Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass sees you right for many a gaming session to ring in the New Year.

The team at Xbox have compiled a list of their top picks for free gaming goodness, providing you have an active Xbox Pass subscription.

This festive season get family, friends or even frenemies together and knock out some of these titles.

  • Minit

Journey outside the comfort of your home to help unusual folk, uncover countless secrets and overcome dangerous foes, all in hopes of lifting a rather unfortunate curse that ends each day after just one minute.

  • The Gardens Between

Take control of Arina and Frendt as you manipulate time to solve puzzles in a mysterious realm where cause and effect are malleable.

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo Master Chief Collection

Whether you’re taking on The Covenant in single-player or taking out some fellow Spartans online, Halo has something for everyone. Better yet, with the recent addition of Halo: Reach, players have a wealth of options available to them.

  • Secret Neighbor

Work with your friends in this multiplayer horror title where your aim is to rescue a kid from the Neighbour’s creepy basement. But watch out, one of your friends is really the neighbour in disguise!

  • #IDARB

#IDARB is a chaotic, 8-player, eSport jumping future arena ball game, complete with wild half time competitions, unlockable recipes, and disruptive “hashbombs”.

  • Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

With Forza Horizon 4’s free play mode you can experience dynamic seasons in a shared open-world without dedicating a lot of time to it. Explore beautiful scenery, collect over 450 cars and become a Horizon Superstar in historic Britain.​

  • Creature in the Well

Unlock the power of an ancient facility and face the ominous, all-seeing Creature in this pinball-inspired, hack-and-slash dungeon crawler. ​

  • Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons

Solve puzzles, explore the varied locations and fight boss battles all while controlling both brothers with a thumbstick. This unique journey is one you will never forget.

  • Sea of Thieves

Offering the essential pirate experience, from sailing and fighting to exploring and looting – Sea of Thieves has everything you need to live the pirate life and become a legend in your own right.

  • Old Man’s Journey

Experience this soul-searching puzzle adventure where you interact with the world around you. Shape the landscape to create the old man’s path forward.

  • My Friend Pedro

Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to take orders from a sentient, potassium-filled banana? No? Well My Friend Pedro is gonna put you through it anyway. Check out this unique side-scrolling adventure as you control one man on his journey to obliterate anyone in his path.

  • Riverbond

Finish off your 12 games of Christmas with Riverbond. Embark on a heroic journey to complete missions, battle adorable enemies and smash everything into tiny cubes! ​

Xbox Game Pass is a paid for service and provides a library of Xbox One titles, both first and third party for free play while your subscription is active.

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