Xbox Live Games with Gold for April - Not bad!

#1 Edited by Humanity (10720 posts) -

So some might have completely forgotten about this program because, let's be honest, the past offerings have been less than stellar.

But in April we're amazingly getting two games that are less than 5 years old!

In the first half of the month, none other than - Hitman: Absolution!

"Misogyny"

While this game is a bit on the rough side, for free any Hitman fan should at least give it a shot. There are a few moments of brilliance, that much like the new Thief are unfortunately obscured by a plethora of bad game design decisions. At worst it's a mediocre game but at best it's a pretty cool Hitman experience.

(feel free to read my a-maze-ing review of this game)

For the second half of the month we're getting the zombie side scroller - Deadlight

Some great lighting to be found!

Deadlight is surprisingly a really solid game with interesting gameplay mechanics and great flow. The biggest issue it may have is that very early on you find yourself in some sewers, the design of which is so far removed from the rest of the game that you'd think a completely different team designed it. Once you get past that small speedbump I'd say it's a really great take on the "puzzle sidescroller" genre with a zombie twist. There are some beautiful uses of lighting and the levels, apart from the aforementioned sewer escapade, manage to actually feel wonderfully organic.

(once again, feel free to read the review, which I also wrote)

Hopefully Microsoft continues this trend and we start seeing newer and better games than what they've offered in the past.

#2 Posted by BigJeffrey (5222 posts) -

Nice, a excuse to plug my 360 back in.

#3 Posted by SpaceInsomniac (3909 posts) -

Not bad, Microsoft. Other than the significantly larger number of games that Sony always offers, this is the first month that makes PS Plus and Games with Gold almost look like equal services.

#4 Posted by bwheeeler (550 posts) -

I think these are okay at best!

#5 Posted by RawknRo11a (572 posts) -

Hitman Absolution is one of the first Games for Gold I've seen that's gotten an "Alright Microsoft" out of me.

#6 Edited by jaycrockett (532 posts) -

Personally these games interest me less than Civ Rev and Dungeon Defenders, but hey, they're free. I'll check 'em out.

#7 Posted by Yummylee (22746 posts) -

Hitman: Absolution, huh... you could do worse. And free is free.

#8 Posted by Humanity (10720 posts) -

You guys really shouldn't rule out Deadlight, I had more fun playing that than Hitman, which is somewhat sad in it's own way.

#9 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2880 posts) -

Never played a Hitman title before and I really liked what I played of the Deadlight trial so this is a pretty good month for me.

#10 Posted by Zevvion (2456 posts) -

He has his wrong gun out for that situation.

More serious: I've never seen the difference between Games with Gold and PS+. Both give me games I either already own or have no interest in playing. What I like about both services, is that I'm a physical media guy, but also get to have the ease of also owning a digital copy of the game. That's pretty good.

#11 Posted by AlecOfTheWest (290 posts) -

April Fools! Here's Shaun White Skateboarding and Ride to Hell: Retribution for the month of April. We here at Microsoft thank you for your continued support.

#12 Edited by Zevvion (2456 posts) -

@alecofthewest: That would actually be extremely funny if they did that.

#13 Edited by Rebel_Scum (834 posts) -

Deadlight is worth playing but don't expect greatness to come out of it.

#14 Posted by spraynardtatum (4011 posts) -

I disagree, Hitman: Absolution is absolutely bad.

#15 Edited by HatKing (6284 posts) -

I still haven't played the free copy of Absolution I got from PS Plus several months ago. Maybe it'll be more tempting on the 360? I'll definitely check out Deadlight.

Edit: It kind of looks like she's pressing her butt up against the glass.

#16 Posted by spraynardtatum (4011 posts) -

@hatking: She is, and she's farting too.

#17 Posted by laserguy (459 posts) -

This would be the third time i could play Absolution and probably wouldnt finish it. Is it a good selection overall or good by games with gold standards?

#18 Edited by StrainedEyes (1339 posts) -

I got Hitman: Absolution when it was free on PS+ a few months ago and I really hated it.

#19 Posted by Oldirtybearon (5017 posts) -

Deadlight was pretty good. The narrative peters out toward the end but on the whole it was an enjoyable game.

Absolution is. Man. Whatever. I suppose "free" isn't a bad price to check that game out.

#20 Posted by HatKing (6284 posts) -
#21 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1689 posts) -

These games are very, well.... very okay. Absolution is pretty.... Yeah. Deadlight is also... yeah.

No Xbox One Games with gold still? Not surprising.

#22 Posted by EuanDewar (5120 posts) -

Radical, was always curious bout Deadlight but never quite curious enough to splash the cash on it. Maybe i'll super enjoy it and be all guilty about it

#23 Posted by spraynardtatum (4011 posts) -

@hatking: It's the best part in the entire game.

#24 Edited by ChrisHarris (263 posts) -

I've played all of the Hitman games. I've gotten Silent Assassin on every Blood Money level several times over and I'm still tempted to go back for another. Absolution is painfully bad. It's the worst game in the series, by far. I had to keep actively forcing myself to finish it. Your mileage may vary.

#25 Posted by thatdutchguy (1283 posts) -

It is bad, those games suck dude.

#26 Posted by Yummylee (22746 posts) -

Deadlight was pretty good. The narrative peters out toward the end but on the whole it was an enjoyable game.

Absolution is. Man. Whatever. I suppose "free" isn't a bad price to check that game out.

I know you emphasise free like that because of course you have to be a gold member for these games, however I would assume that you could basically just create a new 360 account complete with your free months worth of gold to then get the games literally for free. Unlike PS+, I believe you would keep them permanently too, even whence it's run out. Unless there's some way around that? Like you need to have been a gold member for so long?

It would most likely be tethered to that very account however, but eh, that's nosa bad. Although of course at the end of the day, this is probably still more effort than something like Hitman: Absolution is worth.

#28 Posted by Vinny_Says (5729 posts) -
#29 Edited by Humanity (10720 posts) -

@chrisharris said:

I've played all of the Hitman games. I've gotten Silent Assassin on every Blood Money level several times over and I'm still tempted to go back for another. Absolution is painfully bad. It's the worst game in the series, by far. I had to keep actively forcing myself to finish it. Your mileage may vary.

Yah it was disappointing, but like I said, there were tiny kernals of hope spread here and there. For free it's at least worth seeing. Ironically the level with the nuns that people were so up in arms about was probably one of the better parts of the game for me as I actually felt like a hunter for a little bit.

@thatdutchguy well sorry I guess. Incidentally I don't think Deadlight sucks. Absolution isn't a great game but for free it's worth checking out. I mean no one is saying this is the cream of the crop right here, but rather that it's a step in the right direction.

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