The best games to make the most of your new Xbox.
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.
10. Red Dead Redemption 2
Whether you’re riding across the plains in story mode or wreaking havoc through the streets of Saint Denis with friends in Red Dead Online, Rockstar’s newest world still remains one of the best times you can have with an Xbox controller. It might not run at 60FPS – Arthur’s mosey is still locked to 30FPS, at least until Rockstar decides to optimize it for XSX, specifically – but gone are the framerate dips you may have experienced on last-gen hardware, along with the minute-and-a-half-long loading screens when (cowboy) booting up.
9. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Though Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice sliced its way onto the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in early 2019, the organic improvements you’ll see on new the Xbox Series X make this the best way to play FromSoftware’s latest offering. Sekiro on Xbox Series X runs at a locked 60 frames per second, which is a vast improvement for an experience that requires split-second counters, dodges, and parries while creating a smooth playground for you to grapple and zip through.
Whether you’re diving in for the first time or digging back into it, the improved load times and frame rates make Sekiro an excellent candidate with which to christen your new Xbox Series X.
8. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
This package now collects six Halo games all under one digital roof – everything except Halo 5. It’s been torn down to the studs and rebuilt in grand fashion, and even better, it’s been upgraded AGAIN for Xbox Series X with support for 120fps gameplay. Crazy to think that these games were 480i/30fps the first time we played them…
7. Forza Horizon 4
One of the greatest racing games ever made – and the highest-rated Microsoft exclusive on Xbox One to date – Forza Horizon 4’s Series X refresh absolutely slashes loading times, making its slightly laggy menu shuffling and car switching a thing of the past (even for players with enormous, 700+ car garages).
4. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Yes, it’s often silly, ridiculous, and features a side mission in which you have to deliver formula to a gangster who dresses up and acts like a baby, but when you get back on the main story path, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is one of the best video game stories of 2020.
3. Watch Dogs Legion
Watch Dogs Legion isn’t just a great technical showcase for the Series X|S’s ray-tracing effects, it’s a huge step in a bold new direction for Ubisoft’s near-future action series. The ‘Play As Anyone’ system of dynamically-generated NPCs-turned-player-characters may not always fall perfectly into place, but the variety they offer in terms of your approach to tacking objectives allow for plenty of experimentation. Couple that with some solid Black-Mirror-esque story arcs and one of the coolest new social simulations since Middle Earth’s Nemesis system and this techno-dystopian take on London a blast to explore.
1. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla wasn’t built exclusively for next-gen, but it’s impossible not to look at it running on the Xbox Series X and marvel at the sheer beauty and impressive detail of its open-world. It’s hard not to get stuck focusing on the stunning lighting and thick atmosphere of each environment and as you pillage, plunder, and build a kingdom in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. Valhalla’s scope, scale, and lightning-fast load times prove the series is poised to expand its tried-and-true formula on the power of new hardware.