would have been the last on my list of games I would want to play. I recently broke my hand do I put it in the queue hoping I could play it with one hand. After giving it a try, I loved it and decided to purchase the newer and older versions as well. I think it was a good choice because it can spark interest that would not have been there otherwise.

    The sense of entitlement that some of you display is sickening given that you were not offered any free game perks just a few months ago. Xbox live blows it’s competition out of the water and has proven itself against the PSN service without free games being offered. I would not be surprised if MS dropped the whole idea after December since so many customers want to complain when they are receiving free games and were not complaining when they were getting nothing but the ability to use apps, a few sales,, and multiplayer.

    • Jayarih

      I do wish Stainless Games made a better effort for the game. I own all the DotPs (With Max GS mind you) and each one freezes for a bit on the Wizards logo.

      Im not usually one to complain about Free being free, but I do wish sometimes the games they select would be different than they are now. As it stands only Defense Grid and R6V are ‘new’ to me. Owned all the rest (though at least now I have digital backups of some of my disc games so thats a plus at least)

    • Hairybeasty

      They are stopping after December it has already been stated when this program was launched.

      • roozbeh, again

        with positive feedback they said it might continue

        • O Mosqueda

          Some feedback so far. GwG until 2017, NOT!

          • martin_m95

            im starting to think they purposelly give out these horrible games. So that they could receive complains and negative feedback and cancel gwg on december

          • roozbeh, again

            i would be surprised if it even makes it to december with this feedback

      • G-Man

        Hence I said “I would not be surprised if MS dropped the whole idea after December…”

    • roozbeh, again

      tell me when half life 3 is released G-man. then i will listen

      • martin_m95

        not anytime soon

      • G-Man

        As per your usual, nothing of substance to contribute. Just more clutter in the way of real opinions and comments.

        • roozbeh, again

          Oh please, if anything im supporting you here.

          humor is dead in the gaming world now it seems

          • martin_m95

            in gaming world theres only humor that involves pissing people off

  • DavidinCT

    When is Xbox live going to get newer games from at least the last 2 years ? I watch the list that PSN gets then look at Xbox live and go LOL.
    Yea, I know you lose PSN games if you stop paying but, I pay for xbox live and normally I have a year or 2 out before I renew… so I am paying…

    • Antarael Dulacre

      Magic 2013 is from last year just saying lol

  • martin_m95

    some of my friends downloaded it because they tought it was a fighter or rpg game
    kinda hilarious

    • O Mosqueda

      That’s what trials are for, to avoid those surprises you can always use Y**T*be too. (BTW, never fully type Y*uT*b* here.)

      • martin_m95

        yeah i know they just dont bother with trials and screenshots i guess

      • roozbeh, again

        then whats the point in FREE?

        • O Mosqueda

          To get for Free if you want it, but if you don’t, what’s the point of downloading? I’d better save the disk space for something else.

          • roozbeh, again

            you know you could just delete yourself right?

        • martin_m95

          if you download this game you will join the people who downloaded it and if ms sees how much people downloaded it theyre gonna think that we liked it and want more like it.
          which is the complete opposite

          • O Mosqueda

            I agree with you 100%. That’s why I say don’t download if you disliked it. You do send a message that way.

          • G-Man

            Or they think “we don’t have the numbers to justify continuing the program” and they cancel it at the end of December.

          • wootai

            Its cool though, they’ll not just look at the number of people who downloaded it. They’ll also look at the number of people who play it. They have those kinds of metrics you know. like if 100 people download it for free but only 20 continue to play it after releasing it for free, then they’ll say “Oh, i guess 80% of our users didn’t want MTG 2013.” (Or vice versa if the numbers come out the other way

          • roozbeh, again

            true…

  • Aaron Smith

    A game I would pass up for solitaire and a game I bought in 2006. WTG.

  • rhooper

    At least something to not complain: seems we are having a Konami and Ubisoft special sales this week (plus Call of Duty as Deal of the Week… again). Some of the prices are good.

    But, of course, there’s always something to jeopardize: what’s curious is that after the conversion we can buy a 600 MSP game or 2 X 300 MSP for the same price. However, buying a 400 + 200 or 3 X 200 is more expensive than 600 MSP.

    Source: xbldb(dot)com

    • roozbeh, again

      the addition has been known for some time now. ms really has to fix it soon. it is really annoying when you dont have access to your console

  • martin_m95

    only 28 supporters left

    • roozbeh, again

      23 left…
      where can we find 23 people?

      • martin_m95

        message your xbox live friends

  • roozbeh, again

    https://www.change org/en-CA/petitions/microsoft-xbox-lets-gamers-choose-games-from-a-list-for-games-with-gold-promotion

    14 left… people please sign this

    • martin_m95

      i remember roozbeh mentioned to get larry to sign it
      how the hell are we gonna do that

      • roozbeh, again

        HE ACTUALLY DID IT!
        it cant be him. must be a troll

        • martin_m95

          why not

          • roozbeh, again

            it is impossible!

          • martin_m95

            ..?

          • roozbeh, again

            he works for ms! dont you get it!?

          • martin_m95

            i know

          • roozbeh, again

            must be a troll.

    • martin_m95

      we got all 100 signatures
      now what?

      • roozbeh, again

        well now it says to 200. at this pace i think we will make it

        • martin_m95

          you mean that we have to make it to 200 now?
          dammit

          • roozbeh, again

            we’ll make it.

    • freddyonestar

      why bother it’s finished soon and not ongoing

      • roozbeh, again

        to have better free games next month.

  • willhe

    That petition is nice and all but if gamers choose we would be playing SR4 or GTAV

    • martin_m95

      sr4 is nothing like saints row
      i wouldnt play it

      • willhe

        so while magic could be the worst decision ever you are playing into microsoft hand. you are admitting no matter what the games are new or old there will be always somebody that dont want to play them

        • martin_m95

          no im just saying that saints row 4 doesnt feel like saints row anymore
          thats just me

    • roozbeh, again

      we could put a limit in the amount of money that will be spent. say 40 dollars.

  • WARLORD

    Should be getting higher now. After I signed it I spammed a bunch of weeb sites with the petition.

    • roozbeh, again

      smart move.

  • Axl Jay

    Magic 2013 is really a good game. I’m really enjoying it, and I would have never tried it, if it were not for the GwG promotion
    Having said that, I’d rather like to have freedom of choice.

    A nice situation could be as follows:

    – every month you have 2 games with gold;
    – 1 Arcade game and 1 “on demand” game;
    – choose the Arcade game between a roster of 3 or more;
    – choose the “on demand” game between a roster of 3 or more;
    – the chosen games could be downloaded both starting at the 1st of the month.

    I think that could be a nice agreement between Microsoft and the Xbox users.
    Needless to say that any solution must consider the PS+ service. We, as a “community”, cannot hide what can’t be hidden.

    • martin_m95

      i like your idea of situation but let it be more than 3 games to choose from
      maybe 9

 
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