Microsoft’s done an excellent job in teasing its latest gen consoles, the Xbox Series X and Series S.
To that end, we know a lot about the Xbox Series X already. This includes the console design, the all-new controller, as well as other technical details and features that, no doubt, get us excited about Microsoft’s newest consoles.
We even have information on some of the games we can expect to see on the Xbox Series X and Series S already.
With that said, you’ll find our round-up of the best Xbox Series X, Series S shooter games right down below. This will include both confirmed and expected to release on the next-generation consoles.
At this point, Halo Infinite is very much a riddle wrapped up in an enigma, which is to say, we don’t really know much about it.
Of course, we know that it’ll be an Xbox Series X exclusive and that it’ll be an Xbox Series X launch title.
We also know that the game’s setting will follow the events of Halo 5 and, unlike in Halo 4 and Halo 5, in Halo Infinite, most of the story will focus on the sorely missed Master Chief, who is on a Halo ring, for some reason.
In addition to this, it’s been confirmed that 343 Industries will use the Slipspace engine for Halo Infinite, which makes sense.
After all, it’s a launch title. So, what better way to showcase the most powerful console in the world today than using brand-new engine and see what it’s capable of?
For those that don’t know, the Halo franchise is one of the most iconic gaming franchises. It spans over 14 titles, with the majority of the games featuring a supersolid named Master Chief John-117 prominently, as well as Cortana, his AI-companion.
With the original Halo trilogy pivotal to the success of the original Xbox and Xbox 360, Microsoft is banking on Halo Infinite to help make sure that it can have the same impact for the Xbox Series X.
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.
Unlike its main competition, which has not only been confirmed but is already undergoing its Alpha phase trial, details regarding the latest numbered Battlefield title remain scarce.
No release date. No story. No official trailer. Nothing. What we know, however, is that Battlefield 6 is going to release on the new generation of consoles. Outside of that, all we can do is to speculate.
Rumor has it that EA and DICE are working hard to make the next Battlefield title to feature big maps and the matching player count. This is supposedly in response to how battle royale titles, in particular, Call of Duty: Warzone, has all but forced shooters to up their player counts in hopes to compete.
If the test footage DICE recently showed is any indicating, that seems to be the direction Battlefield 6 is headed. In addition to seeing whitebox footage of more than a hundred soldiers running on-screen, we also saw the falling of a huge building.
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-favourites, 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 will look reinvigorate interest in the franchise’s multiplayer. To help with this, it will come with gross-gen play and gross-gen support.
Currently, Activision and Treyarch are working hard to hash out all the details of the multiplayer, so the final mods that will make it to the actual release is still not final.
After its unfortunate cancellation in 2012, S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 is finally set to arrive, and it’s going to arrive first on the Xbox Series X, marking the first time that this deeply beloved yet flawed franchise will be making its way into consoles.
A first-person shooter with prominent survival-horror elements, S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 will see players return to everybody’s favourite heavily contaminated wasteland, The Zone.
Set in an alternate world, the series features prominent a dangerous area that surrounds the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. There, players will have to brave, not just the elements, but everything birthed by this untimely catastrophe. Although GSC Game World confirms that S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 will feature a standalone story, they do recommend playing through the first three games first for added immersion.
Considering how those games have aged rather well and how the latest instalment won’t release until 2021, you’ve got quite some time to catch up.
By the time you’re done, you’ll at least be better prepared to handle the horrifying experience, courtesy of S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 and the added graphical fidelity that it has at its own disposal on the Xbox Series X.
A first-person shooter with survival-horror and action-adventure elements, Scorn takes place in a creepy world inspired heavily by the works of H.R. Giger, who, for those that don’t know, is one of the guys behind the design work of 1979’s hit sci-fi horror film, Alien.
Scorn will reportedly feature different “regions” that are unique from each other, with its own set of characters, puzzles, and over-arching theme. Players will also be able to explore each region depending on how they want. This means that exploration won’t be linear, similar to how Metroidvania games work.
With an in-game world that’s reportedly design around throwing players “into the world”, Scorn would be a perfect launch title for the Xbox Series X if it releases around Halloween.
Guns and dinosaurs. What could be better, right?
Second Extinction taps into a largely unused concept and pits players against hordes of mutated dinosaurs, who, for some reason, are now roaming the earth as its apex predators. It is now, then, up to players, in teams of three, to team up and use their unique abilities, as well as a wide array of weapons, to rid the earth of this infestation.
Outside of letting players shoot dinosaurs, not much is known about Second Extinction.
But, then again, do we really need more?
Other than giving more details about what each character’s unique abilities are, Second Extinction already has the makings of a fun shooter to play with friends, both online and in-person.
What happens when the one corporation responsible for imposing order in the world collapses?
Set in a self-contained metropolis run by “The Ascent Group” that stretches way up into as high as the eyes can see with humans and other aliens alike calling it home, this solo and co-op action RPG shooter puts players in the shoes of an everyday average worker who just happens to be in the wrong place and at the wrong time.
The shutdown of The Ascent Group creates a power vacuum that rival corporations and crime syndicates are desperately trying to fill.
It is now up to the players to defend themselves as their very lives are threatened, and along the way, find out exactly what led to this catastrophic sequence of events in the first place.
In a classic tale of revenge, Chorus, stylized as Chorvs, is a space combat shooter that lets players take control of Nara and her sentient spaceship as she sets out to destroy the very same cult that’s responsible for turning her into who she is in the first place.
Atypical from conventional shooters, Chorus will feature worlds beyond our own as the breathtaking sights are filled with adrenaline-filled zero-g combat.
Along the way, players will not only learn more about Nara. At the same time, they’ll also start unlocking all sorts of weapons and abilities, all of which are said to bright forth a “true evolution” of the genre.
If nothing else, Chorvs should make for an excellent showcase of the Xbox Series X’ graphical capabilities.
Bright Memory: Infinite
Once an episodic video game title birthed from the sweat of a single Chinese game developer, Bright Memory: Infinite has become a full-length FPS that blends shooter mechanics with hack-and-slash gameplay. This results in a fast-paced action similar to the Bayoneta and Devil May Cry series but played from a first-person perspective.
As for the story itself, Bright Memory: Infinite puts the spotlight on a female protagonist named Shelia.
Shelia works for an organization known as the Science Research Organization who tasks her to prevent a military organization from getting their hands on a power that will grant them the ability to wake the dead from their slumber.
Aiding Sheila is a wide assortment of guns and swords. But, that’s not all. Sheila herself also apparently is no normal human being. Instead, she’s capable of wreaking havoc using energy blasts, as well as psychokinesis.
Gamers interested on checking out what the game is like can play the first episode of Bright Memory on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and/or the PC. However, those who’d like the full experience will have to wait until the release of the Xbox Series X.
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.
Rainbow Six Quarantine
Rainbow Six Quarantine is based on the “Outbreak” game mode of Rainbow Six Siege. The newest Rainbow Six title will put three players in a squad-based shooter against alien parasites dead set on infecting everything and everyone around it.
Rainbow Six Quarantine will be available on the Xbox Series X at launch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 their 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.
Far Cry 6
Two years since the last numbered release, Ubisoft has finally confirmed the existence of Far Cry 6.
Far Cry 6 will be built and developed for both current-generation and next-generation consoles. This is worth taking note as Ubisoft might have to take a step back in terms of graphical fidelity to make way for the PS4 and Xbox One’s ageing hardware. But, then again, we should expect there to be a leap in visual quality between the previous-generation and next-generation consoles.
Graphics aside, Far Cry 6 will feature yet another ambitious setting. From the fictional region of Montana, United States, Far Cry 6 will take us to Yara, a fictional island heavily inspired by Cuba. But, perhaps, more importantly, it will feature Giancarlo Esposito in a prominent role, who you might remember best for his portrayal of Gus Fring in Breaking Bad.
The game will reportedly give players the biggest “Far Cry playground to date” and be set in a “tropical paradise frozen in time”.
Far Cry 6 and its tyrannical regime is set to release on February 18, 2021.
State of Decay 3
Surviving a zombie apocalypse requires more than just fending off one zombie horde after another.
As the State of Decay franchise has proven in the past, surviving in such a world requires being able to manage everything involved. This includes anything from, well, fighting off zombies, as well as managing resources and finding survivors, as well as looking for settlements where everyone you know and love can live in.
State of Decay 3 follows up from 2018’s State of Decay 2 and judging from what we’ve seen in the trailer, the enemies are going to be more than just zombies.
In the latest installment of the survival horror shooter franchise, we see a lone woman successfully fend off a stalking wolf only to later on come across what’s presumed to be the same wolf being eaten by a zombified deer.
Following this, the trailer ends as we’re treated to the blood-curling scream of the zombie deer. With animals now part of the equation, surviving in the world of State of Decay 3 just became a whole lot more challenging.
Dying Light 2
Parkour and zombies.
These were the selling points of the original Dying Light title when it released in 2014, and it worked. Players loved the ability to go literally jumping from one rooftop to another, as well as the unique gameplay mechanics such as the night and day setting, and the lesser emphasis on shooting.
Unfortunately, the survival horror suffered from a little too much action and the lack of endgame content.
The game’s developers, Techland, aims to fix that with the release of Dying Light 2.
Set in a bigger and more expansive world where player actions will have direct consequences and effects, Dying Light 2 will reportedly follow a more bleak narrative as the world plunges into chaos with the virus now having had more than a decade to spread and affect the lives of those around it.
Unlike the other confirmed releases for the Xbox Series X, Dying Light 2 has a lot of gameplay footage available.
Feel free to look them up to see just how much better it will be than the first game.
Resident Evil: Village
Capcom seems to be on a roll these days.
Following a series of lackluster releases in the first half of the past decade, the Japanese video game developer recovered in the latter half to remind us gamers what made them so famous in the first place. This included huge hits in Resident Evil 7, as well as remakes of classic titles Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3.
For the next-generation consoles, Capcom seems intent on keeping the momentum going, with Resident Evil: Village set for a 2021 release date.
We don’t really have much to go on for the survival-horror franchise’s next instalment. However, as a direct sequel to Resident Evil 7 and as a title specifically developed for next-generation consoles, we might just see the series be in its grisliest and darkest form yet.
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
Anyone who’s ever played Left4Dead knows that we might not get anything quite like it anytime soon, if not ever. However, so many games have come close, including Warhammer 40,000: Vermentide and Vermintide 2.
While the follow to both titles, Fatshark’s Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, won’t feature zombies as well, it will come with a 4-player co-op set-up that’s very reminiscent of Valve’s classic title. Not to mention, you won’t be fighting rat-men armed with swords and axes this time around. Instead, the game will be set in the future, as you do battle against the grotesque creatures living inside a hive city armed with a plasma gun, among many other weapons.
Given how dark and tight the hive city looks to be, we definitely won’t recommend this shooter to anyone who suffers from claustrophobia.
Developed as a single-player campaign component to the hit multiplayer online shooter, Crossfire, this shooter is set to be a huge departure from its developer’s previous titles.
Known mostly for narrative-heavy, slow-paced action-adventure games with shooter elements, Crossfire X will be amping things up with Crossfire X. Instead of more controlled chaos, it will feature all-out mayhem. Albeit, given their previous history, we should expect the story to be quite the highlight.
As for the story, the game will reportedly feature a campaign revolving around private military factions who use advanced technologies to fight oppressive regimes and free people.
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 console. Some of these are available on other platforms, but some are also exclusives.
If you’re a previous Xbox One owner, the Smart Delivery feature is also useful too.
With that, the massive library of games for the Xbox Series X should help provide it with a massive boost in sales once it releases on November 10.