One of the main benefits of being an Xbox Live Gold subscriber is definitely the fact that each month you get access to a range of free games across the Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms. If you’re an Xbox One owner, backwards compatibility means you get to take advantage of the Xbox 360 titles too.
This is a great way to try games you might not otherwise have played, whether because they're indie titles that slip under your radar or simply because you don’t have the funds to buy several games a month.
Even if you don’t have the console memory or the time to spare right now, we’d say it’s always worth claiming them every month anyway as you’ll then have free access to them for as long as you have an active Xbox Live account.
Since this is a monthly event, we’ve decided to create a one-stop shop where you’ll be able to find the newest free games, as well as scroll back and see which games were featured in previous months. That way you’ll know whether it’s worth holding out for a game to appear in an upcoming Games with Gold month or if it's already been offered.
So without further ado, here are the free Xbox Live games in North America, Europe, and Australia for May 2017.
Don't forget some of the April titles are still available too!
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is an isometric-view four-player local and online co-op take on the Lara Croft series.
Temple of Osiris is a sequel to Guardian of Light and takes players and their friends to the Temple of Osiris in Egypt where they'll be able to play as Lara, her rival Carter Bell or the gods Isis or Horus to fight against the forces of nature and defeat the evil deity Set.
The game works very well as a co-op experience, but it can also be played in single player with no changes to the quests and story.
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a fast-paced and challenging platformer in which players move between two boldly designed game dream worlds across 33 levels to solve puzzles and fight enemies.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II is a third-person action-adventure title which has players take control of a clone of Starkiller, the anti-hero protagonist of the original Force Unleashed game.
The game's plot starts six months after the events of the first game and revolves around the clone's quest to find out more about his identity and find his love interest armed with the force, his lightsaber and a choice between the light side and the dark side.
It's a good month for Star Wars fans! We're all fairly used to the whimsical Lego video game adaptions of famous franchises by now and this title plays much the same as all the rest.
This one is a combination of the game Lego Star Wars: The Video Game and its sequel Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, spanning the first six episodes of the Star Wars saga and allowing you to play more than 120 Star Wars characters.
Ryse: Son of Rome takes players back to the violent days of the Roman Empire and places them in the leather sandals of soldier Marius Titus. The game doesn't break any new ground with its themes, taking the lead from Gladiator with a quest that sees you go on a perilous journey to avenge the death of your family and embody the glory of Rome. There's even a Colosseum mode.
This is one that will naturally be of greatest interest to those that have played season one but even if you haven't, it's worth picking it up if you plan to buy season one and play at a later date. The Walking Dead is the usual narrative-heavy, difficult decision making gameplay that we've come to know and love and it's definitely one of the better franchises the studio has tackled.
Players will follow the story of Clementine, a young girl orphaned by the undead apocalypse who must fight to survive on her own.
Looking for a solid hack and slash role playing game? Then you may very well want to pick up Darksiders. Taking inspiration from the story of the four horsemen of the apocalypse and the Book of Revelations, it's safe to say it's not throwing you into a light and cheery game world but it is a fascinating one, with great combat and good replay value.
Players take up the role of War, one of the four horsemen and must engage in combat, solve puzzles and explore the game world.
This month's Games With Gold is fairly historical in nature, isn't it? Assassin's Creed: Revelations is a peaking point for the Assassin's Creed series as the final chapter in the Ezio Auditore trilogy. In this title the aging Ezio climbs and fights his way across Constantinople in the familiar Assassin's Creed fashion as he attempts to unlock the secrets of his ancestor Altair.
- Van Helsing: Deathtrap (£15.99/ $19.99/ AU $26.95)
- Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition (£31.99/ $39.99 / AU $52.45)
- Monkey Island Special Edition (£7.99/ $9.99/ AU$13.45)
- Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon (£9.99/ $14.99/ AU$14.95)
- Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings (£15.99/ $19.99/ AU$26.95)
- The Escapists (£14.99/ $19.99/ AU$26.95)
- Earthlock: Festival of Magic (£23.99/$29.99/AU$39.95)
- Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Chine (£7.99/ $9.99/ AU$13.45)