Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass service offer tremendous value for money.

For about the cost of a single cinema ticket, Xbox Game Pass currently gives you access to over 200 Xbox One compatible games for a whole month. And any games that are Play Anywhere titles can be played on PC, too.

A handful of titles are added and removed on a monthly basis, ensuring that there’s always something new for you to play. Microsoft-published games, like Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 4, are added to the service on day one. Suffice to say, if you’ve got an Xbox One, you’d be wise to consider subscribing.

But with so many games on offer, just which ones should you play first? Hopefully we can help you with that. Collectively, we’ve played most of the games that are included in the Xbox Game Pass; and while there are hardly any duds on the service, here are the ones which we think most highly of. These are the best games on Xbox Game Pass.

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1 Red Dead Redemption 2 3-min

Red Dead Redemption 2

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Richard said: “The years spent shaping Red Dead Redemption 2 into what it is has been worth it. Rockstar hasn’t just created a video game; it has created as close to a living, breathing digital world as can be. It’s not so much something that you play, it’s something that you visit and experience. Something you willingly get lost in. Red Dead Redemption 2 is the result of years of blood, sweat and tears. And it shows, making getting yourself absorbed in it feel all the more special.” [Read our full review]

2 Minecraft Dungeons

Minecraft Dungeons

Kim said: “Young or old, whether you’re a fan of OG Minecraft or not, there’s a lot to love about Minecraft Dungeons. Exploring its vast levels is a delight, and coming across new loot is just as fulfilling here as it is in any loot-based game. Smooth controls and a range of abilities make it an absolute joy to play; even when you die, you’ll be eager to pick yourself back up and start again. Minecraft Dungeons should be a must-play for anyone who enjoys a good dungeon-crawling adventure.” [Read our full review]


3 Streets of Rage 4 (2)

Streets of Rage 4

Richard said: “A sequel, but also a celebration of the series so far, Streets of Rage 4 doesn’t disappoint. That’s amazing considering the many years of anticipation and excitement leading up to it. Fans couldn’t have asked for more in a new entry in the beloved series. And even better, Streets of Rage 4 proves that there’s still life in it. It’s a tour de force of sumptuous art, mesmerising music, and trance-inducing action.” [Read our full review]

4

NieR: Automata

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Kyle said:NieR: Automata is a product of auteur game making at its finest. A sombre meditation on the essence of existence, it’s also a weirdly hilarious adventure that will have you hacking and slashing your way through mountains of robots often with a smile on your face. A miracle that it exists at all, the fact that Xbox One players can finally see it for themselves is even more so. There’s no more excuses. You should play NieR: Automata.” [Read our full review]

5 Ori and the Will of the Wisps 2 (1)

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Richard said:Ori and the Will of the Wisps is game that’s hard to not love. It made me want to scream and shout a few times – a certain chase scene that was truly demanding and a final area that relies heavily on trial and error included – but for every moment that frustrated me, there were ten that amazed me. The platforming is crisp, combat is engaging, and the world just begs to be explored. Mix in drop-dead gorgeous visuals, a score to die for and a story that will break your heart, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps will make you glad to be alive.” [Read our full review]


6 Yakuza-0-Nightlife

Yakuza 0

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Richard said:Yakuza 0 is an absolute blast, and a lengthy one at that. Completing the story alone will take around 30 hours, but those who play the game as intended, engaging in activities on the side to boost their cash and lighten the serious mood will find themselves playing for maybe double or even triple that time. It’s in all the extra content that Yakuza 0 becomes particularly endearing too, constantly surprising with its off-the-wall humour and refreshing boldness.” [Read our full review]

7

Two Point Hospital

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Kim said:Two Point Hospital on console is simply a delight. Anyone who has fond memories of playing Theme Hospital will find themselves right at home here. Packed with challenge, wonderful humour and a flawless control scheme, it’s very hard to find fault with anything Two Point Hospital has to offer.” [Read our full review]

8 Forza Horizon 4 4

Forza Horizon 4

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Richard said: Forza Horizon 4 feels like a labour of love; a game for car lovers by car lovers. But also, it’s an engrossing experience that’s rewarding every step of the way. Exploring the map feels just as worthwhile as completing events. And its seamless multiplayer features, Forzathon challenges and seasonal events mean that you’re not likely to grow tired of it for years. It is, without a doubt, the best racing game available right now. In fact, it might be the best racing game of all time. If you own an Xbox One, you need Forza Horizon 4. It’s as simple as that.” [Read our full review]


9 A Plague Tale 1 (1)

A Plague Tale: Innocence

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Kim said: “Few games have kept me as engrossed as A Plague Tale: Innocence did, its 10-or-so hour runtime never outstaying its welcome. The narrative gets its hooks in you right from the start, forcing you to ask questions about Hugo’s illness, the rapid spreading of the rats, and the state of the world around you. You’ll get the answers you seek, with many dramatic twists and turns along the way – to say more would be to ruin part of what makes A Plague Tale so intoxicating.” [Read our full review]

10 The Outer Worlds 2 (1)

The Outer Worlds

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Richard said: “Put the essence of the Fallout, Mass Effect and Borderlands series into a blender, and what you get is The Outer Worlds. It’s an open-world adventure that lets you visit run-down planets and face their hostilities. There are people to recruit, relationships to maintain and difficult decisions to be made. And it’s all wrapped in a lighthearted tone, although not at the expense of a strong story; The Outer Worlds really does have good dialogue. It’s just a shame that you spend so much time running though environments that feel deader than Fallout’s wastelands.” [Read our full review]

11 Witcher 3 GOTY

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Samuel said:The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an engaging adventure into a realm fractured by war and cultural disparity that shines a light on the dark corners of the human psyche – and after hours of play, it leaves you sweating and aching for more. A must play for any modern gamer.” [Read our full review]


12 Dirt Rally 2.0 1

DiRT Rally 2.0

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Richard said: “Honestly, DiRT Rally 2.0 has the best handling of any rally game, ever. There’s a real sense of ‘being’ in the world, which is to say that the cars have weight and presence. You can feel the surface you’re driving on, and rain makes you doubt whether you should firmly plant your foot on the accelerator or not. You’re given so much feedback and the handling is so responsive that you can be confident pushing each of the game’s cars to their limit. Well, to the best of your abilities, anyway.” [Read our full review]

13 Bloodstained 7 (1)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Richard said:Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has had me hooked like no other game released this year. Koji Igarashi and those who have worked with him have proved that there’s still life in the old Metroidvania formula and delivered a modern-day classic. It perhaps loses a little something without the iconic Dracula as the big-bad, but the gameplay surpasses that of any previous Castlevania games created with the same mould. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night looks great, has a brilliant soundtrack and is overwhelmingly gratifying to play.” [Read our full review]

14 Kingdom Come Deliverance Band of Bastards 2

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Richard said: “In Kingdom Come: Deliverance you’re just a small cog in a reasonably big world, but your actions feel like they have worth and impact. You’ll prove yourself to be helpful many a time, but often you’ll have to rely on others for assistance, or to even do the job for you. It goes a long way to make the land of Bohemia a living, breathing place rather than just your personal playground, and I admire that. It’s by no means free of frustration, but Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a special game.” [Read our full review]


15

Moving Out

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Kim said: “As far as party games go, Moving Out is one of the best of recent years. And like any good co-op game, it’s not the winning that counts; it’s the weird and hilarious situations that you and your fellow players will find yourself in. Playing alone is a bit dull, but it’s nice the option has been included. If you happen to have some willing friends or family around and want something to brighten up an evening, you really can’t go far wrong with Moving Out.” [Read our full review]

16 The Surge 2 2 (1)

The Surge 2

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Richard said: “Despite some performance hiccups, The Surge 2 is a sequel done right. Meaningful changes have been made to address the criticisms aimed at the original game, new features have been added to enrich and expand the gameplay, and storytelling has been put more at the forefront. It’s definitely one of the best Souls-likes currently available, though it’s doing the game a bit of a disservice to call it one; The Surge 2 further takes the series into its own territory, enabling it to stand on its own two feet.” [Read our full review]

17

The Talos Principle

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Richard said:The Talos Principle’s combination of clever logic puzzles and philosophical narrative come together to create an experience that is both uniquely challenging and engaging. It’s the kind of game that stays in your head long after you’ve played it, and it may even change how you view the world due to the gravity of the questions that Milton asks you to ponder and the content of some of the text files.” [Read our full review]


18 Overcooked 2

Overcooked! 2

Becca said: “Since its release in 2016, there hasn’t been a party I’ve gone to where I haven’t suggested we dust off Overcooked!. Now that Overcooked! 2 is released, I can’t wait to play this version with all my friends. Players will recognise its familiar chefs and recipes, but are sure to enjoy all of the brand new features this sequel has to offer. Despite its few niggles, Overcooked! 2 delivers everything that made the first game so great, but in a bigger, better and more appetising package.” [Read our full review]

19 Devil May Cry 5

Devil May Cry 5

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Richard said: Devil May Cry 5‘s gameplay has cavernous depth. Unless you’re a Devil May Cry pro, you’re likely to muddle through your first playthrough, tasting each of the offensive options laid out on the table before you but not mastering any of them. You’re likely to die on your first attempt at each boss, too, forced to either consume a Gold Orb to continue or sacrifice some of your precious Red Orbs. It’s when you go back to tackle additional difficulties like Son of Sparda that you’re forced to truly learn the intricacies of the tools at your disposal. And only those who truly have finesse and style will overcome Dante Must Die.” [Read our full review]

20 What Remains of Edith Finch

What Remains of Edith Finch

Kim said:What Remains of Edith Finch is, quite simply, a stunning experience. It takes Gone Home and turns it up to eleven. While it’ll undoubtedly end up being labelled as a ‘walking simulator’, it takes that genre and throws it on its head, giving us an experience so rich, so deep with emotion and meaning, that you’ll probably not quite know what to do with yourself when the credits roll. It’s a story like no other; both very grounded in reality, yet at times other-worldly beyond imagination. It’s touching and thought-provoking; daring to explore dark subject matters rarely delved into by video games.” [Read our full review]


21 Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Chris said: “There’s a lot to love about Metro Exodus, but what really makes the game worth experiencing is the tale it weaves. Not Artyom’s tale – he’s as interesting as a mildly-irradiated plank – but the story of those who, following his lead, leave behind their underground home in search of a better place. Metro Exodus isn’t as grim as previous Metro games, but you’re always conscious of how isolated your fellow travellers are. There’s a creeping sense of guilt that, even though the game gave you no choice in the matter, you may have doomed them.” [Read our full review]

22

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Having been released before GameSpew was even a thing, we haven’t reviewed Halo: The Master Chief Collection. All you need to know is that it includes four brilliant Halo games – five if you buy the Halo: ODST DLC. Each has been wonderfully remastered, and they’re also Xbox One X enhanced. Bursting at the seams with both single player and multiplayer gameplay, if you have an Xbox One of any variety you need to download Halo: The Master Chief Collection; it should be the law.

23 Hellblade

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Richard said: “Mature, dark and meticulously directed, Hellblade offers the most praiseworthy depiction of mental health issues and their effects on an individual seen in a videogame yet. Senua, the game’s protagonist, is both hero and villain rolled into one; the entire game an internal battle between her and the bleak darkness that tries to overwhelm her. But her condition is never glorified, nor is she ever portrayed to be a monster; she’s just a normal young woman whose ordeals are laid out before you. And it’s hard to not empathise with her plight.” [Read our full review]


24 PIkuniku 3 (1)

Pikuniku

Chris said:Pikuniku’s puzzles are pleasingly varied and amusingly bizarre. One moment you’ll be squeezing through holes, tripping switches in the correct order; another you’ll be shoving a giant green worm around in an effort to return him to his mother. All are solvable with a little effort, though the real reward is seeing the sheer relief on the faces of the inhabitants who, thanks to your help, are one step closer to freedom.” [Read our full review]

25 World War Z (1)

World War Z

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Richard said: “It’s actually surprising just how good World War Z is. Before launch it looked like a derivative affair that would offer a small amount of fun and then be forgotten. And while it is derivative to a degree, it stands on its own two feet very well. It could also have legs if its developer, Saber Interactive, clears up its issues and delivers quality post-launch content. Even without additional content though, there’s enough to World War Z to make it worth your time. And where else can you tackle zombie mountains? Nowhere. That’s where.” [Read our full review]

26 Tekken 7 1

Tekken 7

Richard said: Tekken 7 feels so good to play that you don’t really mind that it’s not the most fully-featured title out there. The combat is Tekken through and through, but it feels faster, smoother and more refined. Hits are weighty and feel like they have impact, even moreso when emphasised by a beautiful combination of zoom-in and slo-mo during the most dramatic moments. Battles are always tense too, the Rage system meaning you can never count someone out, especially with the introduction of supercombo-style Rage Arts.” [Read our full review]


27

Gears of War 4

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Richard said:Gears of War 4 is a triumphant return to form for the series. What’s more, it proves that the franchise is more than safe in the hands of The Coalition. A visual spectacle that dials back some of the macho ridiculousness of the original trilogy whilst refining and expanding the gameplay, it’s genuinely a game to own an Xbox One for, and with an exceptional range of online adversarial and co-op modes, it’ll keep you more than occupied until the inevitable next instalment.” [Read our full review]

28 Untitled Goose Game sun hat

Untitled Goose Game

Kim said: “The second you load up Untitled Goose Game, you’ll find yourself grinning from ear to ear. There’s something incredibly cathartic about being in control of a mischievous goose, and there’s a real reason why it took the world by storm when it released late last year. Not only does it look absolutely gorgeous, it’s a heck of a lot of fun to play too.”

29

Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Richard said:Final Fantasy XV is by no means perfect – in fact it’s far from it – but it’s hard to not be enraptured by it. It falters in a few key areas but it has its heart in the right place, making it hard to bear a long term grudge against it. When it’s at its best, generally during the latter third of the game, the results are often phenomenal. At its worst, you’ll wonder how it can pass as a Final Fantasy game. On the whole though, the good far outweighs the bad, making Final Fantasy XV a flawed but essential title for fans of the long-running series.” [Read our full review]


30 Monster Hunter World Op Capture Monsters

Monster Hunter: World

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Jack said: “Despite its flaws, no other game compares to the thrill and sheer wonderment that beating a monster in a perfectly co-ordinated group can bring. In its purest essence, Monster Hunter: World is simply about killing monsters to make better gear to kill bigger monsters. But boy, when it all comes off – which it does impressively frequently – no game comes close to it.” [Read our full review]