This week is another bang-up celebration of gaming with Microsoft providing Xbox Game Pass and Xbox console players with a heaping helping of terrific new titles to check out. Among them, players will find zombie mayhem, RPG greatness, puzzle-filled fun, and even a trip in a phone booth. It’s a great week to be a gamer, so let’s check out what’s new from October 11-15, 2021.
Tuesday, October 12
Back 4 Blood (Optimized for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox Game Pass for PC/Console)
Back 4 Blood is a thrilling cooperative first-person shooter from the creators of the critically acclaimed Left 4 Dead franchise. You are at the center of a war against the Ridden. These once-human hosts of a deadly parasite have turned into terrifying creatures bent on devouring what remains of civilization. With humanity’s extinction on the line, it’s up to you and your friends to take the fight to the enemy, eradicate the Ridden, and reclaim the world.
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (Optimized for Xbox Series X/S)
Intimidate, sweet-talk, resort to violence, write poetry, sing karaoke, dance like a beast or solve the meaning of life. Disco Elysium is the most faithful representation of desktop role-playing ever attempted in video games.
Wednesday, October 13
Catty & Batty: The Spirit Guide (Optimized for Xbox Series X/S)
Catty & Batty: The Spirit Guide is a casual couch co-op puzzle game, inspired by Lemmings and Tower Defense! Play as Catty or Batty and build a path to guide spirits home.
Enter a puzzle experience that defies conventional design! Immortus Temporus is a game created by a speedrunner for those who love to hone their skills through practice, trial and error, determination, and relentless replay. Stages have numerous ways to beat them. Crashing into hazards will deactivate them and teleport the player back to the spawn point, allowing free passage from A to B, but is that the fastest route?
Thursday, October 14
Wield the sonic screwdriver as you join the Thirteenth Doctor (voiced by Jodie Whittaker) on a quest to save the universe, and meet the Tenth Doctor along the way (voiced by David Tennant in a guest appearance). Experience an unforgettable adventure through space and time, face terrifying monsters and solve a mind-bending mystery!
Godstrike is a 3D boss rush Bullet Hell based on time. This means that you have to face every Boss and defeat them before your time runs out!
Henchman Story (Optimized for Xbox Series X/S)
Henchman Story is an interactive story where you play as a beleaguered henchman working for a bumbling supervillain. It’s thankless work. Week in and week out, you put on your purple spandex and get the crap beaten out of you by much stronger, much cooler people wearing much fancier spandex. But the checks clear, and Lord Bedlam offers healthcare, so a job’s a job, right?
Jackbox Party Pack 8 (Optimized for Xbox Series X/S)
The eighth installment of the beloved Jackbox Party Pack franchise is here! Five hilarious new games will energize your next game night, holiday party, happy hour, or video call.
This game simulates a 5th gen survival horror game. It uses tank controls, third-person cinematic camera angles and is meant to be played with a controller. If you have a problem playing tank control games, you will not like this game. It has no autosaves, you must save with pencils which are in limited supply.
The Riftbreaker (Optimized for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox Game Pass for PC/Console)
You play the role of captain Ashley S. Nowak – you are the Riftbreaker, an elite scientist/commando inside a powerful Mecha-Suit. Enter a one-way portal to Galatea 37, a distant planet at the far reaches of the Milky Way Galaxy, with the purpose of building up a base that will allow travel back to Earth and further colonization. Ashley’s Mecha-suit, which she calls “Mr. Riggs”, can withstand the harshest environmental conditions and has a full range of equipment for base construction, resource extraction, gathering specimens, and of course – combat. It is capable of traveling through rifts that connect space across vast distances.
Vzerthos is a 2D isometric old-school techno-fantasy styled Top-Down Shooter. The player’s arsenal includes skills of the Thunder God’s heir and three types of guns – use them to slice and dice, burn and blow up your enemies!
Friday, October 15
Stop the wicked schemes of an evil pharaoh before your city is annihilated in this heart-stopping match-three adventure! With Standard, Advanced and Untimed modes, Ancient Stories: Gods of Egypt offers a thrilling experience for every player.
Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles (Optimized for Xbox Series X/S)
Become the blade that destroys demons! In solo play mode, walk the path of Tanjiro Kamado whose family is slaughtered and their sister transformed into a demon. Experience the story depicted in the anime “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” as Tanjiro fights to restore Nezuko’s humanity and battle the demon threat!
Gleylancer (Optimized for Xbox Series X/S)
In the year 1992, Gleylancer was released as an iconic space shooter. Our heroine pilot decides to hijack the prototype fighter and go after her missing father. Get ready to shoot your way through battalions of hostile aliens as you guide your ship safely across the universe.
NHL 22 (Optimized for Xbox Series X/S)
Experience EA Sports NHL on one of the industry’s most powerful game engines bringing unrivaled visual detail to every hit, deke, and shot. Superstar X-Factors let you feel the personality and power of NHL superstars with an all-new ability system that unlocks the unique skills of the league’s most elite players. Authentic to real player skill and style, the stars of the NHL truly come to life in EA Sports NHL 22 making their time on ice more influential than ever. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members with EA Play can hit the ice today with a 10-hour free trial.
The Good Life (Xbox Game Pass)
Journalist Naomi Hayward is drowning in debt and is at the end of her rope. Having accepted a request from The Morning Bell newspaper to “uncover the mystery of a small English town”, Naomi finds herself far from her home in New York, in Rainy Woods. Upon beginning her investigation, Naomi – camera in hand – soon discovers an inexplicable phenomenon in which the townspeople transform into cats and dogs as night falls… Then, as just she’s looking into that particular mystery, a murder occurs… Join her as she attempts to reveal the truth about Rainy Woods.