Dead Island is free this month on XBLA. I haven’t played the zombie face bashing game since its initial release and recall enjoying the experience for the most part, so it will be interesting to see if it holds up to a second play through. I do recall being disappointed that it didn’t offer a more serious story, given the dramatic tone the trailer presented. Still, mindless zombie killing is difficult to pass up, especially when it’s free.
Toy Soldiers: Cold War will be available February 16, a loss for me since I already own it. Cold War is fun tower defense game, with the interesting ability to take direct control of the turrets you’ve built as well as controlling a number of land and air vehicles. There’s also a bonus feature that allows for the limited use of special abilities, such as nuclear weapons, strategic bombing runs, and a Rambo-esque commando, straight out of an 80’s movie. The nostalgia factor is fun and if you enjoy tower defense games, you should give it a try.