10. Monster Hunter World
At one time a very niche franchise here in the West, Monster Hunter has finally gotten its comeuppance with the critically acclaimed Monster Hunter World. This RPG franchise about hunting monsters sounds a bit childish, but the fast, frenetic gameplay and gear grind make for extremely satisfying gameplay that can either be undertaken alone or shared in the company of friends. Either way you can’t go wrong.
11. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
For years, Ori and the Blind Forest was one of our favorite Metroidvania 2D dungeon crawlers on Xbox One – it was heartfelt, beautiful and challenging, and the world simply oozed personality and intrigue. Years later, Moon Studios has cooperated with Microsoft to release Ori and the Will of the Wisps, a sequel adding some new combat elements such as a shard system that allows for more customization of Ori’s abilities.
12. NBA 2K20
EA has not signed on to Xbox Game Pass but 2K has signed on to the service and put up its biggest sports game, NBA 2K20. A solid basketball sim, 2K20 adds a number of all-time-great basketball teams to the mix in addition to a more cinematic single-player experience and, for the first time ever, WNBA teams.
13. Outer Wilds
What if you only had 22ms to live? What could you learn in that time? If given 22 more minutes, what would you do? This philosophical quandary is put to the test in the action-adventure-exploration game Outer Wilds that tasks you with learning as much about the pint-sized universe as you can in 22 minutes. At that point, the sun will go supernova and you will have to start all once again.
14. The Outer Worlds
The Outer Worlds from developers Obsidian Entertainment takes everything you loved about the Fallout franchise – the humor, the writing and the arsenal – and brings it to the wider universe.