Feel the power of love in February's Xbox Games with Gold


More power than love

February is a month most closely associated with love. Xbox tries to play off this for its next set of free Games with Gold. It succeeds to some degree, but a more easily-identifiable theme might be power. Huey Lewis and the News would be proud of that combination.

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetimeis Xbox’s token nod at February. It’s a cooperative shooter, and the “lovers” in the title satisfies the Valentine’s Day condition. But, it’s also a game where you obliterate everything and that maybe more squarely makes it about power.

The other three titles are even more power-related. They are Project CARS(horsepower), Star Wars: The Force Unleashed(Jedi powers), and Monkey Island 2: Special Edition(Voodoo powers). The February tropes fall apart once you consider the other 75 percent of the list.

Here’s the schedule breakdown for February’s Games with Gold: Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetimeis available for the entire month. Project CARSslides into that mid-month spot and is free from February 16 through March 15. On the Xbox 360 side, Monkey Island 2is free from February 1 through February 15; The Force Unleashedthen takes over from February 16 through February 28. As a reminder, all Games with Gold Xbox 360 titles are playable on Xbox One through backward compatibility.