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With only a couple of days until not just a new month but a brand new year in among the festivities we got to learn about the upcoming Games with Gold titles. Games with Gold is a service where Xbox One and Xbox 360 members are invited to download a couple of free titles to their console as long as they are Xbox Live Gold subscribers. There are two free games for Xbox One and two free games for Xbox 360 but with the recent addition of backwards compatibility to the Xbox One all four games will be available for One owners.

The first of the Xbox One titles is season 1 of Killer Instinct. While the free version of this game only gives you one character this Ultra Edition will give you all eight season one characters, 16 character accessory packs, eight costumes, and even a playable version of the original Killer Instinct game from 1994. From this you can see whether you might be interested in purchasing Season two of Killer Instinct in the future. Killer Instinct: Season 1 Ultra Edition will be available for the entirety of January.

The next game that will be available for the Xbox One is called Zheros. In this side scroller you will be taking out foes with your combos, exploring the world for secret areas, and doing everything you can to not fall in any of the pitfalls along the way. This game has a great art style, plenty of fun playable characters, and local co-op so you can sit on your couch and play with your friends. Zheros will be available from the 16th of January up until the 15th of February.

Over on the Xbox 360 from the 1st up until the 15th players will be able to get behind the wheel of a rally car in DiRT Showdown. This game has not only single but multiplayer where you will be able to compete in different races as well as other events to prove that you have what it takes to race the track. There is even a trick rush mode where you complete a series of tricks in order to score as many points as possible.

Finally and sadly we come to our last free Xbox 360 game and it is none other than Deus Ex: Human Revolution. In this game you play as Adam Jensen, a cyborg security expert who is trying to learn the truth about the explosion that cost him most of his body. This game takes place in a cyberpunk futuristic Detroit and allows you to tackle missions with raised guns or by talking and sneaking past enemies. Deus Ex: Human Revolution will be available to download from the 16th of January up until the end of the month. Deus Ex: Human Revolution currently doesn’t support the Directors Cut version or DLC but according to a tweet from DeusEx the support should be coming soon in 2016.

What do you think of the first Games With Gold for 2016? Do you think this will be another good year to be a gold subscriber?

Andrew Stretch

Events Coordinator

I have been playing all kinds of games for as long as I can remember with a particular interest in action adventure and platforming titles. While I am primarily an Xbox gamer I also spend a fair bit of time on the PS4 and on my PC in VR.