Microsoft’s latest console, the Xbox Series X, is a powerhouse, oftentimes matching or outperforming the PlayStation 5 in multiplatform releases. But how are the exclusives? The Xbox Series X had a thin lineup at launch, but with our guide to the best Xbox Series X exclusives, you’ll know which games to download.
Technically, the Xbox Series X doesn’t have any exclusives right now, and with Microsoft’s Smart Delivery feature, it won’t for at least a couple of years. So, we had to make some concessions. We’re defining Xbox Series X exclusives as games that aren’t available on the PS5.
Similarly, we only included Xbox One games if they’ve been optimized for Series X and S (like Gears 5). Also, we’re ignoring PC entirely. If you factor in PC releases, Microsoft hasn’t had a console-exclusive game in years. While many exciting games are still to come, such as Starfield, Redfall, and Hellblade 2, there are more than enough to keep you satisfied until then.
Announced and released on the same day, Hi-Fi Rush was one of the best surprises to kick off 2023. Made by Tango Gameworks, whose previous titles all revolved around horror, this game is anything but horrific. The bright, vibrant art style is matched only by the game’s sense of style and commitment to its core concept of rhythm. Everything in the game happens to the music, which is a mix of new and cover songs that all make combat much more engaging. Thankfully, the game doesn’t punish you for being off the beat, but instead gives you bonuses for when you do attack the rhythm.
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