December's Xbox Games with Gold will leave you wanting to spend time with family


Kind of a May retread

Xbox closes out the calendar year not with a bang, but with a whimper. December’s free games for Xbox Live Gold subscribers have been revealed a bit early this month. Despite the inclusion of an extra title, the whole lot is nothing to get too excited about.

On Xbox One, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsingmakes its Xbox debut as a gratis offering from December 1 through December 31. Later in the month, 2014’s Thief(which was free on Xbox 360 back in May) joins in from December 16 through January 15.

Over on the Xbox 360 side of things, CastleStormis free from December 1 until December 15. If the name sounds familiar, the Definitive Edition of the game was part of May’s Xbox One Games with Gold. The ill-received Sacred 3closes the month from December 16 through December 31. There’s a bonus game, though asOperation Flashpoint: Dragon Risingis also free for the latter half of December.

Maybe this is Xbox’s way of telling you that you should spend the holidays with loved ones, not plopped down in front of a TV playing Sacred 3.

Close Out an Awesome Year with December’s Games with Gold [Xbox Wire]