Monthly Free Games In October

Good news for those gamers who have already spent big on the first AAA game releases before Christmas; there are more free games coming to you consoles that will keep you entertained between pay days. Get ready to be bombarded with games in the next few months as the monthly free games, sales and Christmas period will most likely result in a huge pile of games waiting to be played. We are always frantically finding time to play these games so we can move onto the next but at least there are a few gems releasing in this month’s free game selection that will save you some money before the end of the year.

Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings (Xbox One)

The informal appearance of Super Mega Baseball should not be affiliated with the enjoyment you can get out of this game. Yes, it’s baseball but it is an enjoyable way to play baseball on your console. There is a sense of humour in the game that connects with the audience, creating a stress-free baseball environment which is not always commonplace in a sports game. There is also an impressive levelling system that can be applied to each player when playing in a local multiplayer game. Each time you level up you will strive to improve and push onto the next difficulty level giving this game some longevity. Unfortunately, this will not be a game that you play hours at a time but that is ok as it is perfect if you’re looking a game that you can dip into occasionally. Did I mention its free?

IGN Score: 8/10
Metacritic Score: 85%
Gamespot Score: N/A

The Escapists (Xbox One)

The Escapists has a simple concept; try and escape from prison. Something that is incredibly difficult to do in real life, otherwise more criminals would be roaming our streets but it is made to seem reasonably plausible in this game. Thankfully, The Escapists sticks close to being realistic by making it difficult to escape prison life providing hours of strategizing and entertainment. The only drawback for the game is there are only so many times you can escape from prison and still get the same enjoyment out of the game. Some players may find that trying and failing to escape enough times as their motivation to stop playing. It’s well worth picking up for free but don’t expect it to be one to live long in the memory.

IGN Score: 7.5/10
Metacritic Score: 71%
Gamespot Score: 8/10

MX vs ATV Reflex (Xbox One, Xbox 360)

Racing game fans probably haven’t heard of this game and that could be because you’re not into Motocross or the like. Despite any indifference with all-terrain racing, this game is a decent racing game combining a mixture of arcade racing with a racing simulation. Unfortunately, the game does let itself with some erratic racing physics that can spoil the fun the game sometime. This free game will not set the world on fire but could be a nice game to help fill the void until your next racing game purchase.

IGN Score: 7.8/10
Metacritic Score: 75%
Gamespot Score: 7/10

I Am Alive (Xbox One, Xbox 360)

I Am Alive is a great concept for a game that is slightly lacklustre when it comes to execution. In short, you are survivor of an apocalyptic event that means that you and the remaining survivors are fighting to gather resource to get by. With resources being scarce it is clear that this is where the conflict in this game will originate. The storyline is gripping with some political influences throughout. The desire to find out the end game will keep you going to the very end unlike similar titles but you may be put off by something else before you reach the end. The controls in the game were criticised at launch and they are, by no definition, refined but the game is still playable. The real question is can you overlook the control long enough to complete the game and find the enjoyment. As a free download it is well worth playing to find out.

IGN Score: 4.5/10
Metacritic Score: 69%
Gamespot Score: 8/10

Resident Evil (PS4)

If anyone reading has not played a Resident Evil game then there is no time like October considering the remastered version of the original game will be available for FREE! That is a cracking deal in my humble opinion as the original game was defining in the survival, horror game genre. The remastered version translates very well onto PS4 with a modern feel on the controls whilst maintaining the spooky atmosphere from the original game. This will be a perfect addition in the run up to Halloween but I imagine most gamers will be playing this very soon after it is made available on the Playstation store.

IGN Score: 8/10
Metacritic Score: 83%
Gamespot Score:  7/10

Transformers: Devastation (PS4)

Transformers: Devastation is a hidden gem this month. Anyone who suggests that beating up other robots in their own robots using extremely enjoyable combos is lying! Ok, well maybe not everyone but the bottom line with this Transformers game is that the game play is ridiculously fun with only small parts of the game stopping it being in the must buy category. Of course, PS Plus members don’t need to ‘buy’ the game so this should be a no brainer. With the game staying very close to the Transformers script including the original voice actors the game that will hit home with fans and newbies of the Transformers franchise alike!

IGN Score: 7.7/10
Metacritic Score: 77%
Gamespot Score:  7/10

Mad Riders (PS3)

Mad Riders appears to be a throwback to some of the old arcade racing games from the likes of SEGA. There is no simulation here, the emphasis is on having fun and beating your opponents whilst pulling off some amazing stunts. The problem is that this game is so similar to other arcade racing games that there is hard to see what makes this worth playing over and over again, especially if you already own some older arcade racing games like Outrun or Daytona. The course design can also be questioned at times as there are times the narrow courses and frustrating scenery can break the fun in this game. This game is worth trying for a multiplayer environment but proceed with caution.

IGN Score: N/A
Metacritic Score: 71%
Gamespot Score: 5.5/10

From Dust (PS3)

From dust reminds me of Sims or Tropico in the sense that you take the role of God. You control your world and have complete power over the events in the game. Be an all seeing, all loving entity or choose a path of evil and torment. It is a solid game for fans of this genre receiving some positive reviews but the main criticism of this game is the controls, described as clunky and unresponsive.  There is plenty of fun to be had with this game but you may have to try quite hard to find it. If you have ever had an urge to try taking on the role of God then do it now whilst it doesn’t cost you anything!

IGN Score: 8.5/10
Metacritic Score: 81%
Gamespot Score: 7.5/10

Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ (PS Vita)

The Playstation Vita was the perfect platform for visual novel games considering its audience. So it comes as no surprise that the latest free game to be available for the PS Vita is another visual novel otome game. The visuals reverberate a Japanese feel with much of the animation taking inspiration from Manga series. The story line sounds intriguing as it is based around a young woman who has been outcast as a monster and hunted down due to her poisonous touch. Saved by a young man she goes on a journey with her hero meeting other characters along the way. Of course, this has all the tell-tale signs of a love story and it is at this point I lose my intrigue (man want action!) but for fans of this genre of games, this could be one of the more interesting storylines out there. Download and find out for yourself!

IGN Score: N/A
Metacritic Score: 86%
Gamespot Score: N/A

Actual Sunlight (PS Vita)

This indie game plays a lot like a novel game combined with subtle Gameboy influences but don’t be fooled; the usual happy, colourful themes running through Nintendo games do not make an appearance. Actual Sunlight challenges you to take control of Evan Winter and tackles some rather big topics including depression. The storyline will take you on an emotional journey with humour sprinkled within the, quite simply, bleak day to day narrative. This game is unique for many reasons and probably won’t be top of the list of free games this month but if you enjoy these types of story games then this is an eye opening addition to that collection!

IGN Score: N/A
Metacritic Score: 75%
Gamespot Score: N/A


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