It's that time of the month where Microsoft rolls out details to their Xbox Live Gold subscribers for February's free Games With Gold. In fact, Microsoft announced that one of those free games is a Star Wars title.
Over on the official Major Nelson website, the PR front man for Microsoft, Larry Hryb, briefly listed the games that would be free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The free games include the following:
Monkey Island 2: SE: February 1st - February 15th (Xbox 360)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: February 16th - February 28th (Xbox 360)
Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime: February 1st - February 28th (Xbox One)
Project Cars Digital Edition: February 16th - March 15th (Xbox One)
The offerings will be the same as they've been for a while, in terms of having four free games available throughout the month, two of which will be Xbox One titles and two of which will be Xbox 360 games. The Xbox 360 games will be backward compatible, which means that for everyone who missed out on Star Wars: The Force Unleashed when it launched back in 2008 for PS3, PC and Xbox 360, you'll be able to play the game on the Xbox One starting in the middle of February.
Take note that just because Star Wars: The Force Unleashed was a widely popular title and had some pretty amazing visuals, it wasn't the most well-received or critically acclaimed game. The graphics and the intrigue of the story helped make it a memorable game, but the actual execution of the story left a lot to be desired.
Things further fell way off the map with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, which took a big dive off the deep end as far as certain characterization and plot elements were concerned. Nevertheless, you lose absolutely nothing but a bit of bandwidth and hard drive space by downloading the first game for free in February.
Microsoft managed to include a wide a variety of games for those signed up with Xbox Live Gold, and they've also managed to keep that variety consistently diverse for many months on end. In fact, if you don't like The Force Unleashed you can very well bide your time playing the indie sleeper hit Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime. Or if you're more inclined to play something slow and steady with a bit of wry humor and some mind-challenging puzzles, you might like Monkey Island 2: Special Edition.
One of the other notable games on that list above is Project CARS, the crowdfunded racing simulator from Slightly Mad Studios. The game received quite a bit of criticism for not following through with the Wii U release, but it still managed to retain fans on the PS4 and Xbox One thanks to a solid line-up of sexy cars, great graphics, and a robust online multiplayer mode.
You'll only have to wait until the middle of next week to get your hands on the free Games With Gold offerings. And even if you don't have an Xbox 360, you'll still be able to enjoy those games on the Xbox One thanks to the backward compatibility feature.