The 20 best Xbox Game Pass games available right now

By Dave Horobin,
If you're subscribing to Xbox Game Pass, you no doubt want to make sure that you're playing the very best games that the service has to offer. From highly anticipated Xbox exclusives that release straight into the program to the ID@Xbox games that take you by surprise, there are more great titles arriving into Xbox Games Pass library every month.

Choosing which Xbox Game Pass title to play next might seem like a daunting task, so we're here to help you narrow down the choice by using a combination of site review scores and your community ratings to put together our list of the 20 best Xbox Game Pass games that you should be checking out today.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is my favourite game of all time. It raised the bar for RPGs across the board, and there still haven't been many games to come close to it, despite the five years since The Witcher 3 was released. There's no getting around it: you'll lose a lot of time to this game. The main story and the game's extensive open world alone offer more than enough to take up your time, but the complexity of its side quests, not to mention the points of interest and contracts, will keep you from hanging up your Witcher gear for some time. If you then decide you want even more of the Witcher world, beyond what's offered in Xbox Game Pass with the main game itself, you can go on to purchase the two exceptional DLCs — Blood and Wine and Hearts of Stone — both of which offer so much in content and quality that they could easily pass as their own separate games. You really can't go wrong with The Witcher 3, and the only thing that could possibly have made it even better was its addition to Xbox Game Pass last year.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game set in a visually stunning fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher, you play as a professional monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia, tasked with finding a child of prophecy in a vast open world rich with merchant cities, pirate islands, dangerous mountain passes, and forgotten caverns to explore.



Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

If there is one game to come close to The Witcher 3, however, it's Red Dead Redemption 2. They're nothing alike in world or story: one's about a monster hunter in a fictional fantasy world; the other about an outlaw in 1800s America; but there's a similarity in what each game accomplishes in terms of complexity and ambition — plus a certain resemblance between their grumpy, reserved protagonists. Red Dead 2 is a sort of prequel to the first game, but as with The Witcher 3, it's not necessary to have played the other entries in the series. Redemption 2 follows the story of Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as they deal with the mounting pressure of trying to keep ahead of the Pinkerton detectives, O'Driscolls, and law enforcement creeping closer on all sides, as well as the rifts and troubles within the gang itself, and the dawning realisation that their way of life is becoming extinct. It's a masterpiece of a game, and, added to Xbox Game Pass just last week, is definitely one of the best games on the service.

Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2

After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him.



The Outer Worlds

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The Outer Worlds is a sci-fi, space-western RPG, and this genre mashup should tell you everything you need to know about the game's tone. This is one game which can be genuinely described as "wacky": it's often viewed as a sort of spiritual successor to Fallout: New Vegas, and while it has a similar sense of humour, it very much stands on its own two feet. The Outer Worlds doesn't want you to take it too seriously: it wants you to explore space, maybe blow some stuff up, and maybe help take out an all-controlling evil corporation. There are hugely in-depth dialogue options and an incredibly complex and branching story, paired with that wacky humour and gorgeous planets. It's rated at 4.38 out of 5 on our site, while our The Outer Worlds review gave it a 4.5/5. Overall, The Outer Worlds is just a huge amount of fun to play.

The Outer Worlds
The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds is a new single-player sci-fi RPG from Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter a host of factions all vying for power, who you decide to become will determine the fate of everyone in Halcyon. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable.



Children of Morta

Children of Morta

Children of Morta is a real Xbox Game Pass gem. It's a rogue-lite action RPG about the Bergsons, a family of warriors who are the last line of defence against the spreading Corruption. The family theme is fundamental to the game: you play as each member, but you also learn more about the family as a whole — their history, their relationships to each other, and the interaction between the older generation and the new as they deal with the burden of being in the Bergsons family. The game offers a wealth of world lore and a beautiful story, coupled with a beautiful pixel art style. We included this one in our five Xbox games for when you're short on time, as the game's successive dungeon runs make it easier to pick up when you've only got a few minutes. It's true that if you're not a huge fan of open-ended open-worlders, or aren't in the mood to lose hours of your life to some of the chunkier titles in this list, then Children of Morta is a great one to try. Yet it would be doing the game a disservice to say that's its only attraction: it's a fantastic game all on its own, and even if you're not normally a fan of rogue-lite or action RPGs, you might still find it well worth your time just to pick it up for a few minutes.

Children of Morta
Children of Morta

Children of Morta is a story-driven action RPG game about an extraordinary family of heroes. Lead the Bergons, with all their flaws and virtues, against the forthcoming Corruption. Will you be able to sacrifice everything to save the ones you care for?



A Plague Tale: Innocence

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A Plague Tale: Innocence seems to have been one of those games which flew under the radar at first. It's a stealth game with action-adventure elements, rated at 4.50/5 by our community. As the title suggests, it's a grim game in which Medieval France is overrun with disease, rats, soldiers, and the Inquisition. Orphans Amicia and Hugo De Rune have to make their way through this gruelling world, with Amicia needing to protect her little brother especially from the Inquisition, which seems to have taken a particular interest in the boy and his strange illness. There's already rumours about a possible Plague Tale 2 for 2022, so it's a good time to try out A Plague Tale: Innocence while it's on Xbox Game Pass.

A Plague Tale: Innocence
A Plague Tale: Innocence

Follow the grim tale of young Amicia and her little brother Hugo, in a heartrending journey through the darkest hours of history. Hunted by Inquisition soldiers and surrounded by unstoppable swarms of rats, Amicia and Hugo will come to know and trust each other. As they struggle to survive against overwhelming odds, they will fight to find purpose in this brutal, unforgiving world.



Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition

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Hollow Knight seems to constantly crop up as one of the best recent platforming games there is, and is currently rated at 4.40/5 on the site. It's a metroidvania which delves into underground caverns filled with insects — some friendly, some decidedly not — and gorgeous visuals. It makes you work for every scrap of story you find, and it presents a definite challenge, but if you're a fan of platformers, Hollow Knight is definitely one to try.

Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition
Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition

Descend into the world of Hollow Knight! The award winning action adventure of insects and heroes. Explore twisting caverns, ancient cities and deadly wastes. Battle tainted creatures and befriend bizarre bugs. Uncover ancient history and solve the mysteries buried at the kingdom's heart.



Forza Horizon 4

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By this stage, it should come as no surprise that Playground Games finds a way to raise the bar for each release in the Horizon series, and they've once again found another gear in Forza Horizon 4 that leaves its competitors trailing in the dust. The roster of cars is bigger than ever, the setting of Britain is stunningly recreated down to the finest detail, the shared online world is a resounding success, and the addition of seasons adds something completely new and unique to the series both in terms of the gameplay and the aesthetics of the world. I don't know how they do it, but Playground Games has once again set the standard for other racing games to strive for.

Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4

Dynamic seasons change everything at the world’s greatest automotive festival. Go it alone or team up with others to explore beautiful and historic Britain in a shared open world. Collect, modify and drive over 450 cars. Race, stunt, create and explore – choose your own path to become a Horizon Superstar.



Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

Some games do a few memorable things in an otherwise disappointing package, and some games are greater than the sum of their parts. Then some games are like Hellblade, where everything is done so well that it stands up to nearly all criticism. The puzzling and combat are both well designed even if neither is genre-redefining, and the audiovisual experience is a consistent spectacle. The ways it never cuts to loading screens and hides its UI makes it feel unique too, like we are right there with Senua every step of the way, but it's because of the story that Hellblade is forever cemented as something special. Senua is fierce and imperfect in a way that will have you rooting for her like few characters ever garner. Her journey is pretty much unceasingly filthy, violent, tragic and horrific, yet it's not a story of suffering, but rather one of perseverance. Senua is a remarkable character who instills all of her energies into the player in such a way that will never be forgotten.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

From the makers of Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and DmC: Devil May Cry, comes a warrior’s brutal journey into myth and madness. Set in the Viking age, a broken Celtic warrior embarks on a haunting vision quest into Viking Hell to fight for the soul of her dead lover. Created in collaboration with neuroscientists and people who experience psychosis, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will pull you deep into Senua’s mind.



Rocket League

Rocket League

The simplistic design of Rocket League makes it extremely easy to pick up and play for newcomers, while at the same time allowing players to develop their skill and understanding of the game through practice. There is an issue with the game occasionally locking up, but that shouldn’t detract from the enjoyment and excitement that the game provides on a far more frequent basis. If you've already played the game extensively on other platforms prior to its launch on the Xbox One then there's nothing new on offer. For anyone who hasn’t tried Rocket League yet, it’s an absolute masterpiece of a multiplayer game that really has to be experienced to be truly understood.

Rocket League®
Rocket League®

Soccer meets driving in this award-winning, physics-based multiplayer-focused mash-up! Choose from a variety of high-flying vehicles equipped with huge rocket boosters to score amazing aerial goals and pull off incredible, game-changing saves! Xbox One players enjoy immediate access to ALL "Game of the Year Edition" content, which includes dozens of items from three previously-released DLC Packs, PLUS two Xbox-exclusive Battle-Cars: Halo's "HogSticker" and the "Armadillo" from Gears of War.



Sunset Overdrive

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Sunset Overdrive is a blast to play; it looks great, it feels great, and it pushes the limits of both the player and the console without straining either. It may not be much more than a wacky, immature and explosive adventure that tries too hard to poke fun at itself and dazzle its players with gimmicks, but Sunset Overdrive has it where it counts. It's plain and simple while over-the-top ridiculous, charming while offensive, exceptional while exceptionally tacky: in short, it knows what it is. Sunset Overdrive is fun.

Sunset Overdrive
Sunset Overdrive

Sunset Overdrive transforms an open-world apocalypse into your tactical playground. Zip, grind and wall-run across Sunset City while using a devastating, unconventional arsenal. With hyper-agility, unique weapons, and customizable special abilities, Sunset Overdrive rewrites the rules of traditional shooters and delivers an explosive and irreverent adventure in the end times.



Halo 5: Guardians

Halo 5: Guardians

Halo 5: Guardians is the game that 343 Industries needed to release to regain the confidence of gamers in both themselves and the Halo franchise. The campaign is a fast, action-packed battle through a host of beautifully designed locations, offering brilliant pacing and some stunning set pieces. The story may well be confusing – especially for newcomers – and many characters are sadly lacking in depth, but that doesn’t detract from how fun shooting your way through the game’s 15 missions is when playing solo and even more so with three friends. The multiplayer stays true to the core elements that have made Halo what is today, whilst at the same time adding new mechanics that bring it in line with what you’d expect to see from a modern first-person shooter. The addition of Warzone alone will keep you coming back for more as every game feels different and unique. If you own an Xbox One, subscribe to Xbox Game Pass and have any interest in first-person shooters, Halo 5: Guardians is quite simply a must play.

Halo 5: Guardians
Halo 5: Guardians

Halo 5: Guardians delivers epic multiplayer experiences that span multiple modes, full-featured level building tools, and the most dramatic Halo story to date. With multiple massive FREE content releases since launch, Halo 5: Guardians offers more content, more multiplayer mayhem, and more variety than any Halo ever released! *Online multiplayer requires Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately)



DiRT 4

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Inevitably, comparisons will be drawn between Dirt 4 and Dirt Rally. When stacking one against the other, it feels like Dirt Rally is the elder, more scholastic, and slightly serious sibling. Dirt 4, on the other hand, is the younger, outgoing sibling who, whilst not exactly bouncing off the walls, still knows how to have a little fun. It allows for an awesome and technical approach if you find yourself among those who crave the purest racing simulation worthy of Codemasters' reputation, but Dirt 4 now invites others less experienced to the table with alternate driving modes. The developer has listened to the critiques of their previous games and created a rally game that truly is for everyone.

DiRT 4
DiRT 4

The world’s leading off-road racing series is back! DiRT 4 puts you at the wheel of the most powerful machines ever made as you face the toughest roads on the planet in rally, rallycross & landrush. The game changing Your Stage system allows you to create millions of routes at the touch of a button.



State of Decay 2

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If you walked away from the original game feeling flustered from the constant micromanagement of everything, State of Decay 2 isn't going to change your mind. All of those aspects return and in many cases are made deeper. For a game to do so much at once you'd reasonably expect more bumps in the road than how few are found here. Story, voice work, and animations are all still goofy, but throw in co-op multiplayer, better endgame content, and more reasons to replay it, and State of Decay 2 is the type of game with which certain players will fall in love. There's always something to do and in a classically sim style, it's hard to know when to stop. It's the most realistic zombie apocalypse simulation in the world and that's a beautiful thing.

State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition

State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition is an improved version of the popular zombie survival game that’s been redesigned as a new experience for first-time players, yet with new content for veteran survivors. It includes the base game and all 3 add-on packs, a brand-new map, remastered graphics, technical improvements, and a brand-new tutorial with improved controls.



Gears of War 4

Gears of War 4

Gears of War 4 promised a new beginning — a new cast of characters, a new threat to humanity and the chance for a new developer to make its mark. While the gameplay and storyline certainly aren't lacking and will likely keep Gears fans amused, The Coalition seems reluctant to let the past go and to move on. Away from the campaign, there are tweaks to competitive multiplayer that include a couple of new game modes, but the real focus of the title is the improved Horde mode. It is here that players will spend the majority of their time and where the real enjoyment lies.

Gears of War 4
Gears of War 4

A new saga begins for one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in history. Supports Xbox Play Anywhere: yours to play on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC at no additional cost.



Mortal Kombat X

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Mortal Kombat X excels in the field of gory action, gruesome sound effects, gameplay mechanics, the Tower mode and building up the alternate timeline's universe. Fans of the series and players just picking up the game can enjoy dismembering one another. It's not without downsides — lengthy expositions, unnecessary QTEs, redundant online match types and a short storyline to name a few. It's not exceptional, but playing in Xbox Game Pass is a good way to get your Mortal Kombat experience before digging into the 11th instalment.

Mortal Kombat X
Mortal Kombat X

Fueled by next-gen technology, Mortal Kombat X combines unparalleled, cinematic presentation to deliver the most brutal Kombat experience ever.



Halo Wars: Definitive Edition

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To this day Halo Wars remains the most accessible RTS game to have ever been released on a console, and while it may lack the depth of some of its PC brethren, as an introduction to the genre it is still at the top of its class. The addition of playing it on PC is a welcome inclusion and something for which many people have been asking since the game was originally released in 2009. Halo Wars: Definitive Edition doesn't offer much more over its Xbox 360 counterpart — which is already playable on the Xbox One thanks to Backwards Compatibility — but with its inclusion in Game Pass, it's the most cost-effective version to recommend.

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition

Halo Wars Definitive Edition is an enhanced version of the original Halo Wars that runs natively on Xbox One and Windows 10. Halo Wars: Definitive Edition includes improved graphics, new achievements and all the DLC from the landmark game.



Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

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Ori and the Blind Forest is arguably one of the biggest success stories on the Xbox One. Visually it is gorgeous and has a beautiful soundtrack to complement it. The lack of load times helps the flow of the game, and the platforming gameplay is fluent and precise all the way through. Difficulty spikes bring a challenging edge, and the escape sections are some of the most hectic portions of any platformer game. Ultimately, we cannot recommend this game enough — it is a must play.

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

The forest of Nibel is dying. After a powerful storm sets a series of devastating events in motion, Ori must journey to find courage and confront a dark nemesis to save the forest of Nibel. Experience a visually stunning, hand-crafted adventure with a deeply emotional story in the Definitive Edition of Ori and the Blind Forest from Moon Studios.



The Walking Dead

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The first, and arguably the best, season in Telltale's The Walking Dead series was a huge success when it originally released on the Xbox 360 back in 2012. Telling the emotional tale of Lee, Clementine and a group of survivors, The Walking Dead is a game that will stick with you long after the final credits begin to roll. By now, most people will have likely played through the game at least once but if you've been holding off for any reason, the inclusion of the ported Xbox One version of the game in Xbox Game Pass is too good to miss.

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season

Winner of over 90 ‘Game of the Year’ Awards, The Walking Dead Complete First Season includes all 5 episodes of the critically acclaimed series, plus special episode ‘400 Days’.



Ryse: Son of Rome

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Ryse: Son of Rome might not have been very well received by critics when it released as a launch title on the Xbox One back in 2013, but don't let that put you off giving this game a try. Sure, it's not without some issues, but if you're looking for a hack-n-slash game that will let you chomp off enemy limbs and heads with gory finishing moves, a solid campaign, stunning visuals, and a surprisingly fun co-op mode, Ryse is well worth checking out — especially as part of your Game Pass subscription.

Ryse: Son of Rome
Ryse: Son of Rome

Amidst the chaos of the late Roman Empire, become soldier Marius Titus and embark on a perilous campaign to avenge the death of your family and defend the honor of Rome. In Gladiator Mode, step into the Colosseum and fight for the glory, spectacle, and entertainment of the crowds.



Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

Gear of War: Ultimate Edition

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition stands as a shining example of how a remaster should be done. From the ground up the game has been redesigned to make it look and feel perfectly at home on the Xbox One, and The Coalition has managed to combine remaining true to the original game, whilst at the same time adding improvements. By staying true to the original Gears there are moments where the game shows its age, but they aren’t frequent enough to spoil the overall experience, and you’ll be more surprised by how well the story and gameplay mechanics stand up to today’s standards and quite often overshadow them. If you're not a fan of third-person shooters or the previous Gears of War games, there's nothing for you here. For everyone else the name says it all — this is the Ultimate way to experience Gears of War. Whether you're a newcomer to the franchise, or if you’re looking for any excuse to return to Sera and chainsaw Locusts into tiny pieces, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is a must-play.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

This version is only available in Xbox Game Pass. Purchase the Deluxe Version of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for the equivalent price. See it in the “Included in” section below. The landmark original Gears of War returns, stunningly remastered and modernized for Xbox One.



Additional reporting by Heidi Nicholas.
Dave Horobin
Written by Dave Horobin
Dave is the TrueAchievements Social Manager and has been a Newshound since 2010. When he's not chasing developers and publishers for early review copies, he can usually be found on the TrueAchievements social pages discussing all things TA related.