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!


Hi-Fi RUSH

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.


Roboquest

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.


Inkulinati

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!

Game Pass Adds 6 Titles to the Service, Including Monster Hunter Rise and Two Persona Games

New year means new games on Game Pass! The first wave of January is a little light, 3 new games on the service and 3 more coming later, but the titles added are fairly high quality. Let’s take a look!


Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition

A Souls-like where you take control of various characters (the titular shells) for various power-ups. The game features a dark and foreboding world that will test your combat skill all throughout.

Available now on PC, Cloud, and Console.


Stranded Deep

A survival game set on a tropical island in the middle of the ocean. Survive on the island, build a new home for yourself, and find a way to escape the scorching sun and salty seas and return to civilisation.

Available now on PC, Cloud, and Console.


Persona 3 Portable & Persona 4 Golden

Persona 5 is one of the most well-loved turn-based RPGs of all time (and the Royal version is also on Game Pass), but its predecessors are no slouches. 3 Portable and 4 Golden use a similar style of gameplay where it’s split between interacting with your friends during one half of the game and exploring elaborate dungeons during the other.

Available on PC, Cloud, and Console on January 19th.


Monster Hunter Rise

The latest entry in the monster slaying series. As the name implies, you get to hunt gigantic monsters with a wide variety of weapons and classes. If you’ve played Monster Hunter World, this is very similar, albeit more fast-paced.

Available on PC, Cloud, and Console on January 20th.


Game Updates

In terms of updates to existing titles, Vallheim gets a new biome for you to explore in the form of the Mistlands. That’s about it. Yeah. Did we mention this is a light update?


Leaving Soon

The following games will be leaving the service on January 15th. If you have any unfinished business in them, now’s the time to wrap it up.

  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Nobody Saves The World (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Pupperazzi (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • The Anacrusis (Game Preview) (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • We Happy Few (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Windjammers 2 (Cloud, Console, and PC)

What do you think of this month’s offering? What other games do you want to see added to the service? Let us know down below!

December’s First Wave of Game Pass Games Is Here – 12 Titles Added to the Service

It’s the first day of December, so Microsoft has decided not to waste any time and give us the list of titles coming to Game Pass in the first half of the month. We have a nice variety, with games from all sorts of genres and scopes. Let’s get into it!


Battlefield 2042

The latest and gre- uhm… The latest title in the Battlefield series joins EA Play, making it available to Game Pass Ultimate subscribers as well. Delve into a futuristic battlefield (heh!) and fight along your squad using a cutting-edge arsenal.

Avalilable now for PC, Console and Cloud for Ultimate subscribers.


The Walking Dead: The Final Season

Last month we got the two spin-off games for Telltale’s The Walking Dead series, and now we’re getting the aptly titled The Final Season. This one concludes Clementine’s story and wraps up the other two seasons, already on the service.

Available today on PC, Console and Cloud.


Eastward

Explore a beautifully hand-drawn world where the human population is declining fast. Witness a society on the brink of collapse with a John and Sam, a father-daughter pairing in everything but blood, as they journey into the unknown.

Available today on PC, Console, and Cloud.


Totally Reliable Delivery Service

A game about a delivery service that’s totally reliable. Yep. No physics-based shenanigans or unwieldy vehicles that wouldn’t pass a safety test driven by people who clearly aren’t qualified for the job. No siree!

Available today on PC.


LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Lego games have a charm all their own. You get to explore various established stories, all told whimsically with Lego figures in a way that doesn’t take itself seriously. The Skywalker Saga does that with 9 Star Wars movies, and offers a new gameplay formula that’s more action-focused than previous Lego games.

Available for PC, Console and Cloud on December 6th.


Hello Neighbor 2

Can you trust your neighbor? Not with that sweater, you can’t. Hello Neighbor 2 is a survival horror game where you go up against an AI-controlled character that learns from both you and the other players. Can you find out what your neighbor is up to before they become too smart?

Available for PC, Console and Cloud on December 6th as a day one title.


Chained Echoes

An action RPG reminiscent of Chrono Trigger with modern pixel-art and a steam-punk Gundam suit for each party member. Save the three kingdoms of Valandis from a weapon of mass destruction, as well as the war with each other that threatens to undo them all.

Available for PC, Console and Cloud on December 8th as a day one 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.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because the game was added to Game Pass in September, but it’s not coming to last-gen hardware. This is a good sign for those who haven’t made the jump to the Series series of consoles, as it means there’s a chance games that are initially only current-gen may come to last-gen consoles at a later date.

Available for Xbox One consoles on December 8th.


High on Life

Do you like Rick and Morty? Did you wish for a crazy sci-fi shooter with all sorts of weird alien life and crass humor where Justin Roiland makes quips non-stop? No? Well, you better hope there’s a mute button for the gun, then.

Available for PC, Console and Cloud on December 13th as a day one title.


Potion Craft

Manage your own potion shop as an alchemist trying to make an honest living selling various elixirs to adventurers. You can experiment to create all sorts of concoctions, which you can then either sell at a fair price or haggle with your customers for a better deal.

Available for PC and Console on December 13th.


Hot Wheels Unleashed – Game of the Year Edition

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.

Available for PC, Console and Cloud on December 15th. Update: The official blog has been updated to notify players that the game will not be coming on December 15th, and will instead arrive at a later date.


Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan

Join the titular Rainbow Billy as he attempts to bring back the color that was stolen from the world by the Leviathan. Journey across a world that blends 3D models with hand-drawn sprites, as you help Billy solve puzzles and make friends in turn-based combat.

Available for PC, Console and Cloud on December 15th.


DLC, Game Updates and Ultimate Perks

  • Need for Speed Unbound – PC Game Pass and Ultimate subscribers can now try NFS Unbound for 10 hours via EA Play.
  • Conan Exisles – Chapter 2 of the survival multiplayer game adds new content and features, expanding the game.
  • Apple TV+ and Apple Music – Ultimate members can claim 3 months of Apple TV+ and 3 months of Apple Music until the end of March.

Leaving the Service

As usual, a number of games are leaving the service this month. You have until December 15th to wrap up any unfinished business in the following games:

  • Aliens: Fireteam Elite (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Breathedge (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Firewatch (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Lake (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Neoverse (Cloud and Console)
  • Race with Ryan (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (Console) EA Play
  • Transformers: Battlegrounds (Cloud, Console, and PC)

If you want to keep any of those games past this point, you can buy them for 20% off thanks to your Game Pass subscription.

Game Pass Receives 8 New Games in the Second Wave of November

The second half of the month brings with brings a new wave of Game Pass titles. The blog post counts 10, but we already covered Pentiment and Sommerville in our previous article for the month. As usual, you can check our Game Pass vs PS Plus article to see how the two stack up.

Some of the titles are listed as “Game Preview”. This means that the games are not 100% finished, but you can play them. It’s basically the Steam equivalent of Early Access. With that out of the way, let’s get into the games!


Dune: Spice Wars (Game Preview)

A 4X strategy game set in the world of the beloved Dune books (though the game seems to follow the most recent movie). Explore, Expand, Exploit, and Exterminate your enemies as you take control of a sand-covered world filled with peril and political intrugue.

Available starting November 17th on PC.


Ghostlore

An “Eastpunk” ARPG aiming to recapture the gameplay of Diablo II and Titan Quest, while adding its own gameplay twists and set in a Southeast-Asian cyberpunk world. Our readers should be familiar with the game, as we covered its demo during Steam Next Fest earlier in the year (last one in the article).

Available starting November 17th on PC.


Lapin (Game Preview?)

A tough as nails platformer where you play as a group of rabbits trying to find a home after their old one was destroyed. You’ll have to survive various traps that try to kill you while you explore the world. The game will launch in Early Access on Steam, so it might come out as a Game Preview on Game Pass, though the blog post doesn’t mention that.

Available starting November 17th on PC, Console, and Cloud as a day one title.


Norco

A Southern Gothic point & click adventure set in a cyberpunk-like dark world. Seeing how story is the bread and butter of these games, we won’t say any more, letting you discover the game for yourself.

Available starting November 17th on Console and Cloud.


Gungrave G.O.R.E

A third-person action shooter where you alternate between shooting your enemies with your dual pistols and hitting them with the giant hunk of metal you carry around. This is the third game in the Gungrave series, with the other two coming out in 2002 and 2004 for PS2, but it looks like you can just jump into this one.

Available starting November 22nd on PC, Console, and Cloud as a day one title.


Insurgency: Sandstorm

Modern military shooter that sees you going to the Middle East in either co-op or PvP battles that require you think strategically about what you want to do next.

Available starting November 29th on PC, Console, and Cloud.


Soccer Football Story

I’m European, sue me! Okay, fine, Soccer Story is a sports RPG where you play ball instead of fighting monsters. Similar in concept with Golf Story, but made by an unrelated studio and sporting pixelated 3D models instead of traditional pixel art.

Available starting November 29th on PC, Console, and Cloud as a day one title.


Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

Did you enjoy the Vermentide games, but wish they had a Space Marine? Well, too bad, looks like this one still doesn’t. Still, Darktide will see teams of up to 4 players going up against hordes of enemies as they try to take back Tertium.

Available starting November 30th on PC as a day one title.


DLC, Ultimate Perks, and Cloud Gaming

The following games have received updates:

  • The Elder Scrolls Online:
    • Firesong DLC, containing new content that concludes the Legacy of the Bretons saga. Available today.
    • Dark Heart of Skyrim, event that celebrates the 5th main entry in the Elder Scrolls series. Available between November 17th and 29th.
  • Dead by Daylight – DLC with a new killer, The Knight, a new survivor, Vittorio Toscano, and a new free map. Available November 22nd.

Ultimate subscribers benefit from the following perks:

  • Multiversus – A bundle containing an epic variant, epic ringout effects, and a rare banner.

The following games have support for touch control:

  • Amnesia: Collection
  • Amnesia: Rebirth
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins
  • DC League of Super Pets: The Adventures of Krypto and Ace
  • Disney Dreamlight Valley
  • Football Manager 2023 Console
  • Fuga: Melodies of Steel
  • Ghost Song
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising
  • Opus: Echo of Starsong
  • Pentiment
  • Scorn
  • Soma
  • You Suck at Parking

Leaving the Service

The following games are leaving the service on November 30th. If you have any unfinished business, now’s the time to take care of them.

  • Archvale (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Deeeer Simulator (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Console and PC)
  • Mind Scanners (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Mortal Shell (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Undungeon (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Warhammer 40,000 Battlesector (Cloud, Console, and PC)

What do you think of this month’s Game Pass selection? Any other games you’d want to see added? Let us know in the comments below!

First Wave of Game Pass Games Is Here – 9 Games Are Added to the Service, 5 of Them on the Day of Release

Spooky season is over and Santa’s armies are already marching southward, even though it’s only November. But a new month means new games, and this month we have quite a lot of stuff releasing on Game Pass at the same time as for general audiences. Let’s take a look!


The Walking Dead: A New Frontier + Michonne

The Walking Dead is probably the most successful series that Telltale had before they went under (RIP). The first two seasons were already on the service, and now two spin-offs are being added: A New Frontier and Michonne. Survive the Zombie apocalypse in this point-and-click 3D adventure, where your choices (allegedly) have consequences and every decision you make matters.

Available now on PC.


The Legend of Tianding

It’s the early 20th century, and Taiwan is under Japanese occupation. You play as Liao Tianding, a plucky young man that knows enough kung-fu to make for an interesting side-scrolling brawler. Fight your way through various levels using a multitude of techniques and weapons to drive off the invaders.

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


Ghost Song

On the desolate moon of Lorian, you awaken. As you journey across and underneath the surface of this moon, you discover ancient mysteries, cosmic horrors, and a little bit about yourself. Ghost Song is a metroidvania that leans heavily on the Metroid side of things to deliver an atmospheric experience you won’t forget soon.

Available on November 3rd for PC, Console and Cloud as a day 1 title.


Football Manager 2023

If you like to manage football teams more than playing the game, this is for you. Not much to say here, it’s Football Manager. There’s a separate console version called Football Manager 2023 Console… which will also be on PC, so that platform has two games.

Available on November 8th on PC, Console, Cloud, and PC as a day 1 title.


Return to Monkey Island

Return to Monkey Island in Return to Monkey Island, the latest sequel to the Monkey Island series (try saying that sentence 5 times fast). This game brings back familiar faces in a new point-and-click adventure with a brand new art-style. Will you be able to stop LeChuck once and for all?

Available on November 8th for PC, Console and Cloud.


Vampire Survivors

What’s the complete opposite of Bullet Hell? “Uhm, arrow heaven?” Huh, maybe. But no, here we’re talking about a Bullet Heaven game, where you’re a tiny guy on a large map swarmed with enemies, and you start firing more and more bullets from your body to mow them down. Vampire Survivor is probably the game to invent the genre, and it’s one of the best at it.

Available November 10th on Console.


Pentiment

Coming from Obsidian and Xbox Game Studios, Pentiment is a beautifully hand-drawn narrative adventure. You play as Andreas Maler, a master artist living in the Bavarian Alps. Choose your background and impact a changing world while getting caught in scandals, intrigue, and some murders.

Available on November 15th for PC, Console and Cloud as a day 1 title.


Somerville

You are a simple man with a wife, a small child, and a dog. Your life takes a turn for the worse when aliens invade the planet. In Somerville, there are superheroes fighting off the invaders, but you are not one of them. You are just some guy who wants his family to survive a takeover from across the stars.

Available on November 15th for PC and Console as a day 1 title.


DLC and Game Updates

The following games have received additional content:

  • Sniper Elite 5: Up Close & Personal Pack and Free Map – A weapon and skin pack that Game Pass subscribers can get for 10% off. Available now.
  • Sea of Thieves: Return of the Damned – New event that sees the players try and prevent Captain Flamehearth from returning to this world. Available between the 3rd and 17th of November.
  • Halo Infinite: Winter Update – An update that brings two new maps, two themed events, a new mode, a free Battle Pass, and more. The update also brings some quality of life improvements. Available November 8th.,
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition – The 40th anniversary edition of the title, available for Game Pass owners at no extra cost. The blogpost doesn’t mention how it’s different from the standard version. Available November 11th.

Games Leaving the Service

As usual, we have a number of games leaving the service. The Football Managers are leaving on the 8th (replaced by the 2023 versions), while everything else leaves on the 15th.

  • Football Manager 2022 (PC)
  • Football Manager 2022 Xbox Edition (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Art of Rally (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Fae Tactics (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Next Space Rebel (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • One Step from Eden (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Supraland (Cloud, Console, and PC)

How’s this month’s first wave of Game Pass releases treating you? Is there something else you’d like to see? Let us know down below!

Xbox Gives Us the Game Pass Line-up for the Second Half of October, Amnesia and SOMA Join the Service Just in Time for Halloween

It’s that time of the month again, and this is the spooky month! We have a number of new games coming to Game Pass, including some horror titles to play on Halloween. As usual, you can check out out Game Pass vs PS Plus article to get an idea if the service is for you.

Some games presented here will arrive as Game Previews. That’s Game Pass’s version of Early Access, meaning the games aren’t quite finished yet and there’s some polish to be done. Now, let’s get into the games!


A Plague Tale: Requiem

We already mentioned this one in last month’s article, but Xbox mentions it, so we will as well. The sequel to A Plague Tale: Innocence (which, sadly, was pulled from the service last month), Requiem sees the player traveling a gorgeous yet brutal world while struggling to survive, using a variety of weapons, tools, and unearthly powers. Also, rats. Lots of rats.

Available today on PC, Xbox Series S|X, and Cloud as a day one title.


Coral Island (Game Preview)

A farming sim set on a tropical island. Grow your crops, explore the island, and dive deep into the surrounding ocean. Keep your wits about you, as there are people there willing to exploit the island rather than explore it, no matter the cost.

Available right now on PC as a Game Preview.


Amnesia: Collection + Amnesia Rebirth

We have number of great first person psychological horror games. Collection contains The Dark Descent and its DLC, Justine, as well as A Machine For Pigs, while Rebirth is the latest game in the series. The games focus on physics-based puzzles, with a survival horror aspect to keep you on your toes.

Both Collection and Rebirth will be available for PC, Console and Cloud starting on October 20th.


Phantom Abyss

Here’s an interesting concept for a game: Explore procedurally generated temples while going up against the ghosts of other players, but you only get to try to beat each temple once. If that sounds like fun, then Devolver Digital’s latest game, developed by Team WIBY, is for you.

Coming to PC, Xbox Series X|S, and Cloud on October 20th as a Game Preview.


SOMA

Speaking of Amnesia, we have another horror game from the developers of The Dark Descent. SOMA takes advantage of the player’s thalassophobia, aka the fear of deep bodies of water, by taking place below the surface of the Atlantic ocean. You’ll have to go up against machines (and worse) that want you dead, all the while having no radio access and running low on food.

Available on PC, Console, and Cloud on October 20th.


Persona 5 Royal

The Phantom Thieves make their way to Game Pass in this definitive version of Persona 5. Live a regular teenage life, while at the same time having the ability to enter people’s psyche to confront their inner demons and turn them good, all by traversing various RPG dungeons.

Available on PC, Console, and Cloud on October 21th.


Frog Detective: The Entire Mystery

You’re a detective. You’re a frog. You have 3 mysteries to solve in this light-hearted trilogy of puzzle games where you play as a frog detective. This collection includes all 3 games in the Frog Detective series in one spot. Ribbit.

Available on PC on October 27th.


Gunfire Reborn

A first-person shooter with roguelike level generation and RPG elements. Play with up to 3 friends in on-line co-op while controlling various anthropomorphic animal characters on the battlefield.

Available for PC, Cloud, and Console on October 27th.


Signalis

Rounding things up with one more horror title, this time inspired aesthetically by the PS1 era. Explore a surreal retrotech world as Elster, a technician looking for her lost partner and her lost dreams. Solve puzzles, discover terrifying secrets, and face nightmarish creatures in this cosmic horror game.

Available on PC, Console, and Cloud on October 27th as a day one title.


DLC, Game Updates, and Ultimate Perks

The following DLC and updates are available to players:

  • No Man’s Sky: Waypoint Update – An overhaul of many gameplay elements such as game modes, inventory, journey cataloguing, and more. Available now.
  • Sea of Thieves: The Herald of the Flame – The latest limited time adventure of the game, focusing on saving the seas from the titular Herald of Flames. Available until October 27th.
  • Minecraft Dungeons: Fauna Faire – A faire celebration in the Overworld, adding the Tower multiplayer and a new jungle level. Available on October 27th.

Ultimate Subscribers will be able to get their hand on the following perks:

  • The Sims 4: Get To Work Expansion Pack – An expansion pack that focuses on giving your Sims a job. Available today to Ultimate subscribers via EA Play.
  • Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition – Ultimate subscribers will get upgraded to this version of the game at no additional cost, and benefit from extra content and features, including the Ottomans and the Malians, two brand-new civilizations. Available on October 25th.
  • Fallout 76: 25th Anniversary Bundle – Includes a weapon skin, C.A.M.P. items, lunchboxes and bubblegum (joke included). You can claim this perk on PC and console. Available October 27th.
  • Secret Neighbor: Sportswear Bundle – Includes two cosmetic sets, a Roll of the Arcade coupon, and an emote.

Finally, Cloud players will be able to play Slime Rancher 2 and Persona 5 Royal using touch controls.


Games Leaving the Service

As usual, we have a number of games leaving the service, namely:

  • Alan Wake: American Nightmare (Console and PC)
  • Backbone (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Bassmaster Fishing 2022 (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Nongunz: Doppelganger Edition (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Project Wingman (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Second Extinction (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Sniper Elite 4 (Console and Cloud)
  • The Forgotten City (Cloud, Console, and PC)

You’ll be able to play those games until October 31st, so make sure you finish any lingering business by then.


What do you think of this month’s selection? Anything you’d like to see added to the service? Let us know down below!

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!