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The Best Games for Xbox Newbies

So you've got an Xbox, whether it's your first time owning one or you've successfully convinced someone to join the Microsoft ecosystem. Xbox offers a vast library of content that can be both exciting and overwhelming. If you're a new player looking for some games to start with, here are some recommendations from the catalogue.

1. Forza Horizon 5: This installment from Playground Games challenges Gran Turismo as the best racing game. Set in the breathtaking landscapes of Mexico, it offers a constantly expanding collection of vehicles and options. Recently, there was even a Barbie collaboration.

2. Minecraft: It's highly unlikely that you haven't heard of Minecraft. This open sandbox style game allows players to build to their heart's content. It's suitable for gamers of any skill level, but beware, it's addictive.

3. FIFA 23: If the Women's World Cup has ignited your love for sports, FIFA 23 is a must-play. With varying difficulty settings, it caters to all player levels. Additionally, it features our very own Matildas captain, Sam Kerr.

4. Overcooked 2: Looking for a co-op game to play with friends? Overcooked 2 is a fantastic option. The controls are simple, and it offers a quirky cooking experience in unusual restaurant locations.

5. Gang Beasts: Similar to Overcooked, Gang Beasts is a fun party game that falls into the brawler genre. You'll choose from a range of doughy ragdoll characters and navigate physics-based, over-the-top environmental hazards. The goal is to be the last one standing.

6. Sea of Thieves: Highly recommended by many, Sea of Thieves lets you live out your pirate fantasy. Sail, fight, and loot your way through the seven seas. This game is best experienced with a cooperative crew of friends.

7. Quantum Break: For narrative-driven action-adventure fans, Quantum Break is a must-try. With a stellar cast and an intriguing sci-fi premise, this game allows you to make choices that impact the narrative.

8. Halo: Halo may not be the easiest for new players to FPS (First Person Shooter) games, but it's an Xbox essential. Available on Xbox Game Pass, the Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a great starting point. It includes the first six games of the series.

These are just a few games that can help you kickstart your Xbox journey. The best part is that they are all available as part of Xbox Game Pass, saving you from having to purchase each one individually. Stay updated with the monthly game releases and keep an eye on the exciting titles coming to Xbox this year.