April is shaping up to be a solid month for Xbox Games with Gold, with four new titles announced for the service that span genres and offer everything from puzzle solving and assassinating baddies to driving cartoon cars and strategically dismembering an undead threat.
Hard to believe, but another month has already flashed past on the 2018 calendar. Now that April is just around the corner, Microsoft has announced a fresh batch of Games with Gold titles to keep everyone busy as we head into spring.
As always, this latest batch of titles includes a pair of Xbox One games and a pair of Xbox 360 titles. Also following tradition, both of those Xbox 360 games are backwards compatible, meaning if you're gaming on the Xbox One, you're getting four games to play in the coming month.
Kicking things off on April 1 will be The Witness, which will be available free of charge through April 30. From the creative mind of Jonathan Blow, The Witness drops players onto an island that is literally packed with mysteries, secrets and hidden clues. You'll need to solve various puzzles to access more and more of the island, making this the perfect way to spend a few afternoons if you grew up on games like Myst.
The second Xbox One title will be available from April 16 to May 15, and it's all about running along rooftops and dispatching corrupt individuals with various pointy instruments. It's Assassin's Creed Syndicate, giving players the chance to take on the role of a couple of siblings who are tired of seeing a select few folks in power step all over the little people.
Over on the Xbox 360, Cars 2 will get things rolling from April 1-15. You might be surprised to learn that Cars 2 is a racing game but, since it comes from the folks at Disney, it's a decidedly more colorful affair that isn't exactly big on crashes or carnage.
Finally, one of my favorite horror games of all time, Dead Space 2 joins the Xbox Games with Gold lineup from April 16-30. While the original Dead Space took place on a somewhat claustrophobic mining ship, the sequel sets players loose on The Sprawl, a self-contained civilization that's floating out in space. Unfortunately, an alien threat has overrun the location, turning most of its citizenry into terrifying, twisted nightmare creatures. Luckily, you've got an arsenal of mining tools and other types of firepower to help stop them in their tracks.