30 April 2019
May brings us some extra special goodies to the Xbox Game Pass. Xbox just release the May Game Pass lineup with six titles being added through the month. Also, an extra boost of sweetness, free content updates.
Lets take a look at the titles and release dates:
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – Available May 2
America, 1961. The assassination of Nazi General Deathshead was a short-lived victory. The Nazis maintain their stranglehold on the world. You are BJ Blazkowicz, aka “Terror-Billy,” member of the Resistance, scourge of the Nazi empire, and humanity’s last hope for liberty. Only you have the guns and gumption to return stateside, kill every Nazi in sight, and spark the second American Revolution.
Wargroove – Available May 2
Take to the battlefield with Wargroove, a turn-based strategy game for up to 4 players! Choose your Commander and wage war on battling factions, using your ‘groove’ to strategically sway the fight in your favor! Design and share online your very own maps, cut-scenes and campaign stories with easy-to-use editors and in-depth customization tools!
Wargroove is a modern take on the simple yet deep turn-based tactical gameplay popularized in the 2000’s by handheld games such as Advance Wars. As big fans of those games we were disappointed to find that nothing in this genre was available on current generation platforms and set out to fill the gap ourselves. Wargroove aims to recreate the charm and accessibility of the titles that inspired it whilst bringing modern technology into the formula. This modern focus allows for higher resolution pixel art, robust online play and deep modding capability, ultimately creating the most complete experience for Advance Wars and TBS fans.
Surviving Mars – Available May 9
Colonize Mars with Minimal Casualties – Surviving Mars is a sci-fi settlement builder all about colonizing Mars and surviving the process. Choose a space agency for resources and financial support before determining a location for your colony. Build domes and infrastructure, research new possibilities and utilize drones to unlock more elaborate ways to shape and expand your settlement. Are you ready? Mars is waiting for you.
Tacoma – Available May 9
The game takes place in 2088 where hypercorporations have a key influence on society – In addition to being responsible for space travel, orbital habitats and artificial intelligence (AI) among other ventures, civilians often learn and work for such corporations as part of an economy which promotes loyalty to a given corporation. Among corporations such as Amazon, Carnival, and Hilton is the Venturis Corporation, which operates a number of the stations orbiting Earth. The advent of automation has brought conflict between the corporations and the Orbital Workers Union, leading to legislation such as the Human Oversight Accord which requires AI-operated stations to include a crew of specialised contractors as a safeguard.
Black Desert – Available May 9
Black Desert is a revolutionary MMORPG that delivers intense, fast-paced combat, profitable life skills and an expansive open world. Slay monsters, abominations and gods, or engage in relaxing life skills like crafting, fishing and cooking. Become your true self in this truly open, open world MMORPG.
The mysterious [Black Stone] is a source of energy known to Ancients, and was a basis for the ancient civilization. However, legend has it that it also was the very reason that corrupted the minds of the Ancients through unknown phenomena causing the fall of their civilization.
For the King – Available May 10
For The King is a Procedural Turn-Based RPG that features Solo and Co-op play. Featuring a blend of Rogue-like, Board-game and JRPG Combat mechanics, For The King has a unique feel and aesthetic. Players must survive cunning enemies and creatures, wicked weather and brutal traps in their quest to solve the mysterious death of the king and bring order to the land.
- Living World – New challenges and horrors emerge at different times of day. Encounter weather and natural events that have a variety of effects, both good and bad.
- Procedurally Crafted Map – The map, realms, and locations you encounter are different every play through. A unique set of fascinating locations will force you to adapt your play style every game.
- Persistent Lore – Collect lore and spend it at the town libraries to build a unique game experience. Unlock persistent game mechanics in the order of your choosing.
- Dungeons – Unique dungeons will require new strategies every time you play. Encounter deadly traps, enemies, and legendary treasure in unexpected ways.
- Persistent Weapon Crafting – Collect unusual resources and rare weapon recipes to craft powerful weapons over multiple play-through’s.
- Item, trinkets, curiosities – Find many different objects and items to use along the way. Some helpful and some come with a cost…
The Surge – Available May 16
The Surge is an action RPG set in a world ravaged by war and global warming. The game offers a hardcore experience, with a focus on challenging, visceral melee combat. It features fresh fighting, looting and crafting mechanics, alongside a unique character progression system. Fitted with your exo-suit and cybernetic implants, harness super-human strength to survive the CREO complex, a mega-corporation that set out to save the world.
Enhance your exo-suit with near-endless combinations of armor and weapons, each with their own move sets as you slice your way through steel and flesh to loot, craft, and improve your rig. Salvage weapons and modular armor, by using the dynamic targeting system to attack and dismember limbs individually. From lighting rigs to heavy lifters, security armor to advanced, secretive technology – mix and match equipment to suit your playstyle and overcome the adversarial and environmental challenges that plague the malfunctioning complex.
Take on huge, industrial bosses in a complex gone mad and discover the truth about CREO.
LEGO Batman 3 – Available May 16
Six members of the seven “Emotional Spectrum” Lantern Corps are all summoned by a mysterious force, revealed to be Brainiac. The Corps are defeated and brainwashed into serving him. With this complete, Brainiac charts a course for Earth in order to retrieve someone from the Green Lantern Corps – the Lantern Corps he still needs. Namely: Hal Jordan. Meanwhile, in Gotham City, Batman and Robin pursue Killer Croc through the sewers. Croc escapes and hands over a map to his accomplices: the Joker, Cheetah, Firefly, and Solomon Grundy. At the Hall of Justice, Cyborg completes work on a “Slideways Teleporter” linking the Hall of Justice to the Justice League Watchtower and sends Green Lantern through it to meet with Martian Manhunter as a trial run. The test is successful, and the portal is left open.
Rocket League – the award-winning, physics-based multiplayer-focused mash-up! Choose from a variety of high-flying vehicles and show off your Xbox fandom with the Xbox Customization Pack. This pack includes: Wheels, Boost, Octane Decal, and Player Banner and is free to all Xbox Game Pass members. The pack is available first to Xbox Game Pass members until July 15*, when it becomes available to all Xbox players.
Free updates to games already available with the Xbox Game Pass:
Minecraft Village & Pillage update – Discover the most adventurous update yet! Defend against new threats, build with new blocks, and experience life in all-new villages.
Sea of Thieves – is celebrating a year of adventures! Now that’s a lot of gold and bananas. In their Anniversary Update, they’ll be introducing Tall Tales – Shores of Gold, The Arena, and The Hunter’s Call starting today!
Human: Fall Flat – gets dark with their new Dark Level Update. It’s the biggest and most graphically stunning level yet! Play now with your friends.
State of Decay 2 – Choose Your Own Apocalypse Update presents more options for players to define what it means to survive. New players can start their community in Standard Zones (the game’s base difficulty level), and Dread Zones are great place for players who want a challenge with additions like armored zombies, more hordes and a faster acting blood plague infection (from about 3 hours to just about 30 minutes). Nightmare Zones are intended for hardcore players who are ready to test themselves against freak packs like screamer choirs and bloater pods along with NPCs who can headshot you right back.
That is an impressive list of games and content updates coming to Game Pass for May. Be sure to head over now and check out Game Passand jump in on the action with these great titles, and always remember to keep your gaming level set to MAX!