Gaming can be stressful nowadays. We always have that daily grind in a game like Destiny or Genshin Impact, or there's an intense storyline like The Last of Us Part II that will make us contemplate the game's theme. Sometimes, we just want to a game that's wholesome, and Xbox Game Pass delivers. Here are a few we'd recommend from the service.
Overcooked! 2 on Xbox Game Pass (PC, Console, Cloud)
Yes, this is popular, but there's a good reason behind it. Overcooked 2 brings together your friends and family for some co-op fun. You have to communicate who's doing what and when each order is ready to serve. Everyone has their role. One has to clean the dishes, one has to prepare the ingredients, and another cooks and serves, depending on who's available. It gets heated sometimes, but overall, it's a wholesome experience all around.
Ori and the Blind Forest on Xbox Game Pass (PC, Console, Cloud)
One of the most stunning platformers of this generation, Ori and the Blind Forest is available on Xbox Game Pass. This family-friendly title takes you on an emotional journey through a beautiful world. The graphics are absolutely stunning with some wonderful lighting effects, the combat's fun, and the platforming will challenge you unlike most nowadays that will hold your hand. Be aware that the intro to the game is striking but emotionally draining, in a Pixar-like way.
New Super Lucky's Tale on Xbox Game Pass (PC, Console, Cloud)
Want a cute platformer to play with the family or want to dive back into your childhood? New Super Lucky's Tale is a good way to go. This underrated gem has colorful visuals and adorable animations that will make your heart melt. Whenever we hear Lucky say, "Come on," we can't help but go AWWWWW. The game is not too challenging and not too easy; it has a great balance. And it isn't a 3D platformer without all those collectibles. There's many to find, and it will keep you or your child (if you have one) busy for a long time.
Golf With Your Friends on Xbox Game Pass (PC, Console, Cloud)
There's nothing more relaxing than having a few drinks and hanging out with buddies on a Discord call with Golf With Your Friends. While we can't currently go out and play mini golf right now, Golf With Your Friends is a great alternative with pick-up-and-play controls, but hard to master shots to pull off. This is a great game to check out on Xbox Game Pass as you can have conversations with your friends and then occasionally flip out when someone gets a crazy hole in one.
Disneyland Adventures on Xbox Game Pass (PC, Console)
There's nothing more wholesome than going to Disneyland, and you don't have to spend an arm or a leg for entry! Even though corporate greed is hovering in the back of your mind, the children see Disneyland as anything but. This game captures that beautifully. The Disney characters you meet hug your character and dances with them in a jolly fashion.
While this isn't particularly something for gamers, families and Disney fans would get a kick out of the exploration and the mini-games on offer in Disneyland Adventures. It's the next best thing to actually going to the theme park (which we wouldn't recommend right now...). Oh, and you don't need the Kinect to play this now.
Are there any games you think we missed? Let us know which you'd recommend!