It's a good time to be a penniless Xbox owner. Microsoft has a number of free-to-play games in the works for Xbox Live, including World of Tanks: Xbox 360, Killer Instinct for Xbox One and Project Spark. The firm also intends to hand out two free Xbox 360 games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers every month for the rest of this year - one game on the 1st, the next on the 16th.
You'll read about each free game as it arrives right here, on this continually updated page, which is definitely worth a bookmark. By all means drop us a comment about a freebie we've missed, or a suggestion as to what Microsoft should give away next, or to let us know how you're making use of the cash you've saved.
Update: 30/11/2013 - December's free Xbox games are Gears of War (from the 1st) and Shoot Many Robots (from the 16th).
Free Xbox games of the month
Shoot Many Robots
A four-player co-op shooter from Demiurge and Ubisoft, in which you do, as promised, gun down many a rampaging synthetic lifeform. The handling will be familiar from pretty much every side-scrolling blaster ever, and while there's plenty of longevity - see also, "hundreds of crazy guns and gear" - the quality isn't quite there. Still, it could make for a diverting few hours of throwaway fun.
Free Xbox games for all time
Ascend: Hand of Kul
An ambitious, if muddled online RPG brawler in which you fight for territory on behalf of one of three fantasy gods. Everything in the game can be unlocked for free, by either slaying foes or looting treasure chests, but you can buy advanced weapons, gear, spells and the like from the in-game inventory. There's a levelling system, but you can also "Ascend" your character to start from scratch with a few weapons or abilities - the earlier version of your character then becomes an AI minion, who will invade the worlds of rival players. There's a lot of online functionality going on beneath the surface - you can teleport enemies into other game sessions using Crusade spells.