We arrive at the second half of April 2022 and, as usual, at the overview of the new games coming to Xbox Game Pass.
Although we are still in an intermediate period, of waiting towards what should be the moment of the annual announcements from Microsoft, Xbox Game Pass continues to bring out interesting news also as regards the organization of the service itself, in addition of course to the games, of which we see here an overview of those that will arrive in the second half of April 2022.
After a rather interesting first wave, this second part also continues with a linear trend, without particular peaks of interest represented by titles of absolute value but with an assortment that rather points to the variety and originality of the gaming experiences.
On the other hand, with the backlog gained a little by all users, sometimes it is not bad to go through a moment of greater relaxation on the front of the outputs. In the meantime, however, some very interesting news are looming on the horizon: Microsoft has announced a new collaboration to bring other Ubisoft games into the catalog, which will begin to materialize in the next two months with the arrival of Assassin’s. Creed Origins and For Honor: Marching Fire Edition, but this suggests an expansion of the service by the French publisher with a decidedly rich perspective. For the moment, however, let’s proceed with the usual overview of the games arriving in this second half of April.
F1 2021 (EA Play) – Cloud, April 19
Shortly after the release on PC and console, F1 2021 also arrives on the Cloud in the second batch of April. With the new chapter coming this summer and the championship just started, it may be a good time to jump into F1 2021, now accessible from the Xbox Game Pass and EA Play catalog also via the cloud. This is obviously the official simulation of last season, but we can’t complain too much: the Codemasters game is excellent even if no longer themed with the new season just started and, in case you absolutely do not want to have the latest version, still represents one of the greatest expressions of automotive simulation, moreover the only one specifically dedicated to this sport in an official way. You can get to know him better in our F1 2021 review, but if you are even vaguely interested in the sport in question, we invite you to download it as soon as it is available.
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered (EA Play) – Cloud, April 19
Another cloud-specific addition this month is Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered, already arrived on EA Play and Game Pass Ultimate last June. This is the remastered version of one of the most popular chapters of the historic racing series by Electronic Arts. By Stellar Entertainment, which has now become an expert in the sector after carrying out the same operation with Burnout Paradise Remastered, the game recovers much of the original spirit of Need for Speed between clandestine races and chases with the police, but with a technical framework of considerable thickness as well as variations and improvements applied to the gameplay between the control system, modes, options and more that make it still perfectly enjoyable, as also reported in the review of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered a few months ago. There is cross-platform multiplayer on all platforms, all original content and DLCs released after launch, such as the additional modes Armed and Dangerous and Lamborghini Untamed.
Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion – Xbox, PC and Cloud, April 19
With what is probably one of the strangest titles seen recently, Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion it could only be a very particular and very interesting game. The protagonist of the story is a little boy-turnip, evicted from home on charges of tax evasion and forced to find a way to repay a huge accumulated debt. However, behind the whole issue there is a story of corruption that affects the entire “vegetable” administration, starting with Mayor Cipolla. The little Rapa then becomes a sort of loose cannon ready to unmask the wrongs and overturn the status quo between fights, puzzles to be solved and bizarre gardening-themed quests, more or less. Strange characters, dungeons, crimes and misdeeds are mixed in this strange story, staged in a game with a composite gameplay: it ranges from exploration to combat, to the cultivation of vegetables and the collection of various elements on the screen, all with a beautiful style in pixel art.
7 Days to Die – Xbox, PC and Cloud, April 26th
The post-apocalyptic zombie-based survival horror is no longer a truly original concept, but it continues to fascinate and inspire even quite interesting productions, such as 7 Days to Die. It is a game with a hybrid structure that somewhat recalls the tradition of State of Decay, with players called to fight in a first-person shooter-style dynamic but also to deal with various aspects strictly related to survival, as well as some management elements. given by the ability to build and control a base, with tower defense style features. In short, there is a good amount of different ingredients that make the gameplay somewhat composite and deep, thus managing to be interesting for a heterogeneous audience. Unfortunately, the console version in particular is not exactly flawless, as reported in our review, but in the meantime something has improved anyway and the game can be interesting.
Research and Destroy – Xbox and PC, April 26th
We are used to seeing, in video games, scientists engaging in the creation of weapons to be provided to heroes to fight some obscure threat, but in this case we skip a step: as the title perfectly suggests, in Research and Destroy it is scientists who use the weapons they build to sow death and destruction against the enemy hordes. In this sort of revenge of the nerds in post-apocalyptic sauce, we find ourselves taking part in turn-based combat against hordes of supernatural creatures of various kinds, with the particularity of also having to do research and develop more and more extravagant weapons to bring the enemies. Between turn-based strategy and real-time action, Research and Destroy is one of this month’s absolute debuts directly on Xbox Game Pass, staging a strange cartoonish battle against perhaps mysterious ones, to be faced in single or cooperative multiplayer.
Bugsnax – Xbox, PC and Cloud, April 28th
After being pretty much one of the PS5 launch games, Bugsnax also arrives on Xbox and does so by showing up directly on Xbox Game Pass this month. It is a bizarre adventure that has as its protagonist an intrepid journalist grappling with a mysterious case: invited to Snaktooth Island by the explorer Elizabert Megafig, it disappears into thin air before our arrival, leaving us having to solve the riddle by exploring far and wide the particular island divided into various biomes and populated by creatures halfway between insects and snacks, or busgnax.
Not only that: Snaktooth also has a lively community of colorful inhabitants, each of which characterized by its own rather strong personality, and above all by its own secret side that pushes the protagonist to investigate different backstories of the island. While it may not be able to fully express his potential, it is a game definitely worth trying, especially via Game Pass.
Unsouled – Xbox and PC, April 28th
As the name suggests, Unsouled it has something to do with souls-like, a sub-genre now extremely widespread also in the indie field, but it interprets it in a very original way, starting from its particular graphic representation. The 2D framed from above is somewhat reminiscent of the classics of the action RPG of the past, to which Unsouled actually seems to look on the gameplay front, proposing a challenge with a fast pace and a really not indifferent technical rate. The combat system is particularly developed and is largely based on the execution of combos, even quite complex ones, with scenographic and spectacular effects. The clash is in fact the central element of Unsouled, which for the rest offers some RPG elements but always with a view to fast-paced fights, leading us to explore various fascinating environments all characterized by 2D graphics that recalls the tradition of the genre.