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Xbox Games With Gold For January 2021: Last Chance To Claim These Free Games

Xbox One and Series X|S owners get four more free games this January through Games with Gold.

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With January in its final days, Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate subscribers have only a few days left to claim two of January's Games With Gold offerings, though you'll still have a couple of weeks to claim the third game. Through January 31, you can claim Little Nightmares and Breakdown; meanwhile, you have until February 15 to download Dead Rising. The King of Fighters XIII was also available in the first half of the month, but it's back to regular price now. All of the games are available to any Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S owner with an Xbox Live Gold or Game Pass Ultimate membership. As usual, the first of February's Games with Gold will become available starting February 1.

Developed by Tarsier Studios and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, Little Nightmares is a 2D horror platformer where players must survive a massive industrial ship called The Maw with the fragile, yellow rainjacket-clad child Six. Having released to much critical acclaim in 2017 and receiving a few pieces of DLC thereafter, Tarsier Studios announced a sequel was in the works in 2019. Little Nightmares 2 drops on February 11, 2021.

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Dead Rising is Capcom's wackier take on the zombie apocalypse, following journalist Frank West as he's trapped in a mall nestled within a town suffering from an outbreak. Players can use everything in the mall as a weapon, from chairs and clothing racks to guns and explosives, or craft their own gear to clear the zombie horde and escape the Willamette mall in one piece. It bears some resemblance to the classic Romero film Dawn of the Dead. The similarities are so great, in fact, that the game included a message saying it was not connected to the film.

The oldest game on the list and an original Xbox title at that, Breakdown is a first-person action game that was lauded for its choice of perspective to tell its story, something more common these days with the reemergence of immersive sim game design. Players control Derrick Cole, an amnesiac dude who, after discovering his new powers, must fight his way out of the industrial lab that performed inhumane experiments on him--and many others.

If you have an Xbox Game Pass subscription, there are new games available for January, as well. They include the acclaimed fighting game Injustice 2, which can be played on PC, console, and Android with a Game Pass Ultimate subscription.

Free Xbox Games with Gold for January 2021

  • Little Nightmares: January 1-31
  • Breakdown: January 15-31
  • Dead Rising: January 15-February 15

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