Xbox Games with Gold December 2018 includes an original Xbox game for the first time

Mercenaries

As we head into the holidays and (hopefully) plenty of time off, the selection of December 2018 Games with Gold freebies will be there to keep you company. For the first time ever, an original Xbox game is part of the selection: the cult-hit open world shooter Mercenaries from LucasArts (RIP). It's admittedly not the most hype-inducing batch of games, but you're still getting $60 worth of content for free, and the prospect of more old-school Xbox titles being included in the program as 2019 rolls out sure is exciting. Here are all the games that Xbox Live Gold subscribers are getting for free in December 2018. 

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 that any Xbox 360 games made available through Games With Gold are also backwards compatible with Xbox One, letting you keep everything on one console.

December 2018 free Games With Gold games  

Qube 2 (Xbox One) - Available: December 1 - 30
If you've got a thing for the Portal games - and really, who doesn't - then Qube 2 could be right up your problem-solving alley. This first-person puzzler will evoke memories of the Aperture Science Enrichment Center as you explore once-sterile, now-crumbling experiment rooms and solve brain-teasers by manipulating the environment. In place of portals, Qube 2 bestows you with the power to control colored cubes using some high-tech gloves.  

Never Alone (Xbox One) - Available: December 16 - January 15
Few games pay tribute to native cultures like Never Alone, a 2.5D puzzle platformer that retells a traditional fable of the Alaskan Inupiat people. You play as a young girl named Nuna and her white fox friend, making your way through icy blizzards and evading threats both natural and mythical. It's a bit like Limbo, if you replace the bleak, unsettling solitude with heartwarming moments of hope.

Race the Sun (Xbox One) - Available: November 16 - December 15
Imagine if the original Star Fox on SNES didn't involve shooting any enemies, putting the focus squarely on nimbly flying around a series of obstacles. Now speed things up by about 300% and you've got a general idea of the challenges found in Race the Sun. While admiring the simple aesthetic and breakneck speed, you'll need to maneuver your solar-powered spacecraft around plenty of blockades and strange terrain in the pursuit of high scores.

Dragon Age 2 (Xbox One, Xbox 360) - Available: December 1 - 15
Before Mass Effect: Andromeda came along, Dragon Age 2 was easily BioWare's most polarizing RPG epic. It follows the high fantasy adventures of Hawke, a gruff, customizable human who must save the city of Kirkwall from evil and monstrous forces. The story takes place across an in-game decade as you bond with party members, battle in third-person combat, and roleplay via the extensive dialogue trees.

Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction (Xbox One, Xbox 360) - Available: December 16 - 31
Before the Just Cause series came into existence, Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction was letting players run amok with weaponry in a highly destructible open world. Made by the studio behind the original Star Wars: Battlefront games and the tongue-in-cheek alien antics of Destroy All Humans, Mercenaries follows a band of three military experts who excel at shooting at and/or blowing up most everything in sight. It's also something of a bizarre time capsule into how games envisioned conflicts with North Korea back in 2005, and even lets you unlock Han Solo and Indiana Jones as secret characters. 

November 2018 free Games With Gold games

  • Battlefield 1 (Xbox One)
  • Victor Vran (Xbox One)
  • Assassin's Creed (Xbox One / Xbox 360)
  • Dante's Inferno (Xbox One / Xbox 360)