Is Xbox Game Pass worth the subscription?

We turn on the Xbox Series console and see which new games are on Game Pass.

It’s our job to keep up with all the latest game releases, and despite the title, we squint to recall the games attached to the names before us.

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Looking back, you will find a variety of outstanding titles that were available on Game Pass from the very beginning.

Tunic, Shredder’s Revenge, and Windjammers 2, were all fun and, most importantly, memorable times.

There’s a huge number of amazing games on Game Pass, at a far lower price than what you’d pay to play them all.

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In terms of value, there is no question that it’s the best value in gaming.

The thing is, in the real world, you don’t end up playing all those games you’ve promised yourself you will.

As we look at the library of games, we find ourselves paralysed by choice – or the lack of it.

There are many games we tried this year that we wouldn’t have paid full price for. You can dive into several entries of Assassin’s Creed and the gameplay is often the same.

Many games are left unfinished after they’re finished. We have so many options that we want to play them all. However, this means that we will never get to the end.

Once we’ve had the chance to try them, our curiosity is satisfied, and we’re off to see if there’s anything better.

Xbox offers its own first-party titles in addition to third-party gaming.

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Xbox Game Pass is the best value for gaming when a great game comes out.

Game Pass is experiencing a prolonged drought of mediocre titles for months now.

You won’t pay for any of the titles on this service, but it is growing. It’s possible to get a rare, but highly-rated game for free.

Scorn was marketed in H.R.Giger style as a shooter, but it turned out to be just Myst and terrible combat.

When you play one of these releases, you may say that you enjoyed it, but questioning yourself on if you’d recommend it to a friend, you realise you didn’t really.

So many new releases you wouldn’t pay for if you saw them in Blockbusters, so why are we doing the same on Game Pass?

Delving into older titles, you’ll find a treasure like Donut County, but you’ll have to dig in mounds of dirt before you get there.

Game Pass is often compared with Netflix. But there’s a big difference. An episode, or the first scene of a TV series or movie can help you judge its quality.

Even if you decide to see it through to the end you’ve only lost two hours. It’s a great achievement to get to the first dungeon at Persona 5, Royal.

The truth is we don’t have the time to dive into Game Pass’ library, nor the energy to try everything and find that hidden gem. 

Even worse, indie titles are often the highlight of the month. You may question whether you should have bought the game for slightly more than the subscription price.

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Despite its flaws Xbox Game Pass is a truly impressive service, indisputably the best value in gaming, but when the newest releases aren’t up to scratch neither is the subscription.

The annual price tag might seem cheaper but you’ll pay more in the long run. Wait for a game you really want to try and purchase just one month, then clean up everything you’ve missed along the way.

Written by Georgina and Dave Aubrey on behalf of GLHF.

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