Control is now on Xbox Game Pass for PC, and it has achievements

Achievements unlocked.

One of my biggest pet peeves is a game on Xbox Game Pass for PC that comes without achievements. Xbox Game Pass is supposedly part of the Xbox ecosystem, right? On PC, games in the Xbox app should hold to the same standard the console versions do with regard to the features that are included. Yet that too often has not been the case. Fortunately, Control is now a part of Xbox Game Pass for PC, and good news: it has achievements.

A post over on the Xbox blog highlights a number of titles coming to Game Pass soon, including:

  • Control (PC) – Jan. 21
  • Desperados 3 (Cloud, Console, PC) – Jan. 21
  • Donut County (Cloud, Console, PC) – Jan. 21
  • Outer Wilds (Cloud) – Jan. 21
  • Cyber Shadow (Cloud, Console, PC) – Jan. 26
  • The Medium (Series X|S, PC) – Jan. 28
  • Yakuza 3 Remastered (Cloud, Console, PC) – Jan. 28
  • Yakuza 4 Remastered (Cloud, Console, PC) – Jan. 28
  • Yakuza 5 Remastered (Cloud, Console, PC) – Jan. 28

But Control really deserves a highlight here, as far too often, games that have already released on console get dropped onto PC lacking any achievements whatsoever. Heck, you can boot up Alan Wake — another Remedy game — on Game Pass for PC right now and not get a single achievement from it. Even Remedy hasn’t been entirely consistent on this front.

I have complained plenty about this in the past, so it’s only right to dish some praise at the PC games that put in the extra work. I presume, based on the past Yakuza releases on PC, that Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 will also support achievements. Maybe we are finally getting to a place where developers will put more effort in on this front and take being part of the Xbox ecosystem seriously.

And maybe, just maybe, Microsoft will start forcing developers to add achievements at some point, just like it does on console. Let us pray.

Control next-gen update release date: Feb. 2, 2021

We now have the Control next-gen update release date, and it’s much sooner than you might think. Here’s the scoop.

Control‘s newer and spiffier package, Control: Ultimate Edition, comes with a built-in upgrade to the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S versions of the game. To this point, however, those next-gen features haven’t been available. It’s time to get your calendars out — we now have the Control next-gen update release date, and it’s much sooner than you might think.

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Xbox Game Pass: Control, 16 other games coming soon

So hey, it turns out Microsoft isn’t screwing around with Xbox Game Pass in the month of December.

So hey, it turns out Microsoft isn’t screwing around with the month of December. Not only is Control coming to Xbox Game Pass (as was expected), there are 16 other games set to join the Game Pass lineup this month, too.

Here’s what you can expect to see:

Dec. 3

  • Control (Console, xCloud)
  • Haven (Console, PC)
  • Rage 2 (xCloud)
  • Slime Rancher (Console, xCloud)
  • Va-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action (PC)
  • Yes, Your Grace (Console, PC, xCloud)

Dec. 4

  • Dragon Quest 11 S: Echoes of an Elusive Age — Definitive Edition (Console, PC)

Dec. 8

  • Call of the Sea (Console, PC, xCloud)
  • Monster Sanctuary (Console, xCloud)
  • Starbound (PC)

Dec. 9

  • Unto The End (Console, PC)

Dec. 10

  • Assetto Corsa (Console, xCloud)
  • Gang Beasts (Console, xCloud)
  • Greedfall (Console, PC, xCloud)
  • Superhot: Mind Control Delete (Console, xCloud)
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (Console, PC, xCloud)

That is just the first half the month. Absolutely bonkers.

Sadly, with every Xbox Game Pass Drop, a bunch of titles make their way out of the library, too. The first half of December will see a total of 10 titles removed from Game Pass. They are:

Dec. 11

  • eFootball PES 2020 (Console)

Dec. 15

  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall (Console, PC)
  • Infinifactory (PC)
  • Metro: Last Light Redux (PC)
  • MudRunner (Console, PC)
  • Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker (Console)
  • Pathologic 2 (Console, PC)
  • The Turing Test (Console, PC)
  • Ticket to Ride (Console, PC)
  • Untitled Goose Game (Console)

If you have not played Untitled Goose Game or The Turing Test yet, those are two you should definitely work to knock out before the 15th rolls around.

Control on Xbox Game Pass could finally be happening

You might recall that, roughly one year ago, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer let it slip that Control on Xbox Game Pass was just around the corner. Fast forward to today, however, and — well, it still hasn’t happened.

Control on Xbox Game Pass

You might recall that, roughly one year ago, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer let it slip that Control on Xbox Game Pass was just around the corner. Fast forward to today, however, and — well, it still hasn’t happened. A new tease from the Xbox Game Pass Twitter account is giving fans hope that Remedy’s critically acclaimed sci-fi action title could soon join the lineup. Let’s hope this isn’t another instance of Microsoft “misspeaking.”

As you can see, an email from the ultra-fictional Melissa McGamepass mentions something about a “sinister red light.” This could reference the otherworldly presence known in Control as “The Hiss.” Fans and many other outlets seem convinced the title being talked about is indeed Remedy’s latest. And by the looks of it, Control — or whatever game this ends up being — is on track to get a December announcement.

I suppose the biggest question here (if Control does end up being added) is this: which version will Game Pass subscribers get? The Xbox Series X and S could run the last-gen version of Control thanks to backward compatibility. The new Ultimate Edition, however, packs in all the game’s DLC and will also offer native upgrades on Xbox Series X/S sometime in 2021. That latter version could be more effective at selling Xbox fans on Microsoft’s newest consoles.

December is just a day away at this point, so perhaps we’ll get an announcement about Control as soon as tomorrow. Be sure to check back for more news.

Xbox Black Friday Sale: Here’s what to buy

The Thanksgiving holiday is almost upon us, and you know what that means: Microsoft’s annual Xbox Black Friday Sale is here.

Xbox Black Friday Sale

The Thanksgiving holiday is almost upon us, and you know what that means — SALES. More specifically, Microsoft has now rolled out its annual Xbox Black Friday Sale, featuring discounts on tons of past and current-gen Xbox titles.

There’s quite a bit on sale at the moment. For the purposes of this particular rundown, however, I’m going to assume one thing about you already: you are an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber. That is the cheapest way to play many of these games. It’s $15 per month for all-you-can-game buffet that includes Xbox first-party titles and EA Play. It’s a steal.

For this reason, you won’t find Xbox Game Studios titles in this list. You also won’t find any Bethesda games, as I’m expecting them to be added to Xbox Game Pass as soon as Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax is finalized. Finally, there are no EA titles in here, because EA Play is a part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. If you’re looking to stretch those dollars, why buy something that’ll end up in EA Play in a few months?

Going past that, here are the major deals in the sale at the moment:

  • Watch Dogs Legion – $40.19
    This game isn’t even a month old! It also makes full use of ray tracing on the new Series consoles.
  • Marvel’s Avengers – $29.99
    I still can’t tell you whether the live service aspect of this game will pan out. I can tell you that I did play the campaign, however, and really enjoyed it. For $30, that’s not bad.
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – $14.99
    A whole lot of game for not a lot of money.
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins – $11.99
    You might have skipped out on this one due to Assassin’s Creed fatigue, but Origins is what set the franchise on the path it is traveling today. Worth it for $12.
  • Grand Theft Auto 5: Premium Edition – $14.99
    The GOAT. If you don’t own this already, you’re one of just a few.
  • Control Ultimate Edition – $19.99
    This gets you the base game, all of the expansions, and the upgraded Xbox Series X/S version coming in 2021. I’m actually fairly surprised this is discounted so deeply already.
  • The Division 2 – $8.99
    Even if you don’t take part in the post-game grind, the campaign here is still fairly entertaining.
  • Resident Evil 2 – $15.99
    Heck of a remake, now about a quarter of what it was priced at last year.
  • Resident Evil 3 – $19.79
    If you aren’t going for the remake of 2, you can nab this one for roughly $20.
  • Raccoon City Edition: Resident Evil 2 + Resident Evil 3 – $31.99
    This is the one you for if you want the remakes of both 2 and 3. Heck of a price.
  • Hitman 2 – $11.99
    Perfect time to catch up on the series before Hitman 3 drops at the beginning of 2021.
  • Batman: Return to Arkham – $9.99
    This will net you both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, two of the best action games of the Xbox 360 generation, remastered for Xbox One.
  • BioShock: The Collection – $9.99
    All three BioShock titles remastered, plus all of the DLC that came out for them. At $10, that’s tough to say no to.
  • Dark Souls Remastered – $19.99
    Xbox may not have the Demon’s Souls remake, but you can try and fill that void with the first Dark Souls, remastered and running at 60 FPS.
  • Diablo 3: Eternal Collection – $19.99
    The base game, plus all of the expansion and DLC packs that came afterward. Not bad for the price.
  • Injustice 2 – $9.99
    Your favorite DC superheroes and villains in a Mortal Kombat-esque fighter. That for $10? Absolutely.
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 – $26.99
    I believe this is the cheapest this game’s ever been sold at in an Xbox sale. Long — perhaps too long — but ultimately an experience you should have.
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition – $2.99
    A look back at where the reboot series started. Insanely cheap for the fun you’ll have.
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration – $5.99
    Base game + all DLC. I love these games and will go to the ends of the earth to defend them. This one is great, and if you’re on the Series X, has a Performance Mode that should now stay locked at 60 frames-per-second.
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition – $14.99
    Again, base game + all DLC. Like Rise, also has a Performance Mode that can hit a steady 60 FPS on the Series X.
  • Sonic Adventure – $2.49
    If you want to feel a tinge of nostalgia this holiday season. I walked into a Kmart the day after Christmas 21 years ago and picked this one up. How time flies.
  • XCOM 2 – $14.99
    A solid entry in one of the premiere strategy franchises out there.