The Yakuza series has been fully reunited on Xbox Game Pass today, as Microsoft has revealed the additions coming to the subscription gaming service in July 2022. Alongside the popular open world franchise, there’s also the launch day additions of PowerWash Simulator and Escape Academy, while My Friend Peppa Pig is there for the young ‘uns in your family.
Here’s thee full rundown:
- Last Call BBS – (PC) [email protected] (Day One on Game Pass)
- Yakuza 0 – (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- Yakuza Kiwami – (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- Yakuza Kiwami 2 – (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- House Flipper – (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected]
- DJMax Respect V – (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – July 7
- Matchpoint: Tennis Championships – (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – July 7 (Day One on Game Pass)
- Road 96 – (Cloud, Console, and PC) – July 7
- Escape Academy – (Console and PC) [email protected] – July 14 (Day One on Game Pass)
- My Friend Peppa Pig – (Cloud, Console, and PC) – July 14
- Overwhelm – (PC) [email protected] – July 14
- PAW Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls – (Cloud, Console, and PC) – July 14
- PowerWash Simulator – (Cloud, Console, and PC) – July 14 (Day One on Game Pass)
The return of Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza Kiwami 2 will be a fan-pleasing addition as every game in the franchise is now available to play via Game Pass. This series was once indelibly linked to the PlayStation, but has spread its wings on Xbox since 2020 and PC since 2018. This brought a bunch of new fans into the community, with the games also being a part of the Game Pass library at various points over the past few years.
If that’s not your bag, you might want to hop on some of the brand new games launching straight into Xbox Game Pass. Matchpoint: Tennis Championships will hope to capitalise on the wave of interest surrounding Wimbledon this week, though tennis games haven’t always been aces in the past decade or so. Alternatively, there’s the very chilled out cosy gaming of Escape Academy and PowerWash Simulator.
Escape Academy seeks to translate the allure of escape rooms into video game form, and has done a great job of it from what we’ve played so far. In our first Escape Academy preview, I wrote:
“Escape Academy does a great job of capturing the general feel of an escape room, of having to scour the environment for puzzles to solve, for clues to apply to solving them, of gathering a big bundle of information and then figuring out what applies to what puzzle.”
Then there’s the soothing and calming release of PowerWash Simulator, coming from the lovely gang at Futurlab. Cooked up in the 2020 lockdowns, the game gives you a powerwasher and dirty things that you then need to clean.
In our PowerWash Simulator hands on, Steve said:
“With its combination of relaxing gameplay and satisfying upgrades Power Washer Simulator is shaping up to be a real surprise, and it’s great to see how FuturLab has grown the game out from the early demo they released last year. Successfully taking the familiar FPS perspective and marrying it to a novel and original gaming mechanic, this is an experience that offers a relaxing palette cleanser your gaming time needs.”
Last, but by no means least, we have Peppa Pig, which might be a kids game, but as you can see from this comparison video, will let you really stretch the legs of your newish Xbox Series X.
This clutch of new games, though, is only taking us to the middle of the month. What else does Microsoft have up their shirt sleeves?