Xbox Live Gold’s new free games might be the most disappointing yet


Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox One, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X have two new free games, and they may be the most disappointing pairing of Xbox Live Gold games yet. Starting March 1, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download The Flame in the Flood free. It is not, however, one of the two games in question. The Flame in the Flood is a well-regarded game. Xbox Live Gold subscribers were also able to download sacred 2 fallen angel until a few days ago, when it was replaced by the aforementioned pair of newer free games: street power football and The truth or the square of spongebob.

The first is a 2020 game from developers SFL Interactive and Gamajun and publisher Nacon. It has a 41 on Metacritic. The other game is a 2009 Xbox 360 game from Heavy Iron Studios which has a 40 on Metacritic. If none of these games appeal to you, even as free downloads, you’re not alone.

As alluded to, the Games With Gold supply of Xbox Live Gold has been on a downward trajectory for years and it’s bordering on a meme within the Xbox community at this point. That said, this may be a new low point for the subscription service. It’s obvious at this point that Xbox is only focused on Xbox Game Pass.

Below, you can read more about the two games and check out a trailer for both games, courtesy of Xbox:

Street Power Football: “Show off your sick style in this fast-paced, action-packed version of the beautiful game. Try out over-the-top cheats, game modes and playing fields, and unleash your soccer superpowers. Compete against street legends or your friends in a game to determine who will claim the crown of King of the Street!”

Truth or SpongeBob SquarePants: “SpongeBob has lost Krabby Patty’s secret formula. With your help and the help of some Bikini Bottom buddies, SpongeBob must use Plankton’s memory machine to trace the happiest times of his life and find the formula.”

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