December 30th 2013 9:00 am PT

Xbox Live Gold Members get “Sleeping Dogs” & “Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light” Free in January

Sleeping DogsLara Croft: GoL

The next set of free games for Xbox Live Gold Members in January will be Sleeping Dogs and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

Starting Wednesday  (January 1st) Sleeping Dogs (Normally US $19.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through January 15th .

Then on January 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (Normally US $14.99) for free.

The “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.

Xbox 360, Xbox Live By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • ☆ ℯ ☆

    I’m so glad I put back Sleeping Dogs before I checked out @Walmart — Looks like a good game!

  • Blastergamer

    Lara Croft GoL is something I will have a blast! Thank you Major. December sales were garbage, but this one looks great!

    Please, I want Forza Horizon and Mass Effect 1/2 next time!

  • AC130

    What the comments say is that people can recognise a good deal when they see one. Hoping DLC goes on sale.

  • Please Clarify

    Sleeping Dogs is an underappreciated gem. This is one of the best GWG deals so far. Thanks!

  • Axl Jay

    2 Good games…FINALLY =D

    • AC130

      2 good games and a partridge in a pear tree….

  • usrev

    Games with gold finally gets good! maybe now xbox fanboys will see what they have been missing.

    • AC130

      It always had its moments don’t think PS+ members saw Crackdown, Dead Rising 2 or Case Zero for instance. Even if the laughing stock of GwG GoW1 will never see Sony.

  • DJ Qua dinero

    haha I predicted when I sold my 360 earlier this month , That Up to date games would start coming out for gold lol But hey I sold my 360 with Gta V so I’m not complaining I had sleeping dogs sold that to get my 360 fixed back in 2012 it was an amazing game enjoy guys.

  • Luke MaPi

    I bought Tomb Raider years ago, nice game!. Great gift for those who have never played.

    Sleeping Dog was one of the games that I thought “I want to play” (sooner or later).

    Great start to the year, thanks

  • Kei00

    Sadly I’ve already had it in PS3 and PC, but finally GREAT games! :-) Thanks!

  • Flo Mueller

    What I get Bioshock Infinite and Devil May Cry on my PS3 !?

    • Nick Peck

      We don’t care. Bioshock was overrated and DMC sucked imo, so I don’t need to bother with those :D

  • Matrix_omega

    Two awesome titles. Have Lara on both Steam and Xbox. And SD on Steam. But would love to ease on my couch with some sleeping dogs!!!

    Great choices this month!!

  • Dome

    Keep it up good selection of free titles and discount more quality games… competition make better than you…

  • Xenmic

    Two games I don’t have and can’t wait to get….Cool…

  • Yeti_lee

    Sleeping Dogs is one of the best games I have played that nobody really bothered to try. It is a great game, has great combat and most importantly it is a fun game. Make sure to grab this one if you have never played it.

  • Lucky13X

    Ok, I can post again. Guess I missed email verification.

    But yeah, been meaning to buy this game so glad I am getting it through Games with Gold.


    Thank you Microsoft! Please keep it up!

  • Kamikaze Watermelon

    Glad to see GWG is starting to improve. I just got a PS+ subscription this year ( I know, I am late to the party) and was blown away by their offerings. Hopefully Microsoft will catch up.

  • wuzup916

    Sleeping Dogs has alot of DLC, Is any of it worth it? I see the year of the snake is a story related add on, that’s something i’ll get. Is their any other DLC that is story related and not just costumes.

    • Edwin Finnerty

      Some of the costumes are worth it because of the abilities and perks they give you.

    • Lee Rayson (DarkGin87)

      Story DLCS are pretty good

    • Ross Kemp

      The Nightmare in North Point pack is well worth it . Love this game .

  • ElektroDragon

    Nope, no good. Have owned these games for years and years.

    • Wh1plash96

      Years and years? But sleeping dogs came out 2012

    • deadbox102

      Do you age in dog years?

  • Virualboy

    Sony and Microsoft reportedly in talks for a Windows Phone device in 2014
    File this under wishful thinking, but The Information, a new tech website founded by former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin, is reporting that Sony and Microsoft are in talks for a new Windows Phone next year.

    cool, This should be interesting, love my windows phone

    • Paul

      Really and I bet that person also thinks Microsoft are going to make the I phone 6 pmsl

      • MoocaHero

        You act like Sony doesn’t use Windows on their Vaio products. Be realistic, it wouldn’t be such a bad push since ya know, their cell phone products have stunk in the past.

  • Wh1plash96

    Well, sleeping dogs sold 760.000 copies and i wonder when it gets free will it pass 10 million? xD

  • Jason

    Why have I not gotten any Xbox One Games with Gold titles yet? I have no use for these 360 games. You’re really shafting your customers that just invested $500 in you…

    • The Truth Must Be Said

      What ??
      Xbox one games are still few
      Xbox one games are still new
      Xbox one games are still being sold
      How could you think that MS would bring GwG to you so fast ?!!
      Plus they gave you Killer Instinct for free

      • Takeshi Kovacs

        How could we think that Greed$oft would bring Games with Gold to the Xbox One so fast? Simple: Sony brought their equivalent program to PS4 already.

        • Daryl Aiken

          Basically Sony is covering the cost of those games. Who knows how much money they have to give the developers, but they have to get something. Nothing is for free!

      • Daryl Aiken

        Agreed. They can’t offer brand new games for free. Down the road they can, but right now they need the developers and publishers to make some money on their investments.

      • Diefenbaker

        PS4 is doing it. Why shouldn’t we be rewarded with something free? It doesn’t even have to be a game yet. Just something to tide us over until Games with Gold begins.

  • Bishop

    Major Nelson,
    Will MS be providing games for XBOne owners with gold memberships some time soon? I know there is not much out right now, but I hope to see this program continue on the new console at some point.

  • TheRedButterfly

    Stoked for this! Already have Sleeping Dogs (have yet to beat it), but the Tomb Raider title will be a nice addition. :D

    • Ross Kemp

      Enjoy this great quality offering . I know I did , great games .

  • MoocaHero

    The free download for this is active now.

  • Wh1plash96

    Its already free here :D

  • Brian

    Wow! It’s already showing up as free on my end too. I rented sleeping Dogs sometime in 2012 and never finished it…..and now I finally get to. Thanks!

  • AC130

    DLC is on sale as well. :) JC2 7.49

  • wuzup916

    Just Cause 2 – Gold Price: $7.49 – 50% off
    Hitman: Blood Money – Gold Price: $9.99 – 50% off
    Tomb Raider – Gold Price: $20.09 – 33% off
    Sleeping Dogs – Gold Price: Free – 100% off
    The Dragon Master Pack – Gold Price: $3.99 – 50% off
    Sleeping Dogs – The Year of the Snake – Gold Price: $3.49 – 50% off
    Nightmare In North Point Pack – Gold Price: $3.49 – 50% off

    • Wh1plash96

      tomb raider is a worth game but 20 bucks nah

  • Stuart Triibal Cullinane

    what about us people on xboxone you fuckholes???? we have very little titles released HURRY UP WITH THAT

    • Wh1plash96

      Hey douchebag, games with gold will start this year on xbox one

    • deadbox102

      The console has only been for a couple months. Unless you sit on your butt all day in your mothers basement, there’s plenty of games available now.

      • Diefenbaker

        Going by your logic, Xbox 360 Gold Members shouldn’t be getting free games considering how many games are on it. It’s BS that we aren’t getting anything for being a Gold Member on Xbox One even though we spent $500+ on this damn console.

        • deadbox102

          Feeling entitled are we? Well, going by your logic.

          • Diefenbaker

            Gold Member of Games with Gold, so yes I do. How come Xbox One Gold Members are being shafted but not Xbox 360 Gold Members? Like I said, it doesn’t even have to be games right now. Why not two free movie rentals a month until the “real” Games with Gold system is put out.

          • deadbox102

            Pathetic. Sell that “damn” console and you won’t have to worry about everything your impatient entitled butt isn’t getting.

          • Diefenbaker

            Pathetic? Yeah okay lol. You act like I complain about this every single day. I’m happy with my Xbox One when it comes to the games. I’m not going to get rid of it because of this. Get over yourself.

          • deadbox102

            I need to get over myself while you’re complaining about not having video game entitlement program?

          • Diefenbaker

            Didn’t realize complaining was the worse thing ever. Stfu

          • deadbox102

            I do my share of complaining, but when it’s over something so stupid and petty, it is. Now I’ll stfu.

          • Diefenbaker

            Well a lot of people would say otherwise

          • Stephanie

            Then shut up microsoft should ban you

  • Elan Gabriel

    “This content is not available for consoles in your region” grrrr!

    Please remove region locks from the 360.

    • Akiva Atwood

      Agreed. There’s no excuse these days for digital downloads to be region-locked — and makes the entire games for gold program a joke.

    • Allandor

      This time no other gold title for countries where the game ist not available?
      (e.g. germany)

      • xboxer

        You have to search for the title with bing in germany. Then you find an an existing download link.

        • Allandor

          ah, thx, that helped. seems like the link (even on my xbox) links the “nonavailable” version, while a search in xbox live markeplace brings up multiple “sleeping dogs” entries.

  • Beau Smith

    step it up man PS plus is already giving out ps4 games this month and ps3 is getting bioshock infinite and DmC for fucksake

    • William Montgomery

      In the interest of fairness, PS+ is giving out $5 indie games on PS4. PS3 games are still better though.

  • Rushaid Mohammed

    Why cant i get sleeping dogs in United States ?? PLZ help me

    • barsonauto

      Are you on crack?

      • Rushaid Mohammed


    • Big Brother

      Take it easy, you’ve got 15 days to click ‘download’. I’ve got faith in you ;)

      • Rushaid Mohammed

        Thanks Bro, I’ll try my best to get it :)

    • Cody Fields

      Because if you dont live in the us but have a us account it wont work anymore

      • Rushaid Mohammed

        Yeah, You’re right . I didn’t think of it . I live in Saudi Arabia

  • nima

    please remove region lock for this game : sleeping dogs

  • Hato

    is the dlc of sleeping dogs any worth, if so which should I buy?

  • Virualboy

    Sleeping dogs best game Live gave out so far. Still lags behind Plus by miles though. Sleeping Dogs still isn’t brothers or Bioshock infinite, DMC or the other tens of new games Plus gave out like Saints row 3

    • Noah A. Bolmer

      Agree, but it’s about time they offer something worthwhile. I was half expecting Doritos Cart Racer and that horrible Steel Battalion kinect game.

  • martin_m95

    i knew it would be region locked
    moneysoft will never change

    • roozbeh, again

      It was actually square enix’s choice, Microsoft didn’t lock this one.
      The only other game that I had encountered that was like this was GTA IV.

      Edit: Microsoft’s only crime was giving them the option to do this.

      • martin_m95

        okay why would square enix region lock it. What reason did they have

        • roozbeh, again

          I’m going on a guess here, but I think it was excess violence, just like GTA IV

          • martin_m95

            this doesnt make sence. If it was execess violence why didnt they region lock it in the first place instead of waiting till it is free to lock it. There must be another reason. Or theyre just being jerks

          • roozbeh, again

            Well, that’s just it, I think it was locked from the beginning.

          • martin_m95

            no it wasnt

          • Bennett

            The US version has always been region-locked, possibly because of the censorship that occurred in Germany and Japan. The European and Japanese versions are region-free. (Play-Asia has a lot of helpful information on region compatibility of 360 games)

  • roozbeh, again

    US accounts beware, if you have an EU console or Asian one, it is region locked by the devs.

  • roozbeh, again

    Excess violence probably.

  • crazyhorse70

    Yea it would be nice for xboxone gold members to get something for free to not even a game maybe something for your avatar or a movie or even a free pass to music. We buy gold just like the 360 users

  • Denis Moreno

    Please remove this pointless region lock.

  • Antarael Dulacre

    Does the German Sleeping Dogs DLC also have Achievements? trueachievements says it has only 1000 GS and no DLC (w achiemements)

  • Marius

    is free for Europe?

  • skullivan

    Thank you MS, for putting your best foot forward with this program in 2014. I’ve wanted to play GoL for years and never picked it up despite it being on sale repeatedly. Sleeping Dogs sounds like a great game I almost definitely would have never tried otherwise. This is exactly how Games with Gold should be.

  • Fred

    Even though I already have Sleeping Dogs (thanks to PS Plus), and bought Tomb Raider, this is the kind of bonus that adds to the value of XBox LIVE. I really hope some of the older Arcade titles long past their prime get offered at some point.

  • Berserk Rage

    remove Sleeping Dogs region lock so we can download it!

  • Redon Sosa

    pls remove this region block !

  • Josh Nelson

    I love how I pre-ordered a XB1, paid 500$ and picked it up on day one, bought 8 games and have a Live subscription, yet I (along with all other XB1 owners) get nothing. Great way to reward your early adopters MS!

    • The Truth Must Be Said

      1) MS didn’t force you to pay them $500 to get thier console.
      2) You already bought 8 xbox one game, you don’t need free games because you are rich.
      3) You didn’t leave anything to have a chance to become free when you purchased the 8 games lol.

      • Josh Nelson

        1) Not exactly sure what you mean. I didn’t say I was pressured into buying it. However, now that you bring it up, I did get a call from an “enforcer” from MS. They said that if I didn’t buy a Day One console, they would kidnap my pets and force them to commit crimes in the name of Sony fans.

        2) Not even close to rich, just work hard.

        3) Like I said above, I understand that a free game may not be an option at the moment, but I’d just like to see some sort of gesture of appreciation (free movie rental, 5% discount on a DLC item, etc…).


      Games with gold will be available “later in 2014″ according to Major…

      I see your point but you have to think… XB1 is new and so are all the games. It would cost to much money to give every one a ( New $60 Game )…. All the games we get free for the 360 are old and worth much money….

      • Josh Nelson

        Don’t get me wrong, I love my X1. It fits my needs so much better than a PS4, that it’s already becoming a “can’t live without it” device in my house! I wouldn’t expect them to give a 60$ game away, but I’d like to see something. Since they aren’t porting any of the older retail or arcade games at the moment, Maybe they could give us a free HD movie rental each month. Just something so that Live doesn’t seem like a better deal on 360 (regardless of if it is or isn’t).

    • Does Not Equal

      You’re joking, right?

  • Blastergamer

    It’s weird that Xbox 360 has no region lock but Sleeping Dogs Disc AND Download has region lock.

    • Does Not Equal

      360 absolutely has a region lock.

  • Dirasyaj X

    how come you need a credit card as a payment option to get this on the web? I miss microsoft points