Games with Gold has now been a feature for the last few months on the Xbox One. This month sees the giveaway of Super Time Force, a game highly rated by our own Alecs Pilik and critics alike. As well as this, we see the continued free presence of Crimson Dragon.
Games with Gold has got off to a mixed start. The first month, June, we were treated to two games, one worth playing and one that should never have been released (Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan ASSault, in that order). Xbox Live members thought that the tone was set; we would get two games a month, arcade games, but still two new games a month. However, we were tricked. July, we gained the highly rated Guacamelee!, which was again, well worth playing, yet it did not have a companion game, instead we were able to download Max for another month… the cheek of it. August however revealed the pattern for Games with Gold.
It seems that for the time being we will be getting three free games every two months, with 1 free for the first month, 1 free for the second month and 1 free for both months. The problem with this is that out of the 6 games we’ve had released, only three have been good (Max, Guacamelee and now Super Time Force). I could perhaps also put Crimson Dragon in, as I did play all the way through, something that can’t be passed on to Strike Suit Zero or Spartan Assault, but it was hardly due to the game being worth playing, more due to my eyes lighting up at easy achievements.
Next month, to fit the pattern, Gold members should get two games…. with November then getting one. But what happens with the 22nd November? Will we celebrate 1 year with our console with a full game? That’d be my guess. Microsoft have done themselves a job by resisting calls for a “Full” game to be free, by that I mean one we’d have to pay £40 to £50 for. When this happens, it’ll obviously be a release game; which one though? I’m hoping for Assassin’s Creed IV to be free; but what would be nice is if we got the choice to download one free game from the release games list. These are both semi-realistic – November 13th is the set date at the moment for the PAL version of AC: Unity, so making the previous game free may be a good way of getting a few more purchases; especially for someone like me who for the first time missed out on a n AC game when Black Flag came out.
On the other hand, we have the Instant Game Collection, on Playstation 4, which has seen the release of 16 games, starting back in November, totally trumping Microsoft in both quantity and length. Although the majority of the titles are similar to Games with Gold in terms of quality, there are a few gems in the 16: particularly worth noting are Outlast, Resogun, Dean Nation and TowerFall. Since June, the release of Games with Gold on the Xbox One, Sony have released two games a month, every month, which is where it really trumps Microsoft.
I do expect Microsoft to pick up their game when the 1 year mark of the Console has passed, as this will be a showcase of Happy anniversary and lets push together in the future. I’m yet to actually buy something from Deals with Gold; although this week is the first week i’ve been tempted, seeing as it is 33% of Child of Light (what puts me off is that this is my candidate for Games with Gold in October). The store prices don’t help the case with these deals, as 20% off of a rip off, is still quite a rip off! (And a new game from somewhere avoiding tax like Amazon is around the same price!).