4 Free Video Games for Xbox Live Gold Members in May

One of the primary benefits of being an Xbox Live Gold member is that you get free games each month. Sure, the service costs around $60 per year, but the games you’ll get are worth far more than that, even if you’re only interested in playing some of them.

Last month Microsoft surprised subscribers with six free games, which was great, but it makes the four games in May seem a little slim. Making matters worse, one of May’s freebies was also part of April’s lineup. So we’re looking at three free games in May.

Remember, you can redeem your free Xbox One games even if you don’t have an Xbox One yet. If you buy one in the future, you’ll be able to find those games in your account and download them then. It’s like buying a new console and having an instant library of games to play.

Overall, this is not the greatest month for Xbox Live Gold members, especially considering the fantastic indie games Sony has on offer for PlayStation Plus subscribers this month. At any rate, here are the free Games With Gold for May 2015.

Source: Microsoft

1. CastleStorm: Definitive Edition

  • Platform: Xbox One
  • Original price: $14.99
  • Metacritic score: 74
  • Available: All month

In this game of medieval combat, enemy forces are encroaching on your castle, and it’s up to you to fend them off. You do that using three separate forces: a ballista you can load up with morning stars, grenades, and even sheep; ground troops like knights and donkey riders; and magic spells. As you can probably tell, it’s a somewhat goofy game that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

And since this is the Definitive Edition, CastleStorm’s graphics have been power-washed into full HD, and the package includes all of the DLC that came out for the original game in 2013. All in all it’s not a bad deal, although some Xbox One owners might prefer something with a little more heft to it.

Source: Cherry Pop Games

2. Pool Nation FX

Is it Groundhog Day? Are we having collective déja vu? No, nothing like that. Microsoft made Pool Nation FX available to Xbox Live Gold members last month, but it’s rolling this freebie over into April as well. The old double dip, so to speak.

Pool Nation FX is a game about trick shots and billiards. The graphics are top notch, with realistic ball physics and lots of stylish flair. You can customize the rules of each match, create your own trick shots, and play in online or offline multiplayer matches. In other words, it sounds like everything you’d probably want in a pool game, even if the Metacritic score isn’t too hot.

Source: Microsoft

3. Mafia II

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Original price: $19.99
  • Metacritic score: 74
  • Available: May 1 to May 15

Mafia II lets you travel back to a more honest time of hard work, family values, and … organized crime. This game takes place just after World War II and follows Vito Scaletta as he rises through the ranks of the criminal underworld, making sure his rivals wind up in body bags along the way.

It might look like an open-world game, but it doesn’t have the standard free-flowing story missions and side missions we’ve come to expect from games like Grand Theft Auto. Instead, Mafia II plays more like a movie, with a single plot that’s divided into chapters. It flouts expectations, not always for the better, but it’s a well-made game that any fans of shooters and mob movies will enjoy.

Source: Microsoft

4. F1 2013

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Original price: $39.99
  • Metacritic score: 79
  • Available: May 16 to May 31

Racing with regular cars is all well and good, but to get a real thrill, why not race the fastest cars in the world? Formula One cars can go up to 220 miles per hour and pull off the fastest cornering on the planet. Not many average drivers would survive a spin around an F1 track at top speed, so it’s a good thing the F1 series offers a solid simulation of the experience.

F1 2013 might be a wee bit outdated when it comes to yearly releases (F1 2015 launches in June), but it’ll give you a taste of what’s to come from this year’s model. What that amounts to is a handful of enjoyable racing modes with realistic driving physics and the fastest speeds you’re going to get in any racing sim out there. Buckle up.

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