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Some Xbox Game Pass games for February released early, including Goldeneye 007

Xbox games for February

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Microsoft has confirmed another crop of games coming to Xbox Game Pass, including N64 classic Goldeneye.

Nine new games will be added to Game Pass over the next couple of weeks and, while it is almost the end of the month, six are due to arrive before February. And one, Hi-Fi Rush, is available to play right now.

The biggest news for veteran gamers is Goldeneye 007 will arrive on January 27. It’s a new version of the 1997 split-screen multiplayer classic for Nintendo 64, “faithfully recreated for Xbox consoles”.

There’s no PC release, it’s just consoles and cloud streaming for Bond. Just like the original, Goldeneye 007 offers four-player split-screen, but now renders at 4K resolution, 96 times more pixels than we had back in ’97.

Those who own the Rare Replay collection on Xbox will also find Goldeneye 007 added to that package.

Hi-Fi Rush is the other big surprise, a game we barely knew anything about until it was revealed in the Xbox Dev Direct stream. This one is ready to play now.

It’s a rhythm-infused action game with a striking cartoony cel-shaded art style, made by the folks behind The Evil Within series. Hi-Fi Rush has a much lighter tone than those horror adventures, mind.

What games are coming to Xbox Game Pass?

Hot Wheels Unleashed (Milestone)

Here’s a quick look at the other games coming to Xbox Game Pass over the next couple of weeks.

Roboquest is due on January 30 as a “preview”, meaning it’s not 100 per cent finished yet. It’s a first-person shooter that can be played solo or as two-player co-op. The style isn’t a million miles removed from that of Hi-Fi Rush, but this one is packed full of robots.

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is coming to consoles on January 31. It’s a remaster of one of the most-loved PC strategy games of all time. The PC version of this remaster has been on Game Pass since its release in 2019, as it’s an Xbox Game Studios title.

Next up is Inkulinati, also due on January 31. It’s coming to PC and consoles, and is a strategy game where the action looks like a set of medieval book illustrations in motion. Highly unusual.

Your last pick for January is JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle R, again set for PC and consoles. It’s a fighting game, and a remaster of an original released almost a decade ago in 2014. Think of it as an even more over-the-top take on Street Fighter.

Darkest Dungeon starts off the new month on February 2. This side-view RPG comes to Xbox and PC Game Pass, having left it back in 2022.

Racing game Grid Legends is the least-interesting addition here, but only because it’s a cloud-only update. The game was already available to download and play through Game Pass via download. Cloud streaming will be unlocked on February 2.

Still, we get a genuinely new pick in Hot Wheels Unleashed – Game of the Year Edition a few days later on February 7. This racer was originally scheduled to come to Game Pass on December 15, but was delayed.

What games are leaving Game Pass?

Four games are going to leave Xbox Game Pass on January 31, so if Donut County, Telling Lies, Worms WMD, or Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master are on your to-play list, get cracking.

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