Games With Gamepass

This is a special edition of my collection for "Games I played through Gamepass and don't own." If I really like Gamepass and keep it maybe this becomes multiple lists over the course of years. For now, just making it while I take advantage of 1$ subs that's going away.

I make a habit of putting a number (1/5 to 5/5) and about a paragraph on each game. You know, for posterity. A heart (<3) means I love the game and it's one of my all time favorites.

List items

  • Xbox Series X (January 25th, 2021) - 3/5 - Mike Mahardy says this game is good. Seems kind of neat to have a top down game where can throw coins as distractions like Hitman, it seems too complicated to play on a whim.

  • Xbox One (November 13th, 2020) - 4/5 - I played a couple hours of this so far, it's really fun! Nice idle game, good flow to it, unlocking new moves to make you more and more mobile seems cool! There is some issue with side missions cluttering up things and making it hard to see where to go to advance the story, and it being an open world you can end up traversing the same areas countless times, but still it's pretty fun!

  • Xbox Series X (November 10th, 2020) - 3/5 - I don't really like Tetris all that much, this seems like a fine way to play if you do like Tetris. It looks kind of nice.

  • Xbox Series X (November 10th, 2020) - 3/5 - Really visually striking game, especially in 4K, movement feels pretty good. Only problem is it's a roguelike which, I suddenly remember, the first one was too. As a result I lost interest after a few minutes of this. It is no Hades.

  • Xbox One (October 16th, 2020) - 4/5 - Seems really good and intriguing! My only issue with it is I think the action commands are too demanding, and it gets way too hard way too fast. There's a boss fight early on where a boss can just take out over half your HP in one attack and that sucks. Fuck that.

  • Xbox One (September 16th, 2020) - 2/5 - I find it really really boring and I was glad when I died because I could stop playing. In some ways it's fine. It's weapon design seems fine, its enemy design also fine, but "fine" is enough to interest me.

  • Xbox One (September 15th, 2020) - 4/5 - I was more into this than I expected. I had played the original browser version before, but it's surprisingly still fun to run around the west shooting people in pursuit of your target, and hats as health is a perfectly done mechanic, especially since you can shoot enemy hats off to get a free one. That said, I got to the ending and I was disappointed. You don't get to just get your revenge, instead they built a really long and hard sequence with no checkpoints before you can get your man. I was hoping to finish it the night I started, but fuck that. I think the original did it better, was much more straightforward if I recall.

  • Xbox One (September 14th, 2020) - 1/5 - It's an exceedingly simple game that handles like ass. Wasn't worth playing for 3 minutes.

  • Xbox One (September 13th, 2020)

  • Xbox One (September 12th, 2020) - 3/5 - It's a pretty game, but I don't like the way the cars handle (really hard to do anything) and I don't really want to do races because that sounds really boring. It's a shame the weekly rotation can't just be unlocked from the jump, would've liked to see what the current season was before bailing out.

  • Xbox One (September 11th, 2020) - 2/5 - Played some of the first mission, I don't really like cover shooters to begin with, and this one both has some really annoying staples of the genre (such as strawberry jam and AI teammates who have to revive you) as well as not feeling good to shoot the guns.

  • Xbox One (September 10th, 2020) - 2/5 - This seems bad! It's slow, it doesn't feel good to play, it's very boring, and there's nothing exciting in the first level. Also there are unskippable cutscenes. Hard pass!

  • Xbox One (September 9th, 2020) - 5/5 - This is a version of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night without the problems that plagued the Switch version, however I couldn't find time to replay all of it.

  • Xbox One (September 9th, 2020) - 3/5 - This game seems good, but it is super not suited to a gamepad. You control a mouse and there are not enough convenient ways to get around that built in for that to not be annoying.