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These six games will soon be leaving Xbox Game Pass

Get ’em while they’re hot. Six games are leaving Xbox Game Pass, and if you are interested in them, you’ll want to download the titles as soon as possible. Microsoft announced the following games will leave the service in the next couple of weeks: Recompile, Skul: The Hero Slayer, The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom, Besiege Console, CrossfireX: Operation Catalyst, and Infernax. CrossfireX Campaign Reveal Trailer – a conflict rages between the Global Risk and Black List mercenary factions. Developed by Dear Villagers, the atmospheric, Metroidvania-inspired hacking adventure game Recompile lets you take control of a…

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GoldenEye 007 players show you how to remap your Switch controls so it plays like a modern FPS

There’s a setting for that. Switch Online users seem to be enjoying playing GoldenEye 007 on their consoles, but a few are having a bit of trouble with the controls. Apparently, the controls are auto-configured to how the game was released originally. Bond is back… in all of his N64-era glory! Huuzah. If you played it on N64 back in the day, the controls did take a bit of getting used to, but we caught on rather quickly. Remember inverted aiming? Some of us still use it, and this game is probably why. However, first-person shooters have come a long,…

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Xbox’s Hi-Fi Rush has that Dreamcast era vibe, and it could be one of the best games of the year

The latest Xbox Game Pass surprise drop has a really retro feel to it – and that is a very good thing. Time is ever-flowing, but it’s also undoubtedly a flat circle. Trends come and go, and loop back around, and here we are – it’s the year of our lord 2023, and a time portal has just opened above our heads and dropped a Dreamcast classic into our laps. Or a GameCube classic, to be fair – it feels like it’d be most at home on either of those. The point is, the latest first-party addition to Xbox Game…

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Age of Empires 2, Inkulinati, Darkest Dungeon, more coming soon to Xbox Game Pass

Have a tune-kicking time. Microsoft has announced the next batch of games coming to Xbox and PC Game Pass, and the latest from Tango Gameworks, Hi-Fi Rush, kicks things off today. Later this week, as previously reported, GoldenEye 007 arrives for cloud and console. Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition Console Launch Trailer On January 30, the game preview title Roboquest will arrive for Xbox. Already available with PC Game Pass, in it, you blast your way through hordes of evil bots in procedurally generated environments. Playable in solo or two-player co-op, you can upgrade your build as you progress…

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Hi-Fi Rush is the new game from the makers of Evil Within and it’s out now

So those Tango Gameworks leaks turned out to be true. After repeatedly stating that this evening’s Xbox Developer Direct would feature just four games, it turned out to contain four. Hi-Fi Rush is a new third-person rhythm action brawler from the makers of Evil Within and Ghostwhire: Tokyo. It’s a substantial departure from their previous games in terms of style – although there’s an even bigger surprse. The bigger surprise is it’s out now, so you can play it via Game Pass right away. Read more

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After the success of Pentiment, you need to try this unassuming new Game Pass addition

If you’re thinking “I know about the quirky manuscript game on Game Pass,” you’re probably thinking about something else – this is Inkulinati. Wage war by drawing in the margins of medieval manuscripts. Have your inked creations carry out your battle commands, march across page, and take down… whatever the hell that strange cat-fish hybrid is. Doodle like an illuminator, scribble like a scribe; they say ‘the devil makes work for idle hands’. Now prove them right. If you’re thinking that you already know about the medieval manuscript-inspired game on Xbox Game Pass, you’re probably picturing Pentiment, developed by Obsidian…

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Xbox Game Pass just keeps on growing and growing

Gaming revenue has declined, however. First reported by TrueAchievements, Microsoft has revealed that the amount of monthly active users of Xbox has reached an all-time high during the second quarter of its fiscal year 2023. This is regardless of the fact that overall gaming revenue has declined during the same period of time. During the earnings call, Microsoft spoke with investors regarding the second quarter of FY2023, with chairman and CEO Satya Nadella sharing the information regarding active users. What’s the best game of 2023? Can we predict the future? “We saw new highs for Game Pass subscriptions, game streaming…

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The best Xbox Game Pass game costs less than the monthly sub

It achieves more with a handful of sprites and some clever psychology than most AAAs do with infinite budgets. ^Stay tuned for Jim’s video essay on the genius of Vampire Survivors. Teasing around the edge of the mob, moving in concentric circles so as to maximise the surface area of your garlic aura’s damage zone. An instinctive, brushing motion. Methodically scrubbing arcane horrors from the world as you would coffee stains from tooth enamel. Since the mobile release, both rituals conducted at once, either side of bed time. The life of a Vampire Survivors Enjoyer is, in essence, spiritual. And…

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Monster Hunter Rise, Persona 3 Portable, and Persona 4 Golden coming to Xbox Game Pass

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Six games are leaving the service soon. Microsoft has announced a few titles coming soon to Xbox Game Pass. First up is Persona 3 Portable on January 19 for cloud, console, and PC alongside Persona 4 Golden for the same platforms. Monster Hunter Rise – Announce Trailer for Xbox, PlayStation, PC, Game Pass Monster Hunter Rise will arrive on the same platforms the following day, January 20. The most recent titles added to the service were Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition,…

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Rejoice, one of the best Soulslikes has returned to Game Pass

I’m sure Game Pass subscribers can relate to the pain of having a game leave the service, especially when you’re in the middle of a hefty playthrough. Your options are to binge the game in two weeks, buy the game outright, or cry. Unless you were playing Mortal Shell, in which case all you have to do is wait a month for the title to be re-added. The fantasy Soulslike had left the service on November 30th last year, but now it’s back, this time with the Enhanced Edition. Read more

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These five games will soon be leaving Xbox Game Pass

Grab ’em before they’re gone. Five games are leaving Xbox Game Pass, and if you are interested in them, you’ll want to download the titles as soon as possible. Microsoft announced the following games are leaving the service within the next couple of weeks: The Anacrusis, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Edition, Nobody Saves the World, Pupperazzi, and Windjammers 2. Transform into a Bee or a Mechanic in the Frozen Hearth DLC for Nobody Saves the World. Game Preview title The Anacrusis is a four-player, cooperative first-person shooter set aboard a large starship stranded in space. In it, you team…

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Xbox Game Pass is hiding a must play game for Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger fans

Gorgeous pixel art, compelling RPG mechanics, heavy metal turtle racing – what more could you want from a love letter to 16-bit RPGs? It took a long seven years for solo dev Matthias Linda to put his debut game together, and – after playing it over the Christmas/New Year 2023 break – I can safely say that every last day was worth it. At least from a player’s perspective. Chained Echoes ran a successful Kickstarter campaign way back in 2019, where Linda managed to capture the imaginations of a bunch of 30- and 40-something players that had been craving a…

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Xbox Game Pass is already looking unbeatable in 2023

As Xbox Game Pass goes from strength to strength, Sony really needs to up its game with PS Plus’ tiers. Starfield. Redfall. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. Minecraft Legends. Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4 Golden, Monster Hunter Rise, Lies of P, Routine, Hollow Knight: Silksong, Atomic Heart, Warhammer 40K: Darktide, Ark 2, Flintlock, Guilty Gear Strive, Valheim on console, GoldenEye 007. And many, many more. Are you going to buy any games in 2023? Or are you just going to boot up the Xbox Game Pass tab every time you sign onto your console and have a little browse? Because I…

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2022 Games of the Year: Pentiment, and Jim’s other picks

A time-machine fuelled by the power of art, a comic book epic about sharing your feelings, and one of the most inventive RPGs we’ve seen in decades. I had the pleasure of reviewing Pentiment for the site earlier this year and if you read that, it probably won’t be any surprise to you that it’s my GOTY. I’ve rarely been more enamoured with a game, and at first glance, it seemed so unlikely to click: its art style, painstakingly modelled on the manuscripts and frescos of the 16th century and thus being full of colour and figures drawn with thick…

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Best of 2022: Vampire Survivors – Tom’s one true and only choice for GOTY

I’m not even picking runners-up. Nothing else comes close. I tend to be weary of the hot new game. The game that’s come out of nowhere and is being talked about as the second (Third? Fourth?) coming of Molyneux. Everyone on social is all, “You MUST!! play this game. It is legit AMAZING!1!” My bullshit sensors fire up into overdrive and I’m essentially forced as far away as possible from said game. I wish I hadn’t done this with Vampire Survivors. This is why everyone should play Vampire Survivors. Although released in Early Access on December 17, 2021, Vampire Survivors…