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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Microsoft's Games With Gold for May have been revealed for those with an Xbox Live Gold subscription. The May 2018 line-up is actually quite impressive and is headlined by Hideo Kojima's magnum opus for Konami, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Over on the Xbox YouTube channel, there's a video outlining the games for May. It starts off with Super Mega Baseball 2 for the Xbox One starting May 1st. The game is an arcade baseball title from Metalhead Software is a follow-up, to the 2014 outing. The game isn't like the other baseball simulators out there, you'll have a more casual experience with the gameplay, focusing on having fun rather micromanaging stats.

On May 16th Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will become available for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The game came out back in 2015 to wide acclaim and managed to sell millions of copies across PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PS4. The game was also Hideo Kojima's last title for Konami before being fired.

The game sees Venom Snake going on a mission to take down Skullface and a deadly virus. The game added all new kinds of content and gameplay, including the ability to drive vehicles and explore an open-world environment. Kojima couldn't have asked for a better send-off from Konami, even despite Metal Gear Solid V's lack of a third chapter the game still contained plenty of replayability and content to last gamers dozens upon dozen of hours.

If that somehow wasn't enough to keep you entertained all throughout May, there's still more yet. For Xbox 360 gamers, there's the Streets of Rage trilogy, which will be available between May 1st and May 15th. You'll receive all three of the 16-bit beat-'em-up games from the Sega Genesis era.

But it doesn't end there. Between May 16th and May 31st you'll be able to get your hands on Vanquish for the Xbox 360 as well, which is one of Platinum Games' most revered action titles from the seventh generation of gaming.

Recently Vanquish managed to get a proper port to PC and then just after that Sega and Microsoft worked to have the game made available as a backwards compatible title. And that also goes for the Sega Genesis Streets of Rage trilogy, which is also available as a backwards compatible title.

So if you own an Xbox One that will give you four games to play throughout May, for free, as part of your Games With Gold offerings. If you just have an Xbox 360, you'll receive two free games.

Microsoft seems to have really stepped up what's being made available for the Xbox Live Gold subscribers, and I imagine that a lot of Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be excited to play the May offerings once they go live starting on the first of the month.

Also, it's interesting that Microsoft decided to out its Games With Gold offerings an entire two weeks before actually offering the software as a way to get a good one-up on Sony.