December has become one of the best months ever to be an Xbox Game Pass Member.
When Microsoft added three new games to the Game Pass catalog earlier this month, they also let us know that there would be more games to come throughout the rest of December. Sure enough, last night during the Game Awards ceremony, two new games were added to the ever-expanding Game Pass catalog. And then, 12 hours later, four more games were announced. All of these new games (and all the other titles in the catalog) are free to play as long as you’re an Xbox Game Pass subscriber.
Mortal Kombat X
Prepare for the next generation of this ultimate fighting game franchise. The characters, the presentation, and the attack/moves have all benefited from 25 years worth of virtual combat perfection. If you’re new to Mortal Kombat, this is a perfect entry to the series, and a great way to get started before Mortal Kombat XI launches. (It was just announced at the Game Awards!)
This open-world action RPG is focused on cooperative online play. As you adventure through the mysterious realm you call home, you’ll encounter other players who are doing the same. What you do next is up to you. Do you team up, and fight against evil together? Do you invite them to your group to trade, talk, or just hang out? Or do you simply ignore them? There is no PvP element in Ashen; the game is all about working together or working alone.
Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 19
Available December 13th
It’s no mystery that PES is the underdog of football video games. Its bigger brother FIFA is the more popular game year after year. But it’s also no mystery that PES brings a football experience that captures the pure artistry of the game. The ball feels responsive and real as it moves across the pitch, passes are smooth and natural, and in general every PES game does an amazing job of making this video game version of football feel real.
Available December 13th
In this off-roading simulation experience, you’ll drive extreme vehicles over equally as extreme terrain. In Spintires: Mudruner the incredible physics system and amazing environments are what make roaming in ATVs across giant sandbox maps so much fun! Go solo and put your compass, map, and winch skills to the test, or team up in co-op multiplayer with up to 3 others!
Available December 14th
Below is a completely unique game– literally. It’s a terrarium of life and death that procedurally generated, meaning that the game’s levels are continually created anew. In Below you explore a massive and interconnected subterranean world that’s filled traps, wildlife, and an evil presence that surrounds it all. Your mission, if you’re brave enough, is to discover what lies “below”.
Shadow Warrior 2
Available December 20th
The first Shadow Warrior title appeared on Xbox Game Pass in September, and now its sequel has arrived. If you’re in the mood even more over-the-top gunplay and katana slicing, look no further than Shadow Warrior 2. This game brings even more blood, guts, and bullets that the first game in the series. If you want to blast your way through an enjoyable arcade shooter then give this game a try.
How to Join Xbox Game Pass
With Microsoft’s game subscription service you’ll get unlimited access to a huge catalog of games along with Xbox exclusive titles (like Forza and Crackdown) on the day they release. Xbox Game Pass is basically Netflix for games!
Pay just one monthly price and get access to over 100 games that you can play 24 hours a day for as long as you want. New games are added every month, or sometimes multiple times like what’s going on now!
A December to Remember
Right now is one of the best times to be an Xbox Game Pass member. Why? Along with the two new games announced at the Game Awards (and the four more that were announced earlier today), there are the three other December additions that were just announced last week!
And don’t forget about the December games that we’ve been waiting for since last month when Microsoft dropped PUBG and unveiled a 15-game list of upcoming titles for Xbox Game Pass.
There are so many new games being added to Xbox Game Pass in December alone that it’s tough to keep track of them all! Here’s a list that should help:
- Ashen (now available!)
- Strange Brigade (now available!)
- Mutant Year Zero (now available!)
- Mortal Combat X (now available!)
- Kingdom: Two Crowns (Dec.11)
- Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 19 (Dec. 13)
- Spintires: Mudrunner (Dec. 13)
- Below (Dec. 14)
- Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Dec. 17)
- Shadow Warrior 2 (Dec. 20)
- Ori and the Blind Forest (Dec. 20)
With the holiday season just beginning, there could be even more games added to Xbox Game Pass soon! Make sure you follow our blog or connect with us on Facebook to get the latest news and the best deals.