With the holiday season here, Microsoft has announced the January Games with Gold free games preview a bit earlier than normal. They have gotten into a bit of a pattern of only having one game on the Xbox One, with two for the Xbox 360, and this month is no different. 2014’s free games continued to show the huge library of excellent games available for the 360, with many quality titles made available for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, but the Xbox One, with its much smaller library as a newer console, did not enjoy the same caliber of games.

2015 looks to be off to a decent start. Personally I’m still hoping to see some of the bigger launch titles made available soon, since they are now being bundled with new systems or offered for steep discounts. Perhaps later in the year. For now, let us take a look at January’s Games with Gold offers.

Xbox One

D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die

D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is a game I have been eyeing up as something that looks pretty interesting. You play the game as David Young, who is a private investigator, however your wire has been murdered. Access Games is the developer for this episodic detective story, and D4 was originally intended to be used with Kinect, but luckily controller support was added. Reviews have been mixed on D4, with some very high scores and some not so high scores. Metacritic has D4 as a 77 Metascore, and 7.2 User score. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die was released as a Xbox One exclusive in September 2014, and normally retails for $14.99.

“D4 is the brainchild of legendary Japanese designer Swery (real name: Hidetaka Suehiro), the mind behind the fantastic Deadly Premonition. You play David Young, a detective whose wife has been murdered. David suffers from a strange syndrome as a result of the murder: He can’t remember the past, but he can travel through time. He uses this ability to go back and find out the truth behind his wife’s death so he can try to prevent it. But, along the way, his bizarre powers get augmented (and sometimes impeded) by an equally bizarre cast of characters. The puzzles will leave you scratching your head (in a good way) for a while, but the story and unique cel-shaded graphics will keep you glued to the screen.”

Xbox 360

MX vs ATV Alive

The first game for the Xbox 360 is from THQ Digital Phoenix, and was originally launched in May 2011 on both the Xbox 360 and PS3. MX vs ATV Alive is the fourth title in the off-road racing series. Reviews were not overly high, with many citing the obvious promotion of DLC paid content, and only scored a 63 Metascore and 7.5 User Score on metacritic. MX vs ATV Alive will be available January 1st to 15th on the Xbox 360, and normally retails for $19.99.

“Own the competition as you wrestle for position with tightly contested racing in the fifth iteration of the MX vs ATV franchise. Feel the realism of the revolutionary real-world physics engine which has defined the racing genre. Live the sport as Alive captures the spectacle of motocross and the essence of competitive racing while providing the best riders and gear from the latest manufacturers.”

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

The biggest game available for January is the critically acclaimed action RPG The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Players assume the role of Geralt of Rivia, who is a witcher skilled in the destruction of monsters. The game is based on The Witcher fantasty novels, and has a great story and excellent gameplay. The Witcher 2 came in with an 88 Metascore and 8.4 User Score on metacritic, and is a game any RPG fan will want to check out. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings will be available January 16th to 31st and normally retails for $29.99.

“The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings features a thoroughly engrossing, mature storyline that defines a new standard for realistic,non-linear game narration. In addition to an epic story, the game features a complex combat system that uniquely combines deep tactical elements with dynamic action.”

We are still waiting for the big game to come to the Xbox One Games with Gold program, but D4 is at least a different type of game than we have seen for the last several months. The Xbox 360 has a big name title in the Witcher 2, and right in time to let people get through the second instalment before The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt arrives in May 2015.

Source: Xbox News

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  • alacard - Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - link

    Resources must be pretty tight or you guys wouldn't have sold yourselves to Purch. Here's some free advice: leave articles like this on the cutting room floor and put those scarce resources to use on the things Anandtech is known for and good at.

    For Christ's sake, if i want video game news i go to a video game news outlet not a hardware analysis outlet. You're wasting time and resources on this when you explained in your buyout article you have very little of both, so stop wasting time and resources on this and go review or analyze some damn hardware.
  • FITCamaro - Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - link

    They've always commented on Games with Gold and PS+.
  • WithoutWeakness - Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - link

    They've been doing Games With Gold and PlayStation Plus free game previews since July. Good job making an ass of yourself though.
  • alacard - Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - link

    Making an ass of myself? Nah dog, maybe if they hadn't starting diverting resources away from what they do best six months ago into pointless articles like these they wouldn't have had to whore themselves out to Purch? I'm just giving some free advice to a publication that by their own admission seems to need it: When resources are tight don't waste them on shit i can get from a million other places.
  • JeffFlanagan - Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - link

    When you just spin into denial,and keep digging that hole, after someone points out that you've made an ass of yourself, you'll never, ever grow out of being an ass.
  • alacard - Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - link

    How did i make an ass of myself? No where in the original comment did i mention -when- they had started posting these articles, only that they're wasting their resources by doing so, so i'm not sure why three people have replied acting as if i had. The only one making an ass of themselves are the ones erecting straw men and then tearing them down (that'd be you, WW, and Fit).
  • barleyguy - Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - link

    If you don't like these articles, stop reading them. Also, we're wasting resources reading your comments.
  • JeffFlanagan - Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - link

    This is another example of why you're unable to grow out of being an ass. What Anandtech chooses to use their resources on has absolutely nothing to do with you, but for whatever reason you can't sense that, so you make an ass of yourself, and refuse to learn or improve in any way. It's sad,and what I expect from the arrogant yahoos at Slashdot, but not here.
  • Tegeril - Friday, December 26, 2014 - link

    Just stop. It's clear that everyone disagrees with you.
  • TheSlamma - Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - link

    "nah dog" LMAO.. yep ASS

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