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You can’t ‘San Andreas’ fault today’s Game Pass offerings. The undeniable biggie is Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – The Definitive Edition (Console, PC), which slices off a third of the today’s trilogy remaster release and delivers it into Game Pass hands. But things don’t stop there, as One Step from Eden (Console, PC and Cloud) and Dicey Dungeons (Console) supplement it nicely. 

As the famous GTA: San Andreas meme goes: “Ah, ****, here we go again”. It’s been seventeen years since we first hopped into Carl ‘CJ’ Johnson’s shoes, stomping the streets of Los Santos, San Fierro and Las Venturas. And now we get to enjoy it all over again, as Rockstar Games brings the full ‘Definitive Edition’ remaster of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to Xbox Game Pass. 

A lot of GTA V has been pulled into San Andreas to bring it up to date. The controller layout has been introduced from V, and you can be sure of improved gunplay and targeting controls. There are higher resolution enhancements, a completely rebuilt lighting system, and increased draw distances. More importantly, there is full 4K support and 60fps for Series X|S. All of this and more comes to Game Pass.

Outside of San Andreas, Humble Games brings us One Step from Eden. This has been building some acclaim and audience over on PC and Switch, and it’s out today on Xbox and Xbox Series X|S. It doesn’t look much like anything else we’ve played, perhaps save the Megaman Battle Network series. It’s a hybrid of card-battler, roguelike and rhythm action, which we can’t even comprehend in our tiny little minds. Watching trailers, there’s an emphasis on playing cards against an opponent on two sides of a battle arena, but – unusually for a card game – everything plays out in real time. We’re already scrambling to get a review together.

Another PC and Switch hit, finally arriving on Xbox and making its bow on Game Pass is Dicey Dungeons. This is another roguelike hybrid, but instead of cards we have dice. You play one, in fact, as you and your dicey team dive as far as you can into a network of dungeons. The emphasis is on randomness, as you roll to hit throughout the game. It’s a little charmer from Terry Cavanagh, creator of VVVVVV, and – again – has been receiving plaudits on other platforms. How does that translate to Xbox? Again, hold tight for our review. 

We’re awaiting official announcements from Xbox on what else is due on Game Pass this month. Surefire inclusions include Microsoft Flight Simulator: Game of the Year Edition, UnDungeon and Evil Genius 2: World Domination.

Alas, we must also say goodby to some games, as the following leave Game Pass on November 15th: Final Fantasy VIII HD, Planet Coaster, Star Renegades, Streets of Rogue, The Gardens Between and River City Girls.

So take your pick! Guns, cards or dice. Let us know which you’re planning to play in the comments below.

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