Gamepass can be a bit of an unwieldy beast at times. Boasting a list of over 100 games it can be a bit daunting to pick something that will keep you interested all the way through but never fear my loyal followers! I am here to give you a bit of a breakdown of everything featured on the Xbox service that I think you absolutely must play.
These will be ranked in no particular order (Well, mostly Alphabetically I guess as that’s how I ran through the list) but I will try and hit something from every genre, also this will just be the console games for list – for PC gamers I will have a totally fresh list coming in the next couple of weeks!
To put it short, Alan Wake is probably my favourite action horror game of all time. I adore the world, Alan himself and the overall story. In fact I even went as far as wetting myself in glee at the very mention of Bright Falls in Control.
If you are a fan of Action, Story or Horror then you will find a lot to love with Alan Wake.
Children of Morta
I haven’t actually played Children of Morta, WHAT I HEAR YOU CRY? BREAKING YOUR RULE ON THE SECOND ENTRY?
Yeah I am, BUT I know Javier has played it and loved it from what I could see from his review, which you can find here and his opinion alone makes Children of Morta a very easy recommendation for me.
That’s right, I managed to sneak in a game inspired by Dark Souls by entry number 3 and I am not even sorry. There was an argument a while back in Respawning Towers a of Hollow Knight VS Dead Cells to take the throne for best “Metroid-Vania-Souls” (a rather cumbersome title if you ask me but here we are) and Dead Cells was always my pick.
Chipping just a little further every time, gaining new weaponry, armour and powers Dead Cells epitomises what makes Dark Souls so special and puts it in a cute little Metroid-Vania package that’s well worth your time.
Our very own Will often shouts from the rooftops at night (if you are reading this at night and are ever so quiet you might just hear him now) that Dishonored 2 is one of the greatest games of all time and one of 3 games that he will endlessly play and never grow bored of. This alone makes Dishonored 2 worth recommending but it’s also my own joy with the franchise that brings this to the foreground.
Dishonored 2 is easily the best thing Bethesda have put out this generation and the fact that it is currently free with gamepass is a war crime of the highest accord – simply because Arkane deserves every single one of your pennies for this game.
Dragon Quest 11
Easily my favourite JRPG of this generation, Dragon Quest 11 doesn’t try to do anything new to the genre and instead focuses its efforts on what makes the genre so loved and special in the first place. Boasting gorgeous worlds, beautifully drawn characters and a classic turn based battle system that had me shouting with Joy – Dragon Quest 11 is easily worth 90 hours of your time and you won’t regret a single minute of it.
Fallout New Vegas
New Vegas is the only Fallout game I have never actually finished. I poured dozens of hours into it but when the time came to finally choose a faction, I just couldn’t make the choice and I never played the game ever again.
Well… now that I am older and somewhat wiser (as if) Gamepass has presented me with the opportunity to have another go at New Vegas and finally see it through to it’s epic conclusion. Its one of the few games I really want to go back and play through all 50 hours again to see the end – so you should too.
Final Fantasy VII, IX and XV.
I don’t know if you know this from my many, many, many articles on the franchise but Luke likes Final Fantasy games. Arguably my favourite franchise of all time I can never get enough of Square Enix’ flagship franchise and Gamepass presents you with the opportunity to finally dive into these fantastic stories.
Gears of War 1-4
I don’t like Gears 5 and that’s why it hasn’t appeared on this list however, I have poured countless hours into Gears 1-4 and I love them all equally. Gears of War is the only franchise I was genuinely sad about missing out on when I chose PS4 this generation – so having the chance to replay the entire franchise for free thanks to gamepass has been a godsend for me.
Also for friends who have friends who have Gamepass for PC, both Gears 4 and Gears 5 are crossplay! So enjoy.
Survival games are ten a penny now and everywhere I turn there seems to be a new one coming out on all consoles and PC. Grounded does it all a little different though and instead shrinks you down to live amongst the bugs with an ever expanding garden landscape. Crafting weapons and armour from bugs and running away from Spiders – Survival never felt so good.
Hellblade: Senuas Sacrifice
I love Hellblade. I was so late to this game and almost totally missed it until the sequel was announced a little ways back, so I finally dived into the game. I was told to play this with headphones on and I was not disappointed.
I wont say too much about Hellblade other than go and play one of the best Viking stories of this generation.
Not much else to say here than what I said about Dead Cells. It’s prettier and the world is nicer though.
So that’s it for Part 1 of Gamepass games you can’t pass on! If you liked this and managed to smash through ALLLLL the games above then stay tuned next week for Part 2!