Microsoft Announces More Game Pass Titles for January

Microsoft revealed that several more games are coming to Xbox Game Pass across supported platforms during the second half of this month.

Here’s the list.

January 21

Control (PC)
After a secretive agency in New York is invaded by an otherworldly threat, you become the Director struggling to regain control. This third-person, action-adventure game will challenge you to master a combination of supernatural abilities that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Desperados III (Android, Console, and PC)
Desperados III is the long-awaited prequel to Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive. A story-driven, tactical stealth game featuring a colorful cast of characters that epitomize the Wild West, Desperados III takes players on an adventure through rural towns, swamps, and riverbanks, to their ultimate, gun-slinging showdown!

Donut County (Android, Console, and PC)
Donut County is a story-based, physics puzzle game where you play as an ever-growing hole in the ground. Meet cute characters, steal their trash, and throw them in a hole.

Outer Wilds (Android)
Explore for the sake of your curiosity with a hand-crafted solar system filled with secrets to discover and perils to avoid while exploring space. Players are given a variety of tools to aid in their space-backpacking adventure: their very own spaceship and jetpack, a surveyor probe for scouting and taking pictures, and a signal scope to track down audio signals as well as view landmarks from afar.

January 26

Cyber Shadow (Android, Console, and PC)
The world has been taken over by synthetic lifeforms. A desperate plea for help sets Shadow on a journey to uncover what started the path to perpetual ruin. Slash through the techno hordes, leap past traps, and nimbly navigate the ruins of Mekacity. Only you can unlock the secrets to your clan’s ancient powers in Cyber Shadow, the quintessential Ninja Action game.

January 28

The Medium (Xbox Series X|S and PC)
Available with Xbox Game Pass on day one! Discover a dark mystery only a medium can solve. Travel to an abandoned hotel resort and use your unique psychic abilities to uncover its deeply disturbing secrets, solve dual-reality puzzles, survive encounters with sinister spirits, and explore two realities at the same time.

Yakuza 3 Remastered (Android, Console, and PC)
In a quest to abandon their bloody past, Kazuma Kiryu and adoptive daughter Haruka Sawamura leave the unforgiving streets of Kamurocho for the island of Okinawa to run the Morning Glory Orphanage. Despite his efforts, trouble shadows Kiryu and the orphanage is soon entangled in a deadly power struggle. Can Kiryu rescue the children’s home and escape his past for good?

Yakuza 4 Remastered (Android, Console, and PC)
A murder in Tojo Clan territory soon sets off an investigation by a small Tojo branch consisting of Kazuma Kiryu, Masayoshi Tanimura, Shun Akiyama, and Taiga Saejima. Follow the four playable protagonists as they unravel a hidden battle over money, power, status, and honor and a mysterious woman at the center of it all. With underground forces readily willing to kill to protect their secrets, the search seems to lead to more questions than answers.

Yakuza 5 Remastered (Android, Console, and PC)
Kazuma Kiryu’s newfound calm as an unassuming cab driver comes to a sudden end as the standing peace between the Tojo Clan and Omi Alliance disintegrates. Forced to reckon with his past once more, the Dragon of Dojima returns to the criminal underworld to protect those he holds dear. With five playable protagonists across five major cities, follow Kiryu and his allies in their quest to navigate the corrupt underbelly and prevent an all-out turf war..


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  • ben lee

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    19 January, 2021 - 11:44 am

    <p>I'd highly recommend Control, excellent psychological thriller action game, from the same people that mad Alan Wake. Plus I'm actually exited for The Medium, first Xbox exclusive I have been in a while.</p><p><br></p><p>Heard good things about Outer Wilds, interesting game mechanic based around some sort of time loop. I've just bought a tablet for reading comics and cloud gaming (phone screen is just too small for me), so can actually try it out too.</p>

    • evox81

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      19 January, 2021 - 2:05 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#608526">In reply to Ben Lee:</a></em></blockquote><p>I love games with an interesting story, so I gravitated towards Control. It was good, but it reminded me a bit of an older era of games, where the difficulty ramped quickly and guidance on what to do next was minimal. I didn't like those games then and it really struggled to keep me interested now. The waypoint/map system was absolutely useless. I ended up missing one of the powers you're supposed to have, which made the endgame impossible. I never finished it. </p>

  • webdev511

    Premium Member
    20 January, 2021 - 12:21 pm

    <p>Control is the first game I completed with all achievements in YEARS. Great story and the DLC is well worth the price too.</p>

  • IanYates82

    Premium Member
    20 January, 2021 - 4:43 pm

    <p>It's tedious that they keep using Android in the platform description. Can't they have just kept the xCloud name? When they finally get an iOS client will they tediously add that everywhere too? Or the Windows, Mac, TV, and maybe Xbox itself? </p><p><br></p><p>This would have been a good question for the end of year Windows Weekly tbh – why brand it this way? </p>

    • IanYates82

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      20 January, 2021 - 4:44 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#608847">In reply to IanYates82:</a></em></blockquote><p>Now I'm past my rant…. </p><p><br></p><p>The Medium looks great! Keen to play. </p><p><br></p><p>I've done a bit of Control from last month when it came to xbox. Strong Alan Wake / Quantum Break vibes, which is to be expected. </p>


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