Celebrate the New Year Early with Games with Gold

Posted on December 30, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One with 4 Comments

Every month, Microsoft provides Xbox Live Gold subscribers with four free games via the Games with Gold promotion. Well, January—and 2018—just arrived a bit early: The first two games in January’s promotion, one each for Xbox One and Xbox 360, are already available.

Reminder: All Xbox 360 games in the Games for Gold promotion also work in Xbox One in Backward Compatibility mode too. So Xbox One users with Xbox Live Gold subscriptions are technically getting at least four free games each month.

Here’s what’s new this—well, next—month.

Xbox One

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III
Normal price: $14.99
Free availability: January 1 to January 31

Description: Van Helsing III makes its debut on Xbox One and is an Xbox One X Enhanced release. In this final chapter of the trilogy, you’ll see Borgovia in its darkest state. The civil war may be over, but a strange cult is prophesizing the end of the world. Van Helsing will do battle against even more terrifying beasts with an expanded arsenal for six specialized character classes and a more detailed, diverse leveling system. He’s now prepared to face his archenemy in this world of squabbling factions and criminals, but he won’t be alone — Lady Katarina, his ghost companion, is still with him and her story is set to be revealed as well.

Zombi
Normal price: $19.99
Free availability: January 16 to February 15

Description: How long do you think you can survive in the streets of London, surrounded by the infected among the roads and underground canals? If you happen to fall victim to these mindless enemies, you’ll lose all your possessions. Start again as a different survivor and you can fight your way back to recover your stash. Plan well and you may make it out alive.

Xbox 360

Tomb Raider Underworld
Normal price: $19.99
Free availability: January 1 to January 15

Description: Dive, climb, fight, and jump your way back into the world of Lara Croft as she travels around the world to uncover the mystery surrounding Thor’s Hammer. You’ll need all of your new combat options and gear to help prevent a forgotten power being unleashed that could destroy civilization.

Army of Two
Normal price: $14.99
Free availability: January 16 to January 31

Description: Combat, camaraderie, and cash. Bring your best buddy (or play with the AI) in this innovative co-op third-person shooter centered around the world of private military enterprise. Earn and spend your money to improve your weapons and increase your lethality as your jobs will take you around the world, from Afghanistan to South Korea, where your team will confront a conspiracy that threatens the entire world.

 

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