Microsoft started the Xbox Game Pass service way back in 2017. Initially, it was only limited to its consoles. Still, slowly it started spreading its wings across Microsoft Windows, and now with the rise in cloud technology, they are eyeing the Android market too. If you don’t have an idea of what Game Pass is, then let me explain. Game Pass is basically a subscription for games. Like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hotstar subscriptions for movies and tv shows, this one is for games. Many companies have their own game pass. Some of them are EA and Ubisoft. Microsoft is currently one of the leaders in providing gaming subscriptions because they have tons of more content than others.
The Xbox Game Pass library has 100+ games to play, including games from Bethesda, EA, and some of their own classics like HALO. There are two types of subscription plans. One is Ultimate, and the other is the normal one. In a normal plan, you get access to the complete game library, and access to Xbox Game Studio titles the same day as release. The subscription cost is Rs489 per month. In the ultimate plan, you get everything included in the normal plan, plus you also get access to Xbox Live Gold membership. Every month the library gets updated as new games get added, and the less popular ones get removed. Today, we will look at the new games added to the Game Pass library in April.
Outriders is a co-op RPG game that People develop Can Fly. The game came on Xbox Game Pass on the same day as it launched. The game was released on April 1, 2021. It is available across multiple platforms, and the game supports cross-play too. In this game, you will battle against both monsters and human enemies. As your level upgrades, the game’s difficulty increases automatically. Since the game is new, there isn’t a huge community yet, but the game shows good potential, and it will do well on the Xbox Game Pass. The game will be available on only Cloud and Console in the game pass. So you won’t be able to enjoy the game if you have the game pass for PC.
MLB The Show 2021
MLB The Show is a huge baseball game franchise, and the announcement of it coming on Xbox Game Pass on the same day of its release has really brought The Game Pass subscription under the limelight. This game will launch on April 20, 2021. The most surprising part about this game’s inclusion in the game pass is that MLB The Show has been a PS exclusive for years as Sony’s internal studios develop it. So not only are they launching it on their biggest rivals, they are giving it away for free from day 1 to all the game pass holders. The game will be available on Cloud and Console in the Game Pass. So you won’t be able to enjoy the game if you have the game pass for PC.
NHL 21 is an ice hockey simulation game developed and published by renowned game studio EA Sports. This game was released on October 13, 2020, and is available to play on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This game is available on EA Play, and as EA Play is itself included in Xbox’s Game Pass, the game will also be available on the Game Pass. It is probably the most popular ice hockey game and is played a lot in Canada and the United States. The game will be available only on Console in the game pass. So no cloud or PC support.
Best Games on Xbox Game Pass
These three heavy titles will be added to the library this month. Apart from them, as I said, there are 100+ games to play and we have found the 12 must-play games if you have a game pass subscription. Let’s have a look at them.
1)Batman: Arkham, Knight
Batman: Arkham Knight is not only one of the best games in the library, but it is also one of the best games ever made. This game was launched in 2015 by Warner Bros and it has won two awards for being the best game of the year. This is the last game in the Batman game series and the biggest too.
The average run time of Batman” Arkham Knight to complete the main story is 16 hours and 47 minutes. You, playing Batman, has to save the city of Gotham from the terror of Scarecrow. You will use all of batman’s abilities like combat, deduction through clues, and especially his Batmobile.
2) Doom Eternal
Doom Eternal is the latest entry in the ever-famous Doom franchise. The game was launched in March 2020 and in only 6 months, the game was made available on the game pass. There isn’t any need to explain what Doom is but just for some basic knowledge, Doom is an action fps.
It is one of the best games of 2020. The action in this game is enough to pump your blood and the game is very pacey and a bit challenging. The average runtime to complete the story mode is 14 hours 10 minutes. So 14 hours of non-stop gun blazing and blood splashing is what you will witness once you start the game. It is definitely one of the must-plays if you have an Xbox Game Pass.
3) Forza Horizon 4
You just cannot miss out on playing Forza Horizon if you have a Game Pass. It is like the best racing game out there since its launch. It was launch in November 2018. There is no match to Forza Horizon 4’s graphics, gameplay, and all other aspects. The beautiful sceneries across different weather make your jaw drop and the feeling of racing through these locations will make you go nuts.
The average time to finish Forza Horizon 4’s main storyline is 13 hours 10 minutes. The game is a great way to spend your free time driving around the English countrysides and feeling the unreal graphics.
4) Gears 5
Gears 5 is the 5th game in the Gears of War series and one of the best games in every department. Graphics, storyline, game mechanics everything feels good. The best part of the game pass was that the game got available in the library on the day of the game’s launch. Which was in September 2019.
Gears 5 is a third-person shooter game. The story of this game is connected with that of Gears of War 4. The average time to complete the main story is supposed to be 10 hours 43 minutes. If you are a huge fan of third-person shooting with a lot of action then Gears 5 is one of the games you must play.
5) HALO: The Master Chief Collection
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the ultimate game that Halo could ever launch. The game combines 5 games of the Halo universe in one bundle. Halo: Reach, Halo Combat, Halo 2, 3, and 4 being the 5 of them. All of them the multiplayer modes too. So if you ever wanted to start a Halo game and were scratching your head about how and where to start. Just open Xbox app and start this game.
If you add up the time taken to complete all the stories of all the games, it will take you around 42 hours and 12 minutes. In short, Halo: The MCC is what every Halo fan could ever dream of and Microsoft turned that dream into reality.
6) Alien Isolation
Alien Isolation is one of the lesser-known but yet one of the must-play games. It is a horror survival game that was launched back in October 2014 by SEGA. The game won the best award for its audio and sound. The game is very highly rated by the critics.
In this game, you have to escape from a spaceship that has been infected by alien species. The plot is straightforward but the tension built in every scene is quite scary and impactful. All thanks to the brilliant audio and background music. The average time to finish the story of this game is around 18 hours. So if you are in search of a horror survival game that will really make you an immersive experience, then this game is for you.
7) ARK: Survival Evolved
ARK: Survival Evolved can be dubbed as a combination of Minecraft and Jurrasic Park. The game was launched back in 2017 by Studio Wildcard. The game is an action-adventure survival game and is a great game to kill your time. You start with nothing in the start on an island and then you have to build your house and stuff and also capture dinosaurs and train them. It is an online multiplayer game so you will have to face other players too.
If you are a fan of Minecraft and want to experience something new with some extras then ARK: Survival Evolved could be the perfect game for you to pass your time in this pandemic.
8) The Elder Scrolls Online
The Elder Scrolls Online is probably the second-best game in the Elder Scrolls series after Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is bad news that we don’t have Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim included in the game pass but it is amazing that we have Elder Scrolls Online.
This game was released in April 2014 and was published by Bethesda Softworks. Xbox recently introduced tons of Bethesda games to the Xbox library and Elder Scrolls Online is one of them. Elder Scrolls Online is an MMO that takes place in the world of Tamriel. You get to choose from three factions and after that, you have to fight others among the others in that faction and complete quests in order to progress further ahead in the game.
9) Mass Effect 2
Well, Mass Effect 2 is the oldest game to feature on this list. The game was launched in January 2010. It is one of the best games of the last decade. By best games, I mean best in every aspect. Yeah, today the graphics won’t look best to you but 11 years ago, it was quite something. The story is amazing and there is tons of customization which will give you different results in the same battle. It all depends on how you mold your main character.
In this game, you have to defend Earth and humanity against an alien race called Collectors. The game’s setting is in the 22nd Century. The game’s average run time is 24 hours 30 minutes. Yes, it is a bit longer to complete but it would be worth your every single second.
Control made a huge buzz when it launched in 2019. All because of the unique abilities of the main character. It is an action game where instead of guns and bombs, you have to beat enemies with psychic powers and mind-boggling techniques. There are weapons in the game but they are as unique as the abilities.
In this game, you play as a female protagonist who has to free her brother who has been kept somewhere in the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Control. The average game time to complete the main story of the game is expected to be around 13 hours. If you want to experience a completely different angle of action games, then try out control. It is unique, fun, and worth your time.
So these three games are going to be added to the game library of Microsoft’s Game Pass. Two of them being sports, and one an action RPG. It is good to see sports games being added as there isn’t any much sports game in the library. There are reports of FIFA and NBA to be added soon. If that happens, the value of Xbox’s game pass will increase very much.