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Xbox Games with Gold January 2019: What are the free games on Xbox Live this month?

Acclaimed indie platformer Celeste headlines the Xbox Games with Gold free games line-up for January. The game is free to download for anyone with an Xbox One and an Xbox Live gold subscription for the rest of the month.

The terrifically tough twitch platformer comes from the creator of Towerfall and has you guiding young Madeline up a hostile mountain and through her own inner turmoil.

The Telegraph named Celeste one of the 50 best games of 2018 due to its smart design and beguiling narrative.

"Its pixel-perfect platforming is deeply satisfying and fiercely challenging, scratching a similar itch to Super Meat Boy and their ilk," we said. "And the collectible strawberries scattered throughout will become your new obsession. Celeste also ties this to an effective and compelling tale of Madeline’s struggle as she faces depression and panic attacks during her ascent."

Joining Celeste from 16 January to 15 February is racing game World Rally Championship 6. The backwards compatible Xbox 360 games are solid picks this month too. We gave isometric Tomb Raider spin-off Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light full marks back in 2010, saying it was "an exciting parade of action, puzzling and exploration elegantly crafted with fresh direction, all while retaining the familiar Tomb Raider ethos."Lara Croft is available from now until 15 January. The next day it will be replaced by Far Cry 2, the most intriguing and divisive of entries into Ubisoft's open-world FPS series, casting you as a merecenary in Africa dealing with rusty weapons and malaria. 

What are the Xbox Games with Gold free games for January 2019?

Celeste (Available January 1 to 31 on Xbox One)

WRC 6  (Available January 16 to February 15 on Xbox One)

Lara Croft: Guardian of Light (Available January 1 to 15 on Xbox One and Xbox 360)

Far Cry 2  (Available January 16 to 31 on Xbox One and Xbox 360)

By: Tom Hoggins 



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