The best games for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S from Microsoft

The best games for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S from Microsoft

For the time being, most “next-gen” Xbox games also run on Xbox One consoles. Fortunately, using the new Xboxes’ Smart Delivery service, you can automatically receive whatever version of the game runs best on your console. Every game featured on this list receives enhancements on the Xbox Series X and Series S, so prepare to enjoy familiar games in fresh ways.

Microsoft recognises the necessity for video game console generations to evolve. Gamers want more options than having to buy a new box every seven years. The Xbox ecosystem feels healthier and more vibrant than ever after incubating several interesting software initiatives throughout the turbulent Xbox One years.Microsoft gives you two next-gen consoles to choose from, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Both systems offer next generation experiences, but the Series X delivers excellent 4K visuals while the Series S is more affordable and ditches the disc drive. You can buy games individually, or subscribe to Xbox Game Pass to sample tons of games whenever you want on your Xbox, PC, or mobile devices (via streaming).As always, games are what really matter. A year after their launches, Xbox Series X and Series S have numerous great games, with more heavy hitters, such as Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite, on the way.

Highlights

  • Devil May Cry innovated the character-action genre with its stylish blend of sword- and gun-based combat. Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition shows why this franchise is still the category’s king. Four playable characters (Dante, Nero, V, Vergil) give you multiple ways to approach your onslaughts.

  • Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition

The Far Cry series loves its villains, and Far Cry 6 features the most dastardly one yet. Dictator Antón Castillo, played by Giancarlo Esposito, rules the island nation of Yara with an iron fist. To take him down, arm yourself and build your own guerilla uprising in this open-world, sandbox shooter.

Far Cry 6

Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon may be a spin-off title, but this open-world racing game stands as one of Xbox’s best franchises, period. Forza Horizon 4 takes the automotive action to the United Kingdom, with a beautiful countryside that shifts with the seasons. The game also embraces its semi-arcade roots by letting you take your real race car into gloriously plastic Lego lands.

Gears 5 While Gear of War 4 started this new trilogy with a game very much in line with the originals, Gears 5 takes the franchise in fascinating new directions. You’ll still stop and pop nasty aliens with your chainsaw gun, and the multiplayer is what you expect, but the revamped campaign spreads action sequences across a series of open worlds. Gorgeous visuals and compelling characters suck you into the Gears universe like never before.

Gears Tactics Gears of War’s methodical pacing always felt more tactical than your average action-packed shooter. So Gears Tactics feels like a natural series evolution, and a great entry point to the turn-based strategy genre. Plot your routes. Determine the best time to take cover. Know when to slice open a foe with, you guessed it, your chainsaw gun. In a mad world, it pays to be patient.