Top 25 Xbox Game Pass for PC Games

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25. The Red Strings Club

An exercise in morality in a twisted Cyberpunk society. The Red Strings Club is a point and clicks adventure where you play as a Bartender tending to sophisticated and ‘odd’ customers. Experiment with various cocktails to learn more about their personality and uncover the deeper mysteries of its world.

Although short, what makes this indie title memorable is its take on relevant social issues despite happening in the far future. Making tough decisions and questioning the meaning of life is The Red Strings Club’s lasting appeal.

It receives a playscore of 8.46

24. The Last Door: Season 2 - Collector’s Edition

The second installment of The Game Kitchen’s Lovecraftian point and click adventure. Season 2 not only opened new doors to its seemingly terrifying world, but it also introduced a whole breed of madness worthy of Lovecraft and Allan Poe’s influence.

This Collector’s Edition features four full episodes with extra content for players willing to learn more about its mythos. But of course, if you want to get a dose of this indie title, it’s advisable you play the first Season prior. Sadly it’s not available on the Game Pass.

It receives a playscore of 8.47

23. Yoku’s Island Express

Villa Gorilla's action platformer is a union of unlikely genres. Set in a sprawling 2D open world, Yoku takes you on a Metroidvania tour of ancient caverns in--get this--pinball fashion.

Bouncing players around from one end to the next, it's a unique adventure experience that, for some reviewers, definitely enhances the genre's usual meandering pace. On top of its charming visuals and overall presentation, it also offers engaging puzzles, with each area always ripe with secrets to scour for.

It has a playscore of 8.51

22. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Before we get our hands on Senua’s next adventure, we go back to the roots of her mental health issues with this award-winning origin story. Senua’s Sacrifice mixes emotional storytelling with intense hack and slashes action.

It’s a journey deep into Celtic Hell. Ninja Theory takes you to a mad world filled with a deafening silence. Guide Senua and watch as to how her damaged psyche preys on her vulnerable state.

A playscore of 8.57

21. Samorost 3

Amanita Design’s otherworldly exploration game puts you into the tiny shoes of a curious space gnome in search for answers. It’s not the kind of indie game that wows you with its addicting combat, what makes Samorost engaging is its impressive visuals.

Travel across the cosmos with your Magical Flute and visit nine unique alien worlds to discover. Each has its own set of surprises accompanied by an entrancing sound and music design. It’s the kind of game you should play on a lonely weekend and feel every minute of its atmosphere.

It has a playscore of 8.60

20. Infinifactory

We’ve seen enough of 3D-based sandbox games lately, but this 2015 gem was something special in the realm of puzzles. If you love SpaceChem, then this is its ‘somewhat’ 3D makeover.

To appease your alien overlords, build working factories that can assemble products. It sounds easy on paper, but its ‘almost’ realistic technical and engineering mechanics can really push your brain to its limits.

A playscore of 8.60

19. Frostpunk

Winter has arrived in this chilling city-building survival game from 11 Bit Studios.

The world is engulfed by ice and it’s up to the player to save humanity from the biting frost. Manage your remaining survivors and befriend ‘heat’ to your advantage. Use a variety of Steam-based machines to keep your civilization warm and make it through the day.

Make difficult choices that keep your humans well-fed and composed. Assign Laws that might boost or break your people’s morale, but it’s all for the greater good. It’s another fascinating entry from 11 Bit and as part of the Xbox Game Pass, this one is a steal.

It has a playscore of 8.62

18. APE OUT

Devolver is back with more ridiculous titles for the PC. This intense, wild, and colorful smash ‘em up from Gabe Cuzzillo is all about an ape trying to make his way out of his miserable confinement.

Go full ape mode as you toss prison guards and your captors to their doom. It’s putting primal power on a whole new perspective. It even includes a dynamic soundtrack to help you groove out as you go on a brutal rampage in its procedurally generated levels.

It has a playscore of 8.65

17. Gears Of War 4

Its latest entry may not be the best of the Gears series, but before that, there were the legendary Gears of War 4. Considered as the king of cover shooters, this fourth title goes back to its roots.

Marcus Fenix makes a return to the fray 25 years after the events of the original trilogy. Now aged and wise, he takes the role of mentor to his son as they fight against a new threat. There’s more destruction as you face off against unknown creatures with the usual squad JD, Kait, and Del. Relive the amazing moments once more.

It has a playscore of 8.67

16. Ori And The Blind Forest Definitive Edition

Of course, who couldn’t forget about Microsoft’s beloved forest spirit?

Take control of the adorable guardian Tree Spirit, Ori, as he carries out his duty to save the magical forest from the growing darkness. With one of gaming’s most fluid platforming controls, his journey around the ethereal foliage is one that reminds us of the joys of classic Metroidvania.

Backed with carefully crafted visuals and symphonic soundtracks, Moon Studios' Ori and the Blind Forest is a worthy entry to the Xbox Game Pass’ long list of great titles.

A playscore of 8.68

15. Valkyria Chronicles

There’s not a lot of JRPGS that offer a refreshing realism. What this 2008 PlayStation 3 classic depicts the thrills and tragedies of war in JRPG fashion.

Put your tactical wits to the test with the game's unique Blitz Combat System where you move your characters in the battlefield real-time but with a turn-based twist. But, while the action of its hybrid gameplay is already a strong selling point, Valkyria Chronicles really drives it home with a gripping narrative told in their gorgeous art style.

It has a playscore of 8.71

14. Unavowed

This point and click indie adventure from Wadjet Eye Games is rich with story and gripping with mystery. Set in New York, lift a demonic curse that turns you into a bloodthirsty monster by joining an underground cult called The Unavowed.

Choose from either a male or a female protagonist and make your choices matter. As a character living in isolation, prevent as much damage as possible. The game has branching storylines, so every playthrough is different.

A playscore of 8.76

13. Rise Of Tomb Raider

Lara’s second adventure after her fresh reboot back in 2013 takes her to the frozen tundra of Siberia in search for the secrets of immortality. Rise Of The Tomb Raider is a huge leap in comparison to the first game.

In this sequel by Crystal Dynamics, Lara is more than a survival expert and now a hardened killer. Her combination of new abilities, both deadly and crafty, makes her a force to be reckoned with. Bask in the game’s astounding visuals and definitely one of the best world designs in a videogame ever.

It has a playscore of 8.77

12. Fez

There’s no shortage of Indie titles on the Xbox Game Pass. Fez, unlike other platformers, is unique. it's a game that puts you right smack in the fabric of space and time.

Dip your toes in this unnatural adventure from Polytron Corporation and survive the seemingly absurd trips between the realms of the 2nd and 3rd dimension. Play as the Fez-wearing protagonist and use his newly-acquired abilities to make sense of the disorienting world he finds himself in. It's a game that challenges your perspective. Switch between dimensions with a press of a button and discover the hidden trails beneath the planar puzzles.

A platformer with an intelligent and flawlessly executed premise, a playscore of 8.79

11. GEARS 5

This latest Gears entry centers around a new yet familiar protagonist. 5 revolves around Kait in a quest about finding her mother.

Aside from Gears’ iconic cover shooting experience, this title will have the most expansive world the series has ever seen with more freedom and customization options. It may not be the strongest in terms of its story, but it’s still a great game for longtime fans of the series. Especially when it’s just around Xbox Game Pass.

A playscore of 8.80

10. FTL: Faster Than Light

Ever wanted to fly a Spaceship? Subset Games’ iconic real-time strategy game is a sci-fi wonder. Simulate your own flying spacecraft in an attempt to save the galaxy.

There are many unique scenarios with multiple creative solutions with each playthrough so you never get bored playing with your virtual galactic flying machine. With its availability on the Xbox Game Pass, you can now spend hours and hours of your time experimenting with its numerous possibilities.

A playscore of 8.80

9. The Messenger

Ninja Gaiden meets Back to the Future lets you play as a skilled Ninja and you slice and dice your way through enemies all around time itself. Set in a cursed world, deliver a scroll to secure the survival of your clan. Ominous as it may be, the game doesn’t take itself too seriously at all. What makes this game great is its surprising amount of witty humor.

Powered by a trippy pixel-art style, jump, slide and run your way through various locations. Defeat bosses, villains, and other associates that stop you on your path.

Don’t forget to deliver the message, it receives a playscore of 8.87

8. Broforce

If you’re familiar with the good ole’ days of Metal Slug and Contra, this is a worthy substitute for some explosive good fun. From the developer Free Lives, follow a group under-funded yet over-powered military people and blow things up sky high.

Filled with destructible objects, hardcore weapons, and a multiplayer mode to satiate your anarchic desires, this game is good with friends! It has a playscore of 8.87

7. Downwell

An indie game from Moppin where all you have to do is go down, down, and down. Armed with your trusty Gun-boots, lead your character as he descends deep into a procedurally generated abyss filled with monsters and traps.

Upgrade your character’s flashy boots or choose from a selection of power-ups that makes the fall better and the scores higher. There’s enough replay value here and it receives a playscore of 8.90

6. West Of Loathing

The wild west is full of danger but that’s certainly not West of Loathing’s intentions.

Ride on towards the frontier and no matter what you do, you won't be prepared for its surprising amount of ridiculous antics. This Western comedy slash RPG Adventure takes you to the black and white deserts.

Encounter a memorable cast of characters, both good, bad and sometimes ugly. A playscore of 8.90

5. Opus Magnum

From the studio known for its engineering puzzles, Zachtronic's Opus Magnum is its own kind of masterpiece. It’s one of those puzzle games that start simple, but it introduces various mechanics that make everything complex.

Putting a fun twist on programming, create potions galore using their unique transmutation contraption. For anyone with an appetite for puzzles and rich storylines, it has a playscore of 8.93

4. Into The Breach

Subset Games’ follow up to their successful Faster than Light. Into the Breach brings you to a not so near future of endless warfare and colossal mechs.

This turn-based roguelike indie game is simple, but underneath its mechanical layers lies a challenging adventure. Travel back through time and help the remnants of human civilization against giant alien threats.

It receives a playscore of 8.96

3. Hotline Miami

Who would’ve thought we could play Devolver’s most popular title on Microsoft’s massive selection of games?

Fulfill your mission and face your demons in 1989 Miami. Go on a psychedelic killing spree accompanied by a sweet soundtrack in this top-down action game. Don your animal masks and go on a beautiful rampage with broken bones, decapitated heads and multiple stab wounds.

It’s one experience you wouldn’t forget and it has a playscore of a 9.05

2. Hollow Knight

Team Cherry’s Souls-like Metroidvania adventure won our hearts since its release. Brave the dark and bug-infested caverns as a young knight and uncover the mystery of this lost kingdom. Wield magical powers, and use your trusty Nailsword to defeat challenging bosses.

It rekindles the classic Metroidvania flame where difficulty meets challenge. A playscore of 9.07

1. Undertale

Determination is what kept this game shine. Hailed as one of our best PC Games of the last decade, this Alice in Wonderland-like adventure tobyfox takes you to the shoes of a young kid trapped in a strange underground world where monsters are either your friend or foe.

It’s unconventional RPG mechanics grants you choices to either spare or kill a character, with both having an effect on the game’s ending. Supported by a lovable cast of characters and a fantastic soundtrack, Undertale is a recommended game for players who want to join the Xbox Game Pass experience.

A playscore of a 9.30

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