Gears 5 (Xbox One)

Gears 5 (Xbox One)Gears 5 (Xbox One)
Publisher: Xbox Game Studios / Developer: The Coalition
Release Date: 19th Jul 2019 (USA) / 19th Jul 2019 (UK/EU)

Here's another upgraded Xbox One game for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S! Gears 5 is an absolute showcase for the power of next-gen at launch, delivering stunning graphics and rock-solid performance for an already fantastic game. There's loads of new content, too, so now is a great time to jump back into this one.

With all-out war descending, Kait Diaz breaks away to uncover her connection to the enemy and discovers the true danger to Sera – herself. New campaign features let you take your character and weapon skins into new playthroughs and enjoy bonus difficulties and modifiers.

  • Smart Delivery? Yes
  • Xbox Game Pass? Yes

Gears Tactics (Xbox Series X|S)

Gears Tactics (Xbox Series X|S)Gears Tactics (Xbox Series X|S)
Publisher: Xbox Game Studios / Developer: Splash Damage
Release Date: 10th Nov 2020 (USA) / 10th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)

After first releasing on PC back in early 2020, Gears Tactics finally made its way to console at the launch of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and it plays just as well with a controller. The Tactics format adapts really well to the Gears Universe, and we've been having a blast with it on our new Series X so far.

Gears Tactics is the fast-paced, turn-based strategy game from one of the most-acclaimed video game franchises – Gears of War. Outnumbered and fighting for survival, recruit and command your squad to hunt down an evil mastermind who makes monsters.

  • Smart Delivery? Yes
  • Xbox Game Pass? Yes

Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One)

Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One)Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One)
Publisher: Microsoft Studios / Developer: 343 Industries
Release Date: 11th Nov 2014 (USA) / 11th Nov 2014 (UK/EU)

What's that? Another upgraded Xbox One game? While Halo Infinite won't arrive until 2021, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a great substitute in the interim, bumping up the frame rate to 120FPS on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S for an ultra-smooth way to play through the campaigns and multiplayer.

The Complete Master Chief Story – Honoring the iconic hero and his epic journey, The Master Chief’s entire story is brought together as Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4 are all included with a total of 45 campaign missions plus more than 100 multiplayer maps (including the original Halo Combat Evolved maps) and Spartan Ops maps.

  • Smart Delivery? Yes
  • Xbox Game Pass? Yes

Hitman 3 (Xbox Series X|S)

Hitman 3 (Xbox Series X|S)Hitman 3 (Xbox Series X|S)
Publisher: IO Interactive A/S / Developer: IO Interactive A/S
Release Date: 20th Jan 2021 (USA) / 20th Jan 2021 (UK/EU)

Considering how brilliant the first two games in IO Interactive's rebooted Hitman series were, it's no surprise that Hitman 3 turned out to be an amazing entry as well. In our review, we called it a "superb final entry in what must now be regarded as one of gaming's truly great trilogies", and a "fittingly slick and satisfying send off for Agent 47."

HITMAN 3 is the dramatic conclusion to the World of Assassination trilogy. Experience a globetrotting adventure and visit exotic locations full of opportunities. Become the Ultimate Assassin in a spy-thriller adventure.

  • Smart Delivery? Yes
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Immortals Fenyx Rising (Xbox Series X|S)

Immortals Fenyx Rising (Xbox Series X|S)Immortals Fenyx Rising (Xbox Series X|S)
Publisher: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft
Release Date: 3rd Dec 2020 (USA) / 3rd Dec 2020 (UK/EU)

If you're looking for a similar experience to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Xbox, Ubisoft's Immortals Fenyx Rising is a great fit. You'll climb, glide and fight your way across its fantastical open world, taking on huge monsters and solving puzzles in the Vaults of Tartaros. We described it in our review as a "hugely entertaining, technically impressive Ancient Greek romp that's well worth experiencing."

Play as Fenyx on a quest to save the Greek gods from a dark curse. Take on mythological beasts, master the legendary powers of the gods, and defeat Typhon, the deadliest Titan in Greek mythology, in an epic fight for the ages.

  • Smart Delivery? Yes
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Mortal Kombat 11 (Xbox One)

Mortal Kombat 11 (Xbox One)Mortal Kombat 11 (Xbox One)
Publisher: Warner Bros / Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Release Date: 23rd Apr 2019 (USA) / 23rd Apr 2019 (UK/EU)

There are a lot of fantastic 'optimised for Xbox Series X' upgrades from the Xbox One generation as we've already mentioned in this list, and Mortal Kombat 11 sits among them as offering impressively upgraded visuals and performance. Plus, it's a fighter you can often get very cheaply as part of Xbox Store sales these days. Win-win!

Mortal Kombat 11 is the latest installment in the critically acclaimed franchise, providing a deeper and more personalised experience than ever before. The all new Custom Character Variations give you unprecedented control of your fighters to make them your own.

  • Smart Delivery? Yes
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

NBA 2K21 Next Generation (Xbox Series X|S)

NBA 2K21 Next Generation (Xbox Series X|S)NBA 2K21 Next Generation (Xbox Series X|S)
Publisher: 2K / Developer: 2K
Release Date: 10th Nov 2020 (USA) / 10th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)

NBA 2K21 Next Generation is legitimately a very different game compared to its Xbox One counterpart. The visuals are fantastic, as you might expect, but it also features the introduction of the WNBA and the absolutely massive multiplayer mode 'The City', so it's definitely worth checking out for basketball fans.

The latest release in the world-renowned, best-selling NBA 2K series, NBA 2K21 leads the charge with next-gen innovations. Featuring extensive improvements upon its best-in-class graphics and gameplay, competitive and community online features, and deep game modes, NBA 2K21 offers one-of-a-kind immersion into basketball and culture - where Everything is Game.

  • Smart Delivery? No
  • Xbox Game Pass? No