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Tales of Arise protagonist Alphen stares at something offscreen.

Image: Bandai Namco Studios

Microsoft has announced the final set of games that will close out February for Xbox Game Pass subscribers. This crop of titles offers a variety of genres, from anime-ass RPGs to open-world shark adventures to sports simulators. As usual, there’s a little something for everyone.

There are two games available to download on your PC and Xbox via Game Pass right now. The first is Creative Bytes Studios’ narrative-driven, first-person adventure game Return to Grace, which is about a space archaeologist who must figure out what happened to an omnipotent AI God named Grace. Tales of Arise is the second game available right now and it’s easily one of the best entries in Bandai Namco Studios’ long-running RPG franchise, offering intense combat and an intriguing story.

Based on the children’s TV show, Bluey: The Videogame from Artax Games will be available on February 22. The casual action-adventure exploration game gives you and, presumably, your kid, a new story to follow that’s set across four interactive adventures centered around the series’ iconic locations. On February 27, you can pick up both EA Tiburon’s football simulator Madden NFL 24 and Tripwire Interactive’s surprisingly awesome open-world shark game Maneater. (You should really play that one; it’s bonkers and endearing all at once.) The last two games for February are Lab Zero Games’ Metroidvania Indivisible (February 28) and Keen Software House’s survival sandbox Space Engineers (February 29). Speaking of February 29, both Madden NFL 22 and Soul Hackers 2 will be leaving the subscription service on that day.

Moving into the start of March is Auroch Digital’s Doom-like Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun, which has a cool, retro aesthetic. While I haven’t played it yet, my colleague Zack Zwiezen called Boltgun one of 2023’s best games in his impression post, saying it combines a classic look with modern gameplay to create something that’s more than just another “boomer shooter.”

One final mention before we go: In the February 20 blog post announcing this collection of games, Microsoft reiterated that Blizzard’s action RPG Diablo IV will land on the subscription service on March 28. It’ll be the first Activision Blizzard game on Xbox Game Pass. Peep the list of this month’s offerings below:

Coming To Xbox Game Pass

  • Return to Grace (Cloud, Console, and PC) — Available Today
  • Tales of Arise (Cloud, Console, and PC) — Available Today
  • Bluey: The Videogame (Cloud, Console, and PC) — February 22
  • Maneater (Cloud, Console, and PC) — February 27
  • Madden NFL 24 (Cloud) EA Play — February 27
  • Indivisible (Cloud, Console, and PC) — February 28
  • Space Engineers (Cloud, Console, and PC) — February 29
  • Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun (Cloud, Console, and PC) — March 5
  • Diablo IVMarch 28

Leaving Xbox Game Pass

  • Madden NFL 22 (Console and PC) EA Play — February 29
  • Soul Hackers 2 (Cloud, Console, and PC)February 29

 

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