A few weeks ago, Microsoft had a presentation regarding some of the upcoming Game Pass titles. As someone who ended up purchasing 12 months ahead at a steep discount – not quite the $1 deal, but way below market – this is relevant to my interests.
- Grounded (full release)
- Persona 3 & 4 & 5
- Slime Rancher 2
- ARK 2
- Diablo 4
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2
Only typing out the ones that interest me makes it seem… well, not as many.
Nevertheless, I continue to appreciate Game Pass insofar as it removes any convoluted parsimony when it comes to titles large or small. For example, I had Hardspace: Shipbreaker on my radar for a while. No dilemma about whether to have bought it for cheaper in Early Access – been playing it for hours for free*. Same with Grounded, which is a survival crafting game right in my wheelhouse. Then you got the larger titles like Starfield, STALKER 2, and Diablo 4. The latter of which was surprising until, oh yeah, Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard.
Not saying Game Pass is worth subscribing for everyone. I have literally 22 games installed right now though, not counting what I’ve played this year or the larger titles I know I don’t have time for.
But you know what? Let’s make that list. Here is what I have installed:
- Citizen Sleeper
- Death’s Door
- Eiyuden Chronical: Rising
- FAR: Changing Tides
- Hardspace: Shipbreaker
- Loot River
- Nobody Saves the World
- Octopath Traveler
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
- Skul: the Hero Slayer
- Solasta: Crown of the Magister
- Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion
- Vampire Survivors
- We Happy Few
I have only played the ones underlined. There’s a risk of leaving so many unplayed in that games frequently leave the service, unlikely to return. At the same time, there are only so many hours in the day. Plus, if I wanted to play something, would I really have let it sit on my hard drive for months?
…Yeah, actually, my preferences are whimsey-based more than anything. Whatever. I’m working on it.