Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!
What do you do when your backlog is daunting and you have plenty of things you SHOULD be finishing up? You subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, I guess.
I haven’t really used my Xbox One much this year, to which I blame the sheer lack of JRPGs, but I recently saw their promotion for one month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for a mere $1. This gives you their Xbox Live Gold service (similar to PlayStation Plus) and access to their Game Pass library, which allows you to download any of 100+ games to play as long as you’re a subscriber. Although I’m not much of an “Xbox guy” anymore, I’ve been saying this is the best deal in gaming since Game Pass’s inception, and it’s only gotten better.
What I’m getting at is that I already had too much shit to choose from and now it’s worse, but it’s also kind of cathartic since I only paid $1. There’s a LOT I want to check out and may even keep the $15 monthly subscription going for a little while longer.
Since subscribing two nights ago, I’ve managed to play through three shorter adventure-ish games: the newly released Afterparty, the imaginative puzzler The Gardens Between (which made me cry), and Tacoma. It’s nice having a variety of more bite-sized titles to pick from as palate cleansers when I’m normally thigh-deep in JRPG hell.
My girlfriend is super into the Fallout games, so naturally, she wants to check out The Outer Worlds. Thankfully, it’s also on Game Pass, so I went ahead and downloaded that and Mutant Year Zero.
And then said “fuck it” and downloaded some other games I’ve been wanting to play. Devil May Cry 5, Dishonored 2, Prey, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War 5, The Outer Wilds (not Worlds), Operencia, What Remains of Edith Finch, Slay the Spire, Subnautica, Blazing Chrome, We Happy Few, Hello Neighbor, and probably 5 other games I’m forgetting have recently found a home on my Xbox One.
My goal is to just check all of them out and see if any of them stick for longer than a few hours. I’m throwing around the idea of smaller-sized articles that give my impression of everything, dubbed “Xbox Game Pass One-Month Rushdown,” but I don’t always have the time to write.
Either way, my weekend will likely be spent juggling The Outer Worlds whenever my girlfriend is available and Mutant Year Zero when it’s just “me time.”
What about you, folks? Any big gaming plans this weekend? I anticipate a lot of Death Stranding replies down in the comments.