12 Best Xbox Series X Shooter Games in 2021

The Xbox Series X and Series S have released. As a result, there are many gamers who are fans of the shooter genre looking for such games to play on these next-gen consoles. Therefore, we have rounded up this list of the best Xbox Series X shooter games.

This includes FPS (first-person shooter), TPS (third-person shooters), and other shooter genre games that you can play on the Xbox Series X. Moreover, it is important to mention that these are also the best shooter games for the Xbox Series S. These Xbox Series X shooter games are mostly available to play now or are releasing within the next month.

Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War

Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War is the title of the latest game in the Call of Duty franchise that puts players in the shoes of CIA agent Russell Alder as he attempts to put a stop to the Soviet agent whose codename is Perseus.

It’s the type of conspiracy-laden story that Call of Duty: Black Ops has built their backs upon. It’s only made even more intriguing by the fact that it’s partly based on real life.

This is because Perseus is the code name of a real-life Spy who allegedly worked for the Soviet Union and successfully breached the United States.

Returning to the franchise are fan-favorites, agents Woods, Hudson, and Mason, as they help you track down the enemy all over the world in a story that goes back and forth between 1968 and the 1980s.

In addition to the single-player campaign, Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War looks to reinvigorate interest in the franchise’s multiplayer. To help with this, it comes with gross-gen play and gross-gen support.


Fortnite’s popularity has waned after arguably peaking with its $30 million dollar tournament back in 2019.

Still, Fortnite remains extremely popular among today’s gamers. In fact, it’s still one of the most popular games in the world. You could argue that it is the most popular shooter in the Western hemisphere. This means that, barring any catastrophic event, we should expect Epic Games to release Fortnite on the Xbox Series X as soon as they’re able.

For those who are unfamiliar, Fortnite is what you’d get if you gave Minecraft shooter mechanics with a colorful aesthetic that makes it stand out from the more realistic and grim battle royale titles out there.

A fast-paced shooter that rewards creative play as much as excellent shooting mechanics, Fortnite’s ability to draw in both old and newer players alike with its ever-changing landscape and a constant stream of new content should continue making it popular well into the era of the Xbox Series X.

Resident Evil Village

After two successive reboots, the Resident Evil franchise sees its eighth mainline installment in Resident Evil Village. It’ll see the return of Resident Evil VII’s protagonist, Ethan, who starts a family in a remote area with his wife Mia and their daughter Rose. However, things take a turn for the worse after the sudden appearance of a villainous Chris Redfield.

As if that’s not big enough of a shock, the game will also apparently feature werewolves, gigantic vampire ladies, and a mysterious village filled with equally strange people.


Outriders is another shooter set in space. Albeit, the main difference is that it won’t feature the looting mechanic as prominently as the likes of Destiny do.

Instead, Outriders is People Can Fly’s chance to prove that can do serious and dark narratives.

For those that don’t know, People Can Fly was formerly known as Epic Games Poland. They had a hand in many of Epic Games’ most memorable titles. This includes, among others, the Gears of War franchise, and the original Fortnite: Save the World.

Outriders is set to be People Can Fly’s first new IP after becoming independent in 2015, and a lot is reading on it. But, with the help of Square Enix, People Can Fly might pull it off.

As for the gameplay itself, Outriders is a third-person shooter with optional co-op elements. This means that players can play through the game on their own. Or, they can also play with their friends. To that end, players can create their own custom characters and choose from four unique classes, each with its own abilities.

With an emphasis on creating a totally original, dark sci-fi universe, Outriders has a chance to be a much darker and more serious Gear of War for the Xbox Series X but in a fun way.

Control Ultimate Edition

Control features part utilitarian Jesse Faden as a newly appointed FBC director in an adventure that takes her through numerous plot twists. This includes one that links it to previous Remedy Entertainment titles.

The Ultimate Edition gives the 2019 title an unnecessary but welcome fresh coat of paint. It includes the base game and two new expansions in one single package. In addition to this, players are also given the choice between improving frame rates to a steady 60 fps and better graphics.

Gears 5

Gears 5 is the sixth installment in the long-running Gears of War franchise, a series of third-person games widely credited for perfecting the shooting mechanics prevalent in many of today’s shooters, as well as making a lasting impact on co-op gameplay and how games are marketed.

Set following the events of Gears of War 4, the latest Gears of War title put players in the shoes of Kait Diaz, who first appeared in Gears of War 4. Meanwhile, other series mainstays, such as Marcus Fenix, also return. Additionally, Marcus’ son, Dominic “JD” Fenix and Delmont “Del” Walker, also feature in prominent roles in Gears 5.

Narrative-wise, Gears 5 is praised for delving deeper into its lore and allowing players to experience the brutality of its combat at a more intimate level.

With an ending that sets up a sequel perfectly, Gears 5 appearing on the Xbox Series X should serve as a way to showcase the advantage of having forwards-compatible titles for the next-generation console while also teasing fans of what’s to come in an expected Gears 6 title.

Rainbow Six Siege

Ubisoft’s persistence has paid off. Because of their efforts, Rainbow Six Siege recovered from a lackluster first few years. It has now firmly become one of the premiere squad-based shooters available today.

In fact, you could argue that Rainbow Six Siege is THE tactics-based shooter to beat.

It also helps that the argument for Rainbow Six Siege is easy to make. In this game, you can’t just go in guns blazing. You’ll have to have patience and persistence. More importantly, you’ll need to work together with your team. Otherwise, hostages might die, or a bomb might set off successfully, among many other scenarios.

Rainbow Six Siege tests every player’s wit and cunning with its 20 playable maps and 7 different game modes. Of these game modes, three are considered competitive. There is also a single-playable option (Situations) and a shift to PvE gameplay (OUtbreak).

To say that Rainbow Six Siege is currently the best multiplayer title Ubisoft has in their lineup is only fitting.

Give it a few years, Rainbow Six Siege might go down as one of the best first-person shooters of all time. That is if it already isn’t.

Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 is considered a high point in the Borderlands franchise. This is saying a lot, considering that the series of looter-shooters is widely praised and credited for giving birth to an entirely new sub-genre of shooters.

Combining the frantic combat of Doom and Quake will giving it the looting and in-game progression of known RPG titles like Diablo, the Borderlands franchise effectively fathered Destiny and Warframe. But, whereas those are MMOs, Borderlands 3 excels at letting people play endlessly by themselves.

Borderlands 3 perfects that formula by giving players a 30-hour campaign with tons of replayability. Mind you, this doesn’t include its must-have DLCs, which feature its entirely own campaign.

Right from the get-go, Borderlands 3 will have you putting your foot on the proverbial pedal. You go forward. You kill bad guys. You loot, find better weapons, and so on.

It’s an endless cycle that predicates itself in constantly rewarding you with “more” and better”. However, as mentioned earlier, it helps that it actually has a proper plot revolving around the four new Vault Hunter recruits tasked to stop a cult of followers and their leaders, Troy and Tyreen Calypso.

It’s not deep, and often, the game doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it provides just the perfect backdrop for the chaotic gameplay of Borderlands 3.

Apex Legends

With plans stretching all the way up to Season 11 — Apex Legends is currently in the middle of Season 5 — Respawn Entertainment is definitely in for the long haul.

With that said, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t expect to see Apex Legends on the Xbox Series X.

Essentially a Titanfall title with a battle royale setting, Apex Legends became wildly popular upon its release. However, it later lost traction due mostly to players losing interest because of the game’s lack of content during its first couple of seasons.

Now that it’s five seasons in, Apex Legends’ roster of playable characters has grown considerably. Along the way, the gameplay has also improved as well, with Apex Legends also having much more in its way in terms of content.

A port to the Xbox Series X might just help renew player interest in the game and catapult it back to mainstream relevancy.


In a nutshell, Warframe is a looter shooter in space. This is arguably why it has drawn many comparisons to another looter shooter, Destiny, and its sequel, Destiny 2.

But, at the same time, Warframe couldn’t be any more different from Destiny.

On one hand, Destiny prominently features its social component and open-world exploration. There’s also far more gear to collect and utilize in Destiny. On the other hand, Warframe is, most of the time, all about the grind. Also, the gameplay of Warframe isn’t just solely based on your abilities and gunplay. Rather, it’s about both, as well as melee combat.

With gamers looking for something that they can grind solo with the occasional help from a friend or stranger not running out of stock anytime soon, Warframe should very well remain just as successful once it releases on the Xbox Series X.

Destiny 2

The Xbox Series X will not be left wanting for variety in terms of looter shooters with Destiny 2 also confirmed to release on the next-generation console.

The latest title of Bungie, the original makers of the Halo franchise, Destiny 2 builds upon the foundations of the original Destiny title. This includes giving players more chances of playing a soldier with the occasional superheroes, as well as more guns and armors to collect and play with.

Destiny 2’s maps are also much more massive compared to that of the original title, allowing players to embrace the open-world exploration component that has helped the franchise become so successful over the years.

Destiny 2 is already 7 DLCs deep and three years into its lifecycle. It’s already as old as the original Destiny title was before it was released to replace it. But, with the promise of better graphics and faster loading times on the Xbox Series X, Bungie could use this chance to reinvigorate mainstream interest in Destiny 2.

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is the long-awaited remastered version of the original Mass Effect trilogy of games. The game will compile all the DLCs and expansions released for every single game except the Pinnacle Station DLC for the first Mass Effect game. In addition to this, it will introduce a lot of technical and gameplay improvements to all three games to make them feel and play more modern, as well as improve the graphics with support for higher frame rates for the ultimate Mass Effect experience.

Final Thoughts

With the way things are, Microsoft is going to arrive guns blazing (pun intended). Our list of the best Xbox Series X shooters is proof that you won’t be left wanting for games to play on Microsoft’s next-gen consoles with more to be released in the future. Some of these are available on other platforms and some are also exclusives. If you’re a previous Xbox One owner, the Smart Delivery feature is also useful too.

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