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May 2017's Free PlayStation Plus and Xbox Games With Gold

April 28, 2017

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By: Max Cannon

Every month Sony and Microsoft release a slew of "free" games on their respective platforms if you are already paying for an online subscription for either company. You don't need the newest console to take part either as both PlayStation Plus and Xbox's Games With Gold offer games on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (and even PlayStation Vita.)

The New Games of PlayStation Plus

Starting Tuesday, May 2th you can get these upcoming games for free if you have a PlayStation Plus subscription.

  • Tales From the Borderlands (PlayStation 4)
  • Abzu (PlayStation 4)
  • Blood Night (PlayStation 3)
  • Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants (PlayStation 3)
  • Laser Disco Defenders, PS Vita (PlayStation Vita, Cross Buy with PlayStation 4)
  • Type:Rider (PlayStation Vita, Cross Buy with PlayStation 4)

May 2017 - PlayStation Plus Games

 

We've got a pair of awesome games on PlayStation 4, while the usual "eh" games are making up the PlayStation 3 section. But hey, I'm really looking forward to the Vita games as well, even if they're not jaw-droppingly amazing.

Tales From the Borderlands was one of the biggest surprises in modern gaming. It's an awesome "choose-your-own-adventure" Telltale game set in the world of Borderlands. The first episode has been free for a long time but getting access to the entire season will be a satisfyingly awesome bonus. Heads up, this is a Mature rated game by the ESRB, just like any other entries in the Borderlands series.

If you're familiar with its inspiration, then it shouldn't surprise you that Abzu was developed by former employees of  That Game Company who was repsonsible for Journey.  While the game didn't set the world on fire like its predecessor, Abzu is still a gorgeous game that nails a relaxing and visually impressive experience.

PlayStation Plus's PS4 lineup for May 2017.PlayStation Plus's PS4 lineup for May 2017.Courtesy of PlayStation

The New Game of Xbox's Games With Gold

Since Monday, May 1st you can access the first wave of games on Xbox One and Xbox 360, if you have a Gold subscription on Xbox.

  • Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Director’s Cut (Xbox One)
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleased II (Xbox 360 & Backwards Compatible on Xbox One)

The second wave of games begins on Tuesday, May 16th.

  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (Xbox One)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Xbox 360 & Backwards Compatible on Xbox One)

Xbox Games With Gold - May 2017 Trailer

Unlike last month's Xbox Games with Gold and this month's PlayStation Plus lineup, all of the games are appropriate for younger gamers, with the strictest rating being a T for Teen to go alongside Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. Whlie I can't speak as much to Giana, a game that found a small audience on the Nintendo eShop, Lara Croft is an awesome spin-off to the Tomb Raider series.  

Both Xbox 360 titles are non-canon Star Wars spinoffs, to help you get into the spirit with May 4th gets here. Though there have been better games in the series to release, Xbox 360's LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is exactly what it sounds like, LEGO's complete collection of the earlier Star Wars films lays a solid foundation for the LEGO games to come in the future.

Xbox's Games with Gold lineup for May 2017.Xbox's Games with Gold lineup for May 2017.Courtesy of Xbox

My Winner This Month:

PlayStation Plus stands tall for me this month, strictly on the merits of its PlayStation 4 games. If you're talking older games, Xbox's Star Wars titles stand tall up against the uninteresting PlayStation 3 and Vita titles, aside from the awesome Type: Rider.

Have Your Say!

Which lineup stands out to you? Do you subscribe to either platform? Comment below!