8 Video Game Subscriptions You Need to Consider TakingMay 8, 2022 | 0 Votes
We live in an age where subscriptions are a part of life, and they’re likely a part of yours. For example, we’re sure that you are currently subscribed to a streaming service. There are even startups providing meal delivery subscriptions and even perfume and books.
Before they’ve become mainstream, though, video game subscriptions have been around for a while, even if they weren’t precisely called as such. Though it’s always preferable to digitally own a game and have it forever, it’s not always the best option for gamers on a budget and those who want access to a vast library of titles.
So, if you’re thinking of trying a video game subscription, we’ve compiled a few worth your consideration.
Xbox Game Pass
Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass is undoubtedly the undisputed best video game subscription service out there. At just $9.99, you’ll gain access to hundreds of games, from new indies like TUNIC to triple-A experiences like Halo, Madden, and Guardians of the Galaxy, with more added every month, including new releases. It also gives you additional perks like Xbox Live Gold, EA Play, and exclusive discounts.
PlayStation Plus is a necessary subscription service if you’re a PlayStation user who wants to play online. For $60 a year (or $5 a month), you’ll also gain access to exclusive discounts and up to three to four new PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games which range from old blockbuster games to indie gems.
PlayStation Now is Sony’s answer to the Game Pass, but it’s mainly a video game STREAMING service, instead of being one that lets you download and play. You don’t need a PS4 or PS5 to play; all you need is a PlayStation account and a PC. From there, you can then download the app and start playing. Its library ranges from popular exclusives like Bloodborne and Uncharted to third-party titles like For Honor and Steep.
Nintendo Switch Online/NSO Expansion Pack
Much like PlayStation Plus, you need a Nintendo Switch Online to play online. There are two NSO tiers, the regular Nintendo Switch Online, and the Expansion Pack, priced at $20/yr and $50/yr. The regular tier hands out online play, cloud saves, special offers, and best of all, a massive collection of NES and SNES games. Meanwhile, the Expansion Pack offers everything the regular tier does but with Nintendo 64 and SEGA Genesis titles and Animal Crossing and Mario Kart 8 content packs.
Many consider EA to be a “hungry” company, but they’ve managed to provide pretty good value with EA Play. This service, available on various platforms, gives you access to an extensive roster of EA titles ranging from its sports games (FIFA, Madden, NHL, and UFC) to Star Wars, Need for Speed, and It Takes Two. There are two tiers, EA Play and EA Play Pro, priced at $4.99 and $14.99.
Ubisoft+ is Ubisoft’s subscription service, offering all of its games, including fresh day one releases. These games range from flagship franchises like Assassin’s Creed, Rainbow Six, and Ghost Recon, along with Anno, Far Cry, and Immortals Fenyx Rising. The price is $14.99, but it’s a must if you somehow want quick and easy access to all the Assassin’s Creed games.
Google Play Pass
Wait a sec, does Google have a gaming subscription service? Well, yes, and it is centered around mobile games, perfect for players who want to play on the go and try out mobile ports of popular titles. It costs $4.99 a month, or if you’d like to save, $29.99/year. The service has a varied roster of games, including mobile versions of Stardew Valley, Terraria, and This War of Mine. In any case, this subscription is an excellent option for smartphone gamers who want to expand their horizons by trying premium games.
Amazon isn’t just known for being the world’s largest digital shopping mall, but it’s also making forays into the gaming world. Although Prime Gaming doesn’t offer a lot of games, the service dishes out in-game loot and content, from Apex Legends skins to PUBG Battlegrounds supply packs. It costs $5.99/month, and it’s a great option if you’re into games in their loot program.
So, what do you think? Which among these subscription services do you think are worth it, and have you subscribed to any of them before?