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Xbox Games With Gold For February 2021: More Free Games Up For Grabs Now
This February, Xbox Games with Gold will include five free games instead of the usual four.
We're more than halfway through February, so that means more free games are available for Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. A total of four free games are available now as part of February's Xbox Games with Gold lineup, including Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition and Lost Planet 2. This month's lineup included five games--one more than usual--but Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb is no longer up for grabs.
Those with an active Xbox Live Gold subscription can claim the excellent Gears 5 along with Resident Evil, Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition, and Lost Planet 2. As always, all of these games can be played on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. A few should also work on Xbox 360.
Set after the events of Gears 4 and featuring Kait Diaz in the lead role, Gears 5 is a horror-inspired entry in the series that digs deeper into the mysterious origins of the Locusts as well as the role humanity played in the conflict. Its excellent campaign is complemented by a beefy competitive multiplayer mode and several cooperative offerings, including Horde mode. It experiments in its storytelling more than its predecessor, as The Coalition is clearly getting more comfortable leading the franchise. If Gears 4 felt like more of the same to you, this is very different.
Resident Evil is a great choice for February, seeing as it's only a few months before we get Resident Evil Village, and the version included with Games With Gold is the remaster from a few years back. It's a tense and smaller-scale game than some of its successors, but it emphasizes classic horror over action for a less mindless experience. It also introduces us to some of the series' best characters like Jill and Chris.
Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition may not be a household name, but the pixel art action game is an acclaimed and mysterious adventure that has elements of Metroidvania games. If you like Celeste, the chances are pretty high that you're going to like Dandara, as well, and there's even more focus on the narrative in this version.
Lost Planet 2 is the last freebie of the month. Capcom's sequel takes you out of the frozen hellscape of the original and into something a little warmer. However, it retains the first game's excellent blend of exploration and third-person combat, and it's generally considered to be superior to the third game, which released three years later.
Free Games With Gold for February 2021
- Resident Evil: February 1-28
- Gears 5: February 1-28
- Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition: February 16-March 15
- Lost Planet 2: February 16-28
- Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb: February 1-15 - ended
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