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There’s three in, one out today on Game Pass, with Grand Theft Auto San Andreas – The Definitive Edition (Cloud and Console) getting swapped, like Pogs on the schoolground, for three high caliber games. In return, we are getting This War of Mine: Final Cut (Cloud, Console and PC), Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Anniversary Edition (Cloud, Console and PC) and Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising (Cloud, Console and PC).

There are a couple of threads that bind these three games together. One is the improbably long titles: we’ve lost a game with eight words in its title, and swapped it for three that total fifteen (plus three colons). Vital journalism, we think you will agree. The other connection is blood, as all three games take different approaches to violence. You will be lucky to get out of today’s games alive. 

This War of Mine: Final Cut is both new and old. It originally released back in 2019, bringing harrowing storytelling, shades-of-grey choices and some lovely war-is-hell artwork to the Xbox. What this ‘Final Cut’ release represents is a day-one launch on Game Pass, 4K visuals and a UI makeover, remixed versions of the original game’s locations, some new locations to explore from This War of Mine’s Stories DLC, a classic scenario, a new character and some new quests. If you missed it the first time round, this acclaimed indie’s re-release might be the perfect time to enroll.

Taking a more gleeful approach to violence is Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Anniversary Edition. After the first in the series was launched on Game Pass in April, it looks like we are getting the remainder of the series as a dripfeed. This time round, it’s the turn of Danganronpa 2, and we are fairly confident in saying that this is our favourite in the series. It’s a macabre and hilarious visual novel-stroke-deduction game, as you determine who among a group of students is a killer, as a deranged bear goads you on. Bizarre, but kind of essential. 

Finally, there’s an apocalyptic bent to violence in the form of Eiuden: Chronicle Rising – a game which found a place in our Up Next article for May, as we detailed the most exciting titles to come to Xbox this month. 

This is a hybrid of JRPG and beat’em-up, as you aim to rebuild your home town of Runebarrows after a terrifying earthquake. We’re getting some solid Dark Cloud flashbacks, as your adventure into the dungeons beneath Runebarrows will give you access to buildings that can be brought back to the surface, rebuilding what was lost. Curious still is that this is something of an epilogue to Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, which is due at a later point in 2023, and your progress will carry over into that other game.

There’s still some meat on May’s kebab. Floppy Knights (Console and PC) and Headspace Shipbreaker (PC) is due on the 24th, Sniper Elite 5 (Console, PC) on the 26th, and Pac-Man Museum+ (Console, PC) on the 27th. 

Some games are leaving, unfortunately. On May 15th we lose Enter The Gungeon (Cloud, Console, and PC), Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (Console and PC), Remnant: From the Ashes (Cloud, Console, and PC), Steep (Cloud and Console), The Catch: Carp and Coarse (Cloud, Console, and PC) and The Wild at Heart (Cloud, Console, and PC).

Which brand of violence is your cup of tea? Let us know in the comments or on our social channels. 

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