Five games you could easily jump into right now
Every now and then we as gamers want to justify why we should sink money into these gaming subscriptions, and what exactly makes it worth it. I’m not going to dive into what makes it worth subscribing to those services in detail in this post, but what I will do is give you a quick list of five games that are worth playing on Xbox Gamepass right now.
Marvel’s Guardians of The Galaxy
Marvel’s Guardians of The Galaxy seemed to be a sleeper hit when it first came out on October 25, 2021. There wasn’t a lot of hype for it mainly due to the failure of what’s known as Marvel’s Avengers, from the same developer and publisher. With the same visual style as Avengers, GoTG is a single-player action experience that turned out to be a hit – and for good reason. It embodies all of the charm and charisma of The Guardians of The Galaxy from both the comics and its MCU counterpart while not being a rip-off of either and still feeling fresh. Everything from the iconic soundtrack to the gameplay is worth giving this game a shot if you haven’t tried it already. Check out the full review here.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
Want that nostalgic arcade side-scrolling beat ’em up with classic characters and loads of fun packed in two hours of gameplay? TMNT gives you all of that AND some. If you want the challenge and excitement of the arcade days, then arcade mode is right up your alley. Tribute Games did a fantastic job of taking the arcade cabinet style and mixing it with those of other classic SNES games from that era to really build out the world and even add in some challenges that make for some good replayability such as collectibles and timed trials. With the addition of Master Splinter, April, and Casey Jones, having a variety in playstyle makes wanting to see everyone’s super moves highly entertaining. Grab yourself a pizza and go kick some shell on your Xbox or on PC with cross-play gaming. Cross-play is limited to Xbox and PC at the time of writing this and hasn’t rolled out to Nintendo Switch or Playstation yet. Hopefully, this gets added in the future.
Death’s Door has a strange yet interesting story about a crow that became a new soul reaper, that also got caught up in a whirlwind of an assignment. Little does this little crow know, there’s a greater and deadlier scheme at hand that’s going to turn its life around. With some satisfying visuals and cheeky commentary combined with an iso-metric hack-n-slash style of gameplay, you’re sure to have a good time. The challenge comes not only in combat but with so few save points during your travels, staying alive becomes your top priority especially when the opportunity to replenish your health is a rarity. Dying will bring you back to your last checkpoint where all of those tough opponents will be waiting for you. Do your best to get to the bottom of this shady scheme set before you, come hell or high water!
Dead Space (Original)
One of the best things about Xbox Gamepass is the ability to go back in time and play some of the most amazing games from past generations. I recently streamed the entirety of Dead Space from beginning to end by playing the original version, and even with the outdated graphics, this game will still give you bone-chilling frights. When you pair a dark, gritty, and bloody space station with the haunting sounds of aliens and looming death all around you, this action survival horror will induce paranoia and an overly ambitious trigger finger. The harder the difficulty means the harder it is to procure health packs, ammo, and funds to upgrade Isaac’s gear and weapons. Be careful how you spend those upgrade points – it could be the difference between life and death. I would suggest jumping into this before the remake comes out, it’s horrifyingly good!
Midnight Fight Express
Midnight Fight Express is a bit of a unique game that came out recently from Humble Games and developed by Jacob Dzwinel. This mix of top-down brawler mixed in with some hints of a twin-stick shooter throws you right into the action of the main character who is a sleeper assassin that has lost his memory. This game is extremely easy to pick up and play with no hesitation in jumping right into the mix with enemies coming from all sides. Upgrades to your skill tree are fairly easy to acquire which makes landing some finishing blows oddly satisfying. This game has a few levels of difficulty and even allows you to customize your own difficulty level. The game ranks how you finish a particular level on a lettering system which gives it even more replayability to go back and get a better score and to get some unlockables that you would’ve missed on your first run. Check out the full review here.