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Posted 29 June 2023

Xbox Games with Gold July Darkwood/When Past Was Around

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Enjoy two completely different vibes this July with Games with Gold! On Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, try to survive the terrors of the night in Darkwood, and then starting on July 16, puzzle your way through a whimsical tale of love, loss, and finding yourself in When the Past was Around.

Xbox Live Gold members will have exclusive access to these games for a limited time as part of Games with Gold. So will Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members, who receive all the fantastic benefits of Gold plus access to hundreds of high-quality games with Xbox Game Pass.

Darkwood ($14.99 ERP): Available July 1 to 31
When the Past was Around ($8.49 ERP): Available July 16 to August 15

Roam by day, survive the night. Darkwood is a different type of survival horror game that builds tension through slow-burn atmosphere without relying on jump scares. While the sun is out, explore an open world of the corrupted woods to scavenge weapons and materials. Once the sun dips, you’ll need to hole up surrounded by whatever traps and barriers you can build and pray you can hide from or fight the creatures that emerge in the dark. Good luck making it through the night with your body and mind intact.

When the Past was Around

Discover the touching and bittersweet love story of Eda and Owl. Unlock the puzzles in a beautifully rendered point and click adventure with hand-drawn art and a magical score that will stick with you for days. This is a calming, meditative game that reflects on love and loss in a surreal world made up of disjointed rooms from memory and time.
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  1. Shnoorum's avatar
    Darkwood is an incredible horror game. If you like horror games don't pass on it. It's one of the best
  2. snotters's avatar
    Irrespective of the month upon month, year upon year sub-par GWG offerings, the big draw XBox Live Gold has is the ability to convert to Game Pass Ultimate. You can buy up to 3 years of Xbox Live Gold, then buy one month of Game Pass Ultimate and have your 3 year Gold subscription convert to Game Pass Ultimate (with an extra bonus month if you have auto-redeem turned on - which you can turn off again once you've completed the transaction).
    carddealer's avatar
    Yes, that has to be a loophole MS are aware of and are happy to allow continue to keep/attract subscribers. Long may it continue!
  3. mystogan12's avatar
    I can’t wait to not play these
  4. m.ad's avatar
  5. carlhoughton10's avatar
    Darkwood is a fantastic game. Moan about the choices all you like, but that's a great option. Don't know about the other one.
  6. Dingle2007's avatar
    not again compared to Alan wake & call of duty cold war , but heat for the post 🔥🔥🔥
  7. Mad.ass's avatar
    I'm happy with both of these. So many people moaning about the games all the time.
  8. focux007's avatar
    Holy moly
  9. TylerDurdenUK's avatar
    I for one quite like these little obscure games that wouldn't normally even be on my radar
  10. xp3200's avatar
    I think at this point they should just give up 😞
  11. mrmcdermot's avatar
  12. carddealer's avatar
    Honestly I have never heard of these!
  13. scottydogg81's avatar
    Darkwood looks interesting
  14. loftie's avatar
    Annoyingly I can't claim gold games with my GPU sub, microsoft are apparently 'aware' of the issue
  15. McPoo's avatar
    Two good games for once, I'm shocked.
  16. kissmyfurrybutt's avatar
    They should recycle some of the old games given away for newer people to the echosystem
  17. SpaghettiMonster's avatar
    When the past was around is now available via the Xbox web store:

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