April is nearly here, and with it comes another great batch of free games from both Sony and Microsoft respectively. While Sony seems intent on offering indies and older games that you might’ve missed, Microsoft seemingly wants to demonstrate how you tackle April in style, as their offering might be the best I’ve seen in months.
Before we get to Microsoft though, here are the freebies for April.
Dead Star – PS4
Zombi – PS4
I Am Alive – PS3
Savage Moon – PS3
A Virus Named Tom – PS Vita
Shutshimi – PS Vita
Although there is nothing spectacular here, I’m quite pleased to see Zombi make the cut, as I was debating picking it up a few weeks back. Although it received mix reception, I can’t help but get the urge to jump into a never-ending zombie nightmare.
It’s also great to get another interesting space game, as I refuse to get tired of them. Dead Star eluded me and so I will be going in completely blind, but it certainly looks promising!
For Xbox owners, here are the games you will receive for the month of April.
Sunset Overdrive – Xbox One
The Wolf Among Us – Xbox One
Dead Space – Xbox 360
Saints Row IV – Xbox 360
Wow. One of the biggest games on Xbox One is now free for anybody with a Gold subscription. I have wanted to play Sunset Overdrive for as long as I’ve owned an Xbox so again, this is a fantastic freebie. Ridiculously over the top action in an open-world full of actual colour!
What’s more is, there aren’t any slackers this month, as Dead Space is a phenomenal horror game, Saints Row IV is open-world zany madness, and The Wolf Among Us is Telltale at their absolute best. You really cannot go wrong.
Insomniac Games of Ratchet And Clank fame has taken a step back from triple-A development it seems, as the project they’ve been teasing, now known as Song of the Deep, is an underwater ‘Metroidvania’ that strangely looks like a small indie game.
One of the weirder, more unexpected announcements of late, check out the reveal trailer here.
I have to say, I’m really digging the simplistic aesthetic; reminiscent of an aquarium. It’s also refreshing to see such a big studio responsible for some huge games take a step back and make a project that is the complete opposite of everything they’ve tried to do in the past.
Here is the press release from their website, which you should definitely check out for more information.
Song of the Deep is a Metroidvania-style action-adventure game following a young girl’s quest into the unknown to find her missing father. Combining discovery, skill, and suspense with an unforgettable narrative, this underwater journey will challenge players to explore, experiment, and skillfully navigate a vast ocean landscape. Song of the Deep launches on PS4, Xbox One, and PC this summer, 2016.
The most notable yet somehow absent detail is that the game will be released on a disc, but only through GameStop as an exclusive. Otherwise, you’ll have to suck it up and buy it digitally.
I hope to see other smaller games receiving retail packaging, even if it happens to be exclusive. I refuse to let go of physical media!
Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive revealed a suite of info on Xbox’s big stage. In addition to a new trailer and gameplay, an October 28th release date became final. The game also got a new online mode- dubbed Chaos Mode -allows up to 8 players to take on the city together. All of this was wrapped in one of the best E3 presentations I can remember. The trailer was funny, playing on first person shooter tropes and breaking the fourth wall just a bit. The game’s color palet continue to impress me, and when paired with the mature cartoon themes and in game jokes I can’t help but wonder if this will be my game of the show. It makes me wonder if the zany visuals and crazy weapons are going to be the perfect combo for a killer app, as it appeals to a gigantic crowd.
Check out the video below for the full shenanigans, and let us k now your thoughts in the comments below.