Best Games with Xbox Game Pass – The Ultimate List

If you’re an existing Xbox Game Pass subscriber or considering signing up, you’ll be happy to hear the service now offers 100+ high-quality titles that can be downloaded and played at your convenience. Included are a wide-selection of classic Xbox 360 games, new releases, and exclusives that can be accessed whenever you want for around 5-10 bucks a month depending on your platform (console or PC). 

This makes Game Pass appealing for anyone looking to save money while still experiencing the latest titles. However, searching through Game Pass’s massive catalog can quickly feel like a chore. Here, we’ll be highlighting the best games included with a Game Pass subscription. Make sure to check back as we’ll updating this list in the future. 

If you’re interested in receiving more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other curated lists:

Creature in the Well

Platform: Xbox One / PC

Creature in the Well is a pinball-inspired hack n’ slash dungeon crawler that sees you as the last remaining robot of your kind. While the game keeps its story light, your journey sees you venturing deeper and deeper into a mountain to restore power to an ancient facility, all the while stalked by a massive and mysterious creature. 

Putting gameplay at its forefront, CITW introduces a unique combat system that sees you striking balls of energy with a sword before sending them flying and ricocheting around the ancient facility to trigger switches and eliminate enemies. As you delve further into the mountain and explore it’s eight hand-crafted dungeons, the game rewards you with new upgradeable weapons that allow you to customize your playstyle. 

Devil May Cry 5

Platform: Xbox One

Devil May Cry 5 stays true to the series’ core while offering a streamlined scoring system designed for newcomers. The hack n’ slash action game is set five years after DMC 4 and sees players controlling three demonic-powered protagonists: Dante, Nero, and V, as they try to prevent the Demon King Urizen from destroying the mortal realm.

While veteran players will enjoy the return of Dante and Nero’s stylish playstyles, V offers a unique alternative, with his arsenal consisting of creature-summoning spells. If you enjoy chaining together flashy combos and watching your score meter rise, DMC 5 may be the perfect game for you. 

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Platform: Xbox One / PC

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a story-driven action RPG set in a medieval open-world. Players control Henry, the son of a blacksmith who decides to join a resistance combating invading raiders after his parents and village are slaughtered. More broadly, it takes place during the Holy Roman Empire when the death of Emperor Charles IV causes two heirs to wage war over the throne. 

The game presents itself as a realistic medieval sim with a plethora of different survival mechanics designed to immerse players such as hunger, thirst, sleep, and hygiene. While you won’t find any dragons or magic, Kingdom Come: Deliverance’s medieval-based combat can be immensely rewarding once you make it past the steep learning curve.

Yoku’s Island Express

Platform: Xbox One / PC

Yoku’s Island Express expertly blends elements of pinball and adventure games to deliver a unique 2D-platformer that sees you traversing vibrant environments from the perspective of a parcel-delivering dung beetle. In it, you control Yoku, a postmaster with dreams of living a relaxing life on the tropical island of Mokumana.

However, upon arrival, Yoku receives news that the island’s deity has become trapped in an endless sleep. To protect Mokumana and its inhabitants, Yoku is tasked with rebuilding the island to its former glory and waking up its ancient protector.

Ori and the Blind Forest 

Platform: Xbox One / PC

Ori and the Blind Forest is a Metroidvania platformer from developer Moon Studios. The game has players taking control of Ori, a fox-like white guardian spirit, along with a fairy named Sein. Both have special abilities that when used in tandem, allow the player to defeat enemies and navigate through tricky environments.

As you progress through the game, Ori and Sein obtain new abilities, allowing you to reach new, previously inaccessible areas. Although the game presents itself as a narrative-focused endeavor, it’s platforming is just as demanding as something like Super Meat Boy and requires a lot of split-second decision-making.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Platform: Xbox One

When the Master Chief Collection first launched back in 2014, it was littered with several game-breaking bugs. For the past five years, 343 Industries has been working hard to make the collection run more smoothly. With some updates that address matchmaking and gameplay issues, as well as some quality of life improvements to the classic games, the MCC is in a much better state in 2019.

The collection includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4. In addition to matchmaking improvements, each title now offers local offline LAN multiplayer as well as support for 4K and HDR displays. These changes make the MCC the definitive way to experience the original saga.

Forza Horizon 4

Platform: Xbox One / PC

Forza Horizon 4 is a testament to everything developer Playground Games has learned since releasing the first entry in 2012. The arcade racing sim has received the highest ratings of any Horizon title before, and for good reason. Set in the United Kingdom, the game features 420 beautifully-rendered vehicles and introduces a new dynamic weather system that allows the world to cycle through seasons over time.

Also, FH4’s use of a connected online world allows you to see other players while exploring open-roads, making the world feel more populated. While this feature is optional, it does a great job at integrating online multiplayer, a core component for several game modes.

Sea Of Thieves

Platform: Xbox One / PC

Sea of Thieves is a worthy recommendation for any Game Pass subscriber albeit with one caveat— the main appeal comes from playing with friends. While it’s possible to go through the game solo, ship invasions from enemy players make it hard to progress without a squad backing you up.

There’s also the issue of larger, more complex ships requiring multiple players to man each of its components. And if you’re not playing a pirate game to have a giant pirate ship then what’s the point? Aside from that, Sea of Thieves has a terrific, cartoonish art style, and simple mechanics that are welcoming of new players.

The Messenger 

Platform: PC

The Messenger is a 2D-platformer that’ll likely appeal to fans of retro games who admire 8 and 16-bit graphics. That’s because a majority of the game feels like a love letter to classic side-scrollers like Ninja Gaiden as well as Metroidvanias like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

In it, you play as a ninja tasked with delivering an ancient scroll to the top of a mountain whose path is littered with an assortment of supernatural monsters and deadly traps. Along the way, you’ll master the art of “cloud stepping” while acquiring new powers and tools, such as a grappling hook and glide ability that open up new areas.

Dead Cells

Platform: PC

Dead Cells is a fast-paced, 2D Rogue-lite Metroidvania. The game revolves around exploring procedurally-generated dungeons in search of blueprints that allow you to craft better gear while under constant attack from groups of enemies.

After your inevitable death, you’re brought right back to the start, this time with slightly more resources than your last run. This allows you to make incremental upgrades to your abilities and gear to delve deeper on your next run and uncover more secrets. 

Battle Chef Brigade

Platform: PC

Battle Chef Brigade combines the action of side-scrolling brawlers with the strategy of tile-matching puzzle games to create a thrilling and addictive experience. The game has you racing against the clock to create delicious meals as you compete with another chef to win over the hearts of up to three judges.

Battles see you traveling back and forth between a kitchen and outdoor environments, where an array of unique and challenging monsters provide an opportunity to gather exotic and flavorful ingredients for your dishes. Picking the right combination and tailoring your dishes to each judge’s palette is a sure-fire recipe for success.

Slay the Spire

Platform: PC

Slay the Spire is a Roguelite card-strategy game developed by American studio MegaCrit and published by Humble Bundle. At the beginning of each playthrough, the game has you select from one of three predetermined characters, each with unique starting conditions that affect the amount of health, gold, and cards players begin with.

The goal of the game is to make your way through several levels of a spire, each with a set number of potential encounters determined by a branching path that culminates in a boss battle. During each run, you’ll come across campfires that allow you to heal or upgrade cards, shopkeepers that offer cards you can buy, chests with random loot, and random choice-based encounters.

Guacamelee! 2

Platform: Xbox One / PC

Following the success of the popular 2D Metroidvania centered on powerful luchadors, Guacamelee! 2 remains loyal to the original while sporting a few refinements. The sequel takes place seven years after the events of the first Guacamelee! and sees a much older and out of shape luchador Juan called back into action when a new enemy from a different timeline threatens to destroy the entire Mexiverse.

Although a majority of the mechanics will feel familiar to anyone who’s played the first, minor changes to progression and an expanded move set for chicken transformations make the experience feel fresh. Additionally, the game introduces new enemy types, abilities, and stunning hand-crafted environments.

Monster Hunter: World

Platform: Xbox One

While Monster Hunter games have typically always appealed to a much smaller community, Monster Hunter: World is Capcom’s biggest attempt at bringing in a Western audience to the creature slaying franchise. World features several QoL improvements for the series, with an updated UI and tutorials to welcome new players.

Although some parts of World still feel cumbersome and confusing, the important thing here is how well the game delivers on its main component: hunting monsters. Creatures and environments look stunning and each locale has many systems in place that make them feel like living ecosystems. If you’ve ever wanted to get into the series but felt too intimidated, this is the perfect entry to start with.

Hollow Knight

Platform: Xbox One / PC

By this point, Hollow Knight has pretty much solidified its place in Metroidvania hall of fame. The game is centered on its title protagonist, a silent sword-wielding knight on a quest to unlock the mysteries of Hallownest, a dark and dangerous kingdom that offers great rewards to any brave enough to explore its treacherous environments.

The 2D action-platformer does an excellent job at finding new ways to use its Metroidvania format to encourage exploration by providing the player with massive environments littered with collectibles and rewards. Additionally, experimenting with different load-outs opens up new opportunities to min/max and reach hidden areas.

Metro Exodus

Platform: Xbox One / PC

The Metro games have only gotten better with each new installment and Metro Exodus is by far the most impressive entry in the series. Aside from upgraded current-gen graphics, the game features larger sandbox environments to explore as well as a more focused story and stealth-based gameplay.

In it, you play as everyone’s favorite Russian post-apocalyptic scavenger Artyom, as he encounters new hazards and enemies in the wasteland of the former Russian Federation. With resources extremely scarce, you’ll have to make every bullet count and scour every nook and cranny for supplies to keep you in the fight.

Void Bastards

Platform: Xbox One / PC

Void Bastards is a strategy first-person shooter that has you planning and executing a space prison escape. Inspired by games like BioShock and System Shock 2, gameplay focuses on exploring derelict spaceships, scavenging whatever supplies you can find and taking out any enemies who get in your way.

However, unlike most shooters, you don’t have to fight every battle with guns; Void Bastards features a number of traps and tools that can be upgraded and used to distract or deter enemies, leaving room for different playstyles. The game utilizes Roguelike mechanics that add variety to each run as new characters come equipped with unique skills. However, death isn’t heavily penalized, with crafting progress shared between runs.

​Descenders

Platform: Xbox One

Descenders is an extreme downhill biking sim that sees you racing down procedurally-generated environments. The game uses an in-depth physics system that allows you to control every subtle movement of your rider, allowing you to pull off some truly impressive tricks.

After picking from one of three teams—Enemy, Arboreal or Kinetic, you’ll start receiving exclusive gear that allows you to show off your squad’s colors. Roguelike mechanics make it so each run is unique and introduces new obstacles as well as ways to overcome them. 

Blazing Chrome

Platform: Xbox One / PC

Inspired by retro side-scrollers like Contra and Metal Slug, Blazing Chrome brings back classic run n’ gun action for up to 2-players. In it, you play as either Mavra, a human rebel soldier, or Doyle, a lethal insurgent robot, on a suicide mission to destroy an AI-controlled power plant.

Standing in your path are hundreds of robotic enemies just waiting to be destroyed by your arsenal of powerful and explosive weapons. The game features epic boss battles with giant mechanical foes as well as fully functional jetpacks and hoverbikes, allowing you to explore levels in style. 

Outer Wilds 

Platform: Xbox One

Outer Wilds is a mystery game that sees your character trapped in a perpetual Groundhog Day-style time-loop. You play as the newest recruit of Outer Wilds Ventures, an up-and-coming space program looking to expand its knowledge of the solar system and its many secrets.

Your journey sees you explore historically-rich planets with unique weather conditions and hidden locations to discover. However, unraveling the mysteries of your alien ancestors won’t be easy as black holes, oxygen deprivation, and other environmental hazards are all part of this reality.

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