The best Xbox games of all time: Our picks for the top games should play on Xbox Series X|S in 2024

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What are the BEST Xbox games of all time? Well, there are frankly far too many to list, especially given the fact Xbox Series X|S consoles can play all Xbox One games and hundreds of Xbox 360 and original Xbox games in backward compatibility. Alas, if you're a new Xbox owner and you're looking for where to start with this epic ecosystem, look no further. 

Herein lies our top recommendations for games across every major genre you should definitely play first, above everything else. We plan to expand this list with additional genres and games over time too, so be sure to check back or offer suggestions in the comments below. 

Without further deliberations, here are our picks for the biggest, boldest, and brightest Xbox games of all time, available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles. It should be noted too that all of these games are also available on Windows PC either via Steam, or via the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 and 11. 

With contributions from Jez Corden, Zachary Boddy, Alexander Cope, Brendan Lowry, Samuel Tolbert, Rachel Mogan, and Carli Velocci.

Alexander Cope

Alexander Cope is a gaming veteran of 30-plus years, primarily covering PC and Xbox games here on Windows Central. Gaming since the 8-bit era, Alexander's expertise revolves around gaming guides and news, with a particular focus on Japanese titles from the likes of Elden Ring to Final Fantasy. Alexander is always on deck to help our readers conquer the industry's most difficult games — when he can pry himself away from Monster Hunter that is!