What Games to Buy with an Xbox Gift Card in 2020

Did someone buy an Xbox gift card for you? When you get one of these gift cards, you’ll be able to choose from the entire Xbox game library. There are more games than you’ll ever be able to play.

And now is the perfect time to pick up and start playing some of these games.
People from around the world are enjoying video games to pass the time. Over 46 million people have purchased the Xbox One so far. Sales have increased due to the coronavirus and people being required to remain indoors.

There are a lot of games to buy with an Xbox gift card, and you’ll also be able to purchase movies, television shows, hardware and a bunch of additional goodies from Microsoft.

Online gameplay is superb on Xbox – after all, there are millions of consoles sold – which is great for replay ability.

If you get an Xbox gift card online, you’ll be happy to know that this is one of the industries that hasn’t been impacted by coronavirus. People have more free time than ever before, so they have flocked to gaming to fill in some of that free time.

Developers have been able to continue developing new games, so you won’t find a lull in possibilities to play new, fun games.

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No Idea on What Games to Buy?

I know a lot of gamers don’t know what games to buy. There was a time where I would receive a bunch of magazines that showed me which games would be available soon. But in today’s world, you don’t need to read magazines or search for games that are perfect for your own game style and preferences.

The outlets that you’ll want to learn about to uncover current and future games that you may like include:

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[list_item]Online reviews[/list_item]
[list_item]Game forums[/list_item]
[list_item]YouTube gameplay[/list_item]
[list_item]Game developer websites[/list_item]
[list_item]Game trailers[/list_item]

And these outlets will provide you with a wealth of knowledge on new games. The issue is that no developer will ever come out and call their game a bust.

If you want the easiest way to find games without reading through forums or reviews, the Xbox website has a list of the best-rated games period. These are the best of the best games, rated by real consumers.

Of course, you’ll want to look through trailers and forums to find out more about a potential game you want to buy. You can find reviews that provide insight into bugs and if the developer has continued to release patches and listen to their audience.

The games that are the best-rated in 2020 – many are older – include:

Borderlands: The Handsome
Borderlands: The Handsome edition includes Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel. The Handsome is developed for next gen consoles, so it features stunning graphics and a four-player split mode.

The bundle includes co-op play, allows you to transfer old game data from previous save files and all bonus content is included.

Perfect for anyone that loves to shoot and loot their way through games, Borderlands – you will receive two games – is an FPS-RPG. You’ll be thrust into madness and have an arsenal of guns to choose from.

The game provides you with a rich story, great multiplayer support and a large variety of guns to keep players engaged.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Geralt of Rivia is an iconic character that has made the developer turn into one of the largest in the world and has his own Netflix show. You’ll be fighting monsters across the world with your horse Roach and many smaller characters that have rich stories.

Engage in love triangles with Yennifer, a very powerful sorceress, and Triss as you try and save Ciri.

Ciri was born with magical powers that the Wild Hunt want to exploit. You’ll go through the land, sword in hand, slashing your way through quests, playing Gwent (an immersive card game), gathering and crafting new gear, fighting ferocious monsters and generally causing destruction.

Still one of the best games ever made, The Witcher 3 is a must-own for anyone that likes swords, magic and adventure.


Rush: A DisneyPixar Adventure

Rush is a Disney / Pixar game that has sold countless copies, but it does have mixed reviews. Some people love it, and others hate it. The genre is adventure, and the game is geared towards a younger audience, or 10 and up.

It’s a family game that kids will love. The gameplay is easy to learn, the graphics superb and the plot line is good.

Players are taken through eight worlds including the world of Up, Toy Story, Cars, Incredibles, Finding Dory and Ratatouille.

Run, swim and jump your way through the game. You’ll find a variety of neat characters in each level that you may remember from the movies themselves.

Different paths lead to the same outcome but allows you to see more of the boards.
Kids can play through different boards multiple times before seeing all of the different paths available.

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Cities: Skylines

Cities: Skylines is as great game that offers countless hours of fun, but the game is a simulator where you have to build cities and manage sims. The game allows you to build the city and run it the way you want.
You’ll be laying down roads, creating advanced transportation systems and responsible for:

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[list_item]Putting out fires[/list_item]
[list_item]Garbage collection[/list_item]
[list_item]Adding districts[/list_item]

When you create districts, you’re in charge of the district. You’ll have to deal with regulations and laws like never before. You’ll be in charge of drug laws – will they be legal or not? You’ll also be responsible for determining if recycling is required or not.

Too much traffic?
You can ban industrial traffic, but be careful to have an alternate route available or operations will cease.

There is a lot to do in Skylines, and you’ll even be able to try your hand at creating and managing industrial districts. If you’ve ever wanted to be in charge of a city and see how your policies would have an impact, this is the game for you.

What’s great about this game is that you can go back and play through it hundreds of times with different outcomes.



Even after 11 years, Minecraft is still one of the top rated games on the Microsoft store. Build and explore worlds. Mine deep into the world in survival mode, or spend endless hours creating new worlds with unlimited resources in creative mode.

Buy skins, textures and mash-up bundles from the marketplace, or download free addons to enhance your gameplay. You can even play with up to eight players across multiple platforms.

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Gears 5

Gears is back and better than ever, with five exciting modes and an immersive campaign.

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[list_item]Campaign: The world is falling apart. Human cities are under siege now that the Swarm is corrupting the Coalition’s robot army. Kait Diaz attempts to uncover her connection to the enemy, and what she finds is disturbing.[/list_item]
[list_item]Versus: Earn points and get your hands on superior weapons in Versus mode. Choose from ten different game types, with new and classic maps. Whether you’re a pro or casual player, you’re sure to find a game type that fits your style.[/list_item]
[list_item]Escape: A high-stakes co-op mode that takes escape to a new level. Play with a three-player suicide squad and work together to take out the enemy from within.[/list_item]
[list_item]Horde: Can you and four friends survive waves of enemies? Build defenses, use new hero abilities, level up your skills, collect power and work together as a team.[/list_item]
[list_item]Map Builder: Create new experiences and map to challenge your friends.[/list_item]

Gears 5 can be played with friends and in 4K – no matter which mode you choose.

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Dark Souls III Deluxe Edition

The Deluxe Edition of Dark Souls III includes the complete game and the Season Pass, so you can buy the DLCs. Even though this game is five years old, it still ranks as one of the best, especially in the RPG category.

The Dark Souls series is incredibly punishing. All of your actions have serious consequences. If you die, you lose everything.

In the third edition of the game, you journey into a world with giant enemies and breathtaking environments. You’re thrown into this world with a variety of weapons, including bows, swords and projectiles. You can also use magic against enemies.

It is up to you to keep the Age of Fire alive, but you will have to fight tooth and nail to accomplish your goal.

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Life is Strange Complete Season

Life is Strange takes a different approach to gaming. Instead of jumping right into a game with a linear, rigid storyline, you get to play a game where your choices are intrinsically linked to the outcome and events happening around you.

Life is Strange is an episodic game with five episodes. You play Max, a photographer who saves her friend’s life when she discovers that she can rewind time. Your ability to rewind time affects the past, present and future, which is really what makes this game unique.

Max starts having premonitions and struggles to grasp the consequences of her power. As you go through your adventure, you begin uncovering the truth about the disappearance of a student.

The great thing about this game is that it has so many different endings, which greatly increases its re-playability.

The soundtrack and visuals really pull you in and immerse you in the storyline.

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What Other Things Can You Do if You Get an Xbox Gift Card Online?

What if you’re not a hardcore gamer, or you’ve bought every game you could possibly want to play? Is it worth buying an Xbox gift card? Yes.

Games aren’t the only thing you can buy with an Xbox gift card. You can also buy:


Use your gift card to buy apps on Windows. There are thousands of apps to choose from in a wide range of categories, including:

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[list_item]Food and dining[/list_item]
[list_item]Photo and video[/list_item]
[list_item]Social media[/list_item]
[list_item]Health and fitness[/list_item]
[list_item]Lifestyle, and more[/list_item]

Some apps are free, but many of the paid apps have premium features that you can’t get with free variations. Many also have in-app purchases that you can use your Xbox gift card to buy.

Movies and TV Shows

Want to rent or buy the latest movies and TV shows? You can use your Xbox gift card for that. The Microsoft Movies & TV store has all of the latest releases in film and television.

You can watch your content, commercial-free, on any device that has the Movies & TV app. The Movies & TV app is available on iOS, Android and most Smart TVs.

Plus, you can get movies in 4K UHD HDR or high-def 1080p. And when you buy movies or TV shows, you earn Microsoft Rewards points that you can use to redeem more gift cards or other rewards.

Devices and Accessories

Need a new keyboard or pair of headphones? You can use your Xbox gift card for those, too. The Microsoft Store has a huge range of devices and accessories to choose from, including:

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[list_item]Keyboards and mice[/list_item]
[list_item]Headphones, including earbuds and over-the-ears headsets[/list_item]
[list_item]Wearables and accessories, like fitness watches[/list_item]
[list_item]Phone accessories, like wireless chargers, phone cases and more[/list_item]
[list_item]Smart home tech and Wi-Fi, like mesh Wi-Fi systems, routers and Wi-Fi extenders[/list_item]
[list_item]Tech toys, like coding kits[/list_item]
[list_item]VR headsets and accessories, including the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite

Live Gold and Game Pass

Gamers can also use their Xbox gift card to buy Live Gold or Game Pass. With Xbox Live Gold, you can play with your friends online and millions of other players. You also get other perks, like discounts of up to 50% on Xbox One Games, and 2-4 games to play for free every month.

Game Pass Ultimate will give you access to more than 100 high-quality games on your console and PC every month. These games are constantly being updated, so there’s always something new and fun to play.

With an Xbox gift card, you can buy the latest games, apps, movies & TV shows, or devices. It’s a versatile card that anyone would be happy to receive.