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The best games on Xbox Game Pass for 2023 (right now)

As the Xbox Game Pass program has grown, so has our list of the best games on Xbox Game Pass. After the launch of the Xbox Series X, Microsoft has doubled down on Game Pass, now offering well over 350 games on the console alone. To help you through option paralysis, we rounded up the top games on Microsoft’s subscription platform.

Many titles are available across Xbox and PC, and some of them even have cross-save support. Most of the games are available for streaming on mobile, too, as long as you have Game Pass Ultimate.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
81 %
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Adventure
Developer Respawn Entertainment
Publisher Electronic Arts
Release November 15, 2019
The list of the best Star Wars games is remarkably small, despite the fact that games bearing the franchise name have been released for decades. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order stands apart, though. It’s the first Star Wars game in a long time that’s concerned with being a good game, not just a licensed one. The result is a game that’s thoroughly enjoyable for those who couldn’t care less about Star Wars, but with enough fan service to keep franchise fans hooked. When it comes to gameplay, Fallen Order is like Dark Souls light. It has tight swordplay, with tuned parrying and dodging mechanics. However, it’s clear Fallen Order‘s difficulty was tuned against the mainstream video game market, not against solely Dark Souls. Because of that, Fallen Order is an enjoyable romp for Souls-like fans while still being accessible to genre newcomers. Fallen Order does require EA Play, which is only included in Game Pass Ultimate on console, not the base version. This differs from the PC version, which gets the game in the base subscription too.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — Official Reveal Trailer
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
82 %
3.5/5
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Eidos Montréal
Publisher Square Enix
Release October 26, 2021
Guardians of the Galaxy was a very pleasant surprise after the mixed bag of Marvel’s Avengers: The third-person adventure is all about working together as a team to take down enemies and navigate a wide variety of planets and environments. The game was smart to borrow a number of things from the Mass Effect series, including some far-reaching consequences of your decisions and which teammates you favor. That also gives this galaxy-trotting adventure some inherent replayability if you want to boot it up a second time.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy | Deep Dive
Deathloop
Deathloop
86 %
3.5/5
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter, Adventure
Developer Arkane Studios
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
Release September 14, 2021
The roguelike craze has left us with several gems, and while notable examples like Hades are no longer on Game Pass, fans of the genre have another option to turn to with Deathloop. The game takes the recurrent gameplay of roguelikes and gives it a unique story – two rival assassins are trapped in a time loop on the mysterious island of Blackreef. You play as Colt, who must find and take out his eight listed targets by the end of the day or face a reset … all while trying to stay alive. With each reset, you can learn more and improve your arsenal, or choose to enable multiplayer so a friend can take control of your rival to see who wins.
Read our full Deathloop review
DEATHLOOP – Official PS5 Gameplay Reveal Trailer: Welcome to Blackreef
Outer Wilds
Outer Wilds
91 %
E10
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Puzzle, Simulator, Adventure, Indie
Developer Mobius Digital
Publisher Annapurna Interactive
Release May 28, 2019
Outer Wilds is a game you really shouldn’t know anything about. Focused entirely on exploration and discovery, Outer Wilds provides an open-world mystery with the only solution being to continue looking. Even a short synopsis could be considered a spoiler, so stop reading this section if you want to go in fresh. Simply put, you play as an astronaut who’s a member of the Outer Wilds Space Program. After 22 minutes of in-game time, the sun will explode into a supernova, ending the game. You’ll restart right away — with the same, 22-minute time limit — allowing you to explore the solar system and unravel the mysteries that lurk around you.
OUTER WILDS | Reveal Trailer
Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves
68 %
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Simulator, Adventure
Developer Rare
Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Release March 20, 2018
Sea of Thieves puts you in the shoes of a pirate, and not in the same way as Black Flag does (even though that’s still one of the best Assassin’s Creed games ever). It’s not just an open-world action-adventure game with a pirate skin — Sea of Thieves is a pirate simulator. From looting unexplored islands to piloting your ship with a group of friends, developer Rare manages to gamify every aspect of Sea of Thieves, making each game task engaging no matter how mundane it may seem. More importantly, the gamification leads to a sense of freedom. Nothing in Sea of Thieves is stringent, from the loose leveling system to the Tall Tales that make up the campaign. You’re free to explore and tackle objectives in any way you see fit, or simply ignore objectives altogether. Although a lonely experience on your own, Sea of Thieves is a must-play with a group of friends. The game even supports cross-platform play between the Game Pass and Steam versions, so stringing together a group of pirates is easy.
Sea of Thieves - E3 Announce Trailer (Official)
Inside
Inside
87 %
4.5/5
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Platform, Puzzle, Adventure, Indie
Developer Playdead
Publisher Playdead
Release June 29, 2016
Playdead’s Limbo was great, but Inside takes everything to another level for fans of puzzle-solving, creepy atmospheres, and mysterious environmental storytelling. In this 2.5D title, you play a young boy on the run from evil forces that appear to have infiltrated and enslaved your world somehow. Almost everything is a threat, and multiple deaths will teach you when to run, hide, and outthink your way to survival. It’s a short game to play, but is guaranteed to stick with you for a long time afterward.
Read our full Inside review
INSIDE Trailer E3 2014
Slay the Spire
Slay the Spire
87 %
E10
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Strategy, Turn-based strategy (TBS), Adventure, Indie, Card & Board Game
Developer Mega Crit Games
Publisher Humble Games
Release January 23, 2019
Slay the Spire is a deck-building game with roguelike elements. In the beginning, you’ll choose one of four characters, each of which has their own set of cards. You’re given a starter deck with basic attack and defense cards, and as you defeat enemies, you’ll be able to add new cards to your deck. Although simple in premise, Slay the Spire’s gameplay loop becomes addicting fast. The game is balanced enough to encourage exploration with different cards, making each run unique. Maybe your character focuses on building up huge attacks, or maybe you focus on defense and inflict status effects on your enemies. No matter your path, Slay the Spire is a fantastic ride.
Slay the Spire - Official Launch Trailer
Grounded
Grounded
71 %
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Obsidian Entertainment
Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Release July 28, 2020
One of the more charming indie games we’ve seen in some time, Grounded follows a Honey, I Shrunk The Kids premise, with a group of school friends who arre shrunken to the size of ants in the backyard – and now have to learn to survive. Gear up, explore, and fight off dangers like spiders, moths, and other creatures, either solo or with up to three friends. Follow the story to find out what happened and get big again, or just goof off in a backyard (semi-) paradise.
Grounded - X019 Reveal Trailer
Vampire Survivors
Vampire Survivors
78 %
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Android, iOS, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Indie, Arcade
Developer Poncle
Publisher Poncle
Release December 17, 2021
For months, PC gamers have been enjoying Vampire Survivors on their version of Game Pass, with its addicting blend of rogue-lite elements, horde mode survival, and bullet hell explosions, as well as an endless amount of weapons to experiment with. Your mission is to survive the time-limited game session and collect as much gold as you can so the next survivor can get geared up with better supplies to fight again. It’s vast amounts of fun whether you want to aimlessly plow through vampire armies or dedicate yourself to the best weapons and strategies available.
Vampire Survivors - Early Access Trailer
Psychonauts 2
Psychonauts 2
89 %
4/5
T
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Platform, Adventure
Developer Double Fine Productions
Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Release August 24, 2021
Is 15 years too long to wait for a sequel? That depends on how good the original game is — and Double Fine’s Psychonauts was certainly one of the best in its genre. Psychonauts 2 is finally here, and the familiar formula is back, sure to please fans of the old game while making an excellent introduction to the zany, heartfelt world of Psychonauts. The story picks up soon after the first (and a VR side story that was later released), following a boy named Raz, who has left his circus family to train his psychic powers with the acclaimed Psychonauts organization. Raz’s specialty is entering minds and sorting out hidden traumas so that people (heroes and villains alike) can move on in healthy ways. He uses a wide assortment of psychic powers to defeat literal doubts, fears, and panic attacks while navigating worlds chock-full of collectibles and currency that allow him to upgrade or modify abilities. The platforming in Psychonauts 2 is not only excellent, but insanely inventive, incorporating every kind of movement you can imagine in ways that make the cartoony world both fascinating and emotionally moving (but not too challenging). Combat sometimes seems like an afterthought as a result, but there’s plenty to do for all kinds of gamers. Take a  look at our Psychonauts 2 beginner’s guide to get started.
Read our full Psychonauts 2 review
Psychonauts 2 Announce Teaser!
Hollow Knight
Hollow Knight
92 %
E10
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Nintendo Switch
Genre Platform, Adventure, Indie
Developer Team Cherry
Publisher Team Cherry
Release February 24, 2017
Hollow Knight wears its Super Metroid and Dark Souls influences on its sleeve, but manages to provide an experience all its own. You control a silent, nameless knight, who is tasked with exploring the vast, insect-ridden kingdom of Hallownest. Like any good Metroidvania, Hollow Knight has a vast, interconnected map that you’re free to explore. Although certain areas are locked off in the early game, you’ll quickly begin running from one corner of the map to the other. The title’s open design teaches you by showing. Rather than holding your hand, Hollow Knight asks you to explore and find answers for yourself, resulting in one of the most satisfying experiences of this genre. With Hollow Knight: Silksong on the horizon, now is a great time to play the first game.
Hollow Knight Trailer
The Elder Scrolls
The Elder Scrolls
88 %
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
Release November 10, 2011
There isn’t a reason to split these three Bethesda games apart because they’re all excellent Elder Scrolls titles. Everyone has their reasons for liking one Elder Scrolls game over another, but you really can’t go wrong with any of Bethesda’s open-world epics. Morrowind established the franchise on consoles. Even after nearly 20 years, Morrowind has some of the best writing and world design in the series, and the skill system still holds up. Oblivion pushed the freeform design of Morrowind further, adding more depth and things to do in the world. It also fixed Morrowind’s clunky combat system, lowering the barrier to entry for new players. Then there’s Skyrim, which made Bethesda and Elder Scrolls household names. If you have option paralysis, we recommend starting with Oblivion. Skyrim is a close second, but Oblivion defined the systems and world design that Bethesda built upon in Skyrim. 
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Full Trailer
Mass Effect Legendary Edition
Mass Effect Legendary Edition
92 %
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Strategy, Adventure
Developer BioWare
Publisher Electronic Arts
Release May 14, 2021
If you’re looking for the complete Mass Effect experience with all DLC, upgraded graphics for the latest consoles, and improved systems, then the Legendary Edition is perfect for you. Create your own Commander Shepard, put together teams to fight the galaxy’s most fearsome threat, and chain your key decisions across three games to affect just how it all goes down. Mass Effect remains a pinnacle of RPG storytelling, and as the Legendary version fixes some of the clunkier aspects of earlier games, there’s no better time to jump in. Just make sure you have enough storage space for all three optimized games … it’s a lot of gigs.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition – Offizieller Teaser
Doom Eternal
Doom Eternal
85 %
4.5/5
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Shooter
Developer id Software
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
Release March 19, 2020
In 2016, it seemed impossible to top Id Software’s Doom reboot. The most series fans could have hoped for from a sequel was more of the same. But Doom Eternal pushed further, refusing to conform to the exact same structure that was so successful for 2016’s Doom (both critically and commercially). The gunplay is familiar, but Doom Eternal is bigger and more ambitious. The scale of levels is massive, and Id homed in on the resource management mechanics in Doom. Instead of going from fight to fight until the end of the level, Doom Eternal makes battles interesting by forcing you to use glory kills and your chainsaw to pick up ammo and health. That pushed you into the, as described by id Software, “fun zone.” It turns out that’s a great place to be.
Read our full Doom Eternal review
Doom: Eternal - E3 2018 Trailer
Halo Infinite
Halo Infinite
85 %
4/5
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter, Adventure
Developer 343 Industries
Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Release November 15, 2021
It took some time, but Halo Infinite has finally hit Game Pass in its completed state, including both multiplayer and the campaign. This Halo story has Master Chief saving a youngling AI, fighting new (and old) kinds of enemies, journeying across a large open world (that allows for much more flexible missions that require a little more focus to complete), and using new tools like a grappling/grab hook for all-new combat possibilities. The gameplay is great, and multiplayer is as competitive as ever, though it’s still improving consistently thanks to the updates 343 Industries continues to make. If you like Halo, you’ll find a whole lot to love here.
Read our full Halo Infinite review
Halo Infinite - E3 2019 - Discover Hope
Forza Horizon 5
Forza Horizon 5
85 %
4/5
E
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Racing
Developer Playground Games
Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Release November 09, 2021
Forza is back with its best racing game yet, a beautiful romp primarily focused on the Mexican landscape, with tight controls and tons of stuff to do. There are many, many gaming modes to explore, tours to try out, and options to gather with teammates — or you can face your rivals in all kinds of races. The superb detailing and customization options for your cars, character, and properties are still here, allowing you to spend hours tinkering before hitting the road. Crossplay is also supported with PC, including Steam players, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to earn community currency and spend it on your best look.
Read our full Forza Horizon 5 review
Forza Horizon 5 Official Announce Trailer
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator
91 %
E
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Simulator
Developer Asobo Studio
Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Release August 17, 2020
Microsoft Flight Simulator was already a boon to serious simulator lovers when it first arrived, but the Game of the Year edition hitting Game Pass is a greatly improved experience that’s also friendly if it’s your first simulator and you want to learn the ropes. This edition includes added features like more tutorials to learn all the details, Flight Assistant mode while you’re playing more casually, Map Labels to help you pin down specific spots, Land Anywhere mode to help those still getting the gist, and Discovery Flights for pure exploration. That’s in addition to the multiple world and sim updates that Flight Simulator has received since it came out in mid-2021. It’s one of the best possible times to jump in, especially if you have a Series X that can take advantage of the real-world scenery.
Microsoft Flight Simulator - E3 2019 - Announce Trailer

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