The best Game Pass add-ons of 2022: May

The best Game Pass add-ons of 2022: May

Our roundup of the best Game Pass add-ons for each month of 2022 takes us back to May, which brought us even more variety with games featuring everything from dinosaurs to undead hordes.

May brought us another month of additions to Xbox Game Pass — including one that made our list of the best games on Game Pass — and we’ve combed through the lot to highlight some of the best and biggest games to join Game Pass library in May, our roundup of the best Game Pass add-ons of 2022 continues. May brought us an interesting variety, including Citizen Sleeper and Sniper Elite 5!

Citizen Sleeper

Narrative RPG Citizen Sleeper joined Game Pass at the beginning of May, taking us to the dilapidated space station known as Erlin’s Eye, where everyone aims to survive and get rid of the control of the company Essen-Arp. Our character consists of a human consciousness sitting inside a body belonging to Essen-Arp, with the added ability to be able to hack into Erlin’s Eye’s systems to uncover new secrets. The space station is home to all kinds of characters, and we have to figure out who we can trust and how we can survive to see the next cycle. Citizen Sleeper joined Xbox Game Pass as a day-one add-on – it’s a shorter game, with an estimated completion time of around eight to ten hours, but it’s already been doing well on TrueAchievements where it has a rating of 4, 06/5, and it serves as another example of the kind of variety Game Pass can offer with a library made up of imaginative indies.

Citizen Sleeper

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Citizen Sleeper

Roleplaying in the ruins of interplanetary capitalism. Live the life of an escaped worker, washed up on a lawless station on the edge of an interstellar society. Inspired by the flexibility and freedom of TTRPGs, explore the station, choose your friends, escape your past and change your future.

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Anniversary Edition

Following the first game to join Game Pass in January, Danganronpa 2 came into service in May to bring us another installment of the awesome/terrible killing game. With an all-new cast of (somehow) even stranger characters to get close to and/or suspicious of, an interesting new setting far removed from the trappings of a schoolhouse, and many more mysteries and murders to solve, it’s another engrossing story with more than its fair share of surprises in store. These even extend beyond the credits, with a much more fleshed-out post-game that includes several new modes and features to keep you going long after you’ve beaten the story. With more of the delightfully dark humor that made the original game so special, improvements to class trials to make them even more intense, and some real head-scratchers for cases, Danganronpa 2 is well worth your time – for maximum effect, you’ll want to play the original first, which you should catch up on sooner rather than later if you haven’t, as it might not stay in Game Pass for long now…

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising

In another change of pace, Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising – a precursor to 2023’s upcoming JRPG Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes – joined Game Pass as a 2.5D action RPG with city-upgrading aspects. After the Runebarrows are found underground following an earthquake around the city of New Nevaeh, heroes CJ and Garoo (who hope to find treasure there) team up with Isha, whose goal is to repair the city. Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is another shorter game (with an estimated completion time of between 15 and 20 hours) and it might have been overlooked without the boost in visibility that an Xbox Game Pass launch gave it; in return, it introduced more variety to the Game Pass series.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising

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Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is an action RPG set in the same world as Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. Featuring city upgrade mechanics, fast-paced combat, and important backstories for several of the characters in Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes.

Jurassic World Evolution 2

Okay, so it may have come up a few times before, but I love the Jurassic World Evolution games, and it was great to see the sequel join Xbox Game Pass less than a year after it launched. There may be disagreements between those who like to build an efficient dino sanctuary and those who prefer to let the predators loose and watch mayhem unfold, but we can at least agree that Jurassic World Evolution 2 added a solid management sim to the Game The Pass library, especially since, as a sequel, it was able to polish some things from the first game and add the new Chaos Theory mode for even more, well, chaos. Also, it’s always fun to hear Jeff Goldblum talk about dinos.

Jurassic World Evolution 2

Jurassic World Evolution 2

Jurassic World Evolution 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to Frontier’s highly successful Jurassic World Evolution. This bold new era in the Jurassic World Evolution game series builds on the groundbreaking and immersive 2018 management simulation.

Vampire Survivor

Let’s travel away from the realm of dinosaurs and into the world of top-down bullet hell roguelike Vampire Survivors. The Game Pass launch of the console version of Vampire Survivors was still months away, but May brought us the Game Preview version of PC Game Pass, finally letting us sink our teeth into defeating waves of undead enemies. There’s something ridiculously fun about Vampire Survivors’ gameplay loop, and it’s easy to end up playing much longer than you originally planned. It was a huge hit in Early Access on Steam, so it was a great buy for PC Game Pass, supporting the library with another excellent game.

Sniper Elite 5

The Xbox Game Pass team refused to slow down on May’s additions even as June approached – in yet another change of pace, third-person shooter Sniper Elite 5 joined Xbox Game Pass as a stunning Day 1 addition towards the end of May. The game had been well reviewed and seems to have been just as popular on TrueAchievements since then, reaching a rating of 4.06/5 and garnering over 70,000 players on the site.

Sniper Elite 5

Sniper Elite 5

The award-winning series returns as Karl Fairburne battles to uncover Project Kraken in 1944 France. The genre-defining authentic sniping, with enhanced kill cam, has never looked or felt better as you battle across immersive maps to stop the Nazi war machine in its tracks.

We’ll be back soon to continue this rundown of the best Game Pass add-ons for each month of 2022 – did we mention any of your favorite Game Pass add-ons for May, or is there something you think should be included here too? Let us know in the comments!

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