Xbox Series X and Series S are the latest generation consoles from Microsoft. This is the first time Xbox has released two variants at different prices, allowing players to choose the one they prefer. The Series S can offer a standard 1440p screen resolution at 120 fps and a 512GB SSD.
Meanwhile, the Series X offers up to 4K resolution, a 1TB SSD, better hardware, and real-time ray tracing, making it the better overall choice. With Xbox Series X, you can play any game at maximum settings without a hitch. To take full advantage of this, check out our list of the 10 best Xbox Series X games you can play in 2021.
1. Halo: The Master Collection
The Halo series is one of the most popular video game franchises of all time. Generations of gamers have spent hundreds of hours Halo since 2001. In 2014, Xbox Game Studios released a compilation of their most popular titles. The console version of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was later enhanced and re-released for the Xbox Series X/S in 2020.
The original collection includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach and Halo 4. This pack is regularly updated with new content and improvements.
The graphics and audio of all games have been remastered and bug-fixed to keep up with current standards while preserving the classic gameplay that fans love. If you grew up playing classical music Halo and upgraded to a newer Xbox console, you now have the opportunity to play the same titles on the new Xbox Series X.
2. Gear 5
This third-person shooter is the sixth installment in the Gears of War franchise. The series was originally developed by Epic Games before being acquired by Xbox Game Studios. Soon after, The Coalition took over the development of its future games, including Gears 5. The game was first released for Xbox One and Windows but was later improved and re-released. for Xbox Series X.
The game’s plot takes place almost immediately after the events of Gears of War 4. You will play as Kait Diaz, an Outsider and descendant of Queen Myrrah, leader of the Locust clan, as she journeys learn the truth about his family and the Locust Pack. Gears 5 features standard single-player, local split-screen for up to three players, and online co-op.
3. Sea of thieves
Even before its release, Sea of Thieves was one of the most anticipated video games of recent years. This pirate action-adventure game was developed by Xbox Game Studios’ Rare Limited and published by Microsoft Studios in 2018. An enhanced edition was finally re-released for Xbox Series X/S in 2020 .
The game takes place in a shared world where you can explore the depths of the ocean on a pirate ship and fight other players on multiplayer servers. You can create your own character and customize it as you like. Sea of Thieves is also designed for group play, so you can go on adventures with friends on the high seas. The larger your group, the larger your ship will be.
There are three trading companies present in the game, each offering a different type of quest. You can choose from any of them. This game also combines online multiplayer with narrative gameplay. Sea of Thieves has been nominated for several award categories, including Best Multiplayer Game at The Game Awards 2018. It has over 20 million players as of March 2021.
4. Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4 is the 11th installment of the popular Forza racing video game series. This game is also the fourth installment to use the title Forza Horizon instead of Forza Motorsport. The franchise is known for featuring real-life vehicles and their immersive, realistic driving mechanics. It was released by Microsoft Studios for Windows and Xbox One in 2018. A version for Xbox Series X/S was released in 2020.
The game features several locations in a fictional version of the United Kingdom. You can race in areas such as the Cotswolds, Edinburgh, Ambleside and the Lake District. Route customization is also a new feature, allowing you to create specialized races for you and your friends. The new dynamic weather system will affect the driving mechanics, so you will have to learn how to drive in different weather conditions.
Each Forza Horizon 4 server can hold up to 72 players at once, so its online multiplayer mode should make for quite the experience. There are over 750 licensed cars featured in it, making it one of the largest playable lineups of any racing video game.
5. Yakuza: Like dragons
Yakuza: Like a Dragon also comes from a famous video game franchise. The Yakuza series began with Yakuza in 2005 and has since released several sequels and spin-off games. The action adventure series revolves around the world of gangsters and criminal organizations. Like a Dragon also follows that tradition, only it introduces players to a new main character.
You play as Ichiban Kasuga, an associate of the Arakawa Clan of the Tojo Clan, who went to prison 18 years ago for a murder he did not commit. After his release, he discovers that his former boss and mentor betrayed the Tojo Clan and became a police informant. He eventually joins the Omi Alliance, which now controls all criminal activity in the town.
The plot focuses on Kasuga’s journey in discovering the truth behind the betrayal and bringing justice to himself and the Tojo Clan. Its gameplay features turn-based and real-time RPG combat mechanics. You can form teams of up to four people and can make use of objects around you during battles.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon has sold more than 450,000 digital copies in Asia as of March 2020. It has been nominated for several awards, including Best RPG at The Game Awards 2020 and Game the pinnacle of the year at the Golden Joystick Awards.
6. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Another title from the huge video game series, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was released by Ubisoft in 2020. It is the 12th main installment of the cult classic series and the successor to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (2018). While Odyssey is primarily set in ancient Greece, Valhalla takes place in ancient Scandinavia and England, during the time of the Viking expansion into the British Isles.
The plot brings the focus back to the conflict between the Assassin Brotherhood and the Templar Order after Assassin’s Creed Odyssey strayed from it. In this game, modern-day Assassins find a way to access the memories of the ancient Viking leader, Eivor Varinsdottir, to discover how his life and journey affect the coming apocalypse. happened many centuries later.
Famous historical and mythological figures such as the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok and their Great Heathen Army, as well as Alfred the Great, are all part of the story. You will play as Eivor and lead your Viking clan as they take over and settle new lands in Anglo-Saxon England. You will also have to fight different kingdoms and factions that want to drive you out of your land.
7. Assassin 3
The Hitman franchise created a whole new genre of video games. Since the first game Hitman: Codename 47 was released in 2000, the series has successfully introduced modern assassin gameplay to many generations of players. In fact, it took another seven years for the next big assassin video game series to arrive in the form of Assassin’s Creed.
The eighth main installment of the main series, Hitman 3 was developed by IO Interactive and released in January 2021. It features a third-person perspective with more polished gameplay mechanics. Hitman 3 contains the conclusion of the World of Assassination storyline, which began with Hitman (2016). The semi-open world environment also allows exploration for most of the game.
In Hitman 3, the main character, Agent 47, travels to different countries with the help of his handler, Diana Burnwood, to destroy targets allied with the Providence business alliance. Hitman gameplay focuses on stealth, disguise, and assassination, so you’ll have to eliminate your targets without being noticed.
This installment is released for Xbox Series X/S along with Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Windows. It received generally favorable reviews from critics, including a 9/10 rating from outlets such as Game Informer and GameSpot.
8. Tetris Effect: Connected
Tetris has become an enduring video game classic thanks to its simplicity. Enhance Games continued down this path by releasing Tetris Effect for virtual reality consoles in 2018. It was later released as Tetris Effect: Connected for Xbox Series X/S later when originally released for PlayStation, Windows, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive consoles.
Tetris Effect combines classic Tetris gameplay with themes and music, adjusting the game’s speed to the rhythm. The level system ensures that the difficulty of the game increases as you get better at it. It also comes with new features like an area where you can stop time and clear more lines quickly.
The game received very positive reviews from critics and players. Media outlets such as Edge, Game Informer and GameSpot all gave it a 9/10 rating.
9. Destiny 2: Beyond the light
This first-person shooter game is the fifth expansion to the cult classic Destiny 2. The base game is a free-to-play game developed and published by Bungie for eighth generation consoles and Windows in 2017. It was later made available for eighth generation consoles and Windows. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S in November 2020.
Destiny 2 is the sequel to Destiny and is set in a fictional universe. It follows the original storyline, with the player controlling a Guardian. You must defend Earth’s last standing city from various enemy factions, as well as the impending doom brought about by the Darkness.
You’ll also travel to Europa, Jupiter’s icy moon, to stop the Fallen Kell Eramis from using the Darkness to take revenge on Earth. The Exo Stranger from the original campaign will return to guide you on your quest.
Beyond Light 2 and its expansions are both played in multiplayer servers but separate player-versus-player (PvP) and player-versus-environment (PvE) missions. It also borrows some elements from massively multiplayer online (MMO) role-playing games.
10. It takes two
This game became most popular after content creators on the streaming platform Twitch started playing it with their colleagues and partners. Published by Electronic Arts, It Takes Two is a two-player co-op game. It was released in March 2021 for eighth and ninth generation consoles, quickly becoming the new Twitch meta.
It Takes Two is unique in that you can’t play it alone. You’ll need a partner to play with, either via local split-screen or online. This makes it a great game for couples to try. But be careful, as it can test the strength of your relationship.
The game features protagonists Cody and May, a couple on the verge of divorce. Their daughter, Rose, tries to save their relationship but accidentally traps them inside two dolls she made in their image. Cody and May then embark on an adventure with the help of Dr. Hakim, who is also trying to help them save their marriage.
It has sold over two million copies since its release, with praise and rave reviews from critics. Media outlets such as Shacknews, IGN and GameSpot all gave it a score of 9/10.