What you need to know
- Xbox Games with Gold is a service through Xbox Live Gold that offers up to four free games every month.
- The Xbox Games with Gold for May, 2021 have been revealed, and the offering is slightly mediocre like usual.
- Players will be able to redeem for games like Armello, LEGO Batman, Dungeons 3, and Tropico 4.
- Xbox free-to-play games recently dropped their Xbox Live Gold requirement for online multiplayer, making Xbox Live Gold even less useful.
As we near the end of an incredibly busy April, Xbox has revealed the upcoming Xbox Games with Gold for May (opens in new tab). If you didn't already know, Xbox Games with Gold is a service included in Xbox Live Gold, and includes a revolving roster of four free games for subscribers to redeem from month to month for free. While it's great to constantly get access to new titles for as long as you have Xbox Live Gold, the quality of the free games has fallen in recent months. Your excitement for May's Xbox Games with Gold will likely depend on your love for older titles.
Xbox Games with Gold for May, 2021 include four games worth a total of $80 and 4,000 Gamerscore. The month will start with Armello, which will be available from May 1 to May 31. Then you'll have LEGO Batman, the Xbox 360 game, which will be available from May 1 to May 15. Next is Dungeons 3 from May 16 to June 15. Finally, Xbox Games with Gold for May ends with Tropico 4, available from May 16 to May 31.
Xbox Live Gold is still necessary if you play a lot of premium online multiplayer games, but Xbox Live Gold has been changing. Recently, Xbox dropped the Xbox Live Gold requirement to play free-to-play games online, making the service less valuable to some players. If you don't play multiplayer games or stick to free-to-play, you should instead consider Xbox Game Pass, which gives you access to hundreds of high-quality games.
Still need Xbox Live Gold? Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes Xbox Game Pass for consoles and PC, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Games with Gold, and Xbox Cloud Gaming all in one cost-effective subscription.
If you're still not sold, you can check out some of the best games on Xbox Game Pass for a look at some of the best that's already included. We also keep a list of all the games coming to and leaving from Xbox Game Pass, so you can see what's happening with Xbox Game Pass.
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Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.
Zachary Boddy is the Minecraft Expert and a News Writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been freelancing for Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019, with a focus on Xbox and PC gaming. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.
*sigh* Just get rid of Gold already. I could swear they already gave Lego Batman away before.
I think they gave every lego game before as I have all of them but have never purchased one.
They have given away 5 Lego games before. There are 32 Lego games on Xbox. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (May 2017)
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (July 2017)
LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (September 2018)
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (January 2020)
Lego Indiana Jones (November 2020)
Agreed, just kill gold. Kinda embarrassing now.
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