The 10 best games to play on Xbox Series X

See which games you should be playing on the Xbox Series X.

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The Xbox Series X is an absolute beast of a machine that provides a lot of power and performance to your games. And it is these games that are one of the most important things to consider since a console is only as good as the games you can play on it. Luckily, the Xbox Series X has plenty of great games that you can be playing on it right now. These games are our top ten favorites:

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

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The newest entry in the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla continues to build on the series’ recent switch into full-blown RPG territory, while combining the stealth mechanics of the older games. The world is absolutely stunning and the power of the Series X will make it shine even greater. With that power, the details really come to life on your screen.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

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While not releasing right on launch day, if you can wait a few days, the new Call of Duty will be out and it will certainly be taking advantage of the new console. With a brand-new campaign that looks to be showcasing some serious graphical capabilities, and a boost in performance that makes multiplayer play like a dream, the game is an absolute-must for anyone looking for a first-person experience.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light

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The new era of Destiny 2 launches on the same day as the Xbox Series X and there is no better time to jump into Bungie’s shared-world looter shooter. Beyond Light is bringing a ton of changes with an epic, new storyline, and better yet: it’s all available on the Xbox Game Pass. So if you are jumping on to that service with your Series X, you have no reason to not play this game.

Forza Horizon 4

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Despite launching in 2018, Forza Horizon 4 is the still the top-of-the-line racing game on the Xbox, and now, the Xbox Series X. Playground Games has crafted a beautiful open-world to drive around and explore. The customizations and fine, little details on every car really stand out on the Series X, as well. It all loads insanely fast as well, all while the rays of light bounce off in incredible realism.

Gears 5

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The last game in the mainline Gears series, Gears 5 was an incredibly powerful game on the Xbox One. It was big, beautiful, and was a dream to play. All of that is amplified on the Series X, where a boost in frame-rate and graphical fidelity makes everything stunning. You can play through the campaign at 4K with 60 frames per second and, if your television supports it, the multiplayer can be played with a 120hz refresh rate.

Gears Tactics

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Taking the series in a new direction, Gears Tactics is a turn-based, well, tactics game that plays wonderfully on console. You can use a contorller, or even a keyboard, to order your units around the battlefield for the most strategic positions. On the Series X, the game can run at 4K, 60 frames per second and it just feels so good to play.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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Even though Halo Infinite was delayed, that doesn’t have to be a completely bad thing. Now, you can catch up on a good chunk of the series with the Master Chief Collection, which allows you to play through four of the five main games, plus Reach and ODST. Plus, on November 17th, the game will be getting an optimization update that will allow for 4K resolution and 120 frames per second for both single-player and multiplayer.

Sea of Thieves

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This pirate game has completely taken over Xbox thanks to Rare’s frequent and plentiful game updates. It now is a wonderful sea-faring adventure where you can team up with friends to plunder treasure and fight off other players. It is also being optimized for the Series X to give it 4K and 60 fps capabilities.

Watch Dogs: Legion

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If you really want to show off the Series X’s ray-tracing capabilities, then look no further than Watch Dogs: Legion. The game features a fully-realized, semi-dystopian London where any character is playable. With the power of the console, you can load this huge world in an instant but the ray-tracing is truly the most incredible part. The lights bounce off of pools of water and reflective surfaces beautifully, making everything just pop.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

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The long-running Yakuza series’ newest game, Like a Dragon, is on the Series X. It continues the wacky, absurd style while telling a story of corruption and criminals. It brings a very engaging, turn-based combat system and a deep RPG system that is very accessible. It comes with a ton of performance modes and they all take advantage of the console’s power.