Best Xbox Game Pass Games 2022

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If you’re looking for a list of the best games 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.

Lastly, we encourage you to check back for future updates and let us know if we missed any of your favorite Game Pass games!

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Anyone whose played Young Horses’ hit adventure game will know there’s more to Bugsnax’s yummy-looking animals than meets the eye.

What exactly? Well, we’ll let you find out for yourself since the game’s mystery is a large part of what makes Bugsnax so exciting to play.

In it, you play as a journalist tasked with looking into the mysterious Snaktooth Island to sleuth out why its inhabitants have gone missing.

Along the way, you’ll encounter cute food-like creatures that can be baited into traps, fed delicious condiments, and tricked into revealing new secrets about the world.

Forza Horizon 5 is a Microsoft first-party title that builds upon the success of its predecessors, namely the arcade-inspired Forza Horizon subseries.

Developed by Playground Games, it drops players in a loving recreation of Mexico’s deserts, cozy towns, pristine beaches, dense forests, and more.

Throughout the world, players encounter a variety of activities beyond racing along with tucked-away secrets and the occasional scenic view.

Whether you’re a car buff, diehard racing fan, or simply like to explore unique environments to your heart’s content, you can’t go wrong with Forza Horizon 5.

Inspired by games like The Legend of Zelda, Tunic is an isometric action puzzle game with hyper-difficult bossfights and mysterious game mechanics.

Players assume control of an adorable fox hero as he explores a vibrant world collecting pages to reveal the world map and in-game manual.

Combat is tough and challenging, requiring you to combine melee and magic attacks with precise dodges.

It’s charmingly old school in this respect and is best recommended for anyone who enjoys Zelda-like dungeon crawlers.

Next up is Paradise Killer, a hybrid first-person platformer and visual novel set in a gorgeous neo vista setting.

Players take on the role of a detective investigating a whodunit mystery that requires them to track down and interview an eccentric cast of characters.

Over time, new conversations become available, allowing you to explore different angles and posit your own theories about what happened.

The game draws heavily from vaporwave aesthetics and has a synth-heavy soundtrack that will keep you vibing as you search for clues to solve the murder.

Shredders is an extreme sports sim that sees your character looking to break into the snowboarding scene at the biggest competitive event of the year.

To earn a spot among the best of the best, you’ll have to hone your skills by carving up mountains and performing tricks off rails and ramps.

The game was designed to be played with a standard gamepad and features extremely detailed controls reminiscent of games like Skate.

 Along with a full story mode, Shredders supports online multiplayer where you and your friends compete for the top score.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is a third-person shooter that combines great storytelling with thrilling squad-based combat centered on a ragtag team of misfit superheroes.

In it, players assume control over Star-Lord as he leads his oddball crew across the cosmos stirring up trouble, battling foes, and making decisions that will shape the fate of the galaxy.

Throughout the story, players form unique bonds with each guardian while enhancing their skills using RPG progression and powerful “tag-team beatdown” attacks.

Following its release, GOTG has won several awards for Game of the Year and is regarded by many as one of the best games of 2021.

One of the most zen games on this list, Unpacking simulates the familiar experience of organizing your personal possessions after moving into a new home.

Over the course of eight house moves, players are given a chance to experience the emotional weight that comes with reflecting on life throughout the years.

Gameplay is a mix of block-fitting puzzles and home decoration, as players are encouraged to create satisfying and aesthetically pleasing living spaces.

It’s a meditative experience free from any timers, meters, or scores, and includes a relaxing soundtrack by BAFTA award-winning composer/audio director Jeff van Dyck.

Developer Hazelight Studios has a knack for pushing the envelope for modern couch co-op games like It Takes Two.

In it, players take control over an unhappily married couple who find themselves trapped in their daughter’s hand-made dolls after announcing their divorce. 

The pair are then forced to embark on a fantastical journey spanning genre-bending platforming levels that offer unique challenges and loads of mini-games.

It Takes Two can be played via online multiplayer and local split-screen, with only one person required to own a copy of the game.

Death’s Door is one of the best indie dungeon crawlers to come out of 2021 and is often praised for its unique blend of Souls-like combat and Zelda-inspired puzzles.

In it, you play as a humble crow working for an authoritative afterlife company that goes after incompliant souls by any means necessary.

Gameplay focuses on hack and slash combat, with the Crow able to chain together different abilities and equip various weapons.

The game is presented in a third-person, isometric perspective that offers a clear view of the battlefield and sprawling dungeon environments at all times.

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.

7 Days to Die is a zombie survival game that was originally released in Steam Early Access in 2013 and has been worked on ever since by developer The Fun Pimps.

It offers a satisfying mix of tower defense, role-playing, and survival gameplay with an emphasis on crafting tools and building shelter in a dynamic sandbox.

There’s also PvP combat, though your main concern is the increasingly powerful zombie horde that grows in numbers the further you progress in the game.

While 7 Days to Die isn’t updated as often as fans would like, there’s already a wealth of content to explore for new players picking it up for the first time.

If you’re familiar with the Skyrim modding scene, then there’s a good chance you’ve come across the original mod that would go on to become The Forgotten City.

Spearheaded by lead developer and writer Nick Pearce, the game takes place in an alternate historical Roman Empire where citizens are subjected to “the Golden Rule.”

You play as a mysterious traveler that travels back in time to stop the rule from being broken and uncover the mystery behind it.

The game uses time travel as both a game mechanic and narrative device while exploring the connection between humanity and laws.

Even though Tetris hasn’t really changed much in the 30+ years it’s been around, developers constantly find new ways to iterate on the iconic puzzler.

The two that come to mind recently are the Nintendo-exclusive Tetris 99 and Tetris Effect VR, the latter of which was adapted for PC and console as Tetris Effect: Connected.

The game utilizes different visual and auditory cues that correspond to your tetrominoes’ movement and placement in relation to music tracks that play in the background.

As you progress through challenges, so does the background music, evolving in tempo and rhythm as you reach tense moments where blocks rapidly descend onto your screen.

Celebrated for its RPG mechanics and player-driven story, Mass Effect has a rich and quite controversial history of releases, spin-offs, and most recently, rereleases.

In it, players take on the role of Commander Shepard as they fight to save the universe from a race of powerful machines called Reapers.

Shepard is joined by a squad of diverse companions with backgrounds in military, medicine, and engineering that are willing to lend a hand in battle and weigh in on important decisions.

Considering the first game released in the early 2000s, the best way to experience the original trilogy is through the remastered Mass Effect Legendary Edition.

Created by the same developer as Left 4 Dead, Back 4 Blood is a spiritual successor that delivers on co-op zombie shooter action in spades.

In it, players explore levels overrun with undead enemies, including both standard zombies and special types with with unique attacks and behaviors.

To survive, each squad will have to keep their eyes peeled and communicate when they need backup, healing, or a minute to catch their breath and reload.

Just like the original L4D, it features an assortment of close-quarters melee and long-range weapons such as baseball bats, swords, guns, etc.

Although the original Age of Empires revolved around human history throughout the Stone and Iron Ages, later installments have shifted their focus more squarely on the Middle Ages.

Age of Empires IV is a largely successful attempt at recapturing the original trilogy’s magic while offering new experiences tailored for both veterans and newcomers.

In it, players are tasked with managing their civilization’s workers and military units, eventually turning their small population into a mighty nation.

The game features a lengthy 30-hour campaign that sees you advancing through the ages as you collect resources, wage war with enemies, and unlock new technologies.

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.

Supergiant Games is 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.

Microsoft Flight Sim 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.

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.

Hitman 3 wraps up IO Interactive’s World of Assassination trilogy while doubling (technically tripling) down on the franchise’s immersive sim sandbox design.

Once more, players reprise their role as the eponymous hitman Agent 47 as he sets off on a globe-trotting mission to dismantle the criminal organization known as Providence.

Before he can ride off into the sunset, 47 will have to track down and eliminate a fresh batch of targets throughout sandbox levels littered with alternate routes, disguises, and weapons.

Much like its predecessors, Hitman 3 lends itself to replayability, allowing you to retry every contract using new tactics to get the job done.

Next up, we have the Xbox exclusive pirate game Sea of Thieves, which launched in a rocky state but has improved tremendously over the course of several updates.

This is in large part due to Microsoft’s commitment to helping developer Rare get the game where it needs to be and supporting the Sea of Thieves community.

In it, up to 4 players come together to form a pirate crew as they steer ships, sail the ocean seas, and seek out booty across islands and shipwrecks.

Along the way, they’ll encounter evil skeletons and enemy players who may try to initiate battles, overtake ships, and claim riches as their own.

No doubt the most popular Game Pass title, 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.

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

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