Xbox Live Games With Gold May 2014: Free 'Dust: An Elysian Tail' and 'Saints Row 3" for Xbox 360

By Alex Riviello , Updated Apr 30, 2014 12:54 PM EDT
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Microsoft has just revealed the next two free Games with Gold titles for May 201- Dust: An Elysian Tail and Saints Row: The Third. Both are available for Xbox 360 and Xbox One gamers once again get nothing for free, sadly. Microsoft keeps trying but the selections of its Games With Gold program just can't compete with Sony's Instant Game Collection. It's not that these are bad titles- far from it, actually- but it's hard to compete with Sony's Instant Game Collection selections, which include much newer games across all three of Sony's current PlayStation consoles.

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As per usual the games will be made available for free on the 1st and 16th of the month, respectively. Dust: An Elysian Tail will be free (Normally US $14.99) on Thursday May 1st through May 15th, while Saints Row: The Third (Normally US $19.99) will be available for free from May 16th through May 30th. One perk this program offers over PS Plus is that the games are yours to keep no matter what, no strings attached. PS Plus requires you to be a member (or renew your membership) in order to play the free games.

Dust: An Elysian Tail is an action role-playing game designed by Dean Dodrill and is pretty fantastic game. A 2-D sidescroller at heart with some beautiful graphics, it features main character Dust trying to remember his past with the aid of a sentient sword. As you play you gain experience points by defeating enemies, which can be used to raise various attributes and customize Dust as you see fit.  

Saints Row: The Third was a bit of a misstep after the insanity of the second installment but still proved to be a ton of fun. It was completely overshadowed by the fourth installment but still, how many other games allow you to knock people around with a dildo bat? It's definitely worth playing in co-op as well if you get a chance. It's important to note however that Saints Row: The Third was offered for free to PS Plus subscribers as well- almost a year ago. 

What do you think about these selections? Is Microsoft doing all it can to woo gamers to its service? Let us know in the comments below. 

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