Get Sleeping Dogs and Lara Croft for Xbox 360 free with January's Games with Gold

Xbox 360 Games with Gold Sleeping Dogs Lara Croft

2014 is almost upon us. With the new year comes another month of free Games with Gold titles for Xbox 360 owners. Last month we got an oldie-but-goodie retail title (Gears of War) and a decently-liked XBLA game: Shoot Many Robots. So what does Microsoft have in store for the New Year?

This month, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will first get Sleeping Dogs from Square Enix. Released in August 2012, this makes the newest retail title that the program has offered so far. Starting on January 16th, XBLA hit Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light from Eidos/Square-Enix will be the next free game. Guardian of Light is the first and only Tomb Raider game with cooperative multiplayer, and a must-play if you haven’t already got it.

More details and download links after the break!

Sleeping Dogs – Free from January 1-15

Sleeping Dogs

Ready for an open world crime game in the vein of Grand Theft Auto? Of course you are. Sleeping Dogs takes place in the city of Hong Kong. Players take on the role of Wei Shen, a police officer with experience both in the United States and Hong Kong. He returns to his homeland as an undercover cop in order to help stamp out the rising power of the criminal Triad.

Will he stay focused on the mission and clean up the streets, or become corrupted by the gang life? That’s up to the player. A unique three-prong experience system determines which side Wei Shen will eventually end up on. Be heroic and you’ll earn cop points; be a cruel killer to gain influence with the Triad. Or be helpful to the citizenry itself to gain Face. It’s truly a unique setup.

Sleeping Dogs is an open-world game, so players have the freedom to move about a realistic version of Hong Kong at will. The game’s driving system is highly playable, making it easy to get around in a hurry. It also features strong hand-to-hand combat, so beating up on punks or innocents won’t stop the fun train from rolling.

Most Games with Gold choices offer paid DLC for gamers to purchase, and Sleeping Dogs is no different. There are several smaller items to buy, but these are the main ones:

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light – Free from January 16-31

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

Ready for a Tomb Raider of a different color? Before 2013’s Tomb Raider rebooted the series, Guardian of Light took things in a separate and unique direction.

The story begins with Lara accidentally releasing a demon from an ancient mirror in South America. The Guardian of Light, Totec also awakens and teams up with Lara to help her stop the demon. It’s actually not much of a story, with iffy writing, cheap art, and limp voice acting, but it keeps things moving along.

Unlike the mainline Tomb Raider games, this one takes place from an isometric perspective. Players run with the left stick and aim and shoot with the right. The twin-stick shooter-style combat feels great, and even jumping works well. Then there are the puzzles…

Guardian of Light can be enjoyed solo or with a friend in local/online co-op. Each of the two characters has a unique ability. Lara gets a grappling hook with which to create tightropes for her partner. Totec can throw spears that stick into walls and create platforms for Lara to jump on. When playing in co-op, the puzzles require both players to work together in order to get ahead. In single-player, the puzzles work differently so that you don’t need a partner to solve them.

2013’s Tomb Raider is headed to the Xbox One as Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition on January 28th. Grab Guardian of Light when it goes free and prepare with a much different (but still awesome) entry in the series.



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Sleeping dogs is a great game.

DreadVenom says:

Yes, so glad i didn't buy it when it was on sale. Roll on Jan.

Sleeping dogs was the awesomest game on my laptop,too bad I don't own an Xbox,still on ps2 :(

nokiauser911 says:

If only i had a xbox!

cddigi says:

I thought Sleepy Dogs was finished and then released by Square Enix, not Ubi.

Paul Acevedo says:

Thanks; my wires got crossed.

Reeves says:

I bought Sleeping Dogs used for $11 or so just a few weeks ago, and don't regret it. Great game, and it was worth it to have it to play over the break.

Paul Acevedo says:

$11 is still a great price. :)

Fishhouse says:

Interesting, I was just about to buy sleeping dogs for $17 looks like I don't need to.

inseyven says:

I would really prefer to waste $17 because then you have the physical game, but if you stop paying GOLD you won't be able to play :)

Paul Acevedo says:

That's how PS+ works, but not this program. Any games that Xbox Live Gold members get through Games with Gold are theirs to keep forever.

Robborboy says:

You don't even have to download the game. The second you select "download" you can download the game whenever and wherever your profile is at. Even if your Gold has long since expired. That is the major advantage over PSN+.

Paul May says:

Looking forward to playing sleeping dogs. Need a new game to play.

herbertsnow says:

Bought Sleeping Dogs for 5 bucks a few months ago from xbox live. Fun game, but it's very rushed and unfinished game.

jaimeastin says:

Been playing it on PC for a few weeks.  I like it.  I enjoyed the other games in this series... True Crime... They were kinda rushed too. 

But on the PC it looks sweet! I can't stand the lack of anti-aliasing on GTA5 on the 360...this game, although more sparse, looks amazing in comparison at times!

NutmegState says:

Complain to the developers like everyone else has.  They created new DLC they make "some" fixes

flygeani says:

Have them already :/

dkp23 says:

Finally, a decent game that isn't five years old.  need more of these. 


isi mcf says:

Can't wait for deals like these to happen on Xbox one.

spyderzWPC says:

any idea when they plan to start this for xbox one?

NutmegState says:

Xbox One Games with Gold Revealed

Fighter Within and Lococycle

Talk4Lig says:

Lara Croft is hot!!!

ltjordan24 says:

  This is great. Two games that I wanted and don't have yet.

KasakDesign says:

Too late. Playing Xbox one now lol good deals though. Nothing wrong with still playing the Xbox 360 though. I just gave mine to my mother in law so she could use it downstairs

Is it possible to download these games, "purchase" them for your account if you don't have access to your console for all of January? Like can it be done on Xbox.com?

Paul Acevedo says:

Yes, as long as you have some form of payment saved on your profile (credit card or PayPal), you can add games to your account through Xbox.com. Even though the games are free, the website won't let you add them if you don't have a valid payment method.

schlubadub says:

Yep... I did that for the first few months. When I finally turned console on I had over 20 downloads pending

schlubadub says:

Finally, some decent games on offer!

Bob Robert says:


schlubadub says:

Calm your tits :P Halo3 is awesome (I played it every single day for a couple of years) but doesn't everyone already own it? It's practically impossible to have an xbox and not have halo :P I've been sick of being offered either crap games, or games that everyone is likely to have.

jes1888 says:

I did, can i ask for a refund??

realemotionx says:

Lara was a great game.

Wael Hasno says:

Props to Microsoft for that. I was planning on buying both games and I certainly didn't see this coming. Thank you!

Jack Neill says:

Sleeping dogs is already free as of 10:00PM CST

MrUniq says:

Lol..i just beat sleeping dogs for the PC lol. But that's the first big win for games with gold.

Thaerj says:

This game's region does not match this consol ,,, too bad

JonasWhite says:

Same with me, a lot of people are having this problem, only game that I actually wanted and it doesn't work

nbolmer says:

Sleeping dogs is the first genuinely strong offering in this program. The cynic in me thinks its mainly a way to get people to purchase dlc, but its a phenomenal game, even without any dlc.