Microsoft “sorry about the disappointment”

Microsoft launched Xbox Gold free games this month, to a wave of confusion and frustration.  Subscribers were offered Defence Grid as the first free game for July, not the expected Halo 3 or Assassin’s Creed 2.  So Major Nelson took to Reddit to apologize.

Now, Halo 3, Assassin’s Creed 2 and Defence Grid were all good games back in the day, but they just aren’t impressing people in 2013 – especially seeing as Xbox users aren’t even getting H3 or AC2 in July!  The contrast with PS+ is striking, where the games on offer for July include XCOM, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Demon’s Souls and Uncharted 3.  Yeah, just a bit of a difference.

Major Nelson stated on Reddit:

Sorry about the disappointment. Not sure how people started to assume that H3 and AC2 were coming in July. I thought it was pretty clear in the briefing, but I guess not that clear :(

He went on to say that he will be passing the contents of the Reddit thread on to the marketing department.  When asked if the complimentary games promotion will end in November, Major Nelson responded

Anything is possible. We’ll see how the program goes.

I hope that they figure out what they’re doing over at Microsoft with this.  Again, great potential that is wasted.  Imagine if they had released Mass Effect, or Lost Odyssey, or even one of the Forzas?  People might not get Halo or Assassin’s Creed, but I’m pretty sure they’d be excited to see the return of these awesome games.  Maybe next month will be better – by disappointing this month they set themselves up for a pleasant surprise next month… unless they mess that up, too.

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Author:Zoe Hawkins

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  • CaptainNemo42

    ..

    • Hammersteyn

      Assassin’s Creed 2 – 2009
      Halo 3 – 2007
      Assassin’s Creed 2 was released just before we hosted the SWC. Halo 3 when we won the RWC. Go figure.

      • CaptainNemo42

        Yeah, look. It would’ve looked like a decent list if Sony hadn’t been showering us with more recent releases, such as Hitman Absolution (2012) Uncharted 3 (2011). Not to mention the awesome line-up for this month.

        • Hammersteyn

          I actually ran out of HD space a couple of times. At one time I played more PS+ games than the ones I bought with cash.

          • CaptainNemo42

            Dude, you have no idea. My PS3 is one of those massive old black things. It came with an 80Gb HDD, I replaced it a few years ago with a 320Gb thinking it will NEEEVER get full. Now I’m planning a Terrabyte HDD and downloading those PSN I had to delete again.

          • Argentil

            Well aren’t you fortunate. I am still sitting on my monolithic 80GB, with the original harddrive. Download games? What luxury! Pah! I can merely click purchase on games and pray for a HDD upgrade in future. I still have too large a backlog to actually play them anyway.

          • Hammersteyn

            I still use a 160 GB!

          • http://www.codescrawls.co.za/ OminousRain

            My XBox doesn’t have a HDD, so I need to delete saves from my memory stick if I want to play a new game :(

          • Hammersteyn

            Jeez that sucks. The first PS3 consoles had 60 GB drives in them.

      • Hesperus Phosphorus

        They may be old but at least they’re better than that abhorrent Spartacus Legends piece of crap…

        • Hammersteyn

          I heard that game sucks hairy balls.

          • Hesperus Phosphorus

            Worst game I’ve played in years. I was quite pleased with Fable III but if this is going to be the sort of shit you get for free via ‘Games with Gold’, Microsoft isn’t getting my 50 bucks a month any more. Should’ve stuck with Sony…

  • Hammersteyn

    When PSN was out due to hacks they gave free games as compesation as an apology. The “Major” almost blames people for a misunderstanding. O well, most people know their policy by now…
    http://d24w6bsrhbeh9d.cloudfront.net/photo/aRQg7X2_460sa.gif

    • RinceWind

      HAHAHAHAHAH! WINNER!

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    I’m not sure that MS should even have to apologise for giving a free game people aren’t happy with.

    I can understand anger at draconian DRM, but really if you are given something free then you can’t really demand more free you know. Not saying you should be happy with anything that gets thrown your way but really, keep the anger for when you don’t get something you have paid for.

    • RinceWind

      I agree. But if you want to keep people from jumping ship you need to keep up with your competitors. I mean Xcom vs Defence Grid? Wtf?

    • Argentil

      Let me put it this way. MS advertised free games such as AC2 and Halo 3, people were given a much lower profile downloadable title instead.

      PSN used to give one PS3 game, one PSN title, one PS classic, and 2 mini’s (which are like mobile games) a month. I would class Defense Grid as a PSN title in this example, and not the PS3 title they were expecting.

    • CaptainNemo42

      I think people are upset because the games that were promised is not there.

      The thing is, MS just looks like a headless chicken at the moment. I don’t own an Xbox, or an Xbox Live account, so it really doesn’t matter to me. All I know is that I will be happily trolling along with my little yellow cross in the top left corner of my PSN ID. Until Microsoft actually figures out what the hell they are doing and start catching up.

      • Jonah Cash

        I have a Xbox and a Xbox Live account, and this will be the last year that I pay for it…. I have already pre ordered Fifa 14 for my PS3, PSN is just so much more worth the money…. It will be my first Fifa on something else than a Xbox 360 since 2005!!! That is every year since then and now it is time to jump ship…. PS4 here I come!!

        • CaptainNemo42

          Well, I friend of mine jumped ship about two weeks ago. He couldn’t stand me going on about all the awesome games I’m getting for a low free of R489 a year. The DRM and used game issue was the last push for him. Even after MS did their 180, he said it was too late.

        • Jakster

          FIFA is shit on PS3. Not because of the graphics but because of the damned controller that doesn’t give a full 360 degree control of the player. Then again if you are looking for free MP then your choice is justified.

          • Jonah Cash

            That is just it, I don’t mind paying for multiplayer, I always felt that Xbox Live Gold was so good because we paid for the service… But I will buy a PS4, not a Xbone. So it would be stupid to pay for Live if I plan on moving over so might as well start paying for PSN now…. But I heard that the 360 thing doesn’t really work, but I will give it a go… Hopefully the PS4 gets it right then :-)

      • RinceWind

        I am on the Xbox 360 platform and have been for 6 years. I love my Xbox, but looking at the current practises of MS I am thinking to myself ‘what are they DOING?’ so I think I will be heading over the horizon with SONY until MS remove head from arse.

        • Hammersteyn

          And if MS comes around and Sony messes about we will switch again. It’s very basic consumer principles that needs to be adhered to. Listen to the consumer. It’s not rocket science though it sometimes seems that way for them.

          • RinceWind

            Agreed. If has bugger all to do with fanboisym. I have been on the Xbox for years and defended it against all the SONY fanboys, why have I jumped ship? Because MS have been screwing me about.

        • CaptainNemo42

          Yeah, it’s sad when it comes to that. I actually really hope MS does pull their shit together, because in the end, me might be benefiting in the short term, but long term its not good if one of the other dominates in the industry.

          Sony might have changed their business model a bit, but its still Sony.

    • Trevor Davies

      First world problems.

  • RinceWind

    But they gave us Fable 3… I mean… :(

    • Hammersteyn

      You know when companies should release their exclusives to other platforms? It’s when XBOX announces another Halo or Sony announces another Uncharted and nobody from either side cares in the least.

      • RinceWind

        Agreed. I actually dl Fable 3, I have heard it isn’t great, but I will give it a shot.

  • Trebzz

    Nothing is going right for them anymore

  • RinceWind

    I am getting irritated with the steam of bad PR that MS are dishing out. Yes, we shouldn’t moan about free games, they are FREE after all. But one also needs to remember they are supposed to be fighting for our wallets. Right now SONY is so far ahead it’s a blip on the horizon while MS is still blowing up it’s inflatable boat.

    • Jonah Cash

      Yes but their inflatable boat has SO many holes in it at the moment!!

      And this is Sony’s inflatable boat: (No race really)

      • RinceWind

        Hhaa! Indeed. I just don’t get it.

      • RinceWind

        Recent MS inflatable boat deployment…

    • Hammersteyn

      PS+ is probably THE reason why I am getting a PS4 as soon as it launches.

      • RinceWind

        Me too. I know it is being cheap ass, but if they are offering something this good, why the hell not? I don’t OWE MS anything, they need to fight for my attention, not the other way around.

        • Hammersteyn

          Mail the owl GIF below to them if the contact you as to why you are canceling your subscription.

          • RinceWind

            I seem to fail at my use of gifs… Don’t even know how to post the sodding things here :( I am bad, and feel bad…

          • Hammersteyn

            Hehe all I do is copy and past the link to the image and voila. Took me a couple of tries where I botched it. Log in as a guest on other websites using Disqus if you want to practice and try it till you succeed. Then you can GIF us to death.

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        You wont be able to get ps3 games would it? nor ps4 games, well I not soon after launch

        • Hammersteyn

          They did say the PS+ library would migrate over to the PS4.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            But i thought that you can only play ps 3 games by Gakai??I’m confused

          • Argentil

            Yes, your catalogue of PS+ titles will work with Gaikai when it launches.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            So you can only Stream Ps3 games not actually play it off your HDD?

          • Argentil

            Yup, that’s my understanding.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Oki I see, Confusing moment their, I knew that but was thrown off guard by Hammer’s comment, I understood it as playing the game off HDD, Don’t ask me why!! ….. It’s been a long day :P

          • Hammersteyn

            Now I am confused as all hell.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            So as I suspected, you will be streaming your PS+ library

          • Argentil

            PS4 isn’t backwards compatible, the CELL architecture is too complicated to emulate. Gaikai will implement a streaming option through which you can play your PS3 games online (Like OnLive). Your PS+ catalogue will be compatible with this feature.

          • Hammersteyn

            But will my internet be compatible?

          • Argentil

            Most likely not :P

            Depends though, if you have a 4MB line I think it should be alright. If not, tough luck.

          • Hammersteyn

            Deal with it?

          • Argentil

            Ja, in a sense. You got a friend with a good connection you could bum off of?

          • Hammersteyn

            I got a 1mb line and I do torrent from time to time *sigh*

          • CaptainNemo42

            I think you will need a decent connection, but I think it will most likely have some sort of cache system that allows a sort of buffering while you play. So that 1Mb line of @hammersteyn:disqus might be good enough.

          • CaptainNemo42

            Basically a PS3 in the cloud.

    • Zoe

      I’m so tired of all the bad PR, too! It’s truly nothing against MS – would be nice if they could get their act together!

      • RinceWind

        I’m really surprised more people haven’t been let go…

  • Hammersteyn

    Nice jacket……..

  • DrKiller

    So we are getting XBLA games for free?

    • RinceWind

      Apparently. I got Fable 3 a few days ago for free, though not sure it was part of this new programme of theirs (you may want to have a look on XBL to see if it’;s still available). Also, where does one find these FREE games, do we need to search their names? I can’t seem to find the ‘free to be dom’ area on their Xboxlive site… (may just be me, probably is)

      • Argentil

        It is part of the campaign. As per usual, MS failed to properly publicise the fact, so everyone thought it was a mistake.

        • RinceWind

          I know! If Major Nelson is having to send reddit pieces to his marketing team what is broken? Who is doing all this? Is there some mole working against MS?

          • Argentil

            Phillll Spencerrrrr. Shh, don’t blow his cover.

      • DrKiller

        Fable 3 is also not a really good giveaway.. I mean, why give us a game that was bundled with Xbox a few years ago? It would be better to have something like NFS Most Wanted (new one), Tomb Raider or a simliar new’ish game..

        • RinceWind

          I get why they can’t offer new games like Tomb Raider, they need to make back the money they spent, but really, what they are offering is more a half-arsed attempt to be able to say ‘we also offer free games’ than anything else.

          • DrKiller

            Exactly.. XBLA is just low..

            I mean on PS they gave out Sleeping Dogs the other day, that is pretty sweet!

          • RinceWind

            You just made me sad :(

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    Release Lost Odyssey for free and you gots GOOOOOOOOOOOOLD!!!!!!

    • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

      25gigs lol

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        4 Discs in yo face! worth it though…at least you won’t have that horrible paper sleeve

  • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

    Not to look a gift horse in the mouth but you can keep your free electronic gold games. Hell, i only let Fable 3 download in the background while playing online the last weekend to see if the shit works.

    24hours to download 5gigs and guess what??? THE SHIT DONT WORK. Just a big yellow exclamation mark.

    Anyway, I do not like getting shit for free as I would do as much as possible to support the people who made it. Just feels dirty.

    • Argentil

      Things like this happen on PSN also, and it’s a large reason why we aren’t ready for a digital future just yet.

    • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

      You sure you are on 1mb? I did MK9(9gb) on PSN in under 24hrs on 1mb.

  • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

    As a 360 owner from day 1, I never bought a Live sub, and I never bought Fable. Halo 3 was pants and highly over-rated. Halo 4 on the other hand <3

  • BeatzByChrisBrown

    Just to clear one thing up. None of these games are free, you pay for them as part of your monthly subscription. Proceed…

  • Hercules

    All I have to say is this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O1hM-k3aUY

  • http://www.craiglotter.co.za/ Craig Lotter

    Even worse. We’re not getting Tower Defence – Just started my games with gold download of… Joy Ride Turbo. sigh.

  • https://twitter.com/Firehawk305 iPrimal

    All about the games my ass.

  • Trevor

    With all the things that Microsoft have been doing lately I was wondering if they had a plan. I found this diagram detailing all their future policies and announcements :

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