The Top 10 Xbox Series X Games

So you got your hands on an Xbox Series X? Congratulations! As you’ve probably noticed by now, the hardware allows for lightning fast gaming when compared to previous generations, and the Quick Resume feature that allows you to seamlessly change games is, well, a game-changer. While the feature set of the Xbox Series X is impressive (not to mention its stellar backward compatibility library), you probably want some games to play on that beast of a console.

The team at Game Informer worked together to compile a list of the 10 games we think are the best on Xbox Series X/S. As more games come out, we’ll update this list with the latest releases that we feel deserve to crack the top 10.

Please note that while the list below contains 10 entries, we aren’t ranking them. If a game has made it this far (and managed to stay here), it’s a must-play, period. As such, we’ll be listing entries in reverse chronological order. Also, with future updates, you’ll find a rundown of previous entries at the bottom of the list. While those titles have gotten bumped over time, they are still all great games in their own right and worth exploring if you’re already caught up on the latest hits.

Here are Game Informer’s picks for the top 10 games on Xbox Series X/S:

Sea of Thieves

When Sea of Thieves launched in 2018 on Xbox One, it felt more like wading through waist-high, lukewarm pools rather than the oceans of content we hoped for. Fast forward three years and Rare’s swashbuckling adventure is worthy of sailing the Seven Seas. Superb post-launch support from Rare has added a ton of new content and activities for prospective pirates to take part in, and has made it a mainstay on the Twitch charts. The Xbox Series X/S version brings with it various improvements, and we’re excited to see how the game grows going forward.

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s long-running Yakuza series bid a fond farewell to its protagonist Kiryu after seven mainline games. With Yakuza: Like a Dragon, the developer took a chance with Ichiban Kasuga, a loud, dorky, and well-intentioned protagonist that players immediately fell in love with. However, the changes didn’t stop with the gold-hearted Kasuga. This also marked the series’ transition to turn-based combat, which it transitioned to in seamless fashion. Despite these massive changes to the well-worn formula, Yakuza: Like a Dragon still feels decidedly at home when stacked alongside its predecessors thanks to the serious drama, the goofy side quests, and the nonstop action.

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Gears 5

Gears 5 continues the story of the growing Gears of War cast in an action-packed campaign full of narrative twists and new conventions for the series. However, the main reason Gears 5 is still such a mainstay in Xbox consoles to this day is the post-launch support provided by developer The Coalition. Horde, Escape, and the competitive PvP modes all received content updates following launch, but the biggest release came in the form of Gears 5: Hivebusters, a campaign expansion. When the game arrived on Series X, it brought with it a bunch of improvements including higher-resolution textures, better framerate, and new visual effects, making it the best place to play Gears 5.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps

The 2D platformer genre isn’t what it used to be, but that hasn’t stopped Moon Studios from releasing some of the greatest entries in the illustrious genre’s recent history. Ori and the Will of the Wisps took everything the first, beloved game did and made it better. With a fantastic story, a breathtakingly gorgeous world, and gameplay that allows you to run, jump, and fight through any challenge thrown your way, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is an action-packed platformer that delivers on all fronts.

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For more lists about the best games on other platforms, check out our lists of the top 10 games on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch.

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