Microsoft revealed a pile of new titles that will be joining the Xbox Game Pass roster, both first and third party. There are a few highlights but generally, it feels like a lot of value has been added for the subscribers.
Microsoft's biggest Inside Xbox ever may have been a snoozefest at times but the company certainly bumped up their Xbox Game Pass roster, which is one of the highlights of the show on its own. There are a few highlights within the highlight, be it from third-party studios or from Microsoft's own, that the lists below will show in bolded letters.
The new Xbox Game Pass titles that are already available are:
- RAGE 2
- Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition
- Hearts of Iron IV
- Talos Principle
- Tracks: The Train Set Game
- Remnant: From the Ashes
- LEGO: The Ninjago Movie Videogame
- Age of Wonders: Planetfall
RAGE 2 is a game that has many people on the fence - they'd like to try it but are not willing to commit with the full price. Therefore, a subscription system could be helpful. Age of Empires 2: DE is easily in the crosshairs of any RTS fans while Talos Principle is a niche game that left many people breathless. Remnant: From the Ashes saw some critical acclaim but users still have mixed feelings. This may be a cheaper way to see if the game is for you.
The roster will be bolstered with even more games during holiday season of 2019:
- Darksiders 3
- Halo Reach (improved graphics)
- My Friend Pedro
- The Escapists 2
- The Red Strings Club
Darksiders 3 is somewhat similar to RAGE 2 in terms of people being unsure whether they want to commit their wallets so this is a great opportunity to try the game out. Halo Reach is a classic that is being upscaled for the modern era and My Friend Pedro is something that any fans of over the top action should try.
The last part of the list is the lengthiest and these games will come in 2020:
- Minecraft: Dungeons
- Ori and The Will o' Wisps
- Bleeding Edge
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Wasteland 3
- Final Fantasy VII, VIII, IX, X-X-2, XII, XIII, XIII-2, XIII-Lighting Returns, XV
- Yakuza 0, Kiwami and Kiwami 2
- Cyber Shadow
- Double Kick Heroes
- It Lurks Below
- Edge of Eternity
- Drake Hollow
- She Dreams Elsewhere
- Scourge Bringer
- Streets of Rage 4
- Cris Tales
- West of Dead
- Touhou Luna Nights
- Cris Tales
- Life is Strange: Eisodes 4 & 5
- Tekken 7
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Minecraft: Dungeons is the Minecraft ARPG that may or may not work. Better check it out first before committing. Wasteland 3 is the long-awaited sequel to the sequel of the original Wasteland that also served as inspiration for Fallout. The sheer number of games in Final Fantasy and Yakuza collections is enough for a highlight on its own but it also marks the first appearance of the latter series on Xbox systems.
Tekken 7 is one of the more successful instalments in one of the most successful fighting game franchises so it's worth giving it a go. There is a high chance Xbox One owners already played The Witcher 3 but if they didn't, this might be a great opportunity as it's an RPG that captivated even the audience that was't RPG-focused.
Streets of Rage 4 is the newest incarnation of the classic beat 'em up, slated for a 2020 release.