Three very different games make their way to Xbox Game Pass today, with Dragon Ball FighterZ (Console, Cloud), Everspace 2 on Game Preview (PC) and Echo Generation (Console, PC, Cloud) all making an appearance. 

Dragon Ball FighterZ is a few years old now, having come out on the Xbox in 2018, but that’s no reason to dismiss it. It’s still a regular in fighting competitions, and we gave it a 4.5/5, calling it “pure, adrenaline fuelled fun”. This is a 2.5D fighter where you choose a roster of three fighters from across Dragon Ball history, equip them with unique assists, and then take on another team of three fighters controlled by other players or the AI. 

Dragon Ball FighterZ’s since been supplemented with plenty of additional fighters, but – sad face – they’re not included in the Game Pass bundle. So give this super-kinetic fighter a go and see if you want to dip into the reams of DLC it has on offer.

Next up is Everspace 2, which is solely on PC as current. If the original Everspace is anything to go by, we expect this to land on Xbox at some point in the future – and that has indeed been confirmed, although you’ll need to wait until 2023 for it. For now, if you have a PC, you can experience the Game Preview version of Everspace 2 on Game Pass. 

Already receiving rave reviews, this is a frenetic single-player space shooter, and it’s got plenty of additional stuff to do once you’ve got tired of the blasting. There is a deep story, galaxies of exploration, and a rich mining and crafting system. As you’d hope with any deep space sim, there’s plenty of loot to be found that can be traded for riches at space stations. 

Finally, the supernatural Echo Generation captures the spirit of Stranger Things and brings it to a voxel-based adventure game. You and your friends are investigating a crash site in a forest, which soon spirals into a rite of passage where you’re contending with monsters by summoning your own beasts. There’s some Pokemon in the monster-capturing, some Costume Quest in the turn-based battling, and some Earthbound in the travelling around suburban American in a simple RPG.

We’ve not had a chance to play and review this one yet, but be sure that we will give a verdict soon.

Plenty of other games have been announced for Game Pass across the remainder of October. Moonglow Bay arrives on October 26th (Console, PC, Cloud), and Age Of Empires IV finally marches in on October 28th (PC, Cloud), alongside Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (Console, PC), Backbone (Console), Bassmaster Fishing 2022 (Console, PC, Cloud), Nongunz: Doppelganger Edition (Console, PC, Cloud) and The Forgotten City  (Console, PC, Cloud).

Unfortunately, we’re also kissing goodbye to a fair few on October 31st, with the following games leaving Game Pass: Carto, Celeste, Comanche, Eastshade, Five Nights at Freddy’s 1, 2, 3 and 4, Knights and Bikes and Unruly Heroes.

In the meantime, let us know what tickles your fancy on Game Pass in the comments below.

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