So, Xbox Game Pass. You’ve heard the news. You’ve seen the reception and numbers. You’ve been considering: Is it worth it, or should I hold back? Will I regret this decision? What if it does not have any games to play?
Is Game Pass worth the hype, or is Kenn pulling my leg here? Oh, what a typical first-world problem.
Fret not. We at Kakuchopurei are here to not only recommend you the best games to play, but also which subscriptions are best for you which, let’s be honest; sometimes sounds too good to be true. You’ve probably heard of it on social media or from your friends but never had the chance to delve deeper into it.
So today, allow us to run you through a quick crash course of the Xbox Game Pass: it’s a subscription-based service available on the Xbox and PC, think Game Pass as Microsoft’s response to the PS Plus. Just like Sony’s offering, as long as your subscription is active, you are able to access – download and play a slew of titles in their library ranging from more recent to older ones. Just several times bigger.
Today we are listing a good mix of modern, select-picks and certified classics just waiting for you the second you activate your subscription.
Kicking off this list is Square Enix’s latest, the next-gen looter shooter in Outriders. It is very rare to see a triple-A level game being included in a subscription service right at launch yet here we are. Developed by the folks who previously worked on Gears and Bulletstorm, Outriders exemplifies what can be achieved if a studio doubled down on their core strengths, while also incorporating all the cool elements from games preceding it. Now here’s to hoping that they’ve improved their servers.
Gears 5: GotY Edition
A great third-person shooter that epitomizes everything one would expect from Xbox’s next-gen machine. Superb sights and sounds all around, the GotY edition also comes with the Hivebusters expansion campaign which does not disappoint. If you’re looking for a game to instantly kill off any buyer’s remorse – or even to convince a friend that a next-gen Microsoft console is the way to go, then you cannot go wrong with Gears 5: GotY.
Otherwise, you can always revisit the classics from your Xbox 360 days, from where it all started.
All the Yakuza Games
They’re brilliant, they’re bonkers, and they somewhat satiate anyone’s longing and wanderlust for Japan. Not only are you able to delve into the grim yet intriguing world of underground Japan – you get all the games in the whole franchise. Save for the most recent title, Yakuza: Like A Dragon, you’re essentially getting the whole enchilada. Yes. This is as bonkers as some of the side missions Kazuma Kiryu gets to do in the game.
Bethesda Games. Any of them.
It’s getting ridiculous at this point, isn’t it.
2021 Versions of Your Annual Releases
For those who aren’t fans of yearly iterations of the same games as they are essentially roster updates – great news. Microsoft have added in 2021 versions of a number of sports titles which should tickle your fancy. In a case of a bit of something for everyone, baseball also joins in on the fray later this month with MLB The Show joining the cast at launch. One curious case, though. Why no FIFA 2021?
Classics and Must-Haves
As if the ones listed above aren’t enough, here are more titles that should send you reaching out for your wallet.
At the cost of US$14.99/month with the first month being only US$1, the total annual cost of ~US$166 would definitely knock you off your seat moreover once you convert it to say, Malaysian Ringgit which is about RM685.00.
That’s at least three full-fledged AAA titles! But once you consider the number of games you are able to access plus many more recently released games – suddenly everything looks like a steal, doesn’t it?
Recently, they’ve also expanded their realms to PC, with over 100 titles being made available as well. Set to shake the PC gaming market to the core, you can give it a try by downloading the PC launcher here. Oh yes. It’s readily available for anyone already on the Ultimate plan for their Xbox.
Who said there are no games on the Xbox? Play is indeed limitless.