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The best FPS games for Xbox Series X

Looking for your next first-person shooter title that’s ready for the Series X? This fast-paced genre sees some of the most benefits from frame-rate improvements and smoother, faster loading times, so Series X optimization is one of the best features to look for! We’re running down the top titles to try for your next shooting adventure or multiplayer obsession with the Xbox Series X — take a look!

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Call of Duty: Vanguard

Call of Duty: Vanguard
67 %
5/5
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter
Developer Sledgehammer Games
Publisher Activision
Release November 05, 2021
The newest CoD hasn’t been out long, but it’s already looking like one of the best of this generation, with the latest tech to take advantage of everything the Series X can do. Taking place in WWII, Vanguard focuses on more unique locations like the Pacific Theater, Africa campaigns, and much more. If you want to stay at the forefront of shooters, Vanguard is the game to pick up. The good news is that Vanguard supports both cross-progression and cross-platform play, so it should be no trouble finding a party.
Official Teaser | Call of Duty: Vanguard

Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite
86 %
4/5
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter
Developer 343 Industries
Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Release November 15, 2021
A series of delays couldn’t keep Halo Infinite down, and now the game has finally arrived in all its glory. You can trust that Microsoft and 343 made sure Halo Infinite was optimized for the Series X, so expect a smoother frame rate and better graphics than ever before, including support for 4K, HDR10, Dolby Atmos, and more. This Halo also supports a more open-world map concept that allows for a greater amount of exploration and more dynamic missions. Plus, the multiplayer brings back the arena-style gameplay from the original trilogy — there’s even console keyboard and mouse support included, so get ready to get competitive.
Read our full Halo Infinite review

Apex Legends

Apex Legends
78 %
4/5
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Shooter
Developer Respawn Entertainment
Publisher Electronic Arts
Release February 04, 2019
Apex Legends stealth released as a new battle royale right when the market seemed to be overflowing with games attempting to cash in on the craze. However, coming from the talented team that brought us the criminally overlooked Titanfall series, Apex Legends brings a fresh take on the formula that propelled it to one of the genre’s best. Characters have unique skills like hero shooters, and the game is built around squads of three players with fast-paced action. While not quite at the level of a Titanfall, movement in Apex Legends is fast, fluid, and adrenaline-pumping. This is also where the ping system first showed up, which was quickly copied by all other big BR titles after it.
Read our full Apex Legends review

Call of Duty: Warzone

Call of Duty: Warzone
72 %
4.5/5
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre Shooter
Developer Infinity Ward
Publisher Activision
Release March 10, 2020
Oh, we aren’t done with CoD yet: If you really don’t want to pay for Vanguard and are looking for an excellent CoD experience to share with your friends, we highly recommend Warzone. It’s somewhere between popular battle royale games like Apex Legends and traditional CoD gameplay, with a combat arena that can hold up to 100 players. The support for 120 frames per second will work well with a high-quality TV and the Series X, too. Best of all, the game is free to download, so you don’t lose anything by trying it out.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
69 %
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter
Developer Treyarch
Publisher Activision
Release November 13, 2020
Did you love Black Ops? Then you absolutely need to play Cold War, which is a direct sequel to the first game and includes all the things players loved, including large 40-player PvP modes and zombie mode. It’s also a great pick for those who enjoy the CoD stories and look forward to spending some time with the campaign. On the other hand, if you haven’t played the first yet, it may be time to pick it up.
Know Your History | Official Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War Trailer

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
81 %
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Shooter, Tactical
Developer Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher Ubisoft Entertainment
Release December 01, 2015
Optimized for Series X and ready to go, Rainbow Six Siege is focused on 5v5 action with a long list of different “operators” to choose from, each with their own tools and loadouts depending on what you prefer to play. Find the abilities you like best, from traps and drones to infrared vision and more. It’s a great pick if you like the idea of multiplayers like Overwatch, but prefer games with more realistic shooting experiences. Rainbow Six Siege continues to be updated with new operators and events, although it does have a credits system you’ll need to use if you want to purchase lots of add-ons or cosmetics.

Splitgate

Splitgate
71 %
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter
Developer 1047 Games
Publisher 1047 Games
Release May 22, 2019
Splitgate is a unique, free-to-play FPS that’s a perfect choice if you really want to try something new and don’t know what to look for next. The multiplayer shooter is all about creating and using portals. The goal is to master portal use for all kinds of trick shots, evasive moves, perfect grenade throws, and much more. It generally rewards innovation and constantly improving skills, with both casual and competitive options for gameplay. The downside is that there’s no campaign to speak of and no news if there will be any updates beyond the current 20 maps.

DOOM Eternal

DOOM Eternal
85 %
4.5/5
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Shooter
Developer id Software
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
Release March 20, 2020
It’s a very good thing that Doom Eternal is optimized for the Series X, because it’s a blast to play and even more fun with graphics and frame-rate improvements. The phrase “mindless fun” applies to a lot of Doom’s blast-away gameplay, but it’s not all mindless — you have to master the flow of killing and ripping apart enemies to harvest more health and energy. Don’t stop fighting if you want to survive. Mastering an increasing roster of weapons is also a challenge of its own. If you haven’t played before, note that between blasting demons, Eternal has a bit more platforming than many of the other picks on our list.
Read our full DOOM Eternal review

Destiny 2

Destiny 2
74 %
3.5/5
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Tactical, Adventure
Developer Bungie
Publisher Activision
Release September 06, 2017
Destiny 2 is optimized for Series X — and beyond the graphics boost that will make it more fun than ever to jump, soar, cast, shoot, and smash, the Series X also helps with the game’s loading times, which can get a little depressing on older, slower systems. There’s a ton to do in Destiny 2 if you haven’t played yet, so make sure you grab a buddy to help fill in the details and explain all the space magic, or make friends with others in the Tower. You’ll also want to prepare for the Witch Queen expansion when it arrives early this year!
Read our full Destiny 2 review

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