Who knew a $5 game could be so good?

An Xbox Game Pass subscription is almost a must-have for Xbox owners. The service, which runs $10 to $15 a month, not only includes a large, ever-changing catalog of games to download and play, but also bundles access to online multiplayer services. Each month, Microsoft adds new games to the service, and in November, an indie hit is leading the pack.

Vampire Survivors is a simple-looking game that’s quite addicting. It hit Steam earlier in the year and became a hit partly due to its $5 price tag. It made its debut on Xbox consoles last month and is one of the new games available on Xbox Game Pass for November.

If you’re on the fence about Game Pass, or just looking for some suggestions about what to play, below are some recent and classic favorites on the service. Especially of note right now are Pentiment, a new narrative game from RPG specialist Obsidian Entertainment, A Plague Tale: Requiem, which is a sequel to a much-lauded indie game, and Chivalry 2, a competitive medieval multiplayer game, which I get a great kick out of. The H.R. Giger-inspired Scorn is a great example of a cool-looking game that’s great to sample via Game Pass, but you probably wouldn’t want to pay full price for.

New and noteworthy

Xbox Series X $500 at Amazon

xbox game pass: indie hit tops november titles

Recent hits

Xbox Series S $289 at Amazon

xbox game pass: indie hit tops november titles

Must-play classics 

  • Assassin’s Creed Origins (and AC: Odyssey)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Dishonored 2
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Fallout 76
  • Doughnut County
  • Skyrim
  • Grim Fandango

PC gaming picks

We’ll keep this list updated with new additions and new staff suggestions. You can also check out our picks for the best games on PlayStation Plus.

xbox game pass: indie hit tops november titles
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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Best for multiplatform gaming

Game Pass has evolved far beyond its Xbox-bound origins to become a subscription that delivers something for everyone who plays games, and now encompasses console and PC game downloads, access to online multiplayer services, a deal with gaming giant EA and a cloud-based service that streams games to nearly any device.

Microsoft offers several versions, but because of how the features are sliced up between them, only the $15-per-month Ultimate plan, with all the benefits detailed above, really makes sense. Read our Xbox Game Pass review.

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