On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the Games With Gold titles for June. There are four titles in all, equaling roughly $64 in value for Gold members. Top billing goes to the Xbox classic Destroy All Humans!, an action-adventure game first released in 2005. (A remake is also on the way this year.) Fans also get access to Sine Mora, an old-school shoot-’em-up that relies on a novel time-manipulation mechanic.
There’s also two more lesser-known titles. Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is a lavishly animated game about a bellydancing genie teamed up with pirates. Coffee Talk, on the other hand, is a chilled out barista simulator. From our review:
Curiously, the storylines for customers are determined by what drinks you make them, not by your dialogue choices. One werewolf, for instance, comes in asking you to make him a ginger drink that will help manage monthly “furies” where he has to be restrained. I got that drink wrong, too, though the gracious werewolf said he’d be back to try it again later. I have a feeling that if I don’t get it right, it’s going to have huge ramifications for that character in the long run.
Perhaps it’s more accurate to say you play as a therapist, rather than a barista. Much of the game is spent listening to your patrons talk about their day-to-day problems, giving the whole thing a slice-of-life feel. But the character’s issues are not the ones you and I might face, because many of them aren’t human.
Gold members will have access to Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse from June 1-30 on Xbox One. Coffee Talk will be available from June 16-July 15 on Xbox One. Destroy All Humans! is free on Xbox One and Xbox 360 from June 1-15, and Sine Mora will be available from June 16-30.
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