What are the best Xbox Series X games? The Xbox Series X|S launch line-up might have left a lot to be desired, but Microsoft is starting to make up for that. With triple-A games trickling through development and yet more incredible games being added to the Xbox Game Pass library, there’s no surprises really that our best Xbox Series X games list is getting longer.
In the early days, this list was pretty similar to our best Xbox One games, mostly due to the console’s extensive back catalogue that spans multiple generations. But as time has passed, our list has changed to really reflect the amazing third-party games and Xbox exclusives that have hit the Series X and S, making the most out of the consoles’ new-gen features and stunning graphical capabilities. So, here we go then, our guide to the best Xbox Series X games you can play right now.
The best Xbox Series X games are:
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Elden Ring
- Forza Horizon 5
- Gears 5
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- High on Life
- Hitman 3
- Halo Infinite
- Psychonauts 2
- Sea of Thieves
- Star Wars Jedi Survivor
- Tetris Effect: Connected
- Hi-Fi Rush
1. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Ubisoft is well known for its ability to craft gorgeous, accurate to history games, and that remains true with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. In this game, you’ll play as Eivor, a legendary Viking warrior on the quest for glory in England.
In between pillaging, drinking competitions, and Orlag, you’ll be able to explore true-to-life locations in glorious 4K resolution, while working your way through the long, but worthwhile campaign. It ranks highly on our list of best Assassin’s Creed games for a reason.
2. Elden Ring
We can’t have a best Xbox Series X games list without including the game we crowned Game of the Year in 2022, can we? Elden Ring is an absolute masterpiece, and developer FromSoftware has won plaudits yet again for taking its intoxicating Soulslike formula and stretching it across a massive open world.
As well as crowning it our GOTY in 2022, we gave it our first ever ten in our Elden Ring review, so you know it’s good. If you’re looking for a sprawling open world that’ll keep you on your toes, then what are you waiting for?
3. Forza Horizon 5
Forza Horizon is undoubtedly one of the best Xbox racing games of all time. With Xbox Series X|S and Forza Horizon 5, the series steps up a gear. It offers a vibrant open world set in Mexico to explore and hours of racing fun to keep you occupied.
Our Forza Horizon 5 review touched on why the game is one of the most polished experiences on Xbox Series X|S, so you would be crazy to not check out Playground Games’ best work yet.
4. Gears 5
Gears 5 might be a couple of years old at this point, but the game was painstakingly remastered for the launch of Xbox Series X|S, and it shows. The game now boasts 4K resolution, improved graphics, and better lighting, making the single-player campaign an absolute must-play.
The game also has a popular multiplayer that’s relatively easy to get into – even as a latecomer.
5. Microsoft Flight Simulator
If you’ve ever dreamed of piloting a plane, this game is for you. Microsoft Flight Simulator has made the jump over to Xbox Series X|S after launching on PC, allowing you to reach the far corners of the globe from the safety of your sofa.
The world of this simulator is surprisingly realistic, so if you’ve missed out on a holiday this year, you can take to the skies with relative ease. Just don’t press the wrong button in the flight deck.
6. High on Life
High on Life is exactly the game that you’d expect from Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland. Featuring talking guns, a bizarre story, and plenty of crude jokes, High on Life is a rollercoaster of a ride that’ll give you a few laughs along the way. If you’re subscribed to Xbox Game Pass, you can also jump into it as part of your subscription.
While we labelled it as “gaming Marmite” in our High on Life review, its player count stats suggest more people love it than hate it at this point. Shortly after release, the game even surpassed Minecraft to be the top game on Xbox Game Pass, and well, you can’t argue with that, can you?
7. Hitman 3
Hitman 3 is the final entry into the World of Assassination trilogy and it’s an absolute treat for the eyes. Hitman 3 takes all the best bits from the previous games and rolls them into one, with jaw-dropping settings that take the creativity of Agent 47 to new heights.
The Loadout gave it a 9/10 in our Hitman 3 review following its release due to its incredible level design, new-gen graphics, and an engaging story full of twists and turns.
8. Halo Infinite
We can’t have a best Xbox Series X games list without Halo, can we? Halo Infinite is the latest game in the historic FPS series, and while it has drawn fair criticism, it’s still incredible to play. Multiplayer boasts slick and fast-paced action, Infinite’s campaign is one of the best in the Halo series yet – something we talk about in our Halo Infinite review – and its Forge mode lets you play some amazing user-generated content, or make your own.
Halo Infinite is joined by the rest of the Halo back catalog on Game Pass as well, so there’s plenty of Master Chief action to go around.
9. Psychonauts 2
Psychonauts 2 is Double Fine’s best game in years and a key step forward for the variety and diversity Xbox Games Studios offers. A true sequel to the original, but also a great entry point for newcomers, Psychonauts 2 charms with its clever and funny writing.
We gave it a nine out of ten in our Psychonauts 2 review, praising the creativity on offer in each of the levels and the excellent old-school 3D action platforming. Double Fine is at the top of its game with Psychonauts 2 and you would be mad to miss out on it, especially as it is on Game Pass.
10. Sea of Thieves
An Xbox exclusive of sorts, Sea of Thieves is one of the most popular Xbox Game Pass games available right now – and for good reason. Rare’s pirate simulator will allow you to take to the seas with your friends in a co-op quest to pillage the high seas.
You’ll meet some strange characters, including Captain Jack Sparrow, and some pretty terrifying creatures of the deep along the way, all in glorious 4K resolution. Plus, with Rare committing to adding new content every couple of months, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into here.
11. Star Wars Jedi Survivor
There are dozens of Star Wars games out there vying for your attention, but it’s Jedi Survivor that really steals the show.
Regarded as the best Xbox Star Wars game to date, Respawn Entertainment’s sequel to Fallen Order takes us to Coruscant where Cal Ketis is struggling to evade the Galactic Empire. Taking place five years on from the original game, Cal is a refined Jedi Knight and you can feel that in everything you do.
Our Star Wars Jedi Survivor review praises the traversal mechanics, the combat, and the combat stances, which make fighting with the Force, lightsabers, and blasters an absolute treat. As an added bonus, its predecessor, Fallen Order, is on Game Pass for anyone who wants to dive into both of these epic Star Wars adventures.
12. Tetris Effect: Connected
So a Tetris game is perhaps not something you’d expect to see on a best Xbox Series X games list, but hear us out.
Tetris: Effect Connected is an incredibly addictive reinvention of the classic game. With stunning graphics, modes that match your mood, and an immersive single-player experience, you’ll be surprised at how many hours you can sink into this game.
Add in multiplayer, which allows you to join up to three other players online, and well, it’s an absolute must-play.
13. Hi-Fi Rush
A surprise release in early 2023, Hi-Fi Rush is an incredible blend of hack-and-slash and rhythm games that executes both of these extremely well. While the gameplay is solid on its own merits, thanks to a great range of Hi-Fi Rush combos during battles, the cast of Hi-Fi Rush characters, and a great narrative send it to greater heights.
Our full thoughts can be found on this amazing game in our Hi-Fi Rush review, where we praise the game numerous times. You won’t want to miss this one. Better yet, you can play it as part of an Xbox Game Pass subscription.
And that’s it for our list of best Xbox Series X games. These games should keep you busy while we wait for the next big game from our upcoming Xbox games list.
If nothing here takes your fancy, then you can always take a look at our free Xbox games and our best Xbox Game Pass games. For those of you lucky enough to own a PS5, we have the best PS5 games for you to take a gander at too.