Wednesday, April 14

Games to stream and upload to Google Stadia and Xbox Game Pass [Jan. 18-24]


For almost two years, I have been putting together a weekly ‘Streaming in Canada’ column to highlight shows and movies that have just hit Canadian streaming services.

That continues, and will continue, to get stronger, but while I’ve been doing it, I was wondering if a similar ongoing series might be worth it for video games. After all, there are a host of gaming-on-demand services on the market, including Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, Google’s Stadia, and Sony’s PlayStation Now, and it can be difficult to keep up with new releases accordingly. And while there are a lot of general game release listings, I thought one focused on the industry’s ever-growing services might be unique.

Of course, not all of these gaming services are streaming specific, which is why the ‘Streaming in Canada’ moniker doesn’t work here. So we’re (tentatively) calling this continuing column related to gaming ‘Stream’ n Load ‘to cover more services, although the name might change over time.

In any case, sit back, make yourself comfortable, and pick up your controller (or phone!), Because we dive into this week’s new games that you can play on gaming services in Canada.


Google Stadia

Hitman 3

Developer / Editor: Interactive IO
Price: $ 79.99
Metacritical: 88 percent (PC version)
Stadia release date: January 20, 2021

At the conclusion of modern Hitman In the games “World of Assassination” trilogy, Agent 47 and his allies hunt down the underground criminal group Providence.

As in the previous two Hitman games, Hitman 3 features large levels of multi-layered sandbox style that encourage experimentation and review.

While Hitman 3 is on all other current consoles and PCs, the Stadia version supports Google’s exclusive ‘State Share’ feature, which allows players to capture a playable portion of a game and send it directly to their friends via a screenshot or video clip. In Hitman 3Specifically, players can use State Share during any campaign or custom mission, and you will be able to use their weapons and items even if you haven’t unlocked them in your own game.

It is also worth noting that Hitman 3two predecessors, Hitman (2016) and 2018’s Hitman 2, they’re free with a Stadia Pro subscription. Hitman 3 It also allows you to take all your progress and levels from previous games with you, and since Stadia runs through the cloud, your progression will automatically carry over. no manual process required.

We will have a full review of Hitman 3 next week.

Google Stadia allows you to purchase games individually and stream them at 1080p / 60fps. With a Stadia Pro subscription for $ 11.99 / month, you have access to 4K streaming and a catalog of various free games.


Xbox Game Pass

With Xbox Game Pass regularly adding new titles for Xbox, PC, and Android consoles (via streaming), I’ll be sure to indicate which games are for which platform.

Control (PC)

Developer: Remedy Entertainment
Editor:
505 Games
Price: included with Game Pass for PC
Metacritical: 85 percent (pc)
Game Pass PC Release Date: January 21, 2021

Play as Jesse Faden, newly appointed director of the US government’s supernatural agency Federal Bureau of Control (FBC), as you explore the FBC paranormal headquarters to defeat a deadly enemy known as Hiss.

Throughout his journey, Jesse will acquire different shapes for his transforming weapon, as well as new reality-warping abilities that allow him to telekinetically launch objects, glide, and more.

Desperados III (Xbox, PC and Android)

Developer: Mimimi Games
Editor:
Nordic THQ
Price: included with Game Pass for console and PC and Game Pass Ultimate (required for Android streaming)
Metacritical: 86 percent (pc)
Game Pass release date: January 21, 2021

In this prequel to Desperados: Wanted Dead or AliveJohn Cooper’s quest for redemption leads him to join forces with a runaway girlfriend, a hitman, a giant trapper, and a mysterious lady.

During the stealth game of real-time tactics, you will have to switch between five unique playable characters and figure out the best way to eliminate enemies.

Donut County (Xbox, PC, and Android)

Developer: Ben Esposito
Editor:
Interactive Annapurna
Price: included with Game Pass for console and PC and Game Pass Ultimate (required for Android streaming)
Metacritical: 77 percent (pc)
Game Pass release date: January 21, 2021

BK the hole-punching raccoon swallows his friends and their homes to win prizes, only to end up falling into one of his own holes and being confronted by his victims.

Control a hole in several different levels and try to swallow as many objects as possible, all while avoiding obstacles and solving puzzles.

Outer Wilds (Android)

Developer: Mobius Digital
Editor:
Interactive Annapurna
Price: included with Game Pass Ultimate (required for Android streaming)
Metacritical: 85 percent (pc)
Game Pass release date: January 21, 2021

Not to be confused with another acclaimed game of 2019, Obsidian’s The outer worlds, From Mobius Digital Savage exteriors follows an unnamed astronaut who is trapped in a 22-minute time cycle, which resets when the sun goes supernova.

Explore the orbiting planets to get to the heart of the time cycle mystery, all while retaining knowledge of each cycle to aid you on your journey.

Savage exteriors It is also available in Game Pass for console and PC.

Xbox Game Pass is available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PC, and Android. Console game pass and Game Pass for PC each costs $ 11.99 CAD / month.

Meanwhile, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs $ 16.99 / month. In addition to Android streaming, this tier includes Game Pass for both console and PC, as well as an Xbox Live Gold subscription and access to EA Play.

Typically, newcomers can sign up for their first month of Game Pass Ultimate for $ 1. However, Microsoft has a holiday promotion through January 25, offering three months of Game Pass Ultimate for $ 1 for those who are new to the service.

For more information on what’s coming to Game Pass this month, click here.


What do you plan to play this week? Let us know in the comments.

Image Credit: Interactive IO

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