The current console generation is almost over, but full backwards compatibility on the upcoming Xbox Series S and X, the extensive library on Xbox Game Pass means there will always be new things to add to your backlog.
There are currently hundreds of games on Xbox Game Pass, with more new games coming each month, but starting a new videogame can be a big investment. You can only play so many games each year, so which Game Pass games are truly worth the time? Were here to help.
Here are our picks for the best games you can play on Xbox Game Pass, both on console and on Game Pass for PC. Whether youre looking for an RPG, an open-world adventure, a first-person shooter, or a deep strategy game, there are great options on Game Pass. All games are listed alphabetically, and PC-exclusive games are listed at the end.
Ace Combat 7: Skies UnknownAvailable on: ConsoleA stunningly gorgeous flight combat game where you can live out all your Top Gun dreams.
Age of Wonders PlanetfallAvailable on: Console and PCAn accessible but deep 4X sci-fi strategy game.
Alien IsolationAvailable on: Console and PCOne of the best horror games of the generation that will leave you in a panic as you play.
Banjo KazooieAvailable on: ConsoleThe legendary N64 platformer still holds up for a quick nostalgia fix.
Batman Arkham KnightAvailable on: ConsoleOne of the best superhero games of all time is still a blast 5 years later.
Dead CellsAvailable on: Console and PCThis roguelike platformer was one of the most acclaimed releases of 2017.
Destiny 2: ShadowkeepAvailable on: ConsoleBest played with friends, Destiny 2 is a tight hero-based FPS with a ton of content.
Doom EternalAvailable on: ConsoleHigh-octane FPS madness.
The Elder Scrolls Online: MorrowindAvailable on: ConsoleWe're likely still going to be waiting years for the next single-player Elder Scrolls, but Elder Scrolls: Online is a great MMO that can be enjoyed solo.
Fallout: New VegasAvailable on: ConsoleOne of the most well-regarded entires in the series, New Vegas is a must play for Fallout fans who prefer RPGs to action games.
Final Fantasy XV: Royal EditionAvailable on: Console and PCA gorgeous and epic Final Fantasy adventure with a more engaging active battle system than the older entries.
Forza Horizon 4Available on: Console and PCOne of the Xbox's most impressive visual showcases.
FrostpunkAvailable on: Console and PCA brilliant survival strategy game where you'll be forced to make very tough decisions as you try to survive the elements.
Gears 5Available on: Console and PCThe best Gears yet.
Halo: The Master Chief CollectionAvailable on: Console and PCHalo MCC was a mess when it released, but all these years later it provides the best way to experience some of the most influential Xbox games of all time.
Halo Wars 2Available on: Console and PCA StarCraft-style RTS in the Halo universe.
Hellblade: Senua's SacrificeAvailable on: Console and PCHellblade 2 is set to be one of the Xbox Series S/X's biggest exclusives, so you should catch up with the story now.
Human Fall FlatAvailable on: Console and PCAn awesome physics-based puzzle game.
Monster Hunter WorldAvailable on: ConsoleWant to battle gigantic dinosaurs with ridiculously large weapons? Of course you do.
My Time at PortiaAvailable on: Console and PCIf you liked Animal Crossing or Stardew Valley, you need to try My Time At Portia
Nier: Automata Become As Gods EditionAvailable on: ConsoleAn action masterpiece and one of the best games of 2017.
Ori and the Will of the WispsAvailable on: Console and PCThe must-play Xbox platformer is one of Microsoft's best exclusives.
Outer WildsAvailable on: ConsoleAn incredible adventure game set in space.
The Outer WorldsAvailable on: Console and PCIf you liked Fallout 3 or New Vegas, you'll love The Outer Worlds.
A Plague Tale InnocenceAvailable on: Console and PCA beautiful, story-driven action game that might be unplayable if you hate rats.
PlayerUnknown's BattlegroundsAvailable on: ConsoleA Battle Royale game for people who prefer tactics and realism to Call of Duty's fast pace or Fortnite's building.
Resident Evil 7Available on: Console and PCOne of the scariest games ever, and an incredible return to Resident Evil's roots.
Sea of ThievesAvailable on: Console and PCGreat pirate fun with a group, but you should probably skip if you don't have a dedicated party of friends to play with.
Slay The SpireAvailable on: Console and PCAn addictive card strategy game.
SubnauticaAvailable on: Console and PCAn open world survival game that takes place under water.
Two Point HospitalAvailable on: Console and PCA delightfully wacky hospital builder.
Untitled Goose GameAvailable on: ConsoleYou play as a goose and your general aim is to be as annoying as possible. It's great.
WargrooveAvailable on: Console and PCIf you ever played Advance Wars, Wargroove is a tremendous spiritual followup.
Wasteland 3Available on: Console and PCAn incredible story-based RPG that XCOM fans will love.
The Witcher 3: Wild HuntAvailable on: ConsoleOne of the best open-world action games of all time.
Yazuka 0 / Yakuza Kiwami / Yakuza Kiwami 2Available on: Console and PCBefore Yakuza: Like a Dragon drops on Xbox, you need to experience the start of the incredible series.
------ PC ONLY GAMES ------Age of Empires IIIAvailable on: PCThe iconic RTS has never looked better.
BattleTechAvailable on: PCAn awesome and addictive turn-based mech strategy game.
Crusader Kings IIIAvailable on: PCTake over any country and rewrite the history of the Middle Ages.
Football Manager 2020Available on: PCThe ultimate sports timesink.
Gears TacticsAvailable on: PC (also launching on console on November 10th)A Gears of War take on XCOM is a refeshing spinoff for the franchise.
Hearts of Iron IVAvailable on: PCThe ultimate World War II strategy game.
MechWarrior 5: MercenariesAvailable on: PCPilot giant mechs and shoot things. It's a tried-and-true formula.
Microsoft Flight SimulatorAvailable on: PCThe entire world has been stunningly recreated in the latest entry to the long-running series. Microsoft Flight Simulator is nothing short of jaw-dropping, and is completely playable with a controller.
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