If you’ve managed to pick up an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, or at least plan to get one in the future, you’re going to want to play the games that make the most of your console’s technical capabilities. Our list includes everything from brand new titles to Xbox Series X Optimized games, meaning there’s plenty of choice on offer. So if you’re unsure about which title in your existing backlog to tackle next or are simply looking for something completely new, our picks of the best Xbox Series X games should make things a little easier. At the moment, the Xbox Series X isn’t really pushing next-gen exclusives. Instead, you’ll find that most of the best Xbox Series X games are enhanced and optimized titles that work across the Xbox family of consoles – but they look and run best on the latest hardware. That means that there are plenty of titles to choose from, whether it’s first-party hits like Sea of Thieves and Gears 5 or third-party blockbusters like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
The Xbox Series X and Series S are finally out, and while there aren’t many big new exclusives on Microsoft’s newest platform there are still plenty of great games on the black and white bricks. Whether jumping into a new adventure or revisiting an old favorite, here are our picks for the ten best games on the Xbox Series X. Best PC Games 2021
Best Xbox Series X Games of 2021
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
In Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla, become Eivor, a legendary Viking warrior on a quest for glory. Explore England’s Dark Ages as you raid your enemies, grow your settlement, and build your political power. Lead epic Viking raids against Saxon troops and fortresses. Dual-wield powerful weapons and relive the visceral fighting style of the Vikings. Challenge yourself with the most varied collection of enemies ever in Assassin’s Creed. Shape the growth of your character with each choice and carve a path to glory. Explore a Dark Age open world, from the shores of Norway to the kingdoms of England. Personalize your experience by growing your clan’s settlement.
Honor the heroes of Gears in Operation 6, available now. Jump in with three new characters, a fresh multiplayer map, renewed Tour of Duty and more. From one of gaming’s most acclaimed sagas, Gears 5’s celebrated campaign and refreshed multiplayer are optimized with new features for the Xbox Series X|S.
Forza Horizon 4
Dynamic seasons change everything at the world’s greatest automotive festival. Go it alone or team up with others to explore beautiful and historic Britain in a shared open world. Collect, modify and drive over 450 cars. Race, stunt, create and explore – choose your own path to become a Horizon Superstar.
Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves offers the essential pirate experience, packed to the seams with sailing and exploring, fighting and plundering, riddle solving and treasure hunting – everything you need to live the pirate life you’ve always dreamed about. With no set roles, you have complete freedom to approach the world, and other players, however you choose.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Following on from the critically-acclaimed Ori and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is another fantastic chapter in the sumptuously detailed 2D platform game. What you get here isn’t just a generic platformer, but an open world based in a forest made up of multiple regions, styled to come alive in 2D. The game is stuffed full of attention to detail, from the way background art shifts as you move Ori through the world, to the creepy movements of enemies. And it’s all punctuated by a soaring music score that almost tells a story by itself.