February 2016 Free Games for Gold

Microsoft has some very nice games in store for Xbox Gold members in February. Xbox One fans will have access to Hand of Fate and Styx: Master of Shadows. Xbox 360 users get Sacred Citadel and Gears of War 2. While Hand of Fate is available from February 1 to 29, Styx: Master of Shadows is being made available from February 16 through March 15.  For Xbox 360, Sacred Citadel is open February 1-15. Gears of War 2 is only available from February 16-29.

Every game offered in the Games with Gold program is free to use forever as long as you get it during that “free download” period. If you want Gears of War 2 and wait until March 1? You’re out of luck.

Here’s a brief look at the titles this month.

Hands of Fate

Xbox One

Hand of Fate, by Defiant Development, is a mix of collectible card game and dungeon crawler. From the Xbox Store:

Beyond the thirteen gates at the end of the world, the game of life and death is played. Draw your cards, play your hand, and discover your fate. Hand of Fate is a hybrid roguelike/action-RPG/deck builder, in which the player builds a set of cards into a deck, which is then used to deal out the dungeon floors through which they adventure. Upon entering a combat, all of the cards the player has collected fly into their hands as fully modelled 3D assets, and combat begins.

Normally $19.99, Hand of Fate is free to all Xbox Gold members to download in February.

Styx: Master of Shadows

XBox One

Styx: Master of Shadows is a stealth video game developed by Cyanide Studios for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The game is a prequel and the second video game to take place in the world established by 2012’s Of Orcs and Men. From the Xbox Store:

Styx: Master of Shadows is an infiltration game with RPG elements taking place in a dark fantasy universe. Guide the goblin assassin Styx through the vertical and multi-layered Tower of Akenash, home to the World Tree, source of the Amber – a powerful and magical golden sap – prowling through the shadows with aide of a host of special abilities refined throughout Styx’s 200 years of history.

Normally $29.99, Styx: Master of Shadows is free to all Xbox Gold members to download from February 16 to March 15.

Sacred Citadel

(Xbox 360)

Sacred Citadel is a side scrolling action brawler. From the Xbox Store:

The once peaceful land of Ancaria is in grave danger. The evil Ashen empire has enslaved its population and is using the orc-like Grimmoc to wipe out the Seraphim, who swore to protect it. In order to defeat the empire you will have to prove yourself as a warrior by riding terrifying mounts, acquiring earth shattering skills and looting powerful weapons and valuable treasures. Grab your friends and join the resistance!

Normally $9.99, Sacred Citadel is free to all Xbox Gold members to download from February 1 to February 15.

Gears of War 2

(Xbox 360)

Gears of War 2 is a 2008 military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360. From the Xbox Store:

Winter approaches. War rages on. Entire cities are sinking, swallowed by a new threat from below. Soon humanity will have nothing left to defend. Only one option remains: an all-out attack on the Locust Horde.

Normally $19.99, Gears of War is free to all Xbox Gold members to download from February 16 to February 29.


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