Xbox Game Pass on PC: Impressions of a New SubscriberApr 17, 2022 | 1 Votes by Mikhail 10 rate Xbox Game Pass recently became more available to other countries, and it might now be available in your region. If you’re thinking of whether to try it out or otherwise, here are a few things you’d want to know about beforehand:
Saying that the Xbox Game Pass is the best and most affordable video game subscription won’t raise any eyebrows. The service recently became available to regions it had never been before, which prompted many gamers to try it out. As a new subscriber, it’s been a blast and a bargain; it could be for you too.
With that said, if you’re thinking of trying it out, here are a few things you need to know:
The massive variety of games is astonishing
I knew what I was getting into when I subscribed. It’s the subject of a lot of hype online, and yes, we can safely say that the claims are valid.
The Game Pass has a massive roster of games, ranging from Microsoft exclusives, indie titles, 3rd-party triple As, and EA’s games. The moment you open the app, you will instantly meet an overwhelming number of titles that can easily overwhelm even the most enthusiastic gamers.
Some of the most notable non-Microsoft games include older FIFA games, the Crysis series, Doom, Crusader Kings, and Resident Evil VII. There are also some highly-acclaimed indie gems like Stardew Valley. Hades, and Dead Cells, while older Elder Scrolls games like Morrowind and Oblivion are there. However, do note that the games don’t usually stay forever. Some games come and go, and as of writing, The Long Dark and Pathway are about to make their exit.
Due to the gigantic selection, we’re sure you’ll end up trying all the games you can. Just try not to rush, and instead, take your time and enjoy what each has to offer.
A great chance to try out some Microsoft exclusives
I’ve never owned an Xbox before; many of their services and games - are relatively foreign to me. You can freely try out some of their most hard-hitting exclusives with the Game Pass. Some of the most notable names in the list include exclusives like Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and Age of Empires.
If you haven’t tried Halo out before, then (like me) you’re two decades too late to try out this much-loved FPS franchise. Meanwhile, Forza Horizon 5, the 5th game of the series, is Microsoft’s answer to Sony’s Gran Turismo. Set in the beautiful Mexican countryside, it promises high-octane races and a vast open world. Finally, without a sliver of a doubt, Microsoft Flight Simulator is the most comprehensive flight sim available today. Trying these games out is a must. The experience is comparable to buying a Switch and playing a Zelda and Mario game for the first time.
Better for the budget
The Xbox Game Pass is, without a doubt, affordable while presenting good value and is a great way to play while on a limited budget. The subscription is $14.99, but the price has been localized in some regions, making it relatively cheaper. Regardless of the price in your area, it gives more bang for your buck, especially if your game turnover rate is quite fast. By subscribing, you’ll have access to thousands of dollars worth of games a month, many of which are $60 day-one releases. It’s not the best choice if you’d like to own your games forever, but a safe one if you’d like instant access to a ton of titles at a low cost.
EA Play is a bonus
When you subscribe to the Game Pass, you’ll also receive a subscription to EA Play, giving you access to a comprehensive roster of EA’s titles. These include not only the Madden and FIFA franchises but also The Sims, Sim City, and Battlefield. Some of their best games in recent years, like It Takes Two and Jedi Fallen Order, are part of the lineup as well. Not all of their offerings are on the Xbox app but are available via the EA app.
It’s overwhelming yet satisfying
In my first week of being a subscriber, I’ve installed and uninstalled, and reinstalled games several times. I’ve tried several titles in the first hour or two and made the decision whether to continue playing or put them on the back of the priority list. The whole ordeal is comparable to watching the first few episodes of a Netflix show and deciding whether it’s worth the binge or otherwise. You’ll be compelled to try out games you’ve only considered buying but decided against doing so because you think it’s not worth the money burn. And yes, I haven’t had the chance to play any game in length, given that I’m still in the initial phase of probing and trying to check out which titles to invest countless hours in.
Overall, we recommend trying out the Xbox Game Pass. Joining it will give you access to an extensive roster of games, from Microsoft exclusives to indies, to EA’s titles. Sure, your preferred games may not be on the list, but hey, this is your chance to try out Halo and Forza.