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It’s the day of sixes. Not only are we getting the day-one release of Rainbow Six Extraction, but we’re being treated to a total of six different Game Pass games. In alphabetical order, they are Death’s Door (Cloud, Console and PC), Hitman Trilogy (Console and PC), Pupperazzi (Cloud, Console and PC), Rainbow Six Extraction (Cloud, Console and PC), Rainbow Six Siege (PC) and Windjammers 2 (Cloud, Console and PC).

Let’s try to unpick this tangled web of releases. For a lot of players, the highlight will be Rainbow Six Extraction. A half-sequel, half expansion on Rainbow Six Siege (it’s standalone, so no need to have even played Siege), this stirs in some science-fiction elements and then opts for a Left4Dead-style structure of forming small tactical groups to reach an endzone. It follows a resurgence of the Chimera Parasite across America, and you are REACT – a tactical response unit, created to suppress the virus. 

Probably next in the ‘most anticipated’ hierarchy is Hitman Trilogy. The resurgence of Agent 47 on modern consoles has been a treat to watch, and now we’re getting all three of the stealth classics in one package on Game Pass. That’s Hitman 1, Hitman 2 and Hitman 3 releasing at 10 am PT/1 pm ET/6 pm UTC/7 pm CET, which means it will arrive a little later than the other games on this list. 

We’d probably opt for Pupperazzi as the next most anticipated. Not everyone will want to have a trigger on a sniper rifle: some will want it on the trigger of a digital camera. And when there’s the opportunity to snap puppies as they ride on skateboards, fly to the moon and jump into minecarts, well, you’re going to be filling a few scrapbooks. We have a review ready for this one.

Death’s Door was one of 2021’s understated successes, and its release on Game Pass allows a new wave of players through its door. You’re a grim reaper who attempts to collect a soul, only to find it whisked away to a realm where the dead do not seem to die. It’s a mystery that acts as a backdrop to a fantastically stylish little hack-and-slasher, and we heartily recommend it. 

A little more retro is Windjammers 2. The original was a cult arcade and Neo Geo classic, a combination of frisbees and volleyball that lingered in a lot of players’ memories. It was ported for modern consoles in 2017, and the success of that port has spawned a completely new, ground-up sequel of that original 1994 game. Get jamming.

Finally, the evergreen Rainbow Six Siege has made its way to PC, for those players who have  been waiting patiently for it. 

The one remaining announced game for Game Pass in January is Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master, which arrives on January 27th. 

If you can think about anything other than the Activision-Blizzard takeover by Xbox, then pop a comment below or do the same on social media.

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