Each month, Microsoft makes two games free for Xbox Live Gold members to download for a limited time on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Since November 2015 the two free Xbox 360 games have also been backwards compatible with the Xbox One, meaning owners of Microsoft’s current gen console can effectively get four free games a month.

The games are yours to keep even if you drop your Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Even if you don’t own an Xbox One yet, you can still nab the games for free as long as you have an Xbox account. Just sign into the Xbox website, head to the title’s listing page and redeem the offer. The game will then appear in the console’s ‘Ready to install’ list if you buy an Xbox One in the future.

Below are the free Xbox Live Games With Gold for this month. And don’t forget to check out our Xbox deals page for the up-to-date console prices.

Xbox One

Layers of Fear: 1 March – 31 March

Layers of Fear
That corridor could use a good scrub
(Photo: Aspyr)

This horror title puts you in the shoes of a painter exploring a Victorian mansion in a bid to complete his masterpiece. Unfortunately, said artist is somewhat unbalanced, with hallucinations and flashbacks skewing your view of reality. The shifting layout of the house also doesn’t help matters. Probably not one to play at night if you’ve had too much cheese after dinner.

Evolve: 16 March – 15 April

Evolve
Hunt a monster or play as one
(Photo: 2K)

An asymmetrical multiplayer shooter from Turtle Rock Studios, Evolve sees you playing as either a giant monster or a member of a human squad tasked with bringing the beast down. Monsters can mutate into more powerful forms over the course of a match, meaning the human players will have to co-ordinate their attacks in order to win.

The game’s development and release was marred by a number of factors, including controversies over its approach to microtransactions and DLC. You might struggle to find a match with strangers given how few people are likely playing it now, but if you can rope in some friends you might be able to scrape past that and get a glimpse of Evolve’s unfulfilled potential.

Xbox 360

Borderlands 2: 1 March – 15 March

Borderlands 2
Borderlands 2 is great in co-op

The second installment of Gearbox’s cel-shaded RPG shooter franchise added a bit of polish to the format. The goofy humour can be a bit hit-and-miss, but solid controls, a great art style and the carrot/stick lure of ever better procedurally generated guns are an attractive package to sink dozens of hours into. Get some friends involved and the fun really ratchets up a notch.

Heavy Weapon: 16 March – 31 March

Heavy Weapon
A throwback to classic arcade shoot ’em ups
(Photo: EA)

What’s better than a tank? An atomic tank, obviously. Take control of one and repel an invasion against a thinly-veiled caricature of Russia in this 2D shooter. As arcadey as they come, there’s also online and local co-op if the Communist hordes are too much to take on solo.