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There’s no connecting the two games that are new to the Game Pass service today. They’re chalk and CCs. Which is welcome, because it means that at least one of them is likely to offer you something you want. 

On the more cerebral, RPG end is Torment: Tides of Numenera (Cloud and Console), a sequel to the seminal Planescape: Torment. On the more visceral, thrill seeking end is MotoGP 22 (Cloud, Console, and PC).

Torment: Tides of Numenera has been sitting in the bargain bins for a while now, but its arrival on Game Pass might be too tempting an offer to ignore. It was developed by inXile, who carried the development torch for this Planescape: Torment sequel after Black Isle Studios folded (although they have since been re-founded and – coincidentally – launched their Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II remaster this week).

A single-player, isometric, story-driven RPG set in Monte Cook’s Numenera universe, Torment: Tides of Numenera is eager for you to forge your own path. There’s very little linearity to the gameplay, and you can choose your dialogue options, allies and branching paths to make your playthrough unique. If you’ve played Pillars of Eternity, it uses the same tech, so you should feel in safe hands. 

MotoGP 22 has barely been put on the shelves before it has found its way to our Game Pass libraries. Not that we’re complaining: this is a game that we absolutely fell head-over-heels with, dishing out one of our very rare and vaunted 5/5’s for. We said “if you’re a fan of the sport, MotoGP 22 is a brilliant entry in the series that does everything you would expect it to and a bit more. If you’re hoping to get into motorcycle racing, it’s a superb entry point and as we’re in the early stages of what looks to be another thrilling season, there’s no better time than now to get involved”.

MotoGP fans are treated to a fully featured and customisable career mode, featuring team management, allowing you to determine every element of raceday. There’s also the inclusion of the classic Nine Season 2009 season, so you can relive Valentino Rossi’s last ever championship, interspersed with documentary footage of the real thing. Sports and racing games have rarely been so respectful.

The only remaining game to come to Game Pass in July is one of our personal top 100 games of all time, Inside (Cloud, Console, and PC), which arrives on July 29th. If you haven’t played it, you’re in for a treat,

In terms of leavers, we’re losing the following on July 31st: Dodgeball Academia (Cloud, Console, and PC), Katamari Damacy Reroll (Cloud, Console, and PC), Lumines Remastered (Cloud, Console, and PC), Omno (Cloud, Console, and PC) and Raji: An Ancient Epic (Cloud, Console, and PC).

Are you one for torment or torque? Let us know in the comments or on our social channels.

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