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Xbox announces free Games with Gold for January 2017

by Joey Davidson | December 20, 2016December 20, 2016 12:00 pm PDT

The free games Xbox LIVE subscribers will be able to play on their Xbox Ones (and partially on their Xbox 360s) in January of next year have officially been announced. The pile is a mixed bag with some leaning towards wonderful.

On the Xbox One only, we have Season 2 of Killer Instinct and World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap. I have never even heard of the latter, though it does boast a solid rating on Steam. Deathtrap will be free for the full month of January, while Killer Instinct will be free from January 16 through February 15.

Rayman Origins is fantastic, I promise!

On the Xbox 360 (and playable on the Xbox One thanks to backwards compatibility) sits one of my favorite games from the previous console generation. Rayman Origins will be free! This game is an exceptionally good 2D platformer with some incredible level design. It’s fast, insanely tough in the right spots and a blast to play with friends. It’ll be free from January 16-31.

The other title is The Cave, an adventure game from Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert. It’s solid, for sure. It will be free from January 1-15.

January’s free games for Xbox owners with Gold is deceptively good. If you’ve never played Rayman, get on it once it’s live!


Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...

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