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(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 multiplayer 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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Free Xbox Games with Gold list for June 2021:

The King's Bird

  • Available 1 to 30 June 2021

The King's Bird is an indie precision platformer that will provide a decent challenge for even the most hardcore gamers. The silhouette-style graphics and beautiful backgrounds belie some fiendish level layouts, that's for sure.

Shadows: Awakening

  • Available 16 June to 15 July 2021

Shadows: Awakening is an action RPG in the Diablo mould, with excellent dialogue - including Tom Baker's vocal talents - and a deep, involving story,

NeoGeo Battle Coliseum

  • Available 1 to 15 June 2021

This is SNK's Super Smash Brothers, if you like, in that it's a fighting game that incorporates characters from its other 2D beat-em-ups.

Injustice: Gods Among Us

  • Available 1 to 30 June 2021

Another beat-em-up, this perhaps surprised everyone on its original release, utilising DC superheroes in an excellent fighting game.

NeoGeo Battle Coliseum and Injustice: Gods Among Us are Xbox 360 games, available through backward compatibility. They are also available to Xbox 360 owners with Xbox Live Gold.

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Writing by Rik Henderson.