With Microsoft’s Games with Gold program running like clockwork since its introduction, we sometime forget the significance of some of the games we are getting the benefit of this way. This month has been a fairly significant one too.
Not only is #IDARB for Xbox One still available for free, but for the first two weeks the Xbox 360 version of Tomb Raider was too. Those are substantial in themselves but the inclusion of Rayman Legends (Xbox One) and Bioshock Infinite (Xbox 360) to close out the month is too good to ignore.
Though familiar with the Rayman franchise, it’s twenty years old believe it or not, I really did not expect a new platformer to have anything to hold my interest but I’ve been proven wrong. This is a gorgeous looking game that plays as well as it looks. I’ll definitely be spending some time with it over the next few months.
Bioshock Infinite is a title that had some big shoes to fill. Its predecessor made a huge impact by combining a strong set of shooting and combat mechanics within a game that focused on a plot centred around its stunningly realized world. The only issue with it came at the end with a plot twist dragged out to the point of introducing a boss battle.
This game though delivered on that ending in a way that not only ties up the universe it creates, one that is an exciting contrast to the first Bioshock, but does so with its own twist that is such a ripper it might just make you forget you’ve been playing a shooter for the last few hours. Admittedly the game had received some criticism for not taking the genre forward further but of the two Bioshock games made by Irrational I still believe this one is the more complete experience and worth a go.
And all this just for the price of an Xbox Live Gold subscription… it seems like a pretty good deal. 🙂