Hello, fellow gamers! Welcome to your October Xbox Game Pass update.
We’re excited to share the addition of seven more games joining the Xbox Game Pass catalog starting on October 1, in addition to over 100 great games already included in your Xbox Game Pass membership. Titles including Super Street Fighter IV, State of Decay, Saint’s Row: Gat Out of Hell and more will be ready to play at the start of October.
At Xbox, we love Halloween, and throughout all of October we’ll be highlighting our favorite spine-tingling, spooky and downright fang-tastic titles (sorry!) in the Xbox Game Pass catalog. Be sure to check out the Xbox Game Pass Lounge where we’ll be highlighting our top-picks in our Frightfully fun games channel!
Earlier this month we launched Game Pass Goals, a fun way to get rewarded for playing games in Xbox Game Pass. Each month a new Goal is posted in the Xbox Game Pass Lounge, and everyone who completes their Goal is guaranteed to win a prize, which include Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Gift Cards, movies, DLC and more. One lucky Xbox Game Pass member will also win a grand prize each month, such as a $500 Gift Card for Microsoft Store!
With Game Pass Goals, there is no need to register or sign-up, if you’re an Xbox Game Pass member then you can jump right in and start winning. Head over to the Xbox Game Pass Lounge and check out your Goal at the beginning of each month for your chance to win awesome prizes!
In honor of our Halloween theme through October, our Game Pass Goal will focus on unlocking achievements in our Frightfully Fun collection of titles. Getting an achievement in two different games from the collection gets you a reward, but you’ll need to get an achievement in six different Frightfully Fun games this month if you want to be eligible for the grand prize!
Lastly, we are excited to announce that fans can now use Xbox Gift Card credit to purchase an Xbox Game Pass membership. Starting September 12 and in addition to debit card, credit card and PayPal, an Xbox Game Pass membership can be purchased with an Xbox Gift Card, or existing credit sufficient to cover the low monthly fee.
Now let’s learn more about the new games coming to Xbox Game Pass in October:
Super Street Fighter IV
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – get your fight sticks ready, because Capcom’s Super Street Fighter IV is coming to Xbox Game Pass! Street Fighter is a legendary fighting franchise and for our money, SSF IV is one of the greatest fighting games ever released. Fight as Ken, Cammy, Zangief, Dhalsim, and the rest of the crew across a variety of single and multiplayer game modes, including classic Arcade and online ranked head-to-head battles. Fine tune your strategy and stickwork to become one of the finest combatants Street Fighter has ever seen. Or at least, the best fighter your couch has ever seen.
State of Decay
We are so excited to announce Undead Lab’s gem, State of Decay, is also joining Xbox Game Pass in October! Remastered and re-released for Xbox One, State of Decay is an engrossing third-person open world zombie action survival game (say that three times fast) where you step into the shoes of everyday store clerk Marcus Campbell, tasked with navigating the apocalypse and contributing to the survival of your friend and newfound allies in Trumbull Valley. If you’re a fan of zombie games or survival games, here’s your bacon. And don’t forget, the saga continues with State of Decay 2, coming soon to the Xbox One family of devices in 2018!
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell
The deal sweetens in October with Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, the fun and exciting standalone epilogue to the open world action adventure hit, Saints Row IV: Re-Elected. Choose either Johnny or Kinzie, and use your superpowers to defeat enemies, summon demons, and defeat Satan (never a small achievement). Also, if you’ve been enjoying Saints Row IV and continue enjoying the action in Gat Out of Hell, you should check out the latest installment in the Saints Row realm, Agents of Mayhem, available right now in the Xbox Store.
The Bug Butcher
You’re welcome; we’ll just say that now. Because we think you are really going to dig Awfully Nice’s The Bug Butcher. Jump into your classic story-based Arcade mode or see how long you can last against the insect horde in Panic mode. Whichever you choose, the premise is simple: look up, squeeze trigger, and use power-ups to obliterate every enemy bug that comes your way. Oh, and try not to get hit. Do that, and you’ll easily collect all 90 stars on hard in Arcade mode and become a legend as the last Bug Butcher standing atop the leaderboards in Panic mode. If only it were as easy as it sounds. Things can get heavy in a hurry in Panic mode, so consider finding a friend to fight alongside you for some co-op action! We love this game and are so excited to share it with our members. Want a target to shoot for? Beat all 30 levels in Arcade mode and collect 51 or more stars to best the Xbox Game Pass team top performer.
Costume Quest 2
Halloween isn’t all scares and screams. Double Fine’s Costume Quest 2 is great Halloween-focused fun for all ages this October. Costume Quest 2 is set on Halloween night and offers players the choice to control one of two twins, Reynold or Wren, and discover the host of fun Halloween surprises their neighborhood has in store as you try to save Halloween from the evil dentist, Dr. White. Of course, evil villains are sometimes complex individuals, so take a hop in the Costume Quest time machine to learn more about why the evil dentist grew to hate Halloween and how you may be able to end he and his orcs’ reign of candy-less terror. Engage the locals in conversation, smash objects with your candy bag, combat monsters, and evolve both your powers and costume as you level up this October in Costume Quest 2.
Maldita Castilla EX – Cursed Castle
When we think of castles, we think of ghosts. And when we think of ghosts, we think of Halloween. So, it only makes sense that we would bring you Maldita Castilla EX this month, a tremendous retro medieval platformer and extension upon the original Maldita Castilla arcade game. But beware: conquering the Castle is not for the faint at heart. This is a challenging game with multiple endings depending on how precise your stickwork is (aka how often you die). Make it through in a single run without dying and unlock the ultimate ending. Or accept the frequent deaths and simply enjoy the scenery, which is full of all kinds of spooky, grotesque, and interesting enemies and objects throughout the game.
Tower of Guns
Your mission in Tower of Guns is clear and present — run the gauntlet and destroy the Tower of Guns. Actually, achieving that mission in this first-person shooter is both fun and challenging, as you select one gun and one perk to help you through each run at the Tower. Replayability for Tower of Guns is high, with randomly generating levels ensuring familiar but fresh experiences across hours and hours of gameplay. Dodge cannon shots, malicious robots, and grab secret loot stashes as you strategically move from room to room and take your shot at glory. Can you take the Tower?
With over 100 great games, for just $9.99 a month, plus new games added every month, Xbox Game Pass is your ticket to endless play. Thanks for reading October’s Xbox Game Pass update and don’t forget: if you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass yet, you can play free for 14 days.
Editor’s Note: We’ve updated the artwork associated with this post to correctly showcase Super Street Fighter IV box art. Apologies for any confusion this may have caused.