What better way to close out the year than by playing one of the best games of the year for free. Xbox Live Gold members have another solid “Games with Gold” lineup coming their way in January, and the indie title Celeste is the headliner. Celeste has a stellar score of 94 on Metacritic, which ranks it as the second highest scoring Xbox One game of 2018 (first is Red Dead). In addition to Celeste are 3 other oldie-but-goodie titles, including one fan-favorite of its series. All of the games below will be free for Xbox Live Gold members for a limited time.
($19.99 ERP): Available January 1 to 31 on Xbox One
($49.99 ERP): Available January 16 to February 15 on Xbox One
World Rally Championship 6, better known as WRC 6, is one of the best rally car racing games available. Very similar to Dirt Rally, WRC 6 excels in its realistic feel and its wide selection of challenging race tracks.
Lara Croft: Guardian of Light
($14.99 ERP): Available January 1 to 15 on Xbox One and Xbox 360
This entry in the Tomb Raider series sets itself apart from the rest by focusing on a co-op multiplayer experience. In Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light you can play as either Ms. Croft or “Toltec”– a 2,000-year-old Mayan warrior. You and a friend can work together to solve deadly puzzles, unearth ancient relics, and fight back hordes of ferocious undead. One precious artifact, The Mirror of Smoke, stands apart from the rest; retrieve it to stop the evil forces at work!
Far Cry 2
($19.99 ERP): Available January 16 to 31 on Xbox One and Xbox 360
Revered by fans as one of the best Far Cry games, this second in the open-world series takes you to war-torn Central Africa. Like all Far Cry games, there is an evil mastermind at work, who is prepared to stop at nothing to achieve his violent goals. In addition to a wide range of weapons, a host of cars, trucks, hang gliders and boats are at your disposal as you try to take down a notorious arms dealer known only as “The Jackal”.
Subscribe to Xbox Live Games with Gold
Take your online experience to the next level! Free games aren’t the only good thing about an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Here are some of the other cool features that come with upgrading to Gold:
- Access to Microsoft’s most advanced online multiplayer service
- Exclusive access to Deals With Gold– special sales that give you up to 75% off games in the Xbox Store, every single week
- Demos and other cool content way before basic Xbox Live subscribers
- A better way to group up with friends, and in addition, a way to chat cross-platform between Xbox One and Windows 10
- And, of course, free games every month from Games with Gold