Free games will be released this week for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass subscribers, making them the first of 2022.
And while Games with Gold is no longer able to keep up with the library of Game Pass titles, they can still offer some intriguing combos.
This month, Xbox One and Xbox Series X owners will be able to download the following titles as part of their subscription:
Set in a cybernetic world and featuring an original soundtrack from cyberpunk artist Dan Terminus, battle through hordes of vigilante robots using endless combinations of nuclear-powered weapons. Play co-op with up to four of your friends or rampage alone in this hack ’n’ slash twin-stick shooter RPG.
For humanity to survive and reach the stars, you’ll need to craft and build. Whether unlocking new technology, raising dragons, or launching into space, the sky is literally not the limit. Recover what was lost and rebuild everything!
Restored by Treasure, the legendary vertical-shooter returns with the same shoot ‘em up gameplay which made the original arcade version so famous. New additions, such as the “Ikaruga-style” shooting mode help elevate the fun in this fantastic shooter.
Space Invaders Infinity Gene
The game that defined video games for generations is back with a new twist. Play a total of 143 stages which evolve in both look and feel the more you play. Unlock new stages, new power ups, and new features, all to imaginatively stunning visuals.
A number of games have been confirmed as replacing these titles listed, including the Anacrusis on January 13, as well as Pupperazi and Windjammers 2 on January 20.
For those looking for a new shooter, the Anacrusis is a replayable, four-player, FPS set on an abandoned Spacecraft, filled with monsters.
The full description of the gameplay explains: “Every time you play The Anacrusis, the game changes. The AI Driver controls every aspect of the game, it spawns every enemy, directs each boss, and places all the weapons, gadgets, and health kits in the game.
“The goal is to deliver the perfect difficulty for your party’s preference, but it goes much further than that. The Driver knows how much of the story each player has experienced, so the secrets of the alien attack, and the relationships between the characters, and even more story beats unfold as you play. You’ve never experienced a co-op FPS quite like this before.”