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The best Xbox Series X games

Best Xbox Series X games

After the Xbox Series X|S was launched in November 2020, there has been a rapid increase in the number of games available. This means that we now have a wide variety of Xbox Series X games available, including Fighting, Action-Adventure, Role Playing, and FPS games, which are appealing to gamers of all ages and tastes. The popularity of some of them has been so great and so trendy that many fans have started creating fan pages to share information, achievements, and tips or have made multiple YouTube videos to help gamers achieve different goals. It is necessary to mention that some games available for the Xbox Serie X are remakes or remastered, but it is still worth playing them if you have never done so.

However, some of the games released for the Series X did not live up to the high expectations, with bugs, low-quality content, and potentially useless servers. So developers were very concerned about this problem that some games were postponed, and as a result, very few exclusive games for the Xbox Series X|S were launched in 2022.

Whatever the case may be, let's only look at what has been successful, and I hope that all of these titles from Xbox or third-party developers will live up to your expectations and stay in your memory for years to come.


The Best Xbox Series X games so far

15 + 1) Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2

Tactical shooter, stealth
CI Games
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2
Source: CI Games

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 is a stealth-fighting, tactical shooter video game. While the game doesn't have a story connection to its predecessor, it's the immediate sequel to Sniper Ghost Warrior Contract.

There are six missions in total, which can be broken down into "classic" and "long-distance" tasks. The classic missions have similar tasks to the earlier versions, involving close-quarter combat, a combination of infiltration, and stealthy elimination of targets that are 1,300 ft (400 meters) from you. When it comes to long-distance shot missions, players should eliminate targets beyond 3,300 feet (1,000 meters).

If you love sniper games, this one is a must-play. It has a wide range of challenges, high-quality gameplay, and captivating environments.

15) Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Action / Role Playing Game (RPG)
Ubisoft Montreal
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Source: Ubisoft

This open-world, action-adventure game takes place during the Viking invasion of Britain in the 9th century, with strong RPG mechanics, and contains several main storylines and many optional side missions. In the game, the player controls the Viking warrior Eivor, who is in charge of guiding his people against the Saxon King Alfred the Great and his vassal kingdoms.

The character is customizable as it is possible to play as Eivor either as a male or female, and the player can customize his or her hairstyle, clothing, armor, and war paint.

This is the first game from the series to utilize Xbox Series X advantages, delivering even higher graphics, frame rates, and better sound quality.

14) Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate

NetherRealm Studios
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
Source: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Mortal Kombat 11 is the sequel to 2015's Mortal Kombat X, and a 2.5D single-player and multiplayer fighting video game powered by a heavily modified version of Unreal Engine 3. Fatalities and Brutalities return with new features such as Krushing Blows and Fatal Blows. Also, the finisher Mercy is returning from Mortal Kombat 3, where players can revive their opponents, who will gain a little health.

Developers of this legendary game have focused on realistic effects and images for the Xbox X|S that will not disappoint. Also, the inclusion of iconic guest characters such as Robocop, the jocker, Rambo, and others, adds an entirely new perspective to the traditional characters featured since the series began.


13) Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2

Vicarious Visions
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2
Source: Activision

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is a skateboarder game in third-person, and a remaster of the first two versions of the Tony Hawk series with an addition of tricks from later games. a Split-screen option and online multiplayer are also included in the game.

In order to advance through the game, the player must collect items and complete objectives. Furthermore, aerials, flips, grinds and manuals must be executed and merged successfully to achieve high scores.

The game has been remastered in an excellent manner, as all its graphics ( 4K at 60 fps, 1080p at 120 fps), gameplay, diverse roster, surround sound, and epic soundtrack are all wonderful. It is a must-have if you are looking for a classic, challenging, and rewarding game.

12) Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Action / Adventure
Traveller's Tales
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Source: Star Wars

The Skywalker Saga is an action-adventure game developed by Traveller's Tales that adapts all nine episodes of the Skywalker Saga film series, plus characters from other Star Wars movies and television shows. The storyline has many humorous moments, and the graphics and gameplay are impressive.

As opposed to playing Lego games in a linear order, players in this game can begin from Chapter I, IV, or VII, unlocking the subsequent episodes, and each episode will have five missions totaling 45 levels. Combat has improved from previous titles thanks to the use of combinations within the gameplay, lightsaber battles, and moves that use force to maneuver objects and characters. In Space Battles, the gameplay is similar to that of Star Wars Battlefront II.

11) Control Ultimate Edition

Third-person shooter, Action/adventure
Remedy Entertainment
Control Ultimate Edition
Source: 505 Games

Control is an action-adventure game played from a third-person perspective, and it is based on the Federal Bureau of Control (FBC), a U.S. government agency tasked with containing and studying phenomena that violate the laws of physics. In this story, Jesse Faden, who is the main character is searching for her missing brother and finding the reality behind some events. She can Release destruction by altering weaponry and telekinetic abilities and also find new forms to destroy opponents using strong powers to turn everything around her into a destructive weapon. This game is full of characters and bizarre events that unfold as an epic supernatural struggle unfolds.


10) Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition

Action/adventure, hack and slash
Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition
Source: Capcom

This action-adventure game, winner of the Best Action Game at the 'The Game Awards 2019', was developed and published by Capcom for the Xbox Series X|S with the addition of real-time ray tracing technology and improved graphics.

In addition to Dante and Nero, a new character named V has been added to this title. The gameplay is similar to previous Devil May Cry titles, relying on fast-paced moves coupled with stylish action combat, as is typical for the series. The player can also use one character for every mission, even though three are available.

In this game, the player uses various guns and attacks against hordes of demons. During a fight, fighters receive a style rating based on a variety of factors, such as the length of a combo, move type, and dodging offenses. Also, every time a player interacts with the mechanic Nico or finds a statue, they can acquire new abilities for their characters.

9) Yakuza: Like A Dragon

Role-Playing Game (RPG)
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Yakuza: Like A Dragon
Source: Sega

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a real-time turn-based fighting Role Play Game, and it is the eighth game in the Yakuza series. Players will find unforgettable characters, an excellent narrative, gameplay, and a distinctive concept for the JRPG genre.

The protagonist of this game is Ichiban Kasuga, who replaces Kazuma Kiryu from the previous game, which focuses on a man trying to live an everyday life after being expelled from the Tojo Clan. In the game, Ichiban embarks on a personal quest to become a hero and discover the reason for his betrayal after being imprisoned for 18 years by his former boss.

Like previous games in the Yakuza series, players can go on side quests for extra rewards and engage in various side activities, such as karaoke and a new kart racing game called Dragon Kart.

8) Hitman 3

Shooter Video Game /Adventure game / Stealth game
IO Interactive
Hitman 3
Source: IO Interactive

Hitman 3 is a third-person stealth game that features the assassin Agent 47 performing multiple missions in Campaign or Contract Mode. In the game, the hitman travels to various locations and carries out assassinations using diverse weapons and resources, including stealth techniques. The purpose is to take down the Leaders of Providence, a secretive society that keep control over the world's affairs. Numerous world locations can be found in the base game, including Dubai, Berlin, Mendoza and more. In addition, players who own previous Hitman games can import their levels, maps, and progress into Hitman 3.

The gameplay and graphics are superb, with well-designed environments, characters, and buildings.


7) Halo Infinite

First-person shooter
343 industries
Halo Infinite
Source: Microsoft

Halo Infinite is a shooter game played in a first-person perspective with a semi-open world in its campaign and a multiplayer option that is free to play. The game is the sixth version of the series, focusing on a super-soldier called the Master Chief and his journey to defeat 'The banished' and a group of aliens on the ringworld Zeta Halo. For this purpose, the master chief has available an AI hologram assistance called 'Weapon', a pilot called Fernando Esparza, and multiple weapons available at supply stations or once the enemy is defeated. Also, he has various transportation to cross the map like the iconic Warthog or the alien's vehicles.

The multiplayer option has multiple fight modes such as capture the flag, deathmatch, and other modes that are 'four vs four' and Big Team Battle variants, plus some additions available when the developer launches a new season.

Halo Infinite is a superb game that combines terrific graphics, gameplay, sound quality, a great storyline, and the usually hilarious addition of funny enemies like the Grunts and their dialogue. Also, the enemy AI has been improved compared to previous versions.

6) Resident Evil Village

Survival horror
Resident Evil Village
Source: Capcom

Resident Evil Village It is a survival horror game in the first-person perspective developed and published by Capcom, which maintains the survival horror elements of the series while adopting a more action-oriented style than its predecessors. The game produces incredible graphics, surround sound, and many improvements on the series X|S.

The video game tells the story of Ethan Winters, who, after meeting Chris Redfield, finds himself in a Romanian town filled with mutated creatures in order to find his kidnapped daughter. As a result, during the game, it is possible to purchase weapons, upgrades, and items from a merchant named a Duke to defeat the numerous enemies he meets in the Village. To manage the inventory, the player has a briefcase to keep valuable items and weapons, which is similar to Resident Evil 4's inventory system. Also, Ethan can hunt particular animals in the Village that Duke will cook for him and gain advantages such as reducing the damage he takes while he blocks attacks.

5) Microsoft Flight Simulator

Amateur flight simulation
Asobo Studio
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Source: Microsoft

Microsoft Flight Simulator is an amateur flight simulator and the first game in the series available on consoles but limited to Xbox Series X and Series S, taking advantage of the fast hardware available on these consoles.

The world's topography is simulated in Flight Simulator by using Bing Maps data, allowing the player to explore the globe in astonishing detail with 2 million cities, 1.5 billion buildings, real mountains, roads, trees, rivers, animals, as well as traffic. Additionally, there are 30 handcrafted airports and many highly detailed planes available. Similarly, the game uses artificial intelligence (AI) to render and enhance the game's visuals, generating weather and effects in real time based on real-world weather data and real-world air traffic.

The game is a masterpiece that delivers excellent images, realism, effects, and endless details and options.


4) Judgment

Action / adventure
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Source: Sony

Judgment is an action-adventure game with a third-person perspective that follows a private detective investigating a serial murder utilizing innovative investigation systems in order to uncover the secrets of a fictional Tokyo district called Kamurocho.

As the player advances in the game, a wide variety of fighting styles, weapons, and effective EX Actions can be applied to defeat multiple thugs and yakuza. Moreover, players are given a choice between two types of fighting styles: crane-style, which revolves around groups of opponents, or tiger-style, which revolves around single enemies. The character can also enter a Rage state in which he gains additional power and even joins forces with friends to perform powerful combination attacks. A part of his fighting style involves parkour techniques, such as leapfrogging and wall-running. Throughout the main narrative, the player earns points to enhance Yagami's skills and techniques by completing achievements and side quests.

3) Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5
Source: Microsoft

Forza Horizon 5 is a racing game based on a fictional version of Mexico that is set in a world that players can explore freely, though they can also compete in multiplayer races and complete campaign missions. It has the most extensive map ever seen in the series, containing jungles, beaches, ancient Mayan temples, colorful towns and cities like Guanajuato, and even an active volcano. Players can customize paint jobs in certain vehicles, install body kits, and swap engines, drivetrains, and driveline components. Additionally, the main character can be changed to fit the player's preferences.

Forza Horizon 5 is perhaps the best-looking racing game available and looks even better due to the support for ray-tracing on cars, making it the first in the franchise to have it. In addition to the excellent gameplay, the surround sound and audio, in general, is impressive enough to win 'the best audio design' at The Games Award 2021.


2) It takes two

Action/adventure, Platform
Hazelight Studios
It takes two
Source: EA

This fantastic action-adventure video game won the game of the year award in the Game Awards 2021 and is undoubtedly one of the best Xbox series X games that anyone can enjoy. It takes two is a cooperative split-screen multiplayer game, which means two players must cooperate to advance by using multiple obtained abilities, playing either locally or online. The game features many different game mechanics taken from other video game genres in addition to a large number of minigames.

As the game is framed in cooperation, playing it with family or friends is highly recommended as each player will obtain a unique skill that, when integrated, will allow them to beat multiple challenges and enemies. In addition, the main goal is to prevent a couple's divorce and their daughter from suffering, which can make it an immersive experience for some.

1) Elden Ring

Action, Role Playing Game (RPG)
Elden Ring
Source: Screenshot

Elden Ring is an action role-playing video game focused on exploration, close-range melee fight, progression of skills, weapons, magic abilities, and blocking and evading capacities. As part of the game, players explore the Lands Between, a massive domain ruled by Queen Marika, and its six primary areas, including palaces, castles, and catacombs. In order to explore these main areas, players use a horse called "Torrent", which is their primary mode of transportation and can travel fast on outside of combat. In addition to the main bosses that rule each area, players face numerous other enemies throughout the game. Also, it contains a multiplayer option that enables players to call for help in specific spots during battles, and it has an invasion feature where you can battle other players.

Elden Ring is the best Xbox series X|S game due to its beautiful graphics, well-designed bosses and characters, outstanding gameplay, and sound effects, and it's an excellent game for anyone who enjoys leveling up their characters, playing challenging games, and exploring a variety of locations. Also, since the game's difficulty is above standard and not adjustable, the reward sensation after defeating any primary and secondary boss is very pleasing.

It can be helpful for some to watch video tutorials on YouTube if this is their first Souls game, as some mechanics and rules can be confusing.


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