Xbox Game Pass October 2021
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Xbox Game Pass October 2021

Time goes by so fast, it’s that time of the month already where we start looking at everything confirmed for Xbox Game Pass October 2021. Personally, I’m really hoping for an absolute Halloween spooktacular. I want a collection of horror or zombie apocalypse games to really fit wit the theme for all hallows eve.

Recently I’ve been expecting things like State of Decay 2 or 7 Days To Die to be made available to subscribers but I’ve not had much luck in that respect. This month though, I’m pretty confident we’ll get given at least one game that’ll match the flavour of the month.

They’ll be a few big name day one releases this month aswell as few games leaving the service. I always find it rather sad when a game I haven’t got round to playing yet leaves the game pass before I’ve had the chance to check it out.

So, with that in mind let’s hit the road and review all of the games that are coming to the most popular gaming subscription in the world (probably), the Xbox Game Pass.

Xbox Game Pass October 2021

This October I’m excited to see Turtle Rock’s Back 4 Blood finally get released. And the best part about that release date is it’s launching directly onto Game Pass on day one of it’s release. Back 4 Blood is an awesome co-op, zombie shooter that’s already received shed loads positive feedback during the beta. There’s quite a bit of hype for the game and being available via Game Pass is a great marketing tactic to drive those first week download numbers.

Aswell as the zombie game (I’ve been eager for a zombie game on game pass for ages!) subscribers who are also signed up to Game Pass for PC will be able to play the latest edition to the Age of Empires (AOE) franchise when AOE IV is released towards the end of the month.

October 21 Game Pass Video Summary

If you haven’t got time to continue reading the whole article, he’s a quick video summary containing the key takeaways from this months game selection.

Here’s the Xbox Game Pass October 2021 Line up. More added as they’re announced.

Games Coming to Xbox Game Pass Oct 2021

We have three games confirmed so far which seems a little light. They’ll likely be more announced in the coming days. And, of course we’ll update this article with all of the details as soon as we get the scoop.

  • Back 4 Blood – October 12 (Console, PC, Cloud)
  • The Riftbreaker – October 14 (Console, PC)
  • Age Of Empires IV – October 27 (PC, Cloud)

Back 4 Blood (October 12)

Back 4 Blood was the first game announced for October game pass. It’s an awesome looking zombie shooter. The screenshots and gameplay trailer looks phenomenal. I’m a big fan of State Of Decay 2 so I’m hoping this one is just as good, if not better. I’m glad we’ve got one at least somewhat scary game to go with the theme of the month, Halloween. Anyway here’s the game synopsis from IGDB:

Back 4 Blood is a thrilling co-op FPS from the makes of the critically acclaimed Left 4 Dead game series. You are at the center of a war against the Ridden. These once-human hosts of a deadly parasite have turned into terrifying creatures bent on devouring what remains of civilization. With humanity’s extinction on the line, it’s up to you and your friends to take the fight to the enemy, eradicate the Ridden, and reclaim the world.

The Rift Breaker (October 14)

Now If I’m completely honest top down base building games like this don’t do anything for me. I’m all for base building, survival games but at first glance this just feels like a cheap smartphone game. This is entirely my opinion of course. I’ll have to check it out once it’s available in October via game pass. Anyway, here’s the synopsis:

The Riftbreaker is a base-building, survival game with Action-RPG elements. You are an elite scientist/commando inside an advanced Mecha-Suit capable of dimensional rift travel. Hack & slash countless enemies. Build up your base, collect samples and research new inventions to survive.

If you wanted to check it out before it’s made available to subscribers, hit the link here.

Age Of Empires IV (October 27)

Now I know I just said I’m not a big fan of this type of game but come on now, IT’S AGE OF EMPIRES! The best selling franchise. And when they release a new game, I pay attention. It will be available to pre-order or to play on Game Pass on 28th October. Anyway let’s let the synopsis do the talking:

It’s one of the most beloved real-time strategy games ever. It returns to glory with Age of Empires IV, putting you at the center of epic historical battles that shaped the world. Featuring both familiar and innovative new ways to expand your empire in vast landscapes with stunning 4K visual fidelity, Age of Empires IV brings an evolved real-time strategy game to a new generation.

Return to History – The past is prologue as you are immersed in a rich historical setting of 8 diverse civilizations across the world from the English to the Chinese to the Delhi Sultanate in your quest for victory. Build cities, manage resources, and lead your troops to battle on land and at sea in 4 distinct campaigns with 35 missions that span across 500 years of history from the Dark Ages up to the Renaissance.

Xbox Game Pass October 2021 Top Picks

I like to choose a couple of games that I’d like to see come to game pass. It’s less of a prediction and more of a wishlist. There maybe games on it that you dislike but there also maybe games in my ‘top picks’ that you’ll love. So what do I want to see this October?

As I said, I’d really like a Halloween themed list of games. So for my first pick, Little Nightmares.

Little Nightmares

This adventure, puzzle platformer has some great reviews and it’s easy to see why. The art style and the dimly lit locations darken the mood. I wouldn’t say this is a scare fest but it definitely fits the theme, I do find the characters somewhat spooky, I mean just check that in game screenshot above! Here’s the rest of the game synopsis:

Immerse yourself in Little Nightmares, a dark whimsical tale that will confront you with your childhood fears! Help Six escape The Maw – a vast, mysterious vessel inhabited by corrupted souls looking for their next meal. As you progress on your journey, explore the most disturbing dollhouse offering a prison to escape from and a playground full of secrets to discover. Reconnect with your inner child to unleash your imagination and find the way out!

If you want to play it you can find it on Amazon.

Dino Crisis

How good would it be to play Dino Crisis via Game Pass in October?
How good would it be to play Dino Crisis via Game Pass in October?

I remember playing this is a kid and I was completely freaked out at the thought of Dinosaurs coming to get me in my sleep! It was one of the best horror games made for the PS1. The story was great and the way the characters evolve over the course of the game really caught my attention. I’d love to play it again either remastered or the rumoured remake. If the remake goes ahead it’d be a perfect opportunity to launch via day on on Xbox Games Pass in October.

This is a big statement but, it’s one of my favourite games of all time. Here’s the synopsis to jog your memory and get you excited to play the remake:

Dino Crisis is a survival horror video game developed originally for the PlayStation console. It is the first installment in the Dino Crisis series and was created by the same team behind the Resident Evil series. Instead of the pre-rendered backgrounds of the Resident Evil games that preceded it, Dino Crisis uses an original real-time engine with 3D environments. Gameplay features traditional survival horror mechanics including action and puzzles, and it was developed to have more consistent visceral terror with the dinosaurs being quick, intelligent, and violent. There are four possible endings based on choices made by the player during the game.

Games Leaving Xbox Game Pass October 2021

I’m not aware of what games are leaving just yet because Microsoft hasn’t announced which games will be removed in October. Due to the sheer volume of games being added over the last few months I’m expecting quite a few games to get sacked off.

What Were The Previous Game Pass Games

Here’s a run through of all of the XBOX Game Pass Games added to the library since the start of the year (2021). To check out the individual games detailed below just click on the link! For updates make sure to keep an eye out for more information on our homepage. There are so thousands of games available on Xbox Game Pass, take a look at the complete list for 2021 below:

Games Added in September 2021:

  • Craftopia (Game Preview)
  • Final Fantasy XIII
  • Signs of the Sojourner
  • Surgeon Simulator 2: Access All Areas
  • Crown Trick
  • Breathedge
  • Nuclear Throne
  • The Artful Escape
  • I Am Fish
  • SkateBird
  • Aragami 2
  • Sable
  • Lemnis Gate
  • Astria Ascending

Xbox Games Pass Games added August 2021:

  • Curse of the Dead Gods
  • Dodgeball Academia
  • Katamari Damacy Reroll
  • Lumines Remastered
  • Skate
  • Skate 3 
  • Starmancer
  • Art of Rally 
  • Hades 
  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection: Premium Edition

Xbox Games Pass Games added July 2021:

  • Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
  • Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling
  • Gang Beasts
  • Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars 
  • Limbo 
  • Going Under
  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2
  • Tropico 6
  • UFC 4
  • Space Jam: A New Legacy 
  • The Medium
  • Farming Simulator 19
  • Bloodroots
  • Cris Tales
  • Battlefield V
  • Last Stop
  • Atomicrops
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic
  • Last Stop
  • Blinx: The Time Sweeper
  • Crimson Skies: High Road To Revenge
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • The Forgotten City
  • The Ascent
  • Lethal League Blaze
  • Project Wingman
  • Omno

Xbox Games Pass Games added June 2021:

  • The Wild at Heart
  • For Honor
  • Backbone
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Arx Fatalis
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  • DOOM 2016
  • The Evil Within 2
  • RAGE
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Fallout
  • Fallout 2
  • Fallout Tactics
  • Fallout 3
  • Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance
  • Worms Rumble
  • Iron Harvest
  • Prodeus
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered
  • Going Under

Xbox Games Pass Games added May 2021:

  • Dragon Quest Builders 2
  • FIFA 21
  • Outlast 2
  • Steep
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  • Just Cause 4: Reloaded
  • Psychonauts
  • Red Dead Online
  • Remnant: From The Ashes
  • Snowrunner
  • Peggle 2
  • Plants Vs Zombies: Battle For Neighborville
  • Secret Neighbour
  • The Wild At Heart
  • The Catch: Carp and Coarse Fishing
  • Knockout City
  • Maneater
  • Conan Exiles
  • Fuzion Frenzy
  • Joy Ride Turbo
  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
  • Slime Rancher
  • Solasta: Crown of the Magister
  • Spellforce 3: Soul Harvest

Xbox Games Pass Games added April 2021:

  • MLB The Show
  • Phogs!
  • Second Extinction
  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Fable 3
  • Fable Anniversary

Xbox Games Pass Games added March 2021:

To celebrate Xbox purchasing ZeniMax Media and Bethesda, 20 bethesda games joined game pass in March.

  • Dishonored Definitive Edition
  • Dishonored 2
  • DOOM (1993)
  • DOOM 3
  • DOOM 64
  • DOOM Eternal
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Evil Within
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout 76
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Prey
  • RAGE 2
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood

And those weren’t the only new games to the Xbox Game Pass library in March:

  • Football Manager 21
  • Football Manager 21 Xbox Edition
  • NBA 2K21
  • Undertale
  • Empire of Sin
  • Nier: Automata
  • Torchlight III
  • Genesis Noir
  • Octopath Traveller
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
  • Supraland arrives on 25th March
  • Yakuza 6: Song of the Life
  • Narita Boy

Xbox Games Pass Games added February 2021:

  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones
  • Jurassic World Evolution
  • Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age
  • The Falconeer
  • Project Winter
  • Ghost of a Tale

Xbox Games Pass Games added January 2021:

  • Killer Queen Black
  • Cyber Shadow
  • The Medium
  • Yakuza 3, 4 and 5 Remastered

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