Xbox Games

This month’s Games With Gold freebies for Xbox Live Gold subscribers will look very familiar. This month anyone with an Xbox Live gold membership will be able to download Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise (normally $14.99) beginning Nov.1 for Xbox 360. On the 16th they’ll get a new game – Red Faction: Guerrilla (normally $19.99). Those with an Xbox One can download Volgarr the Viking. Volgarr the Viking is an [email protected] game and will debut on Xbox One as a free download.

The new Xbox One reward and first of two Xbox 360 rewards will go live this coming Saturday, November 1st. At that point, last month’s offerings on both consoles will cease to be free rewards, and will go back to their original price scheme. Thus, if you have yet to redeem Chariot or Darksiders II for Games with Gold, It’s so far believed that Crimson Dragon will once again continue to be a free reward for Xbox One owners with Xbox Live Gold memberships, though this has yet to be confirmed.

The lone new Xbox One freebie this month is Volgarr the Viking, releasing for the first time for Xbox One on November 1st, a retro-inspired 16-bit side-scroller by Crazy Viking Studios. The game harkens back to cutthroat action classics of the Super NES and Sega Genesis, giving players only a couple of lives, and only a few buttons that can be used to achieve victory. Volgarr the Viking was originally released for PC last year, where it received positive reception. The game will be available to redeem free for Xbox Live Gold members throughout the entire month of November, should they own an Xbox One.

For Xbox 360, the first of two Games with Gold for November is Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise. which will be available from November 1st through to November 15th. This Xbox 360-exclusive virtual pet game is the sequel to original Rare-developed hit, Viva Pinata, tasking players with fostering and raising not only living pinatas, but also the garden they live in, in order to restore the information in a pinata database that was destroyed by the nefarious Professor Pester.

Viva Piñata is a life simulation game developed by Rare, for the Xbox 360 and PC. The project was headed by Gregg Mayles and the team behind the Banjo-Kazooie series, based on an idea from Tim Stamper.Although rumours of the title circulated among fans for some time, Viva Piñata was officially announced on March 15, 2006, and first released in November 2006. With a “general audiences” or “everyone” rating, the game provides bright, colourful visuals, intended to appeal to children and more casual gamers. The game received a positive reaction from game critics, eventually selling over 1.5 million copies.

Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Rare (Xbox 360),Climax Group
Genre: Life simulation
Release Date: November 9, 2006
Metascore: 84/100
Price: $20.65

You can purchase the game from Amazon for $20.65