Xbox games news: Two reasons why Game Pass is an essential purchase this summer

Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate are becoming increasingly essential purchases for Xbox One and Windows PC owners. Indeed, Microsoft has just given fans two more reasons to grab a Game Pass subscription this summer, as new games are revealed for the service. If you’re not in the loop, Game Pass gives subscribers unlimited access to over 100 games, including brand new Xbox One and Windows exclusives, as well as indie hits and blockbuster third-party releases.

Reason number one is that Yakuza Kiwami 2 – which is a remake of the original Yakuza 2 – joins Xbox Game Pass on July 30.

“It’s been a full year since the legendary Dragon of Dojima, Kazuma Kiryu took his leave from the world of the yakuza during the events of Yakuza Kiwami,” reads the official description.

“Fate, however, has other things in mind for him, and Kiryu finds himself back on the front lines of a potential all-out war between the two most formidable yakuza organizations, as SEGA proudly presents Yakuza Kiwami 2, one of the most beloved storylines in the franchise’s history, remade in full HD.”

Rebuilt using the high-tech Dragon Engine, Yakuza Kiwami 2 contains a host of new features, including seamless transitions between exploration, battles and entering buildings.

It’s good enough to have earned an impressive 85% on Metacritic, making it one of the highest-rated entries in the series yet.

The game will be available as a standalone purchase, or as a free download for Game Pass subscribers on PC and Xbox One.

Elsewhere, Microsoft Flight Sim has been given an August 18 release date on Windows PC.

The upcoming flight simulator features more than 37,000 real-life airports, as well as 1.5 billion buildings and 2 trillion trees, mountains, roads and rivers.

The impressive looking game will also feature a new dynamic weather system, which mirrors actual weather conditions in real-time.

Aircraft are said to contain highly detailed and accurate cockpits, as well as a “state-of-the-art physics engine” featuring over 1,000 control surfaces per plane.

The August 18 release date only applies to the Windows PC version of the game, although an Xbox One port will be released at a later date.

The Standard Edition of the game will be free to Xbox Game Pass customers, or you can purchase upgraded versions, complete with different bonuses.

The Standard Edition includes 20 highly detailed planes with unique flight models and 30 hand-crafted airports.

The Deluxe Edition includes everything from Microsoft Flight Simulator’s standard edition, as well as five additional planes and five additional handcrafted international airports.

The Premium Deluxe Edition – which costs more than £100 – includes everything from Microsoft Flight Simulator Standard Edition, plus ten extra planes and ten additional handcrafted international airports.

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