Game Pass Adds 10 New Games to the Service, Including Deathloop, Grounded, and Slime Rancher 2

We have a new wave of games being added to Game Pass this month, and on the same day PlayStation Plus updates its own Game Catalogue, what a coincidence! We have 10 titles to go through, plus another that was released earlier in the week, so let’s get into it!

First up, though, Aragami 2 was listed as leaving the service in the previous update. Thankfully, that’s not the case, and the game will remain on the service; and as always, you can check out our Game Pass vs PlayStation Plus article to see which service is best for you.


Deathloop

Speaking of “coincidences”, looks like Deathloop hits both subscription services at the same time. You’ll excuse us if we just copy-paste the description of the game: Deathloop is a First Person Shooter where you’re stuck in a time-loop until you kill all the key characters on the Island of Blackreef.

Something of note not just with this game, but with a lot of titles on this list, is that they’re only available for the Series consoles. This means that Xbox One consoles are being left behind, which was inevitable, but it’s still sad to see.

Available now on PC, X|S and Cloud today.


Hardspace: Shipbreaker

Hardspace: Shipbreaker is a slow-paced game where you float in space to cut off and collect various pieces of space debris to pay off an impossibly-high debt. In this game, your life is not worth as much as the tools you use to get rid of space junk.

Available now on X|S and Cloud today.


Amazing Cultivation Simulator

Despite what the name might have you believe, this is actually a gorgeous 2D strategy sim and management game inspired by Chinese mythology. Go in search of immortality while also dealing with pandas, fires and dragons.

Available now on PC.


SpiderHeck

Ok, who gave the spiders lightsabers? SpiderHeck is a 4-player brawler where you and up to 3 friends swing around both your laser swords and yourselves in order to try to stab each other, or you can play co-op to survive a swarm of insects. Not much else to say, other than “It’s over, Arachnid! I have the high ground!”.

Available September 22nd on PC and Console as a day 1 title.


Beacon Pines

A cute and creepy adventure game about changing fate. Go out into the world with Luka and his friends and uncover the secrets behind the strange events in their home town, while making out new friends and uncovering hidden truths.

Available September 22nd on PC, Console and Cloud as a day 1 title.


Slime Rancher 2 (Game Preview)

The sequel to the 2017 acclaimed title, Slime Rancher 2 is about managing a ranch full of slime. Obviously. You’ll make a living by wrangling a variety of slimes and taking them to the Far, Far Range.

If you’re wandering what “Game Preview” is, it means that the game isn’t finished and it’s still in active development. This is the equivalent to Steam’s Early Access.

Available September 22nd on PC, X|S and Cloud as a day 1 title.


Moonscars

A grim metroidvania with souls-like elements. You are clayborn warrior Grey Irma, a being made out of clay, who must uncover the mystery of their existence in a cruel and challenging world while facing off against relentless enemies and the mistress of the Moon.

Available September 27th on PC, Console and Cloud as a day 1 title.


Grounded

Have you seen “Honey, I Shrunk the Children”? No? Well, you should, it’s a fun movie. On an unrelated note, Grounded is a game where 4 children the size of a pea must fight their way through their back yard in order to make it back home. The game, developed by Obsidian Entertainment, gets its final update this month, completing the story of the game and offering players the full package.

Available September 27th on PC, Console and Cloud.


Let’s Build a Zoo

A cute pixel-art management sim where you build a theme park. No, wait, that’s a different game. In this one, you build a Zoo, where you’ll try to keep your visitors happy and deal with various events. Your visitors are bored of your animals? Throw caution out the window and start splicing them to get new types of animals!

Available September 29th on PC, Console and Cloud.


Valheim (Game Preview)

A survival and exploration game for up to 10 players, inspired by Norse mythology and Vikings. Like Slime Rancher 2, this one is in Early Access.

Available September 29th on PC.

PAW Patrol Grand Prix

Lots of PAW Patrol games on the service lately. This one is a cart racer for up to 4 players split-screen set in the PAW Patrol universe.


DLC, Ultimate Perks, and Touch Controls

The following DLC are available to players:

  • Jurassic World Evolution 2: Late Cretaceous Pack – 4 new dinosaur species.
  • Sea of Thieves: The Sirens’ Prize – Limited time event focused on going to the bottom of the ocean to the sunken Shrines, available until September 29th.
  • Sniper Elite 5: Concealed Target Weapon & Skin Pack – New camouflage gear and a new map.

Ultimate subscribers have access to the following:

  • Deathloop: Hunting Pack – 2 skins and a weapon, available today.
  • Super Animal Royale: Season 5 Perks Pack – Cosmetic pack, available September 27th.
  • FIFA 23 – Try for 10 hours on September 27th, a few days before launch.
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Kronos Pack – Gear set, a mount, and a spear, available October 6th.

The following games now have touch support for the Cloud version of the games on mobile:

  • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Anniversary Edition
  • Grounded – Full Release (September 27)
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered
  • Road 96
  • Shadowrun Returns
  • Shadowrun: Dragonfall
  • Shadowrun: Hong Kong
  • This War of Mine
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera

Games Leaving the Service

Once more, some games will be leaving the service later this month. Make sure you finish any lingering business before then. The games that are leaving are:

  • AI: The Somnium Files (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Astria Ascending (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Dandy Ace (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Dirt 4 (PC) EA Play
  • Dirt Rally (PC) EA Play
  • Going Under (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Lemnis Gate (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Slime Rancher (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Subnautica: Below Zero (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • The Procession to Calvary (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Unsighted (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Visage (Cloud, Console, and PC)

What do you think of the new additions to the service? Anything else you’d like to see added? Let us know in the comments below!

The First Wave of September Game Pass Titles Is Here – 9 Games Are Coming to the Service This Month

You know the drill! New month means new games for Xbox’s Game Pass Platform. We have 8 of them this time around, and a good number of them are day 1 titles. Check out the titles below, and don’t forget we have an article talking about Game Pass vs PlayStation Plus, so you can decide which is the better option.


Disney Dreamlight Valley: Founder’s Edition

Join your favorite Disney and Pixar characters in this life-sim/adventure game hybrid. The game is still in Early Access, if we go by the Steam Page, and the Founder’s Edition is what lets you, well, access it, while also providing exclusive rewards and in-game currency.

Available right now on Cloud, Console, and PC as a Day 1 title.


Opus Magnum

Zachtronics has put a large portion of their catalogue on Game Pass recently, and Opus Magnum is the latest to join the fray. This an open-ended puzzle game where you must build machines that assemble various potions, poisons, and more, while being as effective as possible.

Available right now on PC.


Train Sim World 3

Have you ever wanted to be a train conductor, but then remembered no one uses them anymore? Well, now’s your chance, with Train Sim World 3. The game boasts 3 highly-detailed routes, 9 different locomotives, and a dynamic weather system.

Available right now on Console and PC as a Day 1 title.


Grid Legends

The latest in the GRID franchise from Codemasters and EA. This is the first game in the series to include a career mode, inspired by the Netflix documentary Formula 1: Drive to Survive.

Available right now on Console and PC for Ultimate subscribers as part of EA Play.


Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation

Massive-scale real-time strategy game set in SPAAAACE! Command armies on a dynamic battlefield, either in single-player campaigns or in multiplayer combat with your friends.

Available on PC on September 13th.


DC League of Super-Pets: The Adventures of Krypto and Ace

An on-rail shooter (think Star Fox 64) starring the most pivotal characters in the DC universe, Batman and Superman’s canine companions. Play as Krypto the Superdog and Ace the Bathound in an effort to stop Lex Luthor from kidnapping all the pets in Metropolis. He also once stole 40 cakes. And that’s terrible!

Available on Cloud, Console, and PC on September 13th.


You Suck at Parking

Also, there’s a game called You Suck at Parking coming to Game Pass. The game is an isometric racer, which is a rare occurrence these days. The point of the game is to navigate an obstacle course, while trying to figure out how to park your car perfectly. Once the car stops, it won’t start again.

Available on Cloud, Console, and PC on September 14th as a Day 1 title.


Despot’s Game

A rogue-like tactics army battler where you guide an army of puny humans trough various levels to defeat Spot, the final boss. You have a variety of weapons and mutations to equip your armies with to help them make it through the hordes of monsters who want to terminate them.

Available on Console and PC on September 15th as a Day 1 title.


Metal: Hellsinger

While playing the Doom games, have you ever bobbed your head in rhythm to the music? Well, that’s part of the gameplay in Metal: Hellsinger, a shooter that asks you to synchronize your gunshots with the music in order to finish off the demons trying to kill you.

Available on Series X|S and PC on September 15th as a Day 1 title.


DLC, Game Updates, and Ultimate Perks

The following DLC are available beginning today, unless otherwise specified.

  • Dead by Daylight: Resident Evil: Project W – The W stands for Wesker, who is a new Killer in the game. There are also two new Survivors, Ada Wong and Rebecca Chambers.
  • Grounded: The Home Stretch Update – The last major update before the game is released on September 27th.
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Lost Depths – Two new dungeons added to the game. The DLC is available on Xbox consoles.
  • Halo Infinite: The Yappening Event – An event focusing on the Grunt warlord, YapYap. This is a one-time event that lasts for 2 weeks, and is coupled with a 10-tier Event Pass for players.
  • Fallout 76: The Pitt – A DLC that will take players to the titular Pitt. Available September 13th.

The following cosmetics are available to Ultimate subscribers:

  • Rumbleverse – Smash Boxer Pack, available now
  • Dead by Daylight – The Legion & Yui Outfits, available September 8th
  • Need for Speed Payback – DLC Content Pack, available September 13th
  • Warframe – Twin Grakatas Jade Bundle, available September 15th

Leaving Game Pass

As per usual, a number of games will leave the service on September 15th, and it’s quite a large number this time. If you have any unfinished business in those titles, now’s the time to get to them.

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Aragami 2 (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Craftopia (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Final Fantasy XIII (Console and PC)
  • Flynn: Son of Crimson (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • I Am Fish (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Lost Words: Beyond the Page (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Mighty Goose (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • SkateBird (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • The Artful Escape (Cloud, Console, and PC)

Which of these titles are you most excited to try out? Let us know down below!

Death Stranding Is Coming to PC Game Pass on August 23rd

Death Stranding, the latest creation from game director Hideo Kojima, is coming to Game Pass for PC later this month. If you’re not aware who Hideo Kojima is, he’s the creator of the Metal Gear series and has acted as director for most of these games, before being let go by Konami and founding his own company, Kojima Productions.

Death Stranding is the first game to come from Kojima Productions. It was released in November 2019, initially as a PlayStation exclusive, before coming to Steam in July 2020. The game sees you delivering packages across a post-apocalyptic North America, while trying to avoid the beings that brought said apocalypse.

A Director’s Cut version of the game was released for PS5 in September 2021, and on Steam in March 2022. This version supports ultra-wide monitors, photo mode, high refresh rate, and exclusive content from other franchises. Judging by the press release linked above, this seems to be the version that’ll be available on Game Pass.

If you’re more a fan of Team Blue, the game is also available on PS Plus for Extra subscribers, both in the regular version and the Director’s Cut (the latter isn’t compatible with the PS4). You can see how the two services stack against each other in our dedicated guide.


What do you think of Death Stranding? Are you excited to play it, or have you done so already? Let us know in the comments below!

Xbox Game Pass adds 8 New Games to the Service, Including 4 Day One Launches

As one service adds games, another announces them. We have everything that comes to Game Pass in the second wave of August, and this batch has a nice variety in terms of scope, presentation and genres. Let’s see what’s coming to Team Green!


Coffee Talk

Let’s start things off with a chill game about making coffee and listening to the stories of your patrons. You’ll meet people from all walks of life, be they human, elf, tiefling, or merman. Set in 2020 in an alternate Seattle filled to the brim with fantasy races, Coffee Talk is the kind of game you boot up after a long day at work while drinking a hot cup of tea. There’s also a coffee art minigame!

Available now on PC, Console, and Cloud.


Midnight Fight Express

Cranking the action up to 11 after the previous entry, Midnight Fight Express can be best described as a fast isometric brawler. You’re Babyface, a former criminal brought back into the underworld life by an AI drone with one mission: prevent a hostile takeover of the city by sunrise.

The game is a solo development effort by Jacob Dzwinel, who was a writer for Destiny 2: The Witch Queen expansion, and a stuntman for the 2018 God of War. The game also features over 40 tracks from Noisecream.

Available on August 23rd on PC, Console, and Cloud as a day 1 release.


Exapunks

A puzzle game from Zachtronics, where you must hack various objects, buildings, and even people in order to survive. This is puzzle game with a heavy emphasis on puzzle, as you’ll need to read actual manuals to know what you’re doing.

Available on August 25th on PC.


Opus: Echo of Starsong – Full Bloom Edition

A visual novel spanning galaxies about a girl who can hear sounds in space and a young man who wants to find their source. Embark on a trip trough space using a ship you’ll be able to upgrade throughout your journey to unravel this space mystery.

Available on August 25th on PC and Console.


Immortals: Fenys Rising

Ubisoft’s first original IP in quite a while, this game sees you play as Fenyx, a warrior in ancient Greece who must help the Olympian gods regain their power and defeat their mortal enemy, Typhon. The game is best described as a comedic Breath of the Wild with a Greek Myths coat of paint. The comedy lands a lot better if you’re familiar with the myths, but it’s still a good time and a nice alternative to BotW if the weapon durability got on your nerves.

Available on August 30th on PC, Console, and Cloud.


Commandos 3 – HD Remaster

An HD Remaster of the Commandos 3: Destination Berlin game released in 2003. This is a real-time tactics game where you command a squat of… uhm… commandos during WW2. The game is played in a sort of point-and-click manner, allowing you to assign orders to your troops and complete various objectives.

Available on August 30th on PC, Console, and Cloud as a day 1 title.


Immortality

From the creator of Her Story comes a Full Motion Video Game about actress Marissa Marcel that starred in 3 movies, none of which were ever released… and then disappeared. Your objective is to watch pieces of the three movies and figure out what happened to her.

The game’s main feature is the ability to switch between scenes from the film on the fly, by clicking on a certain object in the video to go to another video that contains the same thing. The story was written in part by Allan Scott (Don’t Look Now, Queen’s Gambit), Amelia Grey (Mr. robot, Maniac), and Barry Gifford (Wild at Hearth, Lost Highway).

Available on August 30th on PC, Series X|S, and Cloud as a day 1 title. Noticeably, the game isn’t available on Xbox One.


Tinykin

Tinykin is a tiny game from Tiny Build about a tiny boy with a tiny army of tiny creatures in a not-so-tiny world (ok, I’ll stop now). The game takes the army-commanding gameplay of Pikmin and transplants it in a 3D platformer, with an art style that uses 2D sprites for the characters and near-realistic 3D models for the rest of the environment.

Available on August 30th on PC, Console, and Cloud as a day 1 title.


DLC, Ultimate Perks, and Touch Controls

The following games have received DLC:

  • Naraka: Bladepoint – Showdown, a standalone co-op campaign. It seems to be a free update regardless of whether you own Game Pass or not, and only available on the Series X|S.
  • Sea of Thieves – A Hunter’s Cry, a time-limited adventure where you join forces with other crews to save Merrick.

Game Pass Ulttimate subscribers have access to the following:

  • Halo Infinite – Pass Tense Commando Rifle Bundle, containing a “Pass Tense” VK78 Commando Rifle, 4 2XP Boosts, and 4 Challange Swaps
  • MultiVersus – MVP Pack, containing the Battle Reindog Variant, the Waterfall Banner, and the Dark Matter Ringout Effect.
  • CrossfireX – Babylon Bundle, containing an exclusive weapon skin and 1,200 CFP.

The following 16 games have received support for touch controls:

  • Chorus
  • Coffee Talk
  • Coffee Talk
  • Dragon Age Origins
  • Floppy Knights
  • Matchpoint
  • MLB The Show 22
  • My Friend Peppa Pig
  • Paw Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls
  • Skate
  • Star Wars: Squadrons
  • Super Mega Baseball 3
  • TMNT Shredder’s Revenge
  • Turbo Golf Racing
  • Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion
  • Two Point Campus

Games Leaving Game Pass

The following games are leaving the service on August 31st:

  • Elite Dangerous (Cloud and Console)
  • Hades (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Myst (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • NBA 2K22 (Cloud and Console)
  • Signs of the Sojourner (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Spiritfarer (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Twelve Minutes (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Two Point Hospital (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • What Remains of Edith Finch (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • World War Z (Cloud, Console, and PC)

If you have any unfinished business in any of them, now’s the time to get to it.


What do you think of this lineup? Any games you want to see added to Game Pass? Let us know down below!

Xbox Game Pass Adds 6 Games to the Service This Month, Including Watch Dogs 2 and As Dusk Falls

The second wave of Game Pass games for July is coming with 6 games, including a day one title. Aside from these, there’s also two that were added to the service a few days ago. If you want to know more about Game Pass and see how it stacks up to PlayStation Plus, you can check out this dedicated article.


Garden Story

A cute and chill top-down adventure where you explore a world full of fruits and vegetables, while trying to protect a small village from the aside world. You play as Concord the grape, the newest guardian of The Grove, and it’s your job to protect it from the Rot.

Available now on consoles, PC, and Cloud.


Solasta: Crown of the Magister

A turn-based RPG that uses the SRD 5.1 Ruleset, the same used by the 5th Edition of Dungeons and Dragons. Delve into a fantasy world and fight monsters, gather loot, and explore the world, all while the dice decide your destiny.

Available now on consoles and Cloud.


As Dusk Falls

An interactive drama that follows two families over the span of 30 years. You start off in 1998 with a robbery that goes wrong in a small town in Arizona. The choices you make across the game will impact the characters’ lives and relationships.

Available on July 19th as a day one title on consoles, PC, and Cloud.


Watch Dogs 2

The sequel to Ubisoft’s original Watch Dogs. Play as Marcus Holloway in the San Francisco Bay Area, hacking your way to your goals. Explore a large and dynamic open world while having the city’s computer systems in the palm of your hand.

Available on July 19th on consoles, PC, and Cloud.


Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion

The first standalone expansion to Sins of a Solar Empire. A large-scale real-time strategy game that incorporates elements from 4X titles. The game takes place across multiple planets, and players have access to three distinct races that they can play with.

Available on July 21st on PC. It replaces Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, which was removed from the service.


MotoGP 22

The latest in the MotoGP series. Ride your motorcycle in over 20 official circuits, in a game whose realism is second only to the real deal.

Available on July 21st on consoles, PC, and Cloud.


Torment: Tides of Numenera

The successor to the acclaimed Planescape: Torment, Tides of Numenera is a single-player isometric RPG with a strong emphasis on story. The choices you make throughout the game affect the way the world treats you, and the combat is combined with social interactions, environmental puzzles, stealth, and more.

Available on July 21st on consoles and Cloud.


Inside

From the creators of Limbo, comes another dark journey where the world is against you. Solve challenging puzzles and avoid the enemies that try to end you at every corner. There’s a greater story taking place around you, but you’ll have to keep going if you want to survive.

Available on July 29th on consoles, PC, and Cloud.


DLC & Ultimate Perks

The following games will receive DLC in some form:

  • Age of Empires IV Season Two – Map Monsters. This update brings community requested customization options, like a Map Preference System, fully remappable hotkeys, and a Player Color Picker for the mini-map. Available now.
  • Astroneer – Rail Update. You can now add trains to your Astroneer games, giving you a new form of transportation. Available now.
  • Minecraft – Preview options. You can play with unreleased and in-development features. Available now.
  • Forza Horizon 5 – Hot Wheels! Customizable tracks in the style of the beloved toy series, as well as 10 new cars for you to drive. Available July 19th.

Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will have access to the following perks:

  • Minecraft – Swamp Dweller’s Bundle. Includes Muddy Sweater, Muddy Waders, and Hoppin’ emote. Available July 26th
  • Fall Guys – Coconut Milk Costume. Available August 2nd.
  • Century: Age of Ashes – Krød Slaglands Dragon Bundle. Includes specific dragon, armor, and player icon, as well as a 3-Day XP Booster.

Touch Controls Added to 12 Games

The following Cloud games now have touch control:

  • Citizen Sleeper
  • Disc Room
  • Escape Academy
  • Garden Story
  • Little Witch in the Woods (Game Preview)
  • Lost In Random
  • Spacelines from the Far Out
  • Umurangi Generation
  • Yakuza 0
  • Yakuza Kiwami
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • As Dusk Falls – Available July 19

Games Leaving the Sevice

As usual, we have a few games leaving the service soon. Here’s the full list:

  • Dodgeball Academia (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Katamari Damacy Reroll (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Lumines Remastered (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Omno (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic (Cloud, Console, and PC)

What do you think of this month’s offering? Any game in particular catch your eye? Let us know in the comments below!

A Whopping 12 Games Are Added to Xbox Game Pass This Week, Including the Return of 3 Yakuza Games

Great news for Xbox Game Pass subscribers! The service is adding 12 games to the service, including 3 returning ones from the Yakuza series. Some are available right now, others will arrive in the coming days. Let’s take a deeper look at each of them!


The Yakuza Series (Zero, Kiwami, Kiwami 2)

Three games in the popular Yakuza series have returned to Game Pass after previously being pulled from the service. The three games are Yakuza Zero, a prequel to the series set before the first mainline game in the series, and the two Kiwami games, which are remakes of the first two Yakuza games.

The Yakuza games are action-adventure open-world role-playing games where you follow Kazuma Kiryu, as he tried to navigate the political drama of the yakuza life. The service also offers Yakuza 3-6 and Like a Dragon, so the entire mainline series is currently on Game Pass.

Available now on Console, PC and Cloud.


Last Call BBS

A collection of games from indie developer Zachtronics, presented on a retro computer from the late 80/early 90s. It includes 8 puzzle games, including one where you build model Gundams. The developers refer to it as “The last Zachtronics game”, but let’s hope that’s not the case.

Available now on PC as a day one title.


House Flipper

A game where you re-model houses and sell them for a profit. Best way to describe it is “Remodeling Simulator”.

Available now on Console, PC and Cloud.


DJMax Respect V

The latest installment in the DJMax max series, this is a rhythm game with music from Marshmello, Porter Robinson, and Yukika. It also includes full HD music videos, online multiplayer, and new game modes.

Available on Console, PC and Cloud starting on July 7th.


Matchpoint: Tennis Championships

Tennis game developed by Torus Games and published by Kalypso media. The game touts a deep career mode and a strong focus on tactical realism, positioning and aiming. There’s a demo for the game on Steam if you want to try it out.

Available on Console, PC and Cloud starting on July 7th as a day one title.


Route 96

A procedurally generated road trip across the authoritarian nation of Petria. The games sees you go on a story-driven adventure inspired by Tarantino, The Coen Brothers and Bong Joon-ho, according to the devs. The story changes with the choices you make, and no trip is the same as the previous one.

Available on Console, PC and Cloud starting on July 7th.


Escape Academy

Have you even been in an escape room? Escape academy promises to be that, with a dash of wackiness that can be achieved in a video-game, all taking place in a school/university setting. You can play solo or in co-op, either online or local split-screen.

Available on Console and PC starting on July 14th as a day one title.


Overwhelm

Short and sweet metroidvania where the premise is that, when you kill a boss, its power-ups are distributed to other enemies instead of yourself. The game works on a “one-hit kill” system, where getting killed 3 times means you must restart the game from the start.

Available PC starting on July 14th.


PowerWash Simulator

It’s a game where you wash stuff with a high-pressure water gun. Not much else to say, title is pretty self-explanatory.

Available on Console, PC and Cloud starting on July 14th.


PAW Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls & My Friend Peppa Pig

Two licensed games for the little ones to play. Paw Patrol is a 2.5D platformer, while Peppa Pig seems to be a point-and-click adventure. The former has a mixed reception, tending negative, while the latter was received very positively.

Both available on Console, PC and Cloud starting on July 14th.


DLC and Game Pass Ultimate Perks

This section is for DLC and other stuff included with Game Pass Ultimate.

  • Jane Foster joins Marvel’s Avengers as The Mighty Thor, a new playable character. Available now to both Ultimate and regular Game Pass subscribers.
  • Robo Rabbit Costume is available now in Fall Guys.
  • FIFA 22 adds a Supercharge Pack with 10 players rated over 80. It also contains the choice of one of 10 players rated 95, but that player is only available for 5 matches. Available now.
  • MLB the show adds the Summer Bundle, which includes one Diamond Cover Athlete choice pack, one Diamond Ballplayer Pack, and five The Show Packs. Available starting on July 12.
  • Halo Infinite adds the Pass Tense Rocket Warthog Bundle. It includes the aforementioned “Pass Tense” Rocket Warthog coating for your vehicle, as well as four 2XP Boosts and four Challenge Swaps. Available July 13th
  • Century: Age of Ashes adds the Krød Slaglands Dragon Bundle, which comes with a dragon, Armor, Player Icon, and XP Booster. Coming July 14th.

Games Leaving the Service

Unfortunately, there’s also 5 games leaving the service on July 15th. You can still play them until then on Console, PC, and Cloud, and you also have the option to purchase them for 20% off as a Game Pass subscriber. The games leaving are:

  • Atomicorps
  • Carrion
  • Children of Morta
  • Cris Tales
  • Lethal League Blaze

Any of the new games catch your eye? Sad about any of the ones leaving? Let us know in the comments below!

There’s always something cooking in the gaming world. Find out what’s for dinner by reading some of our other posts:

The New PlayStation Plus vs. Xbox Game Pass: Which One Is Right for You

This month, Sony completely revamped their PlayStation Plus program, so that it’s more similar to Xbox’s Game Pass. We decided to take a look at both services and help you decide which one is better for you. Let’s get into it!


The Services

Before we get into it, let’s talk about the services we’ll be analyzing. Starting with Game Pass, you can think of it as a sort of Netflix for games, where you pay a set fee for access to a large number of games to play. It was introduced by Microsoft in 2017 for Xbox consoles and in 2019 for PC.

There are two platforms where you can use Game Pass, on Xbox consoles and on PC. The base versions give you access to a large collection of games (and EA Play on PC). Ultimate also lets you use both PC and consoles, adds the ability to play from the cloud, and also gives you Live Gold.

Up until recently, PlayStation Plus was the thing you paid for if you wanted to play online with friends. It also gave you a few free games and exclusive discounts. The Xbox equivalent would be Live Gold. There’s also PS Now, which allowed you to download and/or stream games on PS4/5 and PC.

The new version of PS Plus now comes in 3 tiers: Essential, Extra, and Premium. We’ll break down each of them in the section below and compare it with the Xbox equivalent. PS Now no longer exists, and has been rolled into the new PS Plus subscription, with most of its features available in the Premium tier.


PS Plus Tiers & Pricing

Now that we know what we’re working with, let’s talk money! We’ll be using the USD amount for this comparison, but it’s best to check your regional pricing. Especially with PS Plus, there’s a chance you’d pay less than the equivalent amount in USD.


Essential

This is the lowest PS Plus tier. It basically offers the same functionality as the old PS Plus: online play, free games monthly, and exclusive discounts. It comes at 9.99 USD a month, the same price as Xbox’s Live Gold. However, you can also buy it for 24.99 (-16%) for 3 months or for 59.99 (-50%) for 12 months. You also get access to a small collection of games to play.

Anyone who had a PS Plus subscription before the change was moved to this tier. If you had an ongoing subscription when the change happened, you can upgrade to a higher tier by only paying for what remains of your plan.


Extra

This is where the games are! This tier is the one that gives you that “Netflix for games” experience. You can check out the full list here, but we’re pleased to report that big names like Dad of Boy, Ghost of Tsushima, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Returnal and Demon’s Souls are all present here.

Unfortunately, brand new games, like Horizon: Forbidden West, are NOT available in the games catalogue. This is already a big strike against Game Pass, which has been releasing new games on day one on the service for a while now. We’re convinced that Forbidden West and the upcoming God of War: Ragnarok will make their way here eventually, but this delay is not a good thing.

Let’s get on with the pricing, and things aren’t looking so hot here either. The Extra tier costs 14.99 a month to access, a whopping 50% more than the base Game Pass subscription and the same price as the Ultimate variant.

Of note is that the base Game Pass offer doesn’t come with the Live Gold benefits, while the Extra tier also includes everything from Essentials. However, there’s one factor that tips the scales: PS allows you to buy a subscription for multiple months for a reduced price, while Game Pass does not.

The 3-month bundle comes at 39.99, 5 dollars cheaper than buying month to month (well, 4.89, but who’s counting?). That means that you’d pay 13.33 per month, still more expensive than the base Game Pass, but slightly cheaper than Ultimate.

The real bang-for-the-buck is the yearly subscription. For 99.99 a year, or about 80 USD less than paying monthly, you’d only end up paying 8.34 USD a moth for the subscription. That is cheaper than almost anything Game Pass has. Almost.

Let’s address the tiny elephant in the room. Game Pass frequently has “3 months for 1 dollar” deals. Doing the math, that’s 90.91 USD for 12 months of base Game Pass, which is about 10 USD cheaper than the PS Plus Extra option. However, those bundles are usually only for new players, so it’s not very relevant in the long term.


Premium

The most expensive tier, and the one offering the most features. Aside from the benefits of the previous tiers, you also get to play games from the PS1, PS2, and PS3 eras, including PSP. Sadly, PS3 games can’t be downloaded and are stream-only. Speaking of, this tier also offers you the option to stream games to PS4/5 consoles, as well as PC.

So far, the premium tier sounds like a better deal than the Ultimate version of Game Pass. Price-wise, the month to month is 17.99. The 3-month deal is 49.99 (almost 4 USD saved), so it’s better, but still more expensive than Ultimate.

Once more, the real deal is with the yearly option. For 119.99, you save nearly 96 USD. The monthly cost also goes down to almost exactly 10 USD, making it go toe to toe with the base version of Game Pass. Sony positioned itself very well with these prices, encouraging people to pay for yearly subscriptions instead of relying on them to sub each month.


Games & Availability

All this math talk is great, but what really matters is the games. Unfortunately, comparing the exact offering of both companies is a little hard. Neither of them offers a list of games in a nice format, and we’d rather not rely on 3rd parties. You can check out the PS Plus list here, and the Game Pass library here.

We did notice some weird stuff with PS Plus. For instance, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is only available to Premium subscribers, despite the fact the game is on PS4. You could argue it’s because the trilogy was originally on PS3, but Shadow of the Colossus is in the Extra section, and that’s a PS2 game. The PSP offering is also quite lacking and there’s no PS Vita games, though we hope that’s a temporary thing.

In terms of availability, PS Plus takes this, no questions asked. It’s available in 75 countries, as opposed to Xbox’s 47. Not only that, any country with access to Game Pass also has access to PlayStation Plus.


Conclusions

So, which service is the best? As with many things in life: It depends.

If you want to buy one of the consoles and use the subscription to have a nice collection from the get-go, both services offer amazing value per dollar. Check the game libraries of both services, as well as availability in your country (for the console AND the service), and make a decision based on that.

If you’re a PC player, Game Pass is really the only option. PS Plus doesn’t offer any of its games on PC aside from streaming with the Premium option. That said, Sony has been porting a lot of their newer games to PC, and it took 2 years for Games Pass to get there, so we’ll see what the future holds.

At first glance, the new PS Plus has some issues. The latest games aren’t available day 1, and paying month to month is more expensive than Game Pass. That said, this is a great offering if you’re just now jumping into the PlayStation ecosystem. So we’d say Sony’s foray into game subscriptions is off to a good start.


What are your thoughts on the new PlayStation Plus? Does it have what it takes to compete with Game Pass? Let us know in the comments below!

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Xbox Game Pass Adds 5 New Games to the Service, 4 Others Are Leaving

Good news for Xbox Game Pass subscribers! The service is adding 4 new games (technically 6, since Shadowrun Trilogy is… a trilogy) and FIFA 22 to the service. Some are available right now, others will arrive in the coming days. There’s also 2 more games in this article that were released earlier, but are absolutely worth a mention. Let’s take a deeper look at each of them!

Microsoft is also running a special promotion where Game Pass Ultimate is offered to new subscribers for 3 Months in exchange for only 1 USD (or regional equivalent) until the 30th of June. Don’t worry if you miss it, though, this promotion pops up fairly regularly.


Shadowrun Trilogy

A collection of 3 tactical RPGs set in the world of Shadowrun, a setting where fantasy and technology blend seamlessly to offer a unique experience. This includes Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun: Dragonfall, and Shadowrun: Hong Kong, all in their Deluxe/Director’s Cut versions.

The game is available right now on Consoles and for the Cloud version of Game Pass. Sadly, if you’re on PC, you’ll have to go on Steam, Epic, or GOG. Fortunately, the game is 75% off right now on GOG.


Naraka: Bladepoint

A 60-player Battle Royale game that trades guns for lightning-fast action with swords, parkour, and grappling hooks.

Available on June 23rd on Console, PC and Cloud. It comes with an exclusive outfit and Xbox-themed headwear.


Far Cry 5

The fif-uh… 9th? Yeah, 9th game in the Far Cry franchise, not counting some remakes. This game puts you in the shoes of a junior deputy sheriff in Hope County, Montana, USA. It revolves around your effort to stop the cult of Eden’s Gate and its leader, Joseph Seed.

Available on July 1st on Console, PC and Cloud.


FIFA 22

It’s FIFA.

Available on June 23rd on Console and PC.


Omori

RPG in the vein of Earthbound. Explore a strange world full of colorful friends and foes. Prepare yourself for a punch in the gut.

Available now on Console, PC and Cloud.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Pixel-art beat-em-up involving the titular characters. Inspired by classic Turtles beat-em-ups, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time, but with modern sensibilities and art-style. Up to six people can play as any of the 4 turtles, Master Splinter, April, or Casey.

Available now on Console, PC and Cloud.

Total War: Three Kingdoms

The 12th mainline (and 13th overall) entry in the turn-based strategy real-time tactics franchise. The plot centers around the Three Kingdoms period in Chinese history (about 20 years afterwards), with the player able to control one of 12 factions, with the purpose of eliminating the others.

The game is available now on PC.


Games Leaving

Unfortunately, some games will be leaving the subscription soon. The 4 games that are leaving are:

  • FIFA 20
  • Jurassic World Evolution
  • Last Stop
  • MotoGP 20

Aside from Last Stop, a 3rd person adventure game published by Annapurna Interactive, all these games have their sequels on Game Pass.


Other News

The following DLCs are also available:

  • Golf With Your Friends: Bouncy Castle Course DLC
  • Jurassic World Evolution 2: Dominion Biosyn Expansion
  • Minecraft: The Wild Update

Game Pass subscribers benefit from the following perks:

  • Marvel’s Avengers: Ms. Marvel Future Suit Pack
  • Halo Infinite: Pass Tense Razorback Bundle
  • Naraka: Bladepoint: Awakening Bundle
  • Paramount+ 30-day free trial (for our readers in the UK and Ireland)

Lastly, the following cloud games have touch support (for Game Pass Ultimate subscribers):

  • Broken Age
  • Bugsnax
  • Chinatown Detective Agency
  • Kraken Academy!!
  • Life is Strange: True Colors
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
  • The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk
  • The Last Kids on Earth

Are you subscribed to Game Pass? Any of these games catch your eye? Let us know in the comments below!

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Riot Games is Joining Xbox Game Pass, Unlocking All League of Legends Champions & More Across Titles

During Microsoft’s annual Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase this year, Marc Merrill, Co-founder and President of Riot Games, unveiled a huge announcement for their titles – they’re joining Xbox Game Pass!

Across all of Riot’s current titles, “and more”, Xbox Game Pass will be providing huge value for players this Winter, through primarily granting access to content that would normally be paid.

I can’t possibly hold all those unlocks!

Free League of Legends Champions? Sign Me Up!

League of Legends is the big one here, with all 160 currently released champions becoming free to use if you have Xbox Game Pass. The MOBA has been difficult to get into in more recent years with the ever-growing roster of characters to play that are locked behind a length grind of “Blue Essence”, or busting out your wallet. When new champions come out, they do so at 975 “Riot Points”, the premium currency players can obtain through paid purchases or promotions like the current one run by Amazon Gaming. With 1380 Riot Points being $10 USD, this effectively makes a new Champion in the game cost around $7 USD. Of course, that’s not the full story, as older Champions are cheaper than that, and there are a couple of bundles available.

Not that this is a large problem for current players, as those that play the game should be able to earn new Champions as they come out with their saved up Blue Essence from regularly playing the game, in part due to a slower release cadence than in the earlier days of the game, but this becomes a huge pain point for newer players.

Unlocking everything for free though if you have an active Xbox Game Pass subscription, provides next-level value for anyone that has wanted to try the game. Now, if only the community wasn’t so toxic in-game.

That’s not the only game getting free stuff though from the Game Pass deal, like we said before, everything from Riot is getting love.

Everything First-Party Gets Game Pass Love

Everything that Riot creates in-house is going to be benefiting from Game Pass.

  • Legends of Runeterra, their card game, will provide the entire base set of cards.
  • Wild Rift, their mobile and soon console version of League of Legends, will provide their Champion roster.
  • Valorant players will see all Agent characters available.
  • Teamfight Tactics gets some “Little Legends” unlocked from the partnership.

These unlocks will also apply to players on mobile, which shows a deeper integration for Xbox to everywhere that people are playing games. We’ve certainly got nothing against that!

And More?

One of the more intriguing aspects about this is though is the “and more” portion of their promotional image. This could be a callout to the fact that Wild Rift will eventually be making its way to consoles, after Riot said we’d get no updates on that delay this year, or perhaps we’ll be seeing integration with new titles Riot has in the works, like Project L, their fighting game that we got to see a bit of last year during RiotX Arcane.

Though, that could also be the fact that “Players will also receive bonus experience across select titles” according to the official posting on Xbox Wire.

So, are you excited about Riot making its way over to Game Pass?

Riot Games is coming to Xbox Game Pass in Winter 2022.