The fan-favorite Xbox Game Pass offers a great deal to Xbox One owners as they get access to a growing library of games for $10 a month.
In an effort to grow their PC gaming footprint, Microsoft came out with the Xbox Game Pass PC, a separate subscription that features a different library of games for the PC players out there.
The first month of Game Pass is available for a $1 for those on the edge. There are loads of decent games worth playing and the list grows each month.
Here’s a look at just 10 of the best games you can currently play on Xbox Game Pass PC.
1. Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
This is one of Phil Spencer’s favorite games, something he has let us know more than once during Microsoft’s E3 conferences.
The indie hit, which is getting a sequel, is available on Xbox Game Pass PC and there’s really no reason to pass it up now.
Despite coming out in 2015, it still plays very well and was partly inspired by Metroid, what’s not to like?
When Prey came out it felt like it went a little under the radar and while it’s not as popular as some of Bethesda’s other franchises but it’s still a good game.
Being available on Game Pass opens the doors for players to try it out and see what it’s all about.
Don’t fret if you haven’t played a Prey title in the past as this one is a completely self-contained story.
3. Slay the Spire
If you’re looking for a roguelike card game, then look no further than Slay the Spire.
The game revolves around building a deck and making it as far as you can with hopes of toppling the spire.
With three different characters each with different decks, there’s a lot of replayability with this one.
4. Metro Exodus
Metro Exodus is the third title in this series so while you can start with this installment, you might have some questions.
The first two games are available on Game Pass too, except only for console. However, if you haven’t checked this game out, whether that’s due to the controversial Epic Games Store exclusivity or whatever, now is your chance to try it out.
If you’re into story-driven single-player first-person shooters, you’ll find a lot to like here.
5. Super Lucky’s Tale
This colorful and short platformer isn’t ground-breaking by any means, but it is a joyful experience.
This platformer puts you in control of Lucky as you work your way through simple levels with some puzzle elements and is perfect for anyone looking for a game like that on Xbox or PC.
You’ll beat it in a matter of hours but it is an easy 1,000 gamerscore for all your achievement hunters out there.
6. Hollow Knight
There’s really nothing left to say about this game that hasn’t already been said. If you’re a fan of Metroidvanias then you’ve probably picked this game up. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?
This is a punishing and difficult game so once you get past that part you’ve been trying for hours, it’s really gonna feel good.
There’s a reason this is often considered one of the best indie titles of this generation – it’s really good.
This feels more like a spiritual successor to the Advance Wars series than anything before it. If you like strategy games like that or Fire Emblem then you should check this one out.
The title is completely cross-play with other platforms which make things even cooler and after the lengthy tutorial segments, you can really see how Wargroove stretches its legs.
8. Sea of Thieves
Rare has successfully brought Sea of Thieves back from the bottom of the ocean at launch and turned it into something to really be proud of.
For the first anniversary, Rare introduced the Arena mode which gave the PvP action fans craved and added a lot more content to the barebones game it was at launch.
If you’ve checked it out in the past and didn’t like it, you should give it another look.
Yeah, the VR version of this game is much better, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore this one.
Superhot is pretty much what happens if The Matrix was made into a real video game. The enemies only move when you do so you’ll have the ability to set up your own bullet time segments and it’s a lot of fun.
10. Wizard of Legend
Rounding out this list is a lesser-known roguelike but it’s still a good one. It’s not a groundbreaking roguelike but it is a good example of a successful Kickstarter game.
The gameplay and boss fights are what helps this game set itself apart from other roguelikes. Considering the lack of roguelikes in general on Game Pass, aside from Slay the Spire which is card-based, this one is worth your time.
No Female Character in CoD: Modern Warfare?
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Multiplayer Beta has been in full swing for a couple of days now. While the game has received slack because of some unconventional design choices, it still is a core Call of Duty experience which i think most people would enjoy. However, while playing the beta, i couldn’t help but notice the lack of female characters in the multiplayer game modes. This was rather strange since Infinity Ward had announced earlier that the game would have playable female characters. Usually, these characters are much more nimble and really help if you prefer a faster playing style.
So, i went on over to twitter to ask if these characters had been removed for some reason. However, what i got in response was a bunch of dismissive, sexist and misogynistic replies saying that the game is better without females anyway. This sad state of affairs snapped me back to the reality of how inclusivity is actually frowned upon in the core video game community.
Inclusivity in video games has always been a massive point of debate throughout the history of games. While most people would agree that all forms of art and media should be inclusive enough for everyone, things have not been so smooth for the video games industry to adopt this mindset. The ‘hardcore’ gaming community, sadly, just isn’t ready to accept any change that pushes us towards the greater good.
Every time game developers try to include women and minorities in their games just to make them more relatable and inclusive for everyone, they are met with review bombs and other forms of unjustified criticism from the core ‘gamers’. It is actually pretty bonkers to see how far people are willing to go just to undermine something that does not affect them or their experience in any way.
Sadly, this bad behaviour isn’t just limited to the video game community. We’ve seen some really bad cases of sexism in the gaming industry during recent times as well. However, slowly but surely, things are moving in the right direction. For example, we’re seeing better working conditions for women in the industry thanks to a lot of hard work and bravery from these women.
Female Protagonists in Games are actually good
We’re also seeing video games being much more inclusive. From Cyberpunk 2077 not having a binary gender option for character creation to Gears 5 moving to a female protagonist for the first time in the series, things are moving in the right direction. However, if you think that these changes are hindering your experience in any way, you’re wrong. You can still choose to play as a white male in Cyberpunk 2077 and the majority of video games still have male protagonists in them.
However, some of the best video games of recent times like Horizon Zero Dawn, Tomb Raider, Gears 5 and the upcoming The Last of Us 2 all have female protagonists. So, saying that having a female lead in a game would somehow make it worse is just not true, whether you like it or not.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and why it is important for games to be more inclusive
Recently, when Infinity Ward announced that Call of Duty Modern Warfare will include playable female characters, it was met with the same unjustified criticism. This is not the first time we’ve seen this though and people are just used to it at this point. Back when Battlefield V was announced with Female characters, people had the same reaction. However, people need to realise that video games are a form of art and the right of expressing that art in any way or form is in the hands of the artist.
Video games have never been about being historically accurate. If you wanted that, you could watch a historical documentary instead. Video Games are meant to be fun and relatable. They’re played by millions of people around the entire world. If these people around the world don’t feel like they are a part of this magical universe that a developer has conjured up for them, then what is the point of art anymore? No other form of media can connect us with the characters it has like video games because for a brief moment in time, games make us feel like we are that character.
The ability to see yourself in the character you’re playing is probably what sets video games apart from everything else as an art form. This is especially true for multiplayer games, which brings us back to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Having a female character in multiplayer is only a good thing. This would mean that millions of female gamers would actually be able to feel like they’re a part of this universe that we’ve all come to enjoy and love. Furthermore, it doesn’t affect anyone else in any way. You can still pick your usual male characters so you’re not losing any part of the experience.
The addition of something doesn’t always have to come at a cost of something else. However, if, for some weird reason, even hearing a female character in a multiplayer match triggers you, then you have some serious issues and I hope you find the help you need.
Video games are arguably the most expansive and expressive form of art out there. Everyone deserves to experience this amazing art form in the most relatable and immersive way possible. We have made some really good strides during recent times to curb stomp the negativity that surrounds the whole industry. However, there is still a long way to go and I hope, with time, we can all feel happy just to be a part of this amazing community and experience these magical worlds together in complete harmony.