Games to Stream ‘n Load on PlayStation and Xbox Game Pass [March 22-28]

Kiryu's swan song is now on Game Pass, while PlayStation is offering nine free games to everyone

Yakuza 6 Kiryu

Every week, MobileSyrup goes over some of the biggest titles to recently hit gaming services, such as Xbox Game Pass, Google Stadia, PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus.

We’ll also highlight any Canadian titles when relevant.

Nine free PlayStation games

PlayStation’s inclusion in this week’s Stream ‘n Load is a little different than usual because the games aren’t tied to any particular service.

Instead, the company has begun offering nine free games as part of its ‘Play at Home’ initiative for the swaths of people stuck at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

From March 25th to April 22nd, PlayStation gamers can download the following nine titles for free:

  • Abzü (PS4)
  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission (PS VR)
  • Enter the Gungeon (PS4)
  • Moss (PS VR)
  • Paper Beast (PS VR)
  • Rez Infinite (PS4 with optional PS VR content)
  • Subnautica (PS4)
  • Thumper (PS4)
  • The Witness (PS4)

To reiterate, no PlayStation Plus or PlayStation Now subscription is required; simply head to the PlayStation Store and download these games.

A 10th free Play at Home title, Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition, will become available from April 19th to May 14th.

Xbox Game Pass

Octopath Traveler (Console and PC)

Developer/Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: RPG
Price: included with Game Pass for Console, Game Pass for PC, Game Pass Ultimate
Metacritic: 83 percent (Switch version)
Game Pass release date: March 25th, 2021

Nearly two years after debuting on the Nintendo Switch, Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VI-esque, old-school-style RPG has launched on Xbox One, and day and date on Game Pass, to boot.

Octopath Traveler follows eight characters who start off in different parts of the world but later come together as their journies intersect.

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (Cloud, Console and PC)

Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Genre: Action-adventure
Price: included with Game Pass for Console, Game Pass for PC, Game Pass Ultimate (required for streaming on Android)
Metacritic: 83 percent (PS4 version)
Game Pass release date: March 25th, 2021

Yakuza 6 has launched on Xbox and PC (and Game Pass) nearly three years after releasing as a PS4 exclusive.

The game serves as a conclusion to Kazuma Kiryu’s long-running story in the series before last year’s Yakuza: Like a Dragon moved forward with a new protagonist.

Notably, with The Song of Life now available on Game Pass, this means that those subscribed to the service can experience all seven Kiryu titles (including prequel 0 and first and second game remakes Kiwami and Kiwami 2, respectively).

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/month.

Meanwhile, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs $16.99/month and is required for Android (‘Cloud’) streaming. On top of that, 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 sign up for their first month of Game Pass Ultimate for $1.

Find out what else is coming soon to Game Pass here.

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

For more gaming suggestions, check out last week’s Stream ‘n Load column here.

Image credit: Sega