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Posted February 28, 2015 by Peter in Deals
 
 

March: Games With Gold

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Oh, we’re in a for a really good month…

Yes, March is knocking on the door, spring is approaching, and as the weather improves Games With Gold is giving us three damn good reasons not to step outside the door.

Rayman Legends boxDuring March, Xbox One owners can download Rayman Legends for free. Originally released on the system in 2014 (albeit as an update of the 360/PS3 version from the previous year), you’re looking at a platformer that was received very well on release. But don’t take my word for it – Games Fiends editor Zeth was extremely enthusiastic about it on original release. “You can’t get a better platformer for your money” was his verdict… and now the only money involved is for the Xbox Gold subscription you’d have already paid…

As for the 360? I’m going to eat my words – last month I pointed out the trend that each month we’re getting a free triple A game and a free, smaller indie title, usually of mixed quality. This month? Holy crap, it’s two triple-As, neither of which can be thought of as a stinker…

Tomb Raider boxFirst out of the gate it is the 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider. Taking the series back to a point chronologically before the games from the 90s (and hoping to go back to a point before the disappointing later titles through the 2000s), we get a Lara Croft as a young woman, going from naive archaeologist to a more hardened survivor; a sense of progression that did leave some questions for our review but that was overall held together by some stronger than expected writing thanks to Rhianna Pratchett’s script. That’ll be available until March 15th for download…

Bioshock Infinite box… and from the 16th to the end of the month, we then get Bioshock: Infinite, yet another 2013 release that left Zeth gasping for enough words of praise. “The yardstick that all others should be measured by” was the conclusion – not for the first person shooter gameplay which was admittedly not perfect, but the storytelling which covered a lot of issues, asked a lot of questions, and left the player to make moral decisions in some cases.

Yep, we’ve got a good month ahead of us.


Peter

 
Peter can be described as an old, hairy gamer, a survivor of the console wars of the 1990s, and a part-time MMO addict. He has an especial fondness for retro gaming and observing the progressions in long running gaming series. When scandalously not caught gaming, he can also be found reading comics and fantasy fiction, or practising terrible photography.