There should never be a refusal to acknowledge free stuff, and with the Xbox Games With Gold scheme the free games and experiences have come in multiple forms over the years. But as the brilliant Xbox Game Pass slowly tightens its grip on the gaming world, the power and prestige of the Games With Gold scheme has diminished. Surely though with Star Wars and Sherlock Holmes games going free throughout November 2019, the draw and appeal should be huge again?
Well, yes it should, but don’t go pinning your hopes on a brilliant Star Wars game coming your way for nothing, for without Sherlock holding the fort, yet again the entire Games With Gold experience falls utterly flat. But why? Well, let’s take a look at what is in place… although it probably won’t take you long to realise that this is a scheme that needs a big kick in order to lift it from its death bed.
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter – Xbox One – 1st-30th Nov – Instant Download
If you’re up for a mystical trip with this month’s Xbox Games With Gold scheme, then Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter is the game that delivers it. And if we’re utterly honest it’s about the only game this month that is really worth your time.
It was back in 2016 when we saw the opportunity to fall into the boots of the world’s great detective, traipsing the streets of London, exploring alleys, and delving deep into the crevices of each nook and cranny, all in order to take in the investigative experience that would unfold.
With intrigue and exploration a huge part of the entire Devil’s Daughter experience, no matter whether you’re a fan of Sherlock or just looking to take in an all-new adventure that will fast engross you, this is a game that can certainly provide it.
It helps too that the usual £44.99 price point for a download of Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter sees a massive saving through the Games With Gold scheme too. Anyone sat on the fence or finding that price normally out of reach will have great fun here.
The Final Station – Xbox One – 16th Nov-15th Dec – To be considered
In our review of The Final Station, we were left disappointed. Not because the game wasn’t good, for it was; in fact, it’s a pretty stunning little game. But the disappointment hits home due to the fact that once you’ve reached the conclusion, you’ll be left wanted more; more answers to questions, and more opportunity to explore the deep world and universe that has been created.
It has to be said that The Final Station is very, very, good, and if you haven’t yet played it, then we urge you to do so. But it’s not going to be a game for everyone and those who aren’t exactly partial to a bit of decision making, or fancy involving themselves in some survival elements or train maintenance, may well struggle to find much joy. For in The Final Station those three elements come to the fore throughout, all as you attempt to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.
If that sounds like something that is right up your street though, then this freebie will more than cater for your needs and you should be found downloading it without hesitation.
Star Wars Jedi Starfighter – Xbox – 1st-15th Nov – Ignore
The launch of Star Wars Jedi Starfighter back in 2002 was a lifetime ago. And in the intervening 17 years, gaming has moved on a huge amount. Hell, it’s even shifted axis over just the last 12 months. For that reason alone, you should be ignoring this OG Xbox title.
Whilst the chance to head into the Battle of Genosis as a Starfighter may well sound appealing initially, it won’t take long for you to fast realise how the gaming scene has changed since 2002, leaving even the most hardened Star Wars fan struggling to come to terms with what is on offer with this experience.
If you’re after a Star wars fix, hold tight for the arrival of Jedi: Fallen Order in mid-November, saving your time and effort for that over this freebie. It certainly promises to deliver a better Jedi life.
Joyride Turbo – Xbox 360 – 16th-30th Nov – Ignore
Joyride Turbo isn’t half as old as the game that precedes it in this month’s Games With Gold list, but again, do you really want to sit around playing a game that is getting on for a decade in age? Even if it is decent fun for five minutes?
The answer to that question is quite probably ‘no’, yet for those harking after an arcade racer that does nothing but deliver stunts and mayhem, it’ll just about suffice.
Joy Ride Turbo follows on from the Kinect Joy Ride that kicked things off, doing away with any form of motion control to deliver a standard controller experience. With a few different game modes to keep you occupied and a relatively decent local split-screen in place, it could be said that there is room for this fun little racer in your life.
But then, does it have the appeal to ensure you keep going back time and time again? Nope, and you’ll only really enjoy this should all other avenues finish with a dead end.
So there we have it – four games going free throughout November 2019 but in reality you’ll only ever want to bother with a couple of them; and even then they are slow burners which won’t appeal to everyone.
What do you think of the Xbox Games With Gold scheme though? Is it time for the Xbox gods to go back to the drawing board and consider binning the feature? Let us know your thoughts, comments, opinions and worries about these games and the entirety of the state of Games With Gold by posting in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.