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The Best Action Games on Xbox Game Pass

Updated August 9, 2019 281 votes 12 voters80 items

If you have a Xbox Game Pass subscription on your Xbox One, there are so many great action games just waiting to be played. Let's take a look at the best action games available on Xbox Game Pass, including classic hits like Dead Island, adventure role-playing games like The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and newer titles like Rise of the Tomb Raider that have exceptional amounts of action spread throughout many hours of immersive gameplay.

Many of the titles offered on Xbox Game Pass are some of Microsoft's greatest entries into the action genre, such as Gears of War 4. If running through horrific alien planets while tearing apart monsters with massive guns and chainsaws is your thing, you definitely have to check it out. While it's the fourth entry in the franchise, you can jump right in and tear up the alien landscape without missing a beat. If you prefer a game that's more grounded in reality, why not check out a history classic like Ryse: Son of Rome? This game follows the life of a Roman centurion as he rises through the ranks of the Roman Legion. The game is steeped in historical accuracy while remaining a fun and exciting action-adventure title filled with all the elements you come to expect from the people working at Microsoft Studios. Other hit titles like Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion provide action along with RPG elements.

Vote up the Xbox Game Pass action games you'd most want other gamers to check out, or simply use this list as a recommendation guide for what to play next!

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    Gears of War is a 2006 military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft Game Studios. It is the first installment of the Gears of War...  more
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    Rise of the Tomb Raider is an upcoming action-adventure video game and the sequel to the 2013 video game Tomb Raider. The game is developed by Crystal Dynamics, and published by Microsoft Studios....  more
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    Sea of Thieves is a shared world action-adventure video game developed by Rare and published by Microsoft Studios for Microsoft Windows 10 and Xbox. The game allows players to take the role of a...  more
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    Devil May Cry 4 is an action-adventure hack and slash video game developed and published by Capcom in 2008 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows platforms. The game is the fourth installment to...  more
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    Doom is a 1993 science fiction horror-themed first-person shooter video game by id Software. It is considered one of the most significant and influential titles in the video game industry, for having...  more
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    Mass Effect is a 2007 science fiction action role-playing third person shooter video game developed by BioWare for the Xbox 360 and ported to Microsoft Windows by Demiurge Studios. The Xbox 360...  more
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    Darksiders is an action-adventure hack and slash video game developed by Vigil Games and published by THQ. The game takes its inspiration from the apocalypse, with the player taking the role of War,...  more
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    Ninja Gaiden Black is a reworked compilation of Ninja Gaiden and the two Hurricane Packs developed by Team Ninja and published by Tecmo for xbox in 2005....  more
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    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a 2017 action-adventure first-person shooter video game developed by MachineGames and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game is the eighth main entry in the...  more
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    Halo 5: Guardians

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    Halo 5: Guardians is a first-person shooter video game developed by 343 Industries and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox One home video game console. The tenth installment and fifth main...  more
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    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks and the Take-Two Interactive subsidiary 2K Games. It is the...  more
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    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II is an action-adventure platform video game developed and published by LucasArts. It is the second installment of the The Force Unleashed multimedia project, and the...  more
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    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

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    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) is a 2017 multiplayer online battle royale game developed by PUBG Corporation. In the game, up to one hundred players parachute onto an island and scavenge for...  more
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    Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

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    Fallout 3 is an action role-playing open world video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios, and is the third major installment in the Fallout series. The game was released in North America, Europe...  more
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    Gears of War 3 is a 2011 military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox 360. Originally due for release on April 5,...  more
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    Darksiders II is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Vigil Games and published by THQ. It is the sequel to Darksiders and was released in August 2012 for Microsoft Windows,...  more
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    State of Decay 2 is an open world zombie survival video game developed by Undead Labs and published by Microsoft Studios. It is a sequel to the 2013 video game State of Decay. The game was released...  more
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    Toy Soldiers is an action and strategy video game developed by Signal Studios and published by Xbox Game Studios. The game was released on Xbox Live Arcade on March 3, 2010 and for Nintendo Switch,...  more
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    Gears of War: Judgment is a 2013 military science fiction third-person shooter video game, developed by Epic Games and People Can Fly and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox 360 in North...  more
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    Gears of War 2 is a 2008 military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360. It is the second installment of the...  more
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    Halo Wars is a real-time strategy video game developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360 video game console. It was released in Japan and Australia on...  more
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    Kameo: Elements of Power is an action-adventure beat 'em up video game developed by Rare and published by Microsoft Game Studios. It was exclusively released as a launch title for the Xbox 360 on...  more
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    Metal Slug 3

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    Metal Slug 3 is a run and gun video game developed by SNK. It was originally released in 2000 for the Neo-Geo MVS arcade platform as the sequel to Metal Slug 2/Metal Slug X. The music of the game was...  more
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    Shadow Warrior is a first-person shooter video game developed by 3D Realms and released on May 13, 1997 by GT Interactive. Shadow Warrior was developed using Ken Silverman's Build engine and improved...  more