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

Add these freebies to your collection in July

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 July 2018, across both consoles, and we'll keep this space updated with each month's new picks. And if you still haven't snagged June's free games, you'll find those listed at the bottom. Hurry!

On Xbox Live Gold in July 2018

Assault Android Cactus (XB1)

The name is silly, but Assault Android Cactus is one seriously fun arcade-style shooter. This twin-stick blaster finds you cutting down waves of robotic attackers, and it's even crazier in multiplayer than solo play. It's free throughout July.

Smite: Gold Bundle (XB1)

Smite is actually a free-to-play game – it's like a more action-centric take on League of Legends – but this Gold Bundle gives you US$100+ worth of in-game purchases, including playable gods, skins, and other bits and pieces. Snag this one from now until 15 July.

Death Squared (XB1)

Here's another indie game that's seen some strong reviews: Death Squared is a cooperative puzzle experience that requires teamwork to guide multiple robots to colour-coded goals. Obviously, it's never that straightforward. Grab it between 16 July and 15 August.

Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown (360/XB1)

Sega's iconic fighting franchise has been on the shelf for some time now, but you can loop back on the latest and greatest entry with Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown this month. It's the complete package, playable on both Xbox One and Xbox 360, and free from 1-15 July.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction (360/XB1)

Sam Fisher fans are still waiting on Ubisoft to revive the stealth-action series, but in the meantime, you can revisit this well-reviewed 2010 entry, which sees the skilled secret agent on the run from the U.S. government. This one's free later in the month, from 16-31 July.

Still available in June 2018

It's not July 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 June ends.

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia (XB1)

The two previous Assassin's Creed: Chronicles games have been freebies in the past, and now Russia is here to complete the set. Like the others, it transfers the series' stealth-action approach into a side-scrolling design with half-decent results. This one's free throughout June.

Lego Indiana Jones 2 (XB1/360)

It's the old, familiar Lego smash-and-bash formula applied to another franchise. This time around, Lego Indiana Jones 2 bundles in some additional levels based on the first three flicks, along with a lot more content based on the Jones film that most people prefer to forget ever existed. Still, if you want it, the game is free from 16-30 June.