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Best PC Games from the Microsoft Store on Windows 10

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After years of being, well, a joke, the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 has actually started to become a pretty respectable place for PC games. Thanks to Xbox Game Pass for PC (opens in new tab), you can grab many of these titles as part of a low-cost monthly subscription, or purchase them outright with special discounts once they leave the library. Here are our picks for the best core PC games on the Windows 10 Microsoft Store as of April 2020. Microsoft also now has a separate dedicated Xbox app just for PC games (opens in new tab), so you don't have to browse through the nightmare mixture of weird and broken abandonware in the main Microsoft Store. Cool!

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Mutant Year Zero (opens in new tab)

Turn-based tactics

Mutant Year Zero is an excellent turn-based tactics title with an RPG slant. Set in an apocalyptic future, a group of mutants carves out an existence in a radioactive Swedish wasteland, based on a popular 80s tabletop RPG. With some great dialogue and writing, Mutant Year Zero is a slick and satisfying strategy RPG well-worth your time.

Starting to grow

The Microsoft Store has effectively been a bit of a joke for the longest time, but thanks to increased investment from Microsoft and Xbox Game Pass for PC, it's starting to become a respectable place to buy your games.

There's still not a massive amount of core games available on the Microsoft Store, but the ones that are there are must-own games that often come with cross-play or cross-buy capabilities with Xbox One. The Long Dark (opens in new tab) is a personal top-5 game of the gen, with some of the most panic-inducing thrills I've experienced in a game. The randomly-generated loot and threats keep you firmly on your frost-bitten toes as you navigate an increasingly harsh wilderness, and the story elements the studio recently introduced are top-tier.

Mutant Year Zero (opens in new tab) is another personal favorite. The setting is suitably apocalyptic but uniquely set in a distant future where the relics of the past have become the object of hearsay and conjecture. Some of the item descriptions are hilarious, as the apocalypse's future denizens try to figure out what basic household objects were for back in the golden era. The writing is killer, and the gameplay is satisfying, too, with huge potential as a franchise.

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!

3 Comments
  • Why isn't Halo on this list?
  • I will fix that in the next update! I also want to get Prey in there.
  • And Fallout 76 now too!