Xbox Game Pass was launched a little over a year ago. At first I was hesitant to subscribe, myself. It featured a bunch of games that I had already played or titles I never had any real interest in playing, anyway. Since then it has grown into a wonderful service that every Xbox One owner should sign-up for.
What is Xbox Game Pass?
Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft’s games as a service platform that gives Xbox players access to a library of games they can stream and download for a low monthly cost. Think of “The Netflix of Xbox games”.
At launch, Game Pass had just about 100 titles in its library with maybe 30 of those games being worth the space on your hard drive. Since then, the size of the catalog has nearly doubled in size, and at least tripled the amount of worthwhile titles. New games are added to Game Pass on the first of every month with new titles being available on launch day. We’ve already gotten Sea Of Thieves, and State of Decay 2 at launch essentially for free.
How much is Xbox Game Pass?
With a price of only $9.99(USD) a month for Xbox Game Pass, if you download and only played 1 title all the way through then you’ve already got your money’s worth. Especially with titles like Darksiders 1 and Darksiders 2, which currently sit at $20.00 and $30.00 respectively. Some more recent additions are Fallout 4($30.00) and Warhammer: Vermintide 2 ($30.00). These are just a few of the titles that have been added since the beginning of this year, with many more to come.
Several big name games will be available with Game Pass on launch day. A few of these that I’m most excited for are Forza Horizon 4, Gears of War 5, and Crackdown 3 (unless it gets pushed back again). A few lesser known titles that I can’t wait to hit Game Pass are Ashen, which is an action RPG with some survival aspects thrown in. Afterparty, which is being developed by the brilliant minds behind Oxenfree (already available on Game Pass). Phoenix Point which is a tactical combat game similar to those of the Xcom series. All of these are slated to hit within the next year.
Game Pass is also a great way to play through games you may have missed out on in the past or, titles you just want to replay. It sports a hefty selection of Xbox 360 like the entire Fable series, and all 5 Gears of War titles. It has a nice selection of classic games as well including, Knights of the Old Republic, and Bayonetta, to name a few. I’ve actually used it to replay some of my old favorites that I no longer have access to.
I recently bought my Nintendo Switch, so I would really like to see Nintendo adopt a similar service for their upcoming parade of indie titles. It would really go a long way in helping me clear out my ever-growing backlog.
Our Xbox Game Pass review is…
Xbox Game Pass is an amazing service that everyone should,at the very least, try. You’re essentially getting 180+ games for $10.00(USD) a month. 1 game usually costs around $60.00(USD) or $90.00(CAD) so getting over 180 games for 10 bucks a month is one hell of a deal. If you’re worried about paying for a service you won’t use, then look at the list of games for free before subscribing; I’m almost positive you’ll find something to make it worth while.