Xbox Game Pass is the most amazing thing to happen to gaming since… well, since ever. I am now two months in to my Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription and my only question is why didn’t I do this sooner? Even with the recent price rise (to coincide with Game Pass for PC finally leaving the beta phase), it still represents the best value in gaming ever. By a long shot. Naturally, I have been taking full advantage of the ridiculous amount of access to the outstanding games on offer. Welcome to the best of Xbox Game Pass for PC – October 2020 Edition.
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The Best of Xbox Game Pass for PC – October 2020
Microsoft Flight Simulator
For the second month in a row, Microsoft Flight Simulator is on this list. It is everything I had hoped and dreamed it would be. There is a serious amount of satisfaction to be gained from successfully landing a plane – any plane – on a runway.
I am slowly getting better at controlling the different aircraft, although I do still occasionally (semi-regularly) perform an unintended violent manoeuvre that sees me fall out of the sky.
Forza Horizon 4
Man, this game sucked me right into the Forza Horizon universe. I’m a massive fan. It has it’s quirks, but Forza Horizon 4 is so dammed addictive. It is the game that got me back into online multiplayer action -mainly due to the distinct lack of communication with teammates. The playground games are epic team battles of capture the flag, tip and king of the hill. In cars. Turns out I’m not too bad at it, either…
Forza Motorsport 7
If there is one game that might just dethrone the action-packed Forza Horizon 4, it is it’s simulator cousin – Forza Motorsport 7. Where Horizon is all about drifts through stone walls and knocking over small shrubbery in the name of the fastest possible route to the finish line, Forza Motorsport is all about precision. Learn how to break hard on the correct line, kiss the apex of each corner and accelerate out to close the gap between you and the next car, and you will have a good time in this game! There is a mind-bogglingly large amount of cars to collect and races to win. It is the type of game that might just convince me to investigate steering wheel and pedal setups.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
(Instead of the terrifying gameplay videos, here is eleven minutes of cute cats…)
Yes, I’m still slowly working my way through this game. No, it hasn’t gotten any less scary. In fact, it is more scary than it ever was with each new area unlocked. I seem to lose limbs at an alarming pace and it’s amazing how many things within an unassuming farm house can be used to kill you. That dude does bad things with a shovel… I can’t unsee them.
As I recommended last time, play with the lights off, the EPOS Sennheiser GSP 601 headset (plugged into the GSX 300 for 7.1 surround sound) on and a spare pair of undies close by. You will need them.
There are some absolute gems buried deep in the Xbox Game Pass for PC catalogue and Worms is one of them! Did you even have a misspent youth if you didn’t invest serious hours of friend time into setting up multiplayer games and blasting each other to oblivion. I’ve seen friendships destroyed over the injustices handed out through this game… well, temporarily at least. They are usually forgotten by the first air strike off the next round! Worms! What a charming blast from the past!
Get Game Ready
My recent article on the DIY PC build gives some great pointers for anyone looking to build a gaming/multifunction PC that is worthy of the Xbox Game Pass for PC. I’ll be honest, it feels pretty great every time a game like Forza Horizon 4 recommends running on Ultra settings. Check out the article for details, or these specifications from my build:
- Processor: Ryzen 5 3600
- Motherboard: MSI B550 TOMAHAWK
- Graphics: PNY GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Edition
- RAM: 32GB XLR8 DDR4 3200MHz
- System Drive: Samsung 980 PRO 250GB PCle 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD
- Game Storage Drive: 500GB XLR8 CS2311 SSD
- Case: be quiet! Silent Base 801
- Sound: EPOS SENNHEISER GSP 601 Gaming Series headset and EPOS GSX 300 External Soundcard