Friday the 13th and Ninja Gaiden 3 headline October’s Games with Gold

Microsoft has announced the batch of freebies that will be available to download as part of October’s Games with Gold offerings.

First up is Tembo the Badass Elephant (no honestly, that’s a real game), a side-scrolling platformer in which the titular Tembo must “smash, punch, and butt stomp” his enemies in a bid to save Shell City from the invading forces of Phantom. Tembo was developed by Game Freak and published by Sega back in July 2015, receiving pretty decent reviews from critics, so it’s certainly worth checking out if you’re stuck for things to play. It’ll be available to download for the entire month of October for Xbox One players.

If you’re more into ultra violent serial killers rather than cartoon elephants then you’ll be pleased to hear that the second free offering for Xbox One players is 2017’s Friday the 13th: The Game, which allows eight players to take part in their very own horror movie, with one player who controls legendary ski-mask model Jason Voorhees hunting down the other seven players who are in the role of Camp Crystal Lake counselors as they try to survive the night. Sadly, the idea is let down by the execution, and Friday the 13th got mediocre reviews due its performance issues and bugs, but it’ll still be worth a look if you fancy a laugh. Friday the 13th: The Game will be available to download from Wednesday 16th October until Friday 15th November, just in time for Halloween.

On the Xbox 360 side of things, movie tie-in action adventure game Disney Bolt will be available to download from Tuesday 1st October until Tuesday 15th October, but the standout offering is most definitely Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, which will be available from Wednesday 16th October until Thursday 31st October. Razor’s Edge is an enhanced port of 2012’s Ninja Gaiden 3, featuring all of the downloadable content from the original as well as additional improvements such as improved AI and extra weapons. The game still received pretty mixed reviews, which was an improvement over the disastrous reviews of the original, but it’s still quite the fall from grace compared to the first two entries in the series. Both Disney Bolt and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge will also be available to Xbox One owners via backwards compatibility.

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