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- A Plague Tale: Innocence
- Dead Cells
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Gears 5
- Halo: MCC
- Halo Infinite
- Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
- Hollow Knight
- Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
- Minecraft Dungeons
- Ori and the Blind Forest
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
- Psychonauts 2
- The Outer Worlds
- Wasteland 3
- What Remains of Edith Finch
- Wolfenstein: The New Order
Android gamers have a whole new world open to them when playing video games on their mobile devices thanks to cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, formerly known as Project xCloud. However, if you look at the full list of every game you can play, you’ll notice that you can choose from over 200, which might feel overwhelming.
Luckily, we have your back, and we’ve picked some of the best ones of the bunch that we think you should check out first. This is by no means an exhaustive list — Microsoft has an impressive cloud gaming library full of excellent games.
You’ll see some games come and go; such is the nature of Game Pass. But we’ll be sure to update this when we can so you always know which games to play on your phone.
A PLAGUE TALE: INNOCENCE
A bleak and grisly tale, A Plague Tale: Innocence is the gripping story of two orphans escaping the Hundred Years’ War and the Black Death. It’s more of a historical fantasy adventure than true historical fiction, but the way things are blended makes for an excellent game, and a perfect one to kick off this list.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…OnePlus 10 Pro Leaks: Everything we know so farThe next OnePlus flagship is launching sooner than you might think!https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.517.2_en.html#goog_21413308860 seconds of 59 secondsVolume 0% PLAY SOUND
You play as Amicia, a French noble-born girl whose world is turned upside down when soldiers of the Spanish Inquisition attack her home, and she must escape with her little brother Hugo. Then she discovers that the world outside her estate is plagued, quite literally, by a mysterious and demonic infestation of disease-bearing rats that can kill anything they touch.
There are plenty of horror elements here, too, so I think of this game as grisly. The bubonic plague was no walk in the park, and it’s interesting to see a story set right in the middle of it. You’ll need to see the two orphans to safety while avoiding the Black Death and enemy soldiers. This game is all about stealth, so be ready.
A Plague Tale: Innocence
A truly gripping tale of survival in genuinely awful circumstances, A Plague Tale: Innocence will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Buy From: Microsoft
Dead Cells is a game that we’ve praised quite often, including featuring it in our best Android games list. That’s because it’s a near-perfect blending of a Metroidvania and a roguelike, with some Souls-like elements thrown in for good measure. It’s truly a wonderful game, but it’s intensely difficult.
Dead Cells features permadeath, but don’t let that deter you. You’ll need to learn your enemies’ patterns to best them in crazy combat. The combat itself is varied, and there are tons of different builds to suit every player. Since death is permanent in Dead Cells, you’ll have to start completely over when you die. That means you lose all progress, equipment, etc., and let me tell you, it sucks to die.
Still, Dead Cells is considered by many to be one of the best indie games of the last decade, and for good reason. It presents a significant challenge with plenty of payoff and reward when you succeed. Learning from your mistakes and failures is part of the fun.
Play as a failed alchemical experiment and survive an ever-changing environment in Dead Cells. It’s some intense action all the way through.
Buy From: Microsoft
THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM
With its arrival on Android via Xbox Game Pass, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is now officially on every platform. And it’s not hard to see why it’s become such a mainstay for gamers.
As the latest in the Elder Scrolls RPG series, it offers an expansive open world and many quests that will easily get you distracted from the main story. Skyrim is a mainstay of the Bethesda RPG library, and the Special Edition on Game Pass comes with all of its add-ons.
If you’re looking for an RPG on Game Pass, you’re in luck: Many of Bethesda’s other titles have joined Game Pass alongside Skyrim. But if you’re looking for a good fantasy RPG with various quests and stories, Skyrim’s the go-to. It’s even getting a 10th-anniversary update with Skyrim Anniversary Edition.
There isn’t much we can say about Skyrim that hasn’t been said in the 10 years it’s been around. It’s one of the most influential and memorable RPGs made in the 2010s, and it’s still fun to return to even if you’ve played it before, meaning it’s perfect for those who want to jump into it on Xbox Game Pass.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Special Edition
This beloved Bethesda fantasy RPG has dragons, magic, and an expansive story with multiple side quests. It’s a classic for a reason.
Buy From: Microsoft