The best Xbox games of 2022
What are the best Xbox games to get your hands on in 2022? As Microsoft continues to advance its multi-platform strategy, the company’s gaming ecosystem now includes the newly released Xbox Series X | S, as well as Xbox One and PC. We saw a lot of overlap between the three platforms so it can be difficult to pinpoint which games to talk about, but we think we did a pretty good job.
For the past several years, Microsoft has been busy attracting some of the best talent in the business by acquiring Left, Right, and Center studios. Additionally, 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, we’ve chosen a selection that includes brand new must-play exclusives that showcase the power of the console, old Xbox loyalists, and a handful of likely 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 hit the market and adding those titles worthy enough to make the cut. Hopefully through 2022 we will see exclusive upcoming games like Hellblade II, Starfield and Scorn stepping into the ring. First, let’s take a look at the best games Xbox gamers can immerse themselves right in.
- Forza Horizon 5
- Halo infinite
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps & Ori and the Blind Forest
- Microsoft flight simulator
- Course 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 in general, and it’s definitely the best on the Xbox Series X. You have never played a better looking racing game than this and the way that replica Mexico is made from a single biome and one event to the next makes it breathtaking to play. If you’re moving through a huge world and just want to soak up the beauty of it all, Forza Horizon 5 is one of the best Xbox games for that. Oh, and Forza Horizon 4 looks pretty special with its Series X upgrade too …
It was maybe a year late, but Halo Infinite was worth the wait. 343 Industries really got to the heart of the Halo feel while taking the series in a new direction. The Master Chief’s campaign and fight against the Exiles now have an open world structure, with the Zeta Halo providing a great playground made even better with a new grappling hook. Then there’s the multiplayer action, which is just great fun and completely free to play if you don’t like the campaign. Halo Infinite has more to offer, like a co-op campaign and changes to multiplayer progression, but it should be at the top of your to-play lists for Xbox and PC.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps & Ori and the Blind Forest
This is a bit of a cheat because we’re actually going to go ahead and include both Ori and the Will of the Wisps here along with Ori and the Blind Forest here because both are excellent games. The Ori games are very challenging “Metroidvania” titles in which you lead a little forest spirit through increasingly challenging situations. If you want something that feels a little retro, but with a lot of modern touches, then check this out.
Microsoft flight simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator should be the boring new generation console offering, but it isn’t. Exclusive to PC and Xbox Series X | S, Flight Simulator lets you explore a growing hangar of various light aircraft as you explore and cross planet Earth, and it’s a perfect example of Zen gaming. Peaceful, calm, yet completely immersive, you can’t keep your hands off the controls for fear of your plane crashing to the ground. While the only real downside is having to take off again, you are still losing precious moments that could have been used on another flyby of your house.
Gears 5 released maybe a year before the Xbox Series X hit, but it’s sure to be one of the best-looking games on the new hardware thanks to a free game update that improves lighting and other effects. In addition, The Coalition Gears has released 5: Hivebusters, a solo or three-player co-op DLC campaign that takes the series to new and truly beautiful locations. If you’ve completed Gears 5 in the past, Hivebusters is well worth checking out (and included with Game Pass Ultimate).
Not a fan of the chunky cover shooter fight from the Gears series? How about a slick XCOM-like spin-off in Gears Tactics?
Sea of thieves
Nobody expected Sea of Thieves to grow into the fantastic game it is today when it launched, but here we are. Sea of Thieves is a multiplayer pirate game that will allow you to make basically every dream of the high seas you have ever had. If you want to play it and put together a crew that sails around in search of prey, then if you’d rather get into ship-based combat, and if you want something more relaxing, you can always just go fishing. There have been years of updates that have made the game better and better, not to mention an entire Pirates of the Caribbean allusion story to play with your darkest skinned pals.
Yakuza: Like a dragon
It’s always cool to see a long-running series of games mix things up a little, and that’s exactly what Yakuza: Like a Dragon does. Like a Dragon is not an action game, but rather a full RPG with turn-based combat, characters playing different roles, and some of the strangest incantations in gaming history. Basically, if you’re looking for a good time, grab it. Make sure to check out our Yakuza: Like a Dragon guide series to get the best head start and collect some of these hard-to-find collectibles.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Sure, Halo Infinite might be the shiny new one, but it can’t hold a candle to the absolutely massive collection of Halo games you’ll get in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. You’ll have the entire Xbox and Xbox 360 saga centered with Master Chief as you start, continue, and then finish the battle against the Bund, but there’s also Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4 in the bundle. The collection has seen significant updates (and multiplayer mode fixed) since the Xbox One was released in 2014. So when you play on Series X, you get the games in 4K, dozens of hours of campaigns to play through, and more multiplayer game types and modes than you can shake a sticky grenade!
Do you want to end the Halo fight completely? Halo 5: Guardians is also backwards compatible, and there are also real-time strategy spin-offs Halo Wars and Halo Wars 2. Halo Wars 2 is the first game to include Halo Infinites Banished enemies.
Psychonauts 2 is a worthy successor to the cult classic from Double Fine. The platform and combat gameplay is tighter, the world design is as varied and inventive as ever, and while the story is full of twists, turns, and comedic moments, there is also a wonderful sense of empathy and tenderness. The game has a head start over the PlayStation 5 on the Xbox Series X. While the PS5 plays the game thanks to backward compatibility at 1440p, the Series X has a native version of the game that can target native 4K. The diverse and inventive worlds that Double Fine has created glow no matter where you play it.
Scarlet Nexus manages to mix a fascinating story, a constant sense of intrigue, and a wonderful, over-the-top combat system into one game that is loads of fun. On Xbox Series X it comes with a crisp and clean visual anime style that really highlights the really wild enemy designs as you battle for the future of humanity. This is for sure one of the best JRPGs coming out in 2021 and that says something!
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