What can be said about this trilogy that hasn't already been discussed? To many, this is the absolute height of the Assassin's Creed series; made even better thanks to FPS Boost on Xbox Series consoles.
There's no visual jump here, but Assassin's Creed II, Brotherhood and Revelations all run at 60 delightful frames per-second on Xbox Series S, which is glorious for such expansive open worlds. Seriously, last-gen, did we ever think we'd see so many open world games running at high framerates? Long may it continue!
- Xbox Game Pass: No
To this day, Battlefield 4 multiplayer remains endlessly fun. Its wonderful mix of infantry and vehicular combat in a modern, urban setting is something dearly missed in more recent entries, even in Battlefield 2042.
However, it was a launch-era game last generation and... it shows. Hitting 720p resolution at a rocky frame rate that often hung in the 40s, it was a less-than-ideal experience on base Xbox One. However — and this is a big leap — the game runs at 120FPS on both Xbox Series S and X. It isn't perfect, and you'll see the odd lurch here and there, but this one is night-and-day from last-gen. Oh, and multiplayer is still very well populated for a 9-year old game. Seriously, go try it!
Xbox Game Pass: Yes, via EA Play/Ultimate
This list can't be complete without Sonic Generations, can it? This is probably the finest Sonic game to grace the Xbox 360 (or is that Sonic 06?) and a next-gen update has made this one even better.
While the 360 game is a classic at this point, its performance was anything but. Certain stages, particularly Chemical Plant, could slow to a crawl, even making certain moves hard to manage due to the increased input lag. Kiss goodbye to that on Xbox Series S, as Sonic Generations hits 1440p and 60FPS with very little bother. This is possibly the most impressive boost on this list due to the sheer gameplay speed of Sonic Generations.
- Xbox Game Pass: No
Mirror's Edge comes from a time when developer DICE stretched its legs and worked on something outside of its famous Battlefield series. The team created a first person parkour game that just oozed style, even if its Xbox 360 presentation couldn't always keep up.
Well once again, Xbox Series S transforms this 2008 classic. We're all the way up that magic 1440p and 60FPS mark here, and Mirror's Edge really benefits from these technical leaps. The game is all about movement and flow, and the increased fluidity and speedier load times really help it along. The higher pixel count also greatly benefits Mirror's Edge's art style, which is super clean and crisp at 1440p. Just don't look down.
- Xbox Game Pass: Yes, via EA Play/Ultimate
Metro Redux features the initial pair of Metro games that date back to the Xbox 360 era. On 360, they were 30FPS experiences, with drops as expected, and the Redux release bumped things up to 900p at 60FPS. Not bad!
However, bring things over to Xbox Series X|S and it's another ball game entirely. While resolution has stayed on that same Xbox One 900p level, both Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light now hit 120FPS on Xbox Series S and X. Yep, that's another pair of first-person shooters that hit triple-digit framerates on Microsoft's 'budget' console, which is pretty damn impressive! These are brilliant games too, and well worth a revisit on your new system if you enjoy spooky, atmospheric shooters.
And there you have it. The Xbox Series S may well be designed as a budget-friendly device but make no mistake, this thing is seriously powerful. The fact that this system has a bunch of 120FPS-enabled games alone is mighty impressive, not to mention all the other resolution and load time improvements on show. There's plenty more besides this list too, and it's always worth digging around for a new Series S favourite!
Newly enhanced titles are always welcome, but looking back is a great option as well. After all, the old ones are always the best, right?
Which Xbox game from past generations are you most impressed by on Xbox Series S? Let us know below!