01 October, 2014

The Free Games of October 2014

October is here and what does that mean? Samurai Warriors 4! Although that may be my likely highlight of the coming month, the start of a new month means a ton of games will drop to the low, low price of free. Which some people would argue is more exciting, assuming you subscribe to Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus of course -  find a complete list inside.

Games With Gold

Chariot (Xbox One)

Available for the entire month is Chariot, a co-op, physics-based platformer with a pretty bizarre premise. The Princess and her FiancĂ© are tasked with transporting their late King’s coffin (which is on wheels) through all manner of hazardous environments in order to lay him to rest in a suitably loot-filled tomb.  

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Xbox 360)

Catch Battlefield’s quirky spinoff from the 1st until the 15th . Bad Company 2 was the game that sold me on Battlefield’s approach to first-person shooting; the multiplayer will be familiar to anyone who has played the more recent Battlefield 3 and 4, and the single player campaign is exponentially more interesting and humorous than anything in the series since. 

Darksiders II (Xbox 360)

Available from the 16th to the 31st, Darksiders II is the perfect way to play a Legend of Zelda game if you don’t own a Nintendo console. The Darksiders series has unashamedly lifted concepts wholesale from Zelda and a few other games, managing to reverently craft them into a pretty unique character action game where you assume the role of Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

PlayStation Plus

DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition (PlayStation 4)

As promised, PS Plus members will be able to burn (some) rubber for free in DriveClub. The PS Plus Edition will contain unrestricted online and offline play across eleven tracks, all in India, with ten cars to choose from. You can upgrade to the full version of DriveClub on the PSN Store for a reduced price.

Dust An Elysian Tail (PlayStation 4)

Originally released on Xbox Live Arcade in 2012, Dust An Elysian Tail brings the anthropomorphic animals of Falana onto the current generation. Dust is perhaps best known for its stunning art and its surprisingly sombre tale of genocide.

Spelunky (PlayStation 4/PlayStation 3/ PlayStation Vita)

The 2D rogue like continues its relentless expedition onto seemingly every platform in production (okay minus Nintendo’s). You can now dodge traps, shotgun monsters and explore infinitely varying caverns of the extremely addictive Spelunky, on the PS4. 

Pix the Cat (PlayStation 4/PlayStation Vita)

Pix the Cat is a manic and extremely offbeat arcade game, in which you (Pix the blue Cat) traverse the “nested levels of the infamous GRID of INFINITY”, rescuing forsaken ducklings whilst avoiding the flaming skulls - I think. It looks as insane as it sounds.

Batman: Arkham Asylum (PlayStation 3)

Sneak and punch your way through the criminal ridden corridors of the Arkham Asylum. A critical darling, Batman: Arkham Asylum was the game that began the extremely well regarded series of Batman games, which will be concluded by Batman: Arkham Knight in 2015. A must for DC fans, if of course you haven’t played it already.

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (PlayStation 3)

Chronicles of Mystara is a collection of two of Capcom’s Dungeons & Dragons arcade brawlers from the nineties; Tower of Doom (1993) and the sequel, Shadow Over Mystara (1996).  Both games combine beat ‘em up action with role-playing game elements, playable by up to four players in drop-in/drop-out co-op.

Rainbow Moon (PlayStation 3/ PlayStation Vita)

Turn-based strategy role-playing game, Rainbow Moon unabashedly harkens back to the classic JRPGs, though it was crafted by the decidedly not Japanese developer, SideQuest Studios, a German indie studio. Rainbow Moon promises over forty hours of epic story (and no small amount of turn-based grinding). 

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