Got an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate? These are the best games to try now

Got an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate? These are the best games to try now
We’ve handpicked the best games available on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, from Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5 e mais

Since its introduction in 2017, Microsoft has offered gamers great value with the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. 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.

Titles such as Halo Infinite e Forza Horizon 5 are currently available through the service and new games are announced on the service on a monthly basis.

With the recent news of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision for a cool $68.7bn (£50.5bn), we can imagine that some of the publisher’s biggest games will also be making it onto the service in no time.

Em um demonstração, Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, disse: “The acquisition also bolsters Microsoft’s Game Pass portfolio with plans to launch Activision Blizzard games into Game Pass, which has reached a new milestone of over 25 million subscribers.”

Activision currently owns a lot of properties, Incluindo Chamada à ação, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, World of Warcraft e Candy Crush, so expect to see those appear on the service as soon as the ink has dried on the deal.

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With that in mind, these are our top picks for all the games currently available on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

Como testamos

When picking the best games on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate 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 if they are likely to stay on the service for long.

If games are no longer part of the Xbox Games Pass subscription, they will be removed from this list and updated with new alternatives to make sure your subscription is being put to good use. We’ve linked here to the Xbox site, but if don’t have Game Pass and want to buy the titles individually, scroll down for links to other retailers.

The best games available on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate are:

  • Melhor geral - Halo Infinite: £ 54,99, Xbox.com
  • Best racing game - Forza Horizon 5: £ 54,99, Xbox.com
  • Best sidescroller - Hollow Knight: £24.74, 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: £17.99, Xbox.com
  • Best RPG - Mass Effect: Legendary Edition: £ 59,99, Xbox.com
  • Best platformer - Psychonauts 2: £ 54,99, Xbox.com
  • Best game for children - Minecraft: £ 24,99, Xbox.com

‘Halo Infinite

Melhor: No geral

  • Developer: 343 Studios
  • Release Date: 8 dezembro 2021
  • Available on: Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PC

Halo Infinite is the most confident the aréola 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, a 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.

‘Forza Horizon 5

Melhor: Racing game

  • Developer: Playground Games
  • Release Date: 4 novembro 2021
  • Available on: Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PC

Forza Horizon 5 just wants you to have a good time. From its lush jungles to arid sandstorms, this fictional depiction of Mexico plays host to the Horizon Festival, where racers all over the world come to drive cars and drive them fast. With over 550 vehicles to choose from to race across 11 unique biomes, there is plenty of driving to be had across dynamic courses that make Horizon’s world feel truly alive.

‘Hollow Knight

Melhor: Sidescroller

  • Developer: Team Cherry
  • Release Date: 24 fevereiro 2017
  • Available on: Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PC, Mac, Playstation 4

Hollow Knight is a 2D Metroidvania action-adventure game that puts players in the shoes of a nameless knight to explore the kingdom of Hallownest, defeat its bug-themed bosses and uncover its mysteries. It can be unrelentingly difficult but it’s never unfair, giving players ample opportunity to return to the site of their demise and reclaim their progress before its lost. The sequel, Hollow Knight: Silksong, has long been in development and fans of the original have been anticipating its release since it was first revealed in 2019. Until then, see what all the hype is about in this quietly foreboding indie darling.

‘Microsoft Flight Simulator

Melhor: Simulator

  • Developer: Team Cherry
  • Release Date: 17 abril 2020
  • Available on: Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PC

If you’re looking for a realistic simulator to test your knowledge of aviation then look no further than Microsoft Flight Simulator – the closest you can get to sitting inside an actual cockpit. Fly anything from two-seater Cessnas to wide-body commercial jets from any airport in the world. With real-time weather mapping and accurate satellite imagery, the world is yours to explore in genuine awe-inspiring detail.

‘Unpacking

Melhor: Puzzle game

  • Developer: Humble Bundle
  • Release Date: 1 novembro 2021
  • Available on: Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PC, Nintendo Switch, Mac

Moving into a new house is arguably the most stressful thing people put themselves through. So how can you turn that experience into a meditative and relaxing game? As it turns out, unpacking virtual cardboard boxes is much easier. Each level sees you in a snapshot of a person’s life, from arriving in a college dorm to finding a first apartment. Each item reveals more about the person it belongs to and finding the perfect place for it is as satisfying as snapping in the final piece of a jigsaw.

‘It Takes Two

it takes two xbox game pass

Melhor: Co-op game

  • Developer: EA Originals
  • Release Date: 26 Março 2021
  • Available on: Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5

A game about a married couple trying to navigate through a divorce as anthropomorphic dolls doesn’t sound like a good time, it sounds like a ótimo Tempo. Players must work together as either Cody or May to navigate through a series of different mechanics that tie into the themes of their marriage woes. In one instance players will be changing the flow of time or cloning themselves before finding themselves navigating a boat down dangerous rapids. The amount of different genres It Takes Two throws at you is as expansive as the story is endearing. Just don’t get attached to the elephant.

‘Hades

Melhor: Roguelike game

  • Developer: Supergiant Games
  • Release Date: 6 dezembro 2018
  • Available on: Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5

If at first you don’t succeed, die, die again. That’s the mantra of Supergiant Games’s critically acclaimed roguelike Hades. You play as Zagreus, the son of Hades who wants nothing more than to escape his father’s realm. With assistance from the gods of Olympus, players navigate through the ever-changing halls of the underworld as they journey to the world’s surface. If Zagreus fails in his attempts, he is sent back to the start and must make his escape again. The game’s excellent writing, gameplay loops and soundtrack all amalgamate into a beautifully realised depiction of Greek mythology and its denizens with modern sensibilities. It’s a masterpiece.

‘Mass Effect: Legendary Edition

Melhor: Role-playing game

  • Developer: EA Originals
  • Release Date: 14 Maio 2021
  • Available on: Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PC, PS4

Now a decade old, a Mass Effect trilogy is one of the most celebrated and controversial role-playing games ever made. From its branching dialogue trees to its divisive conclusion, players will take Commander Shepherd and the crew of the Normandy across the galaxy as they unite the galactic community against the Reapers. With enhanced visuals and quality-of-life updates. Each decision you make can affect the outcome of subsequent games in the trilogy. If you missed it the first time around, there’s no better way to come aboard and interrupt Garrus in the middle of his calibrations.

‘Psychonauts 2

Melhor: Platformer

  • Developer: Double Fine Productions
  • Release Date: 25 agosto 2021
  • Available on: Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PC, PS4

Underappreciated in its time, Psychonauts on the original Xbox and PS2 became a cult hit for its wacky setting, humorous dialogue and interesting mechanics even though it sold poorly at launch. Agora com Psychonauts 2, developer Double Fine Productions is able to pick up exactly where it left off, as if the last 16 years happened in the blink of an eye.

You play as Razputin, a new Psychonaut recruit who is able to enter people’s minds, explore their subconscious and overcome the physical manifestations of their psyche.

The gameplay has changed very little since the PS2/Xbox era and while the art direction hasn’t aged particularly well on the new generation of consoles, it’s a shot of nostalgia for anyone who played the original or who simply misses the bygone days of mid-2000s platformers.

‘Minecraft

Melhor: For kids

  • Developer: Mojang Studios
  • Release Date: 18 novembro 2011
  • Available on: Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PC, PS4,

Minecraft has never lost steam since its earliest public release in 2009, and it continues to have a dedicated player base over a decade later. Its simple art style, mechanics and environments not only make it a perfect toybox for children to explore, but the ideal place to create elaborate structures. People of all ages are able to construct anything, from a simple house to a full-scale recreation of the Taj Mahal, made possible thanks to Minecraft’s creator mode. There’s no wrong way to play Minecraft, but there are plenty of right ones.

O veredito: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate games

Halo Infinite is our top pick for the definitive Xbox experience. If you’re hoping for more of the classic action from the original aréola trilogy then this is the strongest title that 343 Industries has released in many years and is certainly worth your time.

Another strong contender is Forza Horizon 5, an off-the-walls racing game that throws caution to the wind and lets players speed full-throttle without worrying themselves about realism.

It’s safe to say that all of these are at least worth trying if you haven’t done so already. Some games are more demanding of your hard drive space than others (looking at you, Microsoft Flight Simulator) but if you’re able to load up on even a few then you will be making good use of your membership.

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