Best Xbox Series X games to play in 2021

In the aspect of exclusives, the best Xbox Series X games are an exception, but there are a plethora of fantastic games available on Xbox. Microsoft seems to have an ongoing challenge since the delay of its biggest launch title, Halo Infinite, but it really is better than having a subpar Halo game.

Moreover, often these console launches do not have a great start but they do tend to pick up the pace. We already do have a good list of some of the great Xbox games available that you could start playing now before the ball starts rolling.

For a fact, it will be some time until the best Xbox Series X games are available to create within the Xbox studios. The majority of titles are currently from third-party studios, thus they aren’t exclusive to Xbox, but they are still excellent games to play on this device. Aside from that, there is a slew of great games on the way, like Halo Infinite, Perfect Dark & Fable. 

Whilst waiting for these possibly innovative games to show us what the future game scene is all about, there are the finest Xbox Series X games you can play right now. You won’t find many exclusives on this list, but you will be discovering some really excellent games. 

Based on everything I have played so far, I have compiled this list of the finest Xbox Series X games. Not all the games listed below are brand new to the console, but nevertheless are the best Xbox Series X games for testing the hardware in terms of performance and graphics.

1. The Medium

The Medium

The Medium is, as you might expect, a psychological horror game steeped in trauma, and the game revolves around dealing with the embodiment of this same trauma. We already know this is going to be a messed-up plot after only a few minutes of gameplay. Especially if you love psychological horror films, The Medium will be right up your alley.

I won’t comment on how effectively it tackles its themes, but the broad mystery of how this resort became a place for sinister spirits is intriguing. And I wasn’t expecting The Medium to look fantastic for a $50 game, but my expectations were shattered by a stunning, detailed universe that deceived me into believing my outdated graphics card could handle ray tracing. 

This is among the handful of games that isn’t available on the PS5 right now, thus it has a certain amount of exclusivity as being one of the finest Xbox Series X games.

2. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

On November 10, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was released alongside the Xbox Series X, and it’s a no-brainer for anyone looking for a big open-world adventure to test the potential of the current generation of consoles. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, running at 4K and a steady 60 frames per second is nothing like its predecessors. 

It not only looks magnificent and feels wonderfully fluid, but it also has lightning-fast load speeds, ensuring that your voyage through England’s Dark Ages in the 9th Century is as seamless as possible. The Assassin’s Creed franchise is back, and it’s greater than ever before.

3. Forza Horizon 4 

Forza Horizon 4 

Although Forza Horizon 4 was released in 2018, developer Playground Games has optimized the open-world racing game to the point where it is a must-have for Xbox Series X owners. 

Forza Horizon 4 is a flagship 4K game on the Xbox One X, and it performs even crisper on the Xbox Series X, effortlessly hitting 60 frames per second. With improved reflections, particle effects, and shadows, the game looks even better. (This is most evident when you misjudge a corner and fly off into a perfectly manicured field or flowing river). It has always been a great experience playing the game.

4. Gears 5

Gears 5

When Gears of War 4 was released, it was rumored that the Gears franchise had run out of ideas, certainly on the single-player bit. Gears 5 is, nevertheless, a glorious comeback for the series. 

Clearly, it has the showy cutscenes that one would anticipate from a Gears game. However, it also dabbles in horror, enticing out a terrifying dread in between bursts of frenzied action. The satisfaction of scoring a quick reload remains to amuse the action game enthusiasts, as do the mechanics of a Gears game.

Gears 5 is also an absolutely gorgeous game. The Series X’s greater processing power boosts texture as well as shadow details while also introducing a type of “lite” ray tracing. Gears 5 can only be played in 4K with a fairly consistent 60 fps. It’s also available on Xbox Game Pass so that you can grab it quickly.

5. Sea of Thieves 

Sea of Thieves 

Sea of Thieves stealthily is now one of Xbox’s most popular console exclusives. Rare’s pirate simulator is the pinnacle of Xbox Live, allowing you and your friends to traverse to some simply magnificent oceans and destinations in pursuit of fame and money. Sea of Thieves has been enhanced for Xbox Series X, currently operating at 4K and 60 frames per second, and it’s still a joy to play. 

Regardless of the fact that it was released in 2017, the game is still being updated and improved continuously, making it a flagship title for the Xbox Series X — accessible as a solo purchase or through Xbox Game Pass, of course.

6. Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is the sequel to the critically praised Ori and the Blind Forest, and it’s another excellent chapter inside the impeccably designed 2D platform game. This isn’t just another platformer; it’s an open world set in a forest with numerous sections that are stylized to look alike if it is in 2D. 

From the way background graphics transforms as you move Ori across the landscape to the eerie movements of predators, the game is packed with attention to detail. And it’s all set to a soaring musical score that nearly acts as a narrative in and of itself.

This game performed superbly well on the Xbox One X. Ori and the Will of the Wisps will run at a spectacular 120 frames per second on the Series X. There’s no reason to forego Ori and the Will of the Wisps considering it’s included in Xbox Game Pass.

7. Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics is a game that combines Gears 5 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The game combines Gears of War protagonists, opponents, and weaponry with top-down turn-based gameplay. Gears Tactics manages to combine third-person action with a strategy game, which seemed impossible.

However, despite the lack of a third-person viewpoint, Gears 5 isn’t about the delicate moves of XCOM, as it is about increasing your killings to prolong your “turn” as much as possible, so expressing that Gears action sensation. You’ll enjoy superior textures, functionality, and load times on the Xbox Series X, making it the finest place to play.

8. Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a must-have for Xbox lovers, even if it isn’t an Xbox Series X exclusive. It contains all of the Halo games up to and including Halo 4, which presumably means it contains all of the greatest Halo games, albeit 4 is a little unsatisfying. And that means you’ll have access to a number of fantastic first-person shooter campaigns, and even a variety of multiplayer options for one of the finest multiplayer encounters on a game console.

You’ll get a better frame rate and 4K resolution, as well as super-fast response time with the Xbox Series X and Series S optimized version. It’s also included with Xbox Game Pass, and there’s no excuse not to try out the Halo games if you haven’t before.

9. Hitman 3

Hitman 3

Hitman 3 is the third installment in the World of Assassination franchise, and it is a compilation of just about everything developer IO Interactive has learned from prior Hitman games. While Hitman 3 does not really add much to the game, it is the best iteration and application of all the elements introduced since the inception of Hitman in 2016.

As a result, you’re looking at a game with a set of nearly flawlessly built missions, each with unique approaches to dispatch diverse targets. These include everything from fraud to throwing someone off the world’s tallest skyscraper. Sabotaging a warehouse rave in Berlin and navigating the fluorescent rain-soaked alleys of Chongqing, China, are among the standout objectives to enter a country manor estate. 

However, the pattern of the objectives is rich and deep, in addition to the locations, you can either methodically kill a hard target by following a number of possibilities that emerge, or you can knock off a slew of tips and let the game figure things out for you.

10. Little Nightmares 2

Little Nightmares 2

Little Nightmares 2 will knock you out of your seat with scream-inducing jump scares and intense chases that demand parkour mastery, as well as its hard levels (nothing is more irritating than failing to dodge a monster by a close margin).

The Bandai Namco-published IP sent me over the point of tears more than I’d like to confess, from the “oh, no!” moments to replaying levels a billion times. Little Nightmares 2 is a frustrating game, but once you’ve escaped that tenacious monster without dying for the thousandth time, a joyful rush of accomplishment overcomes the frustration-filled wrath that made you want to throw the console away. 

This game is like a destructive relationship in that it takes you along on a chaotic mix of emotions that you’re not prepared to get off since it’s far too exhilarating.

Little Nightmares 2 is considerably more frightening than the original game with a spine-tingling and dialogue-free storyline — a variety of unnerving, monstrous brutes, and brain-stimulating puzzles that will drive you insane.

If you are unable to decide which Xbox Series X games to acquire, an Xbox Game Pass membership is a good option. You can gain entry to a big library of Xbox games spanning back to the original console for roughly $10 each month.

Conclusion: 

In today’s article, we looked at some of the best games you can play on your Xbox Series X console. Hope you guys enjoyed the article. Let us know your thoughts and your favorite games in the comments section below. Have fun gaming!

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