Xbox Live Games With Gold for January 2019 Announced

Published: December 21, 2018 6:04 PM /


january 2019 games with gold

As we ring in the new year, Microsoft is gifting us with another selection of titles in the Games With Gold program. January's roster isn't one to scoff at. During the first month of 2019, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can get access to CelesteWRC 6 FIA World Rally ChampionshipLara Croft: Guardian of Light, and Far Cry 2. These games are yours to keep when claimed during the windows of time they're available, which you can find below.

  • Celeste, Jan. 1–31
  • WRC 6, Jan. 16–Feb. 15
  • Lara Croft: Guardian of Light, Jan. 1–15
  • Far Cry 2, Jan. 16–31
Celeste launched on Jan. 26 this year to critical acclaim, landing on a list of top 10 indie games sold on the Nintendo Switch. Its retro visuals and catchy soundtrack bolster the tight platforming the game is known for, living by the "punishing but fair" mantra. You may have recently seen the game at Geoff Keighley's Game Awards, where it was even nominated for Game of the Year, but lost that to God of War. However, Celeste walked away that night with awards for Best Independent Game and Games for Impact. It's definitely one you won't want to miss next month.

WRC 6 is a rally racing game modeled after the 2016 World Rally Championship. Test your skills by racing in rough conditions involving mud, fog, and night racing. To add to the challenge, your car's engine can break down, and tires can puncture.

Guardian of Light takes a different approach to the Tomb Raider franchise, giving players an isometric view to control Lara. Additionally, the combat is like a twin-stick shooter, and players can team up with a friend for some co-op action. The game originally came out for the Xbox 360, but Xbox One users can still play it thanks to Microsoft's commitment to backwards compatibility. If you finished playing Shadow of the Tomb Raider a few months ago and are looking for more tomb-raiding action, this one might be for you.

Finally, Far Cry 2 is another backwards-compatible title. Set in Africa, the game tasks players with defeating the Jackal, an arms dealer fueling a surrounding civil war. While waiting for Far Cry: New Dawn, it's a good time to see where the franchise was before Vaas showed up.

The December list of Games With Gold are still live as well. You can pick up Q.U.B.E. 2Never Alone, and Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction right now.

Will you pick up any of January's Games With Gold? Let us know in the comments below.