We usually only cover the Games With Gold releases each month. However, as the Xbox Game Pass is structured in a similar way [and considering Games With Gold is increasingly being looked at as an after-thought], we thought we should look at doing a monthly Game Pass games release schedule…thing as well.
[Unfortunate side note; some of these games are already available to download now. So, sorry about our tardiness].
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition
Available on: PC
“Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition completes the celebration of one of the most beloved real-time strategy franchises in the definitive form with enhanced features and modernised gameplay.
Command mighty civilizations from across Europe and the Americas or jump to the battlefields of Asia in stunning 4K Ultra HD graphics and with a fully remastered soundtrack.
Now featuring two new game modes: Historical Battles and The Art of War Challenge Missions, including all previously released expansions and all 14 civilizations, plus two brand new civilizations – the Swedes and Inca.
Head online to challenge other players with updated online multiplayer with cross-network play and enjoy modern gaming features including spectator modes and mod support.
Complete your collection with this final chapter in the Age of Empires Definitive Edition journey”.Xbox
Available on: PC
“Heave Ho tasks up to four players with a simple goal – don’t fall to your death! Players will use their own two hands and the outstretched grip of their friends to grapple across each level on their way to victory. Grab one another’s hands, climb across dangling bodies, and swing your pals to safety in a wobbly, dangly mass of limbs. Customise your character with all manner of stylish accessories and zany accoutrement in a vain attempt to remember who you are and which of your hands is the only thing between you and the plummet of doom”.Xbox
Available on: Mobile, Console, & PC
“Katana ZERO is a stylish neo-noir, action-platformer featuring breakneck action and instant-death combat. Slash, dash, and manipulate time to unravel your past in a beautifully brutal acrobatic display.
Exceptional Combat; Overcome your opposition however the situation requires. Deflect gunfire back at foes, dodge oncoming attacks, and manipulate enemies and environments with traps and explosives. Leave no survivors.
Hand-Crafted Sequences; Each level is uniquely designed for countless methods of completion. Defeat foes creatively, using spontaneous approaches to eliminate your enemy as you see fit.
Unconventional Storytelling; An enigmatic story told through cinematic sequences woven into the gameplay, twisting and folding to an unexpected conclusion”.Xbox
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
Available on: Console & PC
“Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Tales of Vesperia and the return of this fan-favourite with the Definitive Edition! A power struggle begins in a civilisation dependent on an ancient technology, the blastia, and the Empire that controls it. The fates of two friends travelling separate paths intertwine in an epic adventure that threatens the existence of all. Dive into the Definitive version of this game with updated full HD graphics, brand-new music tracks, exciting mini-games, bosses, and a collection of unreleased costume DLC!”Xbox
The Swords of Ditto: Mormo’s Curse
Available on: PC
“The Swords of Ditto is a compact action RPG that creates a unique adventure for each new hero of legend in the relentless fight against the evil Mormo. Explore a delightful but dangerous overworld, brave menacing dungeons, and improve your hero in a charming village, during your quest to overcome the evil that plagues the island. Unleash the mystical Sword of Ditto and grab a co-op friend for an unforgettable adventure filled with delightful characters, extraordinary loot, and heroic battles!”Xbox
Available on: Console
“This game is a work in progress. It may or may not change over time or release as a final product. Purchase only if you are comfortable with the current state of the unfinished game.
From the developers of NeuroVoider, ScourgeBringer is a fast-paced free-moving rogue-lite-platformer, much like a crossbreed between Dead Cells and Celeste.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious entity wreaked havoc on all humanity, ScourgeBringer puts you in the shoes of the deadliest warrior of her clan: Kyhra. Help her to explore the unknown and slash her way through ancient machines guarding the seal of her past, and maybe the redemption of humanity”.Xbox
Available on: Console
“Earn World Glory At The Pinnacle Of Cricket!
Play along through the mammoth summer of cricket with Cricket 19 – The Official Game of the 2019 Ashes. The complete cricket simulation from Big Ant Studios, the leading name in authentic, realistic cricket action, Cricket 19 will allow you to lead the English to ODI and Ashes glory on home soil!
Select your team and lead them to T20, ODI or Test Match glory, or create your own club via the acclaimed Cricket Academy to recreate your local matches and dramas.
Dive into the deepest, story-driven career mode in a cricket video game ever. Build a rookie player’s career from their junior years at club cricket. Perform well and the newspaper headlines will be singing your praises, and soon you’ll be leading your nation on to the field”.Xbox
Available on: Console
“Save the red-stick figure village in this hit first-person, open-world, action-puzzle platformer.
Roam and explore a grand interconnected world, unlock new versatile abilities, and combine them to overcome imaginative puzzles or uncover shrouded secrets. Defeat charging hordes in fast, frenetic first-person combat as you battle your way for an audience with the Blue King.
Supraland is the ultimate ‘sandbox’ adventure game and offers players of all ages a unique take on puzzles, exploration, and adventure!”Xbox
Of course, as more games come to the service, it also means some games are leaving. Whilst these titles are still on the Game Pass, take advantage of the discount applied to each and buy them to own forever.
Leaving on 30th October
“In Afterparty, you are Milo and Lola, recently deceased best buds who suddenly find themselves staring down an eternity in Hell. But there’s a loophole: outdrink Satan and he’ll grant you re-entry to Earth.
Control Milo and Lola with an intelligent conversation system that changes the story and your relationships based on every decision. Uncover their personality quirks and foggy history during the wild events of the night.
Every step is up to you as you stumble through the underworld. Go on a hellish bender, uncover the mystery of your damnation, and drink Satan under the table”.Xbox
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
“Laugh your way through an all-new story that takes you through 16 different systems and experience brand new features like massive ground battles, boss fights, and multi-layered space combat.
Expanded Force abilities, brand new weapons, characters, environments, and over 20 story-based missions make this the most action-packed LEGO game to date!”Xbox
Rise & Shine
“Welcome to Gamearth, a once peaceful planet now threatened by the warmongering Space Grunts of Nexgen. In the aftermath of their devastating first strike a child named Rise is forced to take on the sacred gun Shine – and with it the fate of his world.
Rise & Shine is a true “think and gun” that combines elements of arcade shooters, bullet hells, and puzzle platformers to create a new blend of strategy and viscera. Switch between Shine’s add-ons to solve puzzles that redefine what bullets can do. Guide projectiles through intricate mazes, electrify damaged equipment to discover new pathways, and juggle 8-bit fruit because why not?
It’s going to take all you’ve got to stay alive in the face of lethal robot armadas, enormous bosses, giant death wheels, and (of course) brain thirsty zombies.
Oh, and did we mention the graphics? Each level is composed of hand-drawn illustrations with multiple parallax scroll layers so every forward step is new. No tiling or repeated elements; each level is one, continuous work of art”.Xbox
Leaving: Console & PC
“The Venturis Corporation wants its AI back. That’s where you come in.
Tacoma is a narrative adventure set aboard a high-tech space station in the year 2088. As you go about your mission, you’ll explore every detail of how the station’s crew lived and worked, finding the clues that add up to a gripping story of trust, fear, and resolve in the face of disaster.
At the heart of Tacoma is the facility’s digital surveillance system, which has captured 3D recordings of pivotal moments in the crew’s life on the station. As you explore, echoes of these captured moments surround you. You’ll use your ability to rewind, fast-forward, and move through the physical space of these complex, interwoven scenes to examine events from every angle, reconstructing the multi-layered narrative as you explore”.Xbox
The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game
Leaving: Console & PC
“Build a deck of iconic Heroes and challenge the forces of Sauron in this thrilling tactical card game. Go forth on your own or join forces with a friend and explore famous locations, complete story-driven quests, and forge your own legend of Middle-earth. But beware the Eye of Sauron—should you draw his attention, all will be lost…
Answer the call of countless adventures, face the dark forces of Sauron, and protect the Free Peoples of Middle-earth. As allies gather and foes arise, so your journey begins.
The time has come to form and lead your own fellowship of heroes through immersive story-driven campaigns—each with its own unique narrative and challenges”.Xbox
The Red Strings Club
The Red Strings Club is a cyberpunk narrative experience about fate and happiness featuring the extensive use of pottery, bartending and impersonating people on the phone to take down a corporate conspiracy.
The professed altruistic corporation Supercontinent Ltd is on the verge of releasing Social Psyche Welfare; a system that will eliminate depression, anger and fear from society. However, the bartender of a clandestine club and a freelance hacker don’t regard this evolution as an improvement but as brainwashing. Alongside unwitting company employees and a rogue empathy android, the duo will pull all the strings they can to bring down this scheme”.Xbox
So, there we have it. A great selection of games to enjoy, courtesy of Xbox Game Pass. As noted, each game listed here will be available to purchase with a discount of up to 20% off. Don’t forget to check out the Games With Gold for October as well. Or, if you’re a PlayStation fan, the PS Plus selection is also up.
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