For Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S users, it’s shaping up to be another exciting year. In 2022, Microsoft will build on its successful 2021 with a slew of blockbuster games, including Arkane’s Redfall and Bethesda Game Studios’ Starfield. Though Xbox owners have a bright future ahead of them, the consoles’ existing portfolio is worth celebrating, so we’ve compiled a list of the top Xbox Series X|S titles available right now.
These are the IGN staff’s selections for the 6 best Xbox Series X|S games, whether you’re looking to go on a brand-new adventure, get the most out of your gaming TV with 4K 120Hz gameplay, or relive an old favorite with backward compatibility on Xbox.
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1) Forza Horizon 5
Horizon 5 is a racing game developed by Forza Motorsports. Forza Horizon 5 is not only the finest game of 2021 (as IGN’s Game of the Year winner), but it is also the best automotive game of the last decade. Horizon 5 differs from other racing games in that it is a driving game rather than a racing game. There is a distinction between a driving game and a racing game, to be sure. Driving can include racing, which FH5 does but one of the game’s greatest achievements is successfully tapping into someone’s passion for automobiles. To alter tire temperatures and maximize downforce, you don’t need to be a gearhead with a nose as in simulation races.
2) Halo Infinite
Halo Infinite is a video game developed by 343 Industries. They were successful. Those crazed sons-of-guns were the ones who pulled it off. Halo Infinite survived its publicly difficult development cycle and emerged as the much-needed breath of fresh air for the genre after a six-year hiatus and a dreadful campaign in Halo 5. Infinite lives up to its promise of being a go-anywhere Zeta Halo ring, with enough activities to keep you occupied without getting bogged down in fetch quests.
3) Psychonauts 2
When Microsoft purchased developer Double Fine Productions in 2019, Psychonauts 2, the sequel to the 2005 cult-hit Xbox exclusive, was already crowdfunded. However, because of the additional resources and time provided by Xbox HQ, Psychonauts 2 was able to reach its full potential, which fans had been waiting 15 years to see – which was to be one of the best games on the platform. Raz’s narrative is heartfelt, multi-layered, and amusing. The platforming in Psychonauts 2 is deceptively complex!
4) Microsoft Flight Simulator
One of the most significant technological achievements in video games is still improving in significant ways. Beyond large fixes and small content updates, developer Asobo’s dedication to improving what is already a masterpiece is impressive. With each new update, the globe-trotting simulation becomes more realistic, with new planes, airports, and places to explore and enjoy.
5) Gears 5
Gears 5 is the fifth installment in the Gears franchise. While calling Gears 5 the most aesthetically impressive game on the Series X at launch is a bit of a backhanded compliment, the reality remains that the already-gorgeous Gears of War sequel has been turned up to take advantage of Microsoft’s new machine. Better lighting, raytracing, and 120fps support in Versus multiplayer make the Series X a terrific spot to play Gears 5 for the first time if you missed it on release date.
6) Sea of Thieves
The Sea of Thieves is a game about pirates. Although Sea of Thieves received mixed reviews at its first release, what has happened subsequently has been nothing short of extraordinary. The game has a 15 million-strong user base and continues to receive support. It’s no surprise that so many people are diving in every day, especially with free seasonal content like the Pirates of the Caribbean “A Pirates Life” DLC, which introduced none other than Jack Sparrow to this world of high-sea adventure.
If you can’t decide which Xbox Series X games to acquire, an Xbox Game Pass membership is a good option. You can gain access to a big library of Xbox games dating back to the original console for roughly $10 each month.
These games include not only a large number of Xbox first-party games but also titles from EA Play, as well as several Bethesda games, thanks to a partnership between Microsoft and the publisher. And many of these will benefit from the Xbox Series X’s additional times.