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Games With Gold Announced for July 2019

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The Xbox crew has announced the July offerings for its ‘Games with Gold’ program, with Inside and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night as headliners.


Xbox will allow Games with Gold subscribers to download the following four games free-of-charge:

  1. Inside (July 1 to 31 on Xbox One)
  2. Big Crown: Showdown (July 16 to August 15 on Xbox One)
  3. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (July 1 to 15 on Xbox One and Xbox 360)
  4. Meet the Robinsons (July 16 to 31 on Xbox One and Xbox 360)

Games with Gold Headliner: Inside

Developed and published by Playdead, Inside is the spiritual successor to the studio’s 2010 highly-acclaimed Limbo. Like its spiritual predecessor, Inside is a beautiful 2.5D puzzle-platformer adventure game that takes place in a grim and dark world.

Inside is a Metacritic Must-Play with a Metascore of 93 and a User Score of 8.3. (Limbo an 85 and 7.9, respectively.)

Big Crown: Showdown

Big Crown: Showdown four-player local and online multiplayer combat title that takes place over three fun-filled medieval worlds. Players are in competition to win the crown while they must watch out for constant danger and battle to defeat opponents.

The title released for Xbox One on Dec 14, 2018, and currently has minimal reviews. As such, it does not currently have a Metascore or a User Score β€” so you’ll just have to download this Games with Gold offering for yourself to see if it’s something that will tickle your royal fancy.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Games with Gold Headliner)

Originally developed by Konami in 1997 for the PlayStation, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is the direct sequel to Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and is one of the most famous titles in the entire series.

Notably, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was the first game to exceed the 50 MB limitation placed upon all Xbox Live Arcade games.

The original PlayStation version has a Metascore of 93 and a User Score of 9.2 β€” meaning this Games with Gold offering is truly a classic.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Image courtesy of IGDB/Castlevania: Symphony of the Night press kit.

Meet the Robinsons

Meet the Robinsons is an unremarkable offering from Disney Interactive Studios that is based on the film of the same name.

It currently holds a mediocre 65 Metascore and doesn’t have us at Joystickr excited in the slightest β€” but maybe your kids will like it!

What do you think about Games with Gold for July 2019? How do the games compare to the PlayStation Plus July titles? Let us know your thoughts in the four offerings in the comments below!


Images courtesy of Sergey Egorov from Pixabay, Twitter/@Xbox, IGDB/Castlevania: Symphony of the Night press kit. Videos courtesy of YouTube/Playdead/Hyper Luminal Games.

Adam was born in Sayre, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Sayre High School in 2007 and graduated magna cum laude from Bloomsburg University in 2011.Adam has served as the Editor in Chief of Bitcoinist.com and BeInCrypto.com. He also previously wrote features for Looper.com, Grunge.com, and SVG.com following a very brief stint at Twinfinite.net.Aside from writing and playing video games, Adam digs guitars that sound like Tyrannosauruses, Romantic poetry, Franco-era Spanish films, Dylan, Zeppelin, The Dead, Pilot G2 10s, and coffee without sugar.He has 54 platinum trophies.

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