I'd really like to know who determines which games are selected for these monthly lists because my God, they are all over the place. There's not a single thematic element tying any of them together with the exception that they're all in fact, video games. I mean, I guess that's the point given that Xbox is a popular console amongst all age groups, but at first glance, there was definitely some chuckling on my behalf.
According to IGN the full lineup is as followed—
- Grow Up — July 1-30 (Xbox One)
- Runbow — July 16 - August 15 (Xbox One)
- Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days — July 1-15 (Xbox 360 & Xbox One)
- LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game — July 16-31 (Xbox 360 & Xbox One)
Need further proof of the diversity? Look no further than the descriptions below. I grabbed small snippets from Wikipedia, nothing fancy!
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days—"Immediately after Kane arrives in Shanghai, Lynch forces his friend to help on an errand: threatening an informant named Li "Brady" Lung. The plan goes badly and a chase through gang territory ensues. After shooting a number of gang members, the pair corner Brady and his girlfriend in a wet market. A quick firefight ensues, and Kane accidentally shoots Brady's girlfriend. Brady calmly commits suicide."
Runbow—"Runbow is a multiplayer-focused platformer in which players aim to be the first to reach a trophy at the end of each level. Players can perform a double jump as well as perform attacks to defeat enemies or gain extra reach whilst jumping. The background of each level constantly shifts between a cycle of colors, causing obstacles of the same color as the background, such as blockades and spikes, to disappear."
So, whether you're looking to shoot some gangsters or simply collect some colorful trophies, this Xbox gold game release is right up your alley!