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December 2020’s Games With Gold Lineup Features Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell…And Not Much Else

Microsoft has revealed the selection of titles being offered in December 2020 for “Games with Gold” and it’s really unimpressive. I hate to sound like a downer, but the only title here that is even remotely interesting is Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell. No discredit to the other games, but this feels pretty limp compared to the excellent offering of games that Game Pass received this month.

Gat Out Of Hell isn’t even great, but you can’t complain about getting it for free. I’m surprised it isn’t the Xbox One port, but with both the last-generation and next-generation devices offering backward compatibility support, getting 360 games is hardly a deal-breaker. Sadly, it isn’t Xbox One X enhanced, so you won’t be putting any fancy new 4K TVs to good use.

The same goes for Stacking, the other 360 title on offer here. A surprisingly great indie puzzler from Double Fine Productions, its inclusion just feels strange given how many Double Fine games are already on Game Pass. It also does not offer anything in the way of enhanced visuals on Xbox One X. I suppose there is a chance Xbox owners aren’t signed up for Microsoft’s subscription service, but then I have to question why. It’s a markedly better deal than simply getting Xbox Live Gold.

As for the other two games, they’re decent enough. I’m not exactly a fan of Bleed 2, but people that have a penchant for hardcore sidescrolling shooters should enjoy. The Raven Remastered is also okay enough, replicating the old-school point-and-click formula decently on a gamepad. The main issue is more that these titles feel like duds as free games.

Maybe that will be different for you. You should never take just one opinion as gospel. I might find this lineup lacking, but any one of these games could become your next favorite. If you’re subscribed to Live Gold or Game Pass Ultimate, you’ll be getting them anyway. Why not give them a shot?

Here is when each game will be available next month:

  • The Raven Remastered (Xbox One) – Dec 1 – 31
  • Bleed 2 (Xbox One) – Dec 16 – Jan 15
  • Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell (Xbox 360) – Dec 1 – 15
  • Stacking (Xbox 360) – Dec 16 – 31

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