Microsoft has changed the way we consume and play games, thanks to might be the one that’s hardest to put down. This top-down roguelike shooter sends players to various stages to defeat waves and waves of monsters to chase a high score. With it being a roguelike, no two runs are the same, offering lots of variety each time you play. It epitomizes “one more” run, making it an easy choice for this list.

16. Pentiment

Pentiment was one of 2022 biggest surprise hits.

Serving as a narrative adventure game from Obsidian Entertainment, . In it, you start from zero and work to build your farm, while developing relationships with the townsfolk. And thanks to its gorgeous sprite art that resembles a Super Nintendo game, Stardew Valley is easy on the eyes.

2. Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5 is one of the best-reviewed games of 2021.

Farming sims might not be for you, but perhaps fast cars are more up your alley. Forza Horizon 5 is arguably the best of its kind, offering incredibly satisfying gameplay, stunning visuals, and the best rendition of Mexico in a video game to date. Unlike the Motorsport series, Horizon focuses less on realism and more on fun, making it easy to get into. But if you’re more into the realistic sim racers, we recommend trying Forza Motorsport when it launches on Game Pass this year.

1. Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is an off-the-wall turn-based RPG with plenty of style, as well as a heartfelt story full of wonderful characters.

What unfolds over the course of Yakuza: Like a Dragon is remarkable, featuring some of the most lovable characters the medium has ever seen. This turn-based RPG ditches the old beat ‘em up action from previous Yakuza games, turning up the ridiculousness to 11.

In this love letter to (Square) Enix’s Dragon Quest series, you’ll recruit goofy party members and cast wild magic spells that blur the lines of reality. (Champagne and adult massagers as weapons, anyone?) Even if turn-based RPGs aren’t your thing, Like a Dragon is worth the cost of admission to experience Ichiban Kasuga’s antics alone.

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