Xbox's selection of Games With Gold for January looks like it'll kick off 2017 with a dash of sugar and spice. Deathtrap and Killer Instinct will give Xbox One owners some gritty action to keep their thumbs busy, while Rayman Origins and The Cave for Xbox 360 will sweeten up your day with their bright colors and humor.
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.
January 2017 free Games With Gold games
World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap (Xbox One) - Available: January 1 - 31 While the main series of Van Helsing games are action-RPGs in the vein of Diablo, this spin-off is a co-op tower defense game. It's still just as gothic-infused and full of monsters though, so have fun electrifying zombies and setting vampires aflame from safe within your ivory ... erm, tower.
Killer Instinct: Season 2 (Xbox One) - Available: January 16 - February 15 Killer Instinct resurrected the long-dormant fighting game series back in 2013, and it's been steadily expanding ever since. Built around a unique combo system and packed with new stages and characters both new and familiar, Season 2 will let you keep fighting the good fight for a long while.
The Cave (Xbox 360) - Available: January 1 - 15 The Cave is a colorful 2D platformer about adventurers across time and space who are lured to the titular cave, where they discover... well, I don't want to spoil it. Suffice to say, this being a game from Double Fine, it's rich in story and humor.
Rayman Origins (Xbox 360) - Available: January 16 - 31 Play this game. Do it. Play it if you like challenging old-school platformers. Play it if you like infectious tunes that will keep you humming for days. Play it if you like the feeling of joy. This wacky, colorful take on Rayman is critically-acclaimed for a reason. So to repeat: play this game.
December 2016 free Games With Gold games
- Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition (Xbox One)
- Outlast (Xbox One)
- Outland (Xbox 360)
- Burnout Paradise (Xbox 360)
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