Sometimes we strive to find a link between game releases on Game Pass, but there just isn’t one. And so it is with Farming Simulator 22 (Cloud, Console and PC) and Vampire Survivors (PC). These games are like blood and cheese.
We are past the point of joking about games like Farming Simulator 22. Games in this series are bonafide AAA now, played by millions of players (albeit most of them are from Germany), and we can say with confidence that a large number of farming fans will be salivating at the prospect of playing it on the Game Pass service.
It’s amazing how far the series has come. It’s gone far beyond growing crops, buying new tractors and then selling the produce for an even better tractor. Farming Simulator 22 strays into animal husbandry and forestry now, and there’s even the possibility of region-specific farming, like owning a vineyard in the south of France or rearing goats in an alpine forest.
More impressively, Farming Simulator 22 has gone fully social. It’s possible to grow an agricultural empire with friends, running a farm together, or playing cross-platform multiplayer. Just make sure your mates pull their weight and harvest the wheat before winter sets in. And as with most of the Farming Simulator 22 games, there are dozens of real-world tie-ins and brands, like John Deere and New Holland, and a fair amount of paid-for DLC to fold into the main experience.
On the other side of the fence is Vampire Survivors. Don’t sleep on this one: this is a bit of a critical darling that’s been getting some love from Twitch streamers. We’re moderately gutted that it’s only available on PC. Hopefully that will be remedied in the coming months.
This is a survival shooter where death is inevitable. Hordes of enemies are coming for your jugular, and there is no chance of living to the next day. All you can do is stockpile enough resources and wealth that the next survivor can have an easier time of it, potentially getting further through the levels. It’s a simple structure, and an even simpler looking game, but Vampire Survivors has a huge – and increasing – fanbase.
Other games are on the horizon. Floppy Knights (Console, PC) and Hardspace Shipbreaker (PC) are coming on May 24th, Sniper Elite 5 (Console, PC) will be with us on May 26th, and Pac-Man Museum+ (Console, PC) and Cricket 22 (PC) are due for May 27th.
Leaving the service, and making us emotional as they do so, are EA Sports NHL 20 (Console), Farming Simulator 19 (Cloud, Console, and PC), Knockout City (Console and PC), Resident Evil 7 Biohazard (Cloud, Console, and PC), Spellforce 3: Soul Harvest (PC), Superhot Mind Control Delete (Cloud, Console, and PC) and Yes Your Grace (Cloud, Console, and PC)
So, are you Team Farm or Team Fangs? Let us know in the comments or on our social channels.