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Best Xbox Series X/S Games: The top 10 Xbox games

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are some of the best consoles available on the market, with the Series X impressing us so much that it won the Best Games Console in the Trusted Reviews Awards 2021. But two years on from its initial release, what are the best games to play on the console?

The latest Xbox Series X and Series S consoles have been out since 2020 and it’s safe to say that we have played plenty of Xbox games over the past two years. Since we have all this collective knowledge, we’ve created this best list of all our favourite Xbox Series X/S games, so you can be informed about all the best games on the market.

And don’t worry if you have niche video game tastes; we’ve tried to keep this list as varied as possible, from open-world adventure games like Elden Ring all the way to endearing cooperative games like It Takes Two, this list has it all. Plus, we make sure to update this list every time a new game takes our fancy, so make sure to bookmark this page and check back soon if nothing is taking your fancy right now.

If you happen to own more platforms than an Xbox Series X/S, make sure to check out our picks for the best PS5 games, best PS4 games, best Switch games, best PC games and the best Xbox One games.

Best Xbox Series X/S games at a glance

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Forza Horizon 5

Best sandbox racer
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Pros

  • Absolutely stunning visually
  • The cars are a dream to drive
  • Loads of varied events

Cons

  • Lack of ray tracing in the main game

Forza Horizon 5 is an Xbox console exclusive, and if you want to appreciate how visually stunning it can be, you need to check it out on the Series X. The superior console offers up two modes: Graphics and Performance, with the more powerful option offering up a target of 60fps along with a 3840 x 2160 resolution.

In this sandbox racer, you can drive through dusty roads, jungles, deserts and sun-soaked highways, with each of the 11 biomes feeling distinct and unique. The story adds to this, with an open-world exploration aspect that makes the game so easy to get lost in. 

With a 5/5 star rating and approachable gameplay, it’s not hard to see why we’ve put this game as the number one Xbox game available right now.

Reviewer: Max Parker
Full review: Forza Horizon 5 review

Elden Ring

A fantastic but incredibly challenging open-world game
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Pros

  • Giant open world to explore, full of things to discover
  • Rewarding and punishing combat
  • More content than most players will ever need
  • Open-class development tree that’s ripe for tweaking

Cons

  • Some fights are very difficult

Elden Ring brings in a massive open-world and a compelling narrative while keeping the infamous difficult combat from FromSoftware’s previous games, Dark Souls. This is one of the best Souls games out there right now and a great pick for anyone who wants to dive into some gruelling but rewarding gameplay.

Playing on the Xbox Series X will also mean that you’re being treated to 4K at 60fps, so you can appreciate the wonderfully chunky animation and gorgeous graphics that bring this dark and interesting world to life. There are diamond-encrusted mines and the ancient ruins of an underground city to explore, with unique traps and dangers to keep things interesting.

Get to know all of the new gameplay mechanics and items that FromSoftware has included, like the new fully-fledged jump button, alongside the crafting mechanics that adds a whole new level to the combat, as you craft arrows and bolts on the fly as you’re getting attacked. This is a must-have game for those looking for a challenge.

Reviewer: Alastair Stevenson
Full Review: Elden Ring

Microsoft Flight Simulator

A relaxing way of touring the globe
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Pros

  • Sets a new benchmark for photorealistic visuals
  • Arguably the series’ most approachable chapter yet
  • Seeking out landmarks across the globe is genuinely thrilling
  • Easy to play with a controller, keyboard and other methods

Cons

  • A few technical problems spoil the experience at times
  • Initial loading times are fairly horrendous

Another Xbox console exclusive, the Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the best simulation games on the market, offering up beautiful visuals of the globe. Another example of a true next-generation experience for the consoles, this is the best way to experience flight without breaking the bank. 

This game might not be for everyone; the piloting aspect can be stressful, with complex mechanics akin to real-world aviation. However, integrated gaming tutorials will make this journey easier for new pilots, and the lack of a campaign mode means you don’t need to be particularly good to enjoy the game. 

Coming in as almost more of an experience than a game, Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the most graphically impressive games on this list, offering up gameplay that’s unique and engaging, this is the perfect choice for anyone who’s looking to branch out their game library this year.

Reviewer: Jade King
Full review: Microsoft Flight Simulator review

Psychonauts 2

A puzzle-platfomer for the entire family
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Pros

  • Quirky, fun story
  • Solid puzzle and platforming mechanics
  • Fun for adults and kids alike

Cons

  • Retro feeling combat

Psychonauts 2 is the ideal purchase for any fans of the original franchise. This puzzle-platformer is packed with personality, with each world bringing in a wonderfully distinct aesthetic.

This game is family-friendly and could be enjoyed by older kids and adults alike, with solid level design and strong platforming mechanics keeping the game engaging. 

While this title doesn’t show off the graphical prowess of the consoles like some other games, the quirky humour and innovative narrative make this a rare treat in today’s landscape and a real family favourite.

Reviewer: Alastair Stevenson
Full review: Psychonauts 2 review

Two Point Campus (2022)

Quirky and engaging management simulator
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Pros

  • Great variety of courses and personalities
  • Hours of gameplay
  • Great and distinctive art style
  • Simple controls make designing easy

Cons

  • Occasional technical glitches

In Two Point Campus, you are tasked with running a university and ensuring that your students and staff are happy, with objectives like running a party in the Student Lounge and decorating the Staff Room to improve happiness and make your campus money.

Our reviewer loved how the game felt like a unique experience, with the quirky graphics and engaging audio – which includes a running tannoy, as well as commercials for fake meat – blending together perfectly, giving the game a distinctive aesthetic while still being a brilliant management simulator.

There are multiple universities to master, with a variety of different students; take on the people coming from Knight school and those who practice the dark arts, with every campus feeling fresh and fun. If you’re after a simple but engaging game that you can easily spend hours playing, this is a great title to pick.

Reviewer: Gemma Ryles
Full reviewTwo Point Campus Review

It Takes Two

An endearing co-op outing for two players
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Pros

  • Well told narrative
  • Engaging and constantly changing gameplay
  • Jaw-dropping scenery

Cons

  • The scene with Cutie the elephant
  • Occasionally less than stellar voice acting

Developed by the same minds that bought us Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons comes another stellar title called It Takes Two, which utilises something most games don’t: cooperation. With so few fully fledged co-op games coming out in recent years, not only is this game amazing in its own right but offers a unique experience since you can enjoy this with a friend.

The narrative is unusual for a video game, focusing on the impending divorce of the two main characters. The game takes this couple, May and Cody, through various trials and challenges in an attempt to strengthen their bond, with a massive amount of variety in gameplay. 

Not only is this a perfect game to enjoy with a friend (or a spouse), but only one of you needs to own it to play online. The original story and inventive metaphors make this game a treat to play and one of the more eccentric titles on this list.

Reviewer: Thomas Deehan
Full review: It Takes Two Review

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

The best Xbox game for the whole family
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Pros

  • Enough content to last for weeks on end
  • Massive levels to explore
  • Revamped combat keeps you more engaged
  • Co-op is an absolute blast

Cons

  • Space battles are a bit mundane
  • Camera sometimes gets in the way

While this game features a lot of great titles, not many of them are that accessible for the whole family, but that’s where Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga comes in. Not only is this game brimming with Star Wars fan service and easter eggs, but the revamped combat system means that it’s simple enough for kids to understand, while still giving adults a little more challenge than previous Lego entries.

Plus, you can pair up with a second player and play through all the main nine Star Wars movies, which is the perfect setup for anyone who wants to experience the franchise all over again with family members and younger children.

Our reviewer thought that the puzzles in this game were stimulating, with plenty of gags and humour to keep the mood light as you battle your way through the galaxy For a wholesome family game that is brimming with missions, side questions and easter eggs, we think this should be the Lego title you add to your Xbox library.

Reviewer: Thomas Deehan
Full review: Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Review

Resident Evil Village

Eerily creepy and chilling horror game
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Pros

  • Creepy setting that oozes atmosphere
  • Fun new survival mechanics
  • Mercenaries mode is a nice addition for fans

Cons

  • Not as scary as Resi 7
  • Campaign is a little short

Resident Evil Village is one of the best entries in the franchise, boasting HDR graphics so you can see the gooey mouldy monsters in high definition. Village takes on a first-person view, which amps up the narrative to a more personal level. 

Our protagonist, Ethan Winters, likes to shoot and slash his way through the Bram Stoker environments and gothic towers, with less emphasis on stealth meaning that you have more chances to tackle these monsters and vampires head-on, which really adds to the scare factor.

If you’re interested in a horror game, this is the best Xbox Series X and Series S game out there. Not only is there a creepy narrative and quirky characters, but blood and gore has never looked this good on these consoles.

Reviewer: Alastair Stevenson
Full review: Resident Evil Village

Halo Infinite

The iconic and flagship shooter for Xbox
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Pros

  • Hugely enjoyable gunplay, with great weapon variety
  • Grappleshot is incredibly fun to use
  • Compelling dialogue and engaging new characters
  • Fantastic multiplayer mode

Cons

  • Open-world sections are generic
  • Boss battles can be frustrating
  • Story’s conclusion is anti-climatic

Featuring a captivating story with new characters, Halo Infinite brings in satisfying combat and the introduction of the Grappleshot, so you can whizz across a room for a satisfying elbow to your enemies face. 

Not only is Halo Infinite an Xbox console exclusive, but it supports up to 120Hz in multiplayer mode and a dynamic 4K resolution at 60fps when you play on the Xbox Series X. 

With tonnes of references to previous entries and a plethora of new features, this is the perfect title for veterans and newbies alike. And since Halo is so synonymous with Xbox, we can’t recommend this game any more for anyone lucky enough to own one of the latest two consoles.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full review: Halo Infinite review

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

A fantastic third-person action game
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Pros

  • Best story of any Marvel game
  • Excellent dialogue captures the essence of the characters
  • Wonderfully detailed planets to explore

Cons

  • Glitches make the game feel rough around the edges
  • Combat is a bit too chaotic at times

Anyone unlucky enough to remember the first Avengers game from 2020, don’t panic; Square Enix pulled it back with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, with an incredible narrative and quirky characters that receive the attention they deserved on the big screen. 

Every piece of dialogue captures each character perfectly, offering up a multitude of choices when it comes to player agency, with the decisions you make having a profound effect on the story’s outcome.

The frantic and fast-paced gameplay matches the narrative perfectly, with a mix of strategy, shooting and over-the-shoulder brawler mechanics all thrown in for good measure. The replayability factor and laugh-out-loud humour means you will definitely get your money’s worth.

Reviewer: Thomas Deehan
Full review: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy review

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FAQs

Does Xbox have Spider Man?

Unfortunately not. Marvel’s Spider-Man is exclusively on PlayStation consoles

Do Xbox 360 games work on the Xbox One?

Yes, select games are compatible with the Series X and Series S consoles

What are the latest Xbox consoles?

The Xbox Series X and Series S consoles are the latest from Microsoft, with the former targeting a 4K performance and the latter a 1440p performance.

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