17 Best Games For The Xbox Series X And S To Play ASAP In 2023

Yakuza: Like a Dragon isn’t the best Yakuza game you can get. It is, however, maybe the best you can get on the Xbox Series X and S, since it’s the first to have been released with next-gen systems in mind, and is also the perfect place to start with the series if you’ve somehow never played one before and were put off by previous games’ reliance on real-time brawling. This one replaces that action gameplay with JRPG-style turn-based combat, which results in a far more chilled experience—or as chilled as kicking bikes into people’s faces before crushing them with a giant vibrator can be.

A Good Match For: Yakuza fans, Yakuza newcomers, and anyone in between.

Not A Good Match For: The time-crunched; this is one massive game.

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Purchase from: Microsoft Store | Amazon | Target | Best Buy

Want more of the best games on each system? Check out our complete directory:

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How has this list changed? Read back through our update history:

Update 7/12/2023: Said bye-bye to Shredders and welcomed the next-gen version of The Witcher 3, Hi-Fi Rush, and Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

Update 4/27/2021: Bid farewell to Immortals Fenyx Rising and say hi to Elden Ring, Shredders, and Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. 

Update 1/18/2021: Gone is the 12-game limit! We’ve removed Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Though it’s terrific, Halo Infinite is clearly the place to play Halo right now, so that game joins alongside Forza Horizon 5, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Life is Strange: True Colors as new additions to our current list of 13.

Update 2/8/2021: We’re closing in on that 12-game limit! Agent 47 hit the mark in Hitman 3.

Update 12/25/2020: The recent add-ons and next-gen optimizations of Destiny 2 and Gears 5 make both old games feel brand-new and worthy of inclusion. We’ve also immortalized Immortals Fenyx Rising.

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