Still Alive, NHL 19, Rivals of Aether

Games representing a number of different genres are present in Xbox Live Games With Gold June 2019, with Portal and NHL 19 headlining.

Microsoft’s initiative to bring free games to Xbox owners every month is like giving us twelve mini-Christmases every year, and the Xbox team has revealed their newest presents. On the Xbox One side, console owners will be able to play NHL 19 and Rivals of Aether in June. At the same time, Xbox 360 owners can download Portal: Still Alive and Earth Defense Force 2017, though both titles will be backward compatible on Xbox One, as all Games With Gold are.

It’s a slight surprise to me that EA would offer one of their sports titles as a free offering; I’d assume EA would want to move their EA Access plan to consumers, but the news should still be good for hockey fans on the Xbox. Rivals of Aether has always come across as a Smash Bros.-like to me and having not played it or its flash game predecessor, I’m quite looking forward to trying it out.

Portal: Still Alive is a port of the original Portal game for Xbox 360, featuring the full game and a number of additional levels. Those levels are actually based off of the levels from a Portal flash game, which I have fond memories of playing during my middle and high school days. Finally, Earth Defense Force continues to be a franchise that completely eludes me, but I guess I have less of an excuse to jump into it now.

NHL 19 will be available from June 1 to 30, while Portal: Still Alive will be available from June 1 to 15. Both Rivals of Aether and Earth Defense Force 2017 will then be available in the tail end of the month, from June 16 to 30. As May wraps up, Xbox owners can take advantage of some deals this week, which includes Dark Souls Remastered.

In other Xbox news, Microsoft also announced today that Xbox Game Pass will be heading to PC. We can also expect to see more titles from Xbox Game Studios like Gears 5 on Steam, further blurring the difference between Xbox and PC. These are strange, changing times indeed. In comparison, check out the free PlayStation Plus games for June 2019.

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