Xbox Game Pass October 2021 Review – Part 1

I’m Kinglink and it’s the middle of October, so let’s talk about the Xbox Game Pass October 2021 Review… Part One.  Wait what’s that about? 

On screens is the list of games, and like always I play all of them, every game that comes out on Xbox Game Pass. It’s been about a month since my last video, and how has Xbox done?  Well, they’ve released 25  titles that I have to cover.  That’s a lot, considering if I played one game each day, that’s almost the entire month, and that’s sort of what I did. 

So I still want to cover them, but 25 titles, a minute a title is gonna be a huge video… so I’m doing the next best thing.  I’m going to bring you 13 titles today, and the rest next week.  I’ll still choose the best out of all 25, but we’re just going to break up the delivery… so let’s see which 13 titles made it onto the first half.   Starting with. 

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Xbox Game Pass September 2021 Review – What a roller coaster

It’s the middle of September, so it’s time to look at the last month of Xbox Game Pass titles with the September 2021 review. 

On-screen are images that Microsoft has released of their top games which we’ll be covering, but that’s not good enough for me.  I’ve played everything released on the service for PC over the last month, and it’s time to talk about the good and the bad.  

I’ve spent at least two to four hours with most of these games, so I should be able to give you a good overview of what is worth checking out and why.  I hope you’re ready because we’re going to cover 19 games this month, and yeah, that’s a lot.   Let’s get started with…

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Humble Choice September 2021 Review – What was that?

I’m Kinglink and it’s September 2021, which means it’s time for the Humble Choice September 2021 Review. 

We have 13 games and, as always, I played each game for an hour and now am here to tell you all about them.  Let’s just get started.

PGA Tour 2K21. I think a lot of people are expecting me to tear into this game.  But that’s not what I do,  PGA Tour 2K21 is a golf game and that could be my review. It perfectly bookends every point I would make about this game. 

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Dodgeball Academia Review – Retro AND Modern

There has been a recent resurgence in all forms of media where creators want to repackage 90s nostalgia to sell to customers while doing minimal work. Whether it’s a classic television show. a popular movie, or just the aesthetics, this is a common approach to creating new content while not giving the audience anything new or different than the original content.

Dodgeball Academia could be in that category. It’s clear the game is heavily inspired by a classic NES title, Super Dodgeball and it would be easy for someone to create a clone of that classic game and sell it for twenty or thirty dollars.

That’s not what Dodgeball Academia is about. While Pocket Trap, the developers of Dodgeball Academia are fans of Super Dodgeball, Dodgeball Academia is more of a love letter or an homage to a classic title showing what can happen when nostalgia is only the first step of a project. 

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Omno Review – A serene journey of discovery

Omno is a lovely game. Rather than teach the player from the first moment, it promotes a sense of exploration. The main character is a silent onion-headed avatar, in a new land, filled with creatures and puzzles just waiting to be discovered.

Omno evokes comparisons with Journey due to the style, and gameplay. It’s a serene journey that avoids combat, while still giving the player a fantastic sense of wonder as they explore each new area and land. It combines music, graphics, and gameplay to evoke the sense of the unknown throughout.

Omno’s focus is on minimalism, using only a few words to teach the player the basic mechanics of the game, whether it be a button press required or a new ability. Throughout the game, players will earn four different abilities, such as a fast dash allowing players to cover distances in moments.

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Humble Choice August 2021 Review – Is this the best yet?

I’m Kinglink and that’s right, it’s time for the Humble Choice August 2021 Review. 

It’s my birthday month, and as a present, I got a Humble Choice with 2 games I already own.  But that’s not a bad thing because they’re two of my favorite games and I get a chance to discuss them.  It may even have changed my opinion on one. 

As always I play the Humble Choice games for one hour, and compile my opinions, who I think should play them or enjoy them and who should skip.  With that said, let’s get started with the first game I already own, and the biggest game this month. 

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Humble Choice July 2021 Review – An average month, with average games.

I’m Kinglink and it’s time for the Humble Choice July 2021 Review. 

Once again I’m back after playing each game for an hour, and I should be able to tell you who is going to enjoy each title, and who might want to skip them.  It’s a strange month so let’s just get to the games and talk about them. Starting with a major franchise…

Yakuza 3 Remastered.  If you’ve been a Humble Choice member for a while, you’ve probably already seen Yakuza 0, Kiwami, and Kiwami 2, which was the first trilogy of Yakuza games for the PC.  It appears that trend is continuing, with Yakuza 3 Remastered this time. 

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All About Yakuza: The Kiryu Saga – Answering all your questions at once.

I’m Kinglink and let’s talk about the Yakuza Franchise, particularly the Kiryu games, which I lovingly call the Kiryu Saga. 

Though I’d like to explain this concept of this series quickly.  The quick backstory is after finishing both Yakuza 3 and 4 I wanted to make a video but hadn’t finished the entire series, there was a lot to talk about such as the Tojo Clan’s place in the series, or Kamurocho’s evolution, but I couldn’t talk about the entire franchise.   

I also often get questions about where to start the series on any of my Yakuza videos so I figured this might be a good topic. 

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Red Dead Redemption 2 – A good pattern repeated far too often

Red Dead Redemption 2 feels like Rockstar has turned a corner, but it might not be the corner fans were hoping they would turn.

Rockstar’s previous titles, both Red Dead Redemption, and Grand Theft Auto series had a lot of variety. Grand Theft Auto 3 through San Andreas focused on a satirical open world where the player could create his own brand of havoc. Grand Theft Auto IV created a more simulation-style game though fans had mixed reactions, though generally negative.

Then Red Dead Redemption moved back to allow the player to create their own fun, and Grand Theft Auto V returned to the satirical style Rockstar was known for.

I bring all of this up because Red Dead Redemption 2 is another attempt like Grand Theft Auto IV where the goal is to create a more realistic game. Part of the reason is while crime and urban gang life can be satirized very easily, westerns are no longer as common in pop culture, and while there have been amazing comedies in the genre, like Blazing Saddles, Rockstar made the assumption most fans would prefer a serious take on the western formula.

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