Microsoft has announced the full lineup of games that will be added to the Xbox Game Pass in May, confirming that there will be eight more games joining the service in the coming month.
The undoubted highlight of the additions is Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, which will join the Game Pass on Thursday 2nd May. The second installment in Bethesda and MachineGames’ series focuses on BJ Blazkowicz taking on the Nazi regime in an alternate history where the Nazi’s won the second world war and now control Europe. In our review of the game, I said “Overall, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is an overwhelming success. The ridiculous story somehow succeeds in both reminding us of the harrowing evil of the Nazi regime and what could have been while also offering up plenty of Nazis to take our anger out on and various fun ways in which to do it, and the games tongue-in-cheek humour provides plenty of respite from the darker side of things.”
On that same day, turn-based tactics game Wargroove will also join the service. Developed by Chucklefish and based around the adventures of Queen Mercia in the Kingdom of Cherrystone, Wargroove received great reviews when it released at the start of February and is a must-play for any strategy fans.
A week later on Thursday 9th May, three more titles will join the Game Pass, namely Surviving Mars, Tacoma, and Black Desert. Surviving Mars is a simulation game based around constructing “a self-sustaining colony capable of supporting human life on Mars”, tasking players with balancing “everything from life support to resource management and more”, while Tacoma is a sci-fi adventure exploration game from developers Fullbright that allows players to view past conversations and moments through an augmented reality surveillance system. Black Desert, meanwhile, is an MMORPG that originally released on the PC back in 2015 but only made its way to the Xbox One less than two months ago. It features “fast-paced combat and an immersive story within an expansive world just waiting to be explored”, and has been warmly received by critics.
The following day, on Friday 10th May, For the King will release on the Xbox Game Pass. Created by indie developer IronOak Games, the official description for the game reads:
“Embark on a perilous adventure in this strategic RPG that blends tabletop and roguelike elements in a challenging journey spanning the realms. Set off on a single player experience or play cooperatively both online and locally as you attempt to discover the mystery surrounding the King’s death and bring order back to the realms. And as an added member benefit, Xbox Game Pass members can play the game three days before its launch, starting on May 7!”
Mays additions will be rounded out a week later when two more games join the Game Pass on Thursday 16th May. The first of those, The Surge, is a sci-fi action-RPG that takes place in a dystopian future and puts players in the shoes of Warren, who must battle “robots gone haywire, out of control augmented co-workers, and rogue AI” using a heavy-grade exoskeleton. The second and final title will be LEGO Batman 3, which sees a blocky Bruce Wayne casually heading into space to stop Brainiac from destroying earth.
It’s another month of strong support from Microsoft for the Xbox Game Pass, which continues to prove its value for money on a monthly basis. If you haven’t subscribed to the Xbox Game Pass then I strongly suggest you check it out – you can subscribe for £7.99 a month, but new subscribers can currently get a 3-month subscription for just £1.