Top 5 Xbox One Games With Gold So Far
May's Games with Gold have not been very satisfying for Xbox One owners, who only received CastleStorm: Definitive Edition and Pool Nation FX. On Xbox 360, gamers have seen Mafia II and F1 2013 coming, good titles even if some years old. I was looking at the entire list of Games with Gold released so far and trying to understand why people is often unhappy with what Microsoft delivers to Xbox Live Gold subscribers: it didn't took me so long, I will be honest.
On Xbox 360 the main reason was the fact that those games arriving on the service were really old: for example, the first title, Fable III, was provided free to gamers on 2013, three years after the official release. This could find a motivation in Xbox 360 being at the end of an entire generation, so players could be willing to recover old glories they have missed along the road. On Xbox One it's different: it's a matter of quality and interest, because many titles don't make sense in relation with gamers' renowned tastes. Pool Nation FX? Really?
Anyway, as both the service and the console are "young", just like it happens on PlayStation 4 with PlayStation Plus and the Instant Game Collection, I suggest you to have patience and give Microsoft more time to make it better. They need to do it because at this moment Games with Gold is "one more thing" we get paying Xbox Live Gold subscription, not an added value to the offer.
So far, fifteen Xbox One titles have been delivered through Games with Gold. Let's have a look at those I believe are the best or, if you prefer, the one you should absolutely play if you downloaded and left them bite the dust on your hard disk.
Halo: Spartan Assault
Halo: Spartan Assault is a third person shooter developed by 343 Industries and Vanguard Studios. The game, which is located between the end of Halo 3 and the beginning of Halo 4, has been released on December 24, 2013 for Xbox One (later on it arrived on Xbox 360 and PC via Steam, too). It includes 25 missions from the virtual training of USNC Infinity and is said to have been inspired by the twin stick shooting gameplay of Geometry Wars. PC version Metascore is 70, while slightly different for Xbox One (53) and Xbox 360 (51).
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is 2.5 side-scrolling platform developed by Press Play. A sequel to Max & the Magic Marker, it has been released for Xbox One on December 20, 2013, and for Xbox 360 and Windows PC on May 21, 2014. The game includes seven 7 chapters and 20 levels to be completed solving physics-based puzzles. It's been awarded a 72 Metascore.
D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die
D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die is an episodic game, originally based on Kinect, developed by Hidetaka Suehiro's Access Games and launched for Xbox One on September 19, 2014 (PC release is slated for June). Swery65 has directed the cult survival horror Deadly Premonition, so there's been a bit of anticipation on this. The main character is David Young, a private investigator who is trying to solve the mystery behind his wife's murder. D4 has a Metascore of 76.
Originally released on September 3, 2013 for Wii U (to which was supposed to be an exclusive launch game in 2012), PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Michel Ancel-directed Rayman Legends is a sequel to Rayman Origins, a return to 2D for the Rayman series. The game has been brought to next-gen consoles on February 18, 2014 and rated, looking at the Xbox One version, 91 out of 100 on Metacritic: if you need a fun and fast platform with overall classic mechanics, you should give this a try.
Child of Light
Rated 82 on Metacritic, Xbox One's version of Child of Light has been released in April 2014. Powered by the mighty UbiArt Framework (same as Rayman Origins and Legends), the game has been developed by Ubisoft Montreal and tells the story of Aurora, a child stolen from her home who must bring back the sun, the moon and the stars imprisoned by the Queen of the Night. It's basically a turn-based twist on the platform genre, something so expressive and original that gamers are highly demanding a sequel. Must have.