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If you’re like me, you’re probably looking to see what the free games for the month are if you have any of the Xbox consoles. Especially with the holidays coming up, you’re probably looking for the best deals on games that are out right now for as low a price as you can find.

Unfortunately, the Xbox Games with Gold isn’t really where you’re going to find that unless you really like games from the last generation that you’ve played before, probably more than once. Xbox’s Games with Gold isn’t the best way to get relevant games for free, but there are always a few diamonds in the rough.

To prove that point, the only selling point of this month’s offering is Volition and High Voltage Software’s Saint’s Row: Gat out of Hell, released in 2015 on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Available from December 1st through the 15th, it’s one of the side entries in the Saint’s Row franchise, so it’s not exactly tied to any of the other games, but it still brings all the wild fun and enjoyment fans are used to.

You play as Johnny Gat and Kinzie Kensington as they blast their way through Hell using themed weapons as you fly on angel wings. If you’re a fan of the franchise, you’ll enjoy the title. I mean, even if you aren’t a fan of the franchise already, this game is free for the first two weeks of the month, so it can’t hurt to at least download and give a try.

Unfortunately, the rest of the titles are games I’ve never heard of, and that most people probably won’t have heard of either.

The title up for grabs for the full month is The Raven Remastered. Originally released in 2013 under the title The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief, the remaster was released in 2018. It’s an episodic point-and-click title along the lines of Telltale’s The Walking Dead games, where you play as Police Constable Anton Jakob Zellner as he attempts to track down a thief that stole the Eyes of the Sphinx rubies. If the story doesn’t sound that interesting to you from that very brief synopsis, odds are pretty high you won’t like the game.

The graphics, while upgraded, were still originally created in 2013; don’t expect any 4K graphics here. But the game has a similar art style as Telltale’s The Walking Dead, so if that’s your thing, then you’ll love it here as well.

The game available for the end of the month is Stacking, a third-person puzzle adventure game from Double Fine Productions, released in 2011. A puzzle adventure game all about Russian matryoshka dolls, it took me longer than I care to admit to even find the game online. Google isn’t exactly friendly to games with titles this vague that also refer to a whole host of other things.

Players control Charlie Blackmore, the smallest doll, who can stack and unstack from others he interacts with to solve puzzles to help Charlie on his quest of freeing his siblings and stopping the child labor enforced by The Baron, the villain of the game. The puzzles aren’t “one size fits all” either, each having multiple solutions.

It certainly sounds interesting, and for free the game is well worth a download. Just don’t expect anything too shocking in terms of gameplay or graphics. It was designed for consoles 14 years old at this point with no remaster ever having been made.

The final title on offer from December 16th through January 15th is Bleed 2. A side-scrolling action platformer similar to Megaman in a lot of ways, this sequel was released in 2017 by Bootdisk Revolution.

Unlike the others on this list, Bleed 2 doesn’t seem to have done overwhelmingly well commercially, at least from what I’ve seen. You play as Wryn…on some kind of adventure or quest. I’m not entirely sure, as I haven’t been able to find any meaningful look at what actually happens in the game. Everything I’ve been able to find is talking about the gameplay and the improvements in makes over the original.

And that’s the Games with Gold for December 2020. One game that most people have probably heard of, and three more that you more than likely haven’t. If that doesn’t sum up the entirety of Games with Gold at this point, I don’t know what will. At this point, I’m hoping they either totally revamp the program or just scrap it and throw all their focus into Xbox Game Pass. But we’ll see what happens.

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