Microsoft announced the free games that will be available to Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners for the month of February. Another indie title debuts as a Games with Gold option for the new console, while a critically acclaimed arcade game and a third-person shooter will be free downloads for last-gen users.
Xbox One owners who subscribe to Xbox LIVE Gold will be able to download #IDARB for free starting Sunday, February 1. This indie co-op game has received lots of praise since it was first announced due to its communal development.
"#IDARB is a stunning conglomeration of game types built into one title. Part platformer, part hockey, part fighting game, and part party game, #IDARB features tight controls and a frenetic, eight-player local co-op core that makes it a blast to play offline or online. The game was built based on suggestions that developer Other Ocean Interactive received from fans on Twitter, and includes some truly unique game options, including the ability to make your own music, characters, and spectator interaction with real-time games via social media! One of the most exciting things about the game is that it's ever-changing, and the developer has promised to continue adding new content, characters, and even gameplay elements over the course of #IDARB's life cycle."
The first Xbox 360 game that will be free in February on the first of the month is Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, from Swedish film director Josef Fares. This small arcade co-op title won many awards following its 2013 release on Xbox LIVE from different outlets, including Game of the Year, Best Innovations, Best Story, and Best Family Game.
"Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a powerfully emotional tale of two young men struggling to save their father's life in a medieval fantasy world. They must work together to overcome obstacles of the physical and magical variety – facing down angry giants, insane cultists, and a town seemingly frozen by snow in an instant. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sonspresents a vibrant world, which the titular characters discover just as surely as they discover how powerful the bond between siblings can really be."
Finally, Sniper Elite V2 will go free on February 16 through the end of the month. This third-person shooter received middling reviews for its single-player campaign. However, the co-op campaign is considered to be a standout feature for the title.
"Sniper Elite V2 is a third-person shooter that places you at the midst of World War II, trying to put an end to Germany's V-2 rocket program with nothing but your wits and your handy sniper rifle. Stealth and a steady trigger finger are what counts here, although a bevy of items and upgrades transform the game from a simple stealth shooter to an open-ended adventure. Sniper Elite V2 also features a robust cooperative multiplayer mode that sees players working together, which adds a lot of extra depth to the game."
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