After much speculation, Xbox’s Major Nelson confirmed the games appearing in June’s Games with Gold releases.
- Goat Simulator – June 1-30, Xbox One
- The Crew – June 16-July 15, Xbox One
- Super Meat Boy – June 1-15, Xbox 360
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown – June 16-30, Xbox 360
Goat Simulator is a personal favourite thanks to time spent playing it with my son. It’s a silly sandbox that exists purely to provide some very odd and entertaining scenarios to wreak havoc in.
Super Meat Boy is a tough platformer that made its console début on the Xbox 360 and whose development was covered in the documentary Indie Game: The Movie. It doesn’t shy away from those indie roots by allowing players to unlock characters from other indie developer’s games.
Lastly, XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a reboot of the long dormant franchise, handled superbly by the strategy gods at Firaxis. It’s an enjoyable and challenging squad combat game with RPG elements that really gives players a solid challenge. Hopefully its release here is a sign that the sequel may be finally arriving on console. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Backwards compatibility really helps make this month’s games a great value addition for all Xbox gamers collections and they are definitely worth checking out.