The Xbox Games with Gold lineup for June 2021 includes four games, none of which are particularly exciting.
Actually, that’s not strictly true. There’s quite a bit of fun to be had with June’s Xbox Games with Gold, but in comparison to next month’s terrific PlayStation Plus titles, the lineup is lacking spectacle.
The King’s Bird is a precision-platformer developed by Serenity Forge that stands out because of its thrilling sense of momentum and use of dynamic music. It doesn’t compete with the likes Celeste or Super Meat Boy, but if you like try-try-again gameplay, there’s fun to be had.
Also included is Shadows: Awakening, an isometric real-time tactical combat game in which you play a demon that can move between the Shadow Realm and the mortal plane on an adventure filled with danger and mythic creatures.
June’s Xbox 360 titles – playable on newer Xbox consoles via back compat – are NeoGeo Battle Coliseum and Netherealm’s acclaimed DC Comics fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us.
All four games are available download for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers between the following dates.
Xbox Games With Gold – June 2021
Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One
- The King’s Bird – available June 1 to 30
- Shadows: Awakening – available June 16 to July 15
Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox 360
- NeoGeo Battle Coliseum – available June 1 to 15
- Injustice: Gods Among Us – available June 16 to 30
Of May’s games, Tropico 4 and Armello are available until the end of the month. Dungeons 3 is downloadable until June 15.
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