Games with Gold for January is Lackluster at Best

A Metascore averaging 66. Yay.

It looks like whoever is typically tasked with recruiting our Games with Gold has already left for the holidays. Microsoft has announced what’s coming to Xbox Live Gold members in January, and it isn’t necessarily pretty.

On the Xbox One, we start the new year off with The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III. The third in the series from NeocoreGames, Van Helsing is a role-playing action RPG. It holds a 64 on Metacritic, but only 1 completely negative review across 34 critics. The game is available January 1st through January 31st.

The other half of the Xbox One slate brings us Zombi as of January 16th. The game originally released on the Wii U as ZombiU. It was a launch title for the system, and was generally revered for its solid use of the Wii U touchscreen.

When the console failed to get an audience, Zombi was ported over to other consoles. It holds a respectable 71 on Metacritic. You can download the first-person survival horror shooter between January 16th and February 15th.

Tomb Raider: Underworld is perhaps the most notable game coming to use this month. It’s ancient though, originally releasing on the Xbox 360 back in 2008. And its visuals hold true to that era. Before the series’ revival, it was regarded as one of the better Tomb Raider games to release though. It holds a 76 on Metacritic and is available for Xbox 360 and Xbox One from January 1st through January 15th.

Finally, we get to Army of Two. People seem to have a love/hate relationship with this sequel from Visceral Games (R.I.P.). If you have a friend to go through the campaign, the two of you should have a blast. However, if you’re attempting this mission alone, it’s likely to spell disaster.

The game sits at a Metascore of 54 for its PC version – which isn’t good. But again, this style of game does different things for different people. Army of Two is available for Games with Gold from January 16th through January 31st.

Hopefully next month’s batch of games will bring us something to make up for this month’s mediocrity. We’ll be back next month to let you know one way or the other.

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