Another month brings another batch of free games. First up for Xbox we have an exciting update for both the 360 and Xbox One. Each system is getting two games, with the Xbox One games being available for the entire month starting August 1st. Crimson Dragon, is an on-rails shooter and the spiritual successor to the beloved Panzer Dragoon. Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut is a lesser known title, but is actually on my personal “to play” list. In Strike Suit Zero, you pilot a mecha in space, fighting in space battles… in space (did I mention you fly a giant robot in space?). It looks really fun, so I suggest giving it a try.
The Xbox 360 gets Motocross Madness form August 1st to the 15th. Players can pull off crazy tricks in races and obstacle courses in fast paced motocross races. Players can also explore large maps to their hearts desire. The second half of August brings a big AAA title in Dishonored. Dishonored is a stealth-action game that lets players choose how they want to go about completing missions. Kill no one, kill everyone, sneak through the levels, or blast your way through… its all up to you. Missions can be completed in various ways, providing great replayability.
If you weren’t aware of the changes last month, Playstation has switched up their PS+ free game perks. Each platform gets two titles and all games are available the first of each month, for the months entire duration. PS4 owners get an unreleased game, Road Not Taken and the famous indie classic FEZ. Road Not Taken is a puzzle game about surviving a brutal winter and rescuing wayward children lost in a forest. Levels are randomly generated providing almost limitless situations and levels to play. FEZ follows Gomez as he finds a 3D world, as a two 2D character. Play through 3D levels from a 2D perspective; this mix is unique providing long time platformer fans something different to play.
PS3 owners get Crysis 3 and Proteus. Crysis 3 is the 3rd game in the successful FPS series. Unlike most FPS shooters today, Crysis 3 gives players sandbox levels, with different paths to take in order to complete the objective. Proteus is a different type of game, no shooting, action, or stealth… it doesn’t even have set goals or objectives. Exploration is the primary means for gameplay in this dream-like world where everything has its own unique musical signature. Similar to Road Not Taken, Proteus is also procedurally generated providing a unique experience for every player.
Finally, the PS Vita. Australia, North America, and PAL Regions receive Metrico. Australia and PAL regions receive LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7, while Dragon’s Crown is unique to North America. First up is Metrico, a world filled with infographics that respond directly to the players movements and actions. I really don’t know how else to describe the game, so check out the video below. It looks interesting, enough. You get it for free, so why not give it a go? LEGO brings more blocky goodness to the world of Harry Potter. Finish the last few years of Harry’s stay at Hogwarts and confrontation with Voldemort. Dragon’s Crown is rounding out August’s free games. This 2D action-RPG will take players through daunting dungeons, defeating enemies, leveling up, and finding loot.