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The Xbox Game Pass library is a huge catalog of content to dive into, but if you’re up for the challenge of focusing only on one game and are looking to dedicate dozens of hours to this soulmate, you can’t go wrong with a good old open-world sandbox. You can find a lot of them in the Game Pass collection, but which one is the best? It’s tough, because some people like to explore old towns, others prefer a more peaceful approach, and some like to break the rules of the road with reckless (and broken) carelessness. We’ve compiled a list of the best open world games on Game Pass from a variety of genres, studios, and publishers below, which should help you figure out which game best suits your particular tastes. As a reminder, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs $15 per month and provides access to exclusive Xbox titles from day one as well as several third-party games.
The Xbox Game Pass library gets new games every month, and a handful of titles leave the service every month as well. For this reason, the list of the best open world games on Game Pass will also change over time. We highly recommend choosing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, as it gives you access to most games and ways to play. Ultimate comes with EA Play, online multiplayer access, and the ability to check out the library on Xbox, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming through other devices like smartphones. Meanwhile, the regular Xbox Game Pass subscription does not include online multiplayer or EA Play. And the PC Game Pass, which costs the same as the regular service ($10), only includes the PC library, unsurprisingly.
For more Xbox Game Pass fun, you can check out GameSpot’s reports on the best Xbox Game Pass games, the best Xbox Cloud Streaming games, and a complete list of all the games on Xbox Game Pass.