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Best games on Xbox Game Pass to play right now

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If you've ever wanted to get a game on release but never got round to doing so, Xbox Game Pass comes in the clutch more than you think. With same-day releases and others games being added somewhere down the line, it's always a safe bet to have a subscription. And with an already colossal library, finding a game you've always wanted to play or finding a hidden gem couldn't be easier. 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. A Way Out 

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2018's A Way Out still holds up as an incredible, story-driven co-op game. This is a great experience to play with a friend you’ve got a lot of trust in. This prison escape game has a variety of ways to keep you entertained, with mini-games and puzzles, as you play as two men who go about almost everything differently. It can sometimes be a little cliche with the characters, but nevertheless, a great story that will keep you and a buddy engaged.

24. Outriders

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Sci-fi epic PVE co-op shooter Outriders takes you into deep space, introducing you to new worlds, creatures, and all the ways space colonization can go wrong. You wake up 30 years in the future, after being comatose, to find yourself in the middle of a war showing us humanity's worst side (again). You have four different classes to pick from to help you fight your way through enemies and monsters.  

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. Zero Escape: The Nonary games

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Visual novels are always a great way to get you fully immersed in a story without some heavy gameplay. Game Pass has two installments from the Nonary games. Virtue'sVirtue's Last Resort and 9 hours 9 people and nine doors. These are escape room visual novels that are very dark and intense. As per the usual visual novel style, you get to choose your route due to your choices in the game, leading to several possible endings.  

21. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

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Few RPGs have ever garnered the fervor of Skyrim. Despite a buggy launch, especially for PS3 players, the game has withstood the test of time for its impeccable sense of a real, lived-in world. Whether it's your first time arriving in the chillier region of Tamriel or you're loading up a saved game with hundreds of hours poured in, it's interesting to revisit the game, now almost a decade old, and see how it still holds up in most ways.

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. Warhammer 40,000: Battle Sector

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A turn-based strategy game like no other. The most popular miniature wargame in the world now has a new game added to the roster. With an intense campaign with 20 missions and multiplayer options, you'll be hard stuck to find nothing to do. Customize your forces, deploy your army, and fight for victory in this action-packed game.  

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. Weird West 

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Weird West is a mysterious supernatural western-style immersive sim. The story follows five different characters with their own story and skills and throws you into a bizarre world filled with bandits and supernatural creatures. This game gives you the freedom to go about the story in your way, whether in guns blazing or going the stealth route in the dead of night.   

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. GTA: San Andreas 

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All three classic GTA games have been remastered, but GTA: San Andreas is the only one available on Games Pass and, to some, it's arguably the best in the trilogy. Revisiting the mean streets of San Andreas, this beloved entry scratches that itch of nostalgia fans have for this PS2 classic. The remaster improves on the older clunky game mechanics, and gives the game a fresh coat of color.

13. Shredders

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If you are into something a little less intense with the story, Shredders is a great game to chill out to. Defy gravity by doing sick tricks in the snowy mountains, completing missions, and earning achievements with some great music. A great choice if you're looking for something a little less intense.  

12.  Hitman Trilogy 

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If you love stealth missions, Hitman is for you. Play as Agent 47, as you take on missions worldwide as an assassin for a group known as "the organization". This series is slow-paced, stealthy, and all about timing. This game plays like an assassin movie as you navigate different missions, trying to gain access into restricted areas, wear a disguise and take out your targets, all the while uncovering a huge conspiracy.  

11. Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion

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This is quite possibly the most uniquely fun game out right now. This 2D adventure has you playing as a turnip who has been evicted from their home due to unpaid taxes. With no hope left, you go on a crime spree destroying everything in your path, including government documents, essentially paying the world back in the most unconventional way. Along the way, you hunt for treasure, solve some puzzles and bring down a corrupt government. 

10. Hades

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It takes all of five minutes to see and really feel what makes Hades special. With an incredibly diverse cabinet of weapons to unlock and try out, plus ample other upgrades that keep you moving upward to ultimate success ever so slightly, Hades is one of the hardest games to put down once you jump in.

9. NBA 2K22

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Sports games come out almost annually, and if you didn't get round to buying this instalment when it was out, you're in luck now as it's available on Game Pass. Not much has changed with NBA 2K22, but it's still great fun, with new modes and the career path having some notable changes. Jump in with some friends and see who has the best free throws. 

8. Dragon Ball FightersZ

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Based on the hugely successful anime series, Dragon Ball FighersZ is a very well-done fighting game. Play as your favorite characters in a 3v3 match to see who wins. The controls are simple, but pack a punch, with combo moves and special attacks, this game can do it as well as some of the best in its genre. You can't forget the main campaign, which essentially feels like a cannon arc of the original series, with some incredible fights of course.  

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. Control

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Control is a video game for almost every kind of gamer. Do you want dazzling third-person shooter gameplay? It's got it. Do you want an intoxicating story rich with lore? IThis is Remedy we're talking about. Do you want DLC that alters what you think you know about the characters, the strange world they inhabit, and what may come next? Control plays out like a New Weird mystery box filled with style and substance in equal abundance. It should not be missed.

5. Final Fantasy 13

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If you're a fan of Final Fantasy, then Final Fantasy 13 is definitely worth your time. Being the main game in the Fabula Nova Crystallis game series, Final Fantasy 13 follows the journey of Lightning, a member of the Guardian Corps military forces who goes rogue when her sister Serah is branded an enemy. The game still looks visibly incredible, even after 13 years, with the turn-based combat being dynamic and engaging. Additionally, the sequel game is now available for those still wanting more. 

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.

Mark Delaney

Mark Delaney is a prolific copywriter and journalist. Having contributed to publications like GamesRadar+ and Official Xbox Magazine, writing news, features, reviews, and guides, he has since turned his eye to other adventures in the industry. In 2019, Mark became OpenCritic's first in-house staff writer, and in 2021 he became the guides editor over at GameSpot. 

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