Microsoft has revealed the Xbox Games with Gold lineup for April 2018, headlined by The Witness and Assassin's Creed: Syndicate for the Xbox One.
The free downloads next month for Xbox Games with Gold are much better compared to the titles that were offered for March 2018, especially in comparison to the PlayStation Plus lineup that included the massively popular Bloodborne.
Xbox Games with Gold April 2018
For the month of April 2018, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to download four free games under the Games with Gold program.
For the Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to download The Witness for the whole month of April, while Assassin's Creed: Syndicate will be available from April 16 to May 15.
In open-world mystery game The Witness, players wake up in an island with no clue on who or where they are. The challenging title, from acclaimed director Jonathan Blow, offers 500 puzzles that help players regain their memory.
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, meanwhile, is one of the most acclaimed entries in the franchise. Set in 19th-century London during the Industrial Revolution, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate was considered as significant improvement over its predecessor, Assassin's Creed: Unity.
For the Xbox 360, the free Games with Gold downloads are a pair of sequels, namely Cars 2 from April 1 to April 15 and Dead Space 2 from April 16 to April 30.
Cars 2 is probably the least exciting game for the April 2018 lineup, but the action-racing game may prove popular among children for the over-the-top stunts. The free Xbox 360 game takes a completely different tone in the second half of the month with Dead Space 2, which is seen as the best installment in the three-part series.
Xbox One vs PlayStation 4
It should also be noted that the two Xbox 360 games can be played on the Xbox One through the console's Backward Compatibility feature, effectively giving owners of the current-generation console four free games to download.
Backward Compatibility is one of the major video game console features available on the Xbox One and not on the PlayStation 4. Another major feature that Sony has so far blocked is cross-platform play between the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, despite Microsoft consistently requesting for it to be enabled.
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney believes that PlayStation 4 and Xbox One cross-play is inevitable. It remains to be seen, however, if multiplayer shooter Fortnite will be the game that will make Sony change its mind about the matter.