You’ve got to love Game Pass. There are four additions to the service today, and every single one has some leg to show – something that makes us want to play it.
Those games are Commandos 3 – HD Remaster (Cloud, Console and PC), Immortality (Cloud, Xbox Series X|S and PC), Immortals Fenyx Rising (Cloud, Console and PC) and Tinykin (Console and PC).
Let us persuade you with why you should be interested in each.
Commandos 3 – HD Remaster should be on your list because it’s a PC classic, finally crossing Xbox lines. There’s a good chance that if you ask a PC player to think of a real-time strategy game, or a military tactics game, they won’t hesitate to say the Commando series. Normandy, Berlin and Stalingrad are the three battlefields here, and they’re looking appropriately star-spangled thanks to Kalypso’s remastery. Optimised controls, a new tutorial, and glorious 4K are all packaged in.
Immortality should make your list because it’s the most brazenly imaginative of the games coming to the service today. That and it’s the return of Sam Barlow, mastermind behind the enchanting Her Story and Telling Lies. There’s some connection to his two other games, as you are attentively watching found footage of real actors, but there’s a change to the search-engine mechanics that he has used in the past. Think more Google Image Search, as you scout the final films of actress Marissa Marsel, looking to find visual elements that connect her movies together. It’s new, horrific territory for Sam Barlow, sharing some DNA with the movie Last Night in Soho.
Immortality is clearly the word of the month, as Immortals Fenyx Rising is also out today. Why should you play it? Well, it’s one of the less-played Ubisoft open worlds, but it’s no less worthwhile than some of their Far Crys or Creeds. It’s a dazzling take on the Breath of the Wild formula, casting you into the seven worlds of seven Greek gods, as you gain enough strength to take on the god Typhon. If you fail, the Greek gods will be forever banished, so there’s some godly weight on your shoulders.
Finally, we have Tinkyin, which shouldn’t be dismissed because of the minimalist tone of its title. Tinykin would probably be the first to admit that it’s a reworking of the Pikmin formula, but with a third-person view, a miniaturised viewpoint, and some gorgeous mixed-media graphics. Which are all things you could say about Pikmin, too. But let’s not be cynical, as Tinykin is wonderful. Our review gave it a 4.5/5 and said “You’ll want to grab Tinykin – in doing so you’ll be able to enjoy a wonderful sci-fi adventure with some cool mechanics and top-notch platforming”. ‘Nuff said.
Tomorrow is something of a Game Pass massacre. On August 31st we lose Elite Dangerous (Cloud and Console), Hades (Cloud, Console, and PC), Myst (Cloud, Console, and PC), NBA 2K22 (Cloud and Console), Signs of the Sojourner (Cloud, Console, and PC), Spiritfarer (Cloud, Console, and PC), Twelve Minutes (Cloud, Console, and PC), Two Point Hospital (Cloud, Console, and PC), What Remains of Edith Finch (Cloud, Console, and PC) and World War Z (Cloud, Console, and PC).
Which is your pick of the immortal games out today? Let us know in the comments or on our social channels.