Xbox released its 9th generation of consoles late last year. While the Xbox Series S is the cheapest and relatively small console, the Xbox Series X is the most powerful on the market. Another major contributing factor to Xbox’s success is the incredible subscription service, Xbox Game Pass.
Xbox, the gaming division of Microsoft, has really started to live up to its potential in 2021. Xbox has had several amazing first-party game releases dotted throughout the year, from Age of Empires IV to the highly anticipated Halo Infinite.
Best games releasing on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S in 2021
After a few unimpressive years, Xbox has begun its comeback delivering stellar titles in 2021. The power of Xbox Series X and affordable Xbox Series S has been backed up by some amazing titles.
- Forza Horizon 5
- Infinite Halo
- Psychonauts 2
- far cry 6
- Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
That being said, let’s look at each title individually.
1)Forza Horizon 5
- Developer/Publisher: Playground Games, Xbox Game Studios
- Release date: November 9, 2021
- Genre: Open World, Racing
Forza Horizon 5 builds on its previous iterations and delivers one of the best racing titles of all time. Set in a vast expanse of Mexico with diverse and scenic biomes, players have over 500 unique cars on board. The award-winning title is a must-have for everyone. It is available on Xbox Game Pass.
2) Infinite Halo
- Developer/Publisher: 343 Industries, Xbox Game Studios
- Release date: December 8, 2021
- Genre: First person arcade shooter
Halo is back and rightfully won first-person shooter of the year. Apart from the amazing campaign, the free multiplayer features extremely fun physics-based mechanic with amazing action.
Multiplayer is available for free on all platforms and is definitely worth trying.
3) Psychonauts 2
- Developer/Publisher: Double Fine, Xbox Game Studios
- Release date: August 25, 2021
- Genre: Platform
Released after 15 years, the sequel picks up where the first title left off and continues the story of Raz. Like its predecessor, the title mixes psychological elements with excellent storytelling to make gamers think.
The title truly lives up to the greatness of the first game and is highly suggested to fans of the original.
4) Far Cry 6
- Developer/Publisher: Ubisoft
- Release date: October 7, 2021
- Genre: First Person Shooter, Action-Adventure, Open World
Far Cry 6 fixes everything wrong with previous entries, then builds on it to deliver an exhilarating experience. Players take on the role of Dani Rojas, a guerrilla fighter who takes on Supreme Leader Anton Castillo, played brilliantly by Giancarlo Esposito.
The game is exactly what it promises to be, plus Far Cry. As such, it’s the perfect title for fans of the franchise, though those who are fed up with the formula might not like it.
5) Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
- Developer/Publisher: Eidos Montreal, Square Enix
- Release date: October 25, 2021
- Genre: Action-Adventure
After the disappointing disaster of Marvel’s Avengers, fans were cautiously optimistic about Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Suffice to say that the title not only lived up to its promises, but even, to some extent, redeemed Square Enix’s reputation in superhero-based video games.
The game’s amazing gameplay and legendary soundtrack make it a great experience for gamers to try.
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