Xbox Live Gold subscribers are about to get a new batch of free games, and February’s are going to be pretty darned good.
Sometimes, it pays to be an Xbox Gold subscriber. In this case, it pays in the best currency available—video games. Games With Gold is about to get a new lineup of free games that subscribers can download, and most of them are definitely worth your time
February brings four new games to Gold, with two being from Xbox 360 while the other two are Xbox One titles. We’ll save the best for last and start with the 360 titles, but these are still really good games even if they’re not the best of the bunch.
First up, Split/Second, an arcade racing game that came out way back in 2010. The cars are all real (circa 2010 of course) but the physics definitely are not. But that’s the fun part since the game is filled with lunacy you won’t find in any other racing game.
Split/Second takes place in a fictional TV show where contestants race for huge cash prizes. As you perform crazy stunts and cool moves you build up a “power play” meter, and when it’s full, you can use it to trigger even crazier events like causing a massive explosion at a nearby chemical plant, or the highway to collapse from underneath you. The event itself is based on the level design, so it’ll always be super cool and not detract from the immersion.
Next up is Crazy Taxi, a 360 port of the original Sega Dreamcast game. It’s the same Crazy Taxi you know and love, minus the cool soundtrack that was basically half the appeal. But if you’ve never played, it’s worth picking up.
Crazy Taxi is another arcade racer where you pick up passengers and take them to their destination as fast as possible, regardless of pedestrians, traffic, or road signage. It’s a mad dash from stop to stop until you build up a sufficient score to progress. If you enjoy frantic gameplay then this game is for you.
Now for the Xbox One games. Shadow Warrior is easily the cream of this crop, both being the highest rated game of the four and the coolest. The game is a reimagining of the 1997 3D Realms classic of the same name, but with more plot and updated everything.
You play as Lo Wang, a mildly offensive Asian action stereotype as he quests to avenge his slain master and defeat the company that betrayed him. You’ll use swords, magic, guns, and witty repartee to defeat demons and former corporate overlords.
And finally, the weakest of the bunch is Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India. The game is a 2.5D stealth/action/platformer set in the Assassin’s Creed universe, and while it’s certainly a unique and gorgeous take on the franchise, it’s not an Assassin’s Creed game. If you’re a fan of the series and a fan of stealthier Metroidvania-type games, then you’ll get some mileage out of India, but just remember it’s unlike any previous Assassin’s Creed so your mileage will vary.