The best simulations in the Game Pass

The Game Pass has a lot of games to offer the designation simulation.

The term simulation is a very vague in relation to computer and video games, because he actually spans several genres. Racing games can be simulations, there are economic simulations, sports games simulate real sports and then the whole professional simulations are added. All these are completely different games. We do not want to be too small with our best-of-articles to Game Pass. Therefore, this list of the best simulations that you can play about the subscription service from Microsoft is a very colorful field. But Hey, colorful fields are a nice thing.

Art of Rally

  • Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Cloud

Rally games are a very special field within the racing game. Not everyone likes to take just against the clock, because counterparties on the track are not in such titles. This applies to both the elaborate simulations of Codemasters (Dirt Rally) as well as for the Art of Rally. This looks at first glance like a nice game for in between. It has a colorful low-poly look and a top-down perspective, so you can quickly do it with an arcade racer. But far-missed: Art of Rally is more demanding than expected.

The developer Funselektor Labs has great emphasis that the handling of over 50 vehicles is as authentic as possible. Of course there are various driving aids for beginners, but professionals do without this and then get a really challenging gameplay. With more than 72 stages in countries like Finland, Japan and Germany, Art of Rally has a decent bid to offer routes and the online rankings spoil you to constantly improve your driving skills.

Elite Dangerous

  • Platforms: Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Cloud

Some maybe one will say, “Hey, you could not have listed Elite Dangerous with the best action games?” Well, yes, theoretically perhaps, because one of the core elements of space play are fighting. But we are honest: Elite Dangerous is not a real action game. For this, the pace are too low and the mechanics too complex. In addition, you can also play it theoretically, without (off the tutorial) ever to fight.

Elite Dangerous is a very classic space simulation – a sandbox where you want to freely choose which career path you want to crimping. You can be a dealer, bring a smugglers, a pirate, a mercenary or tourists from A to B. Ultimately, it’s just about making money so you can buy better ships and upgrade you. That needs a lot of time and patience and is a long grind. But if you stand on spaceships and science fiction, this grind can make a lot of fun. Note on the edge: The recent extension “Odyssey” is not part of the Game Pass version, but the ever has become very good, which is not so much missing.

F1 games

  • Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Cloud

As you would like to recommend you at this point F1 2021, but unfortunately there is the most recent part of the series (at least) not in the Game Pass. After all, F1 2020 is available, but only on the consoles. PC and smartphone users have to satisfy themselves with its predecessors. And there is still a restriction: On the Xbox Series X / S and Xbox One, you need the Game Pass Ultimate, as both F1 parts are part of EA PLAY after Electronic Arts has bought the developer Codemasters at the beginning of 2021. On the PC, this does not matter.

So too bad it is that F1 2021 is not available, the two older parts are still very good racing games for Formula 1 fans. They are characterized by good driving physics, which meets the perfect average between arcade and simulation, as well as motivating career modes. F1 2020 has been the first part of the series in which you not only go through a driver’s career, but can also build your own F1 team. There are also a variety of online modes.

Football Manager 2022

  • Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Cloud (Lot Only Xbox Edition)

The Football Manager is the best thing you can play as a football fan if you’re more interested in the management aspect and less on the lawn. She slips into the skin of a coach and leads your electoral association to fame and honor. Optically, everything may be very simple. The 3D games look like football matches from 20 years ago and the menus have the charm of Excel spreadsheets. But behind the ugly packaging is a great simulation of the football world with a huge database and numerous possibilities to set your team tactical and exercise.

On the PC you have the choice between the normal Football Manager 2022 and its Xbox Edition, which is a little slimmed and but also more beginner. On the consoles, there is no standard version, but which is not designed on the operation via Gamepad anyway. Console players still do not have to worry about being saved with a simplician modification. Also on the Xbox devices, the Football Manager 2021 is a complex game for which you need to take time if you want to play seriously. But for that you can have a lot of time having fun – hundreds, if not thousands of hours.

Forza Horizon 5

  • Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Cloud

The “Forza Horizon” series is at the latest since the third part of the King of the Arcade and especially Open World Racing Genre. The latest offshooter, Forza Horizon 5, is as a first party title of Microsoft, of course, since the release part of the Game Pass and a game that you should not ignore if you want to race with fleet throats through a beautiful and extensive game world. In this case, the Horizon Festival takes place in Mexico. The card is not only the largest of the series, but also the most varied. Here you drive through a desert, the jungle, over white sand beach, through an idyllic city, the high mountain, a canyon and even on the top of an active volcano.

Forza Horizon 5 is fully stuffed with content. You expect countless races and story missions. There are also mini-games, hundreds of cars, the Battle-Royale mode “Eliminator” and a number of challenges in the Open World. On top of that, there is new challenges every week, over which your points collects and earns you so new cars and other rewards.

Golf With Your Friends

  • Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Cloud

Who of us did not already sit on a mini golf course and charged balls? It does not really like to be cool, but fun definitely makes it. They also recognized video game developers who have been coming to us for ages with mini golf. One of the most familiar titles of the younger past is Golf With Your Friends. That was for some time in the Early Access and has already inspired many players. Since 2020 it has been officially published and now also included in the Game Pass.

In Golf With Your Friends, the name program is. Up to twelve players can compete against each other. The game comes with a wide selection of courses therefore, all of which are assigned to specific topics, for example dinosaurs. And because Team17 is the Publisher, there is also a Worms course. For a theoretically endless replenishment at Levels, there is a built-in editor and various power-ups ensure that certain something. You can annoy your opponent by leaving a trace of sticky honey with your ball, in which the competition remains.

Agricultural Simulator 19

  • Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Cloud

There are not many professional simulations in the Game Pass, but the most famous and most successful is represented: The Agricultural Simulator 19 is the ultimate farm game. Ok, Stardev Valley is also great, but more RPG as a simulation. By contrast, the title of the Swiss Studio Giants Software fully uses realism. If you order a field here, this takes for a while. You can imagine having fun with a tractor to plow the field or pull your lanes with a combine harvester, the Agricultural Simulator 19 is just right for you.

The game is also just a good economic simulation. You do not only operate your virtual court for fun, but tries to earn plenty of money to buy you better and to build your farm. Gradually, more and more species of animals keep their way with you. In Agriculture Simulator 19, there are porks, chickens and for the first time also horses, on whose back they can ride through the idyllic landscape. And if you do not want to play alone, that’s no problem: In the multiplayer manages your yard together with up to 15 other players.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

  • Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One

Anyone who thinks of Microsoft and simulations and does not have the Microsoft Flight Simulator in mind, we would like to ask: “How can that be?!” 2020, the series has finally returned to long abstinence. And this time the makers really did not let lumps. Where the soil in old parts has always been a simple 2D texture, the current part forms the complete globe in scale 1: 1 in 3D – including road traffic and wildlife. So that this does not completely power all your hard drive, the cloud helps neatly.

Technically, the Microsoft Flight Simulator is insane impressive, especially as the different machines look really good – both from the outside and inside. There is a very sophisticated simulation. Without all the airports, you have to be a trained pilot if you want to bring large-scale aircraft safely from A to B within a short time. For beginners, there are also a lot of options to simplify flight physics. There is then no special peripherals necessary, but you can also access the Xbox controller without concerns. That the Microsoft Flight Simulator with a Yoke system is more fun, but still is about question.


  • Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Cloud

If you want to make it easy, you could call My Time at Portia as Stardew Valley in 3D. But that would be too little told, because purely thematically there are some differences between both games. In My Time at Portia you are priority no farmer who manages a farm. Instead, she builds a workshop and constructs all sorts of things for the inhabitants of the naming city of Portia. Yes, sooner or later you also build vegetable products and keep animals, but both are not the focus.

Furthermore, My Time at Portia – so funny that sounds like – a game in a postal-pokalyptic world. But with Fallout or Wasteland it has nothing to do and it is also perfectly suitable for younger players. Thanks to this scenario, however, you just have the opportunity to explore ancient ruins that reveal yourself as real dungeons. There they expect fights against monsters and even real bosses. Otherwise, there are also the typical features of a life simulation: You can dress your character at will, close friendships, marry and there are many seasonal events. In these points, My Time at Portia has just reminiscent of Stardev Valley.

skate 3

  • Platforms: Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Cloud (only with Game Pass Ultimate)

We do not shy away to recommend you to pretty old stuff at this point. If you feel like skateboarding action, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is too arcadig (which is not included in the Game Pass anyway), then a path leads to the skate row. The problem is merely that Publisher EA has not published a new part for eleven years. Skate 4 is now in progress, but will have a while to wait for a while. Fortunately, the predecessor for Game pass subscribers is playable. It is less pleasing that this is only for the consoles (never a skate has been released for the PC) and you mandatory the Game Pass Ultimate needs because Skate 3 is an EA play title.

The game may be visually rotted. It was stopped for the PS3 and Xbox 360 and we are now two console generations. Skate 3 is still OK and in terms of content, it is still strong. You are an open game world available, in which you can skate to your heart’s content. The campaign offers a variety of challenges and in their course, you will switch more and more clothes for your character as well as construction options for the Skate Park Editor.

Slime Rancher

  • Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Cloud

Slime Rancher is a farm game of the completely different kind and therefore unique. As the name implies it, your main focus is on Schleimen. That sounds more disgusting than it’s actually. The fantasy wishes are finally totally cute. There are you in many different variants that you all arrive, put into enclosure, feeds and breed. You can also combine the slim together to discover more than 150 hybrid species. By the way, you explore the open game world and builds your farm.

Slime Rancher offers with his three game modes “adventure”, “casual” and “Hast” for every game type something. If you want to tackle it, choose second mode and you want to be properly challenged, you decide you for the latter. “Adventure” is located exactly in the middle between the other two variants.


  • Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Cloud

No desire for racing games with quick thrillers? You prefer to control heavy trucks through mud or deep snow? Then we highly attach Snowrunner to the heart. This is a simulation in which it is your task to fulfill delivery jobs on various extensive cards. Yes, you often just have to bring things from A to B. That may sound boring, but is extremely exciting because you rarely be on fortified roads.

As a rule, you drive on field paths and have to overcome some sludge hole. Your best friend is your winds that attach them to trees to pull out of the dirt. Even this seems very exciting at first sight, but exercises his very own fascination. It’s easy to satisfy if it succeeds in a hard fight to get out of a mudhole with a heavy truck and drive on. In addition, Snowrunner has a motivating progression system that allows you to unlock more and more cards, vehicles and upgrades, and it looks chic.

Stardew Valley

  • Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Cloud

The idea of ​​Eric Barone Alias ​​Concernedape was once, a game that is like Harvest Moon to publish for the PC. In 2016, Stardew Valley, which the good man developed more or less developed. Today it is considered one of the biggest indie hits at all. Farms simulation makes you the farmer who escapes life as an employee of a large corporation to bring in peaceful idyll the run-down farm of his deceased grandfather again.

Stardew Valley has a charming pixel look and offers a huge motivating gameplay loop. You order your fields and look forward to every harvest as a child on Christmas, because then your cash register rings. With the money you buy extensions for your farm or ears gifts for the residents of the nearby village. Maybe you will not only find friends there, but also the love of your life. Stardew Valley is still full of beautiful stories and in the game world there is also some mystery to discover. Anyone who liked to gamble Harvest Moon, for which this modern classic is a peligot title.

TheHunter: Call of the Wild

  • Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Cloud

Hunting games are available in many forms. The king of the genre is clearly the company: Call of the wild. The title comes from Expansive Worlds, a development team that belongs to Avalanche (Just Cause, Rage 2). He offers a beautiful graphic, large, very authentic maps and a lot of species that makes your hunt. The whole thing is not an action game, in which your sedimented deer, wild boars and bears, but a true hunting simulation.

Most of the time you are not busy with ballers, but the search and hiking through the beautiful environments. Ideally, you always have your hunting destinations with a well-targeted shot. The less the animals suffer, the more points you receive. So you get up in the level, earns money and switches more and more things free: new skills and perks as well as weapons and other equipment. This motivates theehunter: Call of the game very long. Especially fun, it makes you hunt together with friends.

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