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Freebies are always good and thanks to the Xbox Games With Gold scheme, those freebies come about on a fairly regular basis. And right now two more Xbox games have been stripped of their price tags for the foreseeable future as the April Games With Gold titles switch up the focus. 

Since April 2021 arrived we’ve had the opportunity to download both Vikings: Wolves of Midgard and Dark Void on Xbox for absolutely nothing, with just a flash of a valid Xbox Live Gold membership covering the bases required for download of the latest free Xbox Games With Gold games. Now it’s time to add another couple of games to that list though, and just as Dark Void goes back up in price, both Truck Driving Championship and Hard Corps: Uprising go free. 

Taking the latter first and Hard Corps: Uprising launched on Xbox 360 back in 2011. Usually costing £9.99, until the end of April that price is removed, letting Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S players enjoy the game either natively or through the power of Backwards Compatibility. A retro-themed run and gunner, Hard Corps: Uprising pays homage to the classics of yesteryear as Konami allow us the chance to battlethrough both an Arcade mode and that of the Rising mode. Should you be looking for some old-school side scrolling action – for free – this certainly covers the bases. 

Accompanying Uprising on the free train is that of FIA European Truck Driving Championship, or Truck Racing Championship if you are in the United States. This released on Xbox One in 2019 to provide gamers with a realistic sim-like truck racer – far removed from the likes of Forza Horizon and DIRT that we’re used to. It kinda works though, and with official trucks, liveries, teams and more, plus some decent braking options, we were fairly well impressed by what this provided. Our review chats about how the Career is a bit basic, but now that it is free, there’s absolutely nothing stopping you from giving it a go. The Xbox Store will let you download the game for free.

As always with the Games With Gold free stuff, these titles will only be stripped of their price tags for a limited time. We’d advise you go and hit the download button on each one right now; even if you don’t plan on playing them yet, they will then be there ready for a rainy day. Just make sure you have a valid Xbox Live Gold membership in hand.

Let us know what you think of the Xbox Games With Gold titles for April 2021, and the scheme in general. Is it time Microsoft just ditched it and put all their eggs in the Xbox Game Pass basket? We’d love to hear from you.

Hard Corps: Uprising Game Description:

Thrilling retro run-and-gun action is back with a vengeance in Hard Corps: Uprising, a new 2D side-scroller developed by ARC System Works that pays homage to classic Konami action series. Play as the soldier Bahamut as he begins to write his legend. Battle in the grueling trenches of Arcade mode, where only the best-of-the-best can survive to the end, or the all-new Rising mode, where a life bar and point system allow you to purchase items and upgrades to build your soldier up and achieve ultimate victory. Need help? Partner with a friend to lay down some serious carnage.

Truck Driving Championship Game Description:

The European Truck Racing Championship is one of the most spectacular and challenging motor racing competitions. The driving difficulty and many unique race features have been faithfully reproduced with the KT Engine (WRC). In ETRC, like on real-life race tracks, you need to control the temperature of your brakes so they don’t overheat. You must also consider the weight of the truck when cornering, monitor tyre wear and find the best tactics for overtaking.

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