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Microsoft has done a superb job with its Xbox Series X|S system, focusing on Game Pass, accessibility, backward compatibility, and a releasing wide array of outstanding games.

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Some games let you travel the world, while others send you on terrifying adventures. Not all are console exclusives — there are some multiplayer games we simply prefer on Xbox.

These are 8 essential Xbox Series X games you need to play ASAP

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8. Resident Evil Village

Not only did Resident Evil Village introduce us to the “lovely” Lady Dimitrescu, it’s also one of 2021’s best games.

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7. Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5 somehow makes racing accessible to nearly everyone, even for audiences who might not be into cars.

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6. Gears 5

With a new protagonist and modern mechanics, Gears 5 was exactly the refresh the series needed at the time, and it’s still a blast today.

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5. Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

No biggie, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 only gives you access to the entire planet. It’s unbelievable this game exists.

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4. Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves is the quintessential pirate game, with loot to find, krakens to defeat, and even an appearance from Captain Jack Sparrow.

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3. Tetris Effect: Connected

Playing Tetris Effect: Connected almost feels like meditation, putting you into a trance-like state as you experience its dazzling levels. This version features multiplayer, too!

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2. Psychonauts 2

There’s a reason Psychonauts 2 was our favorite game this year. It’s funny, surprisingly heartfelt, and is tied together by thrilling action-platforming.

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1. Halo Infinite

Of course, no Xbox Series X list is complete without Halo Infinite. This entry simultaneously goes back to its roots while introducing new ideas that keep things fresh.