These are the games you can play for free on Xbox Live Gold this month

Metal Gear Solid V leads an action-packed May
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What does an Xbox Live Gold membership grant you? Free games. Loads and loads of free games.

Each and every month you'll find a handful of gratis games to download on Xbox One, as well as a couple for Xbox 360, and they're yours to keep so long as you keep paying for the subscription. However, there is one catch to the Games with Gold promotion: they're only available to download for a few weeks apiece, and then you won't find them free again.

Luckily, we've got you covered: these are the free Xbox Live Gold games that are available in May 2018, across both consoles, and we'll keep this space updated with each month's new picks. And if you still haven't snagged April's free games, you'll find those listed at the bottom. Hurry!

On Xbox Live Gold in May 2018

Super Mega Baseball 2 (XB1)

Super Mega Baseball 2 releases on 1 May… and you'll be able to snag it for free on day one with a Games with Gold subscription. This cartoonish take on the bat-swinging sport builds upon the well-regarded original, and it's yours without charge throughout May.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate (XB1)

Assassin's Creed Syndicate has been a recent high point for Ubisoft's open-world historical action juggernaut, dropping you into Victorian-era London and packing the affair full of thrilling escapades. This 2015 favourite is free from 16 April until 15 May.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (XB1)

It was free on PS4 a few months back and now it's free on Xbox One: Konami's latest and absolutely expansive stealth-action game takes on more of an open-world approach, and it's plenty satisfying despite some rough edges. Snag this one from 16 May until 15 June.

Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage (XB1/360)

Looking for an action-packed game from a different era? You'll find three of them in this Streets of Rage collection, which bundles up the three old-school Sega Mega Drive brawlers in one convenient package. It's free from 1-15 May.

Vanquish (XB1/360)

Another Sega classic, albeit from a very different era, this 2010 shooter is a cult favourite thanks to its over-the-top action and frenetic movement system. If you missed it on the Xbox 360 back when, be sure to download it on the back half of May (starting 16 May).

Still available in April 2018

It's not May yet... at least not as of this writing. If the calendar page hasn't dropped yet, then be sure to grab these free games before April ends.

The Witness (XB1)

One of the most beautiful games you'll ever see, The Witness is an indie puzzler that finds you trekking around a gorgeous island to solve confusing conundrums and piece together a narrative. We found it a bit frustrating and overly vague, but it's well worth exploring without a price tag. It's free throughout April.

Dead Space 2 (XB1/360)

Now here's something much more appealing to the adults out there: Dead Space 2 absolutely lived up to the strong original game, delivering a blend of survival horror and science fiction that's utterly gripping. Be sure to snag this one between 16-30 April.