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5 Xbox Game Pass games to play now

5 Xbox Game Pass games to play now

Persona 3 Reload

Gone are the days when I buy games on launch day — no matter how tempting Final Fantasy VII Rebirth appears. I simply don't have the time. And games are getting more expensive, too. It also seems wasteful when I already have an extensive backlog of games that I have yet to start. That's why I feel video game subscription services such as Xbox Game Pass and Sony PlayStation Plus make perfect sense for me. These Netflix-like services let me try more games than I normally would.

The flipside is that you usually won't find the latest releases on these services. But occasionally, there are Day-One games, though this seems to happen more often with Xbox Game Pass. In fact, out of this shortlist of Xbox and PC Game Pass games, there are several Day-One titles. So you'll easily get your money's worth (S$10.90 a month for Xbox Game Pass or S$9.99 a month for PC Game Pass) if you just play a couple of these games.

While this is about Microsoft's Xbox and PC Game Pass, PS Plus Extra (S$13.90 a month) has some cool AAA games, too, like Horizon Forbidden West, Ghost of Tsushima, and Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Palworld

Palworld
Credit: Pocketpair

Palworld has been one of the viral gaming hits of the year, with over 2 million concurrent users at its peak. This open-world survival game unabashedly takes its inspiration from Pokemon, so much so that the Pokemon Company and Nintendo said that they were investigating Palworld for potential IP infringement. But ultimately, it's a fun mashup with cute creatures that's easy to get into, even if you're new to survival games. Warning: It can become really grindy at higher levels.

Persona 3 Reload

Persona 3 Reload
Credit: Atlus

Reload is a polished, and faithful remake of Persona 3, one of the most popular JRPG franchises. It's a great opportunity for newer fans of Persona — personally my first Persona game was Persona 5 — to experience the classic game, but with modern graphics, and other quality-of-life improvements. Battles, too, have been revamped with features taken from newer Persona titles. There's new music, animated scenes, and even new activities. This is the definitive version of Persona 3.

Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun

Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun
Credit: Focus Entertainment

Fans of Warhammer 40,000 games, and 1990s first-person shooters like Doom will be delighted with Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun. The retro graphics look great, while gameplay is smooth, and suitably frenetic. You play as a Space Marine (of course) fighting against the Forces of Chaos. It's a straightforward game that doesn't require any thinking. Even the AI isn't very clever. All you have to do is survive the countless hordes of enemies that the game throws at you.

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Go Mecha Ball

Go Mecha Ball
Credit: Whale Peak Games

If arcade action is your jam, check out Go Mecha Ball, which mixes multiple genres (roguelite and twin-stick shooter). You play as a mecha that switches between shooting and rolling (like a pinball) modes in levels with ramps, bounce pads, etc that will propel your character forward past enemies. You can get weapons like machine guns, and laser rifles as you progress, but you can only hold two of them at any time. A real blast of a game.

Against the Storm (PC Game Pass)

Against the Storm
Credit: Hooded Horse

Against the Storm is an engrossing city-building roguelite that has depth in spades. The game can feel chill, and frantic at the same time. Build settlements, explore new areas, and satisfy the Queen by completing missions. But you have limited time to reach an Ancient Seal to protect your settlements before a destructive Blightstorm wipes everything out. Intrigued? Read our review here.


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