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Games with Gold February titles are Dead Island, Toy Soldiers: Cold War

Posted on January 31, 2014 AT 11:50am

Microsoft has announced the two free games that’ll be available through Games with Gold in February. Surprise, they’re old!

First up is Techland’s 2011 open-world zombie game, Dead Island, which you’ll be able to grab from February 1 through 15. Then, from the February 16 through the end of the month, you’ll have a chance to get Signal Studios’ tower defense/strategy game Toy Soldiers: Cold War. That’s also from 2011. Noticing a trend?

I mean, I’m not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, and it’s great that Microsoft has decided to go toe-to-toe with Sony’s PlayStation Plus giveaways, but I can’t be the only who feels like they need to step up their game. Since the program launched, the biggest titles we’ve gotten are Dead Rising 2 (2010), Fable III (2010)  Assassin’s Creed II (2009), Halo 3 (2007), Crackdown (2007), and the original Gears of War (2006!). This month alone, PS Plus is getting Metro: Last Light, Payday 2Remember Me, and Outlast, none of which came out more than nine months ago. Outlast will be brand new when it becomes free!

Now, don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of reasons to love Xbox Live, but Games with Gold feels increasingly like a way for Microsoft to pretend they’re keeping up with the Joneses by offloading a few dated games that’ve long since stopped selling, and that’s a shame.

Josh Harmon, Associate Editor
Josh Harmon picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn't looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Follow him on Twitter @jorshy. Meet the rest of the crew.

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