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The best multiplayer games on the Xbox Series X

Multiplayer games are certainly at their best on the current-gen systems. With the power of the Xbox Series X, we’re seeing online experiences that were never possible before. Killer graphics, smoother frame rates, and slick loading screens make this the best time to jump into a game with your friends. The only question becomes: What game will you play?

Rather than being strapped for choices, you’ll find that there are way too many options for multiplayer experiences on the Series X. Rather than waste your time and money on a lackluster or half-baked title, check out this list of the best multiplayer games that you and your friends should jump into.

Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite
85%
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
Halo multiplayer is back and better than ever. In a brilliant and exciting move, 343 and Microsoft decided to make Halo Infinite‘s multiplayer mode standalone and free-to-play for anyone with an Xbox or PC. This alone keeps the community full of players to ensure you can always get a match easily, but we’d guess that wouldn’t be a problem even if the game wasn’t free because it’s so good that it would be worth paying for. The game takes things back to the arena-style shooter of the original trilogy (more on those below) but modernizes it with tons of great features, new equipment, weapons, and maps that all just feel like classic Halo. This is one of the most polished and addictive multiplayer games out there, bar none, and is a welcome return to form for this classic FPS franchise.
Halo Infinite - E3 2019 - Discover Hope

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection
86%
M
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Shooter
Developer
343 Industries
Publisher
Xbox Game Studios
Release
November 11, 2014
There’s no other game more associated with Xbox than the Halo franchise. This series launched with the original Xbox and played a large part in making it the success it is today. The series of influential FPS titles are essential playing for any fans of shooters, and the Halo: Master Chief Collection is far and away the best way to experience the series, either for the first time or for the 10th. Including every mainline game from the first up until Halo 4, including the spinoff games like ODST and Reach, plus giving them all the benefits of new hardware and robust online play, this could easily be the only game you need on your Xbox Series X for online fun. All the wrinkles from the launch have been ironed out, so now’s the best time to link back up with good old Master Chief.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection - Halo 2 Cinematic Trailer (Official)

Gears 5

Gears 5
81%
4.5/5
M
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Shooter, Adventure
Developer
The Coalition
Publisher
Xbox Game Studios
Release
September 10, 2019
Alongside the Halo franchise, Gears of War is an iconic series most associated with the Xbox. Though the series did stumble a bit after it changed hands from the original developers, Gears 5 was a major return to form. It was originally released back in 2019 for the Xbox One but has been given a major enhancement on the Series X. While the campaign saw a nice bump in resolution and slight frame rate improvement, the multiplayer side of things is where the passion shows. Now running at a buttery-smooth 120 frames per second, the cover-based shooter has never felt more responsive and satisfying. Throw in the addictive game modes in ranked and classic playlists, plus the cooperative Horde and Escape modes, and you’ve got a game you and your friends can easily sink hundreds of hours into.
Gears 5 - Official E3 2018 Announce Trailer

Baldur's Gate 3

Baldur's Gate 3
97%
5/5
M
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Strategy, Turn-based strategy (TBS), Tactical, Adventure
Developer
Larian Studios
Publisher
Larian Studios
Release
October 06, 2020
While Xbox players had to wait the longest for Baldur’s Gate 3 that doesn’t mean it should be overlooked as one of the most engrossing multiplayer games you can find as an RPG fan. This D&D-inspired game is somehow just as dynamic, expansive, and reactive when playing alone as with friends. You can each make your own characters and builds and work together or alone however you wish. It is as close to a group of friends gathering around a table and rolling dice while going on an adventure, with the only limits being what you can imagine, as a game has ever achieved.
Baldur's Gate 3 - Official Announcement Trailer

Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2
82%
T
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Shooter, Strategy
Developer
Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher
Blizzard Entertainment
Release
October 04, 2022
The sequel to the biggest hero shooter on the market is updated and enhanced for modern consoles. Every single map and character from the first game is back, plus brand-new ones. This time, team sizes have been reduced to five per side, making the game far less hectic and easy to understand. Each character has a role, personality, and set of abilities, so you’re sure to find one you click with. With so many possible team compositions, counters, and a few new modes, this is one game you will never get tired of, especially when teamed up with a squad of friends. Plus, a new PvE mode is scheduled to be coming in a future update to add even more incentive to stick around.
Overwatch 2 - Free to Play Trailer - Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III
61%
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 10, 2023
What list of multiplayer games would be complete without the latest in the biggest multiplayer shooter franchise of the past decade? If you’re a fan of FPS games, odds are you’ve played at least one Call of Duty game in the past, but there’s no denying how well the franchise has aged. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the latest installment from the war shooter and has all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect, with the only exception being a lackluster single-player. There are a ton of competitive game modes to try out, with classics like Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed, and Domination all making a return. The light RPG and progression systems of leveling up weapons, unlocking new attachments and perks, and rising through the ranks are as compelling as ever. Then there’s the new iteration of the Zombies mode, which can easily consume dozens of hours if you want to go deep into it. Call of Duty: Warzone 2 is still technically its own game, but it’s essentially the series’ ongoing battle royale mode. You can pick it up for free and essentially add this massive new mode to your COD experience. Battle Royales have become the most popular form of multiplayer gaming in the last few years, so it wasn’t a big surprise when Activision released its own spin on the genre. What was surprising was just how well it pulled it off.
Modern Warfare III is Coming

Diablo IV

Diablo IV
88%
4/5
M
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Role-playing (RPG), Hack and slash/Beat 'em up
Developer
Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher
Blizzard Entertainment
Release
June 02, 2023
Whether you’ve played the series before or not, Diablo 4 is an utterly addictive and approachable action RPG. This entry is set in a persistent world, meaning you will come across other players on your journey no matter what, but gathering a group is still the ideal way to play. All of the available classes are fun and unique, and when you combine their skills together, you can steamroll through dozens of undead nightmares. Between leveling up, getting new gear, and challenging harder dungeons, Diablo 4 can keep you and your friends occupied for dozens of hours.
Diablo IV Official Gameplay Trailer

Mortal Kombat 1

Mortal Kombat 1
77%
3.5/5
M
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Fighting, Adventure
Developer
NetherRealm Studios
Publisher
WB Games
Release
September 19, 2023
There’s no genre of game more ubiquitous with multiplayer than fighting games. And if you’re looking for the best playing fighter on the Series X, there’s no better choice than Mortal Kombat 1. Serving as somewhat of a reboot, this is the perfect game to start the series with if you’ve never touched it before. The mechanics are easy to pick up, hard to master, but always bloody satisfying to pull off. If you’re a glutton for punishment, this is worth a buy just to show off the insane Fatalities to your friends.
Mortal Kombat 1 - Official Announcement Trailer

Street Fighter 6

Street Fighter 6
90%
4.5/5
T
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Fighting, Arcade
Developer
Capcom
Publisher
Capcom
Release
June 02, 2023
If you’re more of a classic fighting game fan, or perhaps just don’t like the over-the-top gore of something like Mortal Kombat, then Street Fighter 6 will be perfect for you. This is the most accessible fighter the series has ever seen, thanks to the new Modern Control scheme that turns all the complex inputs for special moves into a single button press. Of course, you can always use the classic controls if you’re more familiar with them, but either way, the fighting has never felt so tight and satisfying. Whether you’re going at it online or locally, there’s plenty of fun and style to be had here for any fighting fan.
Street Fighter 6 - Announce Trailer

Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5
86%
4/5
E
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Racing, Sport
Developer
Playground Games
Publisher
Xbox Game Studios
Release
November 09, 2021
Racing games often get sidelined a bit when it comes to multiplayer games, especially next to behemoth-sized FPS titles, but Forza Horizon 5 is a perfect mix of simulation and accessibility. It doesn’t quite go as extreme as the pure arcade experiences like a Burnout game might, but the single-player mode is a force to be reckoned with, not to mention how much it shines as a multiplayer experience. One of the most notable features is that Forza Horizon 5 features a giant open world with tons of activities. There are dozens of races and events all the time, and “drivatars” can make the world feel full even when your friends can’t be there at the same time. Throw in the option to run at 120 fps and nearly instant loading times on the Series X, and this racer is pure adrenaline.
Forza Horizon 5 Official Announce Trailer

NBA 2K24

NBA 2K24
E
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Simulator, Sport
Developer
Visual Concepts
Publisher
2K
Release
September 08, 2023
The NBA 2k series is basically the basketball equivalent of the Call of Duty series. It may not evolve a ton from year to year, but you can’t deny how solid they’ve nailed the presentation and feel of their respective genres. NBA 2K24 is the latest and most complete entry to date that lets you experience past, present, and even future matchups like never before. This game takes the series a bit further into the simulation aspect of the sport, making it a little more difficult but all the more satisfying to master. There was some controversy regarding how much of the in-game currency you need to make a decent player, but if you enjoy the core gameplay, this is still the best basketball game on the market.
NBA 2K24 | Official Gameplay Trailer

Fortnite

Fortnite
68%
T
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Strategy
Developer
Epic Games
Publisher
Epic Games
Release
July 25, 2017
Everyone knows Fortnite. It’s been the most popular battle royale game ever since it hit the scene and has only continued to expand and surprise players. For a free-to-play game, there’s no other title that can match how much new stuff Fortnite throws at you. From crossover events and challenges to seasonal game types, it’s easy to see why this is the multiplayer game for an entire generation of gamers. So long as you can get to grips with the building mechanics or are willing to learn, it’s hard to deny that this isn’t one of the most fun times you can have online, whether you win or lose a match.
Fortnite Trailer

Destiny 2

Destiny 2
74%
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
Bungie put Xbox — and console FPS games in general — on the map with their Halo series way back in 2001. Now that they’ve moved on, their focus is squarely on their innovative, shared-world looter shooter Destiny 2. Mixing light MMORPG elements with tight gunplay, evolving narratives, and robust PvP modes, Destiny 2 has become a massively addicting game among hardcore gamers. Being a shared-world experience, you can team up to play all the normal story missions, plus other content to grind for new weapons and gear like strikes, or even take on the most difficult content in the game’s raids. Whether you want to team up or take on other Guardians, this FPS is a massive package you can jump into for free.
Destiny 2 - A Long Day Trailer (Official)

Apex Legends

Apex Legends
78%
4/5
T
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Shooter
Developer
Respawn Entertainment
Publisher
Electronic Arts
Release
February 04, 2019
One of the newer battle royale games on the market, Apex Legends came out of nowhere, almost literally, and immediately established itself as one of the heavy hitters for online games. Aside from also being free, which is always a huge bonus, Apex Legends carved out its own space in the genre by focusing on squads of three distinct characters working together with tight, tactical gunplay. Each character feels like they come from a hero shooter like Overwatch, but the game feel is something of a mix between the fluid movement of Titanfall 2 and the snappy responsiveness of a Call of Duty game, which all makes perfect sense considering the developers.
Apex Legends Official Launch Trailer

Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves
68%
T
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Simulator, Adventure
Developer
Rare
Publisher
Xbox Game Studios
Release
March 20, 2018
Sea of Thieves didn’t have the best launch — it was one of the first major titles Microsoft added to its Game Pass service, but at the time was dinged for a lack of content. People liked the concept of leading a crew of your friends on quests on the high seas, but there just wasn’t enough variety to keep players coming back. That was three years ago. Rare has been able to right the ship with tons of updates and content drops that continue to this day. Between the random events, other players interfering, and the chaos of trying to manage your ship with your crew, Sea of Thieves becomes a game you’ll walk away from with dozens of stories to tell. Add in an extremely successful Steam release and seamless cross-play, and this pirate adventure is a joy for all ages.
Sea of Thieves - E3 Announce Trailer (Official)

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