Rightfully described by some as "Netflix for gamers," the Xbox Game Pass packs an absurd amount of value into its monthly subscription. Users are granted on-demand access to a rotating catalog of more than a hundred games, featuring everything from big-budget triple-A titles to the trendiest indie releases. Whether you're looking for a new first-person shooter to dominate, or an engrossing RPG to immerse yourself into, you'll definitely find something to your liking.
The fact that the selections tend to be transient might initially be a turn-off, but don't fret. Titles tend to hang out in the Game Pass catalog for a good, long time, and if you like a title enough to own it permanently, discounts are offered for featured games. In a nutshell, Game Pass is absolutely worth the price for entry, and then some. But don't take our word for it! Keep scrolling and check out the ten hottest titles available to play on Xbox's Game Pass right now.
10 Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
The Handsome Collection is an absurdly cool inclusion to Game Pass, as it packs an insane amount of gameplay value into one nice, neat little downloadable package, and it's the perfect complement to the recent release of Borderlands 3.
Including remastered versions of both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (as well as most of the associated DLC), the Handsome Collection will keep you shooting and looting well past your heart's content with its double helping of Borderlands content.
9 Halo Wars 2
Though consoles aren't typically known for their RTS offerings, the Halo Wars series successfully breaks the mold by bringing a fast-paced and engaging strategy experience that's not only a blast to play but manages to tell a great, self-contained story within the Halo universe.
The controls can take some getting used to, but altogether they gel surprisingly well on the Xbox controller. Even cooler is the fact that Halo Wars 2 is cross-platform with the PC version, meaning that whether your friends are playing on PC or Xbox, you can link up with them for some co-op or competitive action.
8 Metro Exodus
After two thrilling titles set within the dank confines of the post-nuclear Moscow metro, Metro Exodus did the only reasonable thing left to do and... well, left the metro. Continuing the saga of survivor extraordinaire Artyom, Metro Exodus is everything fans loved about the original survival-horror masterpieces preceding it, but bigger and better.
Featuring bigger and more open environments, Metro Exodus really shows off its penchant for gripping scenery and aesthetics in ways that they simply couldn't with 2033 and Last Light. Definitely an absolute must-play for fans of the series.
7 Fallout 4
What's left to say about Fallout 4 at this point? Bethesda's array of massive, open-world RPGs are always huge timesinks in the best way possible, and the fourth chapter in the Fallout franchise is absolutely no exception to that rule. If you've got Game Pass, and you need an RPG to immerse yourself in, you can't do much better. Not until they rotate Skyrim in, anyway.
In the event that you've been living under a rock, you can now conveniently install an incredibly vast array of console-friendly mods right from the main menu, infinitely expanding the already nearly endless replayability of this tongue-in-cheek post-apocalyptic survival masterpiece.
It's Minecraft. While it feels as if that should be enough explanation, there's always the slim possibility that there's still someone out there who doesn't know what that entails. To put it simply, unless you're the worst of party-pooping contrarians, you can find a way to have fun with it, because you essentially make your own.
Just want to build cool stuff? Hop into Creative Mode and do whatever your heart desires. Need something a little more challenging? Boot into Survival Mode and test your luck against the hostile creatures and the elements. In the mood for something different? Check out loads of community content and custom servers to see just how modular and crazy Minecraft can get. The world's pretty much your oyster here.
5 Sea of Thieves
While critics initially panned Sea of Thieves for its high price tag and relatively low amount of static content, Rare has really been putting in the hours when it comes to filling out its free-roaming pirate simulator, and it's better than ever.
The price tag really isn't too much of a concern if you're currently a Game Pass subscriber. Whether you want to go at it solo or join up with a crew of your friends, the charming aesthetic design and surprisingly detailed sailing mechanics are entirely worth a swing if you're even remotely into pirates. Don't let the console-PC barrier stop you if you're wanting to play with your friends, as Sea of Thieves is cross-platform.
4 Doom (2016)
2016's revival of the original demon-slaying frag festival absolutely turned the world of first-person shooters on its head in a way that can only be compared to the way its 1993 ancestor did. Doom is a high-octane bloodbath that few of its contemporary competitors can even pretend to hold a candle to.
For those who somehow managed to miss this one the first time around, you owe it to yourself to experience its visceral, pulse-pounding action and surprisingly excellent storytelling. If you happen to be a Game Pass subscriber, you really don't have an excuse.
3 Monster Hunter: World
Monster Hunter: World is easily the biggest and most ambitious entry in the series thus far, and it's difficult to pinpoint a way in which it manages to disappoint its fans. This is one ARPG that is so well designed it's tempting to say that it's almost too good to be offered on Game Pass, but that seems a little self-defeating.
Graphically, it's absolutely stunning, and there's so much challenging and deliciously grindy content to tackle for dozens upon dozens of hours. Not to mention its incredibly intuitive, pick-up and drop-in multiplayer functionality.
2 Gears 5
Chances are that if you're a Gears of War fan, you've already picked up Game Pass for this very reason. And if you're not, now is a great time to become one since you can play the virtual entirety of the Gears franchise on Game Pass right now.
Gears 5's campaign is surprisingly well written, maintaining all the grit and glory that the series is known for. The gameplay, naturally, sticks to its guns with the sticks-and-stones third-person, cover-based shooting that the franchise has always done so well, while still managing to make it feel cleaner and more refined than previous iterations.
1 The Master Chief Collection
The Master Chief Collection being on Game Pass is fantastic for two primary reasons. Firstly, it is a truly massive amount of content, holding four (five if you count ODST, though that's DLC) of the mainline Halo games into one bundle. Second, if you're not already a Halo fan, then Game Pass allows you to experience the literal entirety of the mainline Halo saga because it also happens to include the latest entry in the franchise, Halo 5: Guardians.
It's also worth noting that 343 is in the process of adding Halo: Reach to the MCC lineup, adding even more playability to this already resplendent package of content. Needless to say, that's an awful lot of gaming, and likely the crown jewel of Game Pass offerings.