Best Xbox Series X/S games 2023

We’re now fully embedded in the Xbox Series X and Series S generation, each console offering something different depending on your budget and space, but both with the same roster of amazing games to explore.


We’ve gathered together the very best titles for the latest Xboxes right here, in a tight and carefully-curated list of your best options.

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From Software

Elden Ring

1. Best Xbox Series X/S game overall

Sublime world

$56 $0 Save $-56

An unbelievable experience from start to finish.

Pros

  • Amazing sense of discovery
  • Rewarding learning curve
  • Superb weird mythic story
Cons

  • Can be obscure
  • Super-hard combat

FromSoftware has managed a heck of a feat in the form of Elden Ring, perfectly blending its more linear design philosophies with the freedom of an open world to create a huge environment that you can explore in the order you prefer.

Wherever you turn, though, you’ll encounter amazing enemies to overcome in tense and complex combat, with myriad weapons to try out and combinations to explore. Elden Ring will be a phenomenon for a long time.

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Disco Elysium

2. Best Xbox Series X/S game for writing

Brilliant RPG

A game that lets you approach conversations from a truly crazy point of view.

Pros

  • Amazing writing
  • Superb freedom
  • So many endings

An RPG so inventive that it has to be played to be believed, Disco Elysium rips up your expectations by letting you truly go off the rails in conversations and in your decisions. You play as a deadbeat cop who’s struggling to close a complicated case, and how you approach things is up to you.

It looks great but the writing is the real star here, with great voice acting bringing it to life and a frighteningly believable dystopian world to explore. If every major RPG let you take this much control, the world would be an interesting place indeed.

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Xbox

Forza Horizon 5

3. Best Xbox Series X/S game for racing

A driver’s paradise

$45 $60 Save $15

Quite possibly the most beautiful and enjoyable driving game ever.

Pros

  • Gorgeous visuals
  • Exciting map
  • Countless cars

Forza Horizon 5 might not be the bravest of new directions, but this is a franchise that knows what it does well. It’s a brilliant open-world racing game that looks simply brilliant on Series X, with gorgeous visuals that beat pretty much every other driving game.

This time the action has moved to Mexico, and that makes for really varied and beautiful environments, with a great soundtrack and absolutely oodles of racing to get through.

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Pocket-lint

Halo Infinite

4. Best Xbox Series X/S game for shooting

The best modern Halo

$28 $60 Save $32

Xbox’s biggest franchise delivers a beautiful new game.

Pros

  • Great new open areas
  • Same old Halo chaos
  • Simpler story
Cons

  • Could look more revolutionary

Of course, when you think Xbox you think Halo, and while Infinite took a while to arrive, it’s now here in the form of a masterful new campaign and terrific free-to-play multiplayer offering.

This really is Halo back to its best, with a freeform and open-world design that lets you tackle things in your own order and plenty of sandbox fun that rewards you for experimenting with the tools afforded to you.

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2K Games

Marvel’s Midnight Suns

5. Best Xbox Series X/S game for strategy

Superhero strategy

An excellent strategy game wrapped up in a fun superhero social simulator, this is a real treat to play.

Pros

  • Excellent strategy
  • Fun characters
  • Zippy script
Cons

  • Takes a while to get going

A brilliant strategy game from the minds at Firaxis, you take charge of an expansive group of superheroes, some incredibly famous and others you might know less well.

Battles are strategic card-playing puzzles, while you also get plenty of time to develop friendships and loyalty with your new crew in downtime. It’s a really satisfying, inventive time-sink to snuggle up with.

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Diablo 4

6. Best Xbox Series X/S game for loot

Endless entertainment

This amazing dungeon-crawler is painfully addictive and compelling, with a dark story to uncover.

Pros

  • Grim story
  • Dark, beautiful world
  • So many builds to try
Cons

  • Complex systems in post-game

Diablo 4 was a long, long time coming – but now it’s here and it’s got a gloriously dark world of twisted storylines and the omnipresent promise of better loot to keep you going through its impressive campaign and into the postgame.

With an always-online world that’s full of activities and challenges to overcome even once you finish its story, this promises to be a game that lives for years to come, and we’re loving it.

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Capcom

Resident Evil Village

7. Best Xbox Series X/S game for horror

For horror fans

A thrill-ride that we won’t forget anytime soon, Village is a total joy to play through, with some major scares along the way.

Pros

  • Great schlocky horror
  • Good gunplay
  • Looks sumptuous
Cons

  • At times completely gross

The latest game in the Resident Evil series is an unhinged thing of beauty, with a story that’s close to the point of being baffling but super-fun gameplay throughout its twists and turns.

Plus, it looks incredible on Microsoft’s next-gen boxes, with ray tracing and high frame rates making for a beautiful, smoothg experience that will stay with you for ages.

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Capcom

Street Fighter 6

8. Best Xbox Series X/S fighting game

Total competition

The latest Street Fighter is something special, a fighting game that’s come out ready-made for total success.

Pros

  • Amazing fighting
  • So much control
  • Great roster
Cons

  • World Tour is a slight drag

Another game that we had to wait years for, Street Fighter 6 delivers in spades with a roster of fighters that begs to be mastered and a World Tour mode that onboards new players as well as anything the series has ever offered.

The game looks and sounds sparkling, too, and its online modes are stable and fleshed-out, making for the best fighting game package on Xbox Series X/S right now.

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EA

Dead Space

9. Best Xbox Series X/S game for atmosphere

Extreme horror

An incredible impressive update to a hugely popular game, Dead Space feels like a new benchmark for modern horror titles.

Pros

  • Amazing atmosphere
  • Such incredible sound and lighting
  • Crunchy combat
Cons

  • Remade so not totally new

Dead Space gets a remake right out of the top drawer, with incredible work done by EA’s Motive Studios to ensure that the original game’s spirit and structure is maintained while being expanded and polished to a modern sheen.

It looks and sounds simply amazing, with lighting that makes for simply incredible scenes as you make your way through the ruined USG Ishimura.

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Electronic Arts

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

10. Brilliant Xbox Series X/S game for action

$55 $70 Save $15

A great Star Wars game that improves on the last entry in a bunch of ways.

Pros

  • Great level design
  • Engaging story
  • Looks superb

Survivor takes everything that we liked about Fallen Order and refines it, with a more engaging story and a wider array of combat stances and force powers to explore across a range of combat scenarios.

It’s a visually ravishing game that takes advantage of newer hardware to shave down loading times and present a series of gorgeously intricate areas for you to explore.


How to choose your next Xbox Series X or S game

If you’re on the hunt for a new game for your Xbox Series X or S, it won’t have taken long for you to realise how many there are to pick from. Here are some questions to help you figure out what the best pick for you is.

Are you looking for something chill?

Some of the games on this list are pretty active and require a lot of attention and even some skill to do well, and while that’s perfect for many of us, there are alternatives if you want something more laid back and relaxing. The likes of Forza Horizon 5 and Flight Simulator both let you cruise around under your own steam, exploring and seeing sights without needing to necessarily tick off loads of challenging objectives to have a good time.

Will you be playing with friends?

Of course, so many of us now enjoy playing games online with our mates that it’s worth checking before you buy a game whether it’s got an online component or mode that you can enjoy with your pals, whether that’s in the form of co-op or competitive action.

Have you checked out Game Pass?

Perhaps the biggest factor when it comes to buying games for your Series X or Series S is Microsoft’s own package – Xbox Game Pass. This membership gets you a huge library of games to play for a monthly cost, and some of the best games on the platform are included, like Halo Infinite. While we still like owning our favourite games so we know we’ll always have access to them, it’s worth checking out Game Pass to try out the games on it.

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