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

Assassin's Creed and Split/Second headline the next bunch
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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.

Fortunately, we've got you covered: these are the free Xbox Live Gold games that are available in February 2018, across both consoles. And stay tuned, because we'll keep this space updated with each month's new picks.

On Xbox Live Gold in February 2018

Shadow Warrior (XB1)

This 2013 reboot – of the 1997 Duke Nukem 3D-like original – is a frenetic first-person shooter pairing big guns with a katana for up-close-and-personal attacks. It's brash and fun, and it'll be available for free all throughout February.

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India (XB1)

You might've missed this one while Ubisoft was oversaturating the market, but Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India is a side-scrolling take on the stealth combat formula, and one of three such Chronicles entries. It's decent, and worth a shot for fans – you can grab this one between 16 February and 15 March.

Split/Second (XB1/360)

An overlooked gem from the Xbox 360 era, Disney's Split/Second is a speedy arcade racer that lets you detonate parts of the courses to demolish rivals and create shortcuts. It's a blast (pun intended), and you can grab it from 1-15 February.

Crazy Taxi (XB1/360)

Speaking of arcade thrills – Crazy Taxi is legendary, and Sega has the full original experience on Xbox Live Arcade here. It's playable on both Xbox One and Xbox 360, letting you zip a city to deliver passengers and collect cash. Snag this one between 16-28 February.

Still available in January 2018

It's not February yet - at least as of this writing. If that's still true when you read this, then you have time to download January's free games before February rolls around. Be sure to grab these:

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III (XB1)

Releasing on Xbox One on 1 January and immediately free of charge to Gold members, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III is a top-down, hack-and-slash role-player – sort of a Diablo-esque game. Reviews of the PC version were so-so, but it will be Xbox One X-enhanced.

Zombi (XB1)

Zombi began life as a Wii U launch title, but maybe there are still some charms left in this rejiggered edition. You're one of the rare humans still left alive in London after the zombie apocalypse takes hold, and you'll have to survive this open-world setting using both wits and weapons alike.

Army of Two (XB1/360)

Need a co-op game in a pinch? As the title suggests, Army of Two is one of those. It's an aggressive, in-your-face bro-fest in which your mercenary allies team up to shoot the hell out of loads of generic enemies. Unfortunately, the multiplayer servers aren't online anymore, but you can still get this one free from 16-31 January.