There may have been exciting news about Xbox Series X last week and the games which will be available to play very early on in its life cycle, but for a few more months we are still left with games on current-generation consoles. With the Xbox One, players can choose to purchase each game individually or take advantage of a monthly subscription service which provides access to a rotating collection of over a hundred games. A few highlights of this collection can be found in my April 2020 article – Five Games to Download on Xbox Game Pass to Help Get You Through the Week.
With us well into May, the Xbox Team has confirmed which games will be released in the first half of the month. This is in addition to the new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks which has been a thing for a few months. You can read more about all of these below:
Games Added to Service
As a newly qualified Furniture Arrangement and Relocation Technician, you’ll take on moving jobs across the busy town of Packmore. Smooth Moves may not be the biggest moving company, but there’s no task too dangerous or bizarre for this busy team of go-getters. Move through sleepy suburbs, frenzied farms, haunted houses, virtual reality, and lands beyond. Grow your business to brave new heights, recruit colourful customisable characters and save Packmore from furniture peril.
Streets of Rage 4
The first entry to the core series in 25 years with Axel, Blaze, Adam and new characters reunited to clean up the streets. With lush, hand-drawn animations, new combat abilities, and fresh tracks from an amazing team of composers, Streets of Rage 4 is a masterful tribute and revitalization of the classic action game fans adore.
Out now. An unforgiving, authentic, open world game where each one of 60 players on a server follows a single goal: Survive as long as they can, by any means necessary. There are no superficial tips, waypoints, or help given to you. Every decision matters with no saves and no extra lives where mistakes can be lethal. Your choices and decisions will create a gameplay experience that’s completely unique.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Out now. America, 1899. Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are outlaws on the run. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal, and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America to survive. As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him. Includes access to Red Dead Online.
Final Fantasy IX
Available from 14 May. Zidane and the Tantalus Theater Troupe have kidnapped Princess Garnet, the heir of Alexandria. To their surprise, however, the princess herself yearned to escape the castle. Through a series of unusual circumstances, she and her personal guard, Steiner, fall in with Zidane and set out on an incredible journey in this classic entry in the heralded Final Fantasy series.
Available from 14 May. Fractured Minds is an immersive artistic short game, exploring anxiety and mental health issues. Embark on a journey through the human psyche to experience the everyday challenges associated with these conditions.
Ultimate members in the United States can gain access to a 6-month free premium subscription to the Spotify music-on-demand service. On the other hand, members in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, Mexico and Brazil can enjoy Spotify Premium for 3 months. This is only available to new Spotify Premium members, making its value as a perk based on your circumstances.
Phantasy Star Online 2 members with Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions will get some additional bonuses including rare drop boosts and more.
For those who haven’t grabbed them yet, you can still get an Ori-inspired hull, flag, sail, and figurehead in Sea of Thieves, 5,000 MyTeam points and 30 skill boosts from NBA 2K20, a Warframe Xbox Starter Bundle and more.
Leaving the Service
While you can be fairly certain that a first-party Xbox One game will remain in the Xbox Game Pass library indefinitely, the third-party games on offer rotate in and out at the rate of a few each month. In the first half of this month, the following games will no longer be available to download, nor accessible to pass members who havent bought them outright:
No Longer Playable
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Black Desert
- Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game
- Mega Man Legacy Collection 2
- Metal Gear Survive
- The Banner Saga
- Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus