The Games With Gold offering for December 2015 comes with a free gift!

First of all, here’s the whole list of Xbox Live Games With Gold for December:

  • 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

And then there’s your Christmas present.

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising will be available from December 16 through December 31. It usually costs $9.99.

It looks like this month’s Xbox 360 offerings could both be awesome family games. CastleStorm is a colorful medieval fantasy game. It’s rated T for Blood and Violence, but it has online and co-op modes. Players build and knock down each others’ castles with artillery like catapults and trebuchets.

Sacred 3 also has online and local 4-player co-op. It is rated M but that’s why we do our research before playing with kids, right?

In a blog post, Xbox emphasized that Games With Gold has saved Xbox Live Gold members over $1,000, and that the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility feature means that number could double in 2016. If you’re an Xbox Live Gold member looking to download the free Xbox 360 games, just go to You can also download them through your Xbox 360 if it’s still around. The games will show up on your Xbox One through your Xbox Live profile.

Enjoy your free games!

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Simone de Rochefort is a game journalist, writer, podcast host, and video producer who does a prolific amount of Stuff. You can find her on Twitter @doomquasar, and hear her weekly on tech podcast Rocket, as well as Pixelkin's Gaming With the Moms podcast. With Pixelkin she produces video content and devotes herself to Skylanders with terrifying abandon.