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PC Game Pass: what we liked the most

For a very long time, one of the best offers in the field of PC gaming was not available to us. It took a while, but since March this year, Microsoft has made PC Game Pass available in Malaysia, revealing a massive catalog of games available to you for just RM15 per month.

Of course, this is only the regular subscription price. Microsoft is also offering an introductory bonus for PC Game Pass, where your first three months will only cost RM5. So you can try out the service at a heavily discounted rate and then decide if it’s something you want to keep paying.

That being said, is this a subscription service worth your money, on top of all the other subscriptions you may already be paying for? We asked ourselves the same question, and here is what we found.

Good

You’ve probably heard – or read – many people singing the praises of PC Game Pass. If so, you are probably aware of these positives that we are about to discuss. Otherwise, these are the most obvious advantages of the subscription service.

Access on the first day

Following the announcement of the recent Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, we know that PC Game Pass will be hosting a pretty big roster of games this year and with the subscription, you can get access to new Xbox Game Studios releases right from the start. day.

Here are some of the upcoming games we’re most looking forward to:

As dusk falls

As Dusk Falls screen
Source: INTERNAL NIGHT.

As Dusk Falls is the first game from INTERIOR NIGHT, an indie studio made up of former Quantic Dream and Sony Interactive Entertainment developers. And as you’d expect from Quantic Dream’s pedigree, this game is an interactive drama, exploring the story of two families spanning thirty years.

This one should be released relatively soon, with the exact date being July 20th. And when it does, PC Game Pass will let you play it the same day.

Contempt

Contempt Screenshot
Source: Ebb Software.

Imagine a first-person shooter with a grotesque, Lovecraftian twist, with a twist of body horror. This is basically what Scorn looks like, although the developers at Ebb Software say it’s more of an adventure game than a shooter. Although the game is open-world, each region has its own character, so to speak.

Scorn will be available on October 21. And with PC Game Pass, that’s when you can download and play,

Repentance

screen of penance
Source: Obsidian Entertainment.

The studio behind Pentiment is Obsidian Entertainment, which should no longer be featured. As for the game itself, it’s a historical mystery RPG that sees the player character get caught up in a series of murders in a city that spans over 25 years. As you’d expect from Obsidian, the story is all about choices, and your every action will have consequences that will affect the city for years to come.

For now, the game has a not-too-concrete release window of November 2022, barring any unexpected delays. But when it does, you’ll get access to it through PC Game Pass on release day.

A Plague Tale: Requiem

Source: Asobo Studio.

Asobo Studio’s anticipated sequel to A Plague Tale: Innocence, A Plague Tale: Requiem continues where the first game left off. Amica and Hugo have left their homeland and traveled south, where they are trying to start a new life. Naturally, nothing goes as planned and the siblings have to flee again, this time to an island.

Although not a game created or published on Xbox, A Plague Tale: Requiem is still among those that will be available on PC Game Pass on day one. Its release is scheduled for October 18.

Starfield trailer screen
Source: Bethesda/YouTube.

Going further into 2023, there are a good number of heavy hitters coming day one to PC Game Pass on their respective release dates. These range from Bethesda’s Starfield and Arkane’s Redfall to the latest entry in Microsoft’s racing simulator series, Forza Motorsport 8. release include Studio Wildcard’s Ark 2, starring Vin Diesel.

Of course, these are just a small number of games coming in the next 12 months. If you are looking for games that have already been released, there is a whole catalog with hundreds of games that you can access.

More games than you can play

The idea behind PC Game Pass is to be the Netflix of video games. And for the most part, that’s true. As of this writing, 416 PC games are available through the subscription service.

PC Game Pass 416 games

And that’s definitely more games than you can play at any given time. Even if you manage to squeeze in 30 hours of play per week (two hours every weekday and a crazy 10 hours on weekends), you might be able to complete just one short game in that week. Which translates to four or five games a month. And you only pay RM15 per month for it.

Try games you wouldn’t normally have

Having access to so many games for one subscription also means you can try out games you don’t normally play. Chances are a few games have caught your eye, but since there is no demo or trial version, you end up ignoring it.

PC Game Pass 416 games

However, being a PC Game Pass subscriber makes that a non-issue. This allows you to avoid having to pay prices that can vary between RM100 and RM300 just to risk trying a game that you might not like. It also gives you the option to do this for any number of games available in its library for just RM15 per month.

Excellent value

These two points highlight just how great value for money PC Game Pass is as a service. To reuse the examples above, you could potentially only pay RM3.50 for a game, or try any number of full games as free trials.

The not so good

Now, it’s no surprise to hear the good things about anything, and it’s no different for PC Game Pass. But after trying it out, here’s what we missed about the subscription service, despite its excellent value for money.

Quilting library

While the 416 games on PC Game Pass is an impressive number, some parts aren’t quite as impressive. One is the fact that you can’t expect every entry in a franchise to be there. Big hitters like the Dragon Age and Dishonored series, of course. Others, not so much.

For example, if you were a Warhammer 40000 fan, you’ll be happy to know that the next Darktide is coming to the subscription service. That being said, when you search Warhammer in the library, there are only two titles available, at least at the time of writing. One is Total War: Warhammer III, and the other is Warhammer 40000: Battlesector.

The recently released Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters isn’t there, nor are the two Vermintide entries, the Warhammer Fantasy equivalent of Darktide. There are other games available for purchase, such as Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2, but they are not available as part of the subscription.

Admittedly, this is in no way Microsoft’s fault, as the decision to put games on PC Game Pass is up to publishers. But it’s still something to keep in mind.

Rotating availability

While we don’t intend to make another Netflix for gaming comparison, it’s particularly fitting to outline this potential downside. Like the movie and TV streaming service, the games available on PC Game Pass are shuffled and rotated from time to time. Which means the games you’re playing right now won’t necessarily be available in a few months.

If you’re playing a single title that only lasts 30 hours like the example above, then of course that’s not a problem. But if you’re playing a long game that has endless replayability, like Assassin’s Creed, Dead by Daylight, or Dragon Quest XI, it could be bad news if it gets replaced. Microsoft usually announces these library redesigns, so you’ll at least be notified in advance. It should be noted that Bethesda or Xbox Game Studios titles are very unlikely to be rotated.

Source: Microsoft.

That being said, these aren’t issues exclusive to PC Game Pass. In fact, it’s probably fair to say that this is an almost universal problem for most other subscription services.

But on the other hand, it’s the only one of its kind, at least for PC gamers, giving you access to a vast library of games for a really affordable monthly fees, plus a promotional price of RM5 for the first three months.

If all this suits you, you can register via the PC Game Pass official page here.

This article is brought to you by Microsoft.