Time flies when you are having fun, but can you really say that you had fun, if you haven't played these Xbox Game Pass titles this year?
To mark the year-end, we would like to present the top titles available on Xbox Game Pass right now — from timeless classics, football fever, to an adrenaline-pumped racing game. There's a game here for every player, games that demonstrate breathtaking visuals and tell immersive stories.
All of these games are included as part of Game Pass, at a low monthly subscription fee. In fact, there are hundreds of high-quality console and PC games that can be played with an Xbox Game Pass subscription, and these are just some of our favourites!
1. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
What do you get when you put Lego and Star Wars together? Truly the Force to be reckoned with. Players are sure to get hours of fun and adventure as they traverse through the nine mainline Star Wars films, exploring the vast number of iconic planet hubs.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga brings about some comedic reimaginings of Star Wars' iconic moments that are sure to make you laugh. But more than just comedy, the game also introduces upgrade and cover systems keeping up with modern day shooting games.
Hiding behind walls and other objects while taking your blockhead enemies out? Talk about a revolution in the Lego game series.
2. Football Manager 2023
Did you catch the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 and tell your friends and family that you could have done a better job with the team if you were managing them instead?
What better way to put your managerial skills to the test than to try your hand at the latest Football Manager. Football Manager 2023 puts you at the forefront of making critical decisions to pick and train a talented team to win the coveted title of the Champions League.
The game's ultra-realism means that the player database is as true to life as possible, meaning that what you see in the real world is what you will get in the game.
If you are new to football, you can very well learn all about football from the game itself. In Football Manager 2023, get ready to put on multiple hats as you are more than a head coach — you are also the chief financial officer ensuring that the numbers stay healthy to being the media relations expert and drumming up publicity for your team.
Choose your own adventures and be your own football manager, making your team the big shots at the big league.
3. Riot Games
Excitingly, Riot Games are now on Game Pass in a massive way. One of the largest video game publishers in the world, they are bringing some incredible gaming experiences to the platform, with unique perks and bonuses for Game Pass subscribers.
Valorant is available right now, offering sharp gunplay with a range of tactical abilities in intense 5v5 shooter combat.
Game Pass members instantly unlock all current Agents, day-one access to new Agents as they're released and 20 per cent Match XP Boost given to Battlepass, Event Pass and active Agent Contact progress.
Then, we're kicking off the new year in style with League of Legends. One of the most massive games in the world, the MOBA is showing no signs of slowing down, and Game Pass subscribers getting access to 160+ Champions, day-one access to new champions as they're released and a 20 per cent XP Boost.
That's before we even talk about Teamfight Tactics, League of Legends: Wild Rift and Legends of Runeterra. So, what are you waiting for? Time to jump into some of the biggest games on the planet!
4. High on Life
From the strange and hilarious mind of Rick & Morty creator Justin Roiland, High on Life is an alien shooter like you've never experienced before, telling the story of a regular teenager who gets embroiled in a galactic conflict after an alien cartel discovers humans can be used as drugs.
High on Life has a sense of humour that is wild and sure to make you laugh out loud, with talking guns that have personalities of their own as you travel to various planets, complete hunter challenges, and meet a bunch of weird, fun characters on your journey.
With an incredibly colourful universe to explore as you defeat a variety of diabolical alien enemies, there's no wonder High on Life has been the biggest Xbox Game Pass launch of 2022 and the biggest third party Game Pass launch ever.
5. Forza Horizon 5
If you've been a fan of the Forza Horizon series, then you will surely love Forza Horizon 5. But let's not keep the excitement and joy to ourselves; it is a game that truly deserves to be played by all. An immersive open-world racing game that is sure to get you on the edge of your seat as you traverse across Mexico at lightning-fast speed.
Forza Horizon 5 sees an enormous upgrade in its visual effects as well as the modifications one can make to their car. This allows players to truly design the car that is custom fitted to your preferences and more importantly, your character.
The most exciting element of the game is its recreation of Mexico City where you get to drive along the coast of Baja to the colourful city of Guanajuato and its intricate network of cobblestone streets.
You mean I get to experience driving in Mexico without having to pay for a flight to Mexico? Count me in! Forza Horizon 5 is truly an open-world racing game that is a force to be reckoned with.
6. Halo Infinite
Can you believe that the previous edition, Halo 5: Guardians, came out in 2015?
After six years, we finally got to play Halo Infinite, a wonderful addition to a series that is truly a timeless classic. For the hardcore fans, the storyline in Infinite's campaign is truly compelling, made even more engaging by the gorgeous graphics and smooth gameplay.
Like most open world games, Halo Infinite's world is one that is expansive and provides many options for players to choose — from focusing on the main story missions to side missions of exterminating those adorably annoying little grunts.
Another exciting element that fans would surely love is that the campaign mode comes with a lot of easter eggs and collectibles.
With their latest Winter update, you can now play through the entire Halo Infinite Campaign together with three other friends! More excitingly, the update also sees the release of the Forge Mode which allows players to create new multiplayer maps and game modes that can be shared with the rest of the Community.
From the classics to something new and mysterious, we have Pentiment, a 2D murder mystery game with artwork inspired by classic medieval literature. Dante, anybody?
The game is set in the late medieval Bavarian countryside where you get to play as Andeas Maler, an aspiring artist who arrives at the rustic town of Tassing to further his career. But you will soon be thrust into some deep and dark secrets, having to uncover the true conspiracy of the town.
Paired with heavily stylised art that is inspired by the colourful medieval manuscripts, and unique mechanics that allows players to define a lot of elements of Andreas' backstory, Pentiment is a fantastic addition to the Xbox Game Pass family.
8. Monster Hunter Rise
Also coming in January, Monster Hunter Rise is coming to Xbox for the first time, and it's available Day One on Xbox Game Pass.
Originally released in 2021, the latest Monster Hunter offers new hunting actions with the Wirebug, allowing you to freely traverse locales and even control monsters by riding them! A dream, honestly. A range of in-game buddies also provide support, or you can team up with friends online to take down some truly ferocious beasts.
With a whole new world to explore, Monster Hunter Rise is another strong entry into the loved series for veterans and newcomers alike!
All of these games and many others, like Persona 5, Battlefield 2042, and Grounded are available right now (or very soon!) on Xbox Game Pass. With new titles being added all the time, including Day One titles from Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda and more.
In 2023, there will even be major titles like Starfield, Redfall and Forza Motorsport, just to name a few! It really is the best value in all of gaming. So what are you waiting for? Find out more and subscribe to the Xbox Game Pass now.
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This article was first published in Geek Culture.