Xbox Game Pass – Our 10 Must Play Titles

Thought the Xbox Game Pass was just for console users? Well think again! With hundreds of free games to choose from so long as you are subscribed, Xbox Game Pass is a must have for any gaming enthusiast. Think of it as a Netflix library but for games, who doesn’t remember popping down to blockbusters to rent a game for the week? Well it has become so much easier now. With many games becoming available in the library on the release day such as Gears 5 and Halo Infinite.

For just £1 for 3 months (as of 11/02/2021) and £7.99 per month after that, the Xbox Game Pass is an absolute steal!

Now you’re probably thinking “This sounds like a fantastic deal but where do I begin?”. Well here’s our breakdown of 10 must play games you can download right now from the Xbox Game Pass library

10. Among US

Now unless you’ve been living under a rock since the pandemic hit, then you would have heard of Among Us. Gather up to 9 friends and prepare yourself for this incredible social experience. This title is all about teamwork, deception and detection in which the unannounced imposters attempt to stealthily sabotage the team. This very easy to pick up game is guaranteed to get your heart racing with it’s simple yet irresistible game play. Plus it is incredibly accessible due to also being available to play on mobile.

9. Human Fall Flat

Keeping with the trend of having a laugh with your friends, Human Fall Flat is a more mellow take which combines puzzle solving with quirky controls to create a very entertaining yet at times mentally challenging experience. Think Fall Guys meets Portal (without the portals). Bear in mind that this game is designed to be completed solo but adding a few mates in does make things easier but certainly adds to the fun!

8. Minecraft

An absolute staple in this day and age, almost a decade on. This sandbox block-building-adventure game hosts a multitude of different content. Whether it’s throwing together a simple mud hut and delving into the mines for those precious diamonds or honing your engineering skills to automate an entire farm with the use of pistons and redstone. Minecraft thrives off it’s community from recreating a picture-perfect Mordor to the endless library of custom themed survival maps. The possibilities are endless, which explains why it is still one of the most popular games to date.

7. ARK: Survival Evolved

Now what if you combined Minecraft with Jurassic Park? Well here’s your answer. You begin your journey on an island, empty handed and in close proximity to dinosaurs (hopefully the gentle kind). You are tasked to build a basecamp to stay alive. From there you can learn to tame a whole range of prehistoric creatures just like Chris Pratt. Oh, and did I mention it’s an open-world MMO with an online mode in which you compete with up to 100 other players?

6. Doom Eternal

Having released early last year and being added to the Xbox Game Pass 7 months later, it goes to show how great value the subscription is.

If you are looking for a fast-paced shoot em up, so intense you’ll be leaning in so far forward, your nose is touching your monitor – this is the game for you. Picking up from Doom (2016), the demons have overrun Earth and how do you take it back? Simple, slay them all! The incredibly satisfying gameplay consisting of super shotguns, fiery grappling hooks and dashes is bound to have you hooked (if you pardon the pun).

5. Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Yet another demonstration of the true value of the Game Pass. Giving you access to the entire franchise whether you’re a Halo veteran looking to replay the series once more, or a newcomer who just wants to see what the fuss is about. Oh, and not to mention that the newest addition “Halo Infinite” will be available from release day later this year.

This deluxe package rammed full of amazing gameplay, top tier multiplayer combat and immersive co-op experience has plenty to keep you busy until the launch of Halo Infinite.

4. Sea of Thieves

Yar har diddly dee, which game is next on the list for me? Well it’s Sea of Thieves of course!

If you haven’t played since it’s release in 2018, it’s best you come back aboard. Having undergone a ship load of changes and updates in collaboration with its community, it is constantly developing and is definitely worth another shot.

Live out your pirating fantasy with your friends or solo as you fight off like minded plunderers and become a pirate legend just like Cpt Jack Sparrow. The vast open world is filled with unspoiled islands, a unique story-driven campaign, skeleton crews, sharks and most of all TREASURE!

3. Forza Horizon 4

As the go to racing game for the Xbox platform, Forza Horizon 4 encompasses everything from the previous titles to make it hard to take your hands off the wheel. With stunning visuals, audio and extensive list of customisable cars, this game is completed with it’s shifting seasons and refreshing challenges.

Nothing beats plugging in your steering wheel and peddle and just tearing round a race track. The experience is thrilling with the ability to cruise around the open world with other players, racing against them on world renowned tracks or even against a Vulcan jet?!

2. Kingdom Hearts 3

After its long-awaited release, Kingdom Hearts 3 certainly delivered. If you are new to the series, it may start off a little slow as it sets the scene during the intro. Past that, you will find yourself in the charming, wonderful world of Disney. Its incredibly immersive nature, fluid combat system and skill customisation is magical and I couldn’t bring myself to stop playing. Ever excited to find out what happens next in the story as you travel throughout all your favourite Disney films such as Big Hero 6, Frozen and Monsters Inc. You will fight alongside Donald and Goofy to save the universe from the seekers of darkness.

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Arguably the best RPG of all-time, even if you only play 1 game from the whole list – this had better be it.

Don’t fear if you haven’t played the previous titles (nor have I), The Witcher 3 is an experience not to be missed. Living the life of Geralt of Rivia in a world full of breathtaking fantasy, epic monster battles and with a story to match. Allow yourself to get lost in its near endless possibilities with each character having their own personality and side quests which put the main narrative of other games to shame. There’s a reason its had its own Netflix series take the world by storm, not to mention being created by the same team as Cyberpunk 2077 which has been a turning point for RPGs in its own right.

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