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I bloody love it. I get to try all sorts of games I wouldn’t have gambled my hard-earned cash on in the past. Some of them I might only play for an hour or two, but if I genuinely like them, I’ll finish them. I don’t have to force myself to like something just because I’ve paid for it. I really can’t imagine why anyone would complain about it.

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Ever since getting Game Pass I'm finishing WAY more games than before. But it's just like having a ROM collection, either you dip into the first 5 minutes of every title and are happy with that. Or you decide to focus on one game until you're done with it and then move on to the next. I've chosen the latter but it's hardly the fault of game pass itself if others choose the former.

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8 hours ago, dumpster said:

This deserves its own thread. I agree wholeheartedly with every point you make. 

I mean we've had this said many times in this thread, in Steam sales threads, Humble/Epic etc. Go to the TV/film folder and I'm sure the same was said about Netflix/Amazon in the early years - ditto Spotify in the music folder. It's not a new argument and, honestly, I'm not even sure there's much more to say about it.

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15 hours ago, deerokus said:

Surely the phenomenon of not valuing game pass games the same as ones you've bought is a 'you problem', not a game pass one.

 

It's the Gaming Gammons, everytime this comes up the example of the game they're having great fun playing instead is just some nostalgia shit, the real root problem is they're sad old fucks who don't care about modern gaming, but want to make this everyone's problem by moaning in every thread on the forum, rather than just quarantining themselves to the retro folder. If Game Pass literally just contained a romset of 90s arcade racers or whatever, all their complaints would disappear.

 

I've been arguing against this tendency for a while, but I'm only one person against a sea of people begging for more fucking remakes and remasters.

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When you play a game you don't like more because you paid for it, that's just wasting time as well as money. I paid for Kentucky Route Zero, but I've had enough of it tbh, despite forcing myself through to chapter 4. I played more because I paid for it, but didn't enjoy it any more.

 

Any game can get under your skin and be the game you want to play all the time. The issue is there aren't many like that, so when you've completed those games others feel like forcing yourself through them if you're not willing to just play for fun rather than completion.

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22 hours ago, Gaz said:

Gamepass is great, but Gamepass on the PC is a constantly dissapointing and frustrating mess.

For some reason since the last windows update, I can no longer play Football Manager 21, which I play pretty much daily. There are now 3 different xbox apps, as well as the microsoft store.

This happened to FM20 as well at some point, although the error was different and it wouldn't load at all whereas now the game loads but it can't recognise that I'm logged in so it crashes.

I had some kind of of account issue on PC XGP a few months ago. I tried a bunch of stuff and can't remember what worked, although it might have been resetting the Xbox app. If you find the app in Apps and Features, click on it and select Advanced Options, then scroll down to Reset. A repair will attempt to repair it without losing data, while a reset will wipe it's data and require you to log back in and stuff. It won't wipe your games. Since then I've had no issues at all.

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Everyone's gonna get something different out of the Gamepass (or not), but the real strength of it for my crew is that everyone has the same games. There's no pissing about making sure everyone's been out and bought GameX anymore. A quick nudge the night before (max), and we're all set and ready to go. 

 

It also means that we play games that we might ordinarily not, which has turned a few fun evenings, too. Gamepass is great. 

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19 hours ago, deerokus said:

Surely the phenomenon of not valuing game pass games the same as ones you've bought is a 'you problem', not a game pass one.

 

Yes, that's correct, as I said in my previous post, but it's still something that affects me, nonetheless (as I also said in my previous post).

 

Having said all that, though, I've been playing Hades a lot recently via Game Pass, and that's a game I definitely value (although I have bought it twice before), so maybe it's just dependent on the game. I still think It's a lot easier to quit a game when you don't feel like you've paid anything for it, however.

 

I'm not really sure how any of that make me a 'Gaming Gammon', however - I don't even like retro games, really.

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18 minutes ago, Jamie John said:

 

Yes, that's correct, as I said in my previous post, but it's still something that affects me, nonetheless (as I also said in my previous post).

 

Having said all that, though, I've been playing Hades a lot recently via Game Pass, and that's a game I definitely value (although I have bought it twice before), so maybe it's just dependent on the game. I still think It's a lot easier to quit a game when you don't feel like you've paid anything for it, however.

 

I'm not really sure how any of that make me a 'Gaming Gammon', however - I don't even like retro games, really.

As usual Rubber Johnny with his finger on the pulse 😬 

 

I feel no qualms about quitting a game whether I’ve paid for it or not, I simply judge them all by what I get out of them, but I always give any I try a fair crack of the whip, so I’m not more likely to quit because it’s on Game Pass. I just completed 12 Minutes, for example, despite my initial urge to bin it, whereas earlier this year I found myself initially loving Cyberpunk but then playing it less and less until the point I was really forcing myself to play it, and then I just stopped, guess I just got bored, and I paid full whack for that. 
 

So I suppose my point is that it really doesn’t matter how you come across a game in relation to whether you enjoy it or not, I mean I see no real evidence for that. 

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2 hours ago, Jamie John said:

 

Yes, that's correct, as I said in my previous post, but it's still something that affects me, nonetheless (as I also said in my previous post).

 

Having said all that, though, I've been playing Hades a lot recently via Game Pass, and that's a game I definitely value (although I have bought it twice before), so maybe it's just dependent on the game. I still think It's a lot easier to quit a game when you don't feel like you've paid anything for it, however.

 

I'm not really sure how any of that make me a 'Gaming Gammon', however - I don't even like retro games, really.

 

And I value I got the chance to play Hades.

 

It's not gonna be for me I suspect, I find I've no particular desire to go back having played it 90 minutes, it's great but it's still got all the fundamental flaws of its genres I don't enjoy.

 

But I get it, and I got to try it out and that's great in itself.

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Quick question: do game saves sync from PC version back to console? I started playing Halo 4 and A Plague Tale on PC. Going to play them on my One X and neither of the saves are there despite it syncing when it started up. Oddly, my settings for Halo 4 are there from the PC version - I altered the FOV - and when I went to start Halo 4 it warned me that my save from the PC version would be lost. However, there is no option to resume my game on Xbox and the save option on A Plague Tale wasn't even there. 

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9 minutes ago, squirtle said:

Quick question: do game saves sync from PC version back to console? I started playing Halo 4 and A Plague Tale on PC. Going to play them on my One X and neither of the saves are there despite it syncing when it started up. Oddly, my settings for Halo 4 are there from the PC version - I altered the FOV - and when I went to start Halo 4 it warned me that my save from the PC version would be lost. However, there is no option to resume my game on Xbox and the save option on A Plague Tale wasn't even there. 

If it’s play anywhere, yes.

halo is odd because campaign progress syncs but not the individual checkpoint: so you’ll see the mission unlocked but have to start from the start.

 

MCC is a tad odd though: less a coherent game and more a container within which entirely different versions of games exist. There’s little guarantee that the PC and Xbox builds of any given game are the same.

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10 minutes ago, squirtle said:

Quick question: do game saves sync from PC version back to console? I started playing Halo 4 and A Plague Tale on PC. Going to play them on my One X and neither of the saves are there despite it syncing when it started up. Oddly, my settings for Halo 4 are there from the PC version - I altered the FOV - and when I went to start Halo 4 it warned me that my save from the PC version would be lost. However, there is no option to resume my game on Xbox and the save option on A Plague Tale wasn't even there. 

 

Not all games are cross save compatible. I think the ones which are say Xbox Play Anywhere or something like that. It's quite annoying finding out a game is on both PC and Xbox Game Pass but saves don't carry over.

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Only slightly related, but I'm playing Plague Tale myself at the moment - and really liking it. Another win for GamePass in that I would almost certainly not have given it a chance otherwise. I really want to save little Hugo!

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55 minutes ago, rgraves said:

Only slightly related, but I'm playing Plague Tale myself at the moment - and really liking it. Another win for GamePass in that I would almost certainly not have given it a chance otherwise. I really want to save little Hugo!

It’s been on my list on for a while but other stuff keeps coming out, is it pure stealth? 

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6 minutes ago, Stanley said:

It’s been on my list on for a while but other stuff keeps coming out, is it pure stealth? 

 

It's about 90% stealth, I'd say, with stealth combat and stealth combat puzzles, where you have to take enemies out in a particular order. It's definitely worth playing, even if it doesn't quite stick the landing. Looks beautiful, too. Pro tip: play it with the French dialogue and English subs.

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8 minutes ago, Stanley said:

It’s been on my list on for a while but other stuff keeps coming out, is it pure stealth? 

There is a fair amount of stealth  inevitable given the protagonists.  However, other mechanics come into play too, and there is a delightful about turn toward the end.  Highly recommended. Go with French dialogue. 

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21 minutes ago, Stanley said:

It’s been on my list on for a while but other stuff keeps coming out, is it pure stealth? 

I finally started it last week but have given up after a couple of hours. It's not pure stealth, but there is very little to actually do in the game. Another one of these very pretty games that makes me feel too much like a passenger. A real shame as I loved the atmosphere and setting. 

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