Xbox one players are disappointed. However, Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox One have new “free” games to download as part of Games With Gold. More specifically, and for a limited time, all Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download both Mulaka and Samurai Shodown II.
The former is available for download for free until October 15, while the latter is free until September 30. As you may know, Mulaka is an Xbox One game, while Samurai Showdown II is an Xbox 360 game. Neither are natively available on the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, but both are playable via backward compatibility on the pair of machines. That said, it doesn’t seem like every subscriber is in a rush to download them.
To promote the lineup, Xbox’s Larry Hryb — also known as Major Nelson — tweeted that both games were now available to download. And as alluded to, some Xbox fans weren’t happy in the replies. “Who remembers back in the Xbox 360 days when we got good Games with Gold,” reads the top comment. Meanwhile, another complete word, “more crap,” kept things more simple.
Xbox is home to many of the best single-player games available right now. Thanks to third-party support from the likes of Square Enix and Capcom, there are loads of games playable on both Xbox One and Xbox Series consoles that don’t require you to play with others. And thanks to Xbox Game Pass, you can gain access to quite a number of them with one affordable monthly payment.
With thousands of games now available on Xbox platforms, however, simply working out which ones offer a solid single-player experience is a task, let alone the best. So hopefully, we can help. Here’s a list of the best single-player games on Xbox. One or two of them might have online features or even a multiplayer mode. But first and foremost, they offer a single-player campaign that’s worthy of your time.
If any of this sounds familiar, it’s because Games With Gold has been getting slammed every month all year, with very few exceptions. Not only have the offerings paled in comparison to what the subscription service used to offer, but they’ve paled in comparison to what PlayStation Plus has been offering. That said, with Microsoft increasingly invested in Xbox Game Pass, don’t expect this to change. So don’t be surprised if the sun sets on Games With Gold sooner rather than later.
One of the most incredible things about gaming is an excellent opportunity to make new friends. When you find people who you like to play with, add them to your friend’s list. It’s a great way to build a network of like-minded players who share your interests and playing style—kind of like having your community within the Xbox community. But, of course, playing with an extended group of friends has its benefits.
The more you game together, the better you get to know one another. You understand each other’s playing style, level of tolerance for friendly smack talk, and gaming goals. You have each other’s backs, and you happily give props to each other on awesome moves and excellent skills.
The bottom Line
Now is a great time to get stuck into the best Xbox One games, all thanks to full backward compatibility in the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. If you managed to get your hands on one of Microsoft’s new games consoles, then you have a vast library of older games to chose from, which can benefit from faster load times and better performance.
These games range from long, intense, big-budget epics to tiny, quirky, unique indie fare, meaning there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy. And thanks to the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you can download hundreds of different Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox games for a $10-per-month subscription fee.