Back in October 2022, Microsoft decided to pull the plug on, well, half of its Games with Gold program. From that month onwards, the company opted to start delivering just two Xbox One or Series X|S titles, forgoing Xbox 360's inclusion within Games with Gold.
In theory, cutting the monthly selection down to just two games could have enabled some more enticing offerings, as the program has certainly dipped in quality in recent months, no doubt about it. However, that hasn't really materialised so far.
The announcement of January's titles has once again brought the shortcomings of the service into full view. Iris Fall and Autonauts aren't what we'd call 'more enticing offerings' - no disrespect to either game, but they just don't stack up to what we were getting at one stage!