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Xbox Game Pass New Games for March: Ori and the Will of the Wisps, NBA 2K20, and More

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Games discussed: , NBA 2K20, Train Sim World 2020, Pikuniku, Mother Russia Bleeds, The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game

Xbox Game Pass will grow by six games across both platforms, console and PC, with some games hitting the library as soon as tomorrow. The list includes one of 2019's best-selling games, a collectible card game, and next week's hotly anticipated Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Here's the full rundown of what games are heading where and when.

NBA 2K20 (console, March 5)

The latest installment of the best-selling and best-rated sports sim series in the world is heading to console Game Pass tomorrow, giving players a chance to live out their hoop dreams with friends in the game's ever expanding Neighborhood hub. It earned an OpenCritic average of 76, which is a dip from recent years but still rated "Strong."

Train Sim World 2020 (console and PC, March 5)

In an industry where every job and specialty field now seems to get its own simulator, it's shouldn't come as a surprise that even trains are being deeply simulated. TSW 2020 had too few reviews to garner an average here, but in a limited sample, critics praised its nerdy attention to detail.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps (console and PC, March 11)

The marquee addition to the Game Pass library is definitely this sequel to the beloved Ori and the Blind Forest. It's long in the making and all recent previews have indicated we may have a real hit on our hands, which should only further cement Xbox's Game Pass strategy with launch day exclusives that impress players.

Pikuniku (console and PC, March 12)

Pikuniku will be new to consoles when it hits Game Pass on that end, though it's already been analyzed quite a bit on PC. The colorful and charming puzzle-platformer earned a 76 average from 53 critics when it launched early last year.

Mother Russia Bleeds (PC, date TBA)

This alternate history beat 'em up depicts a different USSR than we saw in the real world, and one anti-hero who takes a psychedelic and violent journey through the Iron Curtain. It got decent reviews when it launched in 2016, averaging a 69 on OpenCritic.

The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game (PC, date TBA)

Every other fantasy franchise in the world seems to have its own collectible card game, so why shouldn't the inspiration for many of those properties have the same? The LOTR CCG didn't get a lot of critical eyes on it at launch, but those who did review it found it to be decent, evidenced by its average of 72 from five critics.

If you want more to do on Game Pass, don't miss this weekend's second and final Bleeding Edge beta, exclusive to those who pre-order and Game Pass subscribers.

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Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. Formerly the Features and Reviews Editor of TrueAchievements, he's been writing online since 2011 and continues to do so as a freelancer today for outlets like GamesRadar, EGM, and even OpenCritic news. Outside of games, he is an avid biker, a loud animal advocate, an HBO binge-watcher, and a lucky family man.