Microsoft’s Xbox Live has long been one of the most popular social gaming services available on consoles. In June 2013, the Games with Gold program started, giving gamers subscribed to Xbox Live the ability to download and play full Xbox 360 titles for as long as they were subscribed to Xbox Live. In June 2014, the program was expanded to Xbox One.
While the program has had its ups and downs, a lot of the offerings lately have been more on the down side of the curve. February hits the Xbox One with a weird sounding new title, while an Arcade title and fun shooter are free for the Xbox 360.
#IDARB – Xbox One
Available February 1-28
#IDARB is a stunning conglomeration of game types built into one title. Part platformer, part hockey, part fighting game, and part partygame, #IDARB features tight controls and a frenetic, eight-player local co-op core that makes it a blast to play offline or online. The game was built based on suggestions that developer Other Ocean Interactive received from fans on Twitter, and includes some truly unique game options, including the ability to make your own music, characters, and spectator interaction with real-time games via social media! One of the most exciting things about the game is that it’s ever-changing, and the developer has promised to continue adding new content, characters, and even gameplay elements over the course of #IDARB’s life cycle.
Brothers – Xbox 360
Available February 1 thru February 15
Guide two brothers on an epic fairy tale journey from visionary Swedish film director, Josef Fares and top-tier developer Starbreeze Studios. Control both brothers at once as you experience co-op play in single player mode, like never before. Solve puzzles, explore the varied locations and fight boss battles, controlling one brother with each thumb stick. This is one journey you will never forget.
Sniper Elite V2 – Xbox 360
Available February 16 thru February 28
ONE BULLET CAN CHANGE HISTORY. BERLIN 1945… V2 Rockets with deadly nerve gas are primed to launch. An army of German and Russian soldiers stand in your way. Make every single bullet count or the world dies with you. X-RAY KILL CAM see organs tear and burst, bones and teeth shatter, as your bullet passes through your enemy ADVANCED SNIPER SIMULATION allow for gravity, wind, distance, breathing and more. SNIPER’S CHOICE leave yourself exposed with the easy shot, or decide a more difficult but stealthier approach.