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.
|Game||Price||Where To Buy|
|Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War||From $45||Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, Target, Microsoft|
|Immortals: Fenyx Rising||$40||Amazon, Microsoft|
|Assassin's Creed Valhalla||From $45||Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft|
|Hitman III||$59.99||Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft, GameStop, Target|
|Watch Dogs: Legion||$30||Amazon, Microsoft|
|The Falconeer||From $30||Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Microsoft|
|Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2||From $30||Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Microsoft|
|Gears 5||From $10||Amazon, GameStop, Walmart, Newegg, Target, Best Buy, Microsoft|
|Forza Horizon 4||From $20||Amazon, Target, Best Buy, GameStop, Newegg, Microsoft|
|Yakuza: Like A Dragon||From $40||Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Newegg, Microsoft|
Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Price: From $45
- Where To Buy: Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, Target, Microsoft
Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is the latest game in the Call Of Duty franchise, and is a sequel to the original Call of Duty: Black Ops.
You'll see some familiar characters in the game and experience a great story campaign mode. Though you may choose to jump right into what is usually one of the best parts about Call of Duty games, the multiplayer.
The game also features the fan favorite Zombies mode, as well as plenty of unlockable new weapons and perks. Not to mention an all-new battle pass that you can pick up with each season of this game.
Immortals: Fenyx Rising
- Price: $40
- Where To Buy: Amazon, Microsoft
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
- Price: From $45
- Where To Buy: Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft
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.
- Price: From $59.99
- Where To Buy: Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft, GameStop, Target
Hitman III brings Agent 47 back in for a series of contract killings. As with any Hitman game, you'll need to use any means necessary to finish your jobs. If aren't able to use proper weapons to kill your target, then you need to improvise. Anything becomes a weapon at that point.
Hitman III is the conclusion to the World of Assassination Trilogy. In this game you will be able to take on contracts in six different locations, including Dubai, Dartmoor, Berlin, Chongqing, Mendoza, and the Carpathian Mountains.
You can play this game online, but most of the content will be single player-based.
Watch Dogs: Legion
- Price: $30
- Where To Buy: Amazon, Microsoft
This is the perfect game for people who like games similar to Assassin's Creed but would rather have the gameplay be set in a more modern time.
Watch Dogs: Legion takes place in near future London, where you're part of a resistance trying to save the city from the dystopian reality that it's in. Throughout the game's campaign you'll have to rise up and join the ranks of the resistance, recruit people to join your cause, and fight back against the corporate overlords.
Once you finish the campaign there will be quite a bit of post-game and seasonal content to go through. You can also choose to dive into multiplayer content if you want to party up with friends and fight for the city together.
The game also features many playable characters. You can play as just about anyone and each character has their own backstory. Which means much of your game time can have a unique feel to it.
- Price: From $30
- Where To Buy: Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Microsoft
The Falconeer is without a doubt one of the best games to launch alongside the Xbox Series X. It features really, really gorgeous visuals and some very fun gameplay.
This is an aerial combat game, but you won't be flying planes or jets. Instead you'll fly on the back of a falcon and take to the skies to fight for your chosen faction. There are multiple factions to choose from, but you can play as all of them as many times as you like throughout the game. This way you can experience different angles of the story.
The game also features lots of exploration and things to discover. As well as factional influence. At $30 this is definitely an Xbox Series X game everyone should experience.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2
- Price: From $30
- Where To Buy: Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Microsoft
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.
- Price: From $10
- Where To Buy: Amazon, GameStop, Walmart, Newegg, Target, Best Buy, Microsoft
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
- Price: From $20
- Where To Buy: Amazon, Target, Best Buy, GameStop, Newegg, Microsoft
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
- Price: From $40
- Where To Buy: Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Newegg, Microsoft
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.