Xbox Games with Gold for May 2018 brings Metal Gear Solid V, Vanquish, and more

The four games incoming to Microsoft's Games with Gold program next month have been revealed a bit earlier than usual today thanks to the above video being discovered. As always, the promotion includes two Xbox 360 and two Xbox One games, with the latter duo also available to Xbox One users thanks to Backward Compatibility.

Note that Super Mega Baseball 2's launch is slated for May 1, meaning all Xbox Live Gold members are receiving a free copy on day one. All the games included in next month's Games with Gold program are as follows:

Super Mega Baseball 2 (Xbox One, May 1 - 31)

The critically acclaimed Super Mega Baseball series is back with gorgeous new visuals, deep team and league customization, and long-awaited online multiplayer modes.

Accessible mechanics. Deep skill curve. Visceral pacing. Light-hearted vibe. Serious simulation.

Rookie or baseball purist, SMB2 packs a mode for everyone. Compete in ranked matchmaking (1v1), dominate friends in arranged matches (1v1, 2v1, 2v2), or take on the AI (solo, local co-op, online co-op) - all kept fair by Ego, the genre's most flexible difficulty system.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Xbox One, May 16 - June 15)

Nine years after the events of MGSV: GROUND ZEROES and the fall of Mother Base, Snake a.k.a. Big Boss, awakens from a nine year coma. The year is 1984. The Cold War serves as the backdrop as nuclear weapons continue to shape a global crisis. Driven by revenge, Snake establishes a new private army and returns to the battlefield in pursuit of the shadow group, XOF.

The METAL GEAR SOLID team continues to ambitiously explore mature themes such as the psychology of warfare and the atrocities that result from those that engage in its vicious cycle. One of the most anticipated games of the year with its open-world design, photorealistic visual fidelity and feature-rich game design, MGSV: The Phantom Pain will leave its mark as one of the hallmarks in the gaming industry for its cinematic storytelling, heavy themes, and immersive tactical gameplay.

Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage (Xbox 360, May 1 - May 15)

Join Axel, Blaze, and company as they battle the evil Mr. X across all three Streets of Rage games. Originally released for the Sega Genesis, the classic brawler series has now been updated for release on Xbox LIVE Arcade! Earn all new achievements, take on challenging new game trials, compete with others players across Xbox LIVE Leaderboards, and clean up the streets with a friend in two player local and online co-op!

Vanquish (Xbox 360, May 16 - May 31)

VANQUISH is a sci-fi shooter of epic proportions with a fast, fluid and frenetic combat system. It takes the shooter genre to the next level by adding unique offensive and defensive moves, and kinetic melee combat.

For those who missed out, there's still over a week left before Microsoft refreshes its Games with Gold offerings for April, with The Witness and Dead Space 2 available until April 30, while Assassin's Creed Syndicate will be up for grabs until May 15.

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