We all love 'free' games, right? And here's a bunch of 'em, coming 'free' to Xbox Game Pass. Some big, some small, all 'free'. Inverted commas are important, huh.
Added to the subscription service today, 23 May, are a pair of very different titles to titillate your fantastical Norse fantasies and multiplayer zombie murder urges, respectively.
The Banner Saga is a very-good-indeed tactics-rooted role-player (that I just recently bought on Switch, d'oh) that takes place in a Norse-inspired world of giant-like Varls and the stony Dredge. Made by ex-BioWare devs at Stoic Studio, the 2014-debuted game won great acclaim and has spawned two sequels - and The Banner Saga 2 is added to Game Pass on 6 June.
Metal Gear Survive, meanwhile, is a rather-less-celebrated action-orientated shooter, with survival elements (hence the title, obvs), set in Konami's Metal Gear universe. It features a host of zombie-ish 'Wanderers' with weird crystal heads to kill, and cooperative multiplayer options. But hey, it's 'free', so subscribers can dip a toe here, see how the water is (spoiler: pretty dank), without too much risk. It, like The Banner Saga, is available today.
Void Bastards - brilliant name, that - arrives on 29 May. It's a shooter that takes gameplay cues from System Shock 2 and BioShock, slaps some very attractive art across the top, and adds a layer of strategy to its progression that isn't common in more run-of-the-mill indie blasters. Says the game's description on Steam: "Your task is to lead the rag-tag Void Bastards out of the Sargasso Nebula. You make the decisions where to go, what to do and who to fight. And then you must carry out that strategy in the face of strange and terrible enemies." We're into it. And also, again: Void Bastards. Say it aloud. So good.
The next day, 30 May, sees Dead By Daylight - a one versus four asymmetric horror multiplayer extravaganza - and Outer Wilds - an award-winning open-world explore 'em up in a sci-fi setting that resets itself every 20 minutes - added to Game Pass. Looking forward to Outer Wilds, myself, which could scratch a similar itch to 2018's Minit but over a longer period of time. Mmm, slow itch.
Hang on a little longer and 6 June delivers three games to the service: the aforementioned The Banner Saga 2 (more of the same, only with higher stakes and a deeper story), the I-move-when-you-move shooter Superhot, and Rogue Legacy developers Cellar Door Games' well-received action-adventure title Full Metal Furies. Not bad, not bad at all. Consider this player's interest, excited.
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