The line-up of the free games of March 2019 for subscribers to Xbox Live Gold follows, in the structure, that of the previous month. To the two inevitable games for Xbox One – Adventure Time: Pirates of Enchiridion and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 – were in fact joined a title for Xbox 360 and one coming from first generation of the Redmond console, respectively Metal Gear Rising Revengeance and Star Wars Republic Commando . Obviously, both are also usable on the flagship of Microsoft home thanks to the appreciated program of backward compatibility. Before reviewing all the games mentioned above, please note that you are still in time to add some of the Games with Gold from February 2019 to your collection, if you have not already done so. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon and Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy will remain available throughout the day today February 28, while Super Bomberman R will leave the selection on March 15.
Adventure Time: Pirates of Enchiridion ( 1-31 March)
Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion is an adaptation of the famous animated series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network, but proposes a completely new story, although extremely respectful of the original material. It is an open world role-playing game where, in the role of the protagonists Finn and Jake the players are free to explore (on foot or on a boat) the vast Land of Ooo scourged by a flood that has isolated the kingdoms from one another. The Adventure Time roster: Pirate of Enchiridion is based on a turn-based combat system, but never reaches high levels of stratification and complexity. During their journey, the two adventurers will also be able to welcome well-known personalities to the fans, such as Marceline and BMO .
Where production does not skimp at all is on variety: the iconic kingdoms, as well as being present in a conspicuous number, are populated by a multitude of creatures, some harmless, others incredibly leathery. The gameplay is further enlivened by the presence of the mechanics of Interrogatori a sort of mini-game in which the two protagonists play the classic roles of good cop and bad policeman in an attempt to extract information from their interlocutors. Overall, the GDR experience offered by Adventure Time: Pirates of Enchiridion is rather derivative and never too complex, but it is carefully packaged and has all the credentials to be appreciated by fans of the series.
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (March 16 – April 15)
After the success of the first chapter, Electronic Arts and PopCap Games are back to the rescue with Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 which strongly pushes face of variety and content. Do not be fooled by the light and colorful graphic style, as the eternal struggle between plants and zombies hides an unexpected depth. The title is a third-person team-based class shooter. Each of the two factions boasts in its ranks plant and undead soldiers who stand out from each other in appearance, skills, strengths and weaknesses. It is possible to play alone, but the absence of a real single player campaign relegates this opportunity to a mere chance to train.
On the other hand, the multiplayer offer, which can count on a sort of cooperative horde mode and on a wide range of competitive options, is decidedly substantial. It starts from the classic Elimination to Teams where the team that scores the highest number of kills wins, and you get to Suburbination in which the teams fight for control of specific areas, and Confirmation deletion borrowed from Call of Duty. Plants vs Zombies' flagship: Garden Warfare 2 is Grassy Supremacy where the two armies take turns fighting for the domain of an ever expanding map. All this is enriched by a system of companies, which guarantees an additional income from coins, which can be used to buy packages of cards that randomly assign characters, consumables, personalization items and experience points, necessary to unlock new skills for their soldiers.
Star Wars: Republic Commando (1-15 March)
Launched for the first time in 2005, Star Wars: Republic Commando is a first-person tactical shooter that puts players in the role of RC-1138 leader of a team of elite commando of the Republic, the Delta Squad . The single player campaign is set during the Clone Wars and unfolds through three important events, namely the Battle of Geonosis the assault on Cruiser Prosecutor and the Battle of Kashyyyk .
From the technical point of view one feels the full weight of the years, but Republic Commando proposes a tactical gameplay able to say its still today. As a leader, the player can issue orders to the other three members of the team, guiding their actions and indicating the positions to be reached and the enemies to hit. The defeat of one of the team members does not sanction the end of the match, thanks to the presence of the reanimation mechanics. The arsenal, as always happens for the titles set in the universe of Star Wars, is incredibly varied and ranges from Blaster DC-17 (configurable in assault mode, sniper and grenade launcher) to the Weapons in Particles passing through the Balestra Wookie and detonators of all sorts. The work is also replenished by the presence of a local multiplayer mode that supports up to four players
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (16-31 March)
The development of Metal Gear Rising Revengeance it was definitely troubled. Announced in 2009 as a creature of Kojima Productions with the title Metal Gear Solid: Rising, almost did not risk the cancellation the following year due to some difficulties encountered by the developers. The decision of Hideo Kojima to entrust the reins to PlatinumGames taken following a meeting with the producer Atsushi Inaba fortunately saved the project from the oblivion, which under the aegis of the undisputed masters of the action genre is reborn as Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
Set four years after the events narrated in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Revengeance follows the deeds of a Raiden now completely transformed into cyborgs and serving a private military company fighting for peace in the world. The gameplay is profoundly different from the other chapters of the Metal Gear series.
We are in full action territory, where to be the mistress is the cutting mechanics, which allows players to freely manage the direction of the sword slashes to slice the enemies. Fast frenetic and brutal Revengeance does without the dodge and proposes an alternative variant of the classic parade, which is not associated with any specific key. Rather than being on the defensive and interrupting the flow of combat, Raiden prefers to deflect the opposing shots, possible action by pressing the attack button and directing the analog stick in the opposite direction to the incoming assaults. The result is an incredibly technical action and, in full style PlatinumGames, difficult to master. Lovers of the genre will therefore find their own bread.