The Xbox Games with Gold May 2019 are coming your way soon, and though they add up to a $95 value, you may find yourself wanting much more. Unless you can appreciate low-budget shooters, golf sims, or family-friendly party games, this month's selection might fall a bit flat. Still yet, free is free, and if you're looking for something a little different in your gaming diet, these games could provide a worthwhile distraction. Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is definitely the highlight, as this series has quite the cult following with its B-movie invasion of giant bugs and ample amounts of purposely corny dialogue.
Remember: any games you choose to download during their availability period will remain accessible so long as you have an active Xbox Live Gold membership. And don't forget that any Xbox 360 games made available through Games With Gold are also backwards compatible with Xbox One, letting you keep everything on one console. If you need a new membership, here are the best Xbox Live deals today.
May 2019 free Games With Gold games
Marooners (Xbox One) - Available: May 1 - 31
This colorful party game can be enjoyed locally or online, but we all know that playing against others on the same couch is where it's at with this genre. Marooners' main hook is that its minigames are constantly switching as you play, so up to six players can enjoy the chaos that comes with having to adapt to every sudden change. The titular Marooners are an adorable bunch, and the vibrant visuals are perfect for this brand of light-hearted competition.
The Golf Club 2 Featuring PGA Tour (Xbox One) - Available: May 16 - June 15
If you love hitting the virtual links but don't jive with the cartoony aesthetic of something like Powerstar Golf, The Golf Club 2 is the simulation you've been looking for. Real-world courses like the TPC Boston and TPC Sawgrass have been painstakingly recreated here, so you can experience them for a fraction of the cost (free, in the case of Games with Gold). You can test your driving and putting skills in a variety of tour events, or compete for the best scores online.
Outcast: Second Contact (Xbox One) - Available: April 16 - May 15
The remake of a cult classic open-world action game from 1999 pays ample homage to its roots, but you don't need to have played the original to appreciate Outcast: Second Contact. You're free to explore a sprawling alien world filled with danger and opportunity, taking on quests from friendly locals or just hopping on a weird ostrich thing and seeing the sights as you please. Your choices and actions will even have a direct impact on the ecosystem of the world. Aside from the graphical updates it's pretty faithful to the 1999 original, which means you can expect some clunky bits, but nothing too bad.
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (Xbox One and Xbox 360) - Available: May 1 - 15
EDF! EDF! The Earth Defense Force series isn't going mainstream any time soon, but those who stick with it typically end up loving its endearingly kitschy charm and bountiful content. The world is being overrun by all manner of giant ants, huge spiders, hulking robots, and so much more, with the Earth Defense Force being humanity's last hope against the invasion. That translates to dozens of levels where you shoot everything in sight, collect new weapon types, and crack up at all the cheesy dialogue. Switching between the four playable classes can help break up the intentionally repetitive nature of the battles, which spawn wave upon wave of enemies to obliterate.
Comic Jumper (Xbox One and Xbox 360) - Available: May 16 - 31
Developer Twisted Pixel struck gold with its classic Xbox Live Arcade platformer 'Splosion Man - and while its following game Comic Jumper isn't nearly as good, there's still some fun to be had here. You play as Captain Smiley, a buff superhero with an emoji for a head, as he jumps between different genres and eras of comic book history. Your mileage with the referential humor and shoot-'em-up gameplay will vary, but it's amusing getting to see how Comic Jumper pays homage to different genres even as it lampoons them.
April 2019 free Games With Gold games you might've missed
- The Technomancer (Xbox One)
- Star Wars Battlefront 2 (Xbox One, Xbox 360)
- Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 (Xbox One, Xbox 360)
- Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (Xbox One)
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