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Top 10 games to showcase the power of the Xbox Series X

With Xbox exclusives still nowhere to be seen, you might be wondering, what you should play in the meantime, and if you want some games that showcase exactly what the Series X can do. Here are my top 10. This isn't a list of what I think are the best games on the Xbox, but instead my list of what games I think look the best or best showcase the power and performance of the Xbox Series X console compared to previous generations. So you know, don't @ me…

10. Borderlands 3

A game that struggled at times on the previous generation, Borderlands 3 now runs silky smooth on the Series X, its sketchy art style allow this game to look clean and crisp while still keeping that cartoony feel. Not a graphical masterpiece by any means but, Borderlands 3 still manages to showcase the consoles power in performance mode running smoother than ever before.

9. Destiny 2: Beyond light

Finally Destiny 2 players have an update on console to bring their favourite game into line with that of the PC version, boasting higher resolutions, boosted frame rates and the introduction of a field of view slider, Destiny 2 has never looked or felt so good: setting a new standard for next gen, first person shooters.

8. Ori and the will of the wisps

While Ori and the will of the wisps is only a 2-D platformer, what a gorgeous little 2-D platformer it is. Both depth of colours and environmental lighting factors truly bring this game to life. Surprisingly, Ori and the will of the wisps actually runs at 6k and is downscaled for to 4K to display on 4K TV’s and is capable of up to 120FPS if your TV is up to the task. Available for free on Gamepass, there's nothing stopping you from trying Ori yourself today.

7. Immortals: Fenyx Rising

Opting for a more cartoony art style, Immortals Fenyx rising isn't the “photo realistic” masterpiece that the other Ubisoft games mentioned in this list are. However this game looks equally as amazing, its large open worlds, massive draw distances and intense vibrant colours, make Immortals Fenyx Rising a great option for anyone looking to showcase their consoles performance

6. Dirt 5

What was billed to be the first next gen racer, Dirt 5 is a truly stunning game. Maybe not the leap we were expecting in terms of graphics, but with solid 60+ frame rate in performance mode its one of the smoothest racing experiences you'll get on console. Additionally with Ray Tracing and 4k visuals environmental factors such as puddles and mud take on a life of their own.

5. Forza Horizon 4

What was already one of the best looking games available on the Xbox One X, Forza Horizon 4 is given a whole new lease on life with its “next gen” upgrade. Higher resolution, much more steady frame rates and the addition of Ray tracing make this game look truly stunning. Almost photo realistic and available for free on Xbox Gamepass, Forza Horizon is a must play for anyone with an Xbox Series X

4. Watch Dogs: Legion

Another recent Ubisoft title Watchdogs Legion is pretty similar to Assassin's Creed in terms of visual fidelity, High resolution and smooth frame rates make this another great title to show off just what the Series X is capable of. The addition of Ray Tracing makes the world of Watch Dogs Legion truly come alive.

3. Gears 5

We probably all already know that Gears 5 looked superb on the Xbox One X, but the upgrade to next gen and the addition of Ray Tracing in particular takes a superb looking game and makes it damn near perfect. From the lighting to environments, character models and so much more Gears 5 is technically and visually incredible. Another game on this list that is available for free on Gamepass, this is another must play for Xbox players across both generations

2. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla redefines open world gaming, in terms of sheer amount of content. Whether it be the snow capped mountains of Norway or the rolling countryside of England, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is one of the best looking games ever made. Those epic landscapes and the games advanced lighting really set it apart from almost anything else to date.

1. Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War

Love it or hate it, Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War truly is, in my opinion, one of the best if not THE best looking video game ever made, all the things the previously mentioned games possess and more, Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War is my top pick for showing off the true power of the Xbox Series X.

Honorable mentions:

No Mans Sky

Mortal Kombat 11

Tetris Effect Connected

NBA 2K21

There's a lot of updates coming over the next few months to existing games in order to enhance them for the Series X , some of which we cant wait for and some will surely make their way onto this list. Here's a few of the game updates I'm looking forward to the most:


Metro Exodus


The Witcher 3

Agree with this list? Remember this list isn't my top 10 Xbox games, but the 10 I think will show off the Series X in the best way possible at this point in time.


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