As a kid, I would park myself in front of the TV to play games, usually close enough that I could reach out and put my grubby hands on the screen. My father, probably frustrated that he couldn‘t watch TV for dads, like extreme professional lawn mowing tournaments or something, always said that when I grew into an adult, I wouldn’t care about playing games anymore. How very wrong he was.
I’m sure you’re with me. Not only do I still play games, I still love to play some of the same ones I did back then (Halo: Reach anybody? Age of Empires II?). I play games based on cartoons; I make Spotify playlists of best video game soundtracks (which – reminder! You can get 6 months of Spotify Premium, and 1 month of EA Access and 3 months of Discord Nitro with your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership right now), and I still sometimes put my grubby hands on the screen.
Enough with memory lane, let’s get to the games!
My Friend Pedro (ID@Xbox)
A violent ballet about friendship, imagination, and one man’s struggle to obliterate anyone in his path at the command of a conscious banana. The strategic use of split aiming, slow motion, and the stylish window breach create one sensational action sequence after another in an explosive battle through the criminal underworld.
Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker
The Naruto franchise is back with a brand-new experience in Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker! This new game lets gamers battle as a team of four to compete against other teams online! Shinobi Striker is built from the ground up in a completely new graphic style. Lead your team and fight online to see who the best ninjas are!
Demon’s Tilt (ID@Xbox Day One Launch)
A tribute to ‘90s video pinball games, featuring modern effects and mechanics—including bosses, secrets, and unprecedented depth to please video gamers and hardcore pinball enthusiasts alike. Now with bigger sprites, more baddies, more secrets, and more bullets! Demon’s Tilt pushes the limits of the video pinball genre with Shmup & Hack N’ Slash elements.
Wandersong (ID@Xbox Day One Launch)
A musical platforming adventure with an emotional story. Play as a silly bard and use music to interact with everything on a journey around the world. Along the way you’ll explore, solve puzzles, and meet a huge cast of characters.
eFootball PES 2020
Experience the most realistic and authentic soccer game with eFootball PES 2020! Play with the biggest teams in world soccer, featuring Spanish champions FC Barcelona, global giants Manchester United, German champions FC Bayern München, and Italian champions Juventus — featured exclusively in PES!
Overcooked! 2 (ID@Xbox)
Overcooked returns with a brand-new helping of chaotic cooking action! Journey back to the Onion Kingdom and assemble your team of chefs in classic couch co-op or online play for up to four players. Hold onto your aprons … it’s time to save the world (again!)
Pathologic 2 (ID@Xbox Day One Launch)
A narrative-driven dramatic thriller about fighting a deadly outbreak in a secluded rural town. Face the realities of a collapsing society as you make difficult choices in seemingly lose-lose situations in this groundbreaking open-world horror RPG.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
A revolutionary next-gen experience that brings the RPG into a modern military setting for the first time. In the wake of a devastating pandemic that sweeps through New York City, basic services fail one by one, and without access to food or water the city descends into chaos. As an agent of The Division, you’ll specialize, modify, and level up your gear, weapons, and skills to take back New York.
In Case You Missed It: Even More Games
Coming as a complete shock to no one, we added more games earlier this month too! You might have missed it between the absolute monster bucket of games we announced at X019, and now. Here’s our latest drop:
Munchkin: Quacked Quest (ID@Xbox Day One Launch)
A dungeon crawler with all the humor, puns, and ducks from the hit card game Munchkin by Steve Jackson. Take down your enemies and your “allies” while gathering gold and get to the top by sacrificing foes (and friends) in pits. Grab your Rat-on-a-Stick or a Flare Gun and prepare for the rampaging hordes of monsters and friends you may have just thrown into a sacrifice pit.
The Escapists 2 (ID@Xbox)
Craft, steal, brawl, and escape! It’s time to bust out of the toughest prisons in the world as you return to the life of an inmate in The Escapists 2. Explore the biggest prisons yet with multiple floors, roofs, vents, and underground tunnels. Live by the prison rules, attending roll call, doing prison jobs and following strict routines, all the while secretly engineering your bid for freedom!
Halo: Reach (Console and PC)
Halo: Reach for Halo: The Master Chief Collection comes to the Xbox One and for the first time ever: Windows 10 PC. Looking better than ever Halo: Reach includes up to 4K UHD resolution and HDR on Xbox One X consoles. Experience the tragic and heroic story of Noble Team, who through great sacrifice and courage saved countless lives in the face of impossible odds. Enjoy iconic Halo multiplayer experiences with generation-defining player customization, unforgettable maps and classic game modes.
Member Benefits & Game Updates
- EA Access, Discord Nitro, and Spotify Premium Codes available for new and eligible current members that sign up for just $1 for the first 3 months. Terms and conditions apply.
- Sea of Thieves: Seabound Soul This free update features new lore-based tales with Captain Pendragon, the Ashen Dragon, and firebombs! Who doesn’t like putting fiery panic in the hearts of your opposing crews in Adventure and in the Arena?
- Dead by Daylight: Cursed Legacy update released on December 3, including free map and more.
- Gears 5 eSports supporter pack is available for purchase now and is eligible for the exclusive Xbox Game Pass discount. Get ready for the next eSports event on December 6.
Xbox Game Pass Quests
You were going to play the games anyways, time to get some extra points for it. You can open the Microsoft Rewards app and you’ll see a green checkmark with any Quest you’ve completed. Here’s what is on deck for your next quests:
- Elf Quest
- Complete any Game Pass Quest between December 2 and 15 and get a rental of Elf on us!
Game Pass Quests from December 2 through January 6 include
- Biggest Games of 2019
- Earn any achievement from our Biggest Games of the Year collection and get 100 points. See eligible games here.
- Rage 2
- Complete 2 achievements in RAGE 2 to earn 200 points.
- Complete 2 achievements in Subnautica to earn 200 points.
- Earn 3 achievements in any ID@Xbox game and get 300 points. See eligible games here.
- Play Something New
- Earn 1 achievement in any of these new games released and get 100 points. See eligible games here.
It’s sad to see games go as we bring in new ones, we know. If you love these games and aren’t ready to say goodbye, you can buy any game that’s leaving soon before they leave on December 13 at up to 20% off.
- Life is Strange: Before the Storm
- Life is Strange Season 1
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2019
In closing: A bucket of games coming soon to our library (many you can play right now by using the Xbox app to download from wherever you are for both console and PC), discounts on games, free updates to others, and quests to earn points in games you were probably going to play anyways (might as well get some rewards out of it). Anything not in that list, we’ll make a meme of it on Twitter or Instagram.
If you’re not a member yet, but want to check out the these great games, try your first three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for just $1. Good luck getting through all these games!