So, it’s been 6 months since I first joined the Xbox GamePass community, and boy has it been a wild ride. From the unexpected surprise to the overwhelming amount of games to play, I’m legit struggling to find the time to play everything that is on offer.
I mean, seriously, I feel like I’ve got to spend every single second of free time available on these games just to clear out my backlog and I’m shocked to my core at how much of a great investment Xbox GamesPass has been for me and my budget because that’s really what it’s all about.
But, besides that, the quality of games on offer only seems to get better as the months go on. From legacy titles returning to make all gamers smile to brand new title that is available on GamePass the very same day that is released worldwide. Can you believe it?
Brand new games made available to you at no extra cost than what you’re already paying. It’s no wonder that I plan to be an Xbox GamePass subscriber for many years to come. So, without further ado, here’s my 6-month review of Xbox GamePass.
XBOX GAMEPASS – 6 MONTH REVIEW
Day and Date
You know what, I have to be honest. In the beginning, I wasn’t really sure what that term actually meant or whether or not it actually mattered to me and my gaming preferences since my eyes were focused on a lot of older titles rather than what’s new. That was definitely the first real surprise.
Now, I’m only playing on an Xbox One so my expectations for new games were pretty non-existent. But, my perception changed with the recent release of a game called Outriders, a looter-shooter similar in scope to games like Destiny and even Borderlands but with its own unique take.
I saw this game being hyped up for months but still had no interest in playing it until I found out that it would be available on Day One on Xbox Gamepass. I can honestly say that I probably would’ve never picked up this game had it not been available to me through this service and I’m certainly glad I got to give this one a try.
And not just because all my friends were playing it too. It also gave me the chance to play it without sinking any of my own money into a permanent purchase since I didn’t end up liking it as much as I initially did. Needless to say, there’ll be a full review coming soon.
While I spent a lot of time on my Xbox 360 back in the day, there were many years that I didn’t do any gaming at all and, as a result, missed out on a lot of great new ideas and games as well as some sequels that I could not wait to get my hands on and that’s where Xbox Gamepass really shone through.
From the entire Gears of War franchise to even some great fighting games like Injustice 2 and Killer Instinct, it seemed like every single gaming tastebud could be satisfied with the buffet of games that were on offer and the list only seems to get bigger as new games get added and removed regularly.
There’s an entire legacy of games to play and get familiar with, especially if you’re new to the console scene or just joined Xbox GamePass on PC to play some of the great console games that are available. You never know what game might pique your interest.
Like Ori and The Blind Forest, a game I personally would’ve never considered in my library but, thanks to Gamepass, I discovered a genre that challenged me and satisfied my curiosity for 2D platformers. Even though it’s not the main kind of game I play, it’s great to catch up with a title such as this one.
Now to talk about what is easily the most obvious benefit to a service like Xbox Game Pass, the savings. Let’s be real, gaming is an expensive hobby. From the consoles themselves to the over-inflated prices of games that have just made their way not the shelf at your local retailer, it’s no wonder that free-to-play titles like Fortnite still dominate the mainstream.
I mean, there are those out there that can afford it but, for the majority, buying a brand new title day and date just isn’t in the budget and you can’t always count on your local second-hand seller to have the game that you’re looking for. here comes Xbox GamePass to save the day.
I’ve played countless games that I would not have played otherwise were it not for their availability on Xbox GamePass and when I calculate how much it would cost to play all these games if they were purchased separately I cringe because that is an amount I could never fork over in the 6 months that have passed.
My wallet is happy, my gamer appetite is happy, and it further proves for me that Xbox was the console of choice for me.
The Mobile Era Has Begun
And finally, the most important aspect of Xbox GamePass and the ultimate reason why I’m still subscribed to this day has to be the incredible cloud service that GamePass has on offer. We’re all about taking mobile gaming to the next level around here and it’s doing exactly that.
No longer do I feel like my mobile gaming and my console gaming are to completely separate things. My entire gaming ecosystem is slowly merging into one as more and more titles become available and the technology catches up further and further.
The fact that it’s available at no extra cost seems almost too good to be true. All you need is a strong internet connection and an Android device with Bluetooth and the Xbox GamePass app installed and you’ll be gaming in no time. Even if you don’t have an Xbox One controller, there are plenty of great third-party controllers, like the Razer Kishi, to choose from.
I could go on for hours about the benefits of this incredible service but, as a gamer, you owe it to yourself to give a subscription service like this some serious consideration. I have no regrets after 6 months in and my response will probably be the same when I check in again after one year.
I’m calling it now, Xbox Game Pass is the way of the future.