Now its a new year, meaning new month and new round of Games with Gold predictions. This month I did something different and polled the Twitterverse and asked what kinds of games would they like to see as a Game with Gold. So in the next few months, it looks like it will be viewer’s choices of Games with Gold.
January’s Games with Gold are: Tomb Raider: Underworld, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III, Zombi, and Army of Two.
1) Spec Ops: The Line
Spec Ops: The Line is a 2012 third-person shooter video game developed by the German studio Yager Development and published by 2K Games. In the game, the player controls Captain Martin Walker, who is sent into a post-catastrophe Dubai with an elite Delta Force team on a recon mission. As the game progresses, Walker’s mental health deteriorates, as he begins to experience hallucinations and slowly realizes the horror of war. Players can hide behind cover, vault over obstacles, and shoot enemies while utilizing a variety of gadgets. Sand is a key gameplay mechanic that can be manipulated to defeat enemies.
2) Enslaved – Odyssey to the West
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is an action-adventure platform video game developed by Ninja Theory and published by Namco Bandai Games. The story is a re-imagining of the novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en. Unlike the original story that was set in a fantastical version of ancient China, the game is set 150 years in a future post-apocalyptic world following a global war, with only remnants of humanity left, along with the still active war machines left over from the conflict. Like the original story however, the plot revolves around someone who forces the help and protection of a warrior, with many characters sharing the same names and roles. The game’s story was written by Alex Garland, with voice talent and motion capture from Andy Serkis and Lindsey Shaw.
Steep is an extreme sports game set in an open world environment of the Alps and Denali (Mount McKinley), which can be explored freely by the players. The game can be played from either a first-person or third-person perspective, which can be switched instantly at players’ will. The game also utilizes the GoPro camera during races. The four main activities available in the game include skiing, wingsuit flying, snowboarding and paragliding. Players can switch between these activities by using the game’s menu wheel.
4) Outlast 2
Outlast 2 (stylized as OUTLASTII) is a first-person survival horror video game developed and published by Red Barrels. It is the sequel to the 2013 video game Outlast, and features a journalist named Blake Langermann, along with his wife Lynn, roaming the Arizona desert to explore the murder of a pregnant woman only known as Jane Doe. Blake and Lynn get separated in a helicopter crash, and Blake has to find his wife while traveling through a village inhabited by a sect that believes the end of days are upon them.