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8 incredible games coming to Xbox Game Pass in January 2022

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Xbox Game Pass is proving its worth early in 2022. This month, subscribers get a recent AAA remaster and a trove of unmissable indie gems.

Here are the first 8 games coming to Xbox Game Pass in January 2022.

8. Gorogoa

January 4 (Cloud, Console, PC)

Gorogoa’s designer describes the game as “like playing Myst, but four times simultaneously.” It’s a wholly unique game about manipulating hand-drawn art to solve puzzles — and it’s as captivating as it is hard to describe.

7. Olija

January 4 (Cloud, Console, and PC)

In the side-scrolling action game Olija, you use an enchanted harpoon as both a weapon and a way to zip around its gorgeous pixel art environments.

6. The Pedestrian

January 4 (Cloud, Console, PC)

The Pedestrian is a 2D platformer with a twist, playing out across levels made up of interconnected street signs.

5. Embr

January 6 (Cloud, Console, PC)

In the chaotic multiplayer Embr, you play as the depressing conclusion of the gig economy — a contractor working for a firefighting app. It’s like Uber for not having your house burn down!

4. Mass Effect Legendary Edition

January 6 (Console, PC)

If you skipped last year’s Mass Effect Legendary Edition, now’s your chance to check out the remastered version of the classic sci-fi trilogy.

3. Outer Wilds

January 6 (Cloud, Console, PC)

Time loops were the hottest thing in gaming in 2021, but Outer Wilds got there two years early. This space exploration puzzle game is a mind-bending journey like nothing else out there.

2. Spelunky 2

January 13 (Console, PC)

The sequel to one of the best roguelikes ever was overshadowed by Hades in 2020. It’s still definitely worth a look, and now there’s no reason not to try it.

1. The Anacrusis (Game Preview)

January 13 (Console, PC)

The Anacrusis is a co-op horde shooter in the vein of Left 4 Dead but set on a spaceship with a swinging ‘60s sci-fi vibe.

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