With a library of more than 300 games, Xbox Game Pass has more than enough to keep you entertained all summer long. But it can also be overwhelming to have so many titles to choose from — at least, that’s how I usually feel. I’m a longtime advocate for Game Pass because I think it’s a great deal. Before I find my next game, though, I’ll browse for hours before I finally decide on my next download. So, if you find yourself struggling to pick your next Game Pass titles this summer, try these recommendations.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Cowabunga! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is the perfect dose of arcade nostalgia. You can take control of your favorite Ninja Turtle, April O’Neil, Master Splinter, or Casey Jones and kick some ass all over pixelated locations like New York City and Dimension X. Fight against the Foot Clan, Krang, Shredder, and Bebop and Rocksteady.

Shredder’s Revenge has Arcade Mode if you’d rather kick ass with limited lives. Alternatively, you can check out story mode to earn points for extra health, lives, moves, and more. There are also side challenges and collectibles. And of course, a multiplayer mode so you can team up with friends.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Ah, the ultimate collection for Halo fans. Whether you’ve been a fan since day one or you’re trying to get the lay of the franchise, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the way to go.

This Xbox Game Pass collection will keep you busy all summer long with six full third-person shooter games to enjoy. That includes all the extras from the Halo video game series, like additional gameplay modes and multiplayer maps. You can even easily switch between the original and updated graphics in Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 to see how far we’ve come from horrible early 2000s graphics.


If shooting up aliens isn’t quite your speed, you can go a cozier route with Unpacking. This game is perfect for anyone who loves organization and gets a surprising amount of enjoyment out of unpacking boxes.

Each level is a different stage of the protagonist’s life; you’ll have to unpack their belongings into different homes, all while learning more about their interests and life story. There aren’t many limitations on where you can place items, but it is a puzzle game, so some items must go in specific locations.


Bugsnax just recently joined Xbox Game Pass after two years as a PlayStation and Epic Games Store exclusive. Now, it’s time for Xbox fans to get in on the hype. In this first-person adventure, you must traverse the island of Snaktooth and discover clues relating to the disappearance of an explorer named Elizabert “Lizbert” Megafig.

Along the way, you’ll meet the island’s inhabitants, Grumpuses, whom you must bring back to the town of Snaxburg. You’ll also capture various half-bug, half-snack creatures called Bugsnax. A free update in April 2022 added another area to explore, plus more Bugsnax species, so there’s plenty of content to enjoy.

Enjoy your summer of gaming!