With roughly $90 worth of free games, the Xbox Games with Gold February 2019 lineup is another eclectic, appealing mix of titles to enjoy in between the big new games of 2019. There's definitely an old-school skew to this month's selection, with the Castlevania-like Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon and the classic multiplayer shenanigans of Super Bomberman R. But we're also getting our second original Xbox game following December's Mercenaries, and it's another LucasArts joint: the lightsaber-swinging power fantasy of Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. Here are the need-to-know details on the games offered as part of Xbox Games with Gold for February 2019.
Remember: any games you choose to download during their availability period will remain accessible so long as you have an active Xbox Live Gold membership. And don't forget that any Xbox 360 games made available through Games With Gold are also backwards compatible with Xbox One, letting you keep everything on one console.
February 2019 free Games With Gold games
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (Xbox One) - Available: February 1- 28
No, someone isn't playing a prank on you by replacing the guts of your Xbox One with an NES - that's just how faithful the 8-bit visuals look in Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon. Developed by famed Castlevania veteran Koji Igarashi and his team at Inti Creates, Curse of the Moon is such a well-made throwback to classic platformers that it could very well overshadow the crowdfunded Bloodstained that inspired it. As a band of four distinct playable characters, you'll sword-slash, whip-crack, and spell-cast your way through tons of imaginative, pixelated 2D levels full of inventive monsters that need slaying.
Super Bomberman R (Xbox One) - Available: February 16 - March 1
Bomberman's tense, highly explosive multiplayer is timeless, and Super Bomberman R is an effort to modernize the series for contemporary consoles. Playing solo or with a co-op pal, you can tackle a lengthy story mode as Bomberman and his pals (including the big-headed, Xbox-exclusive Master Chief) endeavor to take down the villainous Emperor Buggler. But the real draw here is the eight-player multiplayer that you can enjoy locally or online, with everyone frantically dropping bombs to trap their enemies and doom them to a fiery death - without accidentally detonating themselves.
WRC 6 (Xbox One) - Available: January 16 - February 15
WRC 6 is a bit rough around the edges, but perhaps that's fitting of rally racing where cars get caked in mud and grime as soon as you hit the gas. You'll need to master the art of drifting around bumpy corners and accounting for the rugged surfaces of off-road terrain. Racing fans, especially those who enjoy hardcore simulation-style controls, should get a kick out of the expansive career mode, varied courses, and smooth online play.
Assassin's Creed Rogue (Xbox One, Xbox 360) - Available: February 1 - 15
Originally developed as an Assassin's Creed Unity companion game for those still playing on Xbox 360 and PS3, Assassin's Creed Rogue is a worthwhile sidestory for hardcore fans of Ubisoft's stealth-driven series. Rogue follows the exploits of Shay Cormac, who defects from the Brotherhood to join the North American order of Templars. The ship-focused gameplay might feel overly familiar to anyone who played Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, but Rogue's plot and some unique environments are worth a look for anyone curious about this lesser-known AC game.
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (Xbox One, Xbox 360) - Available: February 16 - 28
Jedi Academy is the realization of many a childhood dream: signing up as a young Padawan to learn the ways of the lightsaber at Jedi school. You play as a student studying under Kyle Katarn, the cult-favorite hero of the Jedi Knight series, who in turn reports to Jedi legend Luke Skywalker. Jedi Academy offers a high degree of character customization, both for the gender and appearance of your character (aliens included and encouraged), and the designs of your lightsaber. It goes beyond simple color choice, too; you can eventually choose if you want to go single lightsaber, dual-wielding, or doubled-up 'saber staff like Darth Maul, and the choice you make will greatly alter your playstyle and combo potential.
January 2018 free Games With Gold games you might've missed
- Celeste (Xbox One)
- Never Alone (Xbox One)
- Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (Xbox One / Xbox 360)
- Far Cry 2 (Xbox One / Xbox 360)
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