More Free Xbox One and Xbox 360 Games Now Available

Ring in the New Year with some more free games.

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It's the first day of January, which means Xbox Live Gold members can now grab more free games.

As announced previously, this month's Games With Gold titles include Deathtrap: World of Van Helsing on Xbox One and The Cave for Xbox 360--that game is playable on Xbox One via backwards compatibility. Starting on January 16, Killer Instinct Season 2 (Xbox One) and Rayman Origins (Xbox 360) will be available at the low, low price of free in the Games With Gold program.

You can see a full rundown of this month's Games With Gold titles below.

In other news, Microsoft's massive Countdown sale for Xbox Live continues with its second week of deals--see a roundup of some of the best ones here.

Across the fence, January 2017's free PlayStation Plus games will become available when the PlayStation Store refreshes for the first time this month, on January 3.

Games With Gold January 2017 Lineup:

Xbox One:

  • Deathtrap: World of Van Helsing (January 1-31)
  • Killer Instinct Season 2 (January 16-February 15)
  • Outlast (December 16-January 15)

Xbox 360:

  • The Cave (January 1-15)
  • Rayman Origins (January 16-31)

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Not heard of Deathtrap. Will take The Cave and Rayman Origins though :-)

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Now that's how you start the year off right!

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aaaah The Cave. That's a fun one. Still haven't finished it yet.

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@emerin76: Really a great game. Played it on ps3 and will now be playing on Xbox One.

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Updated early mini-review of Deathtrap: This is the best TD game since Defense Grid 2. The Diablo-style ARPG elements are substantial, and it's clear they used a LOT of the Van Helsing engine here (a good thing). You're constantly upgrading your character, your traps, and your gear to suit your playstyle, and the 3 classes are different enough to warrant experimentation with each.

My only complaint is that the menu controls are just plain odd. Really strange to have to launch waves from the map, select missions with triggers, tabs with triggers, etc., but at least the bindings are always shown onscreen.

Note that in-game controls are perfect, which is what's important. HUGE advantage to having game speed and zoom on right stick! Advanced TD and strategy players will immediately love this after spending one round with it. Ex: Zoom out, accelerate whilst running across a section, then zoom in & slow for a boss, repeat.

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@Pyrosa: Addendum/tip: After the first map or two, use the stick on the level select menu (down) to set it to three possible stars (hard). Then replay levels already done, and finish them with zero monsters escaping.

The extra XP boost is just enough that it's not actually hard -- it's just right.

Also, explore the map DURING waves! Early on, you'll see side quests and side enemies to kill, which is a first for this genre. I.e., go play Diablo while your traps handle the main enemies. You'll earn keys for add'l loot chests upon mission completion.

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Is the Cave any good? What it is about? Do you guys recommend the Hellsign game. It looks ok according to the trailer.

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@smearygoose1768: The Cave is more like an adventure-puzzle game than any other genre, with really dark humor. I definitely recommend it. Just be sure to keep a guide handy that tries to remain spoiler-free -- half the enjoyment is from the surprises.

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Is the Cave any good? What it is about? Do you guys recommend the Hellsign game. It looks ok according to the trailer.

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Solid month!

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Rayman will be lit???

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Nothing worth checking out until january 16th.

I think I can hold off redeeming my membership until then.

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MS, kicking ass and taking names!

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@akassassin11: I'll stop when they're finished kicking ass and taking names!

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@simplytheebest: Not really

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@JIMDOG4442002: Yup, kicking ass and taking names!

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Already enjoying Deathtrap... Still very early into it though.