Microsoft have unveiled next month’s Games with Gold games, the four titles that Xbox Gold Live subscribers can get their hands on.
Yes, it’s nearly December, when you open the first door of your chocolate advent calendar then, after a brief pause, empty the rest of the doors down your gullet and sit there in a pile of chocolatey regret. Or is that just us? It also sees the release of the next four “free” Xbox Live Gold games.
As with most other other months, the line-up features two Xbox One games and two Xbox 360 games. December’s titles are as follows:
- The Escapists 2 (Xbox One): Available December 1 to 31 (Xbox One)
- Tropico 5 – Penultimate Edition (Xbox One): Available December 16 to January 15
- Orcs Must Die! (Xbox 360): Available December 1 to 15
- Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (Xbox 360): Available December 16 to 31
The Escapists 2, which sees you plotting to escape one of several prisons, is definitely worth your time. We concluded that “For all its quirks, The Escapists 2’s blend of excitement and tension will keep you hooked.” We were particularly impressed by the split-screen mode which lets you share your Shawshank shenanigans with up to four local players.
We can’t offer you reviews for the latter three, since they were all released before GameSpew existed. Yes, all the other games are at least six years old and that’s not a reason to overlook them. But with Christmas mere weeks away we half expected Microsoft to make like Santa and empty their sack all over the service.