Xbox One Games With Gold Announced For January 2019

A good month overall.

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Now Playing: Free Xbox One And Xbox 360 Games With Gold For January 2019 Revealed

With the end of December drawing near, Microsoft has announced the Xbox Games With Gold for January 2019. It's a solid lineup of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games that anyone with an Xbox Live Gold membership will be able to download for free during various times throughout the month. Let's take a look at the first games that will be available in the new year.

Between January 1-31, Xbox One owners can download Celeste. This pixelated platformer is all about jumping and dashing through expertly designed (but seriously challenging) obstacles as you make your way to the peak of a mountain. It has simple, tight controls that you'll need to master in order to make it through terrain riddled with things like pits, spikes, bounce pads, and toxic black goo. Thankfully, the checkpoint system is forgiving enough that you're never put too far back after your many inevitable deaths.

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The other Xbox One freebie is the racing game WRC 6 FIA World Rally Championship. This realistic rally game puts you face to face with all manner of challenges, including mud, fog, darkness, and ice, plus car troubles like engine breakdowns and punctured tires. If you're up for it, you can grab WRC 6 between January 16 and February 15.

The Xbox 360 Games with Gold for January are acclaimed titles as well, and thanks to backwards compatibility, you can play them both on Xbox One. You can pick up the two-player action/puzzle game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light from January 1-15. And between January 16-31 you can grab Far Cry 2, an open-world shooter some fans consider superior to its numerous sequels.

That's what's coming in January. Right now it's not too late to download some of December's Games with Gold, including QUBE 2, Never Alone, and Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction.

Games With Gold January 2019

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Xbox 360

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Very good group of games. Really interested in Lara Croft GOL.

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3 games i dont have? Ill take them.

Not sure if i will play Celeste tho...looks like too much stress for me...jumps,traps,death,spawn,jump,wallbouncing,death,spawn,jump,spikes,death...sigh. Not sure if i can get enough patience to learn all the levels. And there are even more harder levels.

But still,the lovely sprites and animations are my weakness(as a person who started video gaming with 8bit and 16bit consoles)

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Oh man, Celeste is just amazing. No one should skip downloading it in January.

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Not much of a holiday gift this month...

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@seaspite: Celeste was in running for Indie GOTY yah entitled millenial

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@seaspite: Celeste is on GoTY and Top Ten of the year lists. That alone is worth it.

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@GinsuVictim: This! Great game.

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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light again? Didn't we get that garbage back in 2014?

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@gatsbythepig: Is a good game. My question is why are they giving this game again? It seems to me they didn't have anything new to give and had to go back and give you something that they already give you awhile ago. Yes i'm not happy with Tomb Raider again

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@angrycreep: Same game... different console versions, after this they'll have given us the 360 and X1 versions.

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@TTDog: Wrong. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was given away on the 360 Jan 16-31/2014. There is no Xbox One version of the game. You're thinking of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris.

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Free Celeste?!? Absolutely excellent.

That Lara Croft game is a blast for couch co-op.

...and (heh), the Far Cry game that made me forever put down Far Cry games. "oh look, another checkpoint respawned... let's drive back to a tent to save.. oh look, more malaria effects... more breathy over-acting..."

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@Pyrosa: Too bad that Guardian of Light is a repeat offering from 2014. I'm OK with everything else though.

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Xbox always delivers the goodys, well most months