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Xbox Games With Gold – April 2016

Another month has passed and another month of free games is upon us. Microsoft has been teasing about a bumper month of releases following up on the success of March (See Here). They have hit the ball out the park this month with another superb line up of games so let’s see what we have to look forward to. In our now accustomed line-up we will provide trailers and links to the xbox.com site for those of us that want to pick them up on the move, rather then trawl the store looking for them.

The Wolf Among Us: (£19.99 RRP) – XB1

I’m a huge fan of Telltale games unique point and click method of storytelling, I’ve played through the majority of their games (Tales from the Borderlands excluded), and this game is a gem using yet again the Telltale Tool game engine that people have come to love the comic / graphic novel graphics. For those that haven’t already picked up a copy of this I strongly recommend you snap this up. The game is based on the award winning fables comic book series (Bill Willingham), published under DC Comics Vertigo Imprint. You will play as Bigby Wolf (Sheriff of Fabletown). Set in 1986, you try to solve a series of bizarre and mysterious murders that appear to be culling the other fairytale-esque characters hiding among the human population (Snow White anyone?). The game is set across 5 episodes and as with most Telltale game is highly addictive, once you start it will be difficult to put the controller down (better start stockpiling those batteries now!). The game has some respectable scores across Metacritic with each episode getting between 70-80 points.

The game is available between April 1st and April 30th – The game is 4.95Gb and can be downloaded via the Xbox Store or direct link to the page here.

Sunset Overdrive: (£39.99) – XB1

Now I remember when this game was first announced and I wasn’t sold on it, It seemed like a cross between Saints Row, Tony Hawks and Dead Rising. Microsoft really tried to push this game with Special Edition consoles, 48 hour free plays and finally releasing it on Games with Gold. I don’t believe the game did fantastically well with reports stating a follow up has been shelved. I guess this is a final push to get it out there. The game does borrow lots of bits from other games and doesn’t try to hide the fact, at the time of release they were up against Infamous Second Son on PS4 and you can see some small similarities. I’m not going to dwell on reasons not to get this game, at the end of the day it is free so people will download it and play it but as for myself,  I will probably leave it. I’ve attached the official synposis below for parity.

Don’t miss the game that IGN awarded Best Xbox One Game of 2014, the game that Polygon rated 9 out of 10, and the game that Eurogamer calls “a breath of fresh air.” In Sunset Overdrive, the year is 2027 and Sunset City is under siege. A contaminated energy drink has transformed most of the population into toxic mutants. For many it’s the end of the world, but for you it’s a dream come true. Your old boss? Dead. Your boring job? Gone. Transform the open-world into your tactical playground by grinding, vaulting and wall-running across the city while using a devastating, unconventional arsenal. With hyper-agility, unique weapons, and customizable special abilities, Sunset Overdrive rewrites the rules of traditional shooters and delivers an explosive, irreverent, stylish, and totally unique adventure exclusively to Xbox One.

The game is available between April 16th and May 15th – The game is 26.06Gb and can be downloaded via the Xbox Store or direct link to the page here.

Dead Space: (£14.99) – XB360 & XB1 (BC)

A classic release for the Xbox 360 & Xbox One (BC) takes its form in Dead Space the critically acclaimed third person horror Dead Space. Earth has suffered a near extinction level event through the over use and continuous destruction of our resources, what society remained quickly realised the only way for life to continue would be to search additional planets for resources. This is the point that the Concordance Extraction Company came to the forefront. In a time of extreme poverty and desperation the CEC engineered a ship that would save humanity. The USG Ishimura.

Your role as Isaac Clarke who aboard the USG Kellion was dispatched alongside colleagues to the USG Ishimura after a distress single was sent by the latter during a routine planetcracking operation, upon boarding the ship is found to have been abandoned. During an inspection they enter the flight lounge, and are attacked. We will leave it here for you to investigate

The game is available between April 1st and April 15th – The game is 6.40Gb and can be downloaded via the Xbox Store or direct link to the page here.

Saints Row IV: (£29.99) – XB360 & XB1 (BC)

April finishes off with the mother of all open-world masterpiece Saints Row IV. Taking a poke at just about every open-world game out there, Saints Row IV puts you in the shoes of the Boss, the unnamed leader of the titular Saints, as they fend off an alien invasion of Earth using their skills learned as members of the world’s most badass street gang/corporate pitchmen. It’s mad – but in a good way. Saints Row IV combines elements of role-playing, action, comedy, adventure, just generally having a good time.

This was recently included in the recent games sale for the Xbox One for £6 with Gat out of Hell add on, so for the Xbox One owners that bought this, it may be worth skipping over this particular installment.

The game is available between April 16th and April 30th – The game can downloaded via the Xbox Store or direct link to the page here.

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