Top 10 Xbox Series X|S Games – The Best Games for 2022

Xbox Series X|S

If you are lucky enough to have found one of the new Xbox Series X or S consoles available for purchase for yourself or to give to someone else as a gift then you are probably interested in knowing more about some of the best games that are available for these consoles as well as

finding out about upcoming releases.

This new generation of Xbox consoles is able to give you an awesome gaming experience. Games that are designed for the unique specifications of the Series X|S offer some of the most incredible visuals and gameplay you will ever encounter.

But you don’t have to limit yourself to new games that were created specifically for the Series X and S consoles. Thanks to their backward compatibility you can play virtually every game that was made for the Xbox One on the Series X|S consoles. In fact, you can play literally thousands of games from across four generations of Xbox consoles on the Series X and S consoles.  So when you are shopping for games you can also feel free to check out some classic games from the past.

Whether you are looking to buy a game for yourself, as a gift for a loved one, or to treat your kids to a new game when they have a break from school you should think about the following criteria to find out which top video games are the best for you or the person your are shopping for.

  • Stick with your favorite genres or series. For example, if you love first-person shooters then you will probably be happier picking up some of the best FPS games for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S than if you bought sports games. In a similar way, if you are a fan of any particular game franchise then you will want to consider the next release in that series.
  • Make sure that the content is age-appropriate. If you are buying a game for your kids then you need to know the content so you can be confident that it is appropriate for them. A good way to do this is to make sure you check the game’s ESRB rating before purchasing any game. This will help you avoid any surprises.  ESRB ratings are found on the game box.
  • Look at what games are popular. In the past, playing video games was something most people did by themselves, but now playing your favorite games is a social activity for a lot of people. Since most video games these days have an online component, you will probably want to play online with your friends to ensure that you get to experience the best multiplayer gaming available. So you may want to think about which games your friends have or are planning on getting. If you don’t know what games your friends are playing look at the best-selling games in the stores you frequent. This will give you an idea of what games people are buying and could give you a clue as to which games might be most popular with your friends.
  • Keep in mind what console you are buying the game for. Remember that this latest generation of Xbox consoles has two versions the Series X and the Series S. The Xbox Series S does not have a disc drive, which means that it can’t play physical copies of video games making digital copies of games your only option. Conversely, in addition to its’ SSD drive, the Xbox Series X also has a disc drive, which means that it can play both digital as well as physical copies of games. If you are buying a game for the Series X and aren’t sure whether you should buy digital or physical copies of a game you can check out our article where we compare physical video games vs. digital video game copies and discuss the pros and cons of each.

Before we get to our list of the most popular games we wanted to highlight for your a few games that we really enjoy. Some of these might be on your list and others may not, but all of them could be great as birthday or holiday gifts. If you want to skip directly to the list of most popular games, click here.

Here Are Some of Our Favorite Xbox Series X & S Video Games

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NBA 2K22 came out on September 10, 2021, and is considered by many to be the best basketball video game out there. If you are an NBA fan or a basketball fan in general NBA 2K22 should be on your must-have video game list. So if you are looking for a video game for that basketball fan in your life NBA 2K22 will give them hours of entertainment.

Link to buy digital copy of NBA 2K22

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Released on October 7, 2021, Far Cry 6 is the sixth offering in the Far Cry series. The action takes place on the fictional Caribbean island of Yara, which is ruled as a dictatorship by “El Presidente” Antón Castillo who is raising his son Diego to follow in his rule. Players of Far Cry 6 play as Dani Rojas, who is a guerilla fighter trying to overthrow the Castillo regime. If you are looking for an action-adventure first-person shooter game set in an open-world environment Far Cry 6 is a popular option.

Link to buy digital copy of Far Cry 6

Here is a promotional video that gives you a feel for the game’s storyline.

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Every year football fans and video game fans alike eagerly await the latest version of the Madden NFL franchise. This year it arrived on August 20, 2021. Madden NFL 22 is sure to please both football and sports video game fans alike.

Link to buy digital copy of Madden NFL 22

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The FIFA Soccer franchise from EA Sports is one of the most polished sports video games out there. FIFA 22 is a must-have video game for that soccer player in your life. It was released on October 1, 2021.

Link to buy digital copy of FIFA 22

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If you are looking for a party game and like music and dancing, Just Dance 2022 is a terrific game to consider. Released on November 4, 2021, this new version is great fun for families as well as holiday gatherings or other get-togethers.

Link to buy a digital copy of Just Dance 2022

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We’ve been waiting on this game for quite some time, and Halo Infinite arrives on December 8, 2021! This is the latest installment in the Halo series, which has always been known as a top-notch first-person shooter franchise, but Halo Infinite is poised to take things to another level. The long-awaited return of the legendary series offers the most expansive Master Chief campaign yet, with a showdown against the most ruthless foe he’s ever encountered. Plus, Halo Infinite offers a groundbreaking free-to-play multiplayer experience.

Link to buy digital copy of Halo Infinite

Here is the official Halo Infinite Launch Trailer.

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Over the years Star Wars has not only provided us with a multitude of movies, toys, and more recently spin-off series like The Mandalorian, it has also given us several Star Wars inspired video games. The most recent game is Star Wars: Squadrons, which was released on October 2, 2020. If you or the person you are shopping for have ever watched one of the Star Wars movies and ever wished that you could be a pilot in one of the X-wing fighters, TIE fighters, or ships from any of the other starfighter classes from both the New Republic and Imperial fleets, this is the video game for you. You can play the thrilling Star Wars single-player story set in the time after Return of the Jedi. You can also compete online in multiplayer modes (Dogfight, Fleet Battles, and Custom Matches).

The Official Reveal Trailer (below) gives you a great feel for what the game is like.

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If you have some young Harry Potter fans that you are shopping for the LEGO Harry Potter Collection is a great choice. This super-affordable collection follows Harry Potter on all 7 years of his adventures. Since it is rated E for Everyone 10+ it is suitable for most young gamers. Not only are Lego video games fun, but with this huge collection of games, the fun will last for a very long time.

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HERE-The Xbox One exclusive, Sea of Thieves is an action-adventure video game where you get to live the pirate life as you sail and fight together, hunt for treasure, and create your own legends. You can experience a world of unspoiled islands, mythical monsters, and treasures. In this game, you have the freedom to decide how you approach the world as well as the other players.

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The 18th and the newest game in the Call of Duty series is Call of Duty: Vanguard, which was just released on November 5, 2021. This visually impressive first-person shooter is set during WWII where you will experience combat around the globe.

Any game franchise that has been around this long has a large fanbase and with that fanbase comes high expectations meaning these Call of Duty (COD) games have a lot to live up to. To be fair we should mention that with COD: Vanguard some diehard fans feel that it is too similar to some past titles, while others believe the game offers too little innovation in the gameplay department. That said, between its campaign, multiplayer, and zombie modes Call of Duty: Vanguard most people will find that it is a very fun game to play.

Below is a trailer that gives you a feel for the game.

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If WWII isn’t your cup of tea, maybe you will find the Cold War period of the 1980s more interesting. Taking place in the depths of the Cold War’s volatile geopolitical battle of the early 1980s, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War puts you in locations like East Berlin, Vietnam, Turkey, Soviet KGB headquarters, and more. Offering tactical, grounded gameplay and player choice, it is hard to go wrong with the Call of Duty franchise for online combat fans.

Here is a promotional video that gives you a flavor of what the game is like.

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HERE-Between allowing players to turn their imaginations loose playing in creative mode and going on adventures in survival mode the action in Minecraft never ends. You can play alone or with friends in split-screen multiplayer and online. That is why Minecraft has been a favorite on the Xbox One since it was released. Know that you need the Xbox Live Gold Membership in order to play Minecraft online. Minecraft is rated: E for Everyone 10+

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If you enjoy racing video games Forza Horizon 5 is hard to beat. The Forza racing and driving video games, which are exclusive to Xbox consoles, have long been favorites on the Xbox One and that hasn’t changed with Forza Horizon 5. This newly updated title, which was released on November 9, 2021, is a surefire winner for that car or racing enthusiast on your list.

Link to buy a digital copy of Forza Horizon 5

Below is the launch trailer that will give you get a better feel for what the game is like.

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If you are looking for an affordably priced video game that is different from so many of the games out there Ori and the Will of the Wisps, which was released on March 11, 2020, is a beautifully crafted game where you explore a vast, beautiful, immersive, and dangerous world filled with gripping enemy encounters, challenging puzzles and thrilling escape sequences as you unravel Ori’s true destiny.  This engaging, story-driven adventure is the follow-up to the 2016 release Ori and the Blind Forest is exclusive to Xbox consoles.  Rated E for Everyone, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is appropriate for gamers of all ages.

Link to buy a digital copy of Ori and the Will of the Wisps

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Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America at the dawn of the modern age. Set in 1899 America, the end of the wild west era has begun as lawmen hunt down the last remaining outlaw gangs. Those who will not surrender or succumb are killed. Even though Red Dead Redemption 2 was released on October 26, 2018, this immersive game continues to be very popular and was still one of the top-selling games during the 2020 holiday season.

Below is our list of the Top 10 Most Popular Xbox Series X and Series S Games for 2022. Enjoy.

Bestseller No. 1
Elden Ring - Xbox Series X
  • ELDEN RING is a fantasy action-RPG adventure set within a world created by Hidetaka Miyazaki—creator of the influential DARK SOULS video game series; and George R.R. Martin—author of The New York Times best-selling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire
  • Danger and discovery lurk around every corner in FromSoftware’s largest game to-date
  • HIDETAKA MIYAZAKI: President and Game Director of FromSoftware Inc. Known for directing critically-acclaimed games in beloved franchises including Armored Core and Dark Souls
  • GEORGE R. R. MARTIN: the #1 The New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast For Crows, and A Dance with Dragons
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NBA 2K22 - Xbox Series X
  • A WORLD OF BASKETBALL: NBA 2K22 puts the entire basketball universe in your hands. PLAY NOW in real NBA and WNBA environments against authentic teams and players.
  • Build your own dream team in MyTEAM with today’s stars and yesterday’s legends.
  • Live out your own pro journey in MyCAREER and experience your personal rise to the NBA.
  • Flex your management skills as a powerful Executive in MyGM and MyLEAGUE.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Halo Infinite: Standard Edition – Xbox Series X & Xbox One
  • Bonus Content: Order Halo Infinite and receive the exclusive VK78 Commando Rifle Skin only while supplies last. Codes will be distributed after eligible order is placed. *In some cases, it may take up to 24-hours after release date for available codes to be distributed.
  • The legendary Halo series returns with a groundbreaking multiplayer experience and the most expansive Master Chief campaign yet.
  • Campaign: When all hope is lost and humanity’s fate hangs in the balance, the Master Chief is ready to confront the most ruthless foe he’s ever faced. Step inside the armor of humanity’s greatest hero to experience an epic adventure and explore the massive scale of the Halo ring.
  • Multiplayer: Halo’s celebrated multiplayer returns, reimagined and free to play! Seasonal updates evolve the experience over time with unique events, new modes and maps, and community-focused content.
  • Cross-generation and cross-platform gaming: Halo Infinite provides an amazing experience across the Xbox One and newer family of consoles with stunning graphics and world-class cross-platform play. On Xbox Series X, enjoy enhanced features like up to 120 FPS and greatly reduced load times creating seamless gameplay that ushers in the next generation of gaming.*
SaleBestseller No. 4
Madden NFL 22 - Xbox Series X
  • Madden NFL 22 is where gameday happens.
  • All-new features in Franchise include staff management, an enhanced seasons engine, and weekly strategy.
  • Share avatar progress and player class between Face of The Franchise and The Yard.
  • For the first time ever in Ultimate Team, adjust Superstar X-Factors at halftime
Bestseller No. 5
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga - Standard Edition - Xbox Series X & Xbox One
  • The galaxy is yours with Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga; Play all nine saga films and experience fun filled adventure in a galaxy far, far away
  • Play through all 9 films in a new, fun filled adventure
  • The Skywalker saga
SaleBestseller No. 6
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - Xbox Series X/Xbox One
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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - Xbox Series X/Xbox One
  • TAKE THE LEAD - Become Star-Lord and call the shots for the Guardians in and out of battle
  • ALL-NEW STORY - Face a cosmic threat you unleashed in this fresh take on Guardians of the Galaxy
  • BECOME FAMILY - Turn your band of outlaws into legendary heroes on a wild ride across space
SaleBestseller No. 7
Resident Evil Village - Xbox Series X Standard Edition
  • All new Resident Evil experience - picking up where Resident Evil 7 biohazard left Off, Resident Evil village is the eighth major installment in the flagship Resident Evil series
  • Next generation Technology - Re engine paired with next-gen Console power will deliver photorealistic graphics, bringing the shadowy village and its haunting residents to life.
  • First-person action - players will assume the role of Ethan winters and experience every up-close battle and terrifying pursuit through a first-person perspective.
  • Familiar faces and new foes - Chris Redfield has typically been a hero in the Resident Evil series, but his appearance in Resident Evil village seemingly shrouds him in sinister motives.
  • A living, breathing village - more than just a mysterious backdrop for the Horrifying events that unfold in the game, The village is a character in its own right with mysteries for Ethan to uncover
Bestseller No. 8
Turtle Beach Recon 70 Xbox Gaming Headset for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Mobile, & PC with 3.5mm - Flip-to-Mute Mic, 40mm Speakers - White
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Turtle Beach Recon 70 Xbox Gaming Headset for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Mobile, & PC with 3.5mm - Flip-to-Mute Mic, 40mm Speakers - White
  • WORKS WITH XBOX SERIES X|S - This designed for Xbox One headset has ongoing compatibility with Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S
  • SURROUND SOUND READY FOR XBOX - Optimized to support spatial audio technologies for immersive gaming audio
  • FLIP-UP MIC - Turtle Beach’s renowned high-sensitivity mic picks up your voice loud and clear to ensure your commands are always heard; Plus, it flips up out of the way to Mute when not in use and blends into the headset’s design
  • HIGH-QUALITY 40MM SPEAKERS - Superior 40mm over-ear speakers produce crisp highs and thundering lows
  • LIGHTWEIGHT COMFORT - A lightweight headset design ensures complete comfort during those hours-long gaming sessions featuring a padded headband and ear cushions
SaleBestseller No. 9
XB-ox Series-X 1TB SSD Gaming Console, Black - 16GB GDDR6 Memory, 4K UHD Blu-Ray, 8X Cores Custom Zen 2 CPU, RDNA 2 GPU, Up to 8K HDR, 120 FPS, 802.11AC WiFi, Ethernet
  • Introducing X-box Series X, the fastest, most powerful X-box ever. Play thousands of titles from four generations of consoles-all games look and play best on X-box Series X.
  • Experience next-gen speed and performance with the X-box velocity architecture, powered by a custom SSD and integrated software. Play thousands of games from 4 generations of X-box with Backward compatibility, including optimized titles at launch.
  • Download and play over 100 high-quality games, including all new X-box Game Studios titles like Halo Infinite the day they release, with X-box Game Pass ultimate (membership sold separately).
  • X-box Smart delivery ensures you play the best available version of your game no matter which Console you're playing on.
  • What's in the box: X-box Series X Gaming Console; 1 X-box Wireless Controller; Ultra High-Speed HDMI Cable; Power Cord. WONDEGRAY USW HDMI_cable
SaleBestseller No. 10
Minecraft Dungeons: Hero Edition – Xbox Series X & Xbox One
  • Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition includes the Hero Pass DLC content: a Hero Cape, two player skins, and a chicken pet. It also includes the Jungle Awakens and Creeping Winters DLC packs.
  • Dungeon Creeper Battle new-and-nasty mobs in this all-new action-adventure, inspired by classic dungeon crawlers.
  • Multiplayer Up to four players can team up and fight together in co-op mode.
  • Power Up Unlock dozens of unique items and weapon enchantments for devastating special attacks.
  • Options Personalize your character, then fight up-close and personal with melee swings, hang back with ranged attacks, or tank your way through swarms of mobs, by heavy armor

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