Every month, Xbox One 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 One X, Xbox One S or 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 200 games to download and play, plus Xbox Game Pass for PC with more than 100 Windows 10 titles.

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Here is the free Xbox Games with Gold list for March 2020:

Batman: The Enemy Within

  • Available 1 to 31 March 2020

After rewarding Gold members with Batman: The Telltale Adventure a couple of months ago, Xbox has now added the sequel. You get all five episodes in the adventure game season, which sees the return of the Joker. Oh yes.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

  • Available 16 March 2020 to 15 April 2020

The retro-inspired Shantae games have always been well received around these parts and Half-Genie Hero is no exception. The 2D action platformer has great replayability, with level revisits encouraged thanks to certain bonuses only becoming available once later powers have been earned.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

  • Available 1 to 15 March 2020

A follow-up to MercurySteam's first excellent 3D action-adventure, Lords of Shadow 2 offers much of the same kind-of button-mashing hack-and-slash gameplay fans know and love, but this time in a contemporary setting.

Sonic Generations

  • Available 16 to 31 March 2020

With Sonic back in the news thanks to his pleasantly surprising movie outing, popping a Sonic game on the list this month makes a lot of sense. Sonic Generations is a decent, action-packed effort too - with 3D levels providing some great fun.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and Sonic Generations 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, Call of Cthulhu will still be available for download until 15 April 2020.