We strongly believe that Xbox Game Pass is the best deal you can get on gaming. For a monthly subscription, you can download or stream hundreds of games, similar to how you would handle movies, but with video games. The only problem is that the available options can sometimes be too much. When faced with so many options, some people shut it down because it gets overwhelming. With that in mind, here are ten games you should definitely try out on Game Pass.
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The best games to try on Xbox Game Pass
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
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Odyssey is our favorite Assassin’s Creed game of all time. You play as Alexios or Kassandra in ancient Greece, armed with the spear of Leonidas, a worthy substitute for the series’ usual hidden blades. You’re a misthios, or mercenary, and you’ll take on all sorts of jobs and adventures as you travel the vast, sprawling map. There’s ship combat, exploration for days, and tons of skills you can unlock to become an unstoppable killing machine. There is a lot to see here to invest tens of hours of life.
Return 4 Blood
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Back 4 Blood is made by Turtle Rock Studios, the original creators of Left 4 Dead. This game is essentially a spiritual successor and revitalizing modern take on that formula. Four survivors, or Cleaners in this case, work together to fight off endless waves of undead creatures known as the Ridden. These parasitic worms have created special enemies that they can easily take down if you decide to be a lone wolf. There are also cards that you unlock to give you various stat boosts and upgrades to make your life easier.
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Banjo-Kazooie is one of the best 3D platform games ever made. Originally released on the Nintendo 64, the Xbox 360 version can be played via Game Pass and is an absolute joy for gamers of any age. You play as the titled duo, a bear named Banjo and his backpack bird friend, Kazooie. They work together to overcome obstacles and rally Jiggies so they can fight their way into evil with Gruntilda’s lair to try and save Banjo’s sister Tootie before her youthful beauty is stolen from her. This is when Rare was in its prime.
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With Bethesda becoming part of Xbox Game Studios, tons of their great games became available on Game Pass. Of course, you can play Skyrim, Doom or Deathloop, but we recommend Dishonored 2. You play as Corvo or Emily Caldwin as they try to defeat the evil witch Delilah, who has stolen the throne of Dunwall. You can do it stealthily or use the supernatural magic of The Outsider to finish off anyone who gets in your way. Every mission here is cool and can be approached from various angles.
force horizon 5
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For racing fans, it doesn’t get much better than the Forza Horizon series. These games don’t bog down the experience for anyone who thinks simulation games are boring and allow you to explore the area freely while you work to unlock better cars. Horizon 5 takes place in Mexico, a beautiful location for the series as you race the roads or decide to go off-roading and go through cacti. There’s also a Hot Wheels expansion that puts you on expanded tracks that are great fun for anyone who grew up with a collection of these toy cars.
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Halo Infinite gets some flak for how slow the game is to implement new content, but that doesn’t mean it’s not the best Halo game ever. The weapons and controls here are perfect and it’s a lot of fun to play. Also, the new approach of an open world campaign works brilliantly and shows how human the Master Chief is under all that armor. The beautiful thing about Game Pass is that even if you get tired of Infinite, you can still play the previous games in The Master Chief Collection.
two are required
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With Game Pass, you also get access to the entire EA Play library. Of all the games I have here, we recommend It Takes Two if you are looking for a cooperative game. You and a friend play as Cody and May, a married couple who get divorced. When her daughter Rose finds out, she unknowingly casts a spell on them and turns them into dolls. Now the two must work together to rebuild their marriage so that Rose returns to her normal bodies. While we don’t really agree with the sentiment of forcing a strained marriage, the gameplay here is excellent, with plenty of variety. If not this, we also recommend A Way Out for a similar experience about two men escaping from prison.
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Minecraft is one of the most popular games in the world, so there is a good chance that you already have the game on some device. If you somehow don’t, you can play the Bedrock or Java editions on PC or Xbox while working with friends to create sprawling blocky worlds. Whatever you want to build, you can do it with the right approach in Survival or Creative modes. The modding community and Marketplace are also great places to expand your game on either edition, so you’re not always stuck with the same approach.
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It took a long time, but when Psychonauts 2 came out it was the sequel to the original Xbox game that we were waiting for. You pick up the story as Razputin, who finally makes it to the Psychonauts headquarters. As a new cadet, you will jump into people’s minds to fight the unhealthy mental illnesses that person is dealing with. There’s a lot of hard-hitting stuff to be seen here, but the overall game is light-hearted and a lot of fun.
the outer worlds
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The Outer Worlds is essentially a Fallout game set in space, but with a bigger focus on comedy. You will travel through various worlds in this game and interact with all kinds of people while facing different quests and acquiring new weapons. Along the way, you will make decisions that will decide the fate of the colony and how people see you. This is one of the most interesting RPGs out there and you should definitely give it a try while you wait for its sequel to be released in the future.