Seven years after the release of the Xbox One, Xbox’s eagerly awaited successor is finally hitting shelves across the globe.
Microsoft’s twin next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and its smaller, cheaper counterpart the Xbox Series S, are available to buy from today.
Though the new machine arrives with a strong emphasis on backward compatibility – Xbox has revealed that thousands of games previously released on Xbox One or Xbox 360 consoles will be made available on the Series X – it’s nonetheless the new games that have got people most excited.
With Cyberpunk 2077, Immortals Fenyx Rising and Halo Infinite still weeks and months away, and many games still waiting to be optimised fully for the Series X, there’s plenty to look forward to in the future.
However, for the many people who purchase their consoles promptly at launch, the question remains: which are the best games to play now?
Some are available on Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass service; others are available to purchase form the Xbox store. Here’s a list of the 10 best Xbox Series X games available now…
10. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
The eighth entry in Sega’s hit Yakuza series, Like a Dragon is a zany crime JRPG pitting you against the ranks of a Japanese crime syndicate. Graphically, it’s nothing too special, and your enjoyment of the game may depend on your taste for its turn-based battle mechanics – a departure from the series’ norm. But for those who can embrace its eccentricity, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a treat.
As noted in The Independent’s review, Watch Dogs: Legion is a game with admirable political impetus that’s let down by a clumsily written storyline. Nonetheless, its brightest feature – a vivid open-world environment modelled on dystopian near-future London – is given extra shine on the Xbox Series X. With a whole city filled with unique playable characters, Legion is a messy game that is still capable of dazzling.