We’ve entered the new console generation this week with the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, and this generation seems to be one of subscription services like Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Now. At the very least, Microsoft seems to be pushing Game Pass hard, especially right now in which Halo Infinite has been delayed and there aren’t really new games for the Xbox Series S/X – which makes it feel like a Game Pass machine right now. I’m sure more games will be released eventually, but for now, the lineup is fairly barren.
I received a three month free trial of Game Pass for PC as a promotional gift when I bought my CPU. I originally planned to just take the free trial, play a couple games, and then cancel my subscription. I was convinced that the subscription services wouldn’t be worth the cost and that it would be cheaper to buy games on sale. It was like the weird reaction I had when switching from iTunes to Spotify. Everything’s subscription on demand these days, but it felt weird dragging video games into this model too.
Well I got won over pretty hard. It’s November and I still have my subscription and will be keeping it, especially since the library keeps getting bigger and better. I definitely know that subscription services still aren’t for everyone, but it’s been working well for me.
I started playing Timespinner on Game Pass as well but stupidly didn’t realize that I could use an Xbox controller… on the Xbox app… so I ended up picking it up on a Steam sale. I’m terrible at playing 2D sidescrollers without a controller (though somehow still managed to complete SteamWorld Dig 2 without one), I generally use the Switch Pro Controller, which obviously didn’t work with Xbox. So yeah, that was pretty dumb.
When I first built my PC, I joked about how I built a gaming PC in order to play 2D indie games and 15 year old JRPGs (which I’m still guilty of as I’ve been playing The Messenger and Final Fantasy IX via Game Pass this last week…), mostly because I didn’t buy games that my laptop couldn’t run. Thus, being able to try out The Outer Worlds and Dishonored 2 on a new PC with max graphics settings was a lot of fun. Those are two very pretty games in my opinion.
It’s also given me a chance to try out a good handful of games I wouldn’t have bought otherwise. I somehow managed to convince my boyfriend to play two routes of Hatoful Boyfriend with me. I played a bit of it back in high school with a friend, and it was hilarious, but I don’t know if I would have spent money on that game 😂. Also if you haven’t heard of Hatoful Boyfriend, allow me to enlighten you.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a backlog post, the last one being in February, so I’m also using this opportunity to make an updated one – this time with a whole bunch of games from Game Pass. Thank you Game Pass for making my backlog a giant disaster.
I think I mention this in my other backlog posts – these lists are just for my own reference, but I’m definitely willing to take suggestions!
Children of Morta
Enter The Gungeon
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy XV
For The King
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Knights and Bikes
Tales of Vesperia
The Banner Saga
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Divinity: Original Sin 2
Dragon Quest XI
Tales of Beseria
This Is The Police
World of Goo
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Zero Escape: The Nonary Games
Castlevania: Mirror of Fate (XB)
Coffee Talk (XB)
Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Switch)
Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
Persona 2: Innocent Sin (PSV)
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (XB)