Hidden Gems of Xbox Game Pass

I think the guns are almost all bad, and right now I feel like I need to do too much shooting.

Sounds like you haven't gotten the rocket or grenade launchers yet...you may never use a gun again after that!

I'm in complete agreement with your characterization of the game. I rather dig it, but it's nice to not feel like I have to love it (after spending $60).

While the open world is a bit sparse in some ways, that's good for me. I get too distracted by all the potential side quests in most open world games. Hell, I never got very far in the original Red Dead Redemption because I kept chasing rabbits and deer all over the damned countryside.

On the other hand: when I play this game, I keep thinking it would be more fun if I were playing as The Tick.

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firesloth wrote:
I think the guns are almost all bad, and right now I feel like I need to do too much shooting.

Sounds like you haven't gotten the rocket or grenade launchers yet...you may never use a gun again after that!

Yes! Cheers to whoever decided that you shouldn't take splash damage from your own explosives. All I do after a few hours in the game is jump around, slam the ground with my fist, and shoot everything at point blank range with rocket launchers.

For most of the game, my go to weapon was the Pulse Beam because it was just delightful to melt enemies and / or set them on fire.

At the very end of the game I found

Spoiler:

The Anubis - 200 mini rockets of mayhem!

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (that's the newest one) will be added on the 7th.

Also coming soon:
- The Walking Dead, Season One
- Pumped BMX Pro
- Batman Return to Arkham
- De Blob

And of course Crackdown 3.

Also being added:
- Headlander (February 21)
- Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (February 21)
- The Walking Dead: Season 2 (February 28)
- Alien: Isolation (February 28)

And it looks like Return to Arkham is live.

Crackdown 3 is pretty good, but my first boss battle was filled with glitches and crashes. I somehow ended up way up in the air, and fell down through the ground and died, and the game completely froze. It's very satisfying blowing stuff up, they sound great.

The one thing that annoys me so far, what's with the "STOP" and "REVERSE" lights/signs on the back of the cars? I know the direction by the lights, but the words? Unless it's a color blind helper? If it is, I reserve my judgment on that one.

Wrecking Zone, however, is, well, like picking a lock with a herring. And it gets a bit confusing. Ephew.

I never played a Crackdown game, but I thought I'd give this a shot.

Plays like a game from 2008. I shut it off after 15 min. Wasn't pulling me at all.

Booted up We Happy Few last night, as I have been quite curious about it. Hell, the trailer in the Xbox Store alone made me want to check it out.

It's an odd game, for sure. The game drops you into your first quest with very little direction or hand holding. The aesthetic is cool, a 60s era Britain, but not the way we know it. I guess the inference is that Germany won WWII?

Anyway, so far my biggest gripe is that the onscreen prompts are small, white text and can easily get lost. The inventory/crafting/quest menus are quite busy, but the game seems to be easing me into how it all works organically, through just playing.

I only completed whats amounts to the tutorial quest and started in on the next one, but I am certainly intrigued and will keep playing.

I was 100% going to buy Gamepass for Crackdown 3, but then Apex Legends dropped out of nowhere and now I can't even consider playing anything else. Well, I still play Smash and Minecraft with my kids, but once they're ready for battle royale...

Fedaykin98 wrote:

I was 100% going to buy Gamepass for Crackdown 3, but then Apex Legends dropped out of nowhere and now I can't even consider playing anything else. Well, I still play Smash and Minecraft with my kids, but once they're ready for battle royale...

Game Pass is currently two months for $2. Seems hard to pass up on that.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:

I was 100% going to buy Gamepass for Crackdown 3, but then Apex Legends dropped out of nowhere and now I can't even consider playing anything else. Well, I still play Smash and Minecraft with my kids, but once they're ready for battle royale...

Game Pass is currently two months for $2. Seems hard to pass up on that.

I'm all over that deal, but I have a pile avoidance (or pile addition avoidance) rule against paying for games I'm not intending to immediately play.

I'm almost done with Crackdown 3. I killed the first of the captains last night, finished off the lieutenants, and have cleared almost all of the events off the map. All my powers are at 5+, and I feel ridiculously overpowered. It's hilarious to sprint through an area, jump between objectives, and punch like ten people at once with a charged attack. I'm really glad they put this on Game Pass, because I never would have tried it. (And if I hadn't have liked it, there's a dozen or more games I could have played instead. Game Pass is awesome.)

MaxShrek wrote:

The one thing that annoys me so far, what's with the "STOP" and "REVERSE" lights/signs on the back of the cars? I know the direction by the lights, but the words? Unless it's a color blind helper? If it is, I reserve my judgment on that one.

That's just a stylistic thing, as near as I can tell. Not all the cars have it.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

I'm all over that deal, but I have a pile avoidance (or pile addition avoidance) rule against paying for games I'm not intending to immediately play.

Ah. That's fair. I have that rule for buying games, but I've carved out an exception for anything from Game Pass or PlayStation Now. If it's part of a sub, it's not "on the pile".

Still playing Below. Still getting wrecked by the shield guys. This is not an easy game.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Still playing Below. Still getting wrecked by the shield guys. This is not an easy game.

The big ones with the red limbs? They're a pain. Try sniping them from afar with fire arrows when possible. I found fire arrows to be pretty much useless otherwise, so that's a good use for them.

Yep. I've been blowing them up with bomb arrows. I haven't managed to make it past floor four because of those jerks.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Yep. I've been blowing them up with bomb arrows. I haven't managed to make it past floor four because of those jerks.

That's the ice floor, right? That whole area was one of the toughest in the game because of those enemies and the added pressure on your temperature. Thankfully, there's an item you can find in that zone to help with temperature.

If you're struggling or want a change of pace, there is another path you can take for now. I didn't clear the area around floor 4 until later in the game when I had a larger stock of potions.

Yeah, that's the ice floor. What do you mean by another path? I found two paths out of floor three: one had me swim across a lake, and the other took me across a bridge covered in candles. But both seemed to funnel into the ice floor. :/

Yes, the second one. The path from the beach should lead to the ice zone. In the other path, you will pass through an icy transition zone and reach a bridge with candles. There should be a bonfire about halfway down that path. Open the door at the end of that path with your lantern. It should take you to a new zone, definitely not ice.

Edit: Video reference Go to 54:30 if the time stamp doesn't work.

Bah! I was out of light at the time. I accidentally spent it all in the store that I didn't realize was a store.

Just Cause 4 and Lego Batman 2 are now available. Just Cause 4 released less than three months ago.

Fallout 4 and F1 2018 are coming on the 14th.

The Xbox Game Pass Twitter account is also teasing a March 12 reveal for something added to Game Pass that releases in April. Who knows what it could be?

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Just Cause 4 and Lego Batman 2 are now available. Just Cause 4 released less than three months ago.

Fallout 4 and F1 2018 are coming on the 14th.

The Xbox Game Pass Twitter account is also teasing a March 12 reveal for something added to Game Pass that releases in April. Who knows what it could be?

This has become the Netflix of videogames.....

Wow, I had downloaded Just Cause 3 when they made it available a couple of months back, but didn't get around to playing it. I guess I'll delete it and download 4 instead?

Funny, Fallout 4 was on Game Pass last year but they pulled it in the weeks before the release of Fallout 76.

If it's a new game to be released in April, I would bet it's an Indie game, something big enough people would care but not so big that the publisher would be forgoing too many full price purchases. Skimming a list of April releases, Super Meat Boy Forever seems like an excellent candidate for that criteria. Or Dangerous Driving? But my money is on meat boy.

My bet is Ori and the Will o' the Wisps, which is due for a "Spring 2019" release.

But that might just be wishful thinking on my part because it's one of my most anticipated games of the year.

Aristophan wrote:

Shadow of the Tomb Raider? That feels like Square got it to Game Pass very quickly. I'm now betting that Just Cause 4 makes it to the service by the end of the year.

This was a month ago. Wow.

Just Cause 4 wrote:

A plan is a list of things that can go wrong.

Pretty fun, but it's no Crackdown 3.

First-person dungeon crawler Operencia from Zen Studios will release on March 29th and be on Game Pass that same day.

Microsoft has a new Inside Xbox announced for tomorrow at 2 PM Pacific that's supposed to have big news for Game Pass. They also just announced a whole slew of [email protected] games that will be at GDC; I expect a good handful of those to be announced for Game Pass in the near future, as well.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

First-person dungeon crawler Operencia from Zen Studios will release on March 29th and be on Game Pass that same day.

That's great news, I can't wait to play it.

Nice! I hope the class system is robust - I LOVE playing around with classes, skills, and synergies, and an endless dungeon seems the perfect fit for something like that!

I'm still playing Below, and I'm really in love with it now after bouncing off of it hard when it first launched. I've made it into the bottom half of the dungeon, and I feel like I've hit a tipping point in my momentum where I'll likely finish it soon.

Which adds to a theme I've noticed with Game Pass since I signed up for it, and especially since the release of [email protected] games day-and-date: I'm playing a lot of games that I never would have bought or played if they weren't on Game Pass. Ashen, Below, Crackdown 3, Just Cause 4, We Happy Few; I wouldn't have purchased any of these. It's also been nice to sample some games and decide that they're not for me without having something permanently in my collection.

Possibly dumb question: does Xbox Game Pass allow you to play any game available there on the PC? Or only games specifically ported to PC?

The latter, and probably even narrower than even that. It's definitely only games with PC ports (they are apparently testing letting you run Xbox games natively on PC, which could be a prelude to letting all Game Pass games work on PC eventually), but also it's not every game on game pass that also has a PC port. Mostly (exclusively?) it's Microsoft published PC games, and I'm not sure it's necessarily all Microsoft published PC games.