August Game Pass Games

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Author: Michael “UglyRugger” Jones

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Welcome everyone to August!! August is going to be a huge month as we begin the Fall gaming season. Xbox is releasing 6 games this August for Game Pass and we are going to do an overview of these games and let you know when they are droppin!

As always, the opinions mentioned in this post are my own and your results may vary. Don’t forget, this is written by the ugliest man on Mixer, so you have been warned! ;)

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First, What Has Left Game pass

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  • Aftercharge (July 9)

  • Warhammer Vermintide 2 (July 10)

  • The Lego Movie Videogame (July 16)

  • Dandara (July 31)

  • Dead Rising 2 (July 31)

  • Hitman Season 1 (July 31)

  • Metal Slug XX (July 31)

  • Defense Grid: The Awakening (July 31)

  • Hexic 2 (July 31)

  • Iron Brigade (July 31)


What’s New This Month

Releases 8/1 Ashes Cricket developed by Big Ant Studios for CONSOLE ONLY and rated E for Everyone

Cricket is one of the widest played sports across the world. There is even a mega Cricket complex being build in my state of Texas near Houston. Well Game Pass is bringing the boom with Ashes Cricket.

Whether you are a fan of Cricket or curious how it is played, Ashes Cricket is the video game representation of the biggest rivalries in both men’s and women’s Cricket. Dive into a super realistic and skill based contests to see if you can win the biggest and most prestigious tournament in Cricket.


Releases on 8/1 Pandemic developed by Asmodee Digital for CONSOLE ONLY and rated E for Everyone

Pandemic has been a critically acclaimed table top for a while. Each game is unique and different since the actions of the viruses are dictated both by random actions and through game rules.

Well now, you have the chance to play with your friends, online with it’s release on Game Pass. You and your AI, or friend, teammates are charged to save the world from Pandemic of 4 diseases. You choose 5 experts to be a part of your team and each have their own unique characteristics that can help you protect cities, contain infections, and cure the diseases that threaten all life on Earth.


Releases on 8/1 Downwell developed by Devolver Digital for PC ONLY and rated E for Everyone

For Game Pass on PC, Downwell is a vertical platformer were you play a young person travelling down a well in search of untold treasures with only his Gunboots for protection.

As you travel further into the well you come across strange creatures and secrets that hold spectacular red gems. Somehow there are even shops in the walls where you can purchase helpful items and level up between battles. Cna you discover the riches and treasures while also defeating and dodging strange enemies? Then strap on your Gunboots, fall into the well, and take on the unknown!


Releases on 8/8 Jackbox Party Pack 2 developed by Jackbox Games for CONSOLE ONLY and rated T for Teen

What an awesome game to announce!! The Jackbox games have brought so much fun to experience on the Mixer platform. The Jackbox Party Packs have multiple games all within one, plus as you host the actual game, many of your friends can join in on their smart device. So you don’t even need a controller to play and up to 10,000 people can join the audience of each game!!!

In Jackbox party pack 2 you get some really fun games. The infamous Quiplash XL, Fibbage 2, Bidiots, Bomb Corp, and Ear Wax. With these options, try all the different games with your friends and find your favorites for your next party or stream.


Releases on 8/8 Space Hulk: Tactics developed by Focus Home Interactive for PC ONLY and rated M for Mature

Fans of the Warhammer 40,000 board game “Space Hulk” have their video game counterpart available on Game Pass.

Engage in tactical battles as either the Terminator Space Marines or the alien Genestealers. With campaigns for both sides, you can see to what lengths you are willing to go and what strategies will decimate your enemies as you try and take over the Space Hulk, a twisted amalgamation of asteroids, wrecked star ships, and debris. Also, don’t forget multiplayer and skirmish modes! Can you lead you teams to victory, or will your forces remains permanently be added to the huge Space Hulk?


Releases on 8/14 Slay the Spire developed by Mega Crit Games for CONSOLE ONLY and rated T for Teen

Slay the Spire is a single player deck builder, roguelike, dungeon crawler from Mega Crit Games. In this card based combat RPG, you choose from three different characters that start off with basic decks. As you traverse up the spire, you defeat ever increasingly difficult monsters and earn new, more powerful cards and can collect valuable relics.

During combat, the cards have snappy effects but you are not limited by time to make your decisions and coordinate your card combos. Also, expect to die. However, with each death you will find that you learn from your mistakes and get better with your cards overall. What strategies and combos can you come up with as you see if you can slay the Spire!


Some Thoughts

If you are currently subscribed to Game Pass Ultimate, you get access to all 6 games. If not, there are 4 available for download through your Xbox 1 console and 2 for Game Pass for PC.

My personal top pics from this month’s releases are Jackbox Party Pack 2, Space Hulk: Tactics, Pandemic, and Ashes Cricket.

Jackbox and especially the Quiplash and Fibbage games are extremely fun to play with friends. Whether you like your gameplay more for everyone or more mature, these games are always a blast. This will definitely be a game I play on stream.

Space Hulk: Tactics isn’t usually my type of game, but the graphics, universe, and mechanics of this title intrigues me. I painted figurines and liked Warhammer 40,000 when I was younger, but I didn’t get to play much. So the video game version are the next best thing. So if you don’t mind a violent and probably grueling story line, then try this game out like I will.

Pandemic is a table top I discovered on the Geek and Sundry YouTube channel and it seemed interesting enough that I picked it up on mobile when I saw it came up for free. Now that it has come to the Xbox, more people can be exposed to what I have found to be the hardest strategy game that almost seems like it is alive. With so many routes to follow to try and save the world, each time you start a match your chances of saving the world or it falling to plague is the same but different.

Lastly, I want to check out Ashes Cricket. As a former Rugby player, Cricket is another one of those strange sports that the USA doesn’t quite know about. Cricket is played world wide and has some of the most money invested in it. So I want to play so I can learn about the Cricket game and learn more about its culture. Maybe you will become a fan of the sport?

In conclusion, strategy seems to be this month’s theme. Many of these titles for card based, turn based, or skill based in a way that if you come in with a well thought out strategy, you can come out on top. If not, you will be defeated. I wanna know if these are you types of games or do you prefer other styles? Are you going to check out any of these titles? If so, which ones? So leave your thoughts in the comments below! As always, from the ugliest man on Mixer, thank you and happy gaming, y’all!