It being the end of the month means it’s time to run through December’s crop of free games for Xbox Games with Gold and PS Plus subscribers. Next-gen consoles are now officially out in the wild here in the UK, and while the selection this month won’t exactly push your shiny new boxes to the absolute limit graphically, all the included titles run the distinct genre gamut. Needless to say, it's a good time to be subscribed to either of these services.
Games with Gold for December 2020
December’s Games with Gold titles represent well over £60 in savings, giving you the means to descend to and explore the depths of hell or hunt for a legendary master thief in 1960s London. It all kicks off with The Raven Remastered and Saints Row: Gat out of Hell on December 1st, the first being a period-set mystery and the latter letting you shoot your way through endless demons. Then, on December 16th, two more games arrive to treat Xbox fans in Bleed 2 and Stacking.
Here’s a brief breakdown of every Games with Gold title arriving in December:
The Raven Remastered:A graphical remastering of the original 2013 mystery game, The Raven Remastered sets you in the shoes of a detective hunting down the titular master thief after an ancient ruby from the British Museum is stolen. It’s a classic interpretation of the “Whodunit” adventure narrative, letting Xbox explores explore and investigate a thrilling crime story. Look forward to solving the case when The Raven Remastered comes to Xbox Games with Gold on December 1st, 2020.
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell: Releasing for Xbox 360 but also forwards compatible for Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X systems, Saints Row: Gat out of Hell is a standalone spin-off to the rambunctious fourth entry of THQ’s trademark open-world series. It takes place entirely in the underworld with you playing as Johnny Gat, attempting to escape by fulfilling the duties of Shakespeare, Blackbeard and even the devil himself. All of hell is yours to explore from December 1st onwards, so be sure to give this one a download when it becomes available.
Bleed 2: Pixelated shooters don’t get more stylish than Bleed 2, which challenges players to make their way through seven challenging levels and go up against a staggering 25 bosses. In order to be successful as the pink-haired protagonist Wryn, you’ll need to master the art of air dodging, aiming and blasting in this critically acclaimed indie sequel that’s centred on fast-paced action. Bleed 2 is available for Gold subscribers on December 16th.
Stacking: Developed by the same team behind Psychonauts, Costume Quest and Brutal Legend comes Stacking, a puzzle and graphical adventure hybrid in which players must stack and unstack themselves into a series of larger dolls. You do this as protagonist Charlie Blackmore who is in search of his family from the evil clutches of a villain known only as The Baron. You’ll solve a wide variety of riddles and challenges when December 16th rolls around and it becomes available.
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PS Plus Games for December 2020
PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 players with a PlayStation Plus subscription have three exciting games to look forward to next month. Starting as early as December 1st through to January 4th, Rocket Arena, Just Cause 4 and the brand-new multiplayer-focussed title Worms Rumble will be joining the line-up. There’s never been a better time to sign up to the service!
Here’s a brief breakdown about all three of December 2020’s PS Plus games:
Worms Rumble: Letting 32 players duke it out in thrilling real-time battles, the classic Worms series returns with a new online-focused entry that supports cross-platform play between PS4 and PS5. This is a brand-new game making its debut on PlayStation Plus, in which players can climb the ranks and get to grips with all kinds of zany weaponry, customising their own worm while competing in daily challenges and seasonal events. Featured modes include Deathmatch and Battle Royale.
Just Cause 4: Any PS Plus subscriber seeking a bombastic open-world game to sink their teeth into will find exactly what they’re seeking in Just Cause 4. Once again following the adventures of professional secret agent Rico Rodriguez, this time he finds himself within the exotic throws of South America to take down a militaristic dictator and free the local people. Attach your grapple hook to anything and battle harsh weather conditions, all when Just Cause 4 joins the PS Plus line-up on December 1st.
Rocket Arena: Rocket Arena is the latest and greatest online shooter that sees two teams of three go toe-to-toe in various explosive game modes. Its incredibly attractive art style ensures that know online skirmish ever feels the same, with bright colours and well-designed maps encouraging you to further get better and customise your hero’s unique look. Earning XP enables you to unlock new rocket parts, totem parts and various cool-looking outfits, all as you attempt to win against the other team and master your favourite combos.
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