It's finally April 1, which means that not only is it April Fools' Day, but the first new free Xbox Games with Gold of the month are available now.
Starting today, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download The Technomancer and the original Xbox version of Star Wars: Battlefront 2. The Technomancer is an action-RPG that has been called a low budget take on a BioWare game, and while it released to fairly weak reviews, it still has a group of dedicated fans nevertheless. Praise has been given to the game's story, so even those who not thrilled by the gameplay may at least be able to get some enjoyment out of the narrative.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2, meanwhile, may be the real headliner for the Xbox free Games with Gold for April. Whereas the 2017 version of Star Wars: Battlefront 2 was widely criticized for its loot boxes, to the point that it actually triggered federal investigations into the practice, the original Star Wars: Battlefront 2 from 2005 has been widely praised by fans and critics alike. The game was noteworthy for its improved single player over its predecessor, and its multiplayer helped it earn high marks as well. Star Wars: Battlefront 2's local multiplayer options will allow modern gamers to still play the multiplayer, even though Xbox Live services for the original Xbox shut down years ago.
Later this month, we will see even more games added to the free Games with Gold lineup. On April 16, Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox One can download Outcast: Second Contact, a remake of an award-winning action-adventure game from the late 90s. April 16 will also see the addition of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One, a game that stands as one of the highest-rated Ghost Recon titles to date.
And of course, Xbox Live Gold subscribers still have the chance to download one of the free Xbox Games with Gold from March. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 will be available as a free download until April 15, at which point it will be replaced by Outcast: Second Contact.
Overall, the Xbox free games for April 2019 seem to be pretty solid, but if anyone is disappointed by the lineup, they always have the May 2019 free games to look forward to.