Is there a sweeter pair of words than “free games”? Yeah I know, they’re not strictly free, but they’re heading your way pretty soon with some absolute belters this month…
Gears 5 (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, available February 1 to 28) – the latest (and showpiece for next-gen) Gears of War title. Everything is more refined, and has been recently added with some additional and free campaign levels. It’s a decent game, if man-bro chainsaw guns are your thing.
Resident Evil (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, available February 1 to 28) – remake of the first in the series, and one of the most popular and significant survival horror games ever. Sure, the controls are a bit dated now, but it’s brilliant.
Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, available February 16 to March 15) – a 2D metroidvania game, set in the world of the Salt. This includes the Trials of Fear expansion, with a pixel-art style.
Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Xbox 360, available February 1 to 15) – if Uncharted did Indiana Jones in a video game, Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb does Indy doing Uncharted doing Indy. It didn’t quite hit the mark back in the day, but wasn’t terrible.
Lost Planet 2 (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Xbox 360, available February 16 to 28) – third-person shooter set on a strange planet with loads of alien monsters to shoot. From snow to sand, it never quite hit the spot for Capcom. Fun fact: It also came out on Blackberry.
Concrete Genie (PS4, PS5) – bullies! I hate them! You do too, I know. In Concrete Genie, you get to stick it to them by painting cool paintings and lighting up levels. It sounds weird, it’s pretty good. Great soundtrack too.
Control: Ultimate Edition (PS4, PS5) – a weird mystery strikes as you start your first day in an office job and find you’re the boss. It all unfolds in slightly scary third-person action.
Destruction Allstars (PS5) – originally a PS5 launch title, with a slightly delay and now on PS Plus. It looks like a third-person shooter cross destruction derby.