It’s hard to believe that January is almost over. It seems like only yesterday we were preparing ourselves for that scrumptious Christmas feast, but then if you look at just how much has happened in the world of gaming in January, you’d be forgiven for thinking we were fast approaching June with the countless releases arriving on consoles this month.
But with another month coming to a close, one thing we can always look forward to is the knowledge that some fresh new free games will headed the way of Xbox Live Gold members via the Xbox Games With Gold program. Whilst this is always an exciting prospect though, it can often lead to disappointment when the only titles we see hitting the scheme are ones we’d rather forget. So, with February’s games being announced recently, let’s take a look and see if they are any good.
Kicking off the month is Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime. This cracking little indie title sets players in a loved-up universe, with the goal of protecting it from the anti-love creatures hellbent on destroying it. Sounds weird right? Sure, but one thing to make yourself clear on is that weird isn’t always bad and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a prime example of that.
Throughout the game players have a side-on view of their huge spherical spaceship, with turrets based on the north, east, south and west sections. To control the ship players must run around the ship’s various rooms such as the engine room, map room, weapons room and shield room to manoeuvre and deal with the love-hating creatures of the universe. The game is designed to be a co-op experience and unfortunately this is restricted to local co-op, with no online option introduced. Nevertheless you can play solo, but the real fun comes from the co-op experience with up to four players able to work together to battle the monsters of the universe. With four worlds and around five levels to play through there is plenty to keep players occupied, and this makes Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime a great free title for gamers in February.
Joining the fold for the second half of February is the smashing indie racing simulator Project Cars. Whilst it may not be quite on par with the Forza franchise, there’s no denying that Project Cars is a quality racer nonetheless. With multiple racing disciplines to choose between, from Karting to Touring to the Endurance cars of Le Mans, Project Cars will surely have something to please any racing fan.
With several game modes to embark on, including full online multiplayer, a fully-fledged career mode and a cracking selection of real-life tracks all fully laser scanned to the finest detail, Project Cars is a fantastic title to be had for the sweet price of free – and it brings some of the best multiplayer seen in a racing title. This could well bring a newly developed love to one of the best racers available on Xbox One, and all just in time for the upcoming Project Cars 2. Is it a good title to receive via Games With Gold? We certainly think so, and you should too.
So, with the impressive Xbox One side of things out of the way, it’s time to take a look at what Xbox 360 titles are heading our way, and whilst many of you may be looking to the 360 titles with a raised eyebrow, there’s no refuting that having access to both Xbox 360 games and Xbox One games in the same place is a convenient way to go about getting those games you may not have given the attention they deserved. This month though brings two 360 adventures certainly worth a play through.
First up is Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge. This title follows the adventures of wishful pirate Guybrush Threepwood, with events continuing from the first game in which Guybrush defeated LeChuck. In Monkey Island 2, players follow Guybrush through the fictitious tri-island area of the Caribbean on his quest to find the mysterious treasures of Big Whoop.
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge is a point and click based adventure with an enjoyable story and is a welcome entry to the Games With Gold program. Whilst it may be the least popular game in this months’ offering, there is a big following behind the franchise and there will certainly be several million happy gamers out there when it arrives for nothing on February 1st.
Finally, the penultimate arrival of the month sees us get access to one of the most celebrated Star Wars titles outside of the Battlefront series – Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. With the story set in between the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope, players take on the role of Darth Vader’s newly found apprentice, Starkiller.
With over 50 unique enemies, The Force Unleashed has an expansive array of well-known characters within the Star Wars universe for players to defeat and with the force behind you and your trusty light-sabre, players set out on a path to assassinate a remaining Jedi – all as practice for the ultimate end goal of defeating the Emperor so that Darth Vader and Starkiller can rule the galaxy together.
The game is played from a third-person perspective and offers a fantastic story along with some incredible combat, making for another truly amazing Star Wars title. Whilst it’s hardly an unknown fact that The Force Unleashed games were fantastic titles, those who have yet to experience the events of the apprentice will certainly not be disappointed.
So, there we have it, our thoughts on February’s free Xbox Games With Gold offerings for all Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Do you agree with us, or are you disappointed by the titles on their way in February? Let us know in the comments below.