No matter if you’re a casual or a hardcore gamer, you must have definitely heard of the Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft’s subscription-based gaming service.
Xbox’s very lucrative game pass brings the majority of their gaming library at your disposal. But as the number of games increases, so does the dilemma of picking the perfect game. So I’ve compiled the best and the most essential games you should play if you’re a member of the Xbox game pass.
Unfortunately, Rage 2 didn’t have the most successful launch even though their marketing team left no stone unturned to create the perfect hype about it. Developed by Avalanche Studios, it is a sequel to the first game that goes by the same name. Now, as we enter 2021, Rage 2 is a fun modern-esque Mad Max style FPS shooter.
Released in 2019, Supraland is one of those games that are seemingly underrated. Even when it was released on the game pass, it had not made much noise. Supraland is a fun first-person open-world game with puzzle mechanics and twists. A must try even if the social media trends are not abuzz with this title.
A platformer and an RPG spin-off, Crosscode is all that and more with some puzzle games thrown into the mix. Taking place inside Crossworlds (an MMORPG), you set off as Lea, belonging to a pretty rare class in CrossWorlds.
CrossCode will be right up your alley if you love pixel-style art, Nintendo-like gameplay, combined with a beautiful score.
Follow the journey of Stella as she transports souls on to the afterlife. If that doesn’t get you interested, think again and this time, think Spirited Away!
With stunning visuals, the game is perfect for those comfortable evenings when you just don’t want be bothered much. Doesn’t matter if you are under the weather or feeling pumped; this game is perfect for every occasion.
What’s more fun than a goat doing parkour over a suburban homestead? Obviously, a goat speedrunning over a train! Filled with wonky game mechanics and game physics that will throw you over your head, Goat simulator is not supposed to make sense but is supposed to give you a fun evening.
15Sea of Thieves
Always wanted to play as one of the pirates from Pirates of the Caribbean? Then this is the one for you. It lets you be a pirate and even more! So, sail the high seas plundering one treasure to another.
You can also choose to take a safer route and be a trader. A must-try if you want an open-world theme with multiplayer pirate elements.
More often than I like to admit, I have been left empty-minded when I am out looking for fun and light co-op multiplayer games with friends. Overcooked 2 has fixed that for me with its cooperative cooking game mode.
It may sound a little too simple, but when you are out there trying to handle a busy kitchen of an overly successful restaurant, things can get out of control very fast.
13Tetris Effect: Connected
This one is a timeless classic. If AAA games seem too daunting or just too much work, then take a trip down memory lane and play Tetris Effect: Connected. The base game follows the same principle as the original, but there is a new campaign mode with fantastic visuals and a stunning soundtrack.
12Train Sim World 2020
When it comes to relaxing simulators, Train Sim World 2020 does the job perfectly well. Had a hard day at work or just looking for a game to unwind? Pick this one and just go along those scenic railroads.
Don’t think that just because Train Sim World 2020 is a simulator, it will bore you down with the technicalities. The game does an excellent job of introducing all the controls and what you’re supposed to do without draining the fun out of it.
11Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Developed by Moon Studios and Microsoft, Ori and the Will of the Wisps follow the already successful 2D dungeon gameplay formula from its predecessor. From the stunning visuals to the intriguing universe, the sequel has them both.
The new title adds some new gameplay mechanics and fights to make your journey even more promising and breathtaking.
I would be honest. I hadn’t heard much about Subnautica before it underwent a giveaway on the Epic Games Store, and boy did the game catch on! The game takes you to explore the depths of an almost alien ecosystem; it can be terrifying and thrilling at the same time.
The choices you make in that depth significantly impact the ocean’s natural life cycle, so pick carefully!
9Monster Hunter: World
Monster Hunter: World is a phenomenal RPG, and it is one of those games where you can just sit and sink in all those game hours. True to its namesake, you go in and hunt monsters!
Now you can go in solo or with your friends; the inventory is fully customizable with an emphasis on crafting. The battles are sure to pump you up!
8The Outer Worlds
Closely resembling the Fallout series, but think Fallout in a wider universe. The Outer Worlds is an FPS banger from Obsidian studios, which consequently also developed New Vegas, but it is more than just a fallout game set in outer space.
The Outer Worlds has writing and a storyline that will keep you engaged for hours, not to mention the jaw-dropping graphics. There’s something so mesmerizing about seeing a Saturn like moon as you look up from your planet.
Minecraft needs no introduction but if you are one of the uninitiated, then put simply, you use blocks to create stuff. It may sound bland at first, but it would surprise you what can be achieved by this fundamental gameplay design.
One of the most popular games online, Minecraft will keep you and the children busy for hours, be it in offline mode or playing with friends. The PC version even has RayTracing(RT) support that makes for some shattering reflections.
Yakuza 0 is not a one-time wonder but a very long franchise. That shouldn’t deter you though. Yakuza 0 might be the best title to get into the game series, following the adventures into the Japanese crime scene and Kazuma Kiryu’s story.
Saying that the game is insane in terms of things happening as you follow the storyline would be an understatement. Life goes from one lane to another faster than you can finish that side quest!
5The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Heard about Cyberpunk from CDPR? This is the title that put CD Projekt Red on the map! Arguably one of the best RPG games and one where you’ll have more fun playing the side quests than the main storyline. I, for one, always forgot what I was supposed to do on the main quest after a thrilling side sequence.
Not exactly new but Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a lot of character and is a must-play for anyone who likes to venture into open-world RPG territory.
4Rainbow Six: Siege
One of Ubisoft’s most successful competitive tactical shooter, Rainbow Six Siege, makes you plan your way into the site of action instead of just 360 no-scoping. Siege has no shortage of new content, with new operators and maps dropping in with every season update. Even though the starting learning curve is a bit steep, but once you overcome that, it’s a pretty fun and adrenaline-filled tactical shooter.
3Halo: The Master Chief Collection
The Master Chief Collection consists of Halo 1, 2, 3 ODST, Reach, and 4. It is a killer package on its own but getting it as a part of the Game Pass is just the cherry on top! The classic series will take you on a sniper filled blood gulch nostalgia trip while you wait for Halo Infinite.
2Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 needs no introduction; the next-gen release of the original title from Rockstar builds up on top of the already solid foundation of cowboys and the Wild West.
RDR2 ticks all the boxes, be it a super solid storyline, stunning graphics, massive open world, engaging combat, and even an online mode to complement it all. Arguably this should be the first game you need to try if you haven’t yet!
1Forza Horizon 4
Microsoft’s open-world racing title takes the top spot; Forza Horizon 4 is hands down drop-dead gorgeous! The best game to play for any mood, be it if you are looking for an adrenaline-inducing supercar-filled race or just a relaxing sortie along the scenic routes of Britain!
It won’t matter if you have not played racing games before; FH4 will make you fall in love with them as you climb the ladders of the racing world. The game is optimized to run and feels smooth as well. Did I mention the absolutely lovely graphics?
About Xbox Game Pass
Xbox Game Pass is like Netflix of the gaming sector. Launched back in 2017, this subscription service provides a library that is filled with games of various developers and publishers.
Xbox Game Pass is accessible on platforms like Xbox One and Xbox Series X. Its compatibility extends to operating systems such as Windows 10 and Android.
Xbox Game Pass ultimate version will cost users $14.99 per month. For the membership of Xbox Game Pass for PC, one will have to pay $9.99 per month.