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There’s an undeniable classic in June 2019’s Xbox Games with Gold

Pick up NHL 19, Rivals of Aether, Earth Defence Force 2017, and a very special game in June 2019’s Games with Gold.

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Pick up NHL 19, Rivals of Aether, Earth Defence Force 2017, and a very special game in June 2019’s Games with Gold.

We don’t mean any offence to the other games in June 2019’s Xbox Games with Gold offering, but one of them stands head and shoulders above the others. Well, for a certain value of “stands”. It probably uses some sort of Aperture Science trickery to appear from the wall or ceiling above the others.

Yes, that game is Valve software’s Portal, or more specifically, the Xbox 360 port of Portal, called Portal: Still Alive. It’s not restricted to Microsoft’s previous-gen console, however: Portal: Still Alive is available for Xbox One, and has also been upscaled and fettled to play in 4K resolution on the Xbox One X.

Expect to see a whole new generation of gamers making cake references in the next few weeks.

If you like toothless Canadians beating each other senseless, then EA Sports NHL 19 is the game for you. That’s a title with a retail price of £59.99, available to you for the princely sum of nothing as part of Xbox Games with Gold. It’s also – at the time of writing – the current version of the NHL franchise, which is nice. Expect that to not be the case in three months time.

Also included are Rivals of Aether, a platform fighting game that’s part Smash Bros., part Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Earth Defence Force 2017, which is like Starship Troopers. No, not crossed with anything. Just Starship Troopers. That’s all.

Xbox Games with Gold – June 2019

  • EA Sports NHL 19 – Available June 1 to 30 on Xbox One
  • Rivals of Aether – Available June 16 to July 15 on Xbox One
  • Portal: Still Alive – Available June 1 to 15 on Xbox One and Xbox 360
  • Earth Defense Force 2017 – Available June 16 to 30 on Xbox One and Xbox 360

If you’re quick, there’s still time to pick up some of the games from May 2019’s Xbox Games with Gold – including The Golf Club 2019, through to June 15th – before those deals expire. The June 2019 Games with Gold kick off on June 1, 2019.

In other Xbox news, the Xbox Game Pass is coming to PC. Follow Thumbsticks on Twitter for all of the most important video game news.

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Tom is an itinerant freelance technology writer who found a home as an Editor with Thumbsticks. Powered by coffee, RPGs, and local co-op.