As November winds down, so does your chance to pick up November’s Games with Gold, provided you’re an Xbox Live Gold subscriber. Once you do, you might wonder what’s next. Microsoft has answered that question by announcing December’s free Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. Here are the titles you’ll be able to download for free during specific windows during the month of December.
Throughout all of December, Xbox One owners can grab QUBE 2, a first-person game that traps you in a series of puzzle rooms. To find the exit in any given area, you must interact with blocks of various colors, each of which grants you a different ability. In our QUBE 2 review, Alessandro Barbosa wrote that it’s “ultimately a wonderful puzzle game that will often have you exclaiming in joy after solving one of its many riddles.”
Free December 16-January 15 is Never Alone, a side-scrolling puzzle platformer that’s steeped in the real-life traditions and folktales of the Iñupiat people of Alaska. Xbox One owners can also grab Race the Sun, an arcade-style endless flying game that’s free between now and December 15.
Over on Xbox 360, between December 1-15, you can get Dragon Age II, an action-RPG that Kevin VanOrd wrote in our review, “makes a strong impression, pulling you through with the promise of another fun quest, another character to meet, and another beast to slay.” December’s final game is a 2005 shooter from the original Xbox called Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction; it will be available December 16-31. Both games are backwards compatible on Xbox One.
December 2018 Games with Gold
- QUBE 2 (December 1-31)
- Never Alone (December 16-January 15)
- Race the Sun (November 16-December 15)
- Dragon Age II (December 1-15)
- Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction (December 16-31)