Readers, this week has been a monumental week for me on Game Pass. Why is that? Well, let’s find out…

The Witcher III

Yep, this is exactly why. Having been made available on Game Pass a short while ago – and with the Henry Cavill-starring Netflix series causing serious thirst around the world – I finally got a chance to play The Witcher III again. Again, you ask? Why, yes – I had it for a very brief period on PC a few years ago – and couldn’t get into it. I’m not sure why, but this time it’s gelled and I’m finally understanding what all the fuss is about. I’ve done some olde worlde detective work, I’ve played Gwent, I’ve killed some beasts – it’s been loads of fun and I have no doubt that I’ll be sinking many more hours into it over the coming months.

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

In previous weeks, I’ve mostly messed around with the hilarious sandbox mode in TABS; this week, I’ve been slowly working my way through the Campaign mode. Presenting a set of enemies already in a pre-set formation, each Campaign stage is like a puzzle in which you need to work out how best to prevail – with the small number of battle points and limited units at your disposal. Excellent fun and absolutely hilarious!

Steamworld Dig 2

I played and completed the first Steamworld Dig some time ago; I had played the second game on PC a while back, but hadn’t got very far. I wasn’t too fussed about starting again on the Xbox One, especially as it’s such an excellent game – but I haven’t got too far into the Metroidvania-esque mining just yet. Definitely one I’ll be returning to over the coming weeks; it’s a charming continuation of the first game, with excellent mechanics and a great push-your-luck design, which will see you uncovering more and more of the mines under the robotic steampunk town, with you selling your discoveries for power ups and upgrades – uncovering a mystery left dangling at the end of the last game as you go.

Demon’s Tilt

A great homage to the occult pinball themed Devil Crash/Crush from the 16-bit era, Demon’s Tilt is a fantastic pixel art pinball game with a wonderful multi-playfield table. With the neon projectiles flying around the table, it – perhaps unexpectedly – has a bullet hell shooter feel at times. It’s fast, challenging and the imagery potentially controversial (being based around pentagrams and spooky nuns), but it’s an excellent high score chase for the old school silver ball players out there. Like me.

Untitled Goose Game

Pity the inhabitants of the sleepy little English village the goose lives in. He’s a total dick, but I can’t help root for the little feathered terrorist.

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