Life is Strange: Before the Storm just secretely came to Game Pass. or, December 2018 XGP is INSANE.

Regret

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Oct 28, 2017
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No, not the first Life is Strange that surprise-dropped on Game Pass a few days ago in this already stacked month, but the sequel (actually prequel) and one of my favorite 2017 games.

This month has been absolutely ridiculous for Game Pass:

Below (day one launch)
Ashen (day one launch)
Mutant Year Zero (day one launch)
The Gardens Between (day one launch)
Kingdom: Two Crowns (day one launch)
Strange Brigade
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Ori and the Blind Forest
Life is Strange
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
Shadow Warrior 2
Mortal Kombat X
Pro Evolution Soccer 19
Spintires: Mudrunner

And I feel like I'm missing a bunch of shit, too. I feel like I'm stealing money by having paid $10 for 3 months of this subscription back when that deal was available. Anyone else feel the value is insane?

And how are they supposed to beat this month in 2019?
 

JohnnyMoses

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Oct 27, 2017
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Clicked on this to say I didn’t love LiS Before the Storm and haven’t been hugely impressed with Game Pass, but that list is very impressive. I actually might sign up for a free trial and see how it is.
 

Stop It

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Oct 25, 2017
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Oh yeah this month has been the best month for game pass by a long long way.

Justifies me spending my £20 Christmas Xbox credit fund in another 6 months of subscription (£24 at half price) rather than buying individual games.

Now to finally play games such as Ori, Shadow Warrior and Hellblade that I should've bought before frankly.
 
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Regret

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They aren't, there's a reason all these releases happen on the same month tons of people are getting new Xbox systems.
Well I am sure that Ashen and Below didn't release in December just for new Xbox customers. Probably can say the same for all the other day one releases. It just happens to coincide.

Stealth dropping games like this one does make sense with your theory, but they've been doing it for a while now, so who knows.

But yeah, imagine getting an Xbox for Christmas with an XGP subscription and having access to these games. Even if you pretend there wasn't 200+ games on the service available to you and only counted this month, having access to Ashen ($39.99), Below ($24.99), Hellblade ($29.99) and Ori ($19.99 but I think it's on sale) is incredible.
 

pswii60

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Oct 27, 2017
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I'm most impressed by all the relatively high profile Day One Launch games.
It's quickly become my favourite aspect of the service. Nobody can complain they already own them :)

Crazy to think we're getting the likes of Void Bastards, Ori 2, The Good Life, Gears 5 and Battletoads day one in 2019 too. Wonder what else will add to that list - at this rate it could be quite a bit!
 

sapien85

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Nov 8, 2017
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I'm signing up next month. It's just too much of a savings at this point. There are 20 games on the service now I want to play.
 

Ushay

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Oct 27, 2017
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I'm wondering if/when Darksiders 3 will go on there. Anyhow the service has me inundated in quality games I need to complete! Absolutely insane value.
 

Faenix1

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Oct 27, 2017
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No joke, game pass is what made me buy an XBX when it was $100 cheaper for the base-no game offer.

Love that damn service right now. Paid $90 CAN for the year, and I have like.. 40 games downloaded I want to play.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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I love it so much. Excited to play through all of LiS and BtS. Still need to finish Hellblade and keep going with Ori...
 

Clive

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Oct 25, 2017
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Yeah, I ran out of games to play after that $2 for 2 months offer but I'm definitely grabbing another month or two around when Crackdown 3 launches. They restocked the service full of goodies immediately after I unsubbed so they will pull me back in. Game Pass ha really pushed my engagement towards Xbox. Fantastic service.
 

Joffy

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Oct 30, 2017
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Sweet, been looking to pick this up so that's saved me the hassle. Loved the first so keen to give this a shot before a few more eps of lis2 drop.
 

Marano

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Nope, Ep1 included in GP, and ep2-3 discounted for GP owners.
Can I get a source on this? Is the first season the full game in Game Pass?

Edit: Here it says full season https://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-game-pass
It's all 3 episodes. Go to the Complete Season on your Xbox and click Install, then all 3 episodes download.

Yeah its weird I have episodes 1through 5 installed, isnt that the whole game?
 

Marano

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manustany

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Oct 27, 2017
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An incredible month indeed. I’ve literally left my PS4 Pro under inches of dust. I’ve spent the last two months playing FH4, Gears 4, Below, Hitman, The Garden Between and Hellblade on my new X.
Also, last week I’ve snagged a 24 months subscription for €95 on eBay 🙀
Surely, the next few months will be quiet but I’m really satisfied with the service so far. And as a physical-person, I will probably get the next Xbox without the drive if Microsoft will keep pushing the service in this way.
 

TheFireman

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Dec 22, 2017
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Absolutely worth playing. One of my favorite games I played this year. While i think LiS is ultimately the better game (the backtalk mechanic never clicked the way timetravel did), this was an absolutely amazing story. It really fleshed out Chloe and Rachel in a way that was satisfying, and it re-contextualized elements of the original game in a way that makes it better. One thing of note going in: this is set around 2 years before Life is Strange. For some reason I thought it was only a few months, which made elements of it confusing until I realized that.
 

pswii60

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Yeah absolutely, I wasn't questioning it :) I just found strange it isn't reflecting on the web store, where they specifically marked EP1; that's all.
Yeah but this happens a lot with episodic content + Game Pass + web store, had the same issue with RE Revelations 2 for example. Not sure why, but it always works directly on the console at least.
 

Starlatine

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Oct 28, 2017
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Anyone jumping for BtS by the way, endure the first chapter. Its.... not great. Second and third sink their hooks on you way better.
 

ty_hot

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Dec 14, 2017
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Game Pass is a legit reason to get an Xbox One. Im considering buying a few PS4 games for 30 euros, which would translate to months of game pass. There is no shortage of games in my PS4 backlog though.

I plan on getting an Xbox One X in the future when I get a 4K TV to play all those backward titles in 4K, but I guess now Game Pass is a better incentive than that (I never had an Xbox).
 

Awesome Wells

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Dec 3, 2017
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If you have the Game Pass app, it has a single listing for the Complete Series of Before the Storm which makes it very easy to download the right option.
 

Stop It

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Oct 25, 2017
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If you have the Game Pass app, it has a single listing for the Complete Series of Before the Storm which makes it very easy to download the right option.
Yep. The app is pretty useful.

Also got a notification about Before the Storm too. Maybe not secret but the game unlocked before the announcement was scheduled and nobody was in the office to push the notification sooner
 

SuikerBrood

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Jan 21, 2018
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I now get notifications from both Netflix and Gamepass about content being added to the service.

The future is now.