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Xbox Games With Gold Free Games for January 2014 Revealed

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The time is here. Microsoft has revealed what games will be available for Xbox Live Gold subscribers for January, and it's clear users will be getting two very good games— both developed by Square Enix — to test out for two weeks at a time during the month.

The first game available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers is Sleeping Dogs, which will be free from Jan. 1 through Jan. 15. This game was only released in August 2012, making it one of the newest games given out for free through Games With Gold. In most cases, Microsoft has offered players much older titles such as Assassin's Creed 2, Gears of War and Halo 3. But not only is Sleeping Dogs a much newer game, it is also a critically-acclaimed game that, while it may not have the best sales record, is still a game worth checking out. Simply put: it's fun and the game's story is impeccable. In addition, the game has about 20-25 hours of gameplay, meaning those two free weeks of play should allow users to beat most, if not all, of the game. Sleeping Dogs normally retails for $19.99.

The next game available for Xbox Live Gold users is Lara Croft and the Guardian of the Light. This download-only title is normally sold for $14.99, but from Jan. 16 to Jan. 31 users will be able to play this game for free. This game was the first small scale attempt by Square Enix to reboot the Lara Croft franchise, and the game was viewed as a success when it was released in 2010. From the success of Guardian of the Light, Square Enix decided to create the wildly successful Tomb Raider game in 2013 that was on many people's game of the year lists.

This is a solid collection of free games to choose from for the Xbox 360, however, Xbox One owners are not able to take advantage of this program as of yet. Sony PlayStation 4 owners who subscribe to PlayStation Plus will also be receiving many different free games as well. The highlights of the free PlayStation Plus games in January include the critically-acclaimed powerhouse Bioshock Infinite and the latest entry in the fable Devil May Cry series, DMC: Devil May Cry.

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