Xbox's selection of Games With Gold for December is less "holly jolly" and more "thrills and chills" flavored this year. Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, Outlast, and Outland will give you plenty of action, while Burnout Paradise can serve as your palette cleanser - a relaxing drive to cool off with when things get too intense.
Remember: any games you choose to download during their availability period will remain accessible so long as you have an active Xbox Live Gold membership. And don't forget too that any Xbox 360 games made available through Games With Gold are also backwards compatible with Xbox One.
December 2016 free Games With Gold games
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition (Xbox One) - Available: December 1 - 31 What started development as another GTA clone eventually blossomed into this unique spin on underground crime. Set in Hong Kong with you in the role of an undercover cop, Sleeping Dogs tells a well-crafted story about violence, double-crosses, and the gray line of morality. It also has some dope as hell street races. So there's that, too.
Outlast (Xbox One) - Available: December 16 - January 15 Created by former Ubisoft and Naughty Dog employees, Outlast came out of nowhere to become one of this generation's definitive horror experiences. Slinking your way through an insane asylum, you'll need to avoid combat and hide from your crazed foes. Use your camera to see in the pitch black, and try not to pee yourself when a pair of glowing eyes looks back.
Outland (Xbox 360) - Available: December 1 - 15 From Ubisoft and Housemarque (developers of Super Stardust HD and Resogun) comes a 2D action platformer with all the tropes and trappings of the good ol' days: collectibles, giant bosses, and platforming challenges to test your reflexes abound in this Viking-inspired tale.
Burnout Paradise (Xbox 360) - Available: December 16 - 31 Burnout Paradise trades in the series' closed-off loops and courses for an open-world, drive-where-you-want design, with a city to explore and secrets to uncover. Everything you love about Burnout - the intense sense of speed, the wicked crashes, the pop-punk playlist - is still here, but with a new dressing. A very pretty dressing.
November 2016 free Games With Gold games
- Super Dungeon Bros. (Xbox One)
- Murdered: Soul Suspect (Xbox One)
- The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (Xbox 360)
- Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (Xbox 360)
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