6. Gears 5
One of the best parts about Xbox Game Pass is getting newly released first-party games for free at launch – like, for example, Gears 5. Not only does this game have a fantastic single-player story that follows the events of Gears of War 4, but it has a ton of great multiplayer modes that are available as part of the package, too.
7. Kingdom Hearts 3
It took years to finally release, but Kingdom Hearts 3 was worth the wait. The story is a bit slow and slightly convoluted for newcomers to the series, but once you’re past the intro you’ll find a charming and action-packed adventure that we once called the fantastical nature of Final Fantasy with the magical familiarity of Disney in worlds that are almost indistinguishable from the films they depict.
8. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Admittedly the next game on our list, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, has a lot in common with Kingdom Hearts 3. They’re both fan-favorite franchises that can be a bit tricky to get into, but once you know what you’re doing it will completely capture your imagination. The difference is that Kingdom Hearts is, at most, a PG story while Metal Gear Solid V often has an interrogation scene, exposed intestines, and a half-nude woman walking around since she needs to breathe through her skin.
9. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
While Ori and Gears 5 take top billing as the best Xbox One-exclusive games on Xbox Game Pass, Halo: The Master Chief Collection comes in a close third. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically the discography of the Halo universe, replete with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, and the anniversary edition of Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4. The Collection includes all those games plus all the multiplayer maps. It’s basically the best thing to happen to any Halo fan ever.