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Xbox Game Pass, June 2022: games for the second half of the month for subscribers

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Xbox Game Pass, June 2022: games for the second half of the month for subscribers
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Let’s do the usual overview of games from the second half of June 2022 for Xbox Game Pass subscribers.

After a long wait, the confirmation on the games of the second half from June 2022 in the catalog of Xbox Game Pass, for subscribers to the Microsoft service. Contrary to what might have been expected, given the presence of the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase event right in the middle of the period in question, no particular immediate news emerged from the presentation, nor a surprise “shadow drop” right in the middle of the evening, therefore the additions to the catalog were limited to those that had already been planned for some time, with a couple of surprises already popping up in the previous days.

Compared to other months of June, in short, this is perhaps less crackling than others, but it still contains several titles of great interest: however, we recover here the two games released before the official announcement of the lineup in the second half of the month, for completeness. of information. For the rest, we witnessed a Microsoft presentation entirely aimed at the near future, which returned the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčanother year of great level for Xbox Game Pass, with many games arriving between the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023. , so we just have to look enthusiastically at the next 12 months of the service.

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

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, an image from the game
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, an image from the game

In several respects, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge It’s kind of a dream come true, for many Ninja Turtles fans as well as scrolling fighting fans. The latter is an obsolete genre, condemned by technological progress and the new tastes prevailing in the videogame market to extinction, yet there are still those who are able to recover and shape it, through new techniques, according to the most classic style.

As you can also see in our review, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is a rare example of homage to the past done with great skill and mastery of the means. It doesn’t just be an ape of the great classics, nor does it rest on the safe return of a famous license, but it uses these elements to build something beautiful, which can be enjoyed by both genre enthusiasts and newbies alike. In a riot of 2D bitmaps, the return to the videogame scenes of the Ninja Turtles is a triumph and a confirmation of the fact that DotEmu is now a guarantee in this kind of operations.

Omori – Xbox, PC and Cloud, June 17th

Omori, a screenshot
Omori, a screenshot

Surprisingly released on consoles and directly on Xbox Game Pass, Omori it’s a title you shouldn’t miss. It is not really a game that captures attention at a glance, but it would be a great pity to overlook it: it is a sort of adventure with elements of Japanese RPG, but it is above all the staging of a complex and profound story, which touches topics that are very delicate and difficult to deal with, with a truly uncommon mastery in this medium.

Continuously stretched between reality and dream, always close to the nightmare until it sinks into horror elements, Omori tells the adventures of an ordinary yet extraordinary boy, with the active participation of the player who can make different choices and thus direct the story in different ways. Between Undertale and Yume Nikki, Omocat’s adventure is a surprisingly introspective journey that isn’t afraid to explore complicated topics like depression and anxiety, with truly remarkable delicacy and mastery of storytelling. A game to try, as long as you can withstand its impact.

Shadowrun Trilogy – Xbox and Cloud, June 21

Shadowrun Returns, an image from the first chapter
Shadowrun Returns, an image from the first chapter

The Hairbrained Scheme team has perfectly succeeded in the complex operation of recovering a historical franchise in the cyberpunk science fiction scene like Shadowrun, which also had interesting precedents in the videogame field. On Xbox Game Pass it is now available Shadowrun Trilogyor the complete collection of the new series of Hairbrained, containing Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director’s Cut and Shadowrun: Hong Kong – Extended Edition, full and extended editions of the three chapters previously released on PC.

These are three RPGs with turn-based strategic elements characterized by a cyberpunk setting, which take up the famous series by fully placing it in the hybrid genre in question, with the characteristic of mixing even some elements more classically fantasy with the futuristic. The first Shadowrun Returns, released a decade ago, saw the return of Jordan Weisman, creator of the original. Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director’s Cut is the extended and enriched version of the second chapter, as well as Shadowrun: Hong Kong – Extended Edition is the complete edition of all the expansions of the third chapter.

Total War: Three Kingdoms – PC, June 21

Total War: Three Kingdoms, an image of the strategic
Total War: Three Kingdoms, an image of the strategic

The encounter between the history of the Total War strategic series and the history of ancient China could only lead to a great experience, as happened with Total War: Three Kingdoms. Set in China in 190 AD, the game offers the classic strategy structure with narrative campaign that tells the epic construction of a colossal empire, forged by many battles within a vast territory torn by continuous contrasts. It is therefore a question of choosing your leader among 12 possible legendary candidates, and conquering supremacy by uniting the country under a single banner, trying to dominate the enemies in military, economic and political terms.

Total War: Three Kingdoms requires strategic skill in managing units in battle but also resources to be exploited to grow their faction, as well as diplomatic skills in forging alliances and guarding against the most threatening enemies. The game has received several criticisms recently for The Creative Assembly’s decision to discontinue support in terms of content, but it remains a truly high-profile strategy game with a fascinating setting.

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

FIFA 22 in a stadium image
FIFA 22 in a stadium image

EA Play asserts its full weight by bringing it as a gift FIFA 22 within the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate catalog, a game that really doesn’t need any introduction. This is the new, yet another, annual football simulation from Electronic Arts that continues to grind millions of copies from version to version, with the latter that has not betrayed expectations in this sense at all.

Staying firmly at the top of the Italian ranking, FIFA 22 therefore becomes freely playable by Game Pass Ultimate subscribers starting from this month, giving the opportunity to try its new features. There are not very many, to tell the truth, but it is still a constant evolution on the basis that it is now generally positively accepted by the many fans of the series, in addition of course to the updates derived from the official licenses linked to the recently concluded football season. Between the standard simulation, the career, the online multiplayer and the FIFA Ultimate Team mode, there is certainly something to get lost in this digital football, with some exclusive benefits related to the EA Play version.

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

After debuting on PC, Naraka: Bladepoint arrives for the first time on consoles and does so with a launch directly within the Xbox Game Pass. It is a particular multiplayer action game with battle royale elements but all based on hand-to-hand combat, using martial arts and special techniques in a setting inspired by Chinese and oriental mythology.

60 players face each other all together within a large map that recalls ancient China, offering a remarkable variety of different settings and situations among woods, mountains, mines, ancient ruins and rural villages, all scenarios that can be explored and crossed at great speed. In the moment of the fight, it is then necessary to unleash the mastery of the fighting style between martial arts, ranged weapons and melee attacks, in a mixture of techniques and special skills that makes each character very special.

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

Far Cry 5, a game scene aboard a vehicle
Far Cry 5, a game scene aboard a vehicle

The surprise at the end of June / beginning of July is not exactly a first-fruit, but we welcome it very gladly: it is Far Cry 5, open world first-person shooter that has been available on the market for about four years now. In case you haven’t played it before, this is an excellent opportunity to make up for it, considering that it is a title that makes exploration in its vast open map a characterizing element. If nothing else, it also represents another important step in that partnership between Microsoft and Ubisoft that was announced last month and that in June 2022 has already begun to bear fruit, between Assassin’s Creed, For Honor and this Far Cry. 5.

Does that mean Ubisoft + is somehow coming to Game Pass? It is not known yet and the answers that were expected during the conference on June 12 have not yet arrived, neither on this topic nor on the collection of Ubisoft classics. However, in the meantime the games keep coming and that’s a good thing: if you’re in the mood for some first-person action, with free exploration and some narrative element, a visit to Hope County, Montana is the place for you. you.



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