How to pre-order the biggest Xbox Series X and Series S games
Here's how to lock down the hottest games for Microsoft's new consoles
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With pre-orders of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S open, many a gamer will be casting an eye over the upcoming games schedule. As launch day approaches, you'll want to make sure you have some good games lined up to play on Microsoft's new console.
We've put together a list of some of the most hotly anticipated titles coming to the new consoles. While some of these games will be available on various platforms, including both the Series X and Series S, many of them will be specially optimized on the Series X to take advantage of its impressive processing power. We've listed the games currently available for pre-order at the top, with those still on the way toward the bottom.
Available for pre-order
It's almost time for Master Chief to dust off the armor and get ready to save humanity again. Originally planned as a launch title, the latest release in Microsoft's first-person sci-fi shooter series has been delayed, but we're expecting something special when it does finally land.
Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War
Fans of the series will know what to expect from this Call of Duty: Black Ops sequel, which casts you as a CIA operative in pursuit of a Soviet spy. The single player campaign spans the globe challenging you with a series of suicidal missions before culminating in multiple endings that depend on the choices you make. If you don’t care for story and prefer to dive straight into chaotic firefights, it's all about that multiplayer.
If you want scares and chills, this eerie psychological horror game should be on your list. Playing as the eponymous medium, you bridge two worlds, exploring and solving puzzles to reveal the truth and unravel the mystery. Developer Bloober Team is also releasing a revamped version of Observer: System Redux for Microsoft's new consoles.
Still on the horizon
Available at Xbox Series X and S launch, but also coming to last gen consoles, Cyberpunk 2077 is probably the most hotly anticipated game of the year. From the studio behind The Witcher 3, this sci-fi RPG is set in a world of megacities and body modification. It looks gorgeous, features a world with real depth, and fully embraces its theme of transhumanism. As a bonus, it also has Keanu Reeves in it.
Call of the Sea
We love the '30s styling of this adventure puzzle game, which takes you to a lush island in the South Pacific. You play as Norah, and you'll have to unlock many secrets in pursuit of your mysteriously missing husband. This is first-person action, but it's all about exploration and puzzle solving, with no violence to worry about.
Watch Dogs: Legion
Delayed to take advantage of the power of next-gen consoles, this third-person action adventure casts you as a hacker in a dystopian London. Expect twists and turns as you navigate an open world, near future London and try to recruit comrades to help you unravel a terrible conspiracy. This will be available from launch on November 10.
Tetris Effect: Connected
Classic and addictive puzzle action is coming to the Xbox Series X and S at launch courtesy of the latest Tetris title, which adds various online and local multiplayer modes for co-operative or competitive play. This release includes the popular Tetris Effect, which was originally a PS4 exclusive, but promises lots of extras to get the whole family playing.
This co-op survival game conjures nostalgic memories of Honey I Shrunk The Kids, as it challenges four tiny tweens to craft a shelter, weapons, and armor to help them survive until they can figure out how to transform back to their normal size. You'll be scavenging for materials in a gigantic lawn rife with insect dangers. This Obsidian game is included in Xbox Game Pass.
Fans of the original have been waiting a long time for this game, which offers classic platform gaming that's elevated to new heights. The game casts you as Razputin, an acrobatic character with a host of psychic abilities, including the ability to dive into other people's minds and explore. This game entered development after a crowd-funding campaign in 2015. We expect challenging gameplay, compelling characters, and an interesting story.
Featuring gorgeous cel-shaded visuals inspired by nature, this refreshingly different game from Rare is packed with strange creatures inhabiting a magical world. We don't know too much about the gameplay, but it's nice to see an original idea. The trailer suggests it will be a must-have for gamers seeking something unique.
There are loads of other Xbox Series X and S games on the horizon that don't have fixed release dates yet. Join up with two friends for three-player online co-op fun in Second Extinction, which tasks you with taking the world back from dinosaurs. Outriders looks like an interesting online third-person shooter, action RPG Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 promises a war for the blood trade, and Chorus is all about spaceflight and dogfights. We're also excited about Avowed, Scorn, Forza Motorsport, and Fable.