Hitman: Absolution and Deadlight are you free games from Microsoft this month through Xbox Live Games With Gold. Respectively on April 15 and April 30, you can find these games on the online market and download them to keep, forever.
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has commented recently on the criticisms of the program, and how it offered dated games most people have already played. He promised to make adjustments and take a more active role in deciding the games that are made available.
Hitman: Absolution is definitely a title that fits more in line with what gamers are looking for. It’s a relatively recent game not everyone has played or was willing to shell out $60 for despite the positive praise. Now they can play it risk free, exactly what this kind of program should be about.
The other title, Deadlight, shows Microsoft is listening to the indie scene as well. This game was not well received on the Xbox 360, but the PC fanbase welcomed a revised version with open arms. Not only does the free Xbox 360 version give it exposure, but gamers might be turned on to shelling out money for the better version down the road some time.
Two good choices for the month, and recent developments in the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection has shown me that this “owning the game forever” thing might not be such a bad idea. If I’ve rented a game for free for a year but subsequently stumbled across the option to buy it for $5 or less, I’m definitely going to take the option of owning the game for good over having it until a subscription plan runs out.
The PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection doesn’t allow you to take part in discounts on games you’ve picked up for free and will eventually have to give back. Call me old fashioned, but I like the idea of permanence.