It’s fair to say that Xbox Game Pass subscribers have been treated well in recent weeks. In fact, many may say that July has been one hell of a month for new additions to the scheme. But with just a few days of the month left, those Game Pass additions just keep on dropping and today we see 4 new titles hit the subscription service, just as 3 pack up their bags and leave.
Hot on the heels of Microsoft and their Flight Simulator taking players on global trips, we’re now going deep into a new cyberpunk world, off a journey to discover a lost civilisation, to Shine City as we show off our balling skills and, at least if you’re playing on PC, into the cockpit of a fighter jet in order to prove yourself as the ultimate wingman.
Those games are The Ascent, Omno, Lethal League Blaze and Project Wingman, with the first three fully playable via Game Pass on Cloud, on Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S and through PC. In fact, it’s just Project Wingman that is a PC focused affair, and so if you are looking to take in a dogfight or two, and disappointed that Microsoft Flight Simulator won’t let you take down those bogeys, this is the game for you.
In terms of the others on offer and well, all three offerings are of the very highest quality.
Lethal League Blaze has been kicking around on Xbox since 2019, but this is certainly a game you’ll want to play as it drops you into a modified baseball arena, drops some funky fresh beats and leaves you to get on with the simple, yet oh so satisfying gameplay. It’s the world of Shine City which plays host to the Lethal League; a league which has come about to bring the very best anti-gravity ballers together as one.
Fast-paced, uber vibrant in terms of visuals, and available to play through both single player and online multiplayer modes, if you never picked up Lethal League Blaze on launch, now comes the opportunity.
For many though it’s the games which launch on Day One in Xbox Game Pass that come with the biggest appeal and there are two today – The Ascent and Omno.
Two totally different gaming experiences, The Ascent promises to be one of those cult indie games that have the gaming community talking for years. It’s a cooperative or solo action-shooter RPG that just so happens to be set in a cyberpunk world (remember how they have been two-a-penny for the last year or so!), tasking you with surviving the harsh environment. It looks great, it comes with a ton of features and – after being hands-on with this for a little while – we can vouch for it playing rather nicely too. The Ascent should be one of those games you pick up and download as soon as humanly possible.
Another of those games is Omno; a single player journey of discovery through an ancient world. This puzzler comes with a ton of secrets, plenty of intrigue and the most beautiful yet mysterious world. Our full review will let you know exactly how it plays out, and whilst we certainly won’t spoil the narrative, it’s fair to say that a 4.5/5 rating means this is another you should be playing sooner rather than later. Oh, and yeah, it looks flipping awesome too. In fact, it’s so good we’re not sure how the solo developer of Jonas Manke managed to create something so special.
But as with every single month, the power of Game Pass comes in its ever rotating roster and that means some must leave. This time around those some are It Lurks Below, the ever delightful The Touryst and the super addictive UnderMine. If you haven’t played those yet, then well, you’re going to have to open the wallet in order to do so.
As always though, let us know what you are playing via Xbox Game Pass. We’d love to hear from you.