Xbox Games with Gold in December include Warhammer and Child of Eden

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It’s nearly time for the holidays, which are a time of cheer and wonder. It would make sense then, for the free (feel free to insert your own inverted commas) that come with Xbox Games With Gold in December to inject a little of that Yuletide cheer. They’re not though – instead we have a dark co-op FPS, a middling adventure game and an entirely okay 3rd person hack and slash game.

If there’s one game on the list of games coming that’s pure, distilled joy, then it’s Child of Eden, Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s spiritual successor to Rez is one of the best games from the 360 era with Kinect support, though it can be played with a regular controller just fine. Another of his games to focus on the union of senses, synaesthesia, it’s a psychedelic trip. It’ll be coming to Xbox 360 and Xbox One with Backwards compatibility from December 1 to December 15 – presumably with its Kinect support yanked on the Xbox One. Joining it on Xbox One will be Warhammer End Times – Vermintide, it’s a co-op FPS that’ll have you shooting hordes of Skaven. It’s also been enhanced for the Xbox One X with native 4K support.

The other Xbox One game is Telltale’s Back to the Future game. While it wasn’t as good as most of Telltale’s games, it’s notable for the incredibly good performance A.J. LoCasio dished out, channelling a young Michael J Fox to deliver a perfect Marty McFly.

The last Xbox 360 game is the middling B-grade hack and slash game with too many quick time events, Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death. It’s…forgettable.

To sum, here’s what’s coming to games with Gold in December:


Last Updated: November 23, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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  • MonsterCheddar

    Most of the time the “Games with Gold” is a bunch of horseshit that no one wants to play.

    • miaau

      But sometimes, I get a gem of a game.

      But I have the Xbox Games Pass as well and I fell the fun I have had with Halo Wars and one or two others has justified the year sub already.

      In fact, I bought Halo War 2 now as well, for R299 on sale. Loads of fun, campaign and Skirmish against AI. Not tried MP yet, might never try MP. Waiting on y stupidly slow hardly functional ADSL line (copper fault AGAIN) for the download to finish.

      • Pieter Kruger

        Screw it, also pulling the trigger on Halo Wars 2, R299 for that XB1X enhanced gem is the best offer ever!☺☺☺

        • miaau

          Well worth it, I think.

          Even just for SP and the campaign, assume HW 2 campaign is same or better quality than HW1. Story is a bit silly, but sort of fun and the characters are interesting, if a little bland. Well, they could have done better, but it was still loads of fun.

    • But definitely try Tales from the Borderlands if you haven’t already, out now!

  • miaau

    i feel, just, like, whelmed.

    Not under or over, just whelmed.


  • Pieter Kruger

    Can’t member when last I played or even downloaded a GWG game! As it is there’s too many games and we all have huge backlogs constantly reminding us that we’re no good and that true gamers would play through all games immediately!😢 The stress is becoming unbearable! I for one would love it it they removed GWG completely and rather subsidise Gamepass…….but one can dream I guess…..

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