The free Games with Gold for May have been revealed, bundling together the usual set of two Xbox One games and two backward compatibility titles for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Buckle up for an indie fairytale board game in Armello, some dungeon building in Dungeons 3, bricktastic vigilante justic in Lego Batman and managing the economy of a banana republic in Tropico 4.
The four games are staggered out across the month of May as follows:
- Armello – 1st to 31st May
- Dungeons 3 – 16th May to 15th June
- Lego Batman (Xbox 360 BC) – 1st to 15th May
- Tropico 4 (Xbox 360 BC) – 16th May to 31st May
Tropico and Lego Batman are both reliably good games from the Xbox 360 back catalogue to be added to the service, but I’m not personally familiar with Dungeons 3. Then again, it sounds like it leans quite heavily on the classic Dungeon Keeper formula. If you’ve not got a PC for Evil Genius 2, this might scratch that itch for you.
Armello is the pick of the bunch this month, scoring a very respectable 8/10 in our review when it first released back in 2015. Dave wrote:
Armello’s a fantastic example of a gateway board game and also a great way to spend an hour or two with friends who may not be able to get around a table.
Don’t forget that you can still add the following games to your library through the last few days of April:
- Vikings: Wolves of Midgard – until 30th April
- Truck Racing Championship – until 15th May
- Hard Corps: Uprising (Xbox 360 BC) – until 30th April
It’s without a doubt that Games with Gold has dropped in quality over the last year or so, while Sony has picked up the pace. PS Plus featured Final Fantasy VII Remake in March, Destruction AllStars was a significant first party exclusive, and April has played host to Oddworld Soulstorm on the day of its release. We’ll keep our beady eyes out for the May PlayStation Plus announcement a little later this week.
In related Xbox Live Gold news, Microsoft has put into effect the change for free-to-play games to be truly free to play on Xbox consoles. Where games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, Destiny 2 and Rocket League previously required an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online, that has now been rectified at long last!