Xbox game releases — February 22nd to 28th

By Robbie Andrews,
Next week sees 18 new games heading to the Xbox platform, and with new releases covering everything from swordplay to vehicular combat to punishing roguelikes to gentle puzzle action, there's something for everyone here. Killer Queen Black will join the Game Pass library on day one, so subscribers can look forward to checking that out for free. Also, shoutout to arcade racer Taxi Chaos for only using the word 'crazy' three times in its store description...

From this page, you can view a game's achievement list if it's been released, subscribe to a game for news updates, add them to your wishlist, and even click through to the Microsoft Store to preorder or purchase. Here's a breakdown of everything coming to the world of Xbox next week. Let us know which of these you're planning on picking up in the comments!

February 23rd

Curse of the Dead Gods — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

You seek untold riches, eternal life, divine powers - it leads to this accursed temple…

- A skill-based roguelike exploring a cruel, dark temple made of endless rooms and corridors
- Swords, spears, bows, guns - wield these and many more
- Unique curses influence each attempt, putting a twist on every action
- Dozens of enemies, with powerful champions and deadly bosses to face off against

Heavy Metal Machines — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

Heavy Metal Machines is a one of a kind Free-to-Play Multiplayer Vehicular Combat game where players engage in 4v4 intense battles, controlling lethal vehicles in post-apocalyptic arenas.

A WHOLE NEW EXPERIENCE
HMM's combination of unique vehicles, fast-paced combat, and post-apocalyptic sports arenas will take you to a whole new gameplay experience.

A ROSTER OF UNIQUE VEHICLES
Ranging from a car crushing Monster Truck and a heavy armored Tank to a blade thrower Motorcycle and a magnetic Tow Truck, each of the many vehicles has a different set of weapons and gameplay styles that bring a wide range of strategic possibilities to each match.

BECOME A METAL GLADIATOR
You can play HMM casually, or if you want to spice things up, join the Ranked Mode to be godlike, or create your Team and bring it to the Colosseum, an in-game Tournament, to battle for prizes and prestige.

NEWCOMERS ARE WELCOME
If you are new to HMM, no worries! Training modes are available to sharpen your skills.

COMPETITION
If you feel competitive, you can participate in Community Tournaments, or even the Metal League, Heavy Metal Machines' Official Tournament, that features cash-prizes to fuel the game's Esports scene.

PLAY TOGETHER
Meet new players in the game or bring your friends for way more fun!

MAY THE BEST GLADIATOR WIN
HMM is free-to-play and not pay-to-win. Rest assured that there is no way to buy in-game items that give vehicles gameplay advantages.

Killer Queen Black — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

An epic, platform strategy game for up to eight players online or locally. Play Killer Queen Black casually in quickplay matches, up the intensity in ranked matches, or invite friends to a private room. Easy to play, hard to master, fun for all!

Taxi Chaos — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

RUSH THROUGH THE CITY TO DELIVER YOUR CRAZY CUSTOMERS!

Get behind the wheel and get ready for a brand-new taxi experience! Drive around the city as the seasoned cab driver Vinny or the self-proclaimed ‘influencer’ Cleo, and pick up the craziest of customers!

Power through midtown in a strong muscle car, race past the parks in an exotic supercar or drift around the business area in a Japanes tuner taxi. Whatever you choose - your challenge is to deliver your passengers on time! At least, if you want to make any money.

Navigate through crowded streets, dodge pedestrians across sidewalks or even defy the laws of gravity by jumping over rooftops! Nothing is too extreme when it comes to delivering your passengers on time! Discover the best shortcuts and get to know New Yellow City (NYC), as well as your passengers, like the back of your hand.

Are you ready for this crazy and chaotic ride?

February 24th

Active Neurons 3 - Wonders Of The World — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

Active Neurons - Wonders of the World is the third and final installment in the Active Neurons series.

In the game, you have to follow 3 simple steps:
1) Collect energy
2) Charge your brain
3) Explore Wonders of the World

But are these steps that easy? Try it yourself and you will find out everything!

Horned Knight — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

Horned Knight is a challenging 2D action-platformer where you must overcome all fears, enemies, and traps as the Hero Knight. Rewrite destiny, with your trusty sword, young Knight - the realm depends on it!

Retrace: Memories of Death — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

When a ghost tour goes horribly wrong, Freya and her friends find themselves in a strange and unforgiving alternate world, one that desires their death. Take the role of Freya as she seeks a way out and discovers the ability to rewind time, giving her a chance to test new paths and make different decisions in a bid for their survival.

Explore an atmospheric realm of mystery that blends pixel art gameplay with hand-painted character portraits. Solve logic-based puzzles and overcome pulse-pounding action sequences, uncover secrets about the sinister parallel dimension and explore deep relationships with Freya’s companions. Will the terror of this experience bring the survivors closer together or tear them apart forever?

Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

Explore the myths and monsters of Europe’s last primeval wilderness. Play as Maia, who arrives at the ancient Bialowieza Forest looking to explore her family history. Visit real-world places of mystery and power. Witness how nature clashes with technology and greed.

Heart of the Forest adapts the mechanics of the legendary title from the World of Darkness universe, emulating the experience of a classic role-playing session. It’s tailored for World of Darkness veterans and newcomers looking for an accessible entry into this rich, acclaimed universe.

Discover beautiful, distinctive collage art that combines hand-illustrated characters with pictures of real places to inspire your imagination. Make tough choices that often bring dramatic consequences.

They teach you to fear rather than to be angry, but fear solves nothing.
Rage gets things done.

February 25th

Aery - A Journey Beyond Time — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

In Aery – A Journey Beyond Time you are in the role of a flying god-like creature which observes the world and their inhabitants while they grow and evolve through time. Are you ready to explore time itself?

Spooky Chase — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

The Ultimate Halloween Challenge:

Spooky Chase is without a doubt a challenging experience. The every year we play scary games for the Halloween season. Running away from monsters, zombies, ghosts, and the list goes on.

February 26th

Akuto: Showdown — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

Akuto: Showdown is an isometric, fast-paced action game where players fight with different weapons in intense battles. The game is set on various stages where players have to not only watch out for opponents, but also for the environment from killing them. Cars on the streets, trains and gunslingers - all waiting for your one careless step. The arenas are set in many different themes like Wild West or medieval Japan.

There are 10 unlockable melee weapons - from standard swords to shovels and...legs. The same applies to guns, 15 kinds of firearms are at your disposal: pistol, shotgun or even a magic wand. To make your character unique you can customize your fighter with one of many funny hats.

So what are you waiting for? Gather up, draw your sword - showdown is on!

Baobabs Mausoleum Grindhouse Edition - Country of Woods and Creepy Tales — Xbox One

Steal, fight, negotiate, solve puzzles... Anything goes to find Daphne and get out of that cursed town that will be kept, forever, inside your brain as one of the selected nightmares ever created.

Beyond Enemy Lines - Remastered Edition — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

The world is near of nuclear apocalypse, a soviet seperatist group captured the control chip of a military satelite. It is your job to recover the chip! Equipped with state of the art weapons and equipment, you operate in absolute secrecy as a lone wolf far beyond enemy lines.

Think your way in, observe your enemies, sneak into their base and complete your objective. You have total freedom to choose your path - guns blazing or silent assassin - it's your choice! Beyond Enemy Lines is an unforgiving, intense experience where skill and tactical decisions matter!

Beyond Enemy Lines: Remastered Edition contains a variety of of remastered content.

Original Campaign
8 mission long campaign with an average playtime of ~10h.

Operation: Arctic Hawk - AddOn
An additional 4 mission long campaign set in the winter with an average playtime of ~3h.

- Remastered game- and gunplay
- Improved AI
- Fully remastered Foliage with dense vegetation and more realistic forests
- Improved effects and post processing

Demon Hunter: Revelation — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

The Demon Huntress will need to find the victim's daughter before it's too late. Will she dare to follow the creature from another dimension and delve into dark secrets of her own past?

Dungeons & Bombs — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

Dungeons & Bombs - challenging puzzle game where you need to save your princess... with the beard.

This is dynamic fusion of classic puzzles with boxes and bombs. When enemies drag people into their dark lair and do their vile deeds there, the hero and his faithful sword always come to the rescue. But what if the hero does not have a sword, but only a lot of enthusiasm and an endless supply of explosives? Well, bad for them. Go through dark labyrinths of dungeons and try not to blast yourself up!

Katana Kata — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

"Kata - a way or form to memorize and improve combat moves"
Katana Kata - is a souls-like game, where not only your timing matters, but also directions of strikes.
You will fight your way through a bunch of enemies on different locations to kill the former apprentices of your master and fix his mistakes of the past.
You will die a lot, but as any apprentice learn their way through the kata with mistakes, you will learn your way through every enemy on your path.
You will try different weapons until you find what better suits your fighting style.
Your fighting skills will grow, but true mastery is in your head in knowing your enemies and nuances of fight.
The core of the fight in Katana Kata is in combination of strikes, blocks, parry and dodge - pretty easy to learn, but with a lot of nuances to master, so even after a lot of deaths and repetition every fight can feel different.

RetroMania Wrestling — Xbox One

Thunderflash — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

Inspired by nostalgic retro games you know and love, Thunderflash will drop you into the combat zone top-down, and the intensity will never let up. Play a solo mission or with a partner, and choose from bad boy commandos Rock or Stan, and go up against an army of mercenaries, military weapons and more!

The Kashmir is being occupied by a criminal organization known as Bloody Wolf, and your job is to make your country proud by taking them all down. Fight your way through waves of soldiers, explosives, vehicles and drones, and bosses, and collect more powerful weapons.

Show that you have what it takes to be a hardcore warrior!

Features
* Intense top-down war zone action
* Collect powerful weapons
* Single player and two player mode
* Boss rush mode
Robbie Andrews
Written by Robbie Andrews
Hey. I'm Robbie! I joined the development team in 2020. I'm a huge fan of fantasy games (anything with a dragon in it) and story driven games.
Also into football and game development.