(Pocket-lint) - Each month, Xbox gamers can download and play a selection of free games as part of an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Xbox Live Gold is more than just free games though. It also gives Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One X, Xbox One S and even original Xbox One owners the chance to play their games online and discounts on many digital games on the Xbox Store.

Membership in the UK usually costs £17.99 for three-months or £49.99 for a whole year's membership when paid up front. Alternatively, you can choose to pay monthly for £6.99 a month.

In our opinion though, the best way to subscribe is through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. For just £10.99 per month, you get Xbox Live Gold membership, Xbox Game Pass with access to over 300 games to download and play, EA Play, xCloud cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, plus Xbox Game Pass for PC with more than 200 Windows 10 titles.

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Here is the free Xbox Games with Gold list for April 2021:

Vikings: Wolves of Midgard

  • Available 1 to 30 April 2021

This action RPG is more than a DIablo clone, it has its own flavour thanks to the Norse mythology theme.

Truck Racing Championship

  • Available 16 April to 15 May 2021

Also known as FIA European Truck racing Championship in Europe, this basically does what it says on the tin. You get to drive one of 45 5-tonne semi trucks across 14 worldwide circuits. Nice.

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Dark Void

  • Available 1 to 15 April 2021

Relatively unsung at the time, this Capcom combat game for the Xbox 360 mixes air and ground levels for variety. It's well worth a second try for sure.

Hard Corps: Uprising

  • Available 16 to 30 April 2021

Pure retro run and gun fun. 'Nuff said.

Dark Void and Hard Corps: Uprising are Xbox 360 games, available through backward compatibility. They are also available to Xbox 360 owners with Xbox Live Gold.

Of last month's free games, Vicious Attack Llama Apocalypse will still be available for download until 15 April 2021.

Writing by Rik Henderson.