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Xbox Game Pass ices the cake this April with NHL 24 and more

The Xbox Game Pass April 2024 wave two lineup is also set to include three incredible experiences for the Core subscription tier, juicing up the value-o-meter.

Xbox Game Pass April 2024 wave two: an ice hockey player wearing a red jersey next to the Game Pass logo

It’s been another great month for Xbox Game Pass so far, but the service isn’t done with April just yet. Beyond the day-one additions of Harold Halibut and Grounded Fully Yoked Edition that have just gone live, Xbox has now announced its second wave of games that’ll take us up to the month’s end. Ice hockey fans rejoice, because you now won’t have to pay a penny extra for NHL 24.

Though EA Sports’ long-running series didn’t quite take the quantum leap many of us hoped for this year, NHL 24 remains the definitive way to experience the sport in videogame form. Coming in with a so-so Metacritic score of 71, most reviewers agree that, while there are improvements over NHL 23, they’re minimal – a sentiment we share from our time with the sports game.

Elsewhere in the six-strong list of new Xbox Game Pass games we have the previously-confirmed Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes and Another Crab’s Treasure – both day-one releases. The incredibly charming, claymation-based Harold Halibut has already captured our hearts here at The Loadout, while Grounded remains firmly… grounded on our best survival games list. What we’re trying to say is Xbox knows how to pick its day-one bangers, so we’re excited to see how these new Xbox games (and new PS5 games) pan out.

Xbox Game Pass April 2024 wave two: the full lineup

If you’re an Xbox Game Pass Core member, then there are also some absolute treats on the way to the Xbox Games Pass games list. On April 23, Deep Rock Galactic – Rory’s favorite game [citation needed] – Superhot: Mind Control Delete, and Wreckfest are joining the base subscription tier – dreams.

Here’s the full list of Xbox Game Pass April 2024 wave two games, including those Core additions:

  • Orcs Must Die! 3 (Cloud, Console, and PC) – April 17
  • EA Sports NHL 24 (Console) EA Play – April 18
  • Deep Rock Galactic (Core) – April 23
  • Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (Cloud, Console, and PC) – April 23
  • Superhot: Mind Control Delete (Core) – April 23
  • Wreckfest (Core) – April 23
  • Another Crab’s Treasure (Cloud, Console, and PC) – April 25
  • Manor Lords (Game Preview) (PC) – April 26
  • Have A Nice Death (Cloud, Console, and PC) – April 30

You can check out the freshly announced DLC/game updates, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate perks, and games leaving the service (pour one out for Pikuniku) right here.

Whether or not any of these fresh additions will make it onto our list of the best Game Pass games remains to be seen, but April certainly hasn’t disappointed when it comes to bringing plenty of bang for your buck. We’d say May is going to have a tough time topping it, but with the Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 release date finally arriving next month, we’re not so sure.

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