Xbox Game Pass for PC is absolutely the best value in town for PC gamers. I am now into my third month of the subscription and it’s an understatement to say that it has revolutionised my gaming experience. I love being able to try out new games, including some from left field that I never would have thought to spend a dollar on. As always, this is my completely, unashamedly biased list based on the things I like. Not to your tastes? Check out the full list of available games here. Welcome to the best of Xbox Game Pass for PC – November 2020 Edition!
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The Best of Xbox Game Pass for PC – November 2020
Forza Horizon 4
Three months in and this game is still my single biggest time hog. Be warned, the Horizon series isn’t to everyone’s tastes – racing purists had better stick with Forza Motorsport 7. However (for me), after a long, hard day at work or with the kids, there is no better way to unwind. None. At all. Whatsoever.
The most addictive part of Forza Horizon 4 is the seasonal playground games. I find these so enjoyable that my progress through the storyline has all but stopped. There is something extremely satisfying about carefully choosing the right car and tuning it to dominate the playground.
The playground in Forza Horizon 4 is all about team games, but mercifully you never have to communicate with your teammates to succeed. Its not without frustrations – some people have a particularly bad habit of bailing when things aren’t going their way, but even that can lead to some interesting scenarios. Forza Horizon 4 is my absolute favourite game right now and I expect it to be on this list for a long time yet.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
There are certain moments in your video game life that you remember for ever. The first time I ever turned an Xbox on and inserted Halo into the disk tray is one of those. That music, that combat system and that stunning world are all part of my definition of videogame greatness. It helps that I spent hours upon hours completing campaigns and playing multiplayer deathmatches with the best mates anyone could ask for.
The Master Chief Collection contains six Halo games, including: Reach, Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2, Halo 3, ODST Campaign and the newly-added Halo 4. That is a total of 67 missions, for anyone keeping count. Once you knock those over, there are more than 120 multiplayer maps to conquer. Good luck!
Forza Motorsport 7
I was extremely excited when Forza Motorsport 7 joined the Xbox Game Pass for PC a month ago, but if I’m honest it has struggled to wrestle the racing crown from Horizon. I think this is because Horizon is so easy to mess about in for half an hour and have a bit of fun, whereas Motorsport 7 is a serious commitment to serious racing. Also, I need a racing wheel. There is no doubt in my mind that Motorsport 7 would be ten times more amazing with a decent racing wheel. If I ever get around to getting my hands on one of those, you’ll have a hard time ever getting me off Forza Motorsport 7.
Tetris Effect: Connected
Ah, Tetris. My old friend!
Many years ago, I picked up a Game Boy Advance and an original Game Boy version of Tetris. While my friends were out doing useless things like having a social life, dating and furthering their education, I dedicated a substantial amount of my time to setting an unbeatable high score. Many tried to beat it, but none came close.
Eventually my Game Boy Advance broke, so I went and did some adult things like get married, educated, employed and have kids.
Now Tetris is back! Sure, it contains some unnecessary flashing lights and a vague attempt at adding a story… and the music ain’t right…, but deep down it has all the elements that made the original Tetris such a brilliant game. I’m sure I can pick it up and play it for a few minutes without reigniting a full-blown addiction… Surely.
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator was the whole reason I jumped on the Xbox Game Pass for PC wagon. It is a worthy reason, but what I didn’t count on was the wealth of other brilliant games that would compete for my valuable free time. Microsoft Flight Simulator still gets a run every few weeks, when I feel like a joy flight over a foreign city that I won’t be visiting any time soon. It is a spectacular game and we’ll worth investing some time in.
Get Game Ready
One of the best things about PC gaming is building your own machine. Not sure where to start? Check out my specification below. It handles everything I throw at it and begs for more…
- Processor: Ryzen 5 5600x
- Motherboard: MSI B550 TOMAHAWK
- Graphics: PNY GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Edition
- RAM: 32GB XLR8 DDR4 3200MHz
- System Drive: Samsung 980 PRO 250GB PCle 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD
- Game Storage Drive: 500GB XLR8 CS2311 SSD
- Case: be quiet! Silent Base 801
- Sound: EPOS SENNHEISER GSP 601 Gaming Series headset and EPOS GSX 300 External Soundcard