Syzygy A friend sent me the link!
This seems to happen relatively often with ‘Games with Gold’ 360 games that for whatever reason stay free after their initial giveaway period in some regions. Japan, South Korea and Argentina more often than not.
Here are a few more. None as good as Ikaruga but free is free:
It’s worth checking these regions’ stores once every few weeks anyway if you have Xbox Live Gold, as the free Games with Gold games often vary between regions and can be claimed and installed normally wherever your account is actually located. What’s more, due to a quirk in the way Xbox 360 content licences were handled, most 360 games claimed through Games with Gold stay on your account forever whether or not you have an active subscription.
edit: Some more Xbox freebies…