Halo: Reach free for Xbox Live Gold members

Microsoft has made Halo: Reach available for free for Xbox Live Gold members for the remainder of September.


The release of Destiny on both PlayStation and Xbox platforms has most likely created a new generation of fans of the game’s developer, Bungie. If you happen to own an Xbox 360, you can pick up Bungie’s last Halo title, Halo: Reach, for free starting today as long as you’re an Xbox Live Gold member.

Microsoft’s Games with Gold program has now made Halo: Reach available for free to all Gold members for the remainder of September. We’re sure many Xbox 360 owners have already played Halo: Reach quite a bit when it first released back in September 2010, but you just happen to be in the gaming minority who hasn’t played the title, you have until the end of the month to pick up your free digital copy of the game.

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    September 16, 2014 8:00 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Halo: Reach free for Xbox Live Gold members.

    Microsoft has made Halo: Reach available for free for Xbox Live Gold members for the remainder of September.

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      September 16, 2014 8:06 AM

      Dumb question. Do you download and keep it until you delete, or does it delete itself at the end of the free period.

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        September 16, 2014 8:11 AM

        I'm pretty sure it yours forever. It's giving you a 100% discount in the store. So once you purchase it is on your account.

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          September 16, 2014 8:14 AM

          I think you're correct. I don't think Microsoft copied how PS+ works in that you probably don't need to continue being a Gold member in order to play games you received for free while eligible.

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            September 16, 2014 8:15 AM

            Correct. The Xbox program gives you the games even if you drop your subscription.

            I don't know if Reach is under that program, it doesn't look like it.

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        September 16, 2014 3:34 PM

        My understanding is that all 360 games obtained via this mechanism are yours, for free, forever, even if you drop Gold later.

        But (and I could be wrong) this isn't true for the Xbox One. Once you drop the sub on that, you lose that access.

        However, you can accrue for a system you don't have - I only have a 360, and I can add all the Xbox One games to my account, so when/if the day comes I get a One, I already have a built up library of games available to me.

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      September 16, 2014 8:36 AM

      Its better than getting Gears of War 1 for free like a few months ago, but this is still a 4 year old game that is likely bargain binned for $10 or less.

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      September 16, 2014 9:26 AM

      The Xbox 360 Games with Gold program lets you keep the games forever; they are owned by your account.
      The XBone Games with Gold is similar to PS+ in that you can only play the games (retain the licenses) as long as your Xbox Live subscription is active.

      Personally, I'll be glad to download Halo: Reach for free and not play it like the other 20 games I've downloaded "with Gold." I didn't play it when it came out and even though it is priced used at about $10, this is the only potential way for me to get caught up before I buy the Master Chief Collection and never play that either.

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      September 16, 2014 10:18 AM

      is there a link to unpurchase this? I need to know if I should be up in arms about more free stuff.

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        September 16, 2014 10:56 AM


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        September 16, 2014 11:01 AM

        Did the album auto download to your phone and stuff too? If the game auto downloaded I'd also see an issue with it. If the album didn't auto download then WGAF

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          September 16, 2014 11:20 AM

          Time to recalibrate your snark detector.

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            September 16, 2014 11:51 AM

            I have a tendency to forgot to put new batteries in mine. Maybe that's the case with SlingBlaze's?

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          September 16, 2014 11:45 AM

          it's my internet given right to be morally outraged for no reason whatsoever. I'm here to be offended on behalf of others that don't have the time or inclination to be offended for themselves.

          Also the album didn't auto download, I leave that unchecked.

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      September 16, 2014 1:27 PM

      Disappoint, needs to be Halo 4 for free.

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        September 16, 2014 1:29 PM

        Nah, Halo: Reach is the better game. I can get my Halo 4 fix in November with the Master Chief Collection anyway.