Xbox Game Pass consistently proves that it’s one of the most valuable subscriptions in gaming, and the start of 2022 is no different. Microsoft has provided gamers with new games, old games, Xbox exclusives, and more at a decent price, along with some of the upcoming and planned games coming out in 2022!
The best games to play on Game Pass in January 2022
These are not games limited to January releases, but from the entire catalog available now! Whether you’re looking for a co-op adventure or an independent delight, you’re sure to find something you’ll love here.
Stray Bombay’s first video game, The Anacrusis, already seeks to fill the Left 4 Dead hole in many hearts, but without being a mere copycat of Valve’s legendary title. Set on a massive spaceship, The Anacrusis charges up to 4 players against alien hordes, which are strategically placed by an AI director.
The Anacrusis is currently launching in an early access state, with a full launch in late 2022. However, many early previews of the game say it’s a lot of fun, so we’re excited to try the Anacrusis and hopefully survive.
We know the multiplayer portion of Halo: Infinite is free, but the campaign is available through Xbox Game Pass, so we think that matters! Halo: Infinite is the latest in the Halo franchise, and after a pretty disappointing game with Guardians, Infinite is looking to make amends to the fanbase with some successful results.
343 Industries took on the monumental challenge of being able to appease existing fans, but also introduce newcomers to the series on their brand new Xbox Series consoles. While the story might miss a few beats, Halo’s tried-and-true formula works wonders in an open-world setting, and grappling hooks are always welcome.
If the campaign isn’t for you, multiplayer is classic Halo fun. 343i has proven to listen to a lot of player feedback over the past few months, and it looks like the multiplayer side of Infinite is going to see plenty of updates for years to come. But why not jump now?
If you haven’t had a chance to play Dead Cells, you should give it a try. A mix of rogue-lite, Metroidvania, and Souls might seem overly packed, but the way developer Motion Twin achieves this unique mix of genres is thrilling and, more importantly, addictive.
Dead Cells has an amazing art style, fun and engaging combat, and plenty of loot and challenges. Exploration is also key, allowing players to find new shortcuts as well as new mini-challenges to earn new and better loot. And thanks to upgrades that can be purchased after completing each area, dying gives you more of an advantage next time.
sea of thieves
Rare’s Sea of Thieves took a few years to get to a place where it was in good shape, but thanks in part to Game Pass and numerous updates, this chaotic and adventurous pirate game has thrived ever since. its launch.
Whether you’re embarking on the ocean with a few friends or taking it on alone (warning: we recommend having friends), you’ll find plenty of interesting islands, face off against human and undead enemies, and plenty of hilarious things you can talk about with others. Sea of Thieves has gained quite a following now, and for good reason.
It takes two
If you have a friend, either at home or online, It Takes Two is one of the best co-op games out there. Cody and May, parents who have lost their love and decide to divorce, are made into dolls of their daughters before embarking on an adventure through their own home, finding missing parts of their relationship and understanding each other a little more. throughout the Game.
Each player decides on a character to play, and in each area is assigned unique and interesting gameplay mechanics that keep the story at a good pace. Hazelight Studios, which also developed A Way Out, has perfected its formula for cooperative games and It Takes Two shows it. It’s a lovely, well-designed game with lots of heart and passion.
Rainbow Six: Extraction
As of this writing, this game has yet to be released (either on its own or on Game Pass), but Ubisoft has provided many successful betas of the game. And playing a brand new AAA game at launch, without paying any money, is great value for money.
Rainbow Six: Extraction is the PvE equivalent of the tactical multiplayer shooter Rainbow Six: Siege. A team of players are tasked with eliminating a parasitic alien threat. Many players may find themselves enjoying Extraction more than Siege, as the former is a more relaxed game compared to the competitive nature of Siege.
If you’re looking for a game that allows for co-op but still want to shoot aliens and work as a team, Extraction is the perfect fit for you. Otherwise, Rainbow Six: Siege is also available on Game Pass!
Star Wars: Fallen Order of the Jedi
Star Wars and Souls sound like an odd combination on paper, but Jedi Fallen Order proved it was anything but. Introducing players to Cal, a Jedi who survived the Order 66 purge and went into hiding as a youth, he is driven to find a way to locate other surviving Jedi in an effort to stop the Empire. . Unfortunately, there’s Sith after him, and it’s a challenge to take on alien creatures, Sith Inquisitors, and an army of Stormtroopers.
Jedi Fallen Order is both a good entry for fans and people unfamiliar with or uninterested in Star Wars. It easily explains the story without relying on existing lore, but has enough surprises that people who love Star Wars will love this game. They also balance the Force powers extremely well with the Souls-like genre, giving the player a feeling of power without making it too easy.
Winner of countless Game of the Year awards in 2020 and adored by countless gamers, Hades is one of the most interesting, thoughtful, and incredible indie games to date. Rogue-likes generally struggle to balance repetitive nature and story, usually opting for gameplay, but Hades takes both of these elements into consideration and highlights them as well.
The cast of characters you find in Hades are extremely well acted, with excellent dialogue. The gameplay is addictive and contains enough elements to keep it interesting every playthrough, but not so many that it overwhelms the player. It’s not without its flaws, but Hades is fun to play, and you’re going to have a great time.
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
The Mass Effect trilogy has long been a series put on a pedestal. This sci-fi RPG has dialogue choices, consequences for your actions, relationships to make or break, and more, as well as a beautifully written, intricate story.
The Legendary Trilogy Edition is exactly that, but remastered for newcomers as well. With a wide range of improvements, from graphics to gameplay, Mass Effect has found new life on last-gen and current-gen consoles without losing anything of what makes it special. Although some elements of the trilogy have seen more upgrades than others, this is still a great package.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is an extremely unique game. Its story is crafted and cleverly written around sanity, and its gameplay blends perfectly with this gripping story. You play as Senua, a warrior with an illness called psychosis, on a journey to Helheim to save the soul of her dead lover from Hela.
Playing with headphones is a psychologically terrifying experience, which only heightens the experience. Ninja Theory uses every element of the game to develop a sense of intrigue, suspense and horror, enough to entice the player to continue the adventure, but just enough that sometimes you need a moment to to breathe. And you can play it on Game Pass in time for the sequel this year.
These are the 10 best Game Pass games to play in January 2022. But if you’ve already played some of them, there are plenty of other games available on the service that you can try. You may even have missed some when they came out.
Still, whether you’re taking a trip to hell, gunning down aliens with friends, or ending up with a lightsaber in your hand, you’ll be sure to find value in Game Pass.