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Best Xbox Series X games revealed: 15 games to get excited about

Here's what the best Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S games will look like.

Best Xbox Series X games revealed: 15 games to get excited about
08 September 2020

Microsoft has taken the wrapper off of some of the titles that are coming soon for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. To help you decide whether to go next gen or not, we have whittled down what to expect into this best Xbox Series X games list.

Microsoft has been ramping up the Xbox Series X details, to get us all excited about its upcoming next-gen console.

UPDATE:It has also revealed that there will be another next-gen console from Microsoft, released at the same time as the Xbox Series X (thought to be November 10). The console is called the Xbox Series S and it is the smallest Xbox ever. While details are thin on the ground, this is thought to be an Xbox with a little less grunt as the Series X - and one that will rely on streaming/downloaded games, thanks to it being disc free.

Among these teases there have been a number of Xbox Series X game reveals.

Here we look at 15 games that are getting us excited about the Xbox Series X with the likes of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Forza and Halo looking very impressive.

Here are 15 trailers for the upcoming games - if you want to see sheer quality, then head to Chorus, scares then Scorn looks ace and for driving mayhem, then Dirt 5 is your friend.

The Microsoft Xbox Series X is set to be out around Christmas time.

1. Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Official synopsis: Ninth century AD. Driven from Norway by endless wars and dwindling resources, a Viking raider, Eivor, leads a clan of Norsemen across the icy North Sea to the rich lands of England’s broken kingdoms. Their mission: establish a new permanent home, no matter the cost.

2. Scarlett Nexus

Official synopsis: In a far distant future, humanity’s last hope falls into the hands of an elite group of psionic soldiers, who battle an invincible threat known as, Others. Unravel the mysteries of a Brain Punk future caught between technology and psychic abilities in, Scarlet Nexus.

3. Scorn

Official synopsis: Scorn is an atmospheric first-person horror adventure currently in development by Ebb Software.

4. Call of the Sea

Official synopsis: Call of the Sea is an otherworldly adventure game set in the 1930s South Pacific. Explore a lush island paradise and puzzle out the secrets of a lost civilization in the hunt for your husband’s missing expeditio.

5. Dirt 5

Official synopsis: Dirt 5 writes a new chapter in the legacy of Dirt – bolder and braver than ever before. Travel the globe, tame the most incredible off-road machines with your friends, and be part of a vibe that delivers big on epic action, pure expression, and unbridled style.

6. Chorus

Official synopsis: Chorus is a new space-flight combat shooter releasing in 2021. Become Nara and Forsaken, her sentient starfighter, on a compelling, personal journey of redemption. Unlock devastating weapons and mind-bending abilities in a true evolution of the space-combat shooter.

7. Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodline 2

Official synopsis: Enter the World of Darkness and rise through vampire society. Experience Seattle - a city full of alluring, dangerous, characters and factions. You are dead now but stronger, quicker, more alluring and with potential for so much more.

8. Second Extinction

Official synopsis: Second Extinction is an intense 3 player co-op FPS, where you work as a team to take down large groups of savage mutated dinosaurs. Fight through a maelstrom of bullets, bombs, teeth, claws and gore, it's up to you to reclaim Earth!

9. Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Official synopsis: Become Ichiban Kasuga, a low-ranking yakuza grunt left on the brink of death by the man he trusted most. Take up your legendary bat and get ready to crack some underworld skulls in dynamic RPG combat set against the backdrop of modern-day Japan.

10. The Ascent

Official synopsis: The Ascent is a solo and co-op action RPG set in a cyberpunk world. The mega corporation that owns you and everyone, The Ascent Group, has just collapsed. Can you survive without it?

11. The Medium

Official synopsis: The Medium is a next-gen psychological horror game, featuring a 'dual' soundtrack by Akira Yamaoka and Arkadiusz Reikowski.

12. Madden NFL 21

Official synopsis: Madden FLis an American football video game series developed by EA Tiburon for EA SportsFind gridiron glory in Madden FL 21.

13. Bright Memory: Infinite

Official synopsis: Bright Memory: Infinite is set in a sprawling, futuristic metropolis in the year 2036. A strange phenomenon for which scientists can find no explanation has occurred in the skies around the world. The Supernatural Science Research Organization (SRO) has sent agents out to various regions to investigate this phenomenon. It is soon discovered that these strange occurrences are connected to an archaic mystery – an as-of-yet unknown history of two worlds, about to come to light..

14. Halo Infinite

Official synopsis: Set to be the most expansive Halo game of all time, the Master Chief is "ready to confront the most ruthless foe he’s ever faced. Begin anew and step inside the armour of humanity’s greatest hero to experience an epic adventure and finally explore the scale of the Halo ring itself."

15. Forza Motorsport

"Witness the power of Xbox Series X through Forza Motorsport. Automotive entertainment is reimagined for a new generation," says Xbox. We say: this looks stunning, pushing the Xbox Series X's graphics to the limit.