Microsoft just announced February's free Games with Gold for Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners. Starting on February 1, 2018, Shadow Warrior and Split/Second will be free with the subscription. Then, on February 16, Xbox Live Gold members can download Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India and Crazy Taxi at no cost. Crazy Taxi and Split/Second are backward compatible so you can also play them on your Xbox One or Xbox One X.
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India is a 2.5D take on the popular stealth-focused franchise. In this game, players step into the shoes of an Assassin named Arbaaz in his quest for retribution through a colourful depiction of Colonial India. Players have to traverse the streets of Amritsar, hunting legendary artifacts by following in the footsteps of Alexander the Great. With new Indian weapons at your disposal, it's up to you to carry out your mission and avenge those dear to you.
Crazy Taxi is a score attack racing game which has a surprisingly strong following due to its history. Players maneuver a taxi, looking for fares, and then take passengers to their destinations in the fastest time possible. As the name suggests, you effectively have to drive like a maniac in order to drop off your customers before the countdown expires. Similar to experiences like Super Meat Boy, Crazy Taxi's challenging gameplay is what appeals to gamers.
The first Shadow Warrior game launched in 1997 and was heralded as significant evolution for the first-person shooter genre. Developer Flying Wild Hog and publisher Devolver Digital brought the franchise back in 2013 and retained its hilarious, over-the-top nature. This Xbox One game follows modern ninja mercenary Lo Wang as he fights through levels of demonic hordes to prevent the end of the world. However, Wang isn't exactly great at what he does so don't expect miracles.
Split/Second is a unique racing game which puts players in a fictional reality TV show. Participants race for money and glory by pulling off amazing stunts such as jumps, drifting, and drafting. Just like many other arcade racing titles out there, special powers can be triggered which create obstacles for other players, detours, or alter the layout of the track entirely. While the game may be a little dated, it's still great fun given your track-altering abilities.
Be sure to download all four of these games next month because many of them are great experiences. Out of all of them, I would recommend you try out Shadow Warrior because it's hilarious and features great shooting mechanics. Unlike its sequel, the game runs at 60 FPS on Xbox One.
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