12 Must Play Games For New Game Pass Subscribers

The number of Xbox Game Pass subscribers continues to reach record levels, with over 18 million players now using the service. As Game Pass continues to add even more benefits and new games to the catalog, those numbers are sure to continue to rise. If you’re new to the Xbox family are or just now jumping on the Game Pass bandwagon you may be wondering where to even begin, with over 400 games available to choose from it can be a bit overwhelming. Lucky for you, we’re here to help with our picks for the 12 must play games to download for new subscribers!

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Whether you’re new to Xbox or just looking to relive the glory days of Halo LAN parties in your college dorm, The Master Chief Collection is an amazing package that gives you more Halo than you’ll know what to do with. Forget all of the stories about the game’s troubled launch and broken multiplayer, 343 Studios has worked tirelessly in the years since launch to fix and polish all of the issues. From Halo: Combat Evolved to Halo 4 and everything in between, this is a great collection to get your Game Pass catalog started.

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One of the best co-op games available to play with your family, Minecraft Dungeons appeals to both fans of Minecraft as well as dungeon crawlers like Diablo. It’s accessible enough for younger players to get into but also deep enough to entertain mom and dad. A bright colorful world, fun weapons and enemies to fight, and that classic Minecraft charm make from a great family game night.

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One the best and most unique single player action adventure games to come around in years, Control is the latest from developer Remedy (Alan Wake, Quantum Break) and is possibly their finest game to date. As Jesse Faden, you’ll harness amazing powers and wild weaponry to fight back the supernatural menace that threatens the Federal Bureau of Control. And with some of the best art design in recent memory, the game is as fun to look at as it is to play.

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For a casual online game night with some friends, you won’t find a game much more fun than Sea of Thieves. Rare’s open world pirate epic is perfect whether you’re looking to get into some intense battles against an army of skeleton raiders or just toss back a few drinks, sing some sea shanties, and see who can fall off of the ship drunk first. I guarantee that when you get a few friends together and take to the high seas you’ll definitely have a good time and plenty of laughs.

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With all of the drama surrounding developer CD Projekt Red and their latest release, Cyberpunk 2077, it would be easy to forget that they created what is widely considered one of the greatest RPGs of the last decade. The Witcher 3 is an absolute master class in storytelling and writing, and is a must play for role playing fans. There’s so much to do in this beautifully created world than you may well spend 100’s of hours discovering all that it has to offer.

Available on: PC

We’ve all been stuck in the house for the past 12 months, staring out of the window and dreaming of the vacations that we can’t go on right now. And while Microsoft Flight Simulator can’t recreate the wonder of overpriced hotel drinks and bad sunburns, it can amazingly recreate the joy of flying around the world. The first game to truly take advantage of cloud technology in an impressive way, Flight Sim will leave you in awe as you fly the friendly skies and go wherever you dream of.

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One of the lesser known games on this list, Night in the Woods doesn’t wow you with big action set pieces or jaw dropping visuals, but it does feature some of the best writing and most memorable characters in an indie game in years. The tale of a young girl (cat) who returns to her hometown after leaving school and discovering that things aren’t what they used to be, it’s a deceptively deep and moving tale considering it’s a bunch of cartoony animals running around.

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The Forza series has firmly established themselves as the best racing series around. Period. If you’re a diehard racing fanatic who revels in the tiniest of details, you play Forza motorsport. If you’re more of an action racing fan who wants big thrills and gorgeous scenery, then Forza Horizon is the game for you. The latest entry in that series is just about as good as racing gets, and a must play for fans of the genre.

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One of our personal favorite developers, Dontnod is the team responsible for the incredible Life is Strange series. While Tell Me Why is a shorter experience, and therefore doesn’t quite pack the emotional punch of that other series, it’s still a fantastic story with great and memorable characters and that supernatural twist that you’ve come to expect from a Dontnod game. If you love narrative adventures, you won’t want to miss out on the tale of the Ronan siblings.

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As far as video game compilations go, Rare Replay is one of the best there’s ever been. The catalog of classic runs deep with games like Perfect Dark, Banjo Kazooie, Viva Pinata, Battletoads, Blast Corps, Conker, and more. Whether you are a longtime Rare fan from back in the 8 bit era or are new to their franchises, this collection is a great addition to your game library that will keep you busy and entertaining for hours on end.

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Truly one of the most brilliant and imaginative games I’ve played in recent memory, Outer Wilds is one of those games that I wish I could completely forget about to experience again for the first time. You’ll explore a small galaxy of planets, discovering the secrets of a lost society, and reliving each day, Groundhog’s Day style, after the sun explodes over and over again. The true brilliance of this game only becomes apparent after sticking with it for awhile, so once you start, stick with it until the end. You won’t regret it.

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Probably the best castleroids style game of all time (Yes, that includes the Metroid and Castlevania games themselves), Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a truly stunning achievement. The art direction and music are all top tier, it controls like an absolute dream, and the story is surprisingly moving and emotional. If you even remotely enjoy 2D platformers, this is an absolute must play without hesitation.


Picking 12 games on Game Pass was hard than I expected. There are so many gems to play I didn’t even get to games like Gears of War, Destiny 2, Skyrim, or the Mass Effect and Dead Space trilogies. Needless to say that if you’re a new subscriber, you’ll have more than enough games to keep you entertained all year long. And then some.

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