Describing Xbox Game Pass as “the Netflix of video games” is already a tired comparison, but frankly, it’s also a perfect summation of how the service works. A monthly subscription nets you digital access to a hefty library of games ranging from indie sensations to triple-A titles, with the only real limitations being your hard drive space, download times, and the catalog itself (which consists of hundreds of games as we speak).
But like any recurring expenditure, it makes absolute sense to want to know everything there is to know about the service before committing your hard-earned dollars, and to stay on top of the latest developments once you have. Here, we’ll tell you everything you need to know — from the pricing structure and subscription options to the latest and greatest games to be added to its expansive selection.
Microsoft's foray into creating a subscription-based, Netflix-like service for video games is a noble step, one that has been well-received by fans and developers alike. New games are constantly being added to Xbox Game Pass, and with the rumored inclusion of Ubisoft+ too, there are so many reasons to invest in the service right now.
In addition to these seemingly obvious reasons, Xbox Game Pass really scratches a particular gamer's itch like nothing else, a condition that is popularly known as "Gaming Funk.
While not a well-defined term, gaming funk usually refers to a gamer's inability to decide what game to play right now. Most long-time gamers have a massive collection of games to play, and even a bigger backlog to go through and complete. Many gamers have a well-defined framework of what they expect from their game, such as an intriguing story or meaty endgame content which can make decisions easier. Others, however, tend to have a hard time figuring out these details and would rather like to try something different.
Xbox Game Pass has a plethora of titles under its belt, with a decent collection of games from every genre. Since everything is doled out at a single lowly price, gamers have more reasons than ever to just go all out and try something completely different than they wouldn't otherwise. In addition to finding new and exciting game experiences, this 'Gaming Funk' also helps gamers understand what they value the most in their games, and what their favorite genres are which can make subsequent decisions easier.
When in a gaming funk, gamers should look out for titles that they wouldn't try otherwise and Xbox Game Pass certainly has a lot to choose from. Alien: Isolation is a great title for gamers looking out for a great survival horror experience, where the alien Xenomorph ensures the player is on the edge of his seat at all times. Celeste is another great title, one that has proven to be therapeutic to many players, helping in combating self-doubt and depression.
Clustertruck is another great title, which is a 3D platformer that sees them making their way through a level using trucks as a platform. Haven is another great choice for players looking out for a short but compelling romantic journey through space. Players looking for a survival game should check out Subnautica, which masterfully guides the players along their journey to find out more about this alien planet. Others who are looking for a meaty story with choices should try out Obsidian's interplanetary epic, The Outer Worlds. Players seeking out worthwhile open-world experiences have 3 great choices on Game Pass: Sunset Overdrive, Middle Earth: Shadow of War, and Yakuza Zero.
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