Unbelievably, there's no Netflix-like service for video games on the Xbox One. On June 1, that changes with the introduction of Xbox Game Pass for the Xbox One.
The concept is simple: Pay a monthly fee for unlimited access to a library of content.
The service costs $10 per month, and offers unlimited access to a library of over 100 games. You can download as many games as you want, play them for as long as you want, and new games are added monthly.
Xbox Game Pass is slightly different from a Netflix-type service in that the games aren't streamed over an internet connection — they're downloaded, meaning you can play them online or offline. The service lights up on June 1, and there's a 14-day free trial available to anyone with an Xbox One.
But with over 100 games, you might be wondering where to start. We've got some ideas below!
"Spelunky" is simple to understand, impossible to master, and troublingly addictive. You're an explorer in a 2D environment, fighting spiders and skeletons and aliens, on a quest to reach a door that will lead to the next level.
More enemies, more treasures, and always a different adventure — "Spelunky" is a "procedurally-generated" game, which is a complicated way of saying the levels are different every time you play the game. They'll always look the same, but the way they're laid out is unique on each playthrough. It's just one of the many aspects in "Spelunky" that make it such a delight.
2. "Halo 5: Guardians"
"Halo 5: Guardians" isn't as revelatory as the original "Halo" and its sequel were, but it's certainly the best-looking, best-playing "Halo" game ever made. It's a more fully-realized universe than ever, with vegetation and animals and ancient structures and all sorts of other pretty stuff to gawk at. Better still, the multiplayer is still thriving with players — which is good, because it's the finest multiplayer the series has ever had.
3. "Sunset Overdrive"
"Sunset Overdrive" is a ridiculous game. It can't be overstated — much of its aesthetic resembles a Monster energy drink commercial crossed with a Good Charlotte music video, which is entirely intentional. Don't let that dissuade you: "Sunset Overdrive" is a fantastic game that's like nothing else on the Xbox One. It's a third-person action game with a focus on high-speed movement — think "Tony Hawk Pro Skater" meets "Gears of War." It puts a premium on fun over all else that makes it a standout here.