Xbox Game Pass & new MS game store app - PC thread

What I don’t like about them is the bad lip syncing.

I do have to demerit the game a bit for all the furries. But it didn’t ruin the game for me.

I never bought it, I un-wishlisted after Tom’s stream a few years ago.

I finished it in 7 hours. Then again, 7 hours of just going around , without no combat, it can be a bit of a slog, in special in a pair of quests where you just have to click on lots of npcs to see who is the right person to talk to.

Eastshade is quite remarkable in that, especially for about the first half of the game, anywhere you stand and any direction that you look is nearly always worth painting! There’s always something interesting to see, details that don’t just look like a typical tiled landscape filled with repeating assets. They did the concept proud in that regard.

The animal characters to me are indicative of one thing: They’re an indie studio. If they’d made human characters, it would have required an animation fidelity that they couldn’t afford and, if they came up short, would trigger the Uncanny Valley hard. Triggering Furry Fear (to coin a term) was clearly preferable, and probably the right call. The other alternative is what they did in Tacoma or Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, which clearly also hit the same limitation and found their own way around it. Character animation–and especially facial animation–is a bitch.

I thought I would play Crusader Kings III tonight. I haven’t played it in months. That’s odd; it wants me to install it again. Then, it wants me to delete and reinstall. Okay.

Now, it won’t install. It “gets” to 0% and I get an unhelpful error message. Microsoft says in its “help” page that an optional Windows update from June will solve Game Pass problems. Um, okay, except my installation is up-to-date and, just to double-check, I clicked on “optional updates” and, as I imagined, the update MS says to use isn’t an option.

Forza Horizon as does Rise of Nations still loads, but when I try to install or play other titles, I get sent to the store page for “Gaming Services” which is–you guessed it!–installed already.

I hate Microsoft so much. I love my Xbox, and I hope it ultimately succeeds, but JFC I hate Microsoft so much.

Update: Resetting Gaming Services lets installed games run again. Trying to install CK3 gives a new error message. I think it thinks I’m trying to install it twice. I have an external drive I often use for installations. The first several times I tried to install, it gave me an option for that drive. Now it doesn’t. Yay.

I’m hoping that making the store/Xbox more integral to Windows in 11 will fix these problems, but there’s just as much chance it ends up bringing the problems to the rest of Windows.

I’ve had that a couple times. Rebooting fixed it for me.

I’ve rebooted about 50 times over the past 18 hours. ;)

Gaming Services went away when I reset that service. So my existing GP games run. However, I cannot install any.

The Xbox app itself has been glitchy lately for me, although for me it’s mostly hanging about half the time. Resolves itself with reset so I’m only mildly worried? As a workaround, I discovered that you can install and run things from the MS Store app - but just be careful, there are of course plenty of non GamePass things in there and buttons for buying things so make sure it’s an install button.

I get the same error message with the Xbox app and the store.

Fuck its obfuscated file system.

I know there’s tons of other game pass releases we’re in the middle of right now, but Project Wingman showed up in the Game Pass PC app. Has anyone heard of this before?

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Project Wingman is a combat flight action game with an emphasis on polished and refined gameplay, true-to-its-roots inspirations, and an engaging single player experience. Perfect for those who aren’t looking for a simulator experience, with the ease of pick up and play, all the way to those who want a fast-paced challenging flight action game.

Dogfight, strike, and fly through combat zones based off an alternate history of Earth. Either over the cold waters of the Bering Strait, attacking tanks in the brutal environments of Yellowstone magma fields, or diving through the Redwoods to strike targets of opportunity in the Pacific Northwest, across the oceans, above the scarred lands of the world, this war will take you from exotic battlefield to exotic battlefield, all while going up against odds way above your pay grade.

This sounds like a indie version of Ace Combat right?

I have it but haven’t played much. It does have a very good set of reviews though. I need to get back to it but it was slightly less arcadey than I wanted at the time I tried it. It was asking me to think about how to fly and shit. Now I don’t expect it’s a real sim by any means but it was just more than my brain wanted to deal with at the time.

Pretty sure @BrianRubin loved it. Thanks for reminding me it was showing up here. Gonna download it now.

Yeah Project Wingman is a barrel of fun.

Yeah Project Wingman is a barrel (roll) of fun.

I had never heard much positive buzz anywhere about Blinx The Time Sweeper when it first came out. It was only years later that I read some Qt3 players praise the game. Is that something that holds up today? Or was it a fun game for its time and best let alone?

It was a decent game among the first Xbox generation of tried-too-hard stinkers like Azurik. Vexx (not an XB exclusive) was also a notable ugly mascot game by Acclaim of the time.

I don’t believe I ever played Blinx so I may as well give it a try. Crimson Skies is a lot of fun though, even without multiplayer.