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"Knack" challenges players to fend off an invading goblin army through the use of powerful relics and skills.

SALT LAKE CITY — Each month, Xbox Live Gold and Playstation Plus members receive a selection of free games alongside online multiplayer access. Each platform usually offers their users a completely different selection of games and experiences for $59.99 a year, per program.

Xbox owners can expect to receive up to four games for Xbox One and Xbox 360 through the Games With Gold Program, and PlayStation fans are offered up to six titles for PlayStation 3, 4, Vita and VR.

Both Xbox and PlayStation have recently announced February’s free games. Here’s a quick look at the description, critical score and ESRB rating of each title, as well as the average critical score and value of the free game programs.

PlayStation Plus

PS Plus games are made available on the first Tuesday of every month and can be downloaded for free throughout February. Unlike Xbox’s free games, anything obtained through PS Plus will become inaccessible if your membership expires. Thankfully, your free games will be waiting for you should you choose to subscribe again.

"Knack" challenges players to fend off an invading goblin army through the use of powerful relics and skills.


Platform: PS4

Metacritic score: 54

ESRB rating: E10+ for fantasy violence

Team up with Knack to protect the world from an invading goblin army. Knack can grow and shrink to traverse the environment, collect ancient relics and defeat his foes in this family-friendly action-adventure from legendary video game developer Mark Cerny.

Tequila Works, Grey Box
RiME allows players to explore a mysterious island and tower at their own pace to discover secrets.


Platform: PS4

Metacritic score: 80

ESRB rating: E10+ for fantasy violence

RiME is a puzzle adventure game inspired by “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker” and “Ico,” and follows a young boy’s journey to a mysterious tower. Players can explore and solve puzzles at their own pace as they discover the tower’s secrets.

Tozai Games
Explore dangerous caves to amass mountains of treasure in "Spelunker HD."

"Spelunker HD"

Platform: PS3

Metacritic score: 56

ESRB rating: E for comic mischief

Play with up to six friends online to explore caves, dodge enemies, unlock vaults and collect treasure in this remake of the rogue-like “Spelunker.” Journey through 10 unique worlds and explore 100 caves filled with hordes of enemies and natural threats to gather as much wealth as you can.

Compile Heart/GCrest, NIS America, Inc.
Join Lady Chou Chou and friends as they fight to protect their world against an ancient evil.

"Mugen Souls Z"

Platform: PS3

Metacritic score: 57

ESRB rating: T for fantasy violence, language, partial nudity and sexual themes

Follow Lady Chou-Chou and her friends as they team up with the goddess Syrma to prevent an ancient threat from destroying their world.

Magnetic Realms, Marvelous USA (XSEED)
Explore a dangerous world to discover the whereabouts of a missing businessman in "Exile's End."

"Exile’s End"

Platform: PS Vita, PS4

Metacritic score: 63

ESRB rating: T for blood and violence

When the leader of a powerful corporation disappears on a remote planet, Jameson, a mercenary, is sent to find him. After Jameson’s ship crash-lands on the planet’s surface, he must find his target and escape the hostile world alive.

Monochrome Corp., NIS America, Inc.
Guide a team of mercenaries and ally yourself with a Great Kingdom in this hand-drawn tactical RPG.

"Grand Kingdom"

Platform: PS Vita, PS4

Metacritic score: 78

ESRB rating: T for fantasy violence, mild blood, mild language, suggestive themes and use of alcohol

Take control of a team of mercenaries and align yourself with one of four Great Nations in this tactical Japanese RPG.

Average Metacritic score: 65

Total value: $99.95

Xbox Live Gold

Xbox’s free games are usually divided across both of Microsoft’s consoles, with two titles featured for Xbox One, and an additional two for Xbox 360. It’s important to note Xbox One owners can also download the Xbox 360 titles, thanks to backwards compatibility. Additionally, any games downloaded as an Xbox Live Gold subscriber will stay in your digital library, even if your subscription lapses.

Devolver Digital
Fight against demons and evil corporations in this reboot of 3D Realms' cult classic shooter.

Shadow Warrior

Platform: Xbox One

Date available: Feb. 1-28

Metacritic score: 74

ESRB rating: M for blood and gore, intense violence, strong language and mild sexual themes

“Shadow Warrior” follows a disgraced shogun as he journeys to retrieve a powerful blade capable of defeating evil demon invaders in this reboot of 3D Realms’ cult classic shooter. Utilize a wide range of weapons and magic to defeat enemies in fast-paced combat.

Explore colonial India as Arbaaz in "Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India."

"Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India"

Platform: Xbox One

Date available: Feb. 16-March 15

Metacritic Score: 64

ESRB Rating: T for blood, sexual themes and violence

Assume the role of Arbaaz, an assassin from 19th century Colonial India as he embarks on a quest of vengeance. Use tricks, traps and the series’ signature parkour abilities to explore beautiful, sidescrolling environments and complete complex challenges.

Disney Interactive Studios
Race through ever-changing racetracks as they explode around you in "Split/Second."


Platform: Xbox 360

Date available: Feb. 1-15

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Metacritic score: 82

ESRB rating: E10+ for violence

Set within a reality TV show, race through a dangerous city with ever-changing racetracks rigged to explode with you on them.

"Crazy Taxi" challenges you with delivering passengers to their destinations as quickly as possible - by any means necessary.

"Crazy Taxi"

Platform: Xbox 360

Date available: Feb 16-28

Metacritic score: 59

ESRB rating: E10+ for language and mild violence

Test your delivery driving skills in Sega’s chaotic cult classic. Deliver your passengers as fast as possible to receive lucrative tips by any means possible.

Average Metacritic score: 70

Total value: $69.96