Starting today, Xbox Live Gold subscribers – those with access to Games with Gold – can download three new titles for a limited time, but not everyone on Xbox Game Pass will need to participate.
As part of its Free Play Days initiative, Microsoft will allow full versions of Yakuza 3 Remastered, Yakuza 4 Remastered, and Yakuza 5 Remastered to be downloaded and played.
So for anyone who has never played the famous Sega franchise and wanted to check it out, this week is the perfect time to do so.
As mentioned above, all three games are free to download and play if you have an Xbox Live Gold membership.
To download them on console, users can click on the Subscriptions tab in the Xbox Store and enter the Gold member area to locate the Free Play Days collection.
These games are available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X, though they don’t feature next-gen optimization options.
They will remain available until approximately 8:00 GMT on Monday, January 24, giving players plenty of time to experience each title.
It’s a great deal for anyone with basic access to Xbox Live Gold, but not so wonderful if you have Xbox Game Pass.
Microsoft is offering free play days to both groups of subscribers, and while January is already a brilliant month for those with Xbox Game Pass, there can still be a few surprises for everyone.
The only problem is that this week’s Free Play Days games are already available on Xbox Game Pass.
The remastered collection of Yakuza games can be played on XGP right now, and includes a number of other titles from the series as well.
So Microsoft hasn’t added anything new for Xbox Game Pass users, which means you’ll have to skip Free Play Days for now.
Descriptions of each Yakuza game can be found below:
Yakuza 3 Remastered
With peace of mind, Kazuma Kiryu gives up his life as a yakuza to settle down in the management of an orphanage on the windy and idyllic coast of Okinawa. But when the land he is on becomes a dispute between politicians, local gangs, and the Tojo clan, Kiryu’s past surfaces and he will have to choose a side.
Yakuza 4 Remastered
In the absence of the Dragon of Dojima, Kamurocho becomes a kingless jungle, and a power struggle has been brewing behind the scenes ever since an infamous 1984 hit work comes to the surface. Witness events through the eyes of Shun Akiyama, a loan shark known as the “Lifeline of Kamurocho”, Taiga Saejima, who must break out of prison to confront his past, Masayoshi Tanimura, a cop on the wrong side of the law, and Kazuma Kiryu, who finds himself embroiled in the events that shaped his current life.
Yakuza 5 Remastered
The Omi Alliance is on the brink of a war of succession, and to prevent it, the Tojo Clan’s sixth president, Daigo Dojima, seeks to unify the yakuza across Japan. Echoes of this underground power struggle reach five playable characters: Kazuma Kiryu, who lays low in Fukuoka as a taxi driver, Taiga Saejima, who returns to prison to finish what he started, Shun Akiyama, who lends money to a client more than meets the eye, Haruka Sawamura, who dreams of becoming an idol, and Tatsuo Shinada, a disgraced baseball star who finds himself in over his head. Five characters, five cities and five dreams converge in an explosive conclusion.