June has arrived and with it come the first Xbox Games With Gold for June for Xbox Gold subscribers.
On Xbox One, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia is available now through June 30th. Part of the spinoff Chronicles trilogy of Assassin's Creed, this 2.5d stealth action-adventure tried to innovate on the Chronicles formula some and was typically regarded as the best in the middling trilogy. If you're looking for something to get you over until more about Assassin's Creed Odyssey comes out, this might just work if you liked any of the Chronicles titles or want to see a different location in an Assassin's Creed title.
The second Xbox One title, becoming available on June 16 and lasting through July 15, is a bit more controversial. Smite has managed to become one of the biggest MOBAs, but still, it is a free to play game that is taking up one of the spots for Xbox Gold Subscribers this month. It does come with a special Smite Gold bundle that features exclusive content (read: a cosmetic or two) for Gold members and they state it comes with over "$100 worth of content." This is made up of 20 gods ( (note: there are over 90 gods in Smite and you can buy all gods now and forever for Smite for $29.99, the valuation seems based on the idea of buying each individually) and over 50 "bonus" items like skins, announcer packs, emotes and more.
Getting away from free to play and middling spinoffs we get to the first Xbox 360 title available now through June 15 and it is Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed the acclaimed kart racer from Sega. Released in 2013 Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed features Sonic, friends, and a cast of Sega characters and guest starts racing against each other on a variety of tracks. One of the standout features of the game is how it's large tracks feature your vehicles transforming between land, air, and water transportation modes. If you haven't played it, you definitely should, and it will hold your attention until Team Sonic Racing comes out from the same team later this year.
Finally, available June 16 through June 30, you can grab your whip and lego hat to join Indiana Jones in LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues. This Traveler's Tales Lego Game takes you through scenes of four Indiana Jones films with a mix of light adventuring, lego creating and its simple combat. It's another solid lego game that can be worth the while to check out.
Both Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues are available on Xbox One via backward compatibility. Additionally, still available until June 15 from the May Games with Gold is Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.