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5 Awesome RPGs That Will Make You Subscribe to Xbox Game Pass In July 2024

Written by Marcello TBL

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Top 5 RPGs Of Xbox Game Pass

The renowned online service offers an impressive gallery of video games. Let’s take a look at some of the most recent RPGs That Perfectly Fit for us Turn Based Lovers.

Here are five reasons (RPGs) why you should get Xbox Game Pass right away. This top-tier service, available for a small fixed monthly fee, opens up an impressive catalog of games, including RPGs, Strategy, Roguelites, Horrors, and much more.

Dubbed by many as the Netflix of video games, Microsoft’s service is worth every single cent of the monthly fee, especially considering that new games are added every month, and often even twice a month. The PC version costs $9.99, and the Xbox version at $10.99. You might think these prices are for minor titles, but it’s quite the opposite. The Pass frequently debuts AAA titles even on their release day – for example, Clair Obscur: Expedition 33, just announced, has already declared it will be available on the Game Pass on Day One – or games whose commercial value is four times higher than the subscription fee.

Considering some recently available titles, we find highly acclaimed games like Manor Lords, FIFA 24, and Lords Of The Fallen. Specifically, for us Turn Based Lovers, there are great classics like Slay The Spire, a must-try whether you love deckbuilders or not, the Shadowrun series, and Monster Sanctuary for monster-catching enthusiasts. And I could really go on and on.

It’s hard to find a downside to this service; perhaps it’s not suitable for those who don’t have enough time to dedicate to video games, but that’s another story. Now, let’s focus on 5 of the most recent Turn-Based RPGs available on Xbox Game Pass that you should try right away if you haven’t already.

Wartales

One of the best strategic RPGs in recent times is Wartales, developed by Shiro Games, a studio well-known for the great strategy game Northgard set in the Viking Age and the Role-Playing Game Evoland. In this RPG, players manage a band of mercenaries in a dark medieval world, managing supplies, money, and quests to solve.

Wartales is a game like Battle Brothers

The game features turn-based tactical combat with deep yet accessible dynamics and an impressive graphic style, which already boasts two substantial DLCs that make the experience even more captivating. For more informations, you can check out our detailed review, but trust me, Wartales is definitely worth it.

Octopath Traveler 2

I had been distracted for a few weeks, and when I got back to Pass recently, I found none other than Octopath Traveler 2. This JRPG probably doesn’t need much introduction, as it places players in the shoes of 8 characters whose stories intertwine.

The game mechanics follow those of the first title in the series, with a few small additions here and there. This JRPG alone is worth the cost of the Xbox Game Pass, especially considering that it’s currently priced at $35 on Steam with a temporary 40% discount. If you’re a fan of JRPGs, you probably already have Octopath Traveler 2 in your library, but if for some reason you don’t, you just need to activate the subscription. Plus, I forgot to mention that in addition to the second chapter, the first one is also available.

Persona 3 Reload & Tactica

One of the most beloved and well-known gaming series is Persona, renowned for its unique graphic style, audio, and mechanics. The Game Pass includes the latest two titles in the series, released in chronological order: Persona 5 Tactica and the remake of the third chapter, Persona 3 Reload.

Persona 5 Tactica

Persona 5 Tactica, released in November 2023, is a spinoff of the fifth installment that takes players to a fantasy world controlled by a tyrannical regime called the Legionnaires. This chapter features all the characters from the fifth episode but reimagined in a Chibi style while introducing a combat system that diverges from the series norm, offering grid-based tactical battles.

Persona 3 Reload, released just a few months ago, is a remastered version of the third chapter of the series, boasting enhanced graphics, improved game mechanics, and new content. It’s the perfect opportunity to replay a classic that defined the RPG genre and to get acquainted with the mechanics that have made Persona one of the most famous series in the gaming world.

Phoenix Point

Let’s now shift to something slightly more strategic but still with RPG dynamics. Many of us, myself included, are eagerly awaiting an announcement that may never come for XCOM 3, but in the meantime, why not play a title developed by the very creator of XCOM from the 90s?

Phoenix Point

I’m talking about Phoenix Point, developed by Snapshot Games and led by Julian Gollop, the same person who created X-COM in the 90s and forever defined the genre. His new creation, Phoenix Point, offers similar dynamics, albeit in a slightly different context. You have a base to manage, research to conduct to unlock new weapons and armor, and aliens to defeat in the form of mutating creatures. The game has a slightly more “sandbox” nature compared to recent XCOM titles and is certainly engaging, offering many hours of gameplay.

The Bard’s Tale IV

Let’s wrap up with another renowned series: The Bard’s Tale. On the rich menu of Xbox Game Pass, you’ll find the trilogy of the first three chapters of the series. Although these might be slightly inaccessible to younger players, they still provide an introduction to the more recent The Bard’s Tale IV, which is also available with the subscription.

The Bard's Tale IV - Combat Phase

Released in 2019 by InXile Entertainment, a studio that knows a thing or two about RPGs (being responsible for titles like Wasteland 2 and 3 and Tides Of Numenera), this first-person RPG is actually an homage to the series’ ancestors. It offers an excellent dungeon crawler experience with outstanding graphics and a dynamic combat system. Certainly another gem for purists and genre enthusiasts.

These listed titles are truly just a few of the RPGs available with Xbox Game Pass, but if you don’t believe me, you can try the service for 14 days for just $1. After that, I’m sure you won’t want to go back.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Marcello TBL

Italian Dad in love with Turn-Based RPGs and Indie Games. In 2018 he started Turn Based Lovers and now he can't live without it.