If you haven’t heard of Xbox Game Pass, you’ve seriously been missing out. Joining the Xbox ecosystem as a subscription service just over 3 years ago now it was originally described as “Netflix for video games.” The service has since grown to amass over 10 million subscribers and features some of the biggest games of the generation.
With well over 100 games on the service, it’s hard to pinpoint the best of the best, so consider this the inaugural edition of great games on Xbox Game Pass.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
I recently discussed the journey of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and highlighted just how far it’s come.
The game is easily one of the best collections on the market, and the amount of content you get in the game is astounding. Whether you’re a Halo fan or new to the series, you should definitely give Halo: MCC a whirl and experience this iconic franchise.
A Plague Tale: Innocence
Another title that I’ve written about recently, I loved A Plague Tale: Innocence and believe it was one of the most underrated games to release in 2019.
The game follows Amicia and Hugo de Rune, two young siblings caught up in the midst of the bubonic plague. It’s such an awesome experience, with an interesting narrative and gameplay that’s hard to fault. If you’ve got Xbox Game Pass, you need to give it a try. Not subscribed? The game has a free trial too!
World War Z
From underrated gem to sleeper hit, World War Z was a much bigger success than what everyone expected. That’s not to say it was undeserved though, as World War Z is a genuinely fun game.
One for all you Left 4 Dead fans, World War Z is based on the 2006 novel of the same name. However, it’s more akin to the much more fast-paced film that came out a few years ago. The game features some great mechanics and some truly daunting scenarios.
Hollow Knight is one of the most successful independent games in recent years. Released to critical acclaim, the game was hailed for its approach to gameplay design which could be punishing at times but ultimately served as a great challenge for players.
The game is now available across all platforms and a sequel is on the way. I’m sure everyone will be keeping an eye out for that.
With Hollow Knight and Moving Out, Australian developers are certainly getting some love with this list! Moving out is such a fun game. The premise is simple; you just need to move all the furniture out of a home and into your moving truck. The challenge? A load of obstacles, time restraints, and if you’re playing cooperatively, potentially a poor partner.
Speaking of Co-Op, Moving Out is easily some of the most fun I’ve had with a couch co-op game in a while. The physics-based movement really makes for some great moments and can certainly work against you at times too.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Developed by Ninja Theory, who was acquired by Microsoft not too long ago, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a work of art thanks to its compelling narrative and metaphorical undertones.
You control Senua, who must travel through Helheim to collect the soul of a dead lover. She’ll need to fend off enemies along the way, and solve any other challenges thrown her way.
Monster Hunter: World
As the second most successful franchise in Capcom’s arsenal, Monster Hunter has amassed a hardcore fanbase over the years, and for a good reason too.
Monster Hunter is one of the most fun gameplay experiences on the market. Monster Hunter: World is the peak of the franchise, utilising the capabilities of next-gen consoles to create an experience that feels great to play for diehard fans and new players at the same time.
Sea of Thieves
I’ll be the first to admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Sea of Thieves when it originally released. As much as I love Rare, it felt like the game was missing a few key elements to really make it shine.
However, the post-launch support that the game has seen is unreal. Rare has introduced a slew of new features, including narrative-based campaigns, PVP multiplayer, and so much more. It has become one of the most popular games among streamers, and Microsoft’s most popular new IP to release in this generation. Rare was always a respected developer, but their work on Sea of Thieves is truly commendable.
I’ve touted the greatness of Sunset Overdrive in the past, and it’s one of my favourite Xbox exclusives of all time. Unfortunately, the game didn’t get quite the reception that it deserved when it first released, but with Xbox Game Pass, it’s hard not to recommend Sunset Overdrive.
Stuck in a city overrun that’s been overrun by soda-loving mutants. You’ll need to work with the city’s survivors to take down the Fizzco – the evil corporation responsible for the outbreak.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Considering it’s viewed by many as one of the greatest games of all time, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a fitting game to close out this article.
The Witcher 3 is the stunning conclusion to Geralt’s journey, and one of the most well-received games to release during this console generation. Jam-packed with content, the game features well over 200 hours of gameplay. It’s the perfect game to really sink your teeth into.