The Best Games for Your New Xbox Series X

If you’ve managed to get an Xbox Series X (or Series S) in time for the holidays — especially if it’s a gift for a loved one — you’re probably wondering which games will help you get the most out of your investment. 

Which ones are best? Which ones make the most of next-gen hardware? What games are fun? Well, we’ve got you covered. 

Halo: The Master Chief Collection — Game Pass

Master Chief’s been the unofficial mascot for Microsoft’s Xbox division for almost 20 years, and for a good reason. 

Call of Duty: Warzone — free to play

Like Apex Legends or Fortnite, Call of Duty’s free-to-play battle royale is a richly competitive online game that’ll show off what your new Xbox can really do. 

Grand Theft Auto 5 / GTA Online — $27

It continues to be a great, casual game to play socially with your friends, and you won’t believe how it runs on Series X. 

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla — $60

Historically, the Assassin’s Creed series has been a little hit or miss, but Valhalla is astonishing. Take on rival Viking clans, sail the seas, and delight in its massive stealth-action sandbox.