Halo Infinite is the most confident the Halo series has been in years. The campaign follows Spartan supersoldier Master Chief as he continues the fight against the Banished on the ringworld of Zeta Halo with the help of a new AI known as “The Weapon”. Opening up the world for Master Chief to explore at his leisure was an obvious direction to take the series in and with added mobility thanks to the grappling hook, moving through these environments has never been so much fun. In a series first, the Halo Infinite multiplayer portion of the game is also free to play, so it’s worth looking into even if you’re on the fence about committing to Game Pass.
With the latest generation of gaming consoles, Microsoft has two options available for gamers: The Xbox series X and the Xbox series S. While you may want to spend time understanding the different versions of Xbox one thing is clear: software is king, so what are the games worth playing?
Luckily, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite titles from Microsoft-exclusives such as Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5, to multi-platform gems like It Takes Two and Hades.
Even better, if you happen to be subscribed to Xbox Game Pass you’ll be able to play some of these titles at no extra cost. Much like a Netflix subscription, users can pay a monthly fee to access a library of over 100 titles for playing on Xbox consoles, PC and even via the cloud.
New games are added to Xbox Game Pass every month, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for some old favourites, as well as some day one releases.
We’ll be keeping this list updated with some of our favourite Xbox titles to find out which ones you should download right now, keep reading the rest of the article below.
How we tested
When picking the best games on Xbox we considered how well suited they are to the platform and whether they can be played on console as well as PC. We also took into consideration which games have been best received and whether there are newer titles that would be a better fit.
Each entry is picked based on different genres, so even if you’re not a fan of first-person shooters (of which there are plenty) then there will still be different options available.
The best games available on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate are:
- Best first-person shooter – Halo Infinite: £54.99, Xbox.com
- Best racing game – Forza Horizon 5: £54.99, Xbox.com
- Best stealth – Sniper Elite 5: £43.99, Xbox.com
- Best sidescroller – Hollow Knight: £12.49, Xbox.com
- Best simulator – Microsoft Flight Simulator: £59.99, Xbox.com
- Best puzzle game – Unpacking: £16.74, Xbox.com
- Best co-op game – It Takes Two: £34.99, Xbox.com
- Best roguelike – Hades: £20.99, Xbox.com
- Best JRPG – Yakuza: Like a Dragon: £54.99, Xbox.com
- Best platformer – Psychonauts 2: £54.99, Xbox.com
- Best game for children – Minecraft: £24.99, Xbox.com
- Best adventure –Tunic: £24.99, Xbox.com
- Best strategy –Crusader Kings III: £41.74, Xbox.com
- Best business management sim – Two Point Campus: £34.99, Xbox.com
- Best football game – FIFA 23: £69.99, Xbox.com