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 Spacetime is 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 Spacetime is available for the entire month. Project CARS slides into that mid-month spot and is free from February 16 through March 15. On the Xbox 360 side, Monkey Island 2 is free from February 1 through February 15; The Force Unleashed then 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.