Microsoft has announced the Xbox One and backwards compatible Xbox 360 games they’re releasing to Gold members for free in the month of June, including Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia and Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed.

The headlining game, Assassin’s Creed, was the third game in the sidescrolling Assassin’s Creed Chronicles series, preceded by India and China. Players take the role of the assassin Nikolai Orelov during Russia’s October Revolution to try and unravel a templar plot. The other Xbox One game is less of a free game and more of a down payment, as Xbox Live Gold subscribers will get a Gold bundle for the free-to-play MOBA Smite which includes currency and characters.

Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed for the Xbox 360 joins in on the fun. The kart (and boat and plane) racing game is compared favorably to popular rival Mario Kart 8 quite favorably by more than a few people and can be played online through the Xbox One backwards compatibility. You can also download Lego Indiana Jones 2, if you’re feeling the need for bricks and also hate snakes.

[Source: Microsoft]


Our Take
Considering Sega teased a Sonic Racing game at SXSW, I wonder if releasing Sonic Racing Transformed now is their way of whetting people’s appetites.

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