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From looter shooters to deep role-playing experiences, 2019 has had them all. We take a look at some of the best video games of the year. Plus, check out how to add games and subscriptions on your Xbox One console or Windows PC, including Xbox Game Pass, by simply adding it to your Vodacom account. Find out how to activate your Vodacom account as the payment method here.
The Outer Worlds
From Obsidian Entertainment, makers of Fallout: New Vegas, comes a sci-fi RPG where you explore an entire galaxy filled with strange planets, interesting characters and loads of quests to complete. In The Outer Worlds, you play as a custom-made character that got trapped in stasis on their way to colonise an idyllic system of planets, only to wake up decades later to discover that corporations have taken over and a lot of the settlers have gone a bit odd. It's a really fun ride and, better yet, you can even get it on Xbox Game Pass with your Vodacom account and save R1,009!
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Following the punishing fantasy of Dark Souls and gothic horror of Bloodborne, FromSoftware set their sights on feudal Japan with their latest offering, Serkiro: Shadows Die Twice. This action-adventure title is set in 16th-century Sengoku period Japan, putting players in the shoes of a covert mercenary who recently lost an arm. With a katana and a new prosthetic, your main mission is one of revenge.
Not to be confused with the similar-sounding game above, Outer Wilds is an open-world exploration action-adventure indie video game. In the game, the player-character finds themselves on a planet with only 22 minutes before the local sun goes supernova and kills them; the player continually repeats this 22-minute cycle by learning details that can help alter the outcome on later playthroughs. It's an endlessly inventive game that rewards repeated playthroughs. You can also save when you pick it up on Xbox Game Pass with your Vodacom account.
In Death Stranding, you take on the role of the delivery man Sam (played by Walking Dead's Norman Reedus) as he treks across the wilderness of the future United States, delivery packages to various settlements. During these missions, you can place ladders, ropes and even build roads to make the journey easier, which in turn can show up in another player's game, assisting them in their own travels and bringing an interesting twist to the traditional multiplayer experience. It's a strange game with a story that defies easy explanation, but definitely one worth checking out.
The flat-out gunplay of Apex Legends is second to none. The skirmishes you take part in with your team can erupt into non-stop bullet storms, and its use of 3v3s, ping systems, character powers, verticality and top-shelf weapon design amplify it to new heights. In no short time, its become a contender for top battle royale game on the market. And thanks to Vodacom you can get Apex Legends coins and additional downloadable packs from the Xbox Store by simply adding it to your Vodacom account. Best of all – it's free to play!
Untitled Goose Game
'It's a lovely morning in the village and you are a horrible goose' is the official description of Untitled Goose Game, an indie curio from the Australian developers at House House. The game puts the player in the role of a mischievous goose, whose only goal is to cause untold bother for unsuspecting humans in a string of stealth-based missions. It's charming, cute and hilarious, and you should definitely check it out.
Vodacom Xbox Game Pass
Remember that you can now use your Vodacom account to pay for your purchases, as well as sign up for Xbox Game Pass. Xbox Game Pass gives you access to over 100 high-quality games for one monthly subscription. As a Xbox Game Pass member, you can save up to 20% on Xbox One game purchases from the existing Xbox Game Pass catalogue, plus save up to 10% off related game add-ons and consumables.