Microsoft has revealed their January 2019 Xbox Live Games With Gold lineup, which includes your standard two Xbox One games and two Xbox 360 games. Of course, the Xbox 360 games can be played on Xbox One via backward compatibility. Next month’s selection includes the most acclaimed indie game of 2018, Celeste, the off-road racer WRC 6, the co-op adventure Lara Croft: Guardian of Light, and the polarizing, yet still unique Far Cry 2.
Here are Microsoft’s official descriptions of all four January Games With Gold titles:
Recent winner of The Game Awards 2018 Best Independent Game category. Help Madeline survive her inner demons and scale to the top of Celeste mountain in this tight, narrative-driven platformer. You’ll uncover a multitude of devious secrets and side chapters in 700+ screens of hardcore challenges, built into a touching story of self-discovery. Don’t miss out on this highly acclaimed title.
WRC 6 FIA World Rally Championship
On a race track, the car makes all the difference. In a rally, it’s all on you. Take your driving skills to the limit in World Rally Championship 6. Whether fog, mud, or punctured tires, you’ll deal with it all, in 11 Super Special Stages including local split-screen multiplayer. Experience rally racing like never before.
Lara Croft: Guardian of Light
Team up with a friend or go it alone in Lara Croft: Guardian of Light. In this co-op action-adventure title, traverse and solve deadly traps, fight hordes of the undead and collect over 60 artifacts and relics with the help a 2,000-year-old Mayan warrior. Retrieve the ancient Mirror of Smoke and stop the forces of evil.
Far Cry 2
Survive war-torn Africa and eliminate the mysterious Jackal in Far Cry 2. The first sequel in the award-winning franchise features real-time storytelling, where every decision you make will affect the final outcome of the game. Use cunning, subversion and brute force to exploit your enemies and fulfill your deadly mission.
Lara Croft will be available from January 1 to 15, WRC 6 and Far Cry 2 will be available on January 16, and Celeste can be downloaded all month long. As always, once you download a Games With Gold title, you’ll have permanent access to it, so long as you still have an active Xbox Live Gold membership.
This is a low-key great month for Games With Gold – Celeste is worthy of all the hype, Lara Croft: Guardian of Light is a lot of same-couch co-op fun, and Far Cry 2 is weird, but worthwhile. What do you think? Any of this month’s Games With Gold strike your fancy?