The 26 Biggest Xbox Series X|S Games to Play in 2022

Four Xbox games MLB the show, Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, LEGO Star Wards and Elden Ring

The new games keep on rolling in for Microsoft’s newest gaming consoles, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. (Still hunting for a console? Bookmark these pages and check back for resupplies!) If you or someone in your family has the Series X or S and needs help deciding which hot new titles to add to your collection, we’ve rounded up the best Xbox games available now or arriving before the end of 2022. From Halo Infinite to Forza Horizon 5, there’s something for everyone.

In this guide
1. Action-adventure games
$ 39.96

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

All your favourite Guardians—Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Groot and Drax—return in this hilarious action-adventure game available now on Xbox. This time the main villain is Lady Hellbender, a ruthless leader and galactic game hunter looking for her next cosmic monster trophy.

$ 79.96

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Play through all nine Star Wars saga films with the fun graphics and whimsical humour for which the LEGO video game series is famous for. The game, which is available now, features space battles (hello, Millennium Falcon!), high-speed podracing and fan-favourite planets to explore including Tatooine, Naboo and Dagobah.

2. Horror Games
$ 89.96

The Quarry

From the makers of PS4’s hit interactive drama Until Dawn comes an all-new teen horror narrative game where every decision you make shapes the story—including who survives. The Quarry features an all-star cast that includes David Arquette (Scream), Ariel Winter (Modern Family), Justice Smith (Jurassic World), Lance Henriksen (Aliens) and more. This scary adventure hits Xbox consoles on June 10.

$ 39.96

Fobia – St. Dinfna Hotel

Put on your detective hat and grab your pistol because in this immersive horror game you set out to investigate an iconic hotel that’s filled unexpected surprises…like hordes of monstrous creatures. As the rookie journalist Roberto, you’ll need to survive nightmares of the past, present and future waiting for you inside the decadent St. Dinfna Hotel.

3. Open-world games
$ 79.96

Halo Infinite

There’s no better way to celebrate Xbox’s 20th anniversary than with the latest entry in the franchise that started it all: Halo. With Halo Infinite you get the award-winning Multiplayer experience, plus the revolutionary new open-world Campaign that continues Master Chief’s mission to save humanity and finish the fight.

$ 79.96

Dying Light 2: Stay Human

Six years after the release of the original survival-horror title, a thrilling sequel has arrived in all its zombie-slaying glory. In this installment, you’re a Wanderer who must use parkour skills and crafted weapons to survive a vast open world that’s crawling with the undead.

$ 39.96

Far Cry 6

The latest Far Cry game is loaded with star power. Its story centres on “El Presidente” Antón Castillo (Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad fame), who is teaching his son Diego (Anthony Gonzalez from Disney Pixar’s Coco) how to become the next leader of Yara, a fictional Caribbean island.

$ 89.96

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

Borderlands fans it’s time to get excited, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands has arrived on Xbox Series. The game stars Hollywood A-listers Andy Samberg, Wanda Sykes, Will Arnett and Ashly Burch, so you know it’s going to be hilarious and fun.

4. Multiplayer games
$ 49.96

Evil Dead: The Game

This four-player survival game inspired by all three original Evil Dead films has you exploring, looting and finding key items to seal the breach between worlds. Fan-favourite characters like Ash, Lord Arthur and Kelly Maxwell are playable, or you can take control of the evil Kandarian Demon to hunt Ash and his friends in fast-paced PvP combat. Evil Dead: The Game is coming to haunt Xbox consoles on May 13.

$ 64.96

Battlefield 2042

EA’s Battlefield 2042 is all about epic-scale warfare with 128-player team battles on Xbox Series X|S. This entry in the long-running takes you to the near future to experience intense conflicts with real-time destruction on a grand scale. For the first time ever, massive tornadoes tear through the maps.

$ 71.98

Call of Duty Vanguard

Activision’s popular Call of Duty franchise returns with another must-play title for any first-person shooter fan in the house. Vanguard takes the series back to World War II for a cinematic campaign that spans the Eastern and Western Fronts of Europe. You also get the Multiplayer and Zombies modes for limitless replayability.

$ 39.96

Back 4 Blood

From the creators of Left 4 Dead comes a new four-player co-op zombie shooter available now Xbox consoles. As a member of the elite zombie-hunting squad known as the “Cleaners,” you and up to three friends embark on dangerous campaigns to rid areas of the Ridden undead horde.

5. Fighting games
$ 59.96

The King of Fighters XV

Since its debut in 1994, SNK’s fighting game series The King of Fighters has been exciting fans with its unique brand of characters, combos and story content. KOF XV is the most ambitious entry yet featuring 39 playable characters, an all-new Shatter Strike mechanic to counter attacks, plus a robust story mode that continues the saga from The King of Fighters XIV and brings it to a dramatic climax.

$ 79.96

Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles

The anime phenomenon comes to Xbox Series X in this all-new fighting game extravaganza. In Adventure mode, you’ll follow Tanjiro as he faces demons to help his sister, who has become a demon herself, turn back into a human. For competitive gamers, there’s also a Versus mode featuring iconic characters from anime where you can challenge friends to see who is the ultimate demon slayer.

6. Sports and racing games
$ 89.96

MLB The Show 22

Sony’s MLB series is once again hitting Xbox consoles this year with its biggest and best entry yet. From a brand new commentary team to more than 150 new playable legends to expanded crossplay, MLB The Show 22 will be a grand slam home run for any baseball fan in your family.

$ 89.96

WWE 2K22

Roman Reigns, Becky Lynch, Bobby Lashley, Charlotte Flair and over 160 other WWE Superstars—including cover star Rey Mysterio—are playable in WWE 2K22. Along with all-new visual effects and more realistic Superstars, this year’s edition also features the new MyFACTION mode that lets you build a stable to rival the nWo. You also get a full creation suite to build and customize your own personal Superstar, then step in the ring for some epic matches or share them with the world.

$ 62.56

NBA 2K22

2K Game’s highly acclaimed basketball series tips off with exciting new features like expanded seasons offering more content and new rewards, plus a groundbreaking new MyCareer narrative experience where you journey all the way to the pros.

$ 39.96

FIFA 22

FIFA is stepping up its game with new HyperMotion technology that dramatically improves player physics and fluidity for the most immersive experience yet. EA has also revamped its Career Mode with more ways to customize your club, stadiums and player kits.

$ 34.96

NHL 22

EA’s annual hockey game comes to Xbox Series X with the most advanced visuals and gameplay yet. With overhauled player likeness and dynamic lighting, your favourite players are brought to life in stunning detail. Plus, with its numerous modes like Franchise where you’ll create and manage an entire team to the fast-paced World of Chel, there’s something for everyone.

$ 79.96

Forza Horizon 5

The latest entry in Microsoft’s Forza Horizon series takes you to Mexico and features the largest and most diverse open world yet. In addition to the lengthy Horizon story mode, the game introduces an all-new Battle Royale mode and an Expedition creator mode where you can design your own races.

7. Role-playing games
$ 59.96

Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong

Enter the World of Darkness for a heart-pounding thriller set in modern-day Boston. This RPG based on the hit tabletop game sets you on a bloodcurdling quest to protect your vampire clan, led by Prince Hazel Iversen, from assassins out to eliminate the vampire way of life. You play as three original vampires who must use their unique abilities to navigate this story of power struggles and murder where your choices have far-reaching consequences.

$ 79.96

Elden Ring

Fans of Dark Souls won’t want to miss this exciting new release from the legendary creators Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R. R. Martin. Elden Ring is the first ever open world Souls game by FromSoftware featuring a huge fantasy-inspired map to explore. Dragons, demons, sorcerers—this game has it all.

8. Family-friendly games
$ 39.96

Hotel Transylvania Scary-Tale Adventure

Vampires, mummies, wolves, and other creatures out there await you in Hotel Transylvania: Scary-Tale Adventures. In this fa-boo-lous 3D platforming adventure, you’ll play as Drac and Mavis and dive into classic fairy tales with a spooky spin like Little Red Riding Hood, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Solve frightfully fun puzzles and unearth hidden treasures in this Xbox game perfect for kids.

$ 49.96

DC League of Super Pets: The Adventures of Krypto and Ace

Join Krypto and Ace, the world’s most famous super-pets, in a high-flying adventure based on the upcoming Warner Bros. animated film DC League of Super-Pets. The game puts players into the paws of Superman’s pet dog, Krypto the Super-Dog, and Batman’s canine best friend, Ace the Bat-Hound. Together they’ll to take to the skies to protect Metropolis’ animal population from a looming threat. The Adventures of Krypto and Ace releases on Xbox this summer!

$ 49.96

Ryan's Rescue Squad

Little ones in your home that love Ryan’s World will have a blast in this two-player rescue game packed with slime, flying saucers and dinosaurs. You can choose your favourite hero—Ryan, Alpha Lexa, Combo Panda or Gus the Gummy Gator—then jump into amazing worlds with toys, pirates, space and prehistoric themes. Plus there are bonus minigames to play, including Bulls Eye, Spaceship Flight and The Floor is Lava.

$ 39.99

Time on Frog Island

Escape to an island paradise full of strange and (mostly) friendly…frogs! After a terrible storm leaves a young sailor shipwrecked on a peculiar island, you must help him to seek out materials to fix his boat. Talk to the local cast of wacky amphibian characters to make trades, fulfill their requests and learn new skills to test out around the island. This cute and colourful game is sure to challenge and excite kids looking for adventure.

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Based in Toronto, Paul is a proud Canadian, lifelong gamer, and consumer of all things tech! He is one of Canada’s most trusted gaming and technology experts with over 10 years’ experience in the industry. He is well known for sharing his view on what’s hot and what’s not in an honest, down-to-earth manner. On a personal note, Paul is a dedicated husband and father, and loves travelling with his family to the US and Japan. Come say hi on his Twitter channel @NextGenPlayer.

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