The attention-grabbing headline for this story, of games coming with Amazon Prime membership this holiday, would be “Ten Free Games!” But when the other nine are so old they’re starting to peel at the edges, that’d be pretty anticlimactic. The true news here is the utterly fantastic Dishonored 2 is yours, gratis, if you’re member of the Bezos Fan Club come December 27. And it will join an already decent crop for this month.
Let’s start at the start...of the month. To celebrate the birth of our lord, Santa, Amazon has already released a bunch of freebs for Prime members. These include the truly wonderful Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons, psychedelic indie platformer Spinch, and the original (but updated for modern systems) Quake. And now, because ‘tis the season of corporate gestures, ten more are to be belatedly added to the list for your Chrimbo-break. And one of them is from this century!
Dishonored 2 was a stunning game from Arkane, back in 2016, and still very much holds up today. You don’t want to trust the negativity some sites met it with, because it was a corker. If you’re a Prime member and haven’t played it, this’d be a daft opportunity to miss.
Beyond that in the list, um, do you like SNK games from the mid-90s? Here’s everything coming from December 27 to January 3:
- Dishonored 2
- Metal Slug
- Metal Slug X
- Metal Slug 3
- Real Bout Fatal Fury
- The King of Fighters 2003
- The Last Blade
- The Last Blade 2
- Twinkle Star Sprites
- SNK 40th Anniversary Collection
They join this bunch that was added at the start of the month:
- Rose Riddle 2: Werewolf Shadow
- The Amazing American Circus
- Banners of Ruin
- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
- Desert Child
- Doors: Paradox
I know, what was I doing failing to highlight Rose Riddle 2: Werewolf Shadow and 1996's scrolling shooter, Twinkle Star Sprites?
You can add these games to your Prime account by clicking here. If you want to smash the system, and stick it to Jeffrey Bezos, you can get them if you sign up for the free Prime 30 days offer doodah, add the games, cancel it, and then keep the games forever. Ha ha ha! That’ll show’em.