It seems that next months games lineup for the Games with Gold program has been announced a little early; that is probably due to this being a holiday week.The Xbox team must have been caught up in the spirit of holiday giving as there is a bonus game on the Xbox 360 side of the lineup. All five of these titles will be playable on Xbox One due to the backwards compatibility feature thatbwas officially rolled out earlier this month. The titles for December are:

The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing– A hack-and-slash Action RPG set in an alternate universe loosely based on the novel, Dracula.

Thief– Square Enix rebooted their iconic stealth adventure game for modern gaming systems a couple of years ago. While the visuals look great the story is as plodding as ever.

Castlestorm– A surprisingly fun mashup of tower defense and Angry Birds style destruction physics.

Sacred 3– A four player game best described as Gauntlet meets Diablo. I hope you enjoy mowing down waves upon waves of bad guys as this is the focus of the game.

Operation FlashPoint:Dragon Rising– This first person shooter from CodeMasters was widely praised for its realistic depiction of military combat and multiplayer battles.