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It’s that time of the month where, rather than proudly announce that new games are added to the Game Pass service, we have to hand out condolences that some are leaving. We say adios, au revoir, auf wiedersehen to Cricket 19 (Cloud, Console, and PC), Outlast 2 (Cloud, Console, and PC), Secret Neighbor (Cloud, Console, and PC) and Streets of Rage 4 (Cloud, Console, and PC). 

Let’s do a quick scoot through what you’re missing, before moving onto the likely additions to the Game Pass service in May.

Cricket 19, let’s be honest, was getting a bit musty on the shelves, so it’s not the greatest loss. But perhaps it’s a window into a better time, when the world was pre-pandemic and the England cricket team were good, rather than being spanked by the Windies. The positive is that Cricket 22 is very much still available on the service, and gives you more up-to-date cricket thrills, like a more spankable England team. 

Probably more of a miss is the terrifying Outlast 2, which we’ve played once and don’t want to touch with a bargepole again. Perhaps you’ve dodged a bullet by not playing it on Game Pass. It’s a dark, dingey adventure into the town of Temple Gate, deep in Arizona, and it’s very good, but also deeply disturbing.

Secret Neighbor will be a miss for many, as it’s a popular pick-up-and-play multiplayer party game. This sleeper hit took the Hello Neighbor formula and added in a bit of Among Us-style betrayal, with one of the team aiming to gain the team’s trust before picking them off. 

Finally, it’s our personal pick of the bunch, the slick Streets of Rage 4. We were skeptical of someone picking up the much-loved Streets of Rage franchise, fantastic soundtrack and all, but Dotemu did us proud and created one of the best in the series. If you’ve not had a chance to play it, it’s one of the best belt-action beat’em ups out there, and is well worth finding in a future sale. 

So, what can we expect in May to soften the blow of these games leaving? A far few have been half-announced and speculated about, actually. We’re expecting Loot River (Console) on the 3rd of May, Citizen Sleeper (Console) and Trek to Yomi (Console, PC, Cloud) on the 5th of May, Eiyuden Chronicle Rising (Console) on the 10th, Headspace Shipbreaker (PC) on the 24th, Sniper Elite 5 (Console, PC) on the 26th, and Pac-Man Museum+ (Console, PC) on the 27th. There you go – not so bad after all.

Are any of these games going to leave substantial holes in your lives? Let us know in the comments or on our social channels.

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