Microsoft’s New Games With Gold Additions Haven’t Been Very Well Received

If you pay for a Games With Gold subscription, you'll have gotten used to some big names coming your way for 'free', of late. Star Wars titles and entries from the Tomb Raider, Far Cry, Bomberman and Ghost Recon series have been on the menu recently, and the awesome Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance popped up in March for some 360-degree slicing and dicing.

But the announcement of May 2019's line-up for the service has been met with what can kindly be called disappointment from Xbox's audience. Upon tweeting out the games (namely Marooners, The Golf Club 2019, Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon and Comic Jumper) yesterday, Larry Hryb, director of programming for Xbox Live, was met with a swathe of dissatisfied customers.



Such disgruntlement. Such.. entitlement? Let's not go there, friends, not on this day. And besides, while the four games revealed aren't the sexiest names you'll ever read on an announcement like this, are they so bad, really? Let's have a quick look-see...

Marooners on Xbox One has a Metascore of 56 (out of 100), which isn't the best start, fair enough. It's a party game featuring 25 mini-games and arenas, playable by up to six people at a time either locally or online. Beyond that, I don't have much to go on. Sorry, Marooners!

Comic Jumper fares better - the Xbox 360 beat 'em up from 2010 has a Metascore of 74 (so it's better than Days Gone then, natch), with IGN calling it a "clever experience but knows exactly when it might wear out its welcome, and then ends before that", and Destructoid writing: "From its irreverent, laugh-out-loud script to the spot-on comedic delivery of the game's voice actors, Comic Jumper still manages to be one the most distinctive and memorable titles of the year." Good, then!

The Golf Club 2019 / Credit: HB Studios/2K Games
The Golf Club 2019 / Credit: HB Studios/2K Games

The Golf Club 2019 (pictured above) comes in with a Metascore of 80 on Xbox One - that's pretty high, right? - with GameSpew saying that it's "as true to the sport as can be". Sounds fairly essential for anyone with a passing interest in small balls and swinging irons. Finally, EDF: Insect Armageddon (pictured, main) achieved a Metascore of 68 on its 2011 release, with GameSpot complimenting its explosions and destruction - which, frankly, is what you come to an EDF game for. (We recently played the newest EDF, Iron Rain, and it was super fun.)

IDK about you, but they don't sound "wack", exactly. But I get the disappointment, with none of these titles representing household names. But look: gaming covers a wild and wonderful spectrum of experiences, and subscription services like Games With Gold and Game Pass are perfect for trying new things. So: try a new thing! Here's four of them, possibly. Get involved.

Marooners is on Games With Gold from 1-31 May. EDF: Insect Armageddon runs from 1-15 May. Comic Jumper is added on 15 May and remains available until 31 May, and The Golf Club 2019 joins the service on 16 May before leaving it on 15 June.

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Mike Diver

Head of Content at GAMINGbible. Ex-editor of VICE Gaming and co-founder of Waypoint. Former writer/consultant for BBC's The Gaming Show. Former contributor to Edge, Eurogamer, Kotaku, PCGamesN, Official PlayStation Magazine, gamesTM. Author of 'Indie Games: The Complete Introduction to Indie Gaming' (2016) and 'How to Be a Professional Gamer' (2016). New book, 'Retro Gaming: A Byte-Sized History of Video Games', coming in 2019. Contact: [email protected]

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