What are the best Xbox games you can get your hands on in 2022? As Microsoft continues to push its multiplatform strategy, the company’s gaming ecosystem now includes the new Xbox Series X | S as well as the Xbox One and PC. We’ve seen a lot of crossover between the three platforms, so figuring out which games to talk about can be tricky, but we think we’ve done a pretty good job.
In recent years, Microsoft has focused on recruiting some of the best talent in the industry by acquiring studios on the left, right and center. On top of that, the past few months have brought us some of the best Xbox games in years with the return of major flagship franchises.
For our pick of the best Xbox games to play, we’ve opted for a selection that includes all-new must-see exclusives that show off the power of the console, old Xbox stalwarts, and a handful of probably lesser-known options.
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The best Xbox Series X games
As always, we’ll be watching this list closely as new Xbox games arrive, adding those titles worthy enough to make the cut. As we move forward into 2022, we hope to see upcoming exclusive games like Hellblade II, Starfield, and Scorn enter the ring. For now, let’s take a look at the best games that Xbox gamers can dive right into.
- Forza Horizon 5
- Infinite halo
- Ori and the will of the wisps & Ori and the blind forest
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Gears 5
- Sea of Thieves
- Yakuza: like a dragon
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection
- Psychonauts 2
- Scarlet Nexus
Forza Horizon 5
Forza Horizon 5 is one of the best racing games overall, and it definitely looks its best on the Xbox Series X. You’ve never played such a beautiful racing game like this, and the way it is. Mexico’s recreation weaves from biome and event to event it’s amazing to play too. If you want to wade your way through a huge world and soak up the sheer beauty of it all, Forza Horizon 5 is one of the best Xbox games for that. Oh, and Forza Horizon 4 also looks pretty special with its X series upgrade…
It might have been a year late, but Halo Infinite was worth the wait. 343 Industries really shaped the Halo feel, while also taking the series in a new direction. The Master Chief’s campaign and battle against the Banished now has an open-world structure, with the Zeta Halo providing a great playing field that’s even better thanks to a new grappling hook. Then there’s the multiplayer action which is a lot of fun and completely free if you don’t like the countryside. There’s more to come for Halo Infinite, like a co-op campaign and changes to multiplayer progression, but it should be high on your “play” list for Xbox and PC.
Ori and the will of the wisps & Ori and the blind forest
It’s a bit of a cheat, as we’re actually going to go ahead and include both Ori and the Will-Wisps with Ori and the Blind Forest here, as they’re both great games. The Ori games are very difficult “Metroidvania” titles where you guide a little forest spirit through increasingly difficult situations. If you want something a little retro but with a lot of modern extras then give it a look.
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator should be the most boring console offering of the next generation, but it isn’t. Exclusively on PC and Xbox Series X | S, Flight Simulator lets you take out a growing hangar of different light planes as you explore and traverse planet Earth, and it’s a perfect example of Zen play. Peaceful, tranquil and yet totally immersive, you can’t let go of the controls lest your plane collapse into the ground. While the only real downside is that you will have to leave again, you will still lose precious moments that you could have spent performing another overview of your home.
Gears 5 may have been released a year before the Xbox Series X was released, but it’s easily one of the best games on new hardware thanks to a free game update that improves lighting and lighting. other effects. Not only that, but The Coalition has released Gears 5: Hivebusters, a three-player single-player or co-op DLC campaign that takes the series to some truly beautiful new places. If you’ve already completed Gears 5, then Hivebusters is worth checking out (and included with Game Pass Ultimate).
Not a fan of the big cover shooter from the Gears series? How about an XCOM-like spin-off in Gears Tactics?
Sea of Thieves
No one would have expected Sea of Thieves to turn out to be the fantastic game it is today when it launches, but here we are. Sea of Thieves is a multiplayer pirate game that lets you live out all the high seas dreams you have ever had. If you want to play it and build a crew to sail for loot then you can, if you’d rather get into naval combat then you can, and if you want something more relaxing you can always just go fishing. There have been years of updates that have improved and refined the game, not to mention quite a whole Pirates of the Caribbean story that you can play with your darker buddies.
Yakuza: like a dragon
It’s always cool to see a long line of games mix things up a bit, and that’s exactly what Yakuza: Like a Dragon does. Rather than being an action game, Like a Dragon becomes a full RPG with turn-based battles, characters filling different roles, and some of the strangest summons in video game history. Basically, if you’re looking for a good time, go for it. Be sure to check out our Yakuza: Like a Dragon guide series to get the best head start and grab some of those hard-to-find collectibles.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Sure, Halo Infinite might be the shiny new thing, but it can’t stand up to the absolutely expansive collection of Halo games you get in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. You have the entire Xbox and Xbox 360 saga with Master Chief at its center when you start, continue and then end the fight against the Covenant, but there’s also Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4 included. The collection has been significantly updated (and its multiplayer fixed) since its release on Xbox One in 2014, so if you play the X Series you get the games in 4K, dozens of hours of campaign to play and more. kinds of multiplayer games and modes in which you can shake a sticky grenade!
Want to completely end the Halo fight? Well, Halo 5: Guardians is also playable via backward compatibility, and there’s also the real-time strategy spin-offs Halo Wars and Halo Wars 2. Halo Wars 2 is the first game to feature the enemies banned from Halo Infinite. .
Psychonauts 2 is a worthy successor to the cult classic of Double Fine. The platform and combat gameplay is tighter, the world design is still as varied and inventive as ever, and while the story is full of twists and turns and comedic moments, there is also a wonderful sense of empathy and of tenderness throughout. The game is ahead of the PlayStation 5 on Xbox Series X. Where the PS5 plays the game at 1440p thanks to backward compatibility, the X Series has a native version of the game that can target native 4K. The varied and inventive worlds created by Double Fine shine wherever you play it.
Scarlet Nexus manages to blend an intriguing storyline, a constant sense of intrigue, and a wonderful over-the-top combat system into one fun game to play. On Xbox Series X, it comes with a crisp and clean anime visual style that makes the truly wild enemy designs really stand out as you fight for the future of humanity. It’s easily one of the best JRPGs to release in 2021, and that’s saying something!
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