Here is our favourite underrated Xbox Game Pass games that we think worth trying on Xbox Series X. Game Pass is one of the most recognized and useful services within the video game industry. With the arrival of Xbox Series X, it becomes essential to take advantage of the console’s backward compatibility.
Xbox Series X is a console made to enjoy the backward compatibility and dozens and dozens of games found in Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft has made the next generation pay tribute to the past through its subscription service.
However, if you’re a Game Pass user, you’re likely to feel a little overwhelmed by all the options when it comes to deciding what to play. Well, today we are going out of our way to leave the big productions aside and focus on smaller games.
Today we are going to propose ten underrated Xbox Game Pass games that are worth trying on Xbox Series X. Before the big console titles start being released, we can always take advantage of “hidden” jewels in the catalog of this fantastic service.
What would happen if classic games like Metroid and the beloved ninja adventures of, for example, Ryu Hayabusa were to be united in a single title? Well, you’d be left with something as dazzling as The Messenger. This title from Sabotage Studios is one of the great arcades/Metroidvania that the year 2018 left us.
The Messenger is a retro platform adventure that evokes the great works of the past and will delight the most veteran fans of arcades and 2D arcades. Its virtues go beyond the gameplay itself since the history of this game is really interesting and catches anyone based on good mechanics.
Slay the Spire
It’s time to put all the cards on the table, and yes, this was an attempt at a joke. Slay the Spire is one of the most addictive and well-measured games you will find on this list. This rogue-like and RPG card game will catch you and, once you do, you can’t escape it anymore.
We won’t go into many details, but the simplicity of its game mechanics soon reveals a deep development of these and, if you want to stand out and reach a high degree of mastery in this game, you will have to practice a lot. That’s why its rogue-like formula works so well.
Children of Morta
We do not leave the genre of the rogue-likes although this should be included in the rogue-sites, something lighter but equally interesting. Children of Morta is a proposal that does not stray from the path of what we have already seen but manages to be outstanding in all its aspects.
We return to the dungeons of a lifetime through a fantastic setting captained by beautiful pixel art and also accompanied by a very interesting story and gameplay that puts a perfect ending to the game. It is not surprising, but it is round.
Ryse: Son of Rome
Although it is not the best game on the list. Ryse: Son of Rome was one of those titles that marked a before and after in terms of graphics. The title came to Xbox One in 2013 as a technical portent of Crytek and in this, it fulfilled its role.
The big problem with Ryse: Son of Rome was that it generated too many expectations, but now that we see it with a more prudent perspective, it can be a great opportunity to enjoy the benefits and improvements of Xbox Series X and take even more advantage of the spectacular graphics of this game.
Remnant From the Ashes
If you like cooperative approaches, Remnant From the Ashes can be an unexpected choice, but one that leaves a few players satisfied. The third-person survival action of this work has led to being compared as a hybrid between Dark Souls, Fallout, and all kinds of proposals souls like or survival shooter similar to firearms.
The truth is that its premise and gameplay invite, at least, to try it. Once you have tasted it, you will see in Remnant From the Ashes a solid bet that manages to mix several successes from other titles, including RPG elements. It is not the most original thing in the world, but with friends, it can be one of the best experiences to collaborate.
One of the formulas at the multiplayer level, although it can also be enjoyed perfectly alone, is Absolver. It is a game of fight and role that presents us with innovative and original mechanics that accompany a very attractive aesthetic at the visual level.
Its proposal convinced and now it has been improved with the passage of the years. Although its launching did not manage to make many players attracted by its plot, Absolver is one of the most entertaining games that you will find in this list. Very recommendable if you like the action and many hours of multiplayer content.
Journey to the Savage Planet
Now it is our turn to travel with a very colorful space proposal that hides more than it once showed. Journey to the Savage Planet is a proposal that has been left in the background, but that will leave fans of exploration games very satisfied.
This title shows the most colorful and pleasant scenarios while experimenting with humor that has already become one of its most positive points. There is charisma within this work, and what is more important in a game of its kind, it offers tons of secrets to be discovered.
A classic that won the hearts of thousands of players in its time has returned, and what better time than now to take advantage of Series X with a new and yet very evocative title. Battletoads has recently been launched thanks to Dlala and has made us return to that beat’em up we love so much.
Elite Controller for Xbox One
This controller with interchangeable and configurable buttons has been crowned as one of the best, if not the best for, Xbox One, both in terms of performance and battery life.
Rare’s characters that had been so long in fallow have returned with a proposal at a good level that once again demonstrates the power of Microsoft’s exclusives and one of its most “old” and beloved labels.
We again pay special attention to the graphics and with this example, you will forgive us. We must be frank. We know that Black is considered a cult work and is recognized worldwide, but new players may not know it.
Therefore, we are forced to recommend him within this list. The shooter developed by EA and Criterion Games launched for the first Xbox in 2006 must be remembered as it deserves and what better way than to show off its already impressive graphics, with improvements thanks to the X Series retro compatibility.
We finish the list with a quite recent game. Although it may have gone a bit unnoticed among this year’s big releases, Carrion may be a pleasant surprise for fans of the Metroidvania genre. Here the roles are completely reversed.
We become a monster instead of a hero and that translates into a very visual gore that blends perfectly with a pixel art sea of Chula aesthetic. If you have already experienced everything within this polished genre, Carrion will give you a nice and bloody gaming experience.