Scour the market and you’ll struggle to find a subscription platform that outranks the generosity of Xbox Game Pass. Look at its rivals, and you’ll soon notice that when it comes to hosting triple-A releases, there’s just no comparison. This has pretty much been the case for the last two years, in which Microsoft has gone all out to build an impenetrable fortress of a portfolio for its returning subscriber base.
As of May 2022, Xbox Game Pass boasts an outstanding selection of games, both new and old. With the added Cloud streaming function, subscribers can now access a full range of titles in a matter of seconds, making that $9.99 price tag a real no-brainer. The question is, which games are worth looking into this month, and which are worth playing through to the end before June rolls out?
5. Trek to Yomi
Trek to Yomi is far more of a cinematic experience than a playable tale, taking a smidgen of inspiration from the likes of Limbo and other Playdead classics. But don’t let its narrative-driven platform pull you away from its noir-like world, as it is perhaps one of the most engrossing games on the current market.
Following the tale of a young warrior named Hiroki, Trek to Yomi puts you in his battle-hardened boots as he looks to reclaim the land that was once his own. Lost to the barbaric armies, the vengeful samurai travels to the ends of the world in a bid to right the wrongs that once cost him his pride.
4. This War of Mine: Final Cut
For those who missed the golden opportunity to experience This War of Mine back in 2014, 11 Bit Studios will be bringing it back as a revamped and revitalized version, aptly named Final Cut, on May 10 for console, and PC. And for anyone who has an interest in gathering resources to build a safe haven among the remnants of a war-torn land, then this one is definitely worth checking out.
This War of Mine puts you in the shoes of an everyday citizen in the midst of war. As an accessory to the mishaps shaping the new world around you, you must look to forge a new life for yourself from the smoke and haze of civilization. Gather supplies, hold the fort, and treat each and every day as if it could be your last. Just do whatever it takes to see another dawn break, no matter the cost.
3. Sniper Elite 5
A day-one exclusive that has to make your list is Sniper Elite 5, a third-person action-adventure game that takes bullet cams to the next level. Similar to games like Metal Gear Solid V and Back 4 Blood, the shooter sports a well-oiled combination of stealth, strategy, and full-frontal action. Depending on your style, of course, the game can be treated as one or the other.
Sniper Elite 5 picks up with Karl Fairburne, an elite sniper who’s role in the war is to unearth the details surrounding Project Kraken. Set in 1944 France, civilization stands on the brink of collapse, forcing you to rally your allies in a last-ditch effort to uncover the enemy’s strategy. Your friends, of course, being a trusty scope, and a steel bullet.
2. NHL 22
A series that has been going strong for the best part of thirty years is NHL, an ice hockey titleholder that boasts a wealthy selection of competitive modes and couch co-op features. Unlike other sporting games of its kind, the hockey powerhouse incorporates a number of action sequences for players to feast upon, thereby making it a jack-of-all-trades of sports video games.
NHL 22 brings back its well-rounded signature selection of icy bouts and multiplayer modes, all of which accommodate both returning players and fresh-faced puck handlers. Whether you’re keen for a moment on the ice as a lone ranger, or hungry to knock heads with the online competition for a spot on the ice citadel, EA’s latest NHL chapter is sure to keep you in check regardless.
1. Loot River
Loot River is an inventive concept that clashes fascinating characters with a procedurally generated labyrinth of a world. Meshed together, the dungeon-crawling tale takes the genre to fresh and inspiring heights, using an arsenal of timeless tools to further enhance an already booming platform.
Loot River is a neat and compressed story that not only brings a palette of arcade-style visuals and nostalgic settings to the table, but a series of challenging obstacles that often rely on full-frontal combat to overcome. Loot is, of course, a minor detail on the side. But, for the bulk of it, players can expect to throw down in some pretty exhilarating battles against all types of alienated characters. Now that’s a Game Pass essential.
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