Monthly Free Games (May 2016)

A mixed bag this month. Some games seemed promising, but were disappointing. And some games are potentially fine examples of genres I cannot stand. A lot of deleting this month.

Defense Grid 2 (Xbox One)

How does this game differ from other tower defense games I've played where you place the usual tower types and upgrade them while aliens march along a path? Well, first, there's a lot of reading. Second, it moves very quickly and is very difficult to process what's going on, especially on a large screen. And third, it's awkward to control, although that's common of nearly every console TD game I've played, since the genre really shone with the rise of the touchscreen.

GRID 2 (Xbox 360)

Another last-gen mid-tier racing game goes free. I haven't covered it in this space before, but I've covered so many more like it that, seriously, you know what you're getting into, don't you? Yes, you do.

Peggle (XBox 360)

Peggle is the XBox 360 game for the second half of the month (Costume Quest 2 is the XB1 game - I'll cover that next month since it's available through mid-June). If you haven't played or seen Peggle before, well, I'm glad you finally got out of maximum security prison. It's Peggle. You've probably got it on three platforms already and don't need it on the 360. But it's there if you want it.

Tabletop Racing Wourld Tour (PS4)

I wanted to like this. I wanted to like it after an hour of the single-player mode, which was OK but not great. And then I tried to play multiplayer, and it told me I wasn't logged into PSN (I was) and thus couldn't access even the local multiplayer. So I deleted it. If you're really into the Tiny Cars Driving Around Next To Plates Of Donuts genre, feel free to give it a try.

Tropico 5 (PS4)

Fine, I booted it up, are you happy? SimCity set in a fictional third world dictatorship played, as far as I can tell, for laughs. I'm sure it's fine if you like sims and builders and such, but I cannot get into that kind of thing and I desperately needed the space for my pre-download of Doom. I should really put a bigger hard drive in my PS4.

Switch Force Galaxy (PS4, Vita)

A lane-based runner/racer with OK at best gameplay and a really, really obnoxious interface and "story". There are some interesting ideas buried in here, but they are buried deep.

Loco Roco Cocoreccho! (PS3)

Ugh. I wanted to like this, because I have really fond memories of Loco Roco on the PSP, but this is a busy mess that abandons the simple gameplay of the original for a sort of Lemmings "lead everyone to the exit" style puzzle game. The sound in this game will drill a hole in your skull. Something about the mixing of the classic Loco Roco music and the various sounds EVERYTHING FUCKING MAKES is just maddening.

Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 (PS3)

I remember wanting to, and failing to, like the original ReArmed when it came out on the last generation of consoles. Basically a side-scrolling platforming shooter with an arm that's a grappling hook, this game managed to be slow and dark and dull. Also, I died by shooting a dark crate with no explosive markings that blew up with so much force it killed me despite being about three character widths away. Feh.

God of War: Ghosts of Sparta (Vita)

I'm pretty sure I played this on PSP. The portable God of War games are fine, if you're not sick of the God of War formula, this is a short, breezy way to get a little more of it.

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Doom

Please let us know how Doom is. I was going to get it but reviews are mixed and seem to be hovering around "too much like Halo".

Also...

When are you going to create a Twitch account and call yourself PewdieBry?

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