One of the reasons Xbox Game Pass gets so much praise is that it offers its subscribers many different genres of games. The service satisfies survival game fans, RPG players, puzzle admirers, and everything in-between.

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A type of game that spans multiple genres and is also well-represented in Microsoft's subscription service is the choice-based one. These are titles that continually provide you with decisions to make, and ideally, the things you select and actions you take heavily impact the story or world around you. There are many of these types of adventures on Game Pass, but these are the best.

Updated May 19, 2023 By Ben Jessey: Some of the best games on Xbox Game Pass force you to make all sorts of choices. And not all of those decisions are superficial. Several of them make a significant impact on their respective games.

Titles containing these sorts of worthwhile choices served as the inspiration for this list. In this update, we have returned to the collection to add some more games where your choices matter.

17 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

AC Odyssey Kassandra and Deimos Meet

The Assassin's Creed series isn't known for including a lot of choices. Yet, Odyssey begins with a big one, as you have to decide between playing as Alexios or Kassandra. Either way, your character is a mercenary operating in Ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian War.

While you play a part in that significant conflict, your main objective is to defeat the mysterious Cult Of Kosmos and bring your family back together. To do that, you need to participate in plenty of close-quarters fights and climb a lot of buildings. Plus, you need to make a flurry of decisions that make a big difference in how the overall story plays out.

16 Tell Me Why

Tyler Ronan stretches in a pine forest with Alyson Ronan in background in Tell Me Why

Tell Me Why is a narrative adventure that puts you into the shoes of two siblings. They're young adults during the main events of the game, but both of them are still dealing with a traumatic event that happened during their childhood. To truly move past it, they need to figure out what really happened that night.

Throughout the story, you make several important decisions that impact the relationship between the brother and sister. How close they are by the end of the narrative affects which ending you get.

15 Weird West

Weird West Screenshot Of Cage At Night

Weird West is an isometric RPG with fun gameplay and a bizarre narrative. Throughout the said narrative, you play as several different characters, who all have their own stories and journeys. Regardless of who you're controlling at the time, the game requires that you make choices.

Not only do you make binary decisions that impact the story, but you also have plenty of choices when it comes to gameplay. Do you want to sneak past everyone? Should you come back to a location when it's dark to catch people sleeping? Is there another way to solve a situation that the game isn't telling you? These all serve as an extra way to tailor your experience.

14 Pentiment

Pentiment - Agnes, Lucky and Andreas at dinner

In Pentiment, you play as a 16th-century man called Andreas Maler. He is primarily an artist, but he serves as an investigator throughout the game as he looks into a few murders. This means plenty of gathering evidence and talking to people. When it comes to the latter, choice plays a big factor since you have to make a lot of dialogue decisions.

What options you have to say depend partially on another set of decisions you make at the start of the narrative game. This is because, early on, you make choices regarding Andreas' personality and background. Your selections impact your future choices.

13 Road 96

Road 96 - Camping With Zoe

Road 96 puts you in the shoes of various teenagers who live in the fictional country of Petria. It isn't a great place to call home, as it's run by a dictator. So, all the teens you control are trying to get as far away as possible. You control them one by one as you attempt to escape the country.

Along the way, you make a bunch of different decisions, mainly regarding what method you use to escape and what you say to the people you meet. The consequences of these decisions aren't usually abundant straight away. Instead, they play a significant role in the conclusion of the story.

12 Wasteland 3

Wasteland 3 Screenshot Of People In Snow

Wasteland 3 is a turn-based RPG with a significant focus on player choice. You play as a Ranger Team from Arizona, who find themselves in a post-apocalyptic Colorado, which is essentially a frozen wasteland.


While roaming the terrible place, you interact with a bunch of people. During these moments, you're forced to make big decisions. Your choices can heavily impact your relationships with these people and the story as a whole. What's nice is that, unlike some choice-based games, even noble decisions in this one can lead to disaster and regret.

11 Dishonored 2

Dishonored 2 - Corvo and Emily fighting back to back

Right at the start of Dishonored 2, you must decide between playing as Corvo or Emily. The character you don't choose is then turned to stone by the witch Delilah Copperspoon, who also takes over the entire city of Dunwall. Your goal is to stop her and save the other potential protagonist.

Selecting a playable character isn't the only choice in the game. In fact, pretty much everything you do is a decision, as the action-adventure game allows you to play how you want. And there are consequences for your choice of playstyle. After all, the amount of chaos you create during your playthrough directly impacts the world and story. You also make decisions regarding the fates of several characters throughout the adventure.

10 The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season

The Walking Dead Screenshot Of Young Clementine Looking Up

Several seasons of Telltale's The Walking Dead are on Game Pass, including the first season, which is arguably the best of the bunch. It is a point-and-click adventure title filled with quick-time events, dialog choices, and many decisions.

You do all these things as a man called Lee, who meets a little girl named Clementine at the start of the game. Alongside the few friends they meet along the way, the main duo attempt to survive the undead horde that has taken over Georgia. It makes for a very exciting adventure.

9 As Dusk Falls

Vince and Dale

As Dusk Falls is a game all about choice. After all, it's an interactive story where the gameplay is solely about you making decisions and partaking in the occasional quick-time event. Your actions completely alter the way the tale unfolds.

The said tale involves two families whose lives change on one fateful night inside a motel in Arizona. The story is a mature one that's filled with tragedy and heartbreak. The serious themes are handled well, due in part to the stellar writing and excellent voice-acting.

8 The Outer Worlds

the outer worlds

In this action RPG, the human race has colonized a new star system. Yet, some people are still in cryo sleep, so you need to find the resources required to wake them up.

During your mission, you visit many places and meet a litany of different people. Their opinions of you are constantly changing based on the decisions you make throughout the game. You can side with certain groups or individuals and ruin the ones you don't like. In the end, the newly colonized world will have been shaped by your actions.

7 Fable Anniversary

Fable Anniversary combat screenshot.

There are plenty of great fantasy RPG titles, but few are as popular as the Fable series. And the original game (or the Anniversary remake) is arguably Fable at its best. In it, you start as a kid who's raised to be a hero.

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However, the word 'hero' doesn't necessarily mean a good person in this world, as your choices dictate how noble you are. If you want, you could go around brutally killing those who stand in your way. Or you could show mercy to many people, even the ones who've personally wronged you. These moral choices play a big role in how your story plays out.

6 Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age Origins Best

Xbox Game Pass is kind enough to include all of the main Dragon Age titles. The first one, however, is arguably the series' finest. In the original game, you join the Grey Wardens and become a key figure in the war against the Darkspawn and the Archdemon.

Naturally, when going into a major conflict like that, you have to make a plethora of tough choices. Yet, the decisions aren't just a part of the main story. There are many choices to make in the side quests, too. And pretty much every one of them impacts how your own companions view you.

5 The Edler Scrolls 5: Skyrim

Paarthurnax in Skyrim

Big decisions are thrown at you early in Skyrim, as it's one of those open-world games that include a deep character creator. Once you sort out what you're going to look like, you can set off on your adventure in which you need to stop a dragon that is going to destroy the world.

Along the way, you have to make a litany of other decisions, both during the main story and within the game's litany of side quests. You can even choose things like where to live and who to marry. Therefore, choice plays a large part in the overall experience.

4 Prey (2017)

Prey - Alex Yu and Morgan Yu on Talos I

In the FPS title known as Prey, you're in a nightmare situation. You're one of the last remaining humans on a space station filled with a dangerous alien species named Typhon.

Once you figure out your predicament, you quickly realize that you can't let the gooey beasts get to Earth or any other planet. So, you must deal with them by any means necessary. This isn't a simple process, as you have to do many things before you can get rid of the Typhon. Along the way, you meet several different survivors, and your actions and choices regarding them directly impact the ending of the story.

3 Frostpunk

Frostpunk - Settlement overview

Most choice-based games are narrative-focused adventures, but this isn't the case with Frostpunk. This title is a city-building simulation game without much story content. There is a backstory, though, to set the game up.

In this version of the 19th century, there was a volcanic winter that froze much of the world. Naturally, this caused significant damage to human civilization. You aren't in charge of saving everyone, but you need to build and look after one city that can be a safe haven for survivors. Along the way, you must make a whole host of difficult decisions. Sometimes not every choice you make will be popular with everyone, but it may keep your people alive.

2 Fallout: New Vegas

The story of Fallout New Vegas starts with a simple revenge plot. You want to get your hands on the man that left you for dead and retrieve what he took from you. However, you end up amid a conflict over who runs New Vegas and the surrounding Wasteland.

As you'd expect from a choice-based RPG, you have a large say in how everything concludes. Much of it depends on your interactions with the various factions that inhabit the Wasteland. You start on neutral terms with all of them, but ultimately, you must decide which are your friends and which are foes.

1 Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Mass Effect Legendary Edition Female Shepard Wielding Pistol

The Mass Effect Legendary Edition includes the series' original trilogy of games. Together they tell a long story about Commander Shepard and the rest of the galaxy's war against a race of machines called The Reapers.

The world is shaped by you, as you make all sorts of decisions that impact the universe. For instance, you can make an entire race extinct or decide the fate of several key characters. This is the sort of power you have. Not every decision is as big as those, though. You also get to select things like your romantic partner and who you take on missions.

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