Game Pass Adds 9 Games in the Second Wave of January

Hot of the heels of their first ever Developer Direct, Microsoft is giving us an update to their Game Pass service, adding 9 games by the end of the month or early next month, though a number of these are already available on some platfoms. As usual, you can check out our Game Pass vs PS Plus article to get an idea of how the two services compare. Let’s get into it!


Jet Set Radio meets MadWorld meets Crypt of the Necrodancer in this Rhythm Action game that was just announced yesterday. We have a dedicated article on the game if you want to take a closer look.

Available right now on PC, Xbox Series X|S, and Cloud.

GoldenEye 007

Well, this is an odd one. GoldenEye 007 is a tie-in video game for the GoldenEye movie from 1995, and is considered one of the best first person shooters of all time. It was originally exclusive to the Nintendo 64, but Microsoft bought Rare, the developers, in the early 2000s, so now it’s coming to Xbox consoles with achievements, 4K resolution, and a smoother framerate. Oh, and split screen, naturally.

Available for Console and Cloud on January 27th.


Staying in the FPS genre, Roboquest combines shooting with roguelite elements and an art-style reminiscent of Borderlands to create a unique and engaging experience. You can play solo or in 2 player co-op as you fight hordes of enemies as a big robot with a bigger gun.

Available now on PC and on Console on January 30th as a Game Preview (still in development, but playable).

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition

The classic real time strategy game that lets you control various historical factions as you attempt to conquer your enemy. The game is now also coming to consoles, offering controller support so you can order your troops around from the comfort of your couch.

Available now on PC and on Cloud and Console on January 31st.


Sticking in the realm of strategy games, Inkluminati sees you controlling your troops in a 2D plane rather than the classic isometric map. Your army consists mostly of anthropomorphic animals drawn in the style of medieval manuscripts.

Available now on PC and on Cloud and Console on January 31st as a Game Preview.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle R

A fighting game featuring characters from across all of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures. Take control of one of over 50 characters, and use your Stand, Hamon powers, or ZA WARUDO to take down you opponent in stylish and colorful combat.

Available now on PC and on Cloud and Console on January 31st.

Darkest Dungeon

A dark and unsettling roguelike dungeon crawler where the sanity of your party is as important as their health. Take a group of 4 down in the deepest depths of terrifying dungeons, where they will be put up against horrors beyond imagination, as their sanity is stretched to the breaking point.

Available now on PC and on Cloud and Console on February 2nd.

Grid Legends

The latest and greatest driving sim from the Grid series. The game is already available on PC and Console, but it will be coming to cloud soon as well.

Available on Cloud on February 2nd for Ultimate subscribers (via EA Play).

Hot Wheels Unleashed – Game of the Year Edition

Take your favorite licensed toy car and zoo- wait a minute… This seems familiar. Yes, this game was supposed to come out with the December update, but it got delayed for some reason. Here’s our excerpt on the game down below!

Take your favorite licensed toy car and zoom on one of various Hot Wheels race-tracks, or make your own in the track editor. The GOTY edition contains 3 volumes of DLC vehicles, including some for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, some Street Fighter characters, and various DC superheroes.

Game Updates and Ultimate Perks

  • Game Updates:
    • Sea of Thieves: The Secret Wilds – Limited time adventure, lasts until February 2nd.
  • Ultimate Perks:
    • The Elder Scrolls Online: Ancient Dragon Hunter Armor – In-game Armor Set. Available now.
    • Black Desert: Special Gift Bundle – Gift Bundle to celebrate the launch of the game’s 25th class. Available now.
    • Vigor: Norwegian Woodchuck Pack – Exclusive outfit, weapons, and a Special Issue Crate.

Leaving the Service

The following games will be leaving the service on January 31st, so make sure you tie up any loose ends before then:

  • Donut County (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master (Console and PC)
  • Telling Lies (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Worms WMD (Cloud, Console, and PC)

What do you think of this selection of games? Any other you’d like to see added to the service? Let us know down below!