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Two new games make their way to Game Pass today, and they scratch two different itches.

In the multiplayer camp is The Anacrusis (Console, PC and Cloud), a four-player cooperative FPS set aboard an interstellar cruise ship. In the solo camp is Spelunky 2 (Console, PC and Cloud), a sequel to the roguelike mining classic, Spelunky.

The Anacrusis is the newbie, as this is its multi-platform launch day. It’s the debut from Stray Bombay, a Seattle-based studio, and it somehow manages to cross the alien horror of Dead Space with the candy-coloured ‘60s science fiction of a Buck Rogers. You are holidaying on a massive starship, stranded on the edge of space, and aliens see you as easy pickings. So you must collaborate, working together to clear the ship with Dan Dare-style rayguns. 

There is more than a little Left 4 Dead and Back 4 Blood here, as the waves of enemies keep coming, and you have to constantly push back the AI Driver who is conducting the chaos. But there are plenty of weapons to unlock, as well as perks, characters and new ways to play. On Game Pass, Anacrusis has an inbuilt community, and that could be all that it needs to host a satisfying game. Why not get in on the ground floor? Just be aware, The Anacrusis does arrive as a Game Preview title, meaning that it’s still a bit of a work in progress. 

More of a known quantity is Spelunky 2. This has already won awards and dazzled players on other systems, but today sees it arrive simultaneously on Game Pass and Xbox. If you haven’t played it before, Spelunky is a game that perfected the roguelike genre, epitomising the need to have ‘one more go’. You dive into the mines and fill your bags with as many gems and treasures as you can carry, bringing them to the surface to buy more equipment. Along the way, you will find a story unfolding, as Spelunky 2 is one of the best roguelikes for making you feel like you are getting somewhere. 

Spelunky 2 brings other players along for the ride. It is possible to play Spelunky cooperatively, so you can share the highs and lows of mining with another. 

Game Pass is also saying goodbye to a few games. January 16th will be the last date that you can play Desperados III, Mount & Blade: Warband (Cloud, Console, and PC), Pandemic (Console and PC) and Yiik: A Postmodern RPG (PC). So go get them while you still can.

Which of these two games is more your jam? Are you in for the cooperative chaos of The Anacrusis? Or the roguelike charms of Spelunky 2? Let us know in the comments below, or on our social channels.

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