Hidden Gems of Xbox Game Pass

RawkGWJ wrote:

Which title is the obsidian game?

Outer worlds

LeapingGnome wrote:

I can't believe you guys are going to try to play an Obsidian game on release day. Madness.

I've played the last 3 Obsidian releases at release day, and they have been just fine.
Sure, they have been substantially better a year later, with patches, dlc etc. But that is just 'modern' gaming in general I guess.

So I've played quite a bit on Game Pass on PC since it launched. Games I never would have bothered with otherwise include: Gears 5, Wargroove, Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 4, Crosscode, Surviving Mars, Creature in the Well, ARK, and most notably a contender for my favorite game of the year, The Surge, which is a hi-tech souls-like that has limb targeting and dismemberment that directly results in what loot you get so no random farming and each area in the world is so interconnected it's almost too much.

EDIT: Removed a Twitch Prime game from my list.

mrtomaytohead wrote:

The Surge, which is a hi-tech souls-like that has limb targeting and dismemberment that directly results in what loot you get so no random farming and each area in the world is so interconnected it's almost too much.

You hear that? That's the sound of millions of GWJers furiously searching the Xbox Game Pass app for "The Surge" and clicking the install button. I know I did.

I hope you get a commission for that, at least.

I was about to search for it, then I realized I am pretty sure I own it twice already.

RawkGWJ wrote:

Which title is the obsidian game?

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I’ve been playing Bad North on Xbox. It’s a very simple and light hearted RTS with rogue-like mechanics. It’s fun. I absolutely love the art design. Muted colors and lots of solid grays and slate blues. Simplistic doodle-like graphics. It’s a hidden treasure.

I really enjoyed it until I hit one island I absolutely cannot survive and I have to go through it. Brute archers are really limiting the options on this small island.

If I bought the game it would be annoying but on game pass Bad North is a sweet delicacy hidden in the game pass cake.

yregprincess wrote:

If I bought the game it would be annoying but on game pass Bad North is a sweet delicacy hidden in the game pass cake.

PREACH!!

Dishonored 2 was a good Game Pass option for me. I loved the first one, but for some reason I never bothered to pick up the second. I played an hour or two the other night and found that, yes, I'm not interested. Delete. Saved myself a lot of money.

But I do wonder a bit: if I'd paid real money (not evaporating subscription money), would I have given it more time? Gotten over some hump at hour 2 or 3 that made it a terrific game after all? Dunno.

Hangdog wrote:

Dishonored 2 was a good Game Pass option for me. I loved the first one, but for some reason I never bothered to pick up the second. I played an hour or two the other night and found that, yes, I'm not interested. Delete. Saved myself a lot of money.

But I do wonder a bit: if I'd paid real money (not evaporating subscription money), would I have given it more time? Gotten over some hump at hour 2 or 3 that made it a terrific game after all? Dunno.

I'm certainly quicker to bail and move on in a Game Pass game, but to be honest, that's as much a function of the backlog.

mrlogical wrote:

What's up with Hello Neighbor? Is it any good? I feel I have seen this game *everywhere* in the last year or so and yet have no idea what it is. Is it based on some property? Is it super popular, or is my feeling that I'm seeing it everywhere not a common experience? I remember having that feeling with Five Nights at Freddy's, where I was vaguely aware it was a thing that existed and suddenly saw it everywhere but was still a little surprised to learn just how popular it was.

I thought it was terrible, but apparently my kids loved it.

Hangdog wrote:

Dishonored 2 was a good Game Pass option for me. I loved the first one, but for some reason I never bothered to pick up the second. I played an hour or two the other night and found that, yes, I'm not interested. Delete. Saved myself a lot of money.

But I do wonder a bit: if I'd paid real money (not evaporating subscription money), would I have given it more time? Gotten over some hump at hour 2 or 3 that made it a terrific game after all? Dunno.

There are a couple of problems with Dishonored 2. You don't start getting fun tools and powers until well into the second main level. Next, a lot of really cool dynamic situations only happen if you're playing like an absolute psychopath.

That said, Dishonored 2 has a couple of the best levels of any game ever.

Ok. Ok. I’ll do it. Yeah. I understand that I’m the only one who can save the world. It’s just that I’ve saved the world by shooting gud three times already this year. Just be sure to tell me everything that I need to do along the way. Let’s get started. How many beast hearts do you need me to collect?

Im downloading Outer Worlds.

polq37 wrote:

There are a couple of problems with Dishonored 2. You don't start getting fun tools and powers until well into the second main level. Next, a lot of really cool dynamic situations only happen if you're playing like an absolute psychopath.

But ... the best way to play Dishonored is like an absolute psychopath

So I just subbed to the Game Pass on Windows, introductory month for £1, which seems crazy. Outer Worlds downloading now!

Phades wrote:
mrlogical wrote:

What's up with Hello Neighbor? Is it any good?

I thought it was terrible, but apparently my kids loved it.

Loaded this up for 5 minutes this weekend and this game is garbage! Truly surprising how slapdash it is. The only reason it's ever drawn my eye is the title image is a fairly striking design. Too bad the game seems to have none of that style. The game itself has PS2-level graphics, gives no explanation of what you're doing and why, no way to interpret what your goal is or even how to play. I was quite surprised by how bad this whole package is. I gave it maybe 10 minutes before deleting. If anyone feels there's something worth playing in there that I missed, I'd be interested to hear, but woof, this is one of the worst things I've run on my console in a long time.

More positively, I also loaded up Minit over the weekend. Seems cute. A little more basic than I'd expected, graphically, super lo-fi on the order of something like Downwell. But the structure is interesting and I managed to muddle through a few of the initial problems. Will plan to poke away at this over the next few weeks.

I played a couple hours of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night . I knew it was supposed to be pretty good but, holy crap, is it well done. Brought me right back to childhood memories of playing Castlevania games on the SNES.

I started Afterparty over the weekend, probably played 90 minutes or so. I'm a little disappointed. I liked the dev's previous game, Oxenfree, pretty well, and adventure games that are about dialogue and choices and some light interactive mechanics are always up my alley, so I was very much looking forward to this. But its initial impression is not great. You play as a pair of friends who are surprised to find that they are in hell, with no memory of how they died. They are being introduced to how hell works, and are trying to figure out how to get out. The game consists of walking around, talking to people, throwing objects (so far just in a beer pong minigame, but I get the sense there may be more games like this), and consuming different drinks that offer up special dialogue options based on the type of drink.

I have two big reservations so far: the dialogue is not great, and there's way too much of it. As a matter of pacing, it is a *lot* of slightly slowly paced exposition right now. Maybe it'll pick up, but I was frustrated by how much time I spent just siting there. And in terms of the quality of the dialogue, I'm finding it to be grating. It's not as clever and hip as it thinks it is. I guess I should've known from the premise--your heroes are going to outdrink Satan himself to escape hell!--which just never struck me as anywhere near as amusing as the devs I've heard talk about it seem to think it is. I want to like it! But, eh. I'll give it some more time, but it's not grabbing me the way I had hoped.

How clean is the sharing in this (for PC)? If I get an account, from what I've read it'll be no problem to log into it on both my and my wife's PCs, but can we both use it at the same time?

Did anyone sign up for PC game pass beta and get the offered Spotify 6 month trial? I signed up a week ago to play The Outer Worlds but haven't had any email from Spotify. Just wondering how it works.

I noticed right now they're offering a promotional $5 a month price for the PC-only subscription. Anyone know how long that lasts? I can't find it laid out anywhere.

beanman101283 wrote:

I noticed right now they're offering a promotional $5 a month price for the PC-only subscription. Anyone know how long that lasts? I can't find it laid out anywhere.

Nope, it's a mystery. But it's a bloody good deal while it's lasting.

Jonman wrote:
beanman101283 wrote:

I noticed right now they're offering a promotional $5 a month price for the PC-only subscription. Anyone know how long that lasts? I can't find it laid out anywhere.

Nope, it's a mystery. But it's a bloody good deal while it's lasting.

A fellow Goodjer bought the PC-only Game Pass at the "$1 for the first month" ultra special deal they have going now, and then upgraded to Game Pass Ultimate for another $1, which gave him three additional months of Ultimate (that's the deal these days, I think?), for a total of 4 months of Ultimate for $2.

You know, just in case you needed another reason to buy in. Plus Amazon has a buy-one-get-one-free promotion for Game Pass Ultimate 3-month codes. So, six more months of Ultimate for $45.

Age Of Empires II Remastered is on PC Game Pass now

* There’s finally an option for auto-farming rather than constantly needing to queue up new plots in the mill.

Truly, we are living in the future

There were a lots of new games announced for Xbox Game Pass today, but I am unreasonably excited that a ton of Final Fantasy games will be joining the service.

This is getting ridiculous.

Running Man wrote:

This is getting ridiculous.
:)

It is already RIDICULOUS....

Excited for the Halo collection (only played 1, 2, and not quite all of 3), Ori & tWotW, and Darksiders 3.

Other than that, I may run out of things that truly interest me early next year.

Tracks The Train Set Game is available on PC now, if you search it, but it doesn't show up in an 'all games' list. It showed up in my front page earlier today and disappeared from the lists after that.

Flight Simulator

*fist pump* *blows dust off HOTAS*

How did I miss Dead Cells? This game is freaking great! I'd heard it was good but I'm generally not into Rougelikes or Souls-likes so I hadn't even bothered with it. It's short enough to beat that you can do it all in one sitting, the skills and mutations combinations are so fun to experiment with, and the progression makes it feel like even a short run was worth it.

Just beat the Hand of the King on normal on my 9th run and now I'm starting to acclimate to the pain of "hard."

Evo wrote:

Just beat the Hand of the King on normal on my 9th run and now I'm starting to acclimate to the pain of "hard."

You did what now!? How... You... What...? You are an infinitely better gamer than me (or anyone I've ever seen before) and I salute you. I think it took me 9 runs just to get to the first boss back in the day.