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Another underwhelming month of Games with Gold

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Both Sony’s PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection and Microsoft’s Games for Gold offer free games to users as a reward of sorts for paying the monthly subscription. And each of them wavers. PlayStation’s Plus’ IGC started off strong, offering – at the time – new games like Hitman Absolution. Since then, we’ve seen the quality of games plummet until last year, when we got retail games like Injustice and the rather good Infamous: First Light. The expectation was that this year, Microsoft’s Games with Gold would up its proverbial game. It hasn’t.

Let’s be blunt: February’s Games with Gold are a little underwhelming. Here’s what subscribers are in for next month.

idarb

Xbox One owners will be treated to the bizarre indie game, It Draws a Red Box, otherwise known as #IDARB. It’s a strange, rather dynamic throwback platformer-cum-sports game that was built off of Twitter suggestions, it’s slightly mental, and makes for a great drunken party game.

Bros

Xbox 360 owners who haven’t already played StarBreeze’s excellent, emotional adventure Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons are in for next month’s very best game – which, incidentally, was part of the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection last year.

Sniper

The last game, available to Xbox 360 owners in the second half of the month is the stealthy sniping shooter Sniper Elite V2, which is essentially a bit of unfulfilling, grim and gratuitous gore porn.

The whole selection is a little underwhelming. Though we don’t know what Sony’s PlayStation Plus games this month will be, hopefully they maintain last year’s late momentum, and deliver a handful of games that make people happy to be subscribers.

Last Updated: January 29, 2015

51 Comments

  1. Skyblue

    January 29, 2015 at 09:43

    The Xbone offerings are absolute garbage and hardly worth a look every month and this is a really bad month for the X360 as well. Hopefully Sony keep us entertained.

    Reply

  2. Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

    January 29, 2015 at 09:44

    I understand the header! I caught it!

    Hahahahaha. Fools gold.

    Brilliant. Hehehe

    Reply

    • RinceThis

      January 29, 2015 at 10:19

      What do you want now? A cookie?!

      Reply

      • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

        January 29, 2015 at 10:40

        That would actually be really nice. Thanks!

        Reply

      • Marcus

        January 29, 2015 at 13:59

        May I also have one, please?
        I love cookies. I do do refer to them as biscuits at home. In my private time, I call the adventures. As I sit in the dark and not look at what type of adventure I will be grabbing… laughing as the sun sets on my toes.

        Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    January 29, 2015 at 09:45

    Header Win!

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      January 29, 2015 at 10:11

      • Hammersteyn

        January 29, 2015 at 10:13

        *Vomits a little

        Reply

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          January 29, 2015 at 10:14

          it’s nasty hey?

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            January 29, 2015 at 10:35

            Why, just why?

      • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

        January 29, 2015 at 10:41

        Dude… Sies… It looks like it’s covered in… UGH!!!!

        *THROWS UP*

        Reply

  4. ReaperOfSquirrels

    January 29, 2015 at 09:52

    Another month that I don’t feel bad about not having gold on my X360!

    I have Brothers a tale of two sons on Steam and I have Sniper Elite 3 as well.

    Take a leap Microflacid

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  5. Ricardo Harvey

    January 29, 2015 at 09:54

    I havent played either of the 360 games so looking forward to it. Well, just increasing my backlog.

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    • Marc O Polo

      January 29, 2015 at 12:02

      Got sniper elite V2 on ps3, will download it on Xbox just to see if there is any difference in performance.

      Reply

  6. Rock789

    January 29, 2015 at 09:58

    Yeah, those are a little underwhelming. Brothers is an awesome game and Sniper V2 is underrated, in my opinion… But wow, XB1 owners are getting majorly shafted! Hope they have something big in store for March then!

    On an aside, and maybe that’s why the lame XB1 freebie, there are some INSANE XB1 sales now on the Xbox Live store for Gold members. Like the following:
    Dragon Age: Inquisition (Deluxe Edition) – R349
    Metro Redux – R169 for each of the 2 games
    Titanfall – R169
    Battlefield 4 (Premium Edition with all dlc) – R189

    There are alot more, but those are just the ones that really stood out for me – I mean they are some great prices for what are regarded as AAA products. DA:I in particular is only 3 months old and it’s less than half price?! Wow! Get ’em while they’re hot (does mean you have major 20 – 40 Gb downloads for each, though… So prepare your router).

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 29, 2015 at 10:00

      O_o wow those are some great specials

      Reply

      • Rock789

        January 29, 2015 at 10:09

        I know, right?! It’s crazy! And it extends to new digital releases too… Although those are the actual prices and not just Gold subscriber specials like above. I mean, they have Saints Row IV Re-Elected for R215 and Resident Evil HD for R129. Seriously!! That surprised the hell out of me because on PSN, Saints Row is R599 and Resident Evil is R299. That’s a helluva lot cheaper comparing XBL to PSN!!

        I really like the pricing scheme MS seem to be going with for XBL – digital SHOULD be cheaper than physical because you’re not buying the disk ffs. But on PSN, for example, COD:AW is R1099 whereas it’s R899 in the shops… I dunno how they can justify the prices on some of those games on PSN… That’s why I wait for the specials if I wanna buy digital on PSN – otherwise, it’s just too pricey.

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          January 29, 2015 at 10:10

          I agree on this point – well said sir. well said.

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      January 29, 2015 at 10:10

      That Titanfall price… the Titan has really fallen… 😮

      Reply

      • Rock789

        January 29, 2015 at 10:15

        I know, right! And that’s the new Titanfall Deluxe Edition – the game plus every piece of dlc (maps, armour, etc) ever released! You are literally paying for something that, in its entirety when released, was worth over R1000.

        It really does pay to wait…

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    • Skyblue

      January 29, 2015 at 23:36

      Those are great specials

      Reply

  7. Admiral Chief

    January 29, 2015 at 10:00

    Gore-porn…gross and funny

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      January 29, 2015 at 10:01

      I always try to nut shot the Nazis

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        January 29, 2015 at 10:02

        KABLOWSKI

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      • Marc O Polo

        January 29, 2015 at 12:04

        Favourite Part of the game… Nothing gives me a smile like shooting the testicles off a fucking German!

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    • Quo Vadis?

      January 29, 2015 at 10:03

      How is the Sniper game? Looks like a lot of fun?

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      • Admiral Chief

        January 29, 2015 at 10:04

        I played S2, it was, good, not brilliant.

        Fails at a 3rd person shooter, fails at a stealth game, excels at giving satisfaction for landing glorious sniper shot

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        • Quo Vadis?

          January 29, 2015 at 10:06

          Sounds quite cool, except for “stealth”. Urgh I hate it.

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        • Mossel

          January 29, 2015 at 11:07

          Sniper Eilite V2? I thought that game was awesome! Sniping NEVER becomes boring. Especially those 200m headshots.

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          • Admiral Chief

            January 29, 2015 at 12:40

            It was good, but not brilliant tbh

      • Hammersteyn

        January 29, 2015 at 10:06

        Playing the third one. Snipers heaven. If detected run away and snipe some more. Zero stealth needed really. Love how they show an x-ray when you hit a target.

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        • Quo Vadis?

          January 29, 2015 at 10:08

          OK! Buying that next week!

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        • Mossel

          January 29, 2015 at 11:07

          X-Ray NEVER gets old. Really it never does, in fact I think I crave it…O_O Must install once I get home!

          Reply

  8. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    January 29, 2015 at 10:01

    They should just call it Xbox Fool’s Gold, amirite guys? 😛

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 29, 2015 at 10:02

      The only golden thing they have was the Emmy they won. TVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTV

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        January 29, 2015 at 10:03

        Muahahahhahahhah TV TV TV TV SNAP TV TV TV PETER KRUGER!!!

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          January 29, 2015 at 10:05

          I can stream gaems to my eggs bawks from my PC

          Reply

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            January 29, 2015 at 10:09

            D’oh like it’s 2010

    • Admiral Chief

      January 29, 2015 at 10:03

      Who’s the more foolish; the fool or the fool who follows him?

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        January 29, 2015 at 10:08

        PFFFTTT! The fool who doesn’t follow the fool, but instead follows the Will-O-Wisp into the swamp! 😀 (CRITICAL DAMAGE)

        Oh and here’s Sara Palin yammering incoherently….

        Reply

  9. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    January 29, 2015 at 10:03

    I liked Brothers, played it on PS3, as for whether I still have Gold, only the gaming ancestors know.

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  10. schitsophrenic-toothbrush

    January 29, 2015 at 10:16

    I have been dying to see what is on PS plus for PS4. I sooooo hope one of the games is transistor.

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  11. CAE9872

    January 29, 2015 at 10:24

    XBOne game is a weird one; other two I don’t think are underwhelming. Many takers for those especially if you haven’t played them. Sniper is going to be great as I don’t have that one.

    I actually unpacked the ORIGINAL Xbox a week ago and the PS2 – this year a little more retro love needed. So pffft to all you free games 🙂

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  12. Mossel

    January 29, 2015 at 11:04

    I’m no geologist, but I’m pretty sure that is not gold. Unless that is what you were going for with “underwhelming”. It is Pyrite aka Fool’s Gold. Got 50% for geology so I pretty much know my shit.
    EDIT: Ok I now see everyone has made this comment like an hour before me! haha

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    • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

      January 29, 2015 at 11:05

      See my comment

      Reply

      • Mossel

        January 29, 2015 at 11:08

        lol Yeah I saw it after I made my comment, feel stupid now. I should learn to read.

        Reply

        • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

          January 29, 2015 at 11:08

          hehehehehehehehehe

          Reply

    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      January 29, 2015 at 11:31

      That, my good sir, is entirely the point.

      Reply

  13. Brady miaau

    January 29, 2015 at 12:00

    Problem with PS4 and Xbox one is the relatively small pool of games they have to give away.

    Reply

  14. Tulipdame

    January 29, 2015 at 18:53

    Seriously Microsoft! Assassins Creed Black Flag and Tomb Raider are old enough to be given free through Gold on Xbox One. You just being the greedy hell holes you usually are.

    Reply

    • Tulipdame

      January 29, 2015 at 18:53

      Might I just add, they are OLD, but at least more worth while.

      Reply

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