Xbox Game Pass keeps delivering on great games, big news and incredible value month-after-month. April 2021 hasn’t been any different for the service. Several games debuted onto the service the day of their launch, some joined the service after a long wait and one re-joined the service after a long hiatus. But with so many games cycling in and out of Xbox Game Pass, it can be almost too much content to keep up with. That’s why we’ve compiled the service’s biggest highlights into one place. Here are the Xbox Game Pass’ April 2021 highlights:
Outriders made headlines as the first ever AAA game to launch onto Game Pass from a third party (and it wasn’t the last). Square Enix’s new IP positioned itself as the anti-looter shooter, a response to the poor to mixed reception of games such as Anthem, Avengers, Destiny and The Division.
And to their credit, the developers at People Can Fly delivered.
Outriders was the rare looter shooter to have no microtransactions, relying solely on its satisfying and varied loot progression to do the heavy lifting. Outriders doesn’t pull any punches, it allows you to have fun with the most over-the-top abilities and powerful weapons early on, without having to grind. It also included a meaty endgame experience from the start as well as a surprisingly interesting, confident world to explore.
The game has been riddled with inconsistent servers since launch, but once fixed, Outriders will be arguably the most accomplished looter-shooter on Xbox Game Pass.
Rain on Your Parade
Rain on Your Parade relishes the mayhem that comes with being a public nuisance. In the same way Untitled Goose Game and Goat Simulator are all about annoying innocent people, Rain on your Parade literally has you controlling a cloud, raining on people.
Just like Goose Game, Rain on Your Parade has you fill out a series of checklist tasks that will either complicate your goal of raining on people, or will have you engage with the game world in entirely new ways. The game’s variety is its biggest asset with levels switching between pure anarchy, puzzle-solving, stealth and more. Full of good humour and a ton of video game references, Rain on your Parade shouldn’t be missed my mischief lovers and indie fans.
MLB The Show 21 As a Brit, I knew nothing about MLB. As the least sporty person you will ever meet, I didn’t want to. But that’s where the power of Game Pass comes in as MLB The Show 21, a once inaccessible series to Xbox players, has become readily playable for millions of people for the very first time on Xbox.
MLB The Show 21 has long been the reigning king of baseball video games with layered gameplay, deep team-building and high production values. However, it has traditionally dodged a release on Xbox as a PlayStation-developed franchise. Thankfully, because of contract re-negotiations The Show 21 brings the storied series to Xbox players. And in a brutal, Game of Thrones-esque move, Microsoft and MLB scored a home-run by bringing the game to Xbox Game Pass, seemingly without Sony’s knowledge, while the game sells at full price on PlayStation. If you’re into your baseball, this is a home-run hit.
GTA V Rockstar’s Xbox 360 masterpiece is still as relevant today as it was in 2013, so it’s no wonder it’s been added to the service. Twice.
GTA V’s campaign first enamoured gamers with its scorching satire and non-stop-action campaign, but its GTA Online that has catapulted GTA V to become a historic success. If you’ve never played GTA V’s campaign, you’re in for a hilarious treat. Rockstar continually escalates the stakes and introduces new ways for players to shoot, steal and stealth their way through their crime world. While GTA Online is definitely overwhelming to newcomers, co-op heists are an incredible challenge of cooperation and make great use of space that the campaign doesn’t tread through.
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