A variety of new games have been added to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One owners, as well as a list of games set to fill out the library of more than 100 titles available on the Xbox Game Pass throughout December.
The news about the games was rolled out over on the Xbox News Wire, where it was revealed that starting now you can play Mortal Kombat X and Ashen. Kingdom Two Crowns will be added to the list on December 11th, while Pro Evolution Soccer 19 will be available starting December 13th along with Spintires Mudrunner. A day after that you’ll be able to check out the game Below on December 14th.
Ninja Theory’s Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will become available on December 17th later in the month, along with Ori and the Blind Forest and Shadow Warrior 2 becoming available starting December 20th.
The games will all be available before December’s end, with an Xbox Game Pass subscription for $9.99 a month.
Now let’s get into the real talk here, I’m not really down with all of these digital subscription services because the constant debate over ownership keeps cropping up and it looks like time and time again the consumer’s rights are getting nicked by the scythe of corporatism inch-by-inch every time one of these services pop up.
Now does that make the Xbox Game Pass bad? No.
Does it mean that the Xbox Game Pass pushes the Overton Window closer towards consumer acceptance of the all-digital-future? Yes.
The second part is where my problem usually lies with services like this; where the boxed product that you used to buy brand new from the retailer straight out of that locked glass case from behind the clerk only to get home to rip off the plastic wrap and open up the green case to get a good ‘ole whiff of that factory room air, turns into nothing but a fading memory for the dissidents of the digital revolution; witnessing the landscape of gaming constantly shifting towards that corporate despotism of an intangible identity tied to a block of code like some sort of virtually shackled prisoner within a brutalist block of perfunctory-made entertainment.
Now if you’re okay with all of that, go ahead and pick yourself up a subscription to whichever monthly software offering best suits the poison you call your fancy. But if you’re one of those who appreciates the old ways, the real ways, the classic ways, stick with buying the boxed copies whenever possible.
Future generations won’t thank you for it later, but they sure as heck better be grateful for it.