Our 5 most anticipated Xbox Series X games

Even without a whole mess of first-party games (yet), there’s plenty to get excited about for Xbox Series X.
Best Xbox Series X Games

Five of our most anticipated Xbox Series X games.

While there’s no release date, the Xbox Series X launch is only a handful of months away. It has to be if it’s going to hit its “Holiday 2020” release window. We already know the Series X is shaping up to be a powerful console. We know that Series X will support the awesome Xbox Games Pass, and it’ll have wide-reaching backwards compatibility at launch for the best Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox games.

As things heat up in the Series X vs PlayStation 5 next-gen war, here’s a look at five of the most anticipated games that will tempt you to slap on an ‘early adopter’ sticker for the Series X.

Halo Infinite

A Halo game hasn’t been a launch title since the first Halo blew expectations away on the original Xbox. Despite my cold feelings towards Halo 5’s campaign, I’m confident that 343 Industries will right the spaceship with Halo Infinite. It’s going to look gorgeous on Series X (check out the trailer above for an idea) and recent rumblings suggest that it’s going to see the return of a worthy faction from RTS spin-off Halo Wars 2.

Even if the campaign isn’t everything Halo fans want it to be, the prospect of 4K-resolution competitive play at 60 frames per second on a UHD TV is enough to ensure that Halo Infinite is a must-buy when Series X launches.

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Can’t wait? Play Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection keeps getting better with more remastered games. Most recently, Halo 3 joined the ranks of this remastered nostalgic awesomeness.

Cyberpunk 2077

With the first two Witcher games, CD Projekt Red built a name for itself as an RPG developer to watch. Then it blew everyone away with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, forging a compelling open-world RPG experience that set a new standard. Despite what feels like constant delays, Cyberpunk 2077 is still supposed to release later this year (19 November) and it looks incredible.

The magic- and monster-filled lands of The Witcher have been replaced with a neon-soaked future in Cyberpunk 2077 where you build your own protagonist and role-play pretty much however you want to. Hack, chat, brawl, shoot, and infiltrate your way to success. If that’s not enough incentive to play what looks like a totally gorgeous game, your invisible friend in Cyberpunk 2077 is played by Keanu “John Wick” Reeves. Whoa.

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Can’t wait? Play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition

This is the game that made CD Projekt Red a household name. The Game of the Year Edition has hundreds (if not thousands) of hours’ worth of content to tide you over before Cyberpunk lands.

Chivalry 2

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare had a late start on consoles after its beloved launch on PC. It’s a shame because the sword-swinging, axe-cleaving, club-smashing medieval brawler has a lot of potential on a controller. Ultimately, the original game didn’t find an audience on Xbox one, but Torn Banner Studios is poised to right that wrong with Chivalry 2.

For starters, Chivalry 2 will have cross-play between Series X, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, and PC, so there should be no shortage of peasant players to cleave. Inspired by the big battles of medieval movies, Chivalry 2 boasts a revamped combat system and the inclusion of mounted combat. Scream at your foes as you fight, have a glorious death as you fight with missing limbs, or throw a flaming chicken. This looks like gory, bonkers fun.

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Can’t wait? Play For Honor

Whether you’re looking for a solo, co-op or pointy multiplayer fix, For Honor is sharper today than it was at launch. Have a slash at it if you’re keen to get a taste of bladed battles.

Battlefield 6

The Battlefield series saw four core releases on current-gen consoles. Battlefield 6 will be the first to hit next-gen, and it’s always exciting to see the first Battlefield game on a new console generation because it tends to push the scope and scale by integrating new gameplay features. Battlefield 4 saw ‘Levolution’, which married incredibly well with the franchise’s constant tweaking of the destructibility.

What Battlefield 6 will bring to the table is anyone’s guess at this stage, but it’s safe to say that next-gen hardware will allow something bigger than the incremental gameplay refinements seen in recent franchise entries. Fingers crossed for less of a focus on campaign and co-op content, and a full dedication to making the best multiplayer sandbox shooter yet.

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Can’t wait? Play Battlefield V

It’s come a long way since launch. Even though DICE is no longer adding new content, the latest version of Battlefield V has plenty to love.

Gothic Remake

Before European devs like CD Projekt Red dominated the magic-and-monsters RPG space, there was Piranha Bytes Software. Far from a household name, Piranha Bytes released an RPG called Gothic that was an absolute joy (despite the bugs) as long as you had a PC that was good enough to run it. That won’t be an issue for Gothic Remake which, admittedly, is early in development, but is coming to Series X and other platforms.

The fact publisher THQ is using “Remake” instead of “Remaster” suggests Gothic Remake is going to get the love it deserves beyond a simple HD reskin. While many of the mechanics would feel outdated by today’s standards and will hopefully be tweaked, what should remain untouched is the challenging difficulty and deep interactions with the game world’s characters.

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Can’t wait? Play The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition

It’s kinder to entry-level RPG fans, but Skyrim still stands as one of the best of its kind. With thousands of hours of content in the Special Edition, this is a no-brainer investment.