Xbox Game pass is available for as little as $1.00 for the first month and it comes with a plethora of games both new and old. And we’ve picked 5 classic games that you must play.
Remember the days when you used to head down to your local Blockbuster Video and rent a handful of games to play over the weekend? It was like $7.00 a pop for new releases and you had to return them the very next day. As for the classics, well, you were allowed to hold onto them a little longer.
Those days are now long gone. Xbox Game pass gives you access to plenty of games for as little as $10.00 a month; from brand new AAA titles to some of the older classics, the Xbox Game Pass has something for everyone.
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We took a trip down memory lane and found five classic video games available with the Xbox Games Pass that you absolutely must play.
Banjo Kazooie is one of the all-time greats. Developed by RARE, it was originally a Nintendo64 exclusive title. The game was a critical and commercial success, selling nearly two million copies in the United States. It was praised for its detailed graphics, immersive sound, and intricate level design. In 1999, it received two awards from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences: Console Action Game of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Art/Graphics.
In 2008 the game was remastered and released on the Xbox 360 and is now available to all Xbox Game Pass holders.
Perfect Dark Zero
Another RARE title, Perfect Dark Zero is the true soul successor to my favourite first-person shooter game ever; Golden Eye. It has exceedingly high scores across the board, still currently sitting in the high 8s on Metacritic.
The series follows Joanna Dark, an agent of the Carrington Institute agency, as she uncovers conspiracies by rival corporation dataDyne. In addition to video games, the series has expanded into novels and comics. These supplements to the video games have resulted in a significant development of the series’ fictional universe.
The Fallout series really needs no introduction, but unfortunately for fans Fallout 3 was Bethesda’s last good Fallout game. Although Fallout 3 did not offer the player as much freedom of choice as its predecessors, it was still a phenomenal game. It was also the first time fans got to explore the post-nuclear wastelands of Washington D.C. in 3D.
It’s a true classic that any RPG fan must play at least once in their lifetime. I remember pre-ordering the special edition lunchbox edition, but sadly I lost the little Vault Boy bobble-head.
Mass Effect is everything a gamer could ever want and need. It is the game Fallout 3 should’ve been and it should have set the bar to what a role-playing game should be. Alas, no one decided to pay attention and no game followed in Mass Effect’s footsteps, not even the sequels. Perhaps it was the shear depth of choice it gave the player; this was one of the few game that actually let the player control the narrative of their own game-play experience – as far removed from linear as a game can be.
This space aged role-playing game was yonks ahead of its time. It is a struggle even today to find a role-playing game with so much depth. Sure, they may exist, but I dare you to name one from the top of your head. Actually, please do. I would love to know.
Probably the most controversial game series on this list because of its creator, Peter Molyneux. When visionary mind behind Populous and Black and White announced that he was working on an Xbox exclusive adventure game called Fable, I was absolutely besides myself with excitement. Especially after reading about it in an old gaming magazine.
Peter Molyneux has a history of promising us the world but giving us Pluto? Fable was one of his first big promises. A game that your choices would definitively shape the world. You were supposed to play as a child and the deeds you would do would affect the adult you’d later become. This was going to be the greatest game ever made, if he delivered. Did he?
He did, well.. kind of. All those things that Peter said would be in the game, were in the game, just a bit watered down. But still, Peter did, in this instance, actually deliver us a world, and amazing one at that. Albion was magical little world full of interesting characters which you could form relationships with. And it was fun to see your character grow into and make an impact on this newfound world depending on your choices.
Did you know?
Fable Anniversary Edition, Fable II and Fable III are all available with the Xbox Game Pass, and should not be overlooked by anyone. Especially now that Microsoft have promised us a 4th installment and for the fact that you won’t have an excuse to miss out now that the Xbox Game Pass will soon be made available to PC gamers.