XBOX GAME PASS GAMES TO TRY IN JULY

In the year 2021, Xbox Game Pass has proven to be one of the, if not the, best deal not only in Xbox, but in video Games overall.

Xbox Game Pass is a Netflix-style service providing access to hundreds of games for a flat monthly fee. Simply go to xbox.com/play on Microsoft Edge, Chrome, or Safari on your PC or mobile device to start playing for the List of Games from the Xbox Game Pass library.

In the 4 years it has been in existence, it has grown from being doubted upon by gamers to now becoming the hottest subscription service in all of gaming. All of Xbox’s firs party titles such as Forza and Gears are now launching day and date with the service. With Microsoft’s recent acquisition of ZeniMax Media, Bethesda games such as Doom, Fallout, and The Elder Scrolls have all made their way into the service. Even third-party AAA games have recently launched day-and-date with Game Pass, such as Outriders and MLB The Show 21.

It’s available in two formats: Xbox Game Pass for Console and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Live Gold and additional benefits.

At $15 a month, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gives you the best Game Pass experience. Not only will you get full access to games already in the library and play new games that release into the service on Day One, but you also get Xbox Live Gold and EA Play to go along with it. As if you do not have enough games already on your platter, you also get access to EA’s vault of their greatest titles, such as UFC, Mass Effect, and Need for Speed. You can also claim the Games With Gold each month via Xbox Live Gold. Talk about getting your money’s worth.

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Xbox Game Pass Quests

For Xbox gamers, Xbox Game Pass is really a no-brainer. But not all Xbox Game Pass users may be taking full advantage of the service.

Not only does it give players access to over 100 games, it also has Xbox Game Pass quests that players can use to earn points. The points earned through Xbox Game Pass quests can be turned in for prizes, and can even be converted to money that can be spent on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Players can even use it to purchase more Xbox Game Pass, meaning that they may not necessarily have to pay for the service with real money again, assuming they complete enough quests.

Every month, Xbox’s subscription gaming service, Game Pass, adds Daily, Weekly, and Monthly quests for subscribers to complete. Each day, players can complete two quests to play one game through the service and to log in to the mobile app.

The recurring Xbox Game Pass monthly quests are always the same, requiring players to complete a number of Daily and Weekly quests, use the Xbox Game Pass mobile app, and try new games.

Because they are often worth more, the monthly quests tend to be lengthier and more difficult to complete. Xbox Game Pass monthly quests are only available for Ultimate and Console plan subscribers.

The July 2021 monthly quest list is in. check out all monthly quests here and find out how you can get earning.

The new Xbox Game Pass monthly quests include: GTA5: Steal 10 Cars, 150 Points Rainbow Six: Seige and For Honor: Complete one Objective.

What's up in July?

July is no exception in terms of seeing some anticipated releases with Game Pass. With several Upcoming Games to look forward to this month with xbox game pass ultimate, here are the Select Games we feel are must-plays:

RELEASING JULY 1:

GANG BEASTS (CLOUD, CONSOLE, PC)

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Looking for a fun multiplayer game that you can play with friends while letting loose on your imaginations? Gang Beasts has you covered. Set in a fictional city called Beef City, surly gelatinous characters partake in relatively dangerous activities such as brutal melee fights in highly hazardous environments. Fancy throwing another gelatinous character through fire or an industrial fan? You can do that in Gang Beasts. Want to play a game of football while also beating on other players at the same time? Move over, FIFA. A wild Gang Beasts appears.

BUG FABLES: THE EVERLASTING SAPLING (CLOUD, CONSOLE, PC)

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Control 3 different bug species: Vi the bee, Kabbu the beetle, and Leif, the moth, while using each of their unique abilities to solve puzzles, traverse the environment, and unlock abilities as the game progresses. Engage enemies in a turn-based combat system. Plan your attacks properly to maximize your damages to gain attributes that will help grow your characters in your ultimate quest to search for The Everlasting Sapling while realizing the values of teamwork and friendship along the way.

BANJO-KAZOOIE: NUTS & BOLTS (CLOUD)

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Now you can take vehicle construction wherever you go through Xbox Cloud Gaming. Banjo- Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts gets a breath of fresh air by launching into the Cloud with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Traverse Showdown Town while collecting Jiggies and various vehicle parts and weapons to defeat Gruntilda and bring justice to Spiral Mountain.

LIMBO (CLOUD, CONSOLE, PC)

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One of Xbox Live Arcade’s most underrated games finally makes its way to Xbox Game Pass. A platformer that will test your brain, Limbo follows an unnamed boy on a quest to search for his sister. Along the way, several traps, machinery, and puzzles are encountered, often not apparent until triggered. A “trial and death” style of play wherein players are expected to fail before solving the different puzzles and traps makes the game unique and exciting to play and is worth revisiting through Xbox Game Pass.

IMMORTAL REALMS: VAMPIRE WARS (CLOUD, CONSOLE, PC)

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Step into the minds of 4 mighty vampire lords, each having their agendas and personalities through a story told across 12 missions and four unique environments. Experience different gameplay and original card game elements wherein each clan and vampire lord have their own sets of cards that you can synchronize to create powerful combinations. Put all these experiences to the test in Kingdom Mode, or test your tactical skills in Combat Mode, while having the option to play through a story-driven Campaign, open-world Sandbox, or Skirmish Mode. 

SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY (CONSOLE – THROUGH GAME PASS ULTIMATE PERKS, FREE-TO-PLAY JULY 15)

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Celebrate the release of Space Jam: A New Legacy in theaters by experiencing it through Space Jam: A New Legacy – The Game. With classic beat-em-up gameplay that will take you back to the ’90s while paying homage to the film, take control of the Toon Squad as they fight through hordes of enemies from The Goon Squad led by AL G. Rhythm, which has The Toon Squad trapped inside the Warner Bros. Server. The Toon Squad must overcome challenges from the virtual army of Al G. Rhythm while searching for four pieces of Legacy Codes that allow access to Al G. Rhythm’s Secret Location. Activate various skills and work together to defeat Al G. Rhythm and The Goon Squad.

RELEASING JULY 8:

DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 (CLOUD)

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Become a Master Builder in Dragon Quest Builders 2, now available through Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a block-building RPG set in a fantasy land threatened by an evil cult.

Take control of a young apprentice builder washed up on the Isle of Awakening, eventually joined by the spirited Malroth, a mysterious youth with no memories of his past. Explore islands with vast resources to gather and enemies to defeat. Build up the community, explore different islands, and take on other challenges to take on a dangerous cult known as the Children of Hargon. Play alone or with friends in this fun, an action-packed game you can now take on the go.

EA SPORTS UFC 4 (CONSOLE)

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EA’s latest installment into its bi-annual UFC releases, UFC 4, returns with improved graphics and updated kits for fighters, courtesy of Venom. Players planning to jump into the franchise should look into UFC 4 as a starting point. The game emphasizes onboarding experience to teach new and returning players the basic principles of the 4 MMA disciplines: Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

A PLAGUE TALE: INNOCENCE (XBOX SERIES X|S OPTIMIZATION)

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One of the most visually stunning games already available on the Xbox One is about to get even more enhanced, thanks to the new Xbox Series X|S technology. Now in a stunning 4K resolution at 60 FPS, relive Amicia de Rune’s journey during the Hundred Years’ War, wherein her family is killed from the infighting. It is up to her to save her younger brother Hugo from hostile villagers, who blame Hugo for the black plague coming from hordes of rats spread throughout a nearby village that devours anything they come across.

TROPICO 6 (CLOUD, CONSOLE, PC)

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Ever wondered what it is like to rule an entire country, where political turmoil and social unrest are prevalent, people calling for visionary leaders who will steer the country’s fate with foresight and ingenuity? Tropico 6 lets you play as either a wise dictator or a man of the people. For the first time in the series, you can manage extensive archipelagos, build bridges to connect islands and use new means of transportation and infrastructure to create a political and economic powerhouse. Lead your country through different eras in world history, such as World War II and the Cold War, and decide if the country Can partake in these events. Rule with an iron fist or create a vibrant and lively community.

RELEASING JULY 15:

FARMING SIMULATOR 19 (CLOUD, CONSOLE, PC)

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As with previous Farm Simulator games, and as the title implies, the game is all about farming. Experience what it is like to work on a farm to plant and harvest different crops, cultivate fields, sow seeds, mow lawns, and raise animals. Determine when to sell harvests, invest in new patches of land and equipment to ensure farms grow into a thriving business. Several bits of equipment can be controlled throughout the game, such as tractors, forklifts, and introduced to Farming Simulator 19, horseback riding.

BLOODROOTS (CLOUD, CONSOLE, PC)

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Betrayed and left to die, Mr. Wolf is out for revenge on his killer, despite being alone and outnumbered. Luckily, the Weird West is Mr. Wolf’s weapon. Choreograph deadly combos by utilizing the environment, from hatchets, ladders, barrels and carrots to plasma guns, and . These makeshift weapons help you fight and traverse the world, which comprises forests and mountaintops, all while trying to find out why Mr. Wolf was betrayed and left to fend for himself.

THE MEDIUM (CLOUD)

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One of the first true Xbox Series X|S timed-exclusive games, The Medium, which has been highly regarded since its launch earlier this year, is now available to play wherever you go through the Cloud. Set in Communist Poland in 1999, take control of a spirit medium called Marianne as she travels into the spirit realm. Inhabit both the spirit world and the real world to aid in solving different puzzles and use

Marianne’s psychic abilities against hostile forces as you play through 2 worlds simultaneously.

RELEASING JULY 20:

CRIS TALES (CLOUD, CONSOLE, PC)

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Described as an indie love letter to classic JRPGS with a new perspective, Cris Tales offers a peek in the past. Players are helped to decide on actions in the present, which will have an adverse effect in the future. These decisions change the world dynamically depending on the choices made.

Follow along the journey while meeting and recruiting teammates and challenging myriad enemies, led by the Empress, on a complex and layered mission to destroy the world. Work together with teammates and powerful allies to uncover and undo The Empress’ multi-faceted web and bring peace to the world.

BATTLEFIELD V (CLOUD)

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Already heralded as one of the best entries in the Battlefield franchise, Battlefield V makes its way through the cloud with Xbox Cloud Gaming. Play with friends with new multiplayer modes, including the continuous campaign mode Firestorm and Grand Operations, wherein matches take place across multiple stages to simulate a campaign, undertake missions together, or fight each other to the end on a continually shrinking map. Follow along with episodic War Stories, each with different gripping stories combined with engaging gameplay for which Battlefield is best known. Take to the Battlefield wherever you are on your mobile devices through the Cloud.

RELEASING JULY 22:

LAST STOP (CLOUD, CONSOLE, PC)

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Set in present-day London, follow the stories of three distinct characters:

John, a middle-aged single dad, faced with the burden of debts and pressures of being an only parent
Donna, a high schooler feeling trapped by her stifling home life and her overprotective sister

Meena, an ambitious professional who struggles to find the same satisfaction with her family as she does with her line of work.

Their lives and stories are intertwined amid a supernatural crisis. Follow along with a game about secret lives, ties that bind, and how you can find magic in the mundane. Discover the three characters, walk in their shoes, make choices that will shape their future, and discover where their stories lead.

RELEASING JULY 26:

BLINX: THE TIME SWEEPER (CLOUD AND CONSOLE)

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Discover a classic Xbox title, Blinx: The Time Sweeper through Game Pass, on your consoles or on the go. Described as the world’s “first 4D Action game”, discover the story of Blinx, an anthropomorphic cat on a mission to prevent World B1Q64’s destruction and save its Princess from the Tom-Tom Gang, equipped with the TS-1000 Vacuum Cleaner, which can control time itself through 5 unique Time Controls. Almost 20 years since it was first released, re-discover what makes this game fun and enjoyable at no additional cost with your Xbox Game Pass subscription.

CRIMSON SKIES: HIGH ROAD TO REVENGE (CLOUD AND CONSOLE)

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An action-oriented arcade flight game, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, follows Nathan Zachary, leader of the Fortune Hunters air pirate gang, in their fight against rival gangs; the Ragin’ Cajuns and the Red Skull Legion to avenge the death of Zachary’s old friend, Doc Fassenbiender.

Set in an alternate 1930s world, take flight in various fighter aircraft with unique attributes as you fight against nefarious air pirates and behemoth war zeppelins.. Take advantage of different weapons available for use, such as machine guns and cannons and magnetic rockets. Thanks to Xbox’s Backwards Compatibility, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge now makes its way to a new generation of players, and now is the time to replay a highly entertaining Xbox first-party title from its genesis.

RELEASING JULY 27:

MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR (XBOX SERIES X|S)

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From Xbox Game Studios, available with Xbox Game Pass on day one of its release for Xbox Series X|S!

Harnessing Microsoft’s Azure Technology to capture the entire Earth and all its airports and natural beauty, all airports imaginable in the entire world are accessible to players who wish to become a pilot within the comforts of their own home with Microsoft Flight Simulator. From mega-hubs such as Dubai, London-Heathrow, and New York-JFK Airports, to small regional airports that cater to smaller airlines. The entire world is literally at the players’ fingertips with Microsoft Flight Simulator—

The player also has a wide variety of aircraft to choose from, from small aircraft to help pilots learn the ropes of flying and commandeering an aircraft to jumbo-jets such as the Boeing 747, several aircraft and cockpits to learn how to handle and fly. Despite it already being available on Game Pass for PC since August 2020, the game and overall franchise make their debut on Xbox consoles with the Xbox Series X/S on July 27.

RELEASING JULY 28:

THE FORGOTTEN CITY (CONSOLE)

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Set to release Day 1 with Game Pass on July 28, The Forgotten City is a mystery adventure game of exploration and deduction.

Players travel 2,000 years in the past to solve a murder mystery in an ancient and cursed Roman City; one person sins, everyone dies. The game will test morals as combat is not the only way of solving a problem. Questioning a community filled with colorful characters, cleverly exploiting time loops, and making difficult moral choices can help solve the city’s murder mystery. Customize your character to your preferences and investigate a story with non-linear and multiple endings.

RELEASING JULY 29:

PROJECT WINGMAN (PC)

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Project Wingman is a combat flight action game featuring two game modes: Campaign and Conquest Modes.

The game tells the story of the war between the United Cascadian Republic and the Pacific Federation set on alternate Earth through a silent mercenary pilot protagonist called Monarch. Fly a combat plane into battle and destroy enemy targets. Choose from a variety of airplanes inspired by real-life combat planes and equip the aircraft with special weapons. Completing missions will earn the player in-game currency, which you can use to purchase new planes and weapons. With VR and Hands-on Throttle and Stick (HOTAS) fully supported, experience the game like a real pilot and immerse yourself in an engaging story and gameplay and discover why indie developers deserve so much more love and appreciation for the effort they put into their games.

THE ASCENT (CLOUD, CONSOLE, PC)

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The Ascent is a solo and co-op Action-shooter RPG set in a cyberpunk world.

Set within an arcology in a dystopian world called Veles, The Ascent follows a worker enslaved by a company called The Ascent Group, a powerful mega corporation in control of Veles. Characters can be fully customized in appearance and equipped with cyberware upgrades to gain new skills and abilities. The arcology itself features a destructive environment that reacts to player actions such as explosions and skill powers. Upon the collapse of The Ascent Group, the arcology descend into a free-for-all state. Districts, syndicates, and corporations clash for control of the arcology. It is the role of the players to prevent this from happening and uncover the truth of why The Ascent Group has suddenly vanished.

LETHAL LEAGUE BLAZE (CLOUD, CONSOLE, PC)

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Looking for a multiplayer mayhem that plays fast and loose that does not have a steep learning curve, and is just inviting to pick up a controller and play? Lethal League Blaze has that covered. It’s an intense, high-speed ball game filled with unique characters playing an anti-gravity ball game that has long been declared illegal in Shine City. Dubbed the Lethal League, players and crews still compete underground in the League for a challenge and respect. Manipulate the ball on your opponents and surprise them with special moves from your arsenal. Every strike speeds up the ball or even double its speed. Play it locally or with friends online. Lethal League is sure to provide high-octane action and entertainment for everyone.

OMNO (CONSOLE AND PC)

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From solo developer Jonas Manke, discover a story of wonders about the ancient world with Omno. Explore lush forests, a frigid tundra, a sun-blasted desert while encountering several surprises along the way. Solve challenging puzzles, uncover hidden secrets, overcome obstacles in a vibrant world full of strange and wonderful lifeforms and even traverse the clouds with the power of a lost civilization. Launching Day One with Xbox Game Pass on July 29, don’t sleep on this game that is sure to turn heads with the attention to detail placed on the game.

GAMES LEAVING XBOX GAME PASS THIS JULY

With all these new additions for this month of July, some games are bound to leave the service. Here are the games confirmed to leave Xbox Game Pass this month:

LEAVING ON JULY 14:

  • EA Sports UFC (CONSOLE)
  • EA Sports UFC 2 (CONSOLE)

LEAVING ON JULY 15:

  • ENDLESS SPACE (PC)
  • DOWNWELL (PC)
  • CROSSCODE (CLOUD, CONSOLE, PC)

LEAVING ON JULY 31:

  • IT LURKS BELOW (CONSOLE AND PC)
  • THE TOURYST (CLOUD, CONSOLE, PC)
  • UNDERMINE (CLOUD, CONSOLE, PC)

As is customary, all games leaving the service gain a 20% discount for Xbox Game Pass members to buy before it is removed from the service.