This week, Microsoft’s xCloud experiments are bearing fruit. If you have an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, you can stream 150 games from your Xbox One library to your phone at no extra cost or time limit. It is a welcome addition to an already valuable subscription. And that̵7;s before the EA Play games come too!
We have selected some of the games in the Xbox One library that you should check out. It’s not exhaustive, but it’s a good cross – section of the games shown, and some of them should be good for the smaller screens and travel format for phones.
What you need
It is technically possible to play all these games with only your phone because the Game Pass app includes support for virtual controls on the screen. But please, for love of the game, do not. None of the games (with one important exception) were intended to be played on a touch screen.
Instead, you should take a check. Everything that is compatible with Android should work with the Game Pass app, but we can warmly recommend both Razer Kishi and MOGA XP5-X Plus. They offer access to all known options for an Xbox One controller.
Oh, and you need an Android phone or tablet. Unfortunately, Apple has put a block on Game Pass and other streaming services on iPhone and iPad. Now, without further ado, let’s go to the games. As an aside, these are also good choices to check out Game Pass for PC.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Bloody is a spiritual successor to the much-loved Castlevania series, which has been so cruelly neglected by Konami. Long ago Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi did this, and it shows: the battle, the RPG equipment and the scattering secret filled map are equal to any of the classic Castlevania game. The game looks beautiful with its 3D models, monsters, clothes and environments. But do not worry: the whole battle is in classic 2D.
Forza Horizon 4
Force: Horizon is Microsoft’s absolutely wonderful driving series, over an even more beautiful open world. Number four adds dynamically changing seasons, chill songs and more than four hundred carefully modeled cars that you can play in. You can take part in a variety of competition modes or just glide through the beautiful English countryside and sometimes lower the property value if you decide to to do so in one of the off-road vehicles.
Halo: Master Chief Collection
Halo is a game series with legendary single player campaigns, and Master Chief Collection have sex, count them, six of them: the original Combat Evolved, Halo 2, 3, ODST, and 4, and the prequel Reach. If that’s not enough to pinch your foreigner’s fingers, all six games include full multiplayer online support – yes, even back to the original. The game had a rocky start, but continued support has made it a shining example of upgrades after launch.
Untitled Goose Game
Nothing expresses utter contempt and cruelty to every living thing like a great horrible goose. IN Untitled Goose Game, players take on the role of the untitled waterfowl and terrorize a sleepy British village by stealing almost everything. The game can be described as “stealth” ( Metal Goose Solid jokes do themselves), but it’s more like “annoying”.
It’s honking great fun. The relaxed gameplay without pressure is especially good for a telephone installation.
This third-person action game likes to hold their cards close to their chests, allowing players to guess the character of their sci-fi story. Said actions are blowing, and the world you are fighting through is haunting and engaging. But you only really understand the nature of androids Kidney: Automata and their struggle after you have completed it several times.
You need a high tolerance for anime tropics to enjoy this one (said androids have an odd habit of fighting in lingerie and high heels), but it’s well worth the effort.
Ori and the blind forest
This 2D platformer has one of the most engaging drop-dead wonderful presentations I have ever seen in any game. The character designs are sickeningly cute, but don’t let them fool you: Ori and Blind Forrest Have some seriously challenging enemies as you explore its world and go through its history. When you are done with the original, you can check out the sequel, Ori and Wisp’s will. Warn: Parts of both games are so sad and sweet that they give you Land ahead of time flashbacks.
Sea of Thieves
Pirates are fun. That’s pretty much the core idea behind it Sea of Thieves, Rare Xbox-exclusive swashbuckler. But despite the slightly drawn-out look, there are some deep multiplayer mechanics in this game: You must use teamwork to effectively sail a massive ship, track down treasure, and capture either the sea’s supernatural enemies or other players in the open world. There is a zen quality Sea of Thieves It’s surprisingly engaging, especially if you can meet a crew of friends.
A recently released version that went straight to the Xbox Game Pass, Spirit dangers is basically an old point-and-click adventure game with a few layers of game paint. You play the ferry master on the barge of the dead and help spirits on their way to the new world. Fantastic cartoon animation and a base building mechanic are laid over the relationships you build with your passengers, all of which must end.
The outer worlds
This action-RPG comes from Obsidian, the much-loved developers of Fallout: New Vegas. And fans of that game will find The outer worlds a familiar experience: You wake up from a vaulted colonial ship in a hyper-corporate star system, and you must navigate the dangers of both human and alien life to revive your fellow colonists.
Or not – it’s up to you and the character you recruit to your team. The outer worlds is short and sweet, but offers a convincingly colorful world that mixes sci-fi and Gilded Age emotions.
The Yakuza the series is among the most beloved of story-focused games in the open world and the prequel Yakuza 0 often tops the list of franchises. Take the role of Kazuma Kiryu before he became an organized crime legend and beat performances (among other things) on the striped streets of 90s Tokyo. Yakuza 0 has a plot that is alternately serious and ridiculous, with combat that is surprisingly competent, but it is the big role and obliterated world that streaks with things to do that make you come back.
Honorable mention: Minecraft Dungeons
Minecraft Dungeons is not a great game by all accounts – it’s just a dungeon with a few Minecraft elements are added. If you’re a fan of the genre, play Dungeon of the Endless on Game Pass instead. But Minecraft Dungeons is remarkable here as it is the first game with touch controls and an interface that dynamically shifts if you play them on the phone’s touch screen.
It’s worth checking out, especially if you can compare it to the same game on your Xbox One or PC. This is a sneak peek at what’s possible when future games are made from scratch with the Xbox Game Pass in mind.