Top 10 Best Xbox Series X Games – Updated September, 2021

Best Xbox Series X Games

Whether you picked up the Xbox Series X or the Xbox Series S when both consoles dropped in November, they play the same games, but which are the best ones worth your time and money?

Which games for the Xbox Series X are the best may be a little bit subjective. But if you’re new to consoles or you’re just new to Xbox, or you’re buying games for someone else, the games in this list are definitely really good games that you’ll want to focus on.

The best Xbox Series X games will also change on a monthly basis as we update this list. As more games will come out and we’ll want to rotate in some of the other really good game titles. For now though, these are the best Xbox Series X games your money can buy.


Top 10 Best Xbox Series X Games – Summary

Below you’ll find a small table containing all of the games we’ve selected. Whether you’re short on time or just want to cut to the chase, the table below will list every game along with prices and links to buy them.

Below the table you’ll find each game in the list with longer descriptions as well as trailers and the same links to buy each game.

GamePriceWhere To Buy
The Ascent$30Microsoft
Immortals: Fenyx Rising$59.88Amazon, Microsoft
Assassin’s Creed ValhallaFrom $36.31Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft
OutridersFrom $39.99Amazon, B&H, Walmart, Best Buy, Microsoft
BiomutantFrom $39.99Amazon, Walmart, ABT, Target, Best Buy, GameStop, Adorama, Microsoft
Mass Effect Legendary Edition$59.99Amazon, GameStop, Target, Best Buy, Microsoft, Walmart
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2From $35.99Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Microsoft
Gears 5From $18.76Amazon, GameStop, Walmart, Newegg, Target, Best Buy, Microsoft
Forza Horizon 4From $39.30Amazon, Target, Best Buy, GameStop, Newegg, Microsoft
Yakuza: Like A DragonFrom $24.99Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Newegg, Microsoft

The Ascent

The Ascent is a brand-new cyberpunk-themed action RPG that just released for Xbox this morning. You can purchase it for $30, though it is currently on sale for $27. It plays a bit like Diablo since it’s an isometric action RPG, but it also feels a lot like a twin stick shooter.


In the game you play as an indent (a worker indentured to the corporations) on the planet Veles. You specifically are an indent for the Ascent Group. The largest corporation on Veles. Suddenly, the Ascent Group shuts down and no one knows what’s happening. So begins your story trying to figure out what’s going on as you simultaneously try to survive. Meanwhile everyone around is vying for power.

You can acquire a ton of loot throughout the game including different weapons, gear and more. There’s also a character creator with a handful of customization options. Best of all is that the game can be played solo, or you can play with friends via online co-op or couch co-op.

Beautiful backgrounds, awesome graphics, super cool weapons and combat all wrapped up into a cyberpunk theme. What’s not to like?


Immortals: Fenyx Rising

If you’re looking for a really fun open-world RPG game that has plenty of mythic themes and a lot of fun combat, look no further than Immortals: Fenyx Rising.

You play Fenyx, a demigod, attempting to save the Greek gods from impending doom. As an open-world action RPG you will have a ton of ground to cover in the exploration department. As you progress through the game you will get to level up your skills and outfit yourself with all kinds of new gear and weapons.

You will also unlock new abilities. And you might be surprised at how many different puzzles there are in this game for you to solve. Which could lead some rather meager rewards or something truly amazing to help you on your adventure.


If you’re seeking a close comparison to this game so you know what to expect from gameplay, think about Genshin Impact and Legend Of Zelda: Breath of The Wild.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

As Assassin’s Creed games go, AC Valhalla has it all. The most striking graphics to date of any AC game, a massive open world for you to explore, engaging combat. You name it, the game probably has it. The list goes on so to speak.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has you take on the role of Eivor. You can choose to make the character male or female, carrying on the tradition of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.


While your lands are drying up, you’re finding it harder for your people to prosper. So you sail your people across the sea to England where you’ll raid and pillage to expand your influence.

The game features a complex and rich story rooted in history, the ability to grow your settlement, fishing, mini games where you play dice, drinking games, and flyting, where you can swap insults with another person in a competition. The game also has a photo mode of you like that sort of thing.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is packed full of stuff to do and many, many hours of awesome gameplay, which makes it one of the best games on Xbox Series X.



If you like games like Destiny 2, which is basically the looter shooter genre, you’ll probably love Outriders. While the two games aren’t entirely the same there are definitely some similarities.

From multiple playable class types to the ever increasing power from better gear drops and weapons, Outriders is packed full of things to chase. It has a pretty decent story too, although the combat and the gunplay is definitely the best part.

It supports gameplay in a single-player perspective or in multiplayer with up to two more players, for a total of three. It also supports cross-play completely. So if you play on Xbox Series X but your friend plays on PS5, you can team up together without issues.


Overall this is a really fun game for fans of shooters that have RPG elements.


If you’ve not heard about Biomutant, this is definitely a game you’re going to want to check out. It’s an open-world RPG set in a post apocalyptic earth where all the humans have died out, and all that’s left are mutated animals and various beasts that roam the land.

It’s described as a “kung-fu fable,” and that really does accurately describe the setting of the story. This also comes through in the combat, as your character will have a mix of different combat styles including martial arts-based melee attacks. You also get a series of different mutant abilities that you can unlock as you progress, and you can even pick up various types of guns for shooting enemies at long range.

Sticking to the mutant theme, game progression also unlocks abilities to recode your genetic structure. Which lets you change your character’s look, abilities, and more.

Overall if you like exploring vast worlds with lots of story depth and plenty of cool combat, don’t miss out on Biomutant. You’ll be glad that you tried it.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition

A fan favorite series returns with the Mass Effect Legendary Edition. Complete with all three games wrapped up into one neat little bundle with updated graphics. The game also takes advantage of the faster load times of the Xbox Series X / S, and it supports Smart Delivery too.

Visuals are now enhanced to 4K so although it is the same game you like remember, it will definitely look a lot better than it used to. All three games are also included in a single launcher, so you can go through all the content without having to interact with three different games.

Speaking of content, the Legendary Edition includes all three base games, as well as over 40 DLC packs. The DLC includes both expanded game content and in-game items like weapons and gear. Whether you’re an old fan of the Mass Effect series or this will be your first time playing, there’s a lot to dive into and enjoy.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2

If you grew up with an original PlayStation or Xbox, you’re familiar with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2.

These were the defining games of a generation, starting from 1999 and moving into the early 2000s. Both titles have been completely remade with new HD visuals and are faithfully recreated works of the original games.

But there is plenty of new stuff too. Like new skaters alongside some old favorites, as you get the entire original roster. You can pull off the same tricks too. Score all new combos. And customize your skater with all kinds of gear.

Skate in familiar locations and brand-new locations too. With some crazy new landscapes to admire in the background. The game also features local and online multiplayer, so you can compete against your friends just like the old days or play against strangers online.

Aside from game content, one of the reasons this is one of the best Xbox Series X games is because it’s two games in one. While it did launch before the Xbox Series X, it’s compatible with the new console.

Gears 5

Gears 5 isn’t an Xbox Series X title but it is optimized for it and it was only just released at the end of 2019. Which makes it a great option for this list because it is an excellent game and it’s probably the best priced out of any of them.

Being that it starts at just $10. Gears 5 is the most recent title in the third-person shooter franchise. With single player content, multiplayer PvP, co-op, and more.

There’s also a player vs environment mode where you’ll need to fight back hordes of enemies. Gears 5 features post-game and seasonal content as well. So if you play often enough watch out for these events to keep gameplay fresh and exciting.

If you like shooters, this is definitely one you should pick up. And because it’s available for as little as $10, it’s a great pickup alongside Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4 is Microsoft’s exclusive racing franchise and this is the most recent game in the series.

It’s also probably one of the most beautiful racing games you’ll ever set eyes on. While it isn’t an Xbox Series X launch game, it is optimized for Xbox Series X. With support for better visuals and faster frames per second so you can bask in the glory that this game offers not only in its vehicle designs, but also in the landscapes. Which is really some of the best visual stuff to look at in this game.

Forza Horizon 4 features single player and online multiplayer content to go through. Along with seasonal content. The game also has dynamic seasons, with changing weather and visuals that change the pace and feel of each race. This also leads to newly unlocked events and routes to race in.

There are over 450 cars from 100 different manufacturers, with plenty of customization options to make your car look and drive and just how you want it to.

Speaking of customization, Forza Horizon 4 also features a custom route creator. You can make your own routes and share them with the Forza Horizon 4 community. Likewise you can also race other people’s created routes, and routes can be created anywhere in the open world landscape. Giving this game some pretty extreme replay value.

Yakuza: Like A Dragon

Where to begin. Rounding out this list is Yakuza: Like A Dragon, the seventh mainline game in the franchise.

While it features many of the things players may love about the Yakuza series, it has a lot of new stuff and some changes that players have to look forward to. First off, it’s set in a brand new location that’s based on a district in Yokohama.

It also no longer features the same style of combat. Changing from the beat ’em up combat in really every other Yakuza game to a turn-based RPG style of combat. Yakuza has always been an RPG game, so this new style of combat for the series gives it a fresh coat of paint that makes things interesting and quite fun.

As it was just recently released at the tail end of 2020, it also comes with some really nice graphics. You also play a different main character, and have a range of new abilities to unleash on your foes like character summons, where you can summon things like a giant crayfish to help you attack.

You can also craft items, take on jobs, improve your life experience, and engage in legendary battles featuring more familiar characters, like Kazuma Kiryu. And of course there are a lot of other things to do in this game too. Such as new mini games.

If you want one game from this list that offers a megaton of content, Yakuza: Like A Dragon fits the bill quite nicely. And is definitely one of the best Xbox Series X games out right now, if not the best Xbox Series X game.