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The best games on Xbox Game Pass right now (May 2024)

Key art for Starfield
Bethesda Game Studios

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 on Xbox and PC, and some even have cross-save support. Most of the games are available for streaming on mobile, too, as long as you have Game Pass Ultimate. The Game Pass library is also constantly changing, so check out our monthly guide for addition and removal announcements.

Starfield

Starfield
48%
3.5/5
M
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer
Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher
Bethesda Softworks
Release
September 06, 2023
The biggest game for Xbox, and one of the biggest in a packed 2023, has to be Starfield. This latest Bethesda RPG isn’t quite Skyrim in space but shares all the DNA you love of those games in a sci-fi package. You’re free to carve your own path through the universe, joining factions, building outposts, crafting ships, and exploring hundreds of planets. There are hundreds of hours to spend here if you like what the game offers, and the main quest alone is well worth the time. However, don’t be surprised if you get sidetracked more than once. If you’re a Bethesda fan or just want a massive RPG, this game alone is a reason to subscribe.
Starfield – Official Announcement Teaser

Sea of Stars

Sea of Stars
94%
4/5
E10
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Turn-based strategy (TBS), Adventure, Indie
Developer
Sabotage
Publisher
Sabotage
Release
August 28, 2023
On the other end of the RPG spectrum, Sea of Stars is a love letter to the classic JRPGs of the 16-bit era. If you enjoyed games like Final Fantasy 6 and Chrono Trigger, you’re almost guaranteed to fall in love with this game. The turn-based combat takes elements from Mario RPG but modernizes them and everything around it, such as movement and progression, to make an adventure that is as cozy in tone as it is to play. This game won’t take you long, but it doesn’t waste a second of your time.
Sea of Stars - Reveal Trailer (Now on Kickstarter!)

Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun

Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun
81%
M
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Shooter, Indie, Arcade
Developer
Auroch Digital
Publisher
Focus Entertainment
Release
May 23, 2023
The Warhammer franchise spans just about every genre imaginable. However, it feels most at home in the retro-inspired boomer shooter Warhammer 40k: Boltgun. If you have any love for the classic Doom or Duke Nukem games, Boltgun will blow your socks off. It retains the chunky look and feel of blasting gruesome enemies with massive weaponry but controls like a modern title. It is a fast, brutal, and addictive game that is just pure action from start to finish. If you need a power fantasy, look no further.
Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun - Reveal Trailer

MLB The Show 24

MLB The Show 24
E
Platforms
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Simulator, Sport
Developer
SIE San Diego Studio
Publisher
Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release
March 19, 2024
It’s only been four years since Xbox players have even had the chance to play the Show series, but so far each entry has been a day one inclusion on Game Pass, and MLB the Show 24 keeps that tradition alive. As far as the game is concerned, well, it’s baseball! This is the premier MLB simulation game, and obviously, being the newest entry makes it the most realistic and content-filled package yet. Take your new player from the minor leagues all the way up to a pro-level to see if you can win it all at the World Series.
MLB The Show 24 – Gameplay Trailer

SuperHot: Mind Control Delete

SuperHot: Mind Control Delete
77%
T
Platforms
Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre
Shooter, Puzzle, Indie
Developer
SUPERHOT Team
Publisher
SUPERHOT Team
Release
July 16, 2020

Hopefully you’ve already experienced the masterpiece that is the original Superhot, but if not, you won’t be lost jump into the standalone expansion Superhot: Mind Control Delete. Either way, this takes the same addictive combat arenas where you deftly dismantle and outsmart all your adversaries by planning out every step you take, bullet you fire, and punch you throw. Time only moves when you do, so if you get overwhelmed, just stop to take in your surroundings to figure out the best plan of action. It is the perfect blend of shooter and puzzle game.

SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE | Reveal Trailer | Out July 16th

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)

Little Kitty, Big City

Little Kitty, Big City
E
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre
Simulator, Adventure, Indie
Developer
Double Dagger Studio
Publisher
Double Dagger Studio
Release
May 09, 2024
Cats have owned the internet for years, and are slowly taking over gaming as well. Little Kitty, Big City is the latest game to celebrate our feline friends in a whimsical and colorful adventure. You take control of an adorable kitten who needs to explore a large city and recruit the help of other friendly animals to try to make your way back home. Of course, being a cat, you won’t take the most direct approach to this. You are free to hunt birds, steal food, play with your tail, and cause general mischief along the way. Oh, and wear tons of cute hats of course.
Little Kitty, Big City clips for #PitchYaGame

Hi-Fi Rush

Hi-Fi Rush
95%
T
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Music, Platform, Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure
Developer
Tango Gameworks
Publisher
Bethesda Softworks
Release
January 25, 2023
Shadow-dropped at Microsoft’s Developer_Direct event at the end of January, Hi-Fi Rush has become an immediate banger on Game Pass. The rhythm-action game follows a young man named Chai who fights with an electric guitar. Everything moves to the game’s beat, including enemy attacks, cutscenes, and dungeon traps. It also has a combat-grading system like in the Devil May Cry franchise. Chai isn’t alone in his fights; he also has comrades such as his cat, 808.
Hi-Fi Rush - Reveal Trailer | Xbox & Bethesda Dev Direct 2023

Control

Control
83%
M
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre
Shooter, Adventure
Developer
Remedy Entertainment
Publisher
505 Games
Release
August 27, 2019

With Alan Wake 2 out, even more people have been exposed to the connected universe of Remedy games. If you happened to miss the studio’s last game, Control, now is the perfect time to go back. Set in a shifting and mysterious building known as The Oldest House, you will use supernatural powers to fight and explore the creepy halls filled with notes about strange objects with obscure powers. The included DLC also features a certain writer that adds a bit of context to that game as well.

CONTROL Announcement Trailer - E3 2018 - ESRB

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
82%
4/5
T
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Adventure
Developer
Respawn Entertainment
Publisher
Electronic Arts
Release
April 28, 2023
Cal’s story was far from over at the end of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. This sequel picks up five years after the first game’s conclusion, and things have only gotten worse for our lonely Jedi. However, hope emerges when Cal discovers a potential safe haven from the Empire where he and his friends can finally live free of fear. Nothing is that easy, of course, and Cal will go on a sprawling adventure through the galaxy to explore new planets, earn new Jedi powers, and face even more deadly foes. This is one of the best Star Wars stories we’ve had in years, games or otherwise, plus a satisfying and challenging action-adventure game in its own right.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor - Official Teaser

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider
82%
M
Platforms
Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac
Genre
Shooter, Platform, Puzzle, Adventure
Developer
Crystal Dynamics, Feral Interactive
Publisher
Square Enix, Feral Interactive, Feral Interactive
Release
March 04, 2013
The most recent trilogy of Tomb Raider games kicked off in 2013 with a bang. This first entry introduces us to a new Lara on her first adventure. While the story itself has a few pacing issues in the early hours in showing her transition from a normal scholar into a deadly hunter, the cast and the more intimate plot make for a fantastic ride. It takes many cues from the Uncharted series in terms of puzzles, platforming, and shooting, but with some fun additions in crafting, skills, and wider explorable areas. Despite being over a decade old, this updated version still looks and plays amazing and is an excellent adventure for Xbox fans.
Tomb Raider: "Survivor" Trailer - [NA]

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 various 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.
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.
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.
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.
Forza Horizon 5 Official Announce Trailer

Lil Gator Game

Lil Gator Game
72%
E
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Platform, Adventure, Indie
Developer
MegaWobble
Publisher
Playtonic Friends
Release
December 14, 2022
This pick is for the whole family. Lil Gator Game plops you into a small open world where you must explore all around in a somewhat Zelda-like adventure to help all the inhabitants. Each character you meet is cute, charming, and has a different quest for you to complete for them and become friends. This is a sweet, breezy, and intentionally not that difficult game —  perfect to cleanse your palette.
Lil Gator Game Announcement Trailer

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