What does an Xbox Live Gold membership grant you? Free games. Loads and loads of free games.
Each and every month you'll find a handful of gratis games to download on Xbox One, as well as a couple for Xbox 360, and they're yours to keep so long as you keep paying for the subscription. However, there is one catch to the Games with Gold promotion: they're only available to download for a few weeks apiece, and then you won't find them free again.
Luckily, we've got you covered: these are the free Xbox Live Gold games that are available in October 2018, across both consoles, and we'll keep this space updated with each month's new picks. And if you still haven't snagged September's free games, you'll find those listed at the bottom. Hurry!
On Xbox Live Gold in October 2018
Overcooked! is a true local multiplayer gem, tasking you and your mates with preparing a variety of meals in dangerous, hazard-filled stages. It's great for a laugh, and free all throughout October. Pull it out at your next party, assuming you have a few extra controllers handy.
Livelock's artwork makes it look like a second cousin of Destiny, but rather than a vast, shared-world shooter, this top-down blaster aims for more arcade-like thrills. It looks like simple, straightforward fun, and is surely best enjoyed in the three-player co-op mode. Grab it until 15 October.
Victor Vran (XB1)
In the mood for a Diablo-esque, hack-and-slash dungeon-crawler? If so, then Victor Vran might be right up your alley. It might not be as polished as Blizzard's classic, but at the unbeatable price of totally free, you can't argue too much. This one's free from 16 October through 15 November.
Stuntman Ignition (XB1/360)
Ever wanted to be the guy or gal who straps into the car or motorcycle and pulls off an amazing stunt? Now you can in Stuntman Ignition without breaking a sweat (or your back). This 11-year old Xbox 360 game also plays on Xbox One, and it's free between 1-15 October.
Hitman: Blood Money (XB1/360)
Before the new Hitman 2 releases in November, loop back on the great last-gen Hitman: Blood Money. It's not quite as open or dynamic as the current games, but still provides entertaining execution missions with a solid amount of tactical freedom. Grab it between 16-31 October.
Still available in September 2018
If the calendar page hasn't dropped yet, then be sure to grab these free games before September ends.
Prison Architect (XB1)
Incarceration is no joke, but Prison Architect has a bit of fun with it all the same. You'll build up and try to maintain your ideal lockup – albeit one that nobody wants to stay in. Obviously, that causes a few problems along the way. Enjoy! It's free throughout September.
Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World (XB1/360)
Not to be confused with this year's brilliant Monster Hunter: World, Sega's Monster World collection brings together a trio of Master System/Mega Drive platform games (also known as Wonder Boy). This one's available between 16-30 September.