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Best PC Game Pass games 2022

Xbox Game Pass is finally available on Windows 10 and 11 PCs, and has been rebranded to PC Game Pass, although I doubt anyone is going to call it that for quite a long time, potentially screwing up the SEO on this post. RIP. Anyways, PC Game Pass brings across hundreds of games to the platform for a relatively low monthly fee. Whether you're new to PC gaming or just new to PC Game Pass, it can be a bit daunting to trudge through the entire catalog to find what to play first, so we've listed nine of our favorites to get you started. All of the games listed here are included in PC Game Pass for PC, but can also be purchased separately at a discount for your subscription.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps (opens in new tab)

Must-play

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is one of Xbox Game Pass's greatest titles, owing to its stunning environments, precision platforming, and evocative story. Ori tells the tale of a cat-like spirit on a quest to save his world from corruption, and it's available on Xbox Game Pass for both PC and console.

So much to try

During the beta period, as Microsoft ramps up the associated app and service, PC Game Pass costs just $5 per month. I'd argue that even at its full price of $10, it represents some of the best value deals in gaming, giving access to tons of games you'd otherwise have to buy separately.

Slipping in at the top spot we have The Outer Worlds (opens in new tab), which by itself makes a month of PC Game Pass totally worth it. Set in a distant colony controlled by corrupt corporations, you wake up from deep hyperspace sleep to find civilization on the brink of collapse. Travel across various unique planets in a game where your decisions affect the outcome of every quest. Oh, and if you want, you can just kill every character in the entire game if that's to your liking.

Mutant Year Zero (opens in new tab) is another personal favorite. Despite having pretty wacky-looking characters and plenty of humor, the story is actually dark and deceptively well-realized. The combat is aggressive, but not what I'd consider unfair by any stretch, focusing a little more on positioning and tactics rather than luck-based hit percentages.

Finally, I have to give a shoutout to Moonlighter (opens in new tab). If you're looking for something a little more light-hearted and easy-going, Moonlighter is a good choice. The combat is slick and well-executed, complete with a large RPG-style upgrade system that'll have you losing track of time with all its addictiveness.

Jez Corden
Jez Corden

Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!