Xbox Game Pass January 2023: Monster Hunter Rise, Persona 4 Golden, Persona 3 Portable
The Xbox Game Pass January additions have been announced, and the list looks rather odd. Microsoft has only confirmed three new titles coming to its games subscription service this month, while kicking off six existing entries in its catalog. Starting January 19, the critically acclaimed Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden will finally be available on Xbox consoles. Both are ports, in a sense, from Sony’s PlayStation handhelds – PSP and PS Vita – and are set to launch on modern platforms like PC, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch on the same day. Of course, PC Game Pass members can access it at no additional cost. Additionally, January 20 brings Monster Hunter Rise, Capcom’s latest addition to its fantasy RPG franchise, where you hunt down creatures from Japanese folklore.
Developer Atlus has confirmed Persona games are coming to modern platforms in October. With Persona 4 Golden (P4G) available on the Steam market since 2020 and the launch of Persona 5 Royal in October last year, it only made sense for publisher SEGA to help complete the package with Persona 3 Portable. Despite the no. 3, the new P4G is easily the most accessible entryway into the JRPG (Japanese role-playing game) franchise, introducing free-running quests and plot elements – allowing the main character to plan their days on a calendar weather and explore life as they see good. When not battling procedurally generated shadows in the weird TV world/dungeon, players can join school clubs, attend classes, bond with other characters, and work part-time to earn money in order to farm resources such as medkits and awakening beads.
Persona 3 Portable’s premise is somewhat similar to Persona 4 Golden, in that you lead the life of a school transfer student, while moonlighting as a hero, to uncover the tragic truth of the dark hour. The dialogues will be presented in a visual novel format, while the combat retains the turn-based DNA. Persona 3 Portable also marked the first and only time you could play as a female protagonist. This, alongside P4G, will be available day one on Game Pass – like Persona 5 Royal. You can also pre-install them and be ready to play on launch day.
Monster Hunter Rise went through a limited release, first launching on Switch in 2021 and then on Windows PC the following year. January 20 would be the first time it would be ported to more powerful consoles, such as the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X. The game will be available for free on the latter two systems, provided you have a Game Pass subscription.
As with previous Monster Hunter titles, Rise tasks you with slaying or capturing fearsome creatures using an assortment of weapons and tools – which, when completed, grant resources that can be turned into armor sets and special armaments. This forms the franchise’s signature gameplay loop, adding maps that focus on vertical movement. There’s also multiplayer functionality, which shouldn’t be a problem for Game Pass Ultimate subscribers as it comes with Xbox Live Gold. It is available at Rs. 50 initially, after which it costs Rs. 499 per month.
Additionally, Microsoft has confirmed that six titles will be leaving the service soon. On January 16, you can say goodbye to We Happy Few, The Anacrusis, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Nobody Saves the World,[Pupperazzi(https://wwwgadgets360com/games/pupperazzi-111488)andWindjammers2[Pupperazzi(https://wwwgadgets360com/games/pupperazzi-111488)andWindjammers2[Pupperazzi(https://wwwgadgets360com/games/pupperazzi-111488)etWindjammers2[Pupperazzi(https://wwwgadgets360com/games/pupperazzi-111488)andWindjammers2
And as usual, before they disappear from the service, you can choose to buy them with a 20% discount.
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