Best Xbox party games for the holidays

Xbox is home to a menagerie of great board games. From dancing to quizzes, there’s something for everyone this holiday season. If you’re an Xbox Game Pass subscriber, you can check out two games on this list right now.

gang beasts

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Available on Xbox Game Pass, Gang Beasts is a hilarious party game where you try to knock your friends out of the arena in high-intensity situations. Playing as gelatinous creatures, you’ll grope to grab and punch your friends for supremacy while atop dangerous places like scaffolding, traffic, or an airship. It’s pretty easy to pick up and play, and with the wacky physics you’re sure to have a laugh together at this slapstick experience.

Golf with your friends

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Also on Xbox Game Pass, Golf with Your Friends is a silly mini-golf multiplayer game that takes place in several charming locations. The flawless controls are exactly what you’d expect from a premium sports title, and to tip the scales you can add the ability to bounce the golf ball to overcome longer distances. Each course is cleverly designed to incorporate both traditional and less familiar styles of play while providing twists along the way.

Jackbox party packs

The Jackbox Party Pack 8 The Pole Mine
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If you want to play a variety of games in one package, each Jackbox Party Pack is well worth a purchase. Using your phone as a controller, you can answer bizarre trivia in Trivia Murder Party, give a catchy yet fun PowerPoint presentation with Talking Points, and trick your friend or family member with a lie to get points in Fibbage. There’s even a dating game called Monster Seeking Monster. Chicago-based Jackbox Games is constantly updating the formula of traditional board games like Pictionary and the trivia games you’d play at every holiday party, and making them exciting again. We recommend the latest Jackbox Party Pack.

Just dance 2022

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The latest iteration of the hit dance franchise Just Dance 2022 kills it this year with a fantastic tracklist, memorable choreography and vibrant graphics fit for a music video. Ubisoft succeeded this year as Just Dance 2022 includes fun songs like “Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels” by Todrick Hall, “Girl Like Me” by Black Eyed Peas and Shakira, and “Mood” by 24kGoldn Ft. iann dior. There are plenty of familiar tracks and a few lesser known songs that may have a place on your Spotify playlist like “Think About Things” by Daði Freyr (Daði & Gagnamagnið). Another advantage is that you can play with your phone using an app, which makes it easy to put together four friends or family members.

Legends of Rayman

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Finally, is Rayman Legends. This 2D platformer, which can be played by up to four players, is fun with friends as you jump through its levels and imaginative worlds. The developer constantly plays with your expectations, even adding a stealth section in a few of its levels. Plus, the art style is vibrant and will likely appeal to youngsters at your family get-togethers. It’s a beautifully crafted game that deserves way more love than it gets. It also has a completely different mode, which offers an exciting take on football.

Joseph K. Bennett