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    Best Xbox Game Pass Games for Console and PC – January 2022

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    Xbox Game Pass is packed with titles in dozens of genres, all available for a monthly fee. Here are the best Xbox Game Pass games for console and PC in January 2022.

    Xbox Game Pass is one of the most exciting changes to video game pricing in years, offering Xbox and PC games for one low monthly cost. With Microsoft's original titles alongside indie titles and even third-party AAA titles, there really is something for everyone, but that can make it difficult to pick the best games on Xbox Game Pass.



    Fortunately, we've put together this list to cover our favorites, but the joy of Xbox Game Pass is that you can try a little bit of everything. 

    If you're looking for the complete list of everything available, Microsoft has a complete list. For now, let's jump into the best Xbox Game Pass games for console and PC in January 2022.

    Microsoft

    Xbox Game Pass offers many games every month for console and PC gamers.

    The best Xbox Game Pass games for console and PC

    All games deemed compatible with the console will run on Xbox One as well as Xbox Series S | X, and indicate which ones are optimized to take advantage of the new hardware as well.

    Back 4 Blood (PC, Console) (Optimized for Xbox Series S | X)

    Turtle Rock Studios / Warner Bros

    Back 4 Blood captures much of what made Left 4 Dead so popular



    Back 4 Blood is, in many ways, a much nicer and more modern Left 4 Dead. That's not a bad thing, however, and while it might seem derivative on the surface, there's depth to be found in its deck builder-style perk system, as well as its customizable weapons and characters with their own perks.

    Batman: Arkham Knight (Console)

    Rocksteady / Warner Bros

    Arkham Knight may have been released in 2015, but it's still beautiful to look at.

    The Batman Arkham franchise may have been dormant for the most part since 2015's Arkham Knight, but the game remains an excellent action-adventure title. 

    Gotham City has never looked (or felt) scarier, and while the Batmobile was a controversial addition at launch, we still enjoy banging walls like they're made of paper.

    Sure, the plot twist can be seen from a mile away, but Arkham Knight was a fitting end to the franchise, at least until we get to play as the Suicide Squad.

    Battletech (PC)

    Harebrained Schemes / Paradox Interactive

    Battletech puts giant robots in a turn-based strategy title

    The Battletech/MechWarrior franchise has been around for years, but Harebrained Schemes has taken the series staple of violent robots filled with enough ammo to sweep entire continents off the map and put it on a model closer to the XCOM series.

    A turn-based strategy ensues as your band of mercenaries fight their way through the solar system, taking on missions to pay the cash and keep the engines on your upgradeable mechs running.



    Crusader Kings III (PC)

    Paradox Interactive

    Crusader Kings 3 allows players to increase their stature by any means necessary

    If you've watched Game of Thrones and enjoyed the political (and sometimes literal) betrayal, then Crusader Kings III is worth a look. Neighbor leader looks at you funny? You could woo their spouse and have your bastard in charge when they're gone. Or you can just have them killed.

    Players have even reported that multiple spouses were killed by a character who turned out to be his evil twin, it's really a great unique story generator.

    Destiny 2 (PC, console) (optimized for Xbox Series S | X)

    Bungie

    Destiny 2 and all of its current expansions are included in Game Pass

    Destiny 2 may be free to play on all platforms now, but Xbox Game Pass subscribers also get access to the last three major expansions; Abandoned (the best), Shadowkeep and Beyond the Light. Bundling together an incredible amount of content, along with the game's newly added crossplay feature, means players can now enjoy a ton of content with friends on any platform.

    With some of the best shooting mechanics around, it's perhaps no surprise that Destiny 2 is on our list of the best Xbox Game Pass games.

    Dishonored 2 (PC, Console)

    Arkane / Bethesda

    Dishonored 2 remains one of the best stealth games ever made, but the combat is fun too.



    Dishonored was a great game, but Dishonored 2 improves on Arkane's immersive simulation in almost every way. Players choose to step into the boots of Corvo Attano or Emily Kaldwin and are tasked with taking on the throne usurpers using stealth, magic and plenty of player choice.

    Targets can be eliminated any number of ways, while the city of Karnaca remains just as fun to explore today as it was in 2016.

    Doom Eternal (PC, Console) (Optimized for Xbox Series S | X)

    iD Software / Bethesda

    Doom Eternal is tough, but incredibly satisfying.

    If 2016's Doom revival was dragging the grandfather of FPS games into the modern era, Doom Eternal is the same, a chainsaw-powered ball of fury. 

    The sequel by iD Software is bigger, bolder and more violent than its predecessor. Its environments are more ambitious, its platforming is actually a lot of fun, and it brings back the unique "push and pull" combat that made the reboot so beloved by newcomers and longtime fans alike.

    It also looks positively impressive on the Xbox Series S | X, which means it's worth playing again, even if you've already finished.

    Forza Horizon 5 (PC, console) (optimized for Xbox Series S | X)

    Microsoft

    Forza Horizon 5 might just be the best looking game of the year.

    The Forza Horizon series has never had a bad entry, so imagine our surprise when Forza Horizon 5 scored an incredible 10/10 in our review. The scenery of Mexico, the even more stunning visuals and a huge list of cars make Forza Horizon 5 not only the best racing game of this year, but one of the best racing games of all time.

    It's the perfect showcase for the Xbox Series S | X and if you have the PC for it, it will look stunning too.

    Gears 5 (PC, console) (optimized for Xbox Series S | X)

    Xbox

    Gears 5 tells the most personal story of the franchise.

    Gears 5 remains a showcase for Xbox Series S consoles | X, and for good reason, the Coalition's third-person shooter has never been better or better. Players take control of Kait Diaz in the game's campaign, with impressive set pieces and even a section inspired by a more open world.

    In multiplayer, players can enjoy Horde, Versus and the new Escape mode, which means there's plenty for players to enjoy. Oh, and yes, chainsaw guns still exist.

    Halo Infinite (PC, Console) (Optimized for Xbox Series S | X)

    343 Industries

    Halo Infinite's multiplayer is free to play, but Xbox Game Pass subscribers also get the campaign.

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    Halo Infinite might be the most anticipated Xbox title of 2021, and thanks to Game Pass, players can jump in on day one. With a full open-world style campaign and a free-to-play multiplayer suite, there's plenty of fun to be had.

    Want to catch up on the series? The Halo: Master Chief collection is also available on Xbox Game Pass, which means there are six core games to play before Infinite if you want to learn the history of Spartan-117.

    Jade Empire: Special Edition (PC)

    Bioware

    Jade Empire remains one of Bioware's best RPGs.

    Bioware may be best known for Mass Effect and Dragon Age these days (both franchises are on Xbox Game Pass as well), but in 2005, it released this mystical martial arts-themed RPG. 

    Building on systems built for the Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire weaves Bioware's signature narrative in a world inspired by Chinese mythology and featuring real-time combat.

    If you've played KOTOR and the studio's later franchises, then Jade Empire is a piece of RPG history you'll want to check out.

    Outriders (PC, console) (optimized for Xbox Series S | X)

    People Can Fly / Square Enix

    Outriders offers loot-based mayhem.

    If you like the idea of ​​mixing Gears of War shooting mechanics with superhuman abilities that make enemies burst like blood-filled pinatas, Outriders might be just what you're looking for. This shooting game sees players exploring a new planet ravaged by wild storms that see them infused with wild abilities.

    With four classes to choose from, Outriders is a great co-op shooter, and with Xbox Game Pass, everyone can download it as part of their subscription.

    Psychonauts 2 (PC, console) (optimized for Xbox Series S | X)

    Double Fine / Xbox

    Psychonauts 2 picks up where the first game left off – despite a 16-year gap

    The original Psychonauts may have been released in 2005, but its 2021 sequel doesn't miss a beat. In fact, it picks up right where its predecessor left off, reintroducing Razputin “Raz” Aquato. Players will jump into the fragmented psyches of various characters, with each world offering a unique playground that Raz can experience using his Psi-Powers.

    Whether you're a fan of platformers or developer Double Fine's unique blend of madness and heart, Psychonauts 2 is a game not to be missed.

    Rainbow Six Siege (console) (optimized for Xbox Series S|X)

    Ubisoft

    Rainbow Six Siege has been growing steadily since 2015

    Rainbow Six Siege launched to middling reviews in 2015, but now in its sixth year of content, the game has been gaining traction. Offering tense, tactical combat on maps where walls, floors and ceilings can be ripped to shreds, nowhere is safe.

    While the PC version isn't on Xbox Game Pass, Rainbow Six fans on Xbox get the Deluxe Edition - meaning you'll unlock a handful of Operators to grow your roster.

    Scarlet Nexus (PC, console) (optimized for Xbox Series S | X)

    Bandai Namco

    Scarlet Nexus is so cute it's almost like a playable anime

    Scarlet Nexus is a beautiful futuristic action RPG with lightning-fast combat. Still not sold? Okay, what if we told you that your two protagonists can use psychokinesis to master the environment against monsters in a cyberpunk world and that there are two campaigns to play as well?

    Gather other party members with their own combat styles, and you've got a recipe for chaos that's totally splattered in anime swagger.

    Sea of ​​Thieves (optimized for Xbox Series S|X)

    Xbox

    Sea of ​​Thieves even has Pirates of the Caribbean story content from 2021.

    Sea of ​​Thieves may have had a rocky launch, but Rare has continued to develop its systems since launch. Adding more things to do and items to earn, Sea of ​​Thieves is best lived with friends, fighting enemy ships and Krakens while singing in shacks, drinking beer, and getting water out of your ship's hull.

    Add to that a new series of Tall Tales featuring Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean and Sea of ​​Thieves, which is well worth being on our list of best Xbox Game Pass games.

    Sunset Overdrive (PC, console)

    Insomniac Games

    Sunset Overdrive might be the funniest game on the list

    Taking Deadpool-style pop culture references and revolutionary comedy, Sunset Overdrive showcases Insomniac Games' penchant for explosive weaponry and fluid traversal, combining the best parts of the developer's Ratchet and Clank and Spider-Man titles.

    If you haven't bounced off the hood of your car onto the tracks while hurling explosive teddy bears at enemies, we think you've found the next Game Pass download, don't you?

    Star Wars Battlefront II (PC, console) (optimized for Xbox Series S | X)

    electronic arts

    After the launch issues, Battlefront 2 is a must-play for Star Wars fans.

    Yes, Star Wars Battlefront 2 launched in a mess and may never recover from the stench of the microtransaction-laden progression that was infamously pulled hours before launch. Fortunately, although 2's Battlefront 2021 is a much better and more complete game too.

    In the four years since launch, EA and DICE have added Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker content, Clone Wars updates, and even Solo content (remember that one?). It's essentially a Star Wars toy box, and there's never been a better time to start.

    Titanfall 2 (console)

    Respawn Entertainment / EA

    Apex Legends is great, but for many, Titanfall will never be forgotten

    Apex Legends has been a huge success for Respawn, but we'd be lying if we said we don't have hopes for a third Titanfall game. While the first game offered incredible multiplayer, Titanfall 2's single-player campaign is an all-time classic, constantly changing expectations while keeping the gunplay and traversal solid.

    Then there's multiplayer, which is no slouch, and it helped form the foundation of Apex Legends' superlative battle royale combat.

    What's left of Edith Finch (PC, console) (optimized for Xbox Series S | X)

    Giant Pardal / Annapurna Interactive

    What Remains of Edith Finch is an emotional experience.

    There are few games that are as atmospheric as What Remains of Edith Finch, a tale of the last surviving member of the Finch family. Edith returns home to explore the family estate, with each of the Finch family members dying under mysterious or tragic circumstances.

    Piecing together her family's story through playable vignettes, What Remains of Edith Finch is poignant, but more than a little dark. Still, it leaves an indelible message about life and death that is hard to forget.

    How to buy Xbox Game Pass

    Xbox Game Pass can be purchased through the official Xbox website for PC and Xbox consoles.

    The pass comes in two layers:

    • Standard : Includes access to hundreds of games as well as Xbox exclusive games at launch.
      • PC gamers can also get the first month for R$ 5,00 reais).
    • Ultimate:  everything that comes with the standard edition, but also includes Xbox Live Gold, the ability to play over the cloud, and free game content.
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