Here are December’s Xbox Live Gold free games for Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Each month, Microsoft offers up some free games to Xbox Live Gold members using an Xbox 360 or Xbox One. It’s one of the chief benefits of the Gold membership, and Xbox lovers worldwide are usually chomping at the bit to learn about the newest offers. The Xbox Wire has posted December’s offers, and they’re looking nifty enough.

First, consider this: according to Microsoft, Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners with Xbox Live Gold could have saved more than $1,000 if they downloaded all of 2015’s free offers. Those are some serious savings, and in 2016 Xbox One owners will be able to double up on the freebies via Backward Compatibility.

Here are December’s downloads:

* The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing ($14.99 ERP): Available from December 1-31 on Xbox One

* Thief ($29.99 ERP): Available from December 16-January 15 on Xbox One

* CastleStorm ($9.99 ERP): Available from December 1-15 on Xbox 360

* Sacred 3 ($19.99 ERP): Available from December 16-31 on Xbox 360

* Bonus: Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising ($9.99 ERP): Available from December 16-31 on Xbox 360

For the more visually-oriented readers, here are some quick video overviews of December’s free games:

Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing:

Thief:

CastleStorm:

Sacred 3:

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising:

So there you have it. Lots to look forward to as we finish up 2015 and get ready for 2016. If you don’t have Xbox Live Gold, make sure you keep an eye on Microsoft’s holiday deals.

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