As April nears its end, it means another slew of free titles will soon be available to Xbox Live Gold members. Microsoft has just announced which titles we can expect to see offered next month across the Xbox 360 and Xbox One platforms. If you happen to be unfamiliar with the system, both platforms offer two titles apiece within specific time frames, although anyone in possession of an Xbox One can also download the Xbox 360 titles as they will be backwards compatible. Without further ado, here are the free titles gamers will have access to next month.
For Xbox One owners, the tower defense title Defense Grid 2 (normally $14.99 USD) will be free of charge for the entire month of May, while Costume Quest 2 (regularly $14.99 USD) will be available from May 16 until June 15.
For Xbox 360 owners, the racer GRID 2 (normally $24.99 USD) will be made free from May 1 until May 15, at which point the incredibly addicting PopCap game Peggle (regularly $9.99 USD) will be available until May 31.
With the next batch of free games announced, how do you feel about May’s offering? Are there any titles you look forward to downloading or are you skipping some of them? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.
Editor’s thoughts: May’s selection of free titles is certainly underwhelming, particularly as they immediately follow one of the stronger months in the Games With Gold’s history. It’s great to see the genres of offered titles is still being varied each and every month so that most gamers will likely see a game that piques their interest, although the inclusion of Peggle, a title which originally released in 2007, is a bit disheartening since you would be hard-pressed to find someone who has not already played Peggle on any number of the 10 or so platforms on which the title has been ported.
Free games will always be better than nothing, and by no means should we as gamers take these for granted or complain that the games aren’t big or fancy enough, but I feel that offering a 10 year old title which is available on nearly every platform capable of playing games is a terrible waste of the program. The Games With Gold program could be used to introduce gamers to titles they may have missed or skipped over in past years but are more than deserving of their attention. The Xbox 360 houses a phenomenal number of titles, many of which are only available through Xbox Live Arcade or were perhaps released across Steam and Playstation Network as well. These are the games Microsoft should be focusing their efforts on, rather than games even your neighbour who spent 200 hours playing Candy Crush can attest to having played. AAA titles certainly have a spot within the program as well, and are needed to draw in new Gold members, but highlighting games such as Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Rayman Origins, Super Meat Boy, The Saboteur, Enslaved: Journey to the West, Spelunky, or Hydrophobia. Obviously not all of these titles will appeal to all gamers, and this is just a sampling of titles which many may have missed playing for any number of reasons, but it represents realistic options Microsoft has, rather than blindly demanding all the newest and biggest games be made free of charge.
Microsoft has done a decent job of offering titles along these lines, and there are many games I never would have played or enjoyed had it not been for this program. That being said, I do believe there is room for improvement and by finding the hidden gems throughout the console’s library, the program can become even better.
Eric is an Xbox editor for Analog Addiction where you can find all the latest gaming news, previews, reviews, and everything else that rhymes with those words. ‘Like’ Analog Addiction on Facebook to receive all of the updates as they’re posted.