Google Stadia launch game lineup revealed, looks great if you want old games

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Nov 18, 2019 12:14 PM
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UPDATE: Just one day before Google Stadia's (sort of) launch, Google has almost doubled the roster of launch titles. 10 new games have been added for tomorrow's launch line-up, bringing the total roster up to 22 titles.

In terms of raw numbers, that's not bad going at all, and is one of the strongest launch lineups a games system (or service) has seen. However, there's still a single Stadia exclusive - Tequila Works' Gylt. Pretty much everything else has already been available on other platforms for a significant period of time, which somewhat dulls the thrill of the line-up.

Anyway, the 10 new games ready for launch include Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Final Fantasy XV, Football Manager 2020, Trials Rising, Rage 2, NBA 2K20, and more.

Here are the 22 games ready for Stadia’s launch, along with their original release year:

  • Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle (2019)
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (2018)
  • Destiny 2 (2017)
  • Farming Simulator 19 (2018)
  • Final Fantasy 15 (2016)
  • Football Manager 2020 (2019)
  • Grid (2019)
  • GYLT (Exclusive)
  • Just Dance 2020 (2019)
  • Kine (2019)
  • Metro Exodus (2019)
  • Mortal Kombat 11 (2019)
  • NBA 2K20 (2019)
  • Rage 2 (2019)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015)
  • Samurai Shodown (2019)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (2018)
  • Thumper (2016)
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (2013)
  • Trials Rising (2019)
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood (2019)

As far as lineups go, Stadia's has transformed into a solid one. However, we'd imagine most folks who are interesting in playing these games have already bought and played them elsewhere. The prospect of 4K/60FPS is tempting, naturally, although we're certainly holding out for impressions later today to see just how good performance is on Stadia, both in terms of latency and the quality of Google's server-side gaming hardware.

Original Story: 12-Nov-2019 - Google Stadia launch game lineup revealed, looks great if you want old games

With but a week to go until Google Stadia’s launch, Google has finally seen fit to unveil the launch line-up of games. It’s a little threadbare, in truth. Certainly not short on quality but definitely coming up empty in terms of the breadth of experiences and the number of titles which we haven’t played to death already.

A grand total of 12 games will be ready for Stadia’s launch according to Google, although even this figure may be wrong. Seriously, the messaging around Stadia is a mess, and it’s particularly worrying when the first units are shipping out any day now and we don’t even know how much of the games are going to cost.

Just a single exclusive and a bunch of games which are more than a year old. It’s not the sort of line-up which screams ‘run out and buy Stadia’. Still, there may be one or two other surprises along the way though, with Sports Interactive claiming Football Manager 2020 is still a Stadia launch title despite being overlooked by Google.

The following games will also launch between now and the end of the year:

  • Borderlands 3 (2019)
  • Darksiders Genesis (2019)
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (2016)
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint (2019)

That right there is one hell of an uphill battle. Google hasn’t released pricing details for any of these games but, assuming they’re full priced, $60 product, these games are going to be a real tough sell when they can already be bought for cheaper elsewhere. Again, there are some great games in this line-up but there’s nothing particularly fresh or exciting which helps Stadia stand apart from the crowd, or really shows off the USP of high performance cloud gaming.

Google Stadia Launch Details

We’ll see, but we expect Stadia’s launch on November 19th to be about as low-key as it gets.

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22:47 Nov-19-2019

I'm in the lost about how serious "cloud gaming" really is. As far as I'm aware Nvidia, Sony and now Google has streaming services. Soon Microsoft will be dropping theirs... Can't say I'm excited or optimistic about what this means for gaming in general.

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12:29 Nov-19-2019

I am confused. Are you paying $169 plus membership fees for a controller and a Chromcast 4k? Pass.

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19:42 Nov-18-2019

Death to game streaming! I want to own my stuff!

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20:29 Nov-18-2019

Agreed.

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17:35 Nov-18-2019

My first thought is "why couldn't you just connect to Steam/Ubi/Origin/GOG and stream your own damn games... That way you launch with hundreds and thousands of games, not 22... 22 is not impressive whatsoever, considering it's just a glorified Geforce Now / OnLive / Shadow clone.

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22:38 Nov-18-2019

true

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12:26 Nov-18-2019

Meh, the only way I would try streaming is as an alternative to downloading games on my system. Purchased a game? Download and play it at your convenience or pay some monthly fee and stream it to your heart's content at resolution X and details Y.


Just doesn't feel right being completely depended on Google's servers and your internet connection. Not worth spending full price for games on a service like this under any shape or form.

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15:58 Nov-14-2019

I know the piracy subject is delicate theme,but this is one of the reason i prefer physical.And this is the main reason i have been burning on DVD's and DLing games on my HDDs.Almost all of my officially games i torrent,too(those who are cracked).I don't want to wake up 5-10 years from now and want to play,say,"BulletStorm"(from which i have 3 editions on physical-Regular,Limited and Full Clip)...

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16:01 Nov-14-2019

...or "Prototype",on a rainy beery Sunday, and to be unable to log in/register/Service Unavailable,etc.What about my kid?Want to at least play some of the games that i love and next thing is "Error 37" or something?ThankYouVer'Much,but i'll stick to that for as long as i can.

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06:21 Nov-13-2019

Oh comeon give me Bonkheads in co op! thats the game that gets me to come to your platform if we talk old games we talk classic vintage or we walk!!! we are gamers but we are classy gamers give us something nice and fine not run of the mill

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09:09 Nov-13-2019

lol I'd never heard of that game before. Total mario bros rip-off, love it

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21:02 Nov-12-2019

We all need to educate fellow gamers and resist this nonsense known as "cloud gaming". Otherwise, we will all be forced into using it once adoption occurs.

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19:16 Nov-12-2019

I stand on the No streaming zone as most here seem to.
I don't fancy publishers and devs having full control over when, where, how and if I get to play games I likely spent my money on.

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13:38 Nov-12-2019

I think this is the most relevant time to post a link to my blog about why I strongly oppose cloud gaming:


https://www.game-debate.com/blog/27920/thoughts-opinions-why-i-strongly-oppose-cloud-gaming


The one exception are MMOs since they are, by their very nature, always online.

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19:02 Nov-13-2019

Yet even MMOs run on local hardware and can be configured settingswise as the user sees fit, addons can be installed etc. The only thing that is run/stored serverside on WoW for example are the player stats, characters, and the overall world and it's calculations for what goes on in it(spawns, mirror player inputs etc). I get to play WoW in 4K Ultra 60 fps because I have the hardware that runs it. Cloud gaming will likely charge extra a month for 4K and have dialed back settings. No thanks.

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19:43 Nov-13-2019

Always online is NOT the only problem of Cloud gaming/Game streaming, it's one of the smallest.

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20:51 Nov-13-2019

Exactly

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20:56 Nov-13-2019

I was talking to @NeoPGXm but yeah, absolutely.

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21:28 Nov-13-2019

I have mentioned other issues yes, but my primary concern is the always online bit.


"Oh you don't have internet? Can't connect to the server? Too bad! You'll just have to wait!"

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10:10 Nov-12-2019

Death to the Stadia and death to game streaming!

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10:26 Nov-12-2019

That's a dumb thing to say, no offense. Why do you even care? Don't use it if you don't like it, no one is forcing you to. If people prefer to game that way for various reasons more power to them.

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11:20 Nov-12-2019

It's taking ownership from the consumers, completely. And if it works they can literally force everyone else to do the same. Whether you plan to use it or not, it is a threat to gaming as you know it today.

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12:39 Nov-12-2019

^ What he said.

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11:41 Nov-12-2019

I second what steve said.


And to add somthing more. The same thing people said when games were going to DRM only to steam, origin, uplay and so on, on PC with no physical copies(no a box with an useless disc and a steam key doesn't count), and what now? There are NO physical games for PC and there haven't been for 4-5 years!


So yeah dumb thing to say? No. Already been there, was quiet, got f@cked and the don\t use it argument is garbage.

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16:09 Nov-12-2019

Yep. It's just one more way to take away ownership and to get more control over what, how and when the consumer enjoys.

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21:00 Nov-12-2019

I agree with the others, it is a slippery slope. If people start buying into it, it will become forced on us. And the only way to play, no longer an option. So no. It's not just "if you don't like it don't use it" It's boycott it so that it doesn't take over the industry.

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23:05 Nov-12-2019

Absolutely! We must not let history repeat itself at all!

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10:39 Nov-12-2019

There are valid reasons for people to use a streaming service like this. We aren't the target audience with our gaming pc's, people who don't have a console / gaming pc but want to play a game once in a while might really like this because they can play games without a one time big purchase.

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11:19 Nov-12-2019

The thing is brother, if they take off, you won't have a choice anymore. Anyone who plays games will be their target audience as you likely won't be able to play it any way else. You pay for the service and then individually for games too.

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11:44 Nov-12-2019

What Steve said. +1

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11:11 Nov-12-2019

Everyone is entitled to there own opinion.

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11:45 Nov-12-2019

This is not an opinion.History shows that if Streaming takes off and I'm betting with Valve and Google behind it(and soon many more, Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo), it will, maybe not now, but in 10-20 years streaming will be the only way to play our games... So screw that. Just like games on PC are no longer DRM free and no long physical.

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13:40 Nov-12-2019

I agree with everything Psycho and Steven said 9001%.

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17:40 Nov-12-2019

That's a lot of % right there

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If you click the 9001%, it takes you to a video. :P

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11:23 Nov-14-2019

lol

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