Free January Xbox Games with Gold announced: Sleeping dogs and Lara Croft

Sleeping Dogs free January 1-16, while Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will be free January 16-31.

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Microsoft has announced January 2014's set of free games for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360.

Starting Wednesday, January 1, Square Enix's open-world action game Sleeping Dogs (normally $20) will be free. Then from January 16-31, subscribers can download Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (normally $15) for free.

The free games are part of Microsoft's Xbox 360 "Games with Gold" program that gives subscribers two free games to keep per month. New titles are available on the 1st and 16th of every month.

An Xbox Live Gold subscription is $10/month or $60/year. No such promotion is available on Xbox One.

The current free Xbox 360 game for subscribers is Shoot Many Robots (normally $10). The deal expires at midnight tomorrow.

By comparison, Sony will offer BioShock Infinite, DmC: Devil May Cry, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons as free games for PlayStation Plus members on PlayStation 3 during January 2014. PlayStation 4 owners can download indie hit Don't Starve, while PlayStation Vita owners will be able to download Worms: Battle Island and Smart As… during the month.

Discussion

313 comments
puppiemaster
puppiemaster

I've been on Gold for 8 years and only PS+ for 3 months, even I can see that PS+ is much better value for miney

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

Without a doubt the best games they've given away yet

HipHopBeats
HipHopBeats

Lol, what's free in February? Deadpool and LA Noire?

RevLux
RevLux

I hope we get at least slightly newer games when they finally release the free games with gold on the XB1.

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

LOL 

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light...

Vodoo
Vodoo

XBL also offers crazy sales each month as well that nobody mentions. A few months ago I bought Sleeping Dogs for $5 on sale from XBL. 


I own a 360, XB1 & PS4 (traded ps3 in years ago). I got the XB1 first, so I have all the good next gen multi-plat games on the XB1. I haven't bought a single game  for the PS4, except the free PS+ games Resogun (which is awesome) and Contrast. The only game worth buying on PS4 is Killzone and I don't like it enough to spend $65 on it. So I really have shit to play on the PS4. I don't even know if the disc drive works!


If I had bought all the multi-plat games for PS4 instead, I would have Dead Rising 3, Forza 5 and Ryse to play  on XB1. Everyone I've spoken with that owns BOTH next gen consoles prefers the XB1, including myself. It's just got  lot more going for it. 

StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

Glad to see them finally offering an excellent game for the gold subscribers. I'd say most people would have this one by now so it's not gonna do much good, except it flew under the radar for a lot of people it seems, myself included.

CptMorgan21
CptMorgan21

Seriously people, can't we just agree that Xbox Live is far superior as an online service than PSN and PS Plus offers far superior value as far as games go, and move on.  Just pick the one that's more important to you and quit bitching about what free games we are getting from xbox live, after all a year ago we were getting nothing.  I will never complain about anything that is given extra on top of what I already agreed to pay for.

swantn5
swantn5

i already own sleeping dogs a great game with a great story 

Karlinel
Karlinel

I gotta say that, having both, XBL tends to work better. The PSN store crashes constantly (at least on ps4), the apps work when they feel like it (music unlimited, anyone?), and the matchmaking seemed to be smoother on XBL (although that could be a game issue, I dont really know how is that handled). 

On the other side, just Resogun owns whatever games XBL gives for free.

crashmer
crashmer

Lol these 2 games alone are worth more than the subscription. 

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

ill still stick with xbl and its dedicated servers for all online games, among the many other features that are xbl exclusive that fanboys conveniently omit when sitting around all day trying to find reasons to cry about something ms did or did not do

zillaman101
zillaman101

And I'm wondering why everyone says xbox 360 is better than playstation 3.

rocafelon1001
rocafelon1001

I'm playing battlefield 4 on Xbox360 and having fun.

Redrivar
Redrivar

wow those games are both ass as well as old as fuck.  Sleeping dogs was free on PS+ during the summer, that lara croft just can't be justifably sold for more than a few cents. horrible

DomZeal
DomZeal

Meanwhile...........fine.

droopy_joe
droopy_joe

I have all the current and next gen systems (Playstation ID and XBOX Gamertag both are DroopyGangsta) and I have to say that PS Plus hands down is a superior service compared to XBOX live Gold.  PS Plus is a requirement for the PS4 to play online plus you get free games for all 3 systems (PS3,4, and VITA).  Gold is a requirement for you to enjoy your XBOX, If you don't have it you can't have fun with it. 

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

Typical.  I just bought 'Sleeping Dogs' about a month ago.  Haven't had a chance to play it yet, but it looks promising.

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

@Vodoo  

Yes XB1 has lot more cuming from it. 

meatz666
meatz666

@Vodoo Buying two 2-month-old consoles... When you could buy an awesome PC with that money... Sad.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@CptMorgan21 I agree.

And since I almost never play online Xbox appeals much less to me, especially with the Netflix/YouTube paywall.

But if you're big into CoD online or MMOs then yeah Xbox is definitely where you should go right now.

hwoarang5
hwoarang5

@CptMorgan21 

only poor self induce fanboys complains, cause they are too poor to owns both system, i owns all, including pc, no complains there, just get any games and service u want and can afford, what is there to complain, gaming is fun on all system... all i see are poor jealous fanboys not able to play or own the system they lack.. so just complain and rant to ease their jealousy.. 

RevLux
RevLux

@Karlinel I read your post and had a good chuckle. The whole reason I read this article is b/c Xbox live is down on my XB1. It rarely happens to me on either my XB1 or PS4 though I do experience more problems with matchmaking and especially voice chat on my XB1.

RevLux
RevLux

@zillaman101 The 360 was the best, imo, at the start of last gen but as the PS3 got better and better the 360 seemed to get less and less first party support. The last couple of years the PS3 has overtaken the 360 in total world wide sales despite releasing a year later. So I would say it is just the online vocal minority that would still claim the 360 is better than the PS3.

RevLux
RevLux

@Redrivar I enjoyed Lara Croft actually. Though I received the code for it free when I purchased the last retail Tomb Raider and likely never would have bought it.

StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

@Redrivar Well... ignoring your ridiculous grammar, Sleeping Dogs was a fantastic game. It had a great setting, an engaging story and main character, and the gameplay was solid. More importantly it was different enough from GTA to not be considered a poor attempt at a clone, so it's a great alternative to people who were unimpressed with GTA 4, such as myself.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

@Redrivar it sucks that I own sleeping dogs already but  it was not a bad game so stop whining,    its free and you keep it unlike psn plus where all your downloads  are useless until you reactivate

swantn5
swantn5

@droopy_joe really? you sure because i play warframe and blacklight online without a PS Plus subscription 

zillaman101
zillaman101

And that is so true. We need more people like you and me that knows that PS Plus is better than Live Gold. And possibly PS3 being better than Xbox 360.

StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

@CptRexKramer Bad luck, but I'm of the mindset that if something is good enough then you shouldn't feel bad about having to pay for it, and Sleeping Dog is a wonderful game. I know saying that doesn't replace the money you spent on it, but at least you didn't spend money on a disappointing game. =)

Vodoo
Vodoo

@meatz666 @Vodoo I have a gaming laptop... Asus G750 hooked to my 55" HDTV. So who's sad now?

droopy_joe
droopy_joe

@swantn5 @droopy_joe I'm pretty sure it's a requirement with the exception of the free indi games. Those games are given to you for free with the hope that you purchase all the expansion packs they offer. With games that are paid like 2K and COD you can't play online w/o a PS Plus subscription on PS4.

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

@StarsiderSajun   No, No.  It's all good.  I don't regret buying the game at all.  Truth be told, I traded the last 'Tomb Raider' game (At least I  think it was T.R..)  and ended up getting 'Sleeping Dogs', 'The Witcher 2' super uper duper edition, and some other game for the trade.  Sad thing is I haven't had the time for any of them yet.  One day.


marcusfeelius1
marcusfeelius1

@meatz666 @Vodoo don't be jelly. Gaming laptops are there for people who are willing to pay the extra buck for performance. They preform better than consoles naturally.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@FallenOneX@meatz666LMAO.....good one. XD.

Seriously, though homie (meatz666), why you worry/hatin' on what he does or doesn't have?? And for you info dude (not directed at you FallenOneX), I also game on a laptop, too. There's nothing wrong w/ that; frankly it's a fairly decent balance for the kind of PC gaming I do enjoy doing (though I will admit I lean more toward console gaming.). 

If you ask me, FallenOneX, I'm thinking that hatorade must tasting kinda salty....lol. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@meatz666 @Vodoo Because people with money obviously don't do what they can to spend it wisely. Dumb comment is dumb.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@meatz666 You just seem to be mad he's "him". First you say he's lying, then you say he's stupid if he's telling the truth. Can you at least tell me how hatorade tastes?

meatz666
meatz666

@Vodoo @meatz666  You, because you're lying. There's no such thing as "gaming laptop", for an instance. Buying a overpriced laptop for gaming is pretty stupid, imo. And, if you're that loaded, why write "XBL also offers crazy sales each month as well that nobody mentions. A few months ago I bought Sleeping Dogs for $5 on sale from XBL. "? Why are you mentioning free and discounted games?

You're just another Xboned, who lies about having two consoles, making the community more stupid with the "Console Wars", something that only the gaming media and marketing companies profit on.