Major Nelson has announced August’s free games as part of Microsoft’s Games with Gold program. From August 1 to 15, Crackdown will be available for free (normally 1200 MSP), and both Dead Rising and Dead Rising 2: Case Zero (normally $15 and 400 MSP, respectively) will be available for free from August 16 to 31.
From an archived copy of Realtime Worlds’ website about Crackdown:
Crime is ‘the new black.” The world teeters on the verge of anarchy. Law enforcement recruitment has plummeted—no one wants to be in the firing line. All forms of policing across the globe have united to form the Agency. But still it’s not enough. The Peacekeepers are barely able to keep what little peace there is.
Desperate times, desperate measures… The Agency is exploiting the work of disgraced scientist Doctor Baltazar Czernenko (rumored to now be in the employ of Shai-Gen). His underground eugenics program uses a near lethal cocktail of cutting edge technology and military grade pharmaceuticals to propel the human race to a whole new level. Now, that same program is being used to create agents of justice: superior to conventional law enforcers in every way, and capable of rapid physiological evolution.
Rival factions—the gangs—are taking over increasing amounts of territory. The Agency is making a last stand in the heart of Pacific City in a high-security compound known as the Keep. Access is restricted and guarded by Peacekeepers.
Around the world, hundreds of thousands of new law enforcement agents will be coming online, each one capable of replacing an entire police force. These potent prototypes are ready, willing, and able to use unreasonable force to wipe all crime from the face of the Earth. With your help, this will be the ultimate crackdown.
The Games with Gold program offers qualifying Gold members two free Xbox 360 games each month until December 31, 2013. The games are free to purchase for a limited time, and are yours to keep forever.
To download Crackdown, click here.