Starfield boosts Xbox Game Pass value

Starfield boosts Xbox Game Pass value

Starfield: A Galactic RPG Adventure


This article is emotionally rich, humorous, and positive, providing richer background information and in-depth insights about the highly anticipated roleplaying game, Starfield, developed by Bethesda Game Studios and released as a Day 1 title on Xbox Game Pass.

Bethesda Game Studios, known for their critically acclaimed Fallout and Elder Scrolls series, has raised the bar with their latest creation, Starfield. As an avid gamer and tech enthusiast, I recently had the pleasure of spending 36 hours engrossed in this galaxy-sized RPG on an Xbox Series X. To say that I only scratched the surface of the game would be an understatement.

One of the standout features of Starfield is its availability on Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft’s subscription service akin to Netflix for games. This strategic move by Microsoft, following their acquisition of Bethesda for a whopping $7.5 billion, is a significant coup. Subscribers can access this masterpiece for just $10 a month on PC, $11 on Xbox Series consoles, or $17 for both versions. This unprecedented deal sets a new standard for game releases on Game Pass.

At the forefront of any Starfield discussion is its sheer size. While many open-world games typically take place in a city or country, Starfield goes beyond, encompassing an entire galaxy. With over 1,000 planets to explore, players will encounter a myriad of unique worlds. However, it’s important not to expect each planet to be like Earth. The majority of them are desolate, with only a few housing alien wildlife, colonies, outposts, and signs of civilizations.

In Starfield, players embark on their journey after a chance encounter with an alien artifact while working as a humble miner on a moon. This encounter bestows upon them a unique cosmic vision, marking them as “special.” This narrative trope, reminiscent of Bethesda’s other iconic titles like Fallout 3 and Skyrim, propels the character into an adventure that spans the galaxy. Joining the ranks of Constellation, a group dedicated to unraveling the galaxy’s mysteries, players acquire their own spaceship and launch into an expansive quest.

The main questline revolves around collecting artifact pieces for Constellation. Yet, it’s the plethora of side activities that truly make Starfield shine. Various factions such as the United Colonies Vanguard or the space pirates of the Crimson Fleet offer an array of missions, while others may unexpectedly present themselves through gossip. My personal favorite missions were those assigned by the megacorp Ryujin Industries, making me feel like I was in a cyberpunk world filled with stealth, deception, and hacking.

Leveling up and improving skills in Starfield is primarily achieved by completing missions. As each level is gained, the character receives a skill point to invest in various categories such as tech, combat, and science. With over 20 skills in each category, players can enhance their abilities, whether it’s proficient weapon usage, pickpocketing, or the art of persuasion. Persuasion, in particular, became my go-to skill, enabling me to convince space pirates to voluntarily give up a quest item without resorting to violence.

Starfield’s setting in the vast expanse of space naturally brings spaceships to the forefront. While players initially receive a spaceship, there are opportunities to acquire better ones. One possible route is purchasing a new ship from star yards or spaceports, although they often come with a significant price tag. Alternatively, players can embark on daring missions, such as the one involving the legendary space hero known as The Mantis, which I daringly undertook before its recommended timeframe. The reward? Rare armor and an incredible ship worthy of any galactic adventure.

For those moments when I felt like taking a break from missions and exploration, Starfield offered a unique feature – the ability to create one’s own outpost on multiple planets. This Sims-like experience allows players to establish colonies that can provide resources for crafting, although it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Nevertheless, I can envision many players spending countless hours meticulously designing and developing colonies to house their crew members.

However, being an ambitious game, Starfield is not without its flaws. Bethesda games are infamous for their occasional bugs, and Starfield is no exception. Glitches ranging from objects and characters floating off the ground to instances where enemies and NPCs simply freeze can impact the overall experience. I encountered a few crashes, alongside an almost game-breaking bug involving a companion seemingly caught in an endless conversation loop. Thankfully, I managed to bypass the issue by assigning the character to an outpost before they could initiate another chat.

It’s worth noting that even on the Xbox Series X, there were occasional frame drops, indicating potential performance issues on the PC version depending on the user’s hardware capabilities. Despite these challenges, Starfield remains an extraordinary gaming experience that left me thoroughly enchanted.

In conclusion, Starfield is not only one of Bethesda’s finest games to date, but it’s also a strong contender for Game of the Year. Its inclusion in the Xbox Game Pass lineup as a Day 1 release is an exceptional value for subscribers. Prepare to embark on a thrilling cosmic adventure when Starfield launches on September 6 for PC and Xbox Series X and S consoles. Early access will be available from September 1 for those who preordered the Premium Edition.

Buy Starfield and embark on your galactic odyssey today!