Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Xbox Game Pass Review

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription-based game service released on May 23, 2017, for Gold Subscription members and for everyone on June 1st, 2017.

I've been looking forward to Xbox Game Pass for a while and now it's here. I feel like a kid on Christmas, that is until I look at the games available. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of great stuff to play but we'll get to that soon.

(The games mentioned in this review are available at the time of review)

The only other subscription-based service that I have experience with is EA Access so that's what I'll be comparing this with.

First, we'll go over how Xbox Game Pass works. You give Microsoft $9.99 a month and they allow you to play 112 games. The menu works just like how the regular store on your Xbox works. The games have a price attached to them, all this price is if you want to buy the game to have forever. If you just want to play the game all you do is click on it and once it's downloaded you play it just like any other game you've purchased. The system is easy to use and that I thought was better than EA Access.

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As I mentioned, Xbox Game Pass gives you 112 games to play for $9.99 a month which comes out to 9 cents a game. Pretty good value for your money right? With EA Access you're paying $4.99 for 48 games which means you're paying 10 cents per game. That's not a huge difference you're saying but hold on a minute.

Perfect Dark Zero

Out of 48 games on EA Access, 17 of them are sports games. I know you're thinking, maybe he just doesn't like sports games. I will tell you that it's not true, as a matter of fact, I'd play any sports game over watching the sport on TV, except baseball of course. The thing is those 17 games are 17 unique sports games. Instead, you get multiple years worth of games, I mean how many Maddens do I need to play. Xbox Game Pass has less than five different types of sports games.

Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings

Next up we'll go over the kinds of games you get with Xbox Game Pass. You'll get a combination of Xbox Live games, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games. Out of the 112, you'll get 40 Xbox One games and 72 Xbox 360 games. I didn't sit down and count how many indie or Arcade games are included but it's a fair share, not that there is anything wrong with these games just don't expect to get 112 triple-A games.

Sunset Overdrive

You do get a lot of good games to play including all of the Gears Of War (Except 4), Sunset Overdrive, WWE 2k16, a couple Soulcalibur games, NBA 2K16, all of the Bio Shock games, and much more. The biggest issue is that these games are older games. Again there is nothing wrong with these games they've just been around a while. Another issue for long time Xbox users is that around 20 or so games have already been given away with Games With Gold.

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Overall I think Xbox Game Pass is a great deal right now and it can only get better as they add newer games. If you were to play all the games available it would take you a long time, but you'd have fun. As I type this I have five games downloading and once I finish those games I'll be starting on a bunch more. If you're on the fence Microsoft is offering a 14-day free trial so you have nothing to lose. As of this review, I would give Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass an 8 out of 10.

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