What to play on Game Pass: story-based games

What to play on Game Pass: story-based games

Not sure what to play on Game Pass? With over 100 titles to choose from across almost every genre, it can be hard to know where to start. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with these Game Pass recommendations for those who want to be told a great story when they play. These story-driven games remind us that video games are indeed an art form, no matter what. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the best story-based games on Game Pass right now.

a blue memory

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From Annapurna Interactive (the same publisher behind The Outer Wilds, What Remains of Edith Finch? and, more recently, Stray), A Memoir Blue has been described as “an interactive poem about a superstar athlete and the general love between mother and daughter. “. This is the first effort from developer Cloisters Interactive.

The game features gorgeous visuals using a unique combination of 3D and hand-drawn art. His heartfelt story spans 6 vignette-like chapters.

as dusk falls

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One of the newest additions to Game Pass, As Dusk Falls is an interactive drama that spans the lives of two families over thirty years, starting with a 1998 robbery gone wrong in a small town in Arizona. Every choice the player makes in the game will affect how the fate of the characters unfolds.

Every family has secrets. Every secret has a price.

fire watch

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This narrative-driven indie classic follows the story of a fire watcher working in the Shoshone National Forest in the late 1980s. The first-person adventure game made a lasting impression with a vibrant low-poly visual style that it’s just awesome. This adds up to a suspenseful story full of twists and surprises as the player explores the Shoshone desert and uncovers clues in a plot that gets stranger by the minute.

sea ​​of ​​solitude

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A poignant game that delves into themes rarely explored in the medium, Sea of ​​Solitude has been described by one reviewer as “a dazzling, cathartic exploration of sanity, and a rare and daring game that tackles depression and its Causes”. .

Sea of ​​Solitude is partially inspired by creative director Cornelia Geppert’s past experiences in an emotionally abusive relationship.

Tell Me Why Chapters 1-3

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As the title suggests, this is a collection of all three chapters of Xbox Game Studios’ episodic adventure game Tell Me Why. The game’s story follows twins Tyler and Alyson (who share the ability to communicate telepathically) as they return home to rural Alaska after a 10-year absence to investigate the untimely death of their mother. .

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season

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From adventure game legends to Telltale games, The Walking Dead The Complete First Season takes more inspiration from the comics than the TV series. The game features original characters and focuses on story and character development. The game is a true classic and has received critical acclaim, especially for its storytelling, including several Game of the Year awards. Even if you don’t consider yourself a fan of the franchise, as a player you owe it to yourself to experience it.

Also check out Game Pass:

  • The Walking Dead season 2
  • The Walking Dead Michonne full season
  • The Walking Dead A New Frontier Full Season

What’s left of Edith Finch

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We round things up with another entry from Annapurna Interactive. Created by indie developer Giant Sparrow (aka The Unfinished Swan), What Remains of Edith Finch is one of the shining examples of video games as art.

Winner of multiple gaming awards, including the British Academy Games Award for Best Game 2017, it is a first-person adventure game in which the player, as the namesake Edith Finch, re-explores their childhood home as the last surviving member of his so-called cursed family. Along the journey, the player comes across a series of memorials for deceased relatives, where she discovers vignettes of the relative’s death.

To wrap

So what did you think of our list? What story-driven games have left a lasting impression on you as a player? Do any of them appear here? Tell us about your experiences in the comments section below.

And if you don’t have a Game Pass subscription yet, you can register it. Right now, new members can get their first month for just $1. Learn more about Game Pass in their FAQ. And be sure to check out our other What to play on Game Pass articles for more Game Pass recommendations.

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