December 31, 2013

Free With Your Subscription: January Edition

 

Happy New Years to all, this coming year starts off with a bang on the consoles. There are plenty of free games to be had in the first month of 2014 and show off some of the best games of the past year and a half. Xbox Live’s Games with Gold is finally paying dividends for being, well lackluster for many months. Though I have both the games that are available, but very happy more people will get to play them. PlayStation Plus is giving us 3 games for the PS3 that are some of my personal favorites from this past year. The Vita and PS4 offerings are a bit light, though there could still be some to be had. Here is the list of what you will get, and again, these are in no particular order aside from the Xbox 360 titles.

 

Xbox Live: Games with Gold

January 1st-15th – Sleeping Dogs – What used to be True Crime Hong Kong, was dropped by Activision only to be later picked up and published by Square Enix. This was one of my favorite titles of 2012. United Front pulled off the perfect open world kung fu movie, with likable characters, a great combat system, and a fresh location. If you have yet to play this game, I implore you to give this a try. The game sold moderately well, but was still considered a success. This game alone is worth the $9 a month for Xbox Live, Microsoft has done well by offering this stellar title.

January 16th-31st – Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light – Coming from the 2010 Summer of Arcade, this title is bit of a departure for Lara. Guardian of Light is a cooperative twin stick shooter/adventure title. I have been waiting since 2010 to play this great title with some of my friends, and now it will be free. The game features online co-op, it is a blast despite the odd genre for the venerable heroine.

 

PlayStation Plus

PS3 – Bioshock Infinite – There is nothing that I could say to make this game more appealing. Download it, play it, love it. Now, to be fair, it is a bit more combat heavy than Bioshock 1; but the story will definitely catch you off guard. Also, this game needs to be played for Elizabeth, she is one of the most endearing characters of the year.

PS3 – DmC: Devil May Cry – I review this game earlier this year, and aside from a few minor faults, I felt this was as good, if not better than previous entries. The combat is strong, the soundtrack is amazing (Nosia and Combichrist), and the art style is fantastic. If you have PS+ and are a fan of the Devil May Cry series, please give this a shot. Ninja Theory is one of my favorite developers that spawned from this gen (well formerly Just Add Monsters), and this is one of the their best efforts to date. Put the old Dante aside and give it a go.

PS3 – Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – This game was a title in Microsoft’s Summer of Arcade this past year, and landed on the PSN a month later. The game is developed by Starbreeze Studios, another of my favorite dev teams (Riddick titles, The Darkness, Syndicate (2012). I recently bought the game during a sale, and it is something that should be experienced by every gamer. The game was co developed with Swedish Film director Josef Fares, and has you controlling two young brothers as they go on a quest to save their dying father. The controls are unique, as you will be controlling each brother with the analog sticks, and their actions with the triggers. The game is as emotional as Bastion or Limbo and hope you check out this wonderful title that may have flown under your radar.

 

PS4 – Don’t Starve

PS Vita – Smart As…

PS Vita – Worms: Battle Islands – Worms is always great, it’s on the go, and require very little from your memory card; sold.

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