Best PC Games from the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 Windows Central 2019

The Windows 10 Microsoft Store isn't the most beloved storefront for digital games distribution, but there are a few great games with Xbox Live integration on the store, and many come with buy-once, play-anywhere functionality across Xbox One and PC. Here are the best of them.

Racing masterpiece: Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4 is a masterful racing game that is the culmination of everything Playground Games has been working towards with the series. Complete with seasonal changes, this gorgeous recreation of iconic British landscapes is the ultimate open-world arcade racing experience, and it's available on Windows 10.

$60 at Microsoft

Sci-fi strategy: Halo Wars 2

Halo Wars 2 is a criminally underrated sci-fi strategy game set in the popular Halo universe. Take on one of the galaxy's biggest threats yet in Atriox and his banished covenant military junta, both in co-op play with competitive player-versus-player modes, Halo Wars 2 is an Xbox Play Anywhere title well worth a look.

$40 at Microsoft

Life of a pirate: Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves is a huge connected sandbox wrapped in a vibrant pirate adventure. Join up to three friends and take on the high seas, battle it out with leviathans, hunt for buried treasure, and customize your gear and ship. Sea of Thieves is all about navigating the danger of a persistent open world, where every player could be your enemy.

$60 at Microsoft

Zombie apocalypse simulator: State of Decay 2

State of Decay 2 is an open world zombie apocalypse simulator, where you're in control of an entire crew of survivors. Manage resources, craft weapons, and build up your base, because the zombie hordes won't give you a break. State of Decay 2 is an aggressively addictive action game playable with up to three friends.

$30 at Microsoft

Space survival: Astroneer

Astroneer is a procedurally-generated survival game set in an infinite cosmos, where your only tasks are to survive and flourish. Research the local flora and fauna, learn increasingly complex machines and tools, and build large settlements in a co-op journey to colonize space.

$30 at Microsoft

Hardcore platformer: Cuphead

Cuphead is a masterful hand-drawn side-scrolling platform shooter with old-school leanings. Taking inspiration from games like Contra and Gunstar Heroes, Cuphead is set in a vintage-style world full of anthropomorphic creatures working for your enemy, The Devil himself. Either solo or in two-player local co-op, Cuphead is a blast.

$20 at Microsoft

Awesomepocalypse: Sunset Overdrive

Sunset Overdrive is a madcap open-world action game set in a vibrant, mutant-infested apocalypse. A contaminated soft drink has turned the local population into crazed freaks, and it's on you to get to the bottom of the corporate conspiracy. Grind your way Tony Hawk-style across a action-filled playground, in one of the most underrated romps of the generation.

$20 at Microsoft

Classic horror reborn: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Resident Evil 7 marked the beginning of a bit of a renaissance for Capcom, revisiting the classic survival horror format it largely abandoned with Resident Evil 5 and 6. The result is one of the best entries in the series, wrapped in a slick first-person shooter with harrowing visuals, and satisfying combat.

$30 at Microsoft

Shop keep 'em up: Moonlighter

Moonlighter is a fun, light-hearted hack n' slash game with inspirations ranging from classic Zelda to Harvest Moon. In Moonlighter, your goal is to delve into dangerous dungeons to recover precious relics and reagents to sell in your very own shop. Upgrading your shop will grow your business, allowing you to upgrade your gear and take on stronger enemies. It's addictive, fun, and awesome.

$20 at Microsoft

Survival strategy: Frostpunk

Frostpunk is a survival simulator set in a climatological apocalypse, where a new ice age has obliterated civilization. You and a small troupe of survivors must rebuild, heat your homes, forage for food, and ultimately survive the increasingly blistering cold, while managing the fears and potential rebellion of your own citizens. Frostpunk is a masterpiece.

$30 at Microsoft

There's not a huge 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. Among my favorites on this list include Resident Evil 7, for effectively kickstarting Capcom's resurgence in recent years. Moonlighter is also an incredibly fun title for those looking for something a little less intense.

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