Microsoft has laid its cards on the table for the upcoming month of Xbox Game Pass titles, and it’s a bit of a belting collection. For those out of the loop, Xbox Game Pass is a Netflix-like subscription service wherein users have access to a growing library of games for as long as their subscription lasts. The downside is that games can slide off out of the service, but it’s steadily expanded from 100 titles at launch to just over 200 now.
For September, Microsoft has unveiled quite a blockbuster list. All of these games are dropping today, bar Onrush which lands on September 5th.
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection
- Quantum Break
- Aven Colony
- Shadow Warrior
- Sky Force Reloaded
- Manual Samuel
- Snake Pass
- Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
The Halo collection is probably one of the most anticipated games to hit Game Pass. It launched about three years back but was besieged by issues. Microsoft and 343 Industries have knuckled down and fixed it though, pushing Halo: The Master Chief Collection at the same time as a major update that adds 4K UHD and HDR support. It’s a one-stop shop for playing the first four Halo games with full online support and matchmaking.
Quantum Break you’re probably all familiar with. This was Remedy’s slightly iffy attempt at marrying third-person shooting with a TV drama. It works, to a degree, but it’s not among Remedy’s finest efforts.
Probably the biggest surprise though is Codemasters’ Onrush. This arcade racer was created by many of the Motorstorm devs and arrived as a $60 release back in June. Suffice to say, getting Onrush rolled into Xbox Game Pass is quite the coup, and dunks on both PlayStation Plus and Xbox Games With Gold from quite a height.
Sadly, the games which are actually playable on PC are few and far between, although we’re hopeful Microsoft can even the scales somewhat in the coming months.
What are your thoughts on the new Xbox Game Pass offerings from Microsoft? At £8 a month do you think there’s value to be found here?