Every month, Microsoft offers a slew of games for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, and May 2019 is no different. After Sony announced the PlayStation Plus program back in 2010, offering free games for a monthly (or annual) fee, Microsoft eventually bolstered its own Xbox Live Gold program with free games of its own, showcasing how a little bit of healthy competition leads to better services for consumers to enjoy.
In April, Xbox fans got their hands on some golden oldies, from 2005's Star Wars Battlefront II to 2007's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2. In addition to these beloved (if ancient) classics, Gold members also got their hands on digital versions of the underrated 2016 RPG, The Technomancer, and Outcast: Second Contact, the 2017 remake of the legendary 1999 PC title.
This month, Gold subscribers have a new assortment of titles to look forward to, though the offerings for May are decidedly less exciting than some other recent months:
-Marooners: Available May 1 to 31 on Xbox One
-The Golf Club 2019 Featuring PGA Tour: Available May 16 to June 15 on Xbox One
-Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon: Available May 1 to 15 on Xbox One and Xbox 360
-Comic Jumper: Available May 16 to 31 on Xbox One and Xbox 360
On the Xbox One front, Marooners looks like a charming party game for social gatherings, though it's hard to imagine spending much time with it outside of that context. Meanwhile, The Golf Club 2019 is the preeminent golf title on the market, and its realistic art style makes for a strong alternative to the more colorful style of the PlayStation exclusive, Everybody's Golf.
For Xbox 360 players, Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is a jolly shooting gallery of big guns and exploding bugs, though there have been noticeable improvements made to the series in the numerous EDF titles released since Insect Armageddon's 2011 debut. Finally, 2010's Comic Jumper was developed by Twisted Pixel, and is best known for being the game they made in between 'Splosion Man and Ms. Splosion Man.
All in all, Xbox's Games with Gold for May 2019 aren't exactly blasting doors off their hinges. The appeal of many of these games seems limited, and only die hard fans of the sport will be able to muster any reasonable degree of excitement for The Golf Club. Earth Defense Force will surely win over some future fans who missed it the first time around, though we would have preferred a more recent title, like 2014's Earth Defense Force 2025. Regardless of one's feelings regarding May 2019's pickings, Xbox Games with Gold subscribers only need to wait a month before a new slew of titles arrives to replace these offerings.