Best Xbox Game Pass Games 2022

Looking for the best new games to play on Xbox Game Pass right now? Check out the best titles included with a Game Pass subscription.

If you’re looking for the best new games to play on Xbox Game Pass right now? Then you’ve come to the right place.

With a library of 100+ games and a monthly cost of just $5 for Xbox consoles and $10 for PC, Game Pass is one of the most valuable gaming subscriptions around.

In this list, we’ll highlight the best Xbox Game Pass games to play in 2022, including the best game pass games to play with friends across PC and console.

Since the library is constantly evolving with new releases, make sure to check back for future updates and let us know if we missed any of your favorite Game Pass games!

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Double Fine’s highly-anticipated follow-up to one of the best 3D platformers of yesteryear recently joined the Xbox Game Pass library.

Psychonauts 2 doubles down on the original’s charming cast of eccentric characters while expanding the Psychonauts’ world and advancing the story further.

In it, you take on the role of Raz, a gifted Psychonaut who can dive into people’s brains to battle their inner demons, unlock hidden memories, and resolve emotional baggage.

Raz can wield a powerful array of psychic powers that allow him to blast, burn, and levitate obstacles that stand in his way as well as manipulate time to solve puzzles.

Unsighted is a top-down, indie cyberpunk Metroidvania with challenging combat and platforming mechanics.

In it, you take on the role of a cyber-enhanced automaton named Alma who awakens to find a world in ruin after her fellow machines turn on humanity.

She sets out to investigate why things have gone awry while traversing a visually striking sci-fi world using powers to unlock new pathways.

This includes equipping different weapons to discover unique combinations that give Alma an edge in demanding boss fights.

We absolutely adore pixel art games that lean into the aesthetic of the classics that inspired their look and Mighty Goose is one of the best recent examples of this.

Presented as an old-school run and gun side-scroller, it casts you as its titular hero Mighty Goose, one of the best bounty hunters in all the galaxy.

At its core, the game plays like a 2D arcade shooter that’s constantly throwing crazy weapons, mechs, upgrades, and secrets your way.

As you roam the galaxy looking to defeat the evil Void King, you’ll get to experience an amazing soundtrack comprised of crunchy synth-rock and funky jazz-fusion melodies.

Subnautica: Below Zero is a follow-up to the hit first-person survival crafting game in which your spaceship crash-lands on an alien planet covered almost entirely in water.

After returning to the planet from the first game, your character discovers a new icy region on its surface and sets out to uncover all of its mysteries.

To make it out alive, you’ll have to rely on resources throughout the environment for crafting bases, submersibles, and weapons in addition to keeping your character fed and hydrated.

Similar to the original, Below Zero has a fairly open-ended structure that lets you set your own goals, whether exploring the deepest corners of the ocean, constructing bases, or simply advancing the story.

Supergiant Games is a revered indie developer that’s known to produce some of the best story-driven experiences of the last decade, including their hit roguelike dungeon crawler Hades.

In it, you play as the son of Hades on a mission to escape an ever-shifting underworld prison guarded by powerful gods blocking your path to Mt. Olympus.

Gameplay is centered on hack and slash-style combat, with Zagreus combining different melee and ranged abilities and weapons to cut down his foes.

Although the roguelike format doesn’t naturally lend itself to good storytelling, Hades manages to keep things interesting by having the world and dialogue evolve the further you progress.

Scarlet Nexus is a great choice for anyone who loves anime-inspired action RPGs with deep combat and progression systems.

In it, you take on the role of a member of a supernatural task force dispatched to fight evil mutants that plan to invade and consume human brains in a futuristic setting.

Story-wise, the game is a bit all over the place but does manage to do an excellent job building up its sci-fi-inspired world with atmospheric environments and plenty of eye-catching visual effects.

Additionally, characters can learn new abilities via a skill tree, unlocking new over-the-top combos that not only look cool but feel just as satisfying to pull off.

Like a Dragon continues the Yakuza series’ reputation for having larger-than-life characters and poking fun at taboo topics most games wouldn’t dare address.

In it, you play as Ichiban Kasuga, an outspoken Yakuza member who embarks on a quest to become a hero after he’s betrayed by his former boss.

Gameplay diverges from the traditional beat ’em up combat found in most Yakuza games to turn-based battling with RPG mechanics and a four-person party system.

Throughout the story, Kasuga encounters a host of eccentric characters from all walks of life who will often send him on bizarre quests or offer to lend their hand in battle.

Superliminal is a first-person puzzle-adventure game that sees you volunteering for an experimental dream therapy program.

Soon after, your character finds themselves trapped in an alternate reality where their only way out is to follow the instructions of the game’s narrator, Dr. Glenn Pierce.

Most of the game’s puzzles are physics-based and use a mix of forced perspective and optical illusions that will have you thinking outside of the box, sometimes quite literally.

While it may not be as story-driven as similar genre games, there are some intriguing mysteries to unravel, and the puzzle mechanics can be fun to mess around with.

Nier: Automata takes a unique approach to storytelling by requiring multiple playthroughs to fully understand what exactly is going on.

It follows two androids entangled in a war created by humans pitting their kind against ancient robots who invaded Earth in the past.

Throughout the protagonists 2B and 9S’s journey, you’ll learn more about their origins and the war itself, while also being forced to grapple with deep philosophical questions regarding life and humanity.

Gameplay revolves around fast-paced hack and slash combat oozing with style and increasingly ridiculous battles against larger-than-life enemies.

Arkane’s sorely underrated immersive sim about a space station overrun with hostile aliens is ripe with narrative branches that encourage you to replay the story multiple times.

In Prey, you take on the role of a science researcher tasked with traversing Talos I in search of a means to escape, bring down the alien threat, and save other survivors before it’s too late.

Along the way, you’ll obtain new weapons, tools, and abilities that can help tip the scales in your favor and provide you with alternative paths for exploring the station.

Some of the story decisions are time-sensitive, requiring you to act fast if you want to save a character’s life or let the chips fall where they may and deal with the consequences.

Rainbow Six Siege is Ubisoft’s critically-acclaimed first-person shooter and has seen a surge in popularity by switching to a more “live service” structure with rolling updates.

The game has built a strong foundation that encompasses several game modes, a host of Operator classes, and intricately designed maps that can be a joy to explore.

Considering the game is constantly evolving, it’s worth checking out from season to season to discover new Operators, weapons, maps, and in-game events.

On console, Game Pass subscribers get access to the Deluxe Edition, which includes the full game and 16 Operators from Years 1-2.

Microsoft Flight Simulator has existed for nearly four decades and continues to improve with each new installment.

The latest iteration released in 2020 borrows textures and other data from Microsoft-owned Bing Maps to simulate Earth’s entirety, including terrain and bodies of water.

On the structural side of things, Flight Sim uses Microsoft’s Azure Cloud technology to generate 3D representations of mountains, forests, and airports.

The end results are quite astonishing, with accurate recreations of notable landmarks such as the Grand Canyon, Mount Fuji, and even our own backyards.

Dead by Daylight is an online multiplayer game where four players (the survivors) work together to escape from a deadly entity controlled by a fifth player (the killer).

The survivors’ main goal is to make it out of the map alive by completing specific tasks, namely repairing power generators that allow access to an escape hatch.

Meanwhile, the killer can roam the map, searching for any signs of nearby survivors, such as listening for the sound of a generator being mended.

It all makes for a heart-pounding survival game that benefits from being able to rescue teammates after they’re captured, a wide selection of playable characters, and cross-platform matchmaking.

At first glance, Ori and the Will of the Wisps looks like a fun, family-friendly 2D action-platformer with endearing art and heartwarming characters.

However, once you start playing, you quickly realize both its story and gameplay are designed to tear you apart and leave you devastated.

From its precise platforming sequences to a harrowing narrative that pits you against a host of terrifying beasts, Ori will break you down over and over again until there’s nothing left.

While the game’s steep learning curve is bound to be a turn-off for some, those who persevere will be treated to one of the best Metroidvanias of the last decade.

One of the best additions to the Game Pass library is Spiritfarer, a cozy indie management sim akin to Animal Crossing but with platforming elements and a semi-open-world.

In it, you play as Stella, a young woman tasked with helping departed souls transition into the afterlife by cooking their meals and fulfilling their requests until they’re ready to move on.

Despite the game’s grim premise, it manages to cover a wide range of emotions throughout the many anthropomorphic animals that join your crew.

Spiritfarer passengers come from all walks of life and have unique strengths and weaknesses that tie in nicely to their role aboard your ship.

Set in medieval France, A Plague Tale: Innocence casts you as two siblings on the run after the English army raids their countryside estate and kills both their parents.

The game’s historical setting coincides with the Black Plague’s existence, resulting in there being human enemies and hordes of diseased rats you’ll have to avoid.

You’ll be navigating dark sewers, decaying city streets, and dense forests while utilizing special tools to solve puzzles, sneak past enemies, and fight when necessary.

For a more thorough breakdown, read our full review, where we praise the game for its superb voice acting and engaging story.

Obsidian is no amateur when it comes to crafting immersive RPGs packed with interesting and memorable characters, evident by their lastest foray into sci-fi storytelling.

The Outer Worlds casts you as The Stranger, a blank slate of a character who’s tasked with determining the fate of the Halcyon Space Colony and its starving citizens.

Your mission sees you journeying across and exploring eight planets that boast exotic locales, dangerous creatures, and a host of NPCs to befriend or betray.

Every challenge can be handled in a variety of ways based on your preferred playstyle, allowing you to talk yourself out of a jam through dialogue options or overpower enemies using plain-old brute force.

No Man’s Sky has come a long way since its controversial 2016 release, which saw the game panned for “less than honest” marketing on the part of Hello Games Lead Director Sean Murray.

However, the developer has spent the last four years adding player-requested features ranging from base-building to multiplayer and mod support, resulting in a resurgence of popularity.

It also helps that the NMS engine has been redesigned and upgraded over the years, ensuring it runs buttery smooth on just about any machine.

Other refinements such as better procedural generation and broader mission selection have resulted in a much more engaging and varied experience for players, including Game Pass subscribers.

Without a doubt the most high-profile game included with Game Pass, Minecraft is a must-play for anyone who enjoys open-world survival games or simply building to their heart’s content.

In it, you break blocks for resources and use them to construct various tools, weapons, furniture, which in turn allow you to explore new biomes and make even better gear.

Thanks to cross-play support, Game Pass subscribers can link up with friends across both console and PC, as well as join different servers.

While we don’t recommending signing up for Game Pass solely to play Minecraft, it’s definitely a nice touch to an already well-rounded service.

Gears 5 is the latest entry in Xbox’s shooter franchise and features a story centered on a Locust-descendant named Kate Diaz.

Diaz finds herself on a quest to learn more about the connection between her family and the subterranean horde throughout an engrossing story mode that offers co-op support.

Accompanying the new campaign is a plethora of both familiar and new multiplayer modes Horde, Team Deathmatch, and Escape.

Considering that most of Gear 5’s content can be played locally or online with friends, it’s one of the best options for you and all your Game Pass buddies.

DOOM Eternal sees you exploring even more hellish landscapes teeming with all sorts of demonic monsters as you fulfill your role as a badass space marine.

The sequel doubles down on the push-forward combat design of its predecessor while encouraging players to discover new tactics throughout its sandbox levels.

Environments are presented as massive jungle gyms that make it easy to avoid incoming fire as you take down the biggest threats.

The addition of a new grappling hook provides an extra layer to the game’s traversal system, with movement overall feeling more fluid than ever.

When the Master Chief Collection debuted in 2014, it was a hot mess littered with game-breaking bugs and glitches.

In partnership with other studios, 343 Industries spent the next six years ensuring every game ran as smoothly as possible, culminating in the release of an enhanced version in November 2020.

The collection is considered a living anthology of Halo games and consists of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4, which all originally released on Xbox platforms.

Each title included now supports high-resolution displays, improved online matchmaking, and local LAN multiplayer, making MCC the definitive way to experience both classic and contemporary Halo.

Forza Horizon is considered to be a much more forgiving alternative to the Motorsport series that doesn’t sacrifice its racing sim charm.

The most recent entry presents players with a massive open world comprised of unique locations where players can participate in an array of racing challenges with over 450 vehicles.

 Forza Horizon 4’s environments are brought to life by dynamic weather tech with rotating seasons that impact driving conditions, unlock different events, and reveal new shortcuts.

Additionally, the game includes the highly-requested Route Creator tool, allowing you to design and share custom tracks online, even with non-Game Pass players.

Alien: Isolation is a fantastic survival horror game that blends stealth and action with plenty of jumpscares as you sneak around sprawling space stations while hunted by a deadly alien.

You play as Amanda Ripley, the daughter of series’ protagonist Ellen Ripley and an engineer who’s given a chance to investigate her mother’s disappearance after her ship’s flight recorder is recovered.

Things quickly take a turn for the worse when you learn that the crew and androids aboard the Sevastopol remote space station have been corrupted, and a terrifying Xenomorph has climbed aboard.

You’ll have to make do with the resources around you by crafting various traps and tools to even the odds; though sometimes your best option is to run and hide until the coast is clear.

In this follow-up to Fallout 3, you take on the role of a mysterious stranger looking for clues to solve their own attempted murder while exploring the sprawling Mojave Wasteland.

During your journey in Fallout: New Vegas, you’ll encounter a host of nuclear dangers and sci-fi oddities alongside run-ins with highway bandits and other hostile NPCs.

While ripe with backstabbing and betrayal, the world is also filled with many memorable characters with unique backstories that can be a joy (or downer, depending on how you look at it) to unravel.

Lastly, if you do decide to play New Vegas, we recommend checking out the ‘Wild Wasteland’ perk, which adds weird mysteries ranging from discovering aliens to finding the remains of Indiana Jones in a refrigerator.

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As a fan of both indie and triple-A games, Justin finds joy in discovering and sharing hidden gems with other passionate gamers. In addition to reporting on the latest and greatest titles, he manages GamingScan’s social media channels.

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