Given its ease of access to games, Xbox Game Pass is borrowing a page from streaming services such as Disney+ and Netflix. Players can select from an extensive catalog consisting of over one-hundred games, install them, then play them for a low monthly fee.
PlayStation's PlayStation Now service has struggled to keep up with Xbox Game Pass, which has an abundance of current-gen games to play. With highly acclaimed exclusives, PC compatibility, and cloud streaming on the horizon, Xbox Game Pass is more than relevant in the gaming world. These are the ten best PC games on Xbox Game Pass. Enjoy!
10 Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition
It's been a long while since we've seen developments in the Age of Empires series. Along with the release of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition came the announcement of Age of Empires 4.
This time around, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is remastered in gorgeous 4K Ultra HD. With new content and all the fun of the original game, the definitive edition is the best way to experience Age of Empires II. We don't know if Age of Empires 4 will come to Xbox, but in the meantime, we can take comfort in playing this timeless classic.
9 The Outer Worlds
A runaway success, The Outer Worlds proves that developer Obsidian Entertainment is relevant. As a development company behind games such as Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords and Fallout: New Vegas, this game takes the role-playing genre to a new plateau.
It's a spacefaring game with a player-driven story. Working with rival factions forces the player to make tough decisions. The Outer Worlds is a masterpiece, and it's available on Xbox Game Pass for PC.
8 Blair Witch
After a string of horror games with cheesy plots, Blair Witch comes as a breath of hair-raising cold air. The game is less cheesy than it is horrific. Who would've imagined that a game with a significant focus on running in the woods could be so enjoyable?
Blair Witch is the horror game we were waiting for, and it's part of Xbox Game Pass for PC. There are numerous horror games on Xbox Game Pass, but none of them are as immersive as Blair Witch.
7 Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
This Metroidvania, led by Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi, may have better flow than the Castlevania games. The colossal boss fights, weapon variety, and ultra-smooth animations make Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night stick out in a saturated Metroidvania genre. It's a game you won't want to put down.
While Hollow Knight and Dead Cells are also two extraordinary 2D platformers, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night appeals to a broader player base. Regardless, all three games are exceptional and are ready for download from Xbox Game Pass.
6 Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's works will want to delve into Middle-earth: Shadow of War's expanded story. Although the game is not canon, Middle-earth: Shadow of War uses many of the people and places from The Lord of the Rings.
As part of Xbox Game Pass, this game offers open-world role-playing in the heart of Middle-earth. As the sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, it's improved combat system gives it tremendous replay value. Simply stated, it has a little something for everyone.
5 Forza Horizon 4
This racing game series has released hit after hit, and Forza Horizon 4 is no exception. An extensive lineup of vehicles to choose from and possibly the most expansive open-world makes this game stand out.
Colliding with objects in the game rewards you with points. It's one of the few racing games that make crashing fun. On a technical level, it is highly advanced and delivers some of the best online multiplayer for a racing game. If you haven't played Forza Horizon and you own an Xbox, you are missing out!
4 Gears 5
The latest installment in the Gears of War series is undoubtedly the biggest step up in gameplay. According to nintendolife.com, "The Co-Op Mechanics Of Gears 5's Robot Assistant Were Inspired By Super Mario Galaxy." It's also been observed that the game takes after Super Mario Odyssey.
Gears 5 is another masterpiece under Microsoft's belt of hit exclusives, and it's a game with an addictive online multiplayer. Whether you're playing its sensational Escape mode or playing the game's co-op campaign, Gears 5 is spectacular.
3 Halo: The Master Chief Collection
We've waited years hoping that Halo: The Master Chief Collection would be ported to PC. The highly acclaimed Halo game series receives its definitive edition in this complete package.
Releasing on December 3rd, 2019, Halo: Reach will be the only PC port available at first. In 2020, the rest of the games will be added in chronological order. Some games work better on PC—especially first-person shooters. We'll have to wait a while longer, but it's going to be worth it to play all the Halo games once again.
2 Metro Exodus
This game is set in a post-apocalyptic world that is inhabited by strange creatures. In the aftermath of a nuclear war, Moscow is in a state of disrepair. In this story-driven first-person shooter, the player is put in the shoes of Artyom, a ranger and the protagonist of Metro Exodus. The game is graphically impressive, and it's highly optimized for the Xbox One X. As a sequel to Metro: Last Light, it's one of the best games to play on Xbox Game Pass.
1 Rise of the Tomb Raider
With one of the most influential female protagonists in gaming and media, Lara Croft is what is known as a "tomb raider." A tomb raider seeks to preserve archeological sites, which is what separates her from the bad guys.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is possibly the best Tomb Raider game to be released thus far. It's a cinematic adventure with an abundance of content and replay value. Solving puzzles while exploring tombs proves to be fun and highly intuitive. It's an exceptional third-person adventure game that needs to be played.