With the release of the Xbox Series X, many gamers haven’t had a chance to brief themselves on what games the Xbox Series X currently has available at launch and beyond. Therefore, below we have curated a comprehensive list of the best Xbox Series X games. These are also the best games for the Xbox Series S, which is the cheaper version of the two consoles.
The list is meant to be a resource for those looking for the top Xbox Series X and Series S games. Therefore, it will be updated frequently as more games are released for the latest gen Xbox consoles.
Halo Infinite (Exclusive)
Was this ever really a surprise? Microsoft may not have featured Master Chief as much on the Xbox One as they did in previous generations, but there’s no way that they would have done the face of Xbox dirty for two generations in a row. Halo Infinite was pretty much the first title confirmed for the Xbox Series X. Despite the early confirmation though, we don’t really know a lot about Halo Infinite.
What we do know is that it’s set to be the sixth main entry of the Halo franchise, and will be co-developed by both 343 Industries and SkyBox Labs, which suggests that Microsoft wants Master Chief to make a big and lasting impression on the Xbox Series X once Halo Infinite becomes available. Just how exactly they plan on doing that remains a mystery to us all.
Watch Dogs: Legion
A slight departure from the previous Watch Dogs titles, the third installment, Watch Dogs: Legion, will give players, not just one protagonist, but an entire city’s worth of inhabitants to play with and as.
Set in a dystopian London where everything and anything is under the control of an authoritarian regime, Watch Dogs: Legion uses the franchise’s hacking gameplay to help the repressed British people stage an uprising. True to its name, Watch Dogs: Legion will give you multiple protagonists at your disposal.
Similar to what a singular protagonist would have, each of these people that you can play as has their own backstories, talents, abilities, skills, and more. Not to mention, Watch Dogs: Legion will raise the stakes up a bit by introducing a permadeath mechanic that we haven’t seen from the franchise yet.
Control and customization is the name of the game for EA with FIFA 21. The latest title in the globally popular FIFA franchise, FIFA 21 will reportedly take every advantage given to it on the next-gen consoles. This includes deferred lighting and rendering, enhanced animation technology, and off-ball humanization, among many others. But, that’s not all. It also comes with numerous gameplay improvements.
Compared to previous titles, FIFA 21 will bring back FIFA Ultimate Team with FUT co-op. This is an entirely new feature. It will allow players to team up with each other against other solo or duo players. Scoring parameters will also be tracked better throughout the entire season this time around.
In-game, FIFA 21 will give players plenty of tools to work with. This includes an entirely new set of modifier buttons. In particular, you can use the said buttons to set up accurate passes or even line up shots. You can even use the said features to rewind bad plays, which, admittedly, is already cheating in our book.
Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War
The cat is already out of the bag. We already know a lot about Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War. Just as the name suggests, the game will be set right around the Cold War era with Treyarch putting players hot on the trail of Persues, an alleged Soviet spy, as they take control of CIA officer, Russel Adler.
Cold War will reportedly also feature some familiar faces. This includes Frank Woods, Alex Mason, and Jason Hudson. Of course, the single-player campaign is only a part of the Call of Duty experience.
Despite the success of Warzone, Activision fully intends to continue developing a more traditional multiplayer shooter for Call of Duty, and Cold War will look to try and reinvigorate interest. This includes adding new modes and bringing back a couple of old favourites.
One noteworthy mode, in particular, is the VIP escort, which is a 6v6 mode where the game randomly assigns one player as the escort. The goal is then to escort the designated player to a specific location, or eliminate the target.
NBA 2K21 is already for the current-generation of consoles and people are loving it. While gamers have long criticized 2K sports for taking advantage of the demand for a yearly release of a new NBA 2K title by not including as many features as many feel that they could with a new title, many gamers feel satisfied with NBA 2K21, and, there’s plenty of good reasons for that.
NBA 2K21 brings back the shooting mechanics of NBA 2K17 but improves on it for a more natural feel. MyCAREER also returns with another noteworthy story and starts players as a high-school recruit as they choose between 10 different universities and try to rise through the NCAA ranks to eventually make it to the big leagues.
MyCAREER features cameos from noteworthy celebrities. This includes Michael K. Williams and Djimon Hounsou. MyTeam is also reworked. It now essentially forces teams to actually build teams instead of just collecting players. Climbing the ladder doesn’t require throwing your money at your screen anymore. You can get by with spending very little or none at all. This gives NBA 2K21 much more replay value than its predecessors.
Of course, NBA 2K21 will benefit from the added processing power that comes with the Xbox Series X. Expect better and more realistic graphics with much more fluid movement from the players once NBA 2K21 is played on the Xbox Series X.
Until the next expected Forza title comes to the Xbox Series X, gearheads will have to settle with Dirt 5. As far as consolation prizes go, that’s not even half-bad.
The first racing game officially confirmed for Microsoft’s next-gen console, Dirt 5 will feature tracks from all over the world. This includes world-famous tracks located in places like Brazil, Italy, China, and even New York. More importantly, Dirt 5 will feature a wide roster of characters that players will get a chance to play and tinker with.
For those who aren’t exactly huge fans of the franchise nor cars, Dirt 5 will reportedly feature a career mode with the likes of Nolan North and Troy Baker lending their talents. With a little bit of something for everybody, Dirt 5 is definitely one to look out for.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
Ubisoft definitely pushed through with changing their annual release of a new Assassin’s Creed title. However, even though they decided to skip a year with their once yearly franchise, there simply was no way that they’d let a new console-generation launch without having one of their games be part of it all.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is the latest installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. It will follow in the footsteps of its past two predecessors, Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey.
Instead of focusing on its stealth and action gameplay, the past two titles leaned heavily towards its RPG elements. This was met with a lot of praise from critics and fans alike. As such, it makes sense for Ubisoft to try out the formula once again with Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla.
As for the game’s narrative, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla will let players live as Vikings in the middle ages. Forced out of their homeland in Norway, players will have an entirely new playground in England to play with as they look to rummage and pillage their way into establishing a new home for the legendary warrior race.
Bandai Namco’s newest IP is equal parts Psychonauts and equal parts Grand Theft Auto, dressed in an anime aesthetic. Featuring a solider named Yuito Sumeragi, Scarlet Nexus is set in the far future where humanity has learned how to harness its latent psychic abilities.
This means that the protagonist has some pretty cool psychokinesis powers, which will definitely come in handy as he explores the world and eventually ends up finding out more than he bargained for. An RPG headed by the same people behind some of the Tales Of games, Scarlet Nexus has the potential to be Bandai Namco’s next big IP.
Far Cry 6
The latest numbered title in the Far Cry franchise, Far Cry 6 will put players in the shoes of Yara local, Dani Rojas, a man or a woman (depending on the player’s choice) leading the charge against the tyrannical ruler of Yara, played by Giancarlo Esposito, who is best known for his role as Gus Fring in AMC drama Breaking Bad.
We already know that Giancarlo has the chops to play the big baddie. We also know just how much interest the world has in picturesque places that belie the horrors beneath them.
This slightly realistic plotline where a beautiful paradise is ruled by an evil overlord is sure to draw in its fair share of players. The trailer alone, for example, is proof that Ubisoft wants to bring Far Cry back to its former glory. Paired with this grounded and realistic storyline is “the largest Far Cry playground to date” in Yara.
The environment will reportedly include a mix of urban with jungles and beaches. All of these will be part of Dani’s revolution. Players will experience what guerilla warfare like is firsthand with makeshift weapons included in their weaponry.
Death, change, and taxes. There are only so few things that are certain in life. Those are three are right up there. So is another NFL game, by the way, particularly, a Madden title.
Having seen an annual release since 1990, no year really ever is complete without a new Madden game, and for the Xbox Series X, we’re going to see American football in all of its next-generation glory thanks to Madden 21.
Immortals Fenyx Rising
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild isn’t just one of the best games of its generation. It’s one of the best ever. So, it only makes sense for Ubisoft to borrow plenty of elements from it.
Immortals Fenxy Rising, formerly known as Gods and Monsters, is Ubisoft’s newest Zelda-esque fantasy action-adventure title that’s set in an open world. It will put players in the shoes of a red-headed demi-god named Fenyx who’s out to take out one of the biggest baddies in Greek mythology with Zeus and Prometheus taking turns narrating the entire journey.
It’s a very Ubisoft take of the game. You get the requisite mountain of objectives and quest markers, with skill trees and upgrade paths for your equipment. There’s even plenty of traditional yet surprisingly complex combat to boot. You could argue that the game is the lovechild of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Mortal KOMBAT 11 Ultimate
Mortal Kombat 11 is the next installment in the Mortal Kombat franchise following Mortal Kombat X in 2015. It follows the events of the previous game with a story split across multiple chapters, with each chapter focusing on different characters and culminating in a plot that heavily revolves around time travel with multiple endings depending on the player’s choice.
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate will compile all the story chapters in one title (12 for the base game and 5 for the expansion), along with everything else that’s been released for the game since. This includes new fighters such as Rain, Mileena, and Rambo, as well as more skins, weapons, and gears for players to customize fighters.
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate will also include all the guest fighters released for the game and will support 4K resolution.
CrossfireX is the console version of popular online FPS shooter, Crossfire. Even before its release, many have compared it to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This is not an invalid comparison, though. This is because of how similar their multiplayer components will play out.
Players will choose between two teams and compete against each other in various game modes. This includes the “Classic” mode where one team has to stop the other from successfully planting a map. A “Modern” mode will reportedly be available too, which will put the two teams against each other for control over objective map points.
Unlike Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, this console FPS title will have a single-player campaign. According to reports, the campaign will span across multiple episodes. At launch, players can only play two.
The story will revolve around the conflict between private military factions, Black List and Global Risk, and is said to draw heavy inspiration from narrative-heavy action franchises such as Metal Gear and Resident Evil.
Cyberpunk 2077 answers a question that no one probably asked before: “What would happen if you crossed The Witcher and the Deus Ex franchises together?” A narrative-heavy and story-driven open-world single-player RPG title, Cyberpunk 2077 continues CD Projekt’s affinity for adapting little-known franchises into a video game. But, instead of a book, CD Projekt went with a tabletop RPG in the Cyberpunk franchise this time around.
Set in “Night City”, Cyberpunk 2077 lets players play as a customizable mercenary who’s looking for a rare thingamajig rumored to make people immortal. Much like with The Witcher franchise, we can expect CD Projekt to work their magic on this title. This means that we can expect multiple playthroughs from the game, with various endings available depending on the chances that you made.
Perhaps the only difference with Cyberpunk 2077 from any of The Witcher games is that you can reportedly play through the game without resorting to killing people.
Gears 5 (Exclusive)
Microsoft had already made Gears 5 available for the Xbox One X last year, which means that it’s technically not a new game. However, it remains one of the Xbox games out there, and will likely be one of the best Xbox Series X games once it launched on the console.
We already know how much more gorgeous it will look like on next-gen hardware, so don’t expect any surprises there. But, then again, who knows?
Following their return to World War 1 and 2 with Battlefield 1 and Battlefield 5 respectively, DICE has not yet confirmed the setting for Battlefield 6. However, it’s not unusual for EA nor DICE to take a page out of their competition’s book.
Considering the success of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with their return to a more modern setting, Battlefield 6 could head in that direction. Battlefield 6 could also explore other potential warring eras, just like Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War is planning to do. With that said, details are scarce about Battlefield 6 so far, except that it will feature next-generation graphics on the Xbox Series X.
Forza Motorsport (Exclusive)
Get to know fast virtual cars more intimately than ever before, thanks to the added power that comes with the Xbox Series X. Turn 10, who’s been working on the next Forza Motorsport since 2017, made the entire world pay attention to the kind of detail that gamers should expect from the game that they’re going to release. Whereas previous titles wowed gamers with visual fidelity, the all-new Forza Motorsport will highlight everything including what’s under the hood of these track cars.
This is all thanks to the 8-core CPU packed inside the Xbox Series X, giving it the kind of power that had never been available before. While we won’t know when exactly the new Forza Motorsport will release, we do know that it’s going to be one of the most beautiful racing simulation games out there.
Call of the Sea (Exclusive)
We don’t really see too many puzzle adventure titles these days. As such, you can only imagine everyone’s excitement when Microsoft showcased one such game during their first-ever 20/20 event. Call of the Sea is a game set in the 1930s. It will star a woman named Norah who’s on the search for his lost husband.
If it’s not already obvious by now, Call of the Sea is going for a more retro look. However, at the same time, you can’t help but admire the beauty of the graphics. If nothing else, it’ll be intriguing to see how Raw Fury pulls off a first-person puzzle adventure on a next-gen console.
Unsettling and disturbing seem like the perfect ways to describe the Xbox Series X exclusive, Scorn. This game is said to draw direct inspiration from the works of H. R. Giger and Zdzisław Beksiński. The former was part of the design team that worked on the original Alien film. Meanwhile, the latter is a Polish artist best known for exploring dystopian surrealism in his works. So, given its inspiration, it seems pretty understandable that Scorn went with its action-horror theme.
As a first-person horror game, Scorn clearly wants to take its horror element to the next level. Judging by the trailer alone, it certainly seems like it’s well on its way to accomplishing that.
Second Extinction (Exclusive)
For some reason, developers really aren’t keen on creating a dinosaur game. Maybe it’s because there have been far too many failures in the past? Well, that’s partly true. After all, outside of Dino Crisis, which wasn’t exactly a perfect franchise, what other notable dinosaur games can you really remember? Here’s to hoping that Second Extinction adds to that shortlist.
A co-op shooter that lets you play on three-game squads against giant mutated reptiles, Second Extinction is as pretty self-explanatory as it gets. If nothing else, Second Extinction might just be the catalyst we need for Capcom to work on a new Dino Crisis title.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 (Exclusive)
The S.T.A.L.K.E.R franchise was a series of first-person survival horror titles that perfectly– captured what life would be like in a post-apocalyptic world. It was the type of game that would fill you with dread and terror, but not through monsters or grotesque creatures. Rather, but from how vulnerable we humans truly are.
Unfortunately, after the release of Call of Pripyat in 2009 and the cancellation of S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 in 2012, we heard very little of the franchise — until now. Details on the new S.T.A.L.K.E.R title emerged in 2018, but it wasn’t until Microsoft’s July showcase that we received confirmation for which platforms the game will be made available for once it releases in 2021. Considering the severe lack of true survival horror titles in recent years, S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2’s release feels like a long time coming. Prepare to have nightmares.
The Medium (Exclusive)
The Medium is another horror title exclusive to the Xbox Series X. However, unlike Scorn, which obviously is going for a more Alien-like vibe, The Medium is taking a more psychological approach to scaring the wits out of gamers. Backed by the same people behind 2019’s Blair Witch video game adaption and the haunting scores of the Silent Hill series, The Medium.
As for the gameplay itself, we know a couple of things to expect from The Medium. In the game, players will reportedly take on the shoes of Marianne, who is a spiritual medium that can act as a bridge between the world of the living and, well, the world of the NOT living. Although we don’t know much beyond that, one thing that’s all but guaranteed at this point is that The Medium will be a terrifying title. Whether or not it becomes a worthy spiritual successor to the likes of Silent Hill is something that we’ll find out once it launches.
While we won’t get a next-gen Borderlands game just yet, the latest entry in the frantic shooter franchise, Borderlands 3, will be making its way to the Xbox Series X. Borderlands 3 continues the tradition of the award-winning franchise. It’s not just an FPS title. Instead, it incorporates numerous RPG elements to it, with plenty of action to boot. It’s also considered one of the archetypal shooter-looters, where looting and crafting items play a significant role in a player’s in-game progress.
Borderlands 3, in particular, brings with it an arsenal of surprisingly fun and unique weapons that help inject more energy into the chaotic action. On top of it all, Borderlands 3 comes with a 30-hour campaign with a lot of replay value.
Outside of supporting 4K resolution at 60FPS on the Xbox Series X, little else is known about the improvements on Borderlands 3 for the next-gen console. However, as it is, Borderlands 3 is already a game well worth purchasing twice over. Any improvements are just a welcome bonus at this point.
One of the biggest surprise hits of the decade, the revival of the Hitman franchise is in full swing with a third game on the way. Hitman 3 marks the first time that the series’ current developers, IO Interactive, will release and publish the game on their own. Previously, IO was part of Square Enix, with the developers working with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment with the publishing of Hitman 2.
Although they are going to publish the game themselves this time around, IO will receive help in the form of a partnership with Epic Games. According to their CEO, this move will allow them the “freedom to create the game exactly as we imagined”. This could mean that fans could be in for quite the treat, as the previous two titles featured unprecedented levels of freedom. Both titles gave players plenty of options on how they would deal with their targets, allowing for near-unlimited replay value. With IO promising big things, Hitman 3 could be one of the few times that the third title in a series ends up surpassing its predecessors.
A third-person online shooter where loot will play a huge role, Outriders is an all-new IP developed by people with prior experience in hit titles such as Gears of War: Judgment and Bulletstorm.
Outriders draws comparisons to shooter-looters like Destiny. Whether or not it can be just as good if not better as Destiny is the question. But, so far, the developers seem intent on turning Outriders into a different kind of online shooter that gamers can actually finish.
With lead writer Joshua Rubin citing classics such as Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness as possible comparisons for the game’s story, we should expect things to get pretty dark quickly in Outriders.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Once a PlayStation-exclusive franchise, we’ve seen the Yakuza games make their way to other consoles and platforms in recent years. In a few months, this will include Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which will make its way on the Xbox Series X. A rather unique take on the Yakuza formula, Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be a role-playing title instead of a beat-em-up.
In the game, players participate in four-person team battles. However, in typical Yakuza fashion, there’s a twist. Because, during battles, players and enemies alike can interact with nearby surroundings and other objects. This creates a more interactive combat system that’s more in line with the Yakuza franchise. Also returning are the numerous side-quests and side-activities that have since become a staple of the franchise.
There you have it, these are the best Xbox Series X games. Kudos to Microsoft for arguably one-upping Sony at every turn so far. Their showcases have not failed to meet expectations so far. Not to mention, the release of the Xbox Series S came completely out of left field, surprising many gamers with a relatively affordable next-gen offering, albeit coming at the expense of less powerful hardware.
Will this be the generation when Microsoft finally outpaced Sony? Only time will tell. But, as you can see from the list of above, the Xbox Series X and Series S have numerous gaming titles that many are looking forward to.