Games of the second half of the month for subscribers

After a long wait, the games have been confirmed the other half Of June 2022 no catalog Xbox Game Pass, for subscribers to Microsoft services. Contrary to what was expected, since the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase event took place in the middle of the time period in question, no particular new snapshots emerged from the presentation, and no sudden “shadow drop” is appeared in the middle of the night, so the additions to the catalog have been limited to those planned for some time now, with surprises appearing the previous days.

In comparison with the other months of June, in short, this version is perhaps less confusing than the others, but it still contains many titles of great interest: however, we resume here the two games released before the official announcement of the calendar in the second half of the month year for completeness of information. For the rest, we saw Microsoft’s presentation fully geared towards the near future, which brought back the idea of ​​another year of greatness for the Xbox Game Pass, with several games arriving between late 2022 and early 2023. to look forward to the next 12 months of service.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge – Xbox, PC, and Cloud, June 16

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge game image

In many ways, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Revenge of the Destroyer It’s kind of a dream come true, for many Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans as well as scroll wrestling fans. This last genre is outdated, technological advances and new tastes prevailing in the video game market have doomed it to disappear, but there are still those who manage to restore and shape it, thanks to new technologies, according to the most classic style. .

As you can also see from our review, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is a rare example of a homage to the past done with great skill and media savvy. It’s not just a great ape classic, nor does it rely on the safe return of a famous license, but it uses those elements to build something beautiful that can be enjoyed by fans of the gender and newcomers. In a profusion of 2D bitmaps, returning to the scenes of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game is a victory and a confirmation that DotEmu is now a guarantor in this type of operation.

Omori – Xbox, PC and Cloud, June 17

Aomori, screenshot
Aomori, screenshot

Surprisingly released on consoles and live on Xbox Game Pass, Aomori It is an address not to be missed. It’s not really a game that jumps out at a glance, but it would be a shame to ignore it: it’s a kind of adventure with elements of Japanese RPG, but it’s mostly the launch of a complex and deep story, which touches on very delicate and unwieldy, with unqualified mastery, very familiar with this method.

Constantly stretching between reality and dream, always approaching a nightmare even immersed in horror elements, Aomori tells the adventures of an ordinary but extraordinary boy, with the active participation of the player who can make different choices and thus directing the story in different ways. Between Undertale and Yume Nikki, Omocat’s adventure is an incredible introspective journey that’s unafraid to explore complex themes like depression and anxiety, with exquisite sensitivity and mastery of storytelling. A game to try while you can take its impact.

Shadowrun Trilogy – Xbox and Cloud, June 21

Shadowrun returns, a photo from the first chapter
Shadowrun returns, a photo from the first chapter

The Hairbrained Scheme team pulled off the complex process of restoring a historic cyberpunk sci-fi scene franchise like Shadowrun, which also had some interesting precedents in the video game realm. On Xbox Game Pass it is now available Shadowrun Trilogyor the entire collection of Hairbrained’s new series, containing Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director’s Cut and Shadowrun: Hong Kong – Extended Edition, the full and extended versions of all three seasons previously released on PC.

There are three RPGs with turn-based strategy elements that feature a cyberpunk storyline, which makes the series famous by placing it entirely within the mixed genre in question, with the characteristic of merging some classic fantasy elements with the future. Shadowrun’s first return, released a decade ago, saw the return of Jordan Wiseman, the creator of the original. Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director’s Cut is the expanded and exciting version of the second chapter, just like Shadowrun: Hong Kong – Extended Edition is the complete version of all expansions of the third chapter.

Total War: Three Kingdoms – PC, June 21

Total War: Three Kingdoms Strategy Image
Total War: Three Kingdoms Strategy Image

The encounter between the history of the Total War strategy series and the history of ancient China can only lead to a wonderful experience, as was the case with Total War: Three Kingdoms. Total War: Three Kingdoms. Set in China in 190 AD, the game features a classic strategic setting with a narrative campaign that chronicles the epic construction of a formidable empire, forged by countless battles across a vast region divided by constant contradictions. It is therefore a question of choosing its leader among 12 potential legendary candidates, of conquering sovereignty by uniting the country under the same flag and of trying to dominate the enemies militarily, economically and politically.

Total War: Three Kingdoms requires strategic skills in managing units in combat and also leveraging resources to grow your faction, as well as diplomatic skills in forming alliances and protecting against more threatening enemies. The game has received a lot of flak recently for Creative Assembly’s decision to discontinue content support, but it’s still a top-tier strategy game with a great setup.

FIFA 22 (EA Play) – Xbox and PC, June 23

FIFA 22 as stadium
FIFA 22 as stadium

EA Play confirms all its weight by giving it away FIFA 22 Within the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate catalog, a game that really needs no introduction. This is Electronic Arts’ new annual football sim that continues to grind millions of copies from release to release, with the latest not betraying expectations in this regard.

Retaining the top Italian ranking, FIFA 22 becomes freely playable by Game Pass Ultimate subscribers from this month, giving you the chance to try out its new features. There’s not much to tell truth be told, but it’s still an ongoing development with the understanding that it’s now generally accepted by many fans of the series, as well as updates pulled from the official licenses associated with the series, of course. The football season has just ended. Between the standard simulation, features, online multiplayer and FIFA Ultimate Team mode, there is definitely something missing in this digital football, with some unique features tied to the EA Play version.

Naraka: Bladepoint – Xbox, PC and Cloud, June 23

After first appearing on PC, Hell: Bladepoint It’s coming to consoles for the first time and is done by launching directly into Xbox Game Pass. It is a special multiplayer action game with battle royale elements, but all based on hand-to-hand combat, using martial arts and special techniques in an environment inspired by Chinese and oriental myths.

60 players compete on a large map reminiscent of ancient China, offering a wide variety of scenarios and different situations between forests, mountains, mines, ancient ruins and rural villages, so many scenarios that can be explored and traversed very quickly. At the time of battle, it is then necessary to unleash the mastery of the fighting style of martial arts, ranged weapons and melee attacks, in the combination of techniques and special skills that make each character so special.

Far Cry 5 – Xbox, PC and Cloud, July 1

Far Cry 5 car game scene
Far Cry 5 car game scene

The surprise at the end of June/beginning of July is not exactly the first fruit, but we are delighted: it is Far Cry 5, is an open-world first-person shooter that has been on the market for about four years. If you’ve never played it before, this is a great opportunity to catch up, given that it’s a title that makes exploring its vast open map unique. If nothing else, it also marks another milestone in this partnership between Microsoft and Ubisoft that was announced last month and began to bear fruit in June 2022 between Assassin’s Creed, For Honor and Far Cry .5.

Does this mean Ubisoft+ is somehow coming to Game Pass? We don’t know yet and the answers that were expected at the June 12 conference have not yet arrived, neither on this subject nor on the Ubisoft Classics collection. However, in the meantime, the games keep popping up and that’s a good thing: if you’re in the mood for first-person action, with free exploration and some storytelling elements, a visit to Hope County, Montana is the place for you. You are.

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