These are the games you can play for free on Xbox Live Gold this month

Metal Gear, Star Wars, Adventure Time, and Plants vs. Zombies in March

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 March 2019, across both consoles, and we'll keep this space updated with each month's new picks. And if you still haven't snagged February's free games, then you'll find those listed at the bottom. Hurry!

Star Wars: Republic Commando (XB1/360)

One of our picks for the greatest Star Wars games of all time, Republic Commando builds an unexpectedly compelling squad-based shooter without lightsabers or movie heroes in sight. Instead, you'll command a crew of elite clone soldiers. Snag it from 1-15 March.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (XB1/360)

The main Metal Gear Solid games have become increasingly sprawling stealth-action odysseys, but Metal Gear Rising: Revengence is all about utterly crazy hack-and-slash slaying. Not only is it a badass action game, but it also does right by the much-reviled Raiden from MGS2. Impressive feat, that. This one's free on the back end of the month, from 16-31 March.

Still available in February 2019

It's not March yet... at least not as of this writing. If the calendar page hasn't dropped yet, then be sure to grab these free games before February ends.

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (XB1)

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon isn't the big, Kickstarted Castlevania "homage"—instead it's a side game created as a crowdfunding stretch goal, yet somehow released before the main game. Despite that odd premise, Curse of the Moon's retro-inspired side-scrolling quest is an excellent one. This is free throughout February.

Star Wars: Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy (XB1/360)

Got an itch to swing a 'saber around? Star Wars: Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy is the final entry in the classic shooter series, which also lets you fling around Force powers and whip out your lightsaber as needed. Download it free between 16-28 February.