The 10 Best PC Game Pass Titles You Must Play

Don’t miss out on these great games.

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Xbox Game Pass has a massive library that has something for everyone. The PC Game Pass subscription isn’t much different in this regard. The two libraries are mostly identical, but there are a handful of games that are unique to each service, or a few titles that offer a better experience on one platform than another. Here are ten of the best PC Game Pass titles that are either only for the service or better played on PC.

#10 Norco

Norco is an addicting point and click adventure game. Set in a dystopian city in southern Louisiana. After the death of your mother, your brother disappears. You must explore decrepit New Orleans in search of him. It starts out as a fairly simple story about trying to find your siblings, but quickly spirals into a wide-ranging conspiracy theory that stretches back generations in the city. Fans of more mature and serious point and click adventure titles like Backbone should really enjoy Norco. It’s the kind of game that left me thinking about its messages and themes for days after completing it.

#9 quake

DOOM and Wolfenstein might get the most praise when it comes to early first-person shooters, but don’t let that tempt you into underestimating the Quake series. Rather than being a sci-fi or alt-history shooter, Quake is a dark fantasy game. That said, it has plenty of medieval inspiration when it comes to weapons, maps, and enemies. This makes the game very appealing in person, Dark Fantasy is such a fantastic aesthetic that is rarely used in the FPS genre. While every Quake game is a masterpiece in its own right, if you could only play one, I’d suggest Quake Remastered. It takes everything that made the original game great, but improves on it. Better maps, smoother action, awesome weapons and more. There’s also a ton of extra content that makes it the definitive Quake experience. The higher resolution and frame rates don’t hurt either.

#8 Vampire Survivors

If you’re looking for a game to turn your brain off then look no further than Vampire Survivor. It’s a casual survival game in which huge hordes of monsters are thrown at you at the same time. There are some slight roguelite mechanics when it comes to the items that can spawn, but overall you’ll be using a variety of different characters with different abilities, upgrading them and your weapons to better survive against the waves of enemies. The Bullet Hell gameplay will see you face off against thousands of monsters at once. It’s a constant-action joyride that doesn’t require much thought, but is endlessly fun and feels mechanically good despite its simplicity.

#7 Crusader Kings III

Crusader Kings III is a great strategy game. There is much more to the game than just war and army building. You’ll also need to be politically smart, form alliances that spy on kingdoms around you, make sure your family passes into the next generation, and all sorts of subterfuges. It can be intimidating at first due to the number of mechanics you have to consider at once and the many different menus can make it difficult to play on console. Luckily the experience on PC is much smoother due to the number of buttons and mouse available to you as you rule your nation then I recommend Crusader Kings III. It’s arguably the best big strategy game out there and also a good entry point for new players due to the many tutorials on offer.

#6 Age of Empires IV

Age of Empires IV is the latest entry in one of the most important real-time strategy series of all time and will definitely leave a lasting impression. With it, you can control different armies in the Middle Ages and relive different historical events in real time. Build bases, train armies and wage war against your enemies! It has some of the most immersive strategy gameplay loops out there and combines it with an intriguing historical premise. Whether you play the single player campaign or compete against other players online. The RTS genre is one that has been widely translated to consoles, but the best experience continues to be on PC, and Age of Empires is yet to see the leap to consoles at all.

#5 Microsoft flight simulator

Simulator-style games have been growing in popularity lately, and that means Microsoft Flight Simulator is a must-play for any fan looking to further explore the genre. You have the whole world to explore, with dozens of airports worldwide to land at. With a range of aircraft available and a constant stream of free world updates, it’s practically the best game out there when it comes to the ins and outs of flying, as well as just seeing the world. It’s a technical game in every respect, learning how to take off and land properly takes time and skill, but with the various challenges and tutorials at your disposal, there are plenty of tools to help you in your learning endeavours. If you find Power Wash Simulator peaceful or relaxing, then I’m sure you’ll find similar comfort in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

#4 Fallout 2

Fallout is a series that needs no help to increase its popularity. Since Fallout 3 was first released, it has quickly become one of the greatest RPGs of all time. The Fallout games 3 and up are radically different from the first few games in the series, and the older games could use a lot more love. Fallout 2 is a top-down RPG similar to the more recent Wasteland games or even Weird West. It uses many of the same mechanics as the first Fallout game, but has a much richer storyline and larger map for you to explore. This means the game has a turn-based/tactics-based combat system rather than the third-person action-combat most fans are used to. Regardless, if you’re a fan of the Fallout world and lore, it’s worth giving the game a shot, as Fallout 2 has one of the best stories in the franchise.

#3 Death Stranding

Death Stranding is the kind of game you either love or hate. Dubbed a “walking simulator” by many people, Death Stranding is a game about rebuilding human connections after society begins to crumble. The story was written by mastermind Hideo Kojima, so expect a deep and often confusing narrative to peel back the layers to understand every detail. It’s weird, it’s unique, and it has its own interpretation of “funny” experiences. Deliver packages, build bridges, and help isolated communities reconnect. The premise isn’t the most exciting in the business, but I find the game so gloriously odd that I had to include it.

#2 Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo has defined the Xbox experience for decades, and with the Master Chief Collection coming to PC a few years ago, that experience has been expanded for many gamers. Using a keyboard and mouse to play games isn’t for everyone, but it’s hard to deny how much smoother aiming is with the use of a mouse as opposed to a thumbstick. Because of this, I would argue that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the perfect candidate for someone looking for an FPS title to play on PC. You get instant access to content that has shaped console FPS games for decades since their inception. Thankfully, you still have the option to use your choice of controller if you don’t want to put the keyboard and mouse in the bag.

#1 Minecraft Java Edition

Minecraft is the best-selling game of all time in terms of moving units, and it’s available on almost every mobile and gaming device imaginable. However, the Java Edition clearly stands out from the rest and is where most of the hardcore community plays. Buying the Java Edition includes all the DLCs, so there’s no marketplace where you list all sorts of little additions for sale. There is also massive mod support. For years, the community has been putting together a wide range of mods that really let you do anything you can imagine in Minecraft. While Minecraft is a great game on any platform, the Java edition is a must for any PC gamer.

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