Xbox Game Pass catalog includes plenty of compelling titles among its 300 or so entries, and that value is a huge part of what draws players to the service. While not all 300 of those games are worth playing, there are some that stand out. Here are five games in the Xbox Game Pass catalog that make the deal worthwhile.


Xbox Game Pass Catalog: 5 Games Making it Worth the Purchase


1. Superhot


Superhot is a wildly original indie game released way back in 2016. The game is built around the bullet time effect from movies like The Matrix, which it simulates by advancing time only when the player moves. This allows for balletic feats of slow motion violence stemming from combat that feels both strategic and visceral.


2. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS


The behemoth itself, PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS is available through the Xbox Game Pass. For all its flaws, PUBG remains a unique experience that Xbox players deserve to seek out for themselves.


3. Hotline Miami


Another indie darling, Hotline Miami is a top down shooter of unparalleled brutality. Arriving early in the retro '80s nostalgia wave, the game's tight gameplay pairs perfectly with its neon colors and synth-heavy soundtrack.


4. Halo: The Master Chief Collection


The Halo series is one of the modern classics of gaming, with an epic science fiction story that spans galaxies. Players who missed out on early games or want to relive their nostalgia can do so in beautiful HD courtesy of this collection.


5. Slay the Spire


Slay the Spire took the roguelike genre that had carved out its place in indie games and pushed it in a bold new direction. Players use a deck full of abilities to fight enemies, and each run has its own unique flavor as cards are added and removed from the deck. It's an experience that must be played to be understood, but the jump from understanding to love is a short one.


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