Monthly Free Games in April 2017

Once again, it is time to look at this month’s free games across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and find out if there are any games that are worth playing. Of course, you could just download them all whilst they are free and come back to them at any time but let’s identify the best of the bunch and save you from spending some pennies on new games! Here is the line-up for April.

Ryse: Son of Rome

Platforms: Xbox One

Ryse was one of Xbox’s first games when the Xbox One launched in 2013 and boasted some impressive visuals in its trailers. Despite this, Ryse was not a game that was on top of its, well, game! The story line was enjoyable but the game suffered mediocre reviews for having misguided battle mechanics that ultimately faltered the core game play. There is still a good game in Ryse but the bottom line is you will probably need to look past some flaws to find it. If you like a story led, hack and slash games then this is for you. Download for free from 1st April – 30th April.

IGN Score: 6.8/10
Metacritic Score: 60%
Gamespot Score: 4/10

The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season

Platforms: Xbox One

The Telltale series of the Walking Dead has been the most popular in the Telltale franchise and for good reason. The drama within the srtorylines is engrossing and it is hard to stop playing when there’s a chance every one could die, including yourself, because of the decisions you make in the game. Having played through the series, this is definitely a game you should play, however, if this is your first Walking Dead game from Telltale, I would recommend playing through the first season before starting season 2! Fans of the TV series are not the only people who will enjoy this game so make sure you grab it whilst its free from 16th April!

IGN Score: 8/10
Metacritic Score: 80%
Gamespot: 9/10


Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One

When I first heard about Darksiders, it was described to me as a ‘darker version of Zelda’ and on many levels this description holds true. That is because the platforming and RPG mechanics of the game appear to be heavily influenced by other games in the genre but ultimately, all of this becomes irrelevant as you start to realise how much fun the game is to play. The story may not resonate 100% but the puzzles and action will keep you going all the way through to the end. With lots of skills, gear and other rewards to earn along the way there is never a point where you feel like you game time feels unfulfilled. If you haven’t played the new Zelda then this is the perfect consolation prize. Available from 1st April.

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

Assassin’s Creed Revelations

Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One

I have never been a fan of the Assassin’s Creed games so this game will not be my highlight of this month’s selection. As far as Assassin’s Creed games go though, this one was met with a positive reception and continued from Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood as the fourth game in the series. As one of the more popular Assassin’s Creed games, this should be an easy decision for any fans of the series who have not played this game. Download from 16th April!

IGN Score: 8.5/10
Metacritic Score: 80%
Gamespot Score: 8/10

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

Platforms: PS4

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a great cooperative indie game that looks and plays like an old arcade game. Journey through space and battle various enemies with up to 4 players on the same spaceship. But be warned, you will probably end up yelling at each other a lot as you all frantically decide who is driving, who is controlling the shield, who is attacking the enemies and so on. This game is a lot of fun and if you’re looking for a couch co-op game then this is definitely a must have!

IGN Score: 8.5/10
Metacritic Score: 82%
Gamespot Score: N/A

Drawn To Death

Platforms: PS4

Drawn To Death is a third person shooter that looks to have taken inspiration from a comic book strip. The game is launching on PlayStation Plus’ free games so there is no feedback as to whether this game will be worthwhile. As PlayStation appear to be adopting these release games far more often for their free games service which means these will always be 50/50 experiences. Cant complain with getting free games but set your expectations low just in case.

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

Alien Rage

Platforms: PS3

PlayStation may have a stronghold on the console market but it appears they are now abusing their power by delivering some lacklustre titles in the free games offering. Alien Rage has received some pretty negative reviews and it’s inclusion in Playstation Plus will not change this. Having received criticisms on its difficulty and also it’s poor gameplay then this should only be downloaded if you are curious enough to download it but are happy feeling a sense of disappointment!

IGN Score: 4.4/10
Metacritic Score: 52%
Gamespot Score: 5/10

Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom

Platforms: PS3

Invizimals is a 3D platformer that is more geared at the younger generation. With its roots deeply set in the woeful PS Vita it is understandable that this game on PS3 is by no means breaking the mould of ‘generic platformer’ for the console audience. To put another nail in the games coffin, the developers of this game were not the same as the games before and, due to their lack of experience developing console games, have delivered a very mediocre platforming experience. Think of this as a poor man’s LEGO game. I would not recommend downloading it, especially if you own any other platformer!

IGN Score: N/A
Metacritic Score: 50%
Ganespot Score: N/A


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