As we write this, it’s December 30th, and there’s only one more day left before the January Games with Gold go live on Xbox One and 360. With the stress of holiday preparations, shopping and eating, you may have forgot to download your December freebies. This is your final reminder.
Available to download at the moment on Xbox One is The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. This has been available since the beginning of the month, and offers four player co-op gameplay in the style of Diablo games. We went into detail about it on launch, which you can catch up on here, and see if it interests you.
On the Xbox 360, you can download Sacred 3 until the 1st of January rolls around. This too is a 4 player co-op hack and slash adventure, although it didn’t review well. Still, it costs you nothing, and at least you can say you tried it, and if it’s fun for a few hours with friends, then you definitely got your money’s worth!
Finally, we have Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising. If you want your shooters a little more serious than others which grant you access to airstrikes, personal helicopter support and absurd weapon attachments, then this might be the game for you. “Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising challenges players to survive the chaos and rapidly evolving situations of modern warfare in a new contemporary theatre. Players experience the intensity, diversity and claustrophobia of a modern conflict from the unique perspectives of an infantry marine, a helicopter pilot, a Special Forces officer or a tank commander, each engaged against the full force of the Chinese PLA on a scale never previously experienced in a military action title,” says Metacritic.
I will certainly be looking forward to trying this out myself, especially with the 4 player co-op campaign with friends. It also has a competitive mode, but co-op tactical action is what interests me most.
In January, Xbox fans will have some good Games with Gold titles to look forward to as well.
Starting on January 1st, Xbox One players can download Killer Instinct: Season 1 Ultra Edition throughout the whole month. Season 1 Ultra Edition includes all eight Season 1 characters that consist of Jago, Sabrewulf, Glacius, Thunder, Sadira, Orchid, Spinal and Fulgore. It also includes every accessory and retro costume plus the Classic Killer Instinct arcade game. Not bad for free, eh?!
From January 16th, Xbox One owners are getting Zheros, Zheros is a co-op beat em up like any other traditional 90s game from the same genre. Expect flashier graphics, and a throwback feel.
For the Xbox 360 Games with Gold, the first half of the month consists of Codemasters’ DiRT Showdown. Ideal for car and racing enthusiasts, and some gravelly off-road racing action. In the second half of January, explore the world of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and set yourself up for the sequel coming later in the new year.