What you need to know

  • The Bard's Tale is an acclaimed franchise that is regarded as one of the godfathers of the role-playing genre.
  • The Bard's Tale Trilogy is a remastered collection of the original three games.
  • The collection is now available on Xbox One through Xbox Game Pass.
  • You can purchase Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for on Amazon.

The video game role-playing genre started around 1985 when games like The Bard's Tale were released. The cult classic offered players plenty of choices, and that's why it's remembered so fondly even after all these years. The Bard's Tale Trilogy is a remastered version of the first three games and include The Bard's Tale: Tales of the Unknown, The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight, and The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate.

While the collection has been available on PC for quite some time, the inXile Entertainment acquisition by Microsoft brought it to Xbox One today. You can either play it through Xbox Game Pass or purchase it for $12 through the Microsoft Store. The game supports Xbox Play Anywhere, but doesn't seem to be Xbox One X Enhanced.

The Bard's Tale Trilogy requires you to rescue a city trapped by a wizard. You must reforge the legendary Destiny Wand and travel across time and space to confront the Mad God. For the first time, you can play as a male or female across all three games.

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service which costs $10 a month and you gain immediate access to over 200 games. Instead of streaming the titles, you can download them to your console and play natively. Xbox Game Pass is available as separate subscriptions on Xbox One and PC, but the game is accessible on both platforms. You can always bundle both together along with Xbox Live Gold for $15 a month.

Best of the best

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold in one

Xbox Game Pass gives you access to over 200 games for one monthly fee. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also adds Xbox Live Gold to the package so you can play online with your friends. Right now, you can purchase a three-month subscription for $45 through Amazon.

Jump into digital

Xbox One S: All-Digital Edition

Ditch the discs

Secure your Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, Microsoft's new and ambitious disc-less console. It's the cheapest Xbox One ever made, bundled with a trio of downloadable games like Forza Horizon 3.

Excellent and affordable Xbox accessories

Up your Xbox experience with one (or all) of these budget accessories, all of which are approved by the gamers of Windows Central.

PowerA Play & Charge Kit for Xbox One ($15 at Amazon)

This charging kit keeps your Xbox One wireless controllers juiced up, and it offers batteries for two controllers. At just $15, this is hands-down our favorite budget charging companion.

ElecGear 4 Port USB Xbox One S Hub ($19 at Amazon)

This brilliant little USB splitter hub attaches perfectly to the side of your Xbox One S console. It's ideal for use with chargers, controllers, headsets, and more.

Controller Gear stand ($13 at Amazon)

Proudly display your Xbox gamepads with this stylish and functional stand. The licensed design is minimalist and black, and it has a hidden storage compartment, making the price of $13 a real steal.

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