Starting on July 1, Microsoft is adding some more great gaming titles to Xbox Game Pass digital gaming subscription service. This is the first monthly update since its launch on June 1, and gives gamers an unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible games for just $9.99 USD per month. And don’t forget, if you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass yet, you can play free for 14 days.
Dead Island Definitive Edition
First up, we have Dead Island Definitive Edition, one of the quintessential zombie games. In Dead Island, four survivors awake in a hospital, only to find themselves surrounded by an infestation of zombies. You get it all with Dead Island — a large open world to explore, multiple playable characters, a great story arc with tons of side missions, an extensive crafting system and thousands of zombies to fight. In short, Dead Island is a must-play this month, solo or with your friends. How long can you survive?
Resident Evil 6
Co-headlining July’s new releases into Xbox Game Pass is Resident Evil 6. More of a third-person shooter than its survival-horror roots, Resident Evil 6 is an incredibly ambitious effort from Capcom, delivering the ability to go solo or partner up in co-op for four different-but-integrated campaigns spanning seven different key characters. Where other Resident Evil games focused on a more crawling pace, confined spaces, and scarce resources (especially ammunition), Resident Evil 6 delivers the opportunity to create blazes of glory across a series of intense shootouts, vehicle chases, and boss fights.
We also highly recommend checking out the latest installment in the franchise, Resident Evil 7, which returns Resident Evil to its roots in one of the best true survival-horror games to release in recent memory, available today here in the Xbox Store.
If you enjoy racing, you’ll be thrilled to hear that F1 2015 is joining Xbox Game Pass in July. F1 2015, one of the best installments in the long-running franchise from Codemasters, offers a gripping simulation of the Formula One racing experience. Finding the right level of finesse is key to finishing in the winner’s circle, and in F1 2015 you can hone your driving skills against challenging AI competition before competing with friends.
The Flame in the Flood
We are really excited for the Xbox Game Pass community to check out The Flame in the Flood, one of the best single-player experiences of 2016. Guide Scout and her faithful pooch Aesop downriver to find resources, safety, and hope in this post-apocalyptic tale of survival (spoiler alert: there was a huge flood). Navigate your raft from island to island as your adventure for a brighter tomorrow unfolds.
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
In the world of high-octane action platformers, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition ranks among the very best. Fluid and fast-paced with wonderfully unique, Mexican-inspired art and level design, Guacamelee delivers tons of fun with a unique flair that you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else. You play as Juan, a humble farmer, tasked with defeating countless enemies on a quest to rescue El Presidente’s kidnapped daughter. Play on your own or join forces with family and friends to defeat each boss, conquer each level, and save the day in this awesome game from Drinkbox Studios.
Guacamelee’s retro brother from another mother, Bard’s Gold, is a super fun 2D platformer with strong RPG elements and a visual style that harkens back to the days of 8-bit gaming yore, which is pretty awesome if you’re a retro gaming fan (or a child of the 80s, like many of us!). Diverse dungeon-focused level design is paired with progressively challenging gameplay (and a bunch of achievements) to create a really fun and engaging experience. Each level has its own surprises and secrets, so explore the nuances and clever design elements Bard’s Gold has to offer. It will be time well spent!
Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine
One of our favorite hidden gems from Xbox 360, Majesco’s award-winning Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine is a top-down stealth action strategy game with the team-based objective of successfully pulling off heists and robberies. Play through the solo campaign and unlock four additional characters (eight total in the game) so you and your friends can each find the right character and special skill to pull off each heist in multiplayer. Don’t get caught!
Payday 2 Most Wanted Bundle Out Now + All Payday 2 Add-ons 25% Off from 7/1 – 7/16)
And it’s not just more games you get to enjoy in July. Our friends at 505 Games are celebrating the recent release of Payday 2’s Most Wanted DLC bundle by offering Xbox Game Pass members 25% off all Payday 2 add-ons from July 1 – July 16. If you haven’t checked out Payday 2 yet, now is a great time to jump in!