With Rainbow Six Extraction and Rainbow Six Siege now live on PC Game Pass, you would expect to be able to download them straight from the Xbox PC app, right?
Ubisoft, being Ubisoft, has decided to implement a separate system in order to access games they have on PC Game Pass where you have to link your Game Pass subscription to a Ubisoft account at this site and then use their client in order to download and play said games.
There are a few probabilities why Ubisoft went this route (The Microsoft Store doesn't support games that require another client to launch. Ubisoft doesn't want to give Microsoft a cut of the in-game revenue), but to be honest, I felt like Ubisoft bringing some of their games to PC Game Pass was going to come with a catch.
These games are heavily based off of tabletop games like dnd, which are best played with a group of players. Yet the other recent major titles like Pillars, Kingmaker/Wotr, Tyranny, and Solasta are all single player. Don’t get me wrong, I get the draw to a solo experience. But Larian has managed to develop engaging single player stories that have the option for co op. My dnd group loves playing Divinity and are heavily anticipating Baldurs Gate 3, but there’s so many other great games in the genre that would be a blast with friends. Im just surprised Larian is the only studio doing this
There's a neat, newish game on Steam Early access called Vampire Survivors that I came across and it already has nearly 4000 user reviews marking it "Overwhelmingly Positive" yet I don't see any mention of it here so I figured I'd share. It's $3 full price so barrier to entry is extremely low already, but what you get is a fun and addictive experience.
The gameplay loop is primarily avoiding enemies and purchasing new weapons or upgrades at each level-up. Your character auto attacks enemies on intervals, and there are things that'll help increase attack speed, movement speed. Some weapons are specific in their directionality, others are random strikes, so while that random lighting starts off seemingly inefficient, if you upgrade it enough it starts just wrecking house.
More and more enemies attack as the time goes on to a point where eventually you will generally get overwhelmed unless you've got a good set of upgrades. You'll pick up money throughout the game which you can use to give permanent upgrades to your hero. Then, you start again! It's a bunch of fun. The only complaint I've got is that it's a little light on the overall content, but for $3 and promise of more to come with Early Access, it's hard to really complain about anything. Just a fun time.