Games to ‘Stream ‘n Load’ on Google Stadia and Xbox Game Pass [Feb. 8-14]

Little Nightmares II is a free Stadia Pro game day and date with its launch on other platforms

Little Nightmares II

In case you missed it, we recently introduced a new weekly series tentatively titled ‘Stream ‘n Load,’ a video game-focused companion of sorts to our ongoing ‘Streaming in Canada’ column.

For the uninitiated, Stream n’ Load will go over the new games to hit gaming subscription services every week, such as Xbox Game Pass, Google Stadia, PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus.

We’ll also highlight any Canadian titles when relevant.

Google Stadia

Crayta: Starter Edition

Developer/Publisher: Unit 2 Games Limited
Genre: Sandbox
Price: free for all
Metacritic: 71 percent (Stadia version)
Xbox Game Pass release date: February 10th, 2021

Following its launch as a premium title last year, Crayta is now free for all players on Stadia — no Pro membership required.

Crayta allows players to create their own games and share them with friends, which can themselves be played instantly at the click of a link. The game also supports Stadia exclusive feature Crowd Play Beta, allowing users to join their favourite YouTube creators’ livestreams for collaborative creation and play.

Little Nightmares II

Developer: Tarsier Studios
Bandai Namco Entertainment
Genre: Puzzle-platformer, horror
Price: included with Stadia Pro
Metacritic: 82 percent (PS4 version)
Stadia release date: February 11th, 2021

Joined by Six from the first Little Nightmares, a young boy named Mono ventures out to uncover the secrets of the Signal Tower and stop the source of evil that’s spreading throughout the land.

As Mono and Six grow closer, players must have the pair work together in stealth and puzzle segments and escape enemies.

Notably, while the game is available PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch, it’s releasing day and date on Stadia for free via Stadia Pro.

Stadia Pro costs $11.99 CAD/month in Canada.

For more on what’s new on Stadia, check out this week’s latest Stadia Community Blog post.

Xbox Game Pass for Console, PC and Android

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Console and PC)

Developer/Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: RPG
Price: included with Xbox Game Pass
Metacritic: 86 percent (PS4 version)
Xbox Game Pass release date: February 11th, 2021

Ashe, the princess of a small kingdom caught between warring nations, must band together with a ragtag group of adventurers to stop the Archadian empire.

Final Fantasy XII is a rather unique entry in the long-running JRPG series, in that it features MMO-like combat on top of a ‘License Board’ for unlocking new abilities and an expansive series of monster hunting quests.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood (Android)

Developer: MachineGames/Arcane Studios
Genre: First-person shooter, co-op
Price: included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (required for streaming on Android)
Metacritic: 68 percent (Xbox One version)
Xbox Game Pass release date: February 11th, 2021

Twenty years after the events of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, war hero B.J. Blazkowicz goes missing, leading his twin daughters Jessie and Zofia to team up to save him.

Players can control either daughter in single-player or team up with a friend for two-player co-op as they fight Nazis and acquire new abilities, weapons and other useful tools.

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

Meanwhile, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs $16.99/month. On top of 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.

Newcomers can also sign up for their first month of Game Pass Ultimate for $1.

For more on this month’s Game Pass titles, click here.

What are you planning on playing this week? Let us know in the comments.

For more games to play, check out last week’s Stream ‘n Load column.

Image credit: Bandai Namco Entertainment