As was announced at the Xbox E3 conference, Microsoft have created their own version of the Xbox Game Pass but for PC games instead. The pass costs $5, and offers […]
As was announced at the Xbox E3 conference, Microsoft have created their own version of the Xbox Game Pass but for PC games instead. The pass costs $5, and offers a wide array of titles for you to play as long as you’re subscribed. I’ve gone through the entire list and picked out all the best games that you can not only play right now, but also ones that will be available at their respective release dates. Without further adieu, here’s all the best games from the PC game pass.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Hellblade is an action-adventure game where you take control of a character named Senua, as she ventures through a land known as Hellheim. You will encounter many different mystical enemies and puzzles as you try and save your dead lover’s soul from an evil goddess. Playing through the game, it offers many different challenging puzzles that had me thinking quite hard in order to solve them. It’s an interesting mechanic they seem to ride on all the way through the game which isn’t all that bad. I’m quite pleased actually with how they went about it. Even the story and combat feel really well done, and like a lot of thought was put into them. Would not recommend it for the faint of heart though, as the themes and images shown on screen can be quite harsh at times.
Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves is another action-adventure game where you play as a pirate adventuring the open blue sea. You search for buried treasure, take on skeleton crews, and help certain trading companies in order to work your way to wealth and fame. The game takes a pretty heavy focus on co-op gameplay, having many challenges being quite difficult to do solo. Playing with random teammates isn’t all that bad though, as venturing with random people and making some new friends fits this game quite well. The gameplay, while sometimes repetitive, still has some moments that can come out and surprise you such as a massive shark sometimes showing up in the water. If you can grab a friend or two, this could prove to be an absolute blast to play.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is a third person shooter following the story of Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad, a group of several other soldiers trying to take on a new threat known as the Locust Horde along with their leader, General RAAM. The Ultimate Edition is a remastered version of the 2006 version of Gears of War, offering heavily improved visual quality to the game and bringing it up to date with 2015 standards.The game regardless is excellent, being definitely one of the best third person shooters I have ever played. The story is awesome, gunplay feels great, and visuals really do look great even 4 years after its release. If you have a friend you can play with, this game is an unforgettable co-op shooter that’ll build a bond between the two of you.
Sunset Overdrive is an action shooter game released all the way back in 2014 but ported to PC in 2018. The game follows the player as he tries to survive in an infested world full of drinkers of an energy drink known as Overcharge. This drink turns them into boil covered monsters that the player must defeat while also taking on FizzCo, the company behind the drink. The game definitely does an amazing job of not taking itself seriously and featuring many jokes all throughout. It has this self aware humor that I absolutely adore, along with some crazy action that makes the game feel super fun and enjoyable as a lover of shooters. Along with an updated resolution and frame rate thanks to the game being on PC, the game is more beautiful and smooth than ever.
Void Bastards is a strategy shooter game that takes its inspirations from games like System Shock 2 and BioShock. You, the player, try to lead a band of misfit prisoners through several deserted spaceships along with other dangers of the nebula in order to eventually escape. This game, like Sunset Overdrive, features a very large focus on satisfying gameplay and some enjoyable humor to give an enjoyable experience. With strategy shooters being a very untapped market, it’s nice to see something fresh and new that still retains what makes a shooter game great. On top of all of this, the game even remains quite bug ridden giving it a great sense of polish and an idea of what kind of work went into its creation.
Vampyr is an action role-playing game that released roughly a year ago. In the game, you take control of Doctor Jonathan Reid who has mysteriously turned into a vampire. He must fight through his enemies using new supernatural abilities and discover the truth behind his sudden change in character. The game, despite being created by the developers of the infamous Life is Strange, managed to stay under the radar and people are really missing out. The combat of the game feels very fluid, and the story is engaging enough to keep you wanting to learn more. With your kills affecting the game’s outcome, there’s a lot of enjoyment to be had along with some solid replay value. Even the game itself looks visually stunning with graphics really up to date in current day standards. A sleeper hit like this should be taken advantage of without a doubt.
The Turing Test
The Turing Test is a first person puzzle game taking place on Europa, one of the moons surrounding the planet Jupiter. The game follows Ava Turing, as she lands on the planet in search of the rest of her crew. She soon discovers that the planet’s facility has been filled with puzzles that she must complete in order to proceed and find out more. Playing the game recently, I did find a few issues in the way of puzzle difficulty, but I still thought the puzzles you play through were enjoyable regardless. Felt like I had a rhythm going throughout them, and the optional puzzles felt quite challenging. That, combined with several twists that I personally didn’t see coming made for a game that I didn’t want to put down until the very end.
Along with all these titles, there’s a lot more that will be part of the PC game pass once they release on PC. A few of the most notable upcoming titles are:
- Gears of War 5
- Halo Infinite
- The Outer Worlds
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
- Phoenix Point
- Bleeding Edge
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Many more games on the game pass and coming to the game pass are looking great, but these were just my greatest games. We’d love to hear what you think of the games and if you’d like to pick up the pass yourself, you can do so here for $5 a month with your first month being $1.