KEY POINTS

  • This month features "Armello," "Dungeons 3," "Lego Batman" and "Tropico 4"
  • Some Xbox fans are actually happy with this month's free selection despite the games' age
  • Other gamers are still disappointed considering how good PS Plus' free games are

The latest lineup for Xbox’s Games With Gold for May is now live and gamers are actually excited for it this time around. After a disappointing past couple of months, Xbox Live subscribers now have something a little more worthwhile to look forward to.

May’s free games are “Armello,” “Dungeons 3,” “Lego Batman” and “Tropico 4.” These games may not be as acclaimed as any of the ones featured in PlayStation Plus, but they’re all quite good in their own right. Community members of the r/xboxone subreddit have even said that they’re willing to give these games a try as they find them interesting.

All of the games featured this month have all made their mark on gaming as very entertaining titles and each of them were positively received by their respective communities. “Armello” may be the most obscure of the included titles given its indie game status and niche audience, but now is the perfect time for it to garner more players.

Folks at Reddit are excited to try the games out.

This month’s Games With Gold appears to lean heavily toward strategy games.

“Tropico 4” is a city management game with an emphasis on strategy and politics. It’s considered by many to be a difficult and borderline unfair game but it still received rave reviews overall. Alternatively, “Dungeons 3” puts players in the role of a sorcerer with the ultimate goal of creating clever labyrinths. “Armello” is an RPG board game that also comes with strategy elements, featuring procedurally generated maps and objectives to keep each game fresh.

The only outlier here is “Lego Batman,” which is an action-adventure game based on DC’s iconic Dark Knight.

Microsoft will be expanding access to its Xbox cloud gaming service to more devices including Apple's smartphones and tablets Microsoft will be expanding access to its Xbox cloud gaming service to more devices including Apple's smartphones and tablets Photo: AFP / Ina FASSBENDER

Xbox users are happier this time around, but some are still comparing Games With Gold with PS Plus, claiming the latter to be the superior option. This comparison is only made more intense considering how this month’s free games are quite old. However, some fans are simply content to have free games this time that are actually good.