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!
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
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.