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Best Xbox Series X games you should play right now

Video games have never looked better.

Venture into eye-catching minds in Psychonauts 2.
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Published: Tuesday, 14th December 2021 at 5:39 pm

We have had over a year with our Xbox Series X now, although many people are still unable to get one due to the issues that have affected stock for this and the PS5 stock.

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We fortunate folk who do have one though are more than casually acquainted with this beast of a console, and countless hours have been spent with our hands metaphorically glued to the controllers.

But what games are the best you can play on it a year into its release? There is a lot to choose from, and we have likely missed a few, but here is our two cents on what games you need to pick up and play if you are an Xbox Series X owner.

Best games to play on the Xbox Series X

Halo Infinite

The Halo Infinite campaign review is here.
343

A return to form for the Halo series after the relative disappointment of Halo 5: Guardians, Halo Infinite launched first with an impressive and addictive multiplayer that made us fall in love with the series all over again.

That love only grew when the solo aspect of the game launched with a new open-world element that makes Halo feel fresh. If you want the full ins and outs of how much we loved it, read our review for the Halo Infinite campaign.

Buy now at Amazon for £54.99

Psychonauts 2

Raz finally makes it to Psychonauts HQ

Psychonauts 2, the long-awaited sequel to the 2005 original was worth the wait and Raz's next adventure was every bit as fun as the first and, dare we say it, maybe even better than the original. This game is a ton of fun to play and we highly advise picking it up if you are yet to do so.

Read our Psychonauts 2 review to see what we thought about the game in more detail!

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

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Taking the Creed franchise and placing it in the heart of the violent Viking invasion of England is the perfect match with a game that is funny, exciting and stunning to look at. Tweaking the gameplay from previous instalments and upping the violence, Assassin's Creed Valhalla is an, at times, brutal game to play and there is enough in there aside from the long campaign to keep players coming back to it to find all there is to discover.

Buy now at Amazon for £54.99

Cyberpunk 2077

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The most recent game on this list, Cyberpunk 2077, may not be next-gen ready yet but it is worth grabbing now as you will get a free update when the time comes. It's hard to point to a game that has been more hyped up this year than this with many eagerly awaiting its release - and not just because Hollywood legend Keanu Reeves features.

While yes, there have been issues with Cyberpunk 2077, and quite a few at that, the game is playing much better on the Series X now than it was and it remains a fantastic game - and it will be even better once all the kinks are ironed out.

Buy now at Amazon for £49.99

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps

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This is a sequel and we highly recommend playing the original, Ori and the Blind Forest, first but as that hasn't upgraded yet, we'll talk about Ori and the Will of the Wisps although both games are stellar. This really is one of the best platformers of modern times and that is down to how beautiful the game looks and the incredible soundtrack that is haunting and gorgeous at the same time. Gameplay for both games is fun, if a little challenging at times, and we fully admit to getting far more emotional at certain points than we expected to.

Buy now at CDKeys for £15.99

Watch Dogs Legion

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We called Watch Dogs Legion the best title in the series yet in our Watch Dogs Legion review and we stand by that sentiment as this really is a ton of fun if you can switch your brain off somewhat and just go along with the fun. Hacking your way through a city has never been more fun and the gameplay as a whole takes the best of the previous two games and adds enough to it to make this the standout. We would have liked a consistent protagonist though.

Buy now at Amazon for £31.99

Yakuza Like a Dragon

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Not yet out for the PS5, Yakuza: Like a Dragon was released early into the release of the Series X and was one of the first titles to be optimised and it looks incredible. The game was late to the party outside of Japan but it was worth waiting for and while the turn-based JRPG-style combat system takes some getting used to, it proves to be quite rewarding the more you play. It's a very different game but it always feels original. There is not anything quite like it elsewhere.

Buy now at Amazon for £32.50

Gears 5

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Alongside Halo (which we will get to next), Gears of War is one most popular series on the Xbox and after a bit of a stumble in the fourth game, Gears 5 was a return to form and featured some memorable sequences which looked amazing even upon release. Now it has been optimised for the Series X, it looks even more incredible than it already did and it plays even better too. Plus, if you have never played a Gears game, it's a great excuse to play the lot which you can do thanks to Game Pass.

Buy now at Amazon for £22.05

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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While we wait for a sequel to Halo Infinite, what better time to get Halo: the Master Chief Collection which features almost every game - all suped up to look better on the Series X. Including Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4, all that is missing is Halo 5 but one thing is for sure, getting all these games in one collection is great value for money and it will take you an age to get through it all.

Buy now at CDKeys for £17.49

Rocket League

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Do you love cars? What about football? Or the word "free"? If all of those things appeal to you then get downloading Rocket League which is one of the most fun pick up and play games out there. The main mode sees you trying to knock a giant ball into your opponent's net while driving a huge range of vehicles, but there are multiple other modes, and a huge array of cars to try out, to keep you busy. And given that it costs nothing now, you have nothing to lose by giving it a go - with the exception of all of your spare time as it is highly addictive.

Forza Horizon 5

Playground Games

The latest in the Forza Horizon series, Forza Horizon 5 is set in Mexico and while the England-based fourth entry blew us away, especially with its Series X upgrade, this game was made for the new consoles and it definitely looks it.

Forza Horizon 5 is not only smooth to play, but it looks and sounds better than ever and it is one of those games we will never leave unplayed for too long - we're a little addicted truth be told.

Buy now at CDKeys for £35.99

FIFA 22

FIFA 22
EA Sports

An annual staple of the gaming world, if you love FIFA then you are going to want to play the latest version, FIFA 22, on your Series X as the game has never looked better than it does when played on the new generation of console. On this next-gen console, you'll be able to see the advancements made by HyperMotion Technology, which takes the realism up to the next level.

Buy now at Amazon for £47.95

If you're looking for something else to play, check out our lists of the best PC games and best VR games to try in 2022.

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