As one door closes, another one opens. Such is the philosophy when it comes to Microsoft's monthly Games with Gold program that offers free Xbox 360 and Xbox One games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. As the opportunity to claim free games from the program's January offerings nears its end, we get to look at the free titles that will be available as early as February 1.
At the start of the month, the "action-RPG/deck builder" card game Hand of Fates will be available to Xbox One owners. While some might write off Hand of Fates as just another digital card game, it offers interesting card combat experiences with 3D card assets. Then, on February 16, Xbox One owners will have the opportunity to nab Styx: Master of Shadows, an action-RPG title that features a goblin assassin that relies on stealth more than combat to survive a magical world.
As for Xbox 360 owners, the side-scrolling action game Sacred Citadel will be available on February 1. More notably, Marus Fenix's second act in Gears of War 2 will be downloadable. Successor to the original Gears of War, Gears of War 2 builds upon the award-winning, over-the-top gory, third-person shooter that has become a mainstay franchise - so much so that Microsoft bought the rights to it from Epic.
In case you weren't aware, Xbox One owners can now download both Xbox One and Xbox 360 Games with Gold titles. Simply visit xbox.com/gameswithgold and scroll down to see the current games available for download. Click "Download from Xbox Store" and you'll eventually see the title available to install onto your Xbox One hard drive from the "My Games and Apps" tile on your dashboard home screen.
Source: Major Nelson