Article By: XGN Jessi 7
So I recently went through a moral dilemma of whether to give in to Xbox Game Pass or not. When having to adult, I have to be able to justify my money any way I spend it. This is what sparks this article, so maybe I can help others through the same decision process that I had to go through.
Xbox Game pass first off gives you a 14 day free trial. After which you start getting charged the $9.99 per month. Keeping in mind that you can cancel your Game Pass subscription at any given time with no penalty.
That is all well and fine. But what are you getting for this money each month besides playing games at your own free will? Game Pass holds over 100 Xbox One/Xbox 360 titles. Even offering Forza Horizon 4, Sea of Thieves, and State of Decay 2 on the days of their release. You can choose which game you would like to download, and have access to play it any time you like. That is until they take it out of the catalog.
When I first started my trial with Game Pass, the first thing I did was look through the catalog itself. I got excited instantly when I found that there was Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Fable: Anniversary, Gears of War 4, Tom Clancy’s The Division, and more.
My boyfriend especially likes Banjo Tooie and the Banjo Kazooie games, considering he probably hasn’t played them in eternity. Ben’s son Keegan is really into the Lego games, and has been begging us for Human Fall Flat. Guess what, it’s on Game Pass too!
So here’s where we get logical for a few minutes. Yes, technically we don’t own the games, and they can disappear at any time. When you actually buy a game from Game Stop that has a campaign, once you’ve played it where does that disc go? It usually sits on a shelf somewhere doesn’t it? Unless you bring it back where you don’t get a ton of money back for it. So there is a plus, not wasting a crap ton of money.
Forza Horizon 4, a new release at the beginning of October, new at game stop for Standard Edition is going for $59.99; even used it is going for $54.99. Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a 2014 release for Xbox One, is going for $39.99 for the hard copy and $29.99 for digital download. So being able to play all you want and only spend $10 a month, that’s if it even takes you that long to blow through it, major money saving aspect there.
If you’re one of those people though, who absolutely MUST own the game in its entirety, with your Game Pass subscription you are able to purchase the game at a 20% discount. Even offering a 10% discount on game add-ons and consumables. To find games that I used to play constantly on there that I don’t physically have anymore, that even used would cost me over $20 or $30 each to own, is a huge plus.
So now this is where I tell you that Xbox Game Pass membership is totally worth it. Not to mention you could probably ask anyone else that has it and they would tell you the same thing. Before I started my free trial, I even went in group chats of the Departments that I am in, and asked everyone’s opinion. Their answers were all the same…. “Do it!”