Best games on Xbox Game Pass to play right now

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Xbox Game Pass is better than it has ever been right now. If you've had your eye on a game you've been waiting to play but couldn't, chances are that it'll drop on Xbox Game Pass sometime soon enough if you're patient. And with an already colossal library, finding a game you've always wanted to play or finding a hidden gem won't be challenging. We've listed our picks for the best games on Xbox Game Pass that are worth checking out; whether you love indie games, action RPGs, or story-heavy games, we've got a game for you. 

And if you've not yet subscribed, then here are the best Xbox Game Pass deals right now, and a look ahead at the upcoming Xbox Series X games and upcoming Xbox One games that may well drop onto Game Pass very soon. We've also got the best games for 10-15 year olds if you need a little age gating. 

25. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

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There is nothing quite like getting stuck into an Assassins Creed game, and Odyssey is one of the best in the franchise. Taking place in Ancient Grece, you play as a young hero trying to carve their way through a raging war between the Athenians and Spartans. Your choices play a big part in this game, as you piece key details of your past together and assassinate members of the order as an assassin for the brotherhood. Assassins Creed Odyssey builds on the RPG mechanics that were introduced in Origns, making for a much more exciting game. 

24. Inside


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Inside is unsettling, and that's what makes it so great. This paired with insanely visually stunning graphics, this game indie game still stands out even six years on. Enter a dark world filled with danger at every corner as our main protagonist tries to make their way through this mysterious world, solving puzzles, hiding and blending in and trying to survive every dangerous obstacle. 

23. Stardew Valley

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If you're looking for a game that gives you a peaceful escape, look no further. Stardew Valley is a simulation game like no other. With RPG elements, you take over your late grandfather's farm, mining, growing, selling produce, and mingling for the townsfolk. This game is filled with little activities for you to do. With multiplayer, this game allows friends to join your farm, distributing the workload, allowing you to have a quaint little life here. 

22. Ni No Kuni Wrath of the Witch Remaster

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With breathtaking animation in collaboration with the amazing Studio Ghibli, Ni No Kuni Wrath of the Witch Remaster is a must-play for those of us who have never played. The story follows Oliver, a young boy who is drawn into a new world filled with friends and foes and hopes of bringing back his mother after a tragic incident. It's heartwarming, beautiful and accompanied by an incredible score done by Joe Hasashi. 

21. Far Cry 5 

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Talking down a cult has never been so satisfying. Far Cry 5 welcomes you to Hope County, Montana, home of a freedom-loving fanatical cult called The Project of Edens Gate, led by their Prophet Joseph Seed. The fifth installment to the Far Cry series is a great starting point for those new to the franchise, with each game its stand-alone installment. Far Cry 5 blends in the fast-paced aspects of an FPS and the world-building of an RPG to make a great game, definitely worth your time.  

20. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy 

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This month, Marvel fans are in luck, as Games Pass has graced us with Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. If you're a fan of the movies or the comics, this is right up your alley. This third-person shooter is tons of fun, keeping the same comedic humor we've grown to love from the films; it's a fun single-player third-person adventure taking you across the cosmos with your crew trying to save the universe. 

19. A Memoir Blue 

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Have a box of tissues on standby for this one. A Memoir Blue follows the memories of Mariam, a champion swimmer and the difficulties in her relationship with her mother. This is an interactive poem which uses breathtaking 2D hand-drawn art and combines it with interactive 3D visuals to swim deep into the memories of Mariam. It's emotional, heartwarming and at times heartbreaking. 

18. Rainbow Six Siege

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Last month we saw Rainbow Six: Extraction come to Game Pass, and now we have Rainbow Six Siege joining. Taking inspiration from real work counter-terrorist organizations, Six Siege puts players into a first-person close-quarters lethal engagement, allowing players to choose from a massive roster of operators with different specialties. This is an intense game that will need you to think and play tactically. 

17.  Mass Effect: Legendary Edition 

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The remaster of the epic sci-fi series is now available on Xbox Game Pass. The first three Mass Effect games have been lovingly remastered and bundled into one phenomenal collection, with the first installment seeing the most significant changes. Initially released in 2007, Mass Effect was praised for its incredible story and world-building, and the remaster has only elevated it. The game follows Commander Shepard, head of the Normandy, as they try to stop Sarane from unleashing an ancient galactic ritual that could destroy the galaxy. This description is just the tip of the iceberg, but anyone who hasn't had the chance to play it now has no excuse. 

16. Immortals Fenyx Rising

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Immortals Fenyx Rising is a fun retelling of greek mythology, narrated by an imprisoned Prometheus to Zeus himself in a very lighthearted comedic way. You play as Fenyx, a moral that has been bestowed with the power of the Gods to defeat Typhon, who plans to destroy the Gods. Immortals Fenyx Rising draws heavy inspiration from Zelda: Breath of the Wind in many gameplay mechanics but does not take itself too seriously with its jokes, funny narration, and supporting characters.  

15. Life is Strange: True Colors

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The third entry to the Life is Strange games is now available on Game Pass, and you don't want to miss this one. Life is Strange: True Colors begins with an all-new playable lead character as they unearth the secrets of this town. This game is emotional and compelling and a must-play if you're into heavy story elements of a game. 

14. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

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Danganronpa became available to Xbox game pass earlier this year, and now Danganronpa 2 has joined. However, this second instalment follows the gameplay similar to its predecessor, with the creepy anthropomorphic bear rerunning the show with a few changes. With a whole new class of students, you're no longer at Hope's Peak Academy but on a tropical island, forced to kill your fellow students. If you enjoyed the first game, this one is right up your alley. 

13. Two Point Campus

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Game Pass never disappoints when it comes to first-day releases of new games, and Two Point Campus joins that growing list. Two Point Campus is the second in the Two Point series. Two Point Campus brings soo much fun to a business management sim, giving you free rein to design a whole university campus. From dorm room layouts, lecture halls, and even bathrooms. All the while monitoring student satisfaction, activities and budgets. Sandbox mode is where it really shines, as you can build the schools of your dream on a bunch of layouts, but if regular schools don't suit you, you are always welcome to manage a Spy School or even a Wizardy school. 

12.  Deathloop 


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Deathloop is arguably one of the best games released last year, and it's finally on Game Pass! You play as Colt, who wakes up on the shore of Black Reef island without a single memory. You're in an endless live-die repeat loop with one goal; take out seven targets or Visionaries before the day ends; otherwise, they are all resurrected, and you'll need to start all over again. Sounds simple enough until Julianna turns up, one of the visionaries and our main antagonists who will show up from nowhere and disrupt your plans. 

11. Disney Dreamlight Valley

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Creating your own Disney village is now a thing, and I think I'm obsessed. Disney Dreamlight Valley is a life-sim adventure game hybrid in the Disney realm. Dreamlight Valley was once a realm where Disney characters, new and old once, lived together until the Forgotten Night. You are tasked with restoring Dreamlight Valley, cleaning up the thorns and bringing back the magic. You do this by going on quests and recruiting Disney fan-favourite characters to move back. Fare warning, this is the early access version of the game – read our Disney Dreamlight Valley review in progress – with the full launch happing next year. 

10. Death Stranding

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Another PlayStation exclusive joins the PC Game Pass roster. Death Stranding plays out slow as a cross-country delivery service but slowly unravels into an incredible game. The game follows Sam Porter Bridges, a post-apocalyptic courier making deliveries bridging the isolated areas of civilization and trying to save their sister. This game will test your patience in more ways than one as you carry out repetitive fetch quests in harsh environments while managing your inventory. 

9. FIFA 22

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If you're a big fan of the FIFA series, you've probably already purchased this game, but if you haven't picked up the game, you're in luck this month. The hugely successful EA football game will end after FIFA 23, so now is the time to put your skills to the test. If you're playing on an Xbox Series X, you'll see a noticeable difference in the gameplay, from the tactical AI to compressed ball control. There are more notable differences to the career mode, allowing you to create your club and select some of the best players from other clubs. 

8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

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This game brings a huge wave of nostalgia for anyone who loves arcade games and beat-em-up style combat. TMNT: Shredder's Revenge is full of 90's aesthetic art style and graphics, making you feel like you are in the arcade with all your friends. Speaking of friends, there is a multiplayer option with up to 6 players. There are two modes, story and classic. Story mode allows you to play at your own pace with checkpoints and classic mode gives you a set time to complete the game, with a limited amount of lives.  

7. It Takes Two

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Teamwork makes the dream work. It Takes Two is arguably one of the best co-op games released this year and a game that takes you on a trip. You play as parents who have been shrunk down into toys, who now have to make their way back home from their shed to their house. Sounds simple, but with anthropomorphic objects and animals making your journey into a wacky adventure this co-op blast will have you and a friend on a bizarre trip encountering puzzles, mazes, and fights with squirrels. 

6. Trek to Yomi

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If you love old samurai movies, you'll love Trek to Yomi. This game brings the stylized genre of classic Japanese films into a game definitely worth your while. Trek to Yomi plays like an old black a white film, with considerable detail placed on the visual aspects of this game, from the black and white grainy effect to the epic cutscenes. The story follows a generic revenge story; however, there are some heavy plot twists to keep you engaged. 

5. Persona 5 Royal

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The Persona games are like no other. The Phantom Thieves are now on Xbox Game Pass, and if you've never played a Persona game, now is your best chance to do so. Royal builds on the already incredible Persona 5 and add more content creating an even better game. Join the Phantom Thieves, a vigilante group set to expose the crimes of corrupt adults, in a sprawling RPG that is guaranteed to be time well spent.

4. Halo Infinite 

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The main campaign that everyone has been waiting for is finally here. Halo has returned, and it's better than ever. Keeping the same tone as previous installments, Halo Infinite improves by giving us an open-world map with new mechanics, allowing you to unlock challenges and new areas of the map. Boss fights are great, too, as each boss makes you use new tactical abilities as each encounter gets increasingly difficult.

3. Hollow Knight

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Explore the dark and beautiful world of Hollow Knight. This 2D Metroidvania is simple and just intense - filled with detail, lore, and history. You explore the catacombs caves of a dark kingdom, fighting bosses, uncovering hidden secrets, and finding loot to help you on your journey. The mechanics are simple, but don't be fooled, this game isn't easy. Fights are all about timing and navigating your way through a maze of tunnels and caves, finding vastly different locations each visually distinctive and stunning.   

2. Mortal Kombat 11

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Mortal Kombat is a beloved game that is nostalgic for many of us. Its gruesome fights and entertaining finishers keep you in awe of these games, and Mortal Kombat 11 is no different. The latest title in the series showcases Mortal Kombat's gory fights with incredible graphics, iconic character designs, and combo moves looking as glorious as ever.  

1. Forza Horizon 5

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Forza Horizon 5 allows you to cruise the breathtaking maps in scenic Mexico. The open-world racing game is bigger and better than the installments before. Continuing with the festival narrative, Playground games have improved on the customization of maps, cars, and playlists, allowing you to sit back and cruise the coastline of Mexico. Forza Horizon keeps its title as one of the best racing games with this new series' entry.

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