Xbox Game Pass is quickly becoming the Netflix of gaming, offering Xbox One owners a huge buffet of 100-plus digital games for just $10 a month. Better yet, the service will soon get all of Microsoft's big first-party games the same day that they hit stores. This means subscribers essentially get big titles such as Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, and the next Forza and Halo installments for free.
That leaves Xbox owners with an extremely good problem: with so much to play, what's actually worth diving into? From blockbusters like Gears of War and Resident Evil to indie gems such as Limbo and Super Time Force, here are the best games to play on Xbox Game Pass right now.
Halo 5: Guardians is a multiplayer masterpiece, featuring a robust suite of online modes for competitive and casual players alike and some of the tightest shooting to ever grace Microsoft's flagship franchise. Despite its weak story, the game's campaign is a fun, action-packed romp with big set pieces that are especially delightful in four-player co-op. It certainly doesn't hurt that Halo 5 comes optimized for Xbox One X, complete with full 4K support and silky 60-frame-per-second visuals.
Perhaps the defining indie game, Limbo is a harrowing 2D adventure known for its arrestingly bleak art style and challenging puzzle-platforming. This monochromatic masterpiece is a no-brainer for anyone who missed it back in 2010, especially if you're a fan of developer Playdead's more recent 2016 hit, Inside.
Sunset Overdrive is one of the best exclusives on the Xbox One, and by far one of the most criminally underplayed. This off-kilter action romp is essentially Tony Hawk's Pro Skater meets Ratchet & Clank, as you'll chain together rail grinds, wall runs and all kinds of ridiculous weapon attacks as you rack up combos in a colorful open world. The game, which tells a story of a zombie apocalypse spawned by an energy drink, is irreverent and fourth-wall-breaking at every turn, making it the perfect candidate for an afternoon of dumb fun.
Featuring a fresh generation of characters led by Marcus Fenix's son, JD, Gears of War 4 tells a thrilling new story while retaining the series' supremely satisfying third-person cover shooting. The game's multiplayer suite is constantly evolving with new maps, modes and characters, and its Horde 3.0 mode provides endless hours of mowing down monsters in co-op. There's still nothing quite like chainsawing a slimy alien in half.
Part NBA Jam, part Super Smash Bros., #IDARB is one of the Xbox One's most wonderfully weird sports games. This pixelated platformer-meets-basketball-game lets up to eight players duke it out in frenetic team battles, and even integrates with Twitch to let viewers disrupt the action with wild "hashbomb" modifiers. #IDARB's roster consists of everything from indie game avatars to The Walking Dead characters, and there's a robust character creator that you can use to build the 8-bit squad of your dream.
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Soulcalibur II HD is a slick remaster of one of the best 3D-fighting games ever made. This rerelease features the same robust suite of modes as the original console version. And, for the first time, you can play as platform-specific bonus characters Heihachi and Spawn in the same game. Soulcalibur II's weapon-based combat is as much of a joy to play today as it was in 2002, whether you're battling online or in your living room.
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Resident Evil HD is the definitive version of the most iconic horror game out there. Based on the 2002 GameCube remake of the original Resident Evil, this Xbox port adds even slicker visuals and an optional, more-intuitive control scheme that lets you ditch those janky tank controls. But everything else that makes Resident Evil great remains untouched, including its spooky atmosphere, satisfying exploration and puzzles, and unforgettable jump scares.