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The 10 Best Xbox One X Enhanced Games

Show off the power of the Xbox One X

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The Xbox One X is simply a beast of a machine.

Though not every game makes full use of the power of the Xbox One X, those that do often look phenomenal. The benefits aren’t always visual, however: the best Xbox One X enhanced games often load quicker and have higher framerates, too.

There is now a huge number of games that are Xbox One X enhanced, but if you’re looking to pick up the ones that show off the hardware the most we’ve got you covered. Here are the ten games that you need to play if you’ve picked up an Xbox One X – the games with the best Xbox One X enhancements.


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Red Dead Redemption 2

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Even if Red Dead Redemption 2 didn’t look so good it would be a brilliant game. The absolutely stellar graphics do help immerse you in its absorbing world though.

Placing you in the boots of Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption 2 has an epic tale to tell, one that unfolds over the course of 50 hours. You’ll be riding your horse a lot, and as you go from A to B you’ll be taking in the scenery. For that reason you’ll be glad of the high resolution textures, high quality special effects, and native 4K resolution. The Xbox One X not only brings Red Dead Redemption 2‘s characters to life but also its environments. You’ve feel like you’ve entered another world.

Honestly, if you have an Xbox One X and want to see what it’s capable of, you need to play Red Dead Redemption 2. It is by far the best Xbox One X enhanced game available right now.

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Forza Horizon 4

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This game is included in Xbox Game Pass

When Forza Horizon 3 got its Xbox One X enhancement patch, it blew us away. With support right from the start, however, Forza Horizon 4 cranked things up a notch.

When playing Forza Horizon 4 on Xbox One X you have two options: native 4K at 30 frames per second, or 1080p at 60 frames per second. So, whether you value picture quality or speed, Forza Horizon 4 has you covered. And no matter which you choose, high quality textures and advanced visual FX means that it looks glorious.

What really makes Forza Horizon 4 stand out from what’s come before, however, is its seasons. The game alternates between spring, summer, autumn and winter every week, changing the map. And on Xbox One X, you really get to appreciate the changes in 4K mode. There’s just so much detail.

Forza Horizon 4 really is one of the best Xbox One X enhanced games, for sure.

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

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This game is included in Xbox Game Pass

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice took a while to arrive on Xbox One, but it was worth the wait.

On Xbox One X, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is just as good as the PC version with all settings set to max. That’s impressive for a console that can be picked up for a third of the cost of a decent gaming PC.

You can choose whether you want to prioritise the framerate or the quality of the graphics, but it remains smooth either way. With the graphics set to high quality, however, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice really is a sight to behold. The eerie environments become even more unsettling, and the character models that bit more lifelike. Play the game with a decent pair of headphones and you’ll be impressed by its 3D audio, too.

If you want a short story-driven game with lashings of melee combat to show off your Xbox One X, this is the game to get.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider

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This game is included in Xbox Game Pass

We thought Rise of the Tomb Raider looked good on Xbox One X, but Shadow of the Tomb Raider blows it out of the water.

With a range of graphical presets that allow you to prioritise framerate, resolution or graphical features, Shadow of the Tomb Raider caters for all gamers. It’s when priority is given to the game’s visuals that it really impresses though, with shadows and special effects being improved along with a boost to the resolution, really bringing the game’s characters and environments to life.

If you like exploring exotic locales, solving puzzles and combating animals and nefarious organisations as you go, you should seriously consider picking Shadow of the Tomb Raider up. Not only is it the best entry in the Tomb Raider reboot trilogy, but it’s also one of the best games to show off your Xbox One X.

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Gears 5

This game is included in Xbox Game Pass

While we think Gears of War 4 is the better game overall – Gears 5‘s open world sections and Jack gameplay functions detract from it rather than add to it – Gears 5 really shows off what the Xbox One X can do.

Not only does Gears 5 manage to look absolutely sublime, but it does so while running at native 4K resolution and 60 frames per second on Xbox One X. That is very impressive indeed.

The benefits of 60 frames per second are clear when playing Gears 5: it’s just so much more responsive to control, which means it’s more enjoyable to play. For the first time there’s parity with campaign and multiplayer, too, so its not jarring when you move from one to the other.

As far as Xbox One console exclusives go, Gears 5 is easily one of the best Xbox One X enhanced games available.

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Control

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From the creators of Max Payne, Alan Wake and Quantum Break comes Control, another mind-bending game that is very much story driven.

Featuring improved performance and higher resolution visuals over the standard Xbox One version, Control on Xbox One X is simply a delight. The effects are out of this world, and you’ll be amazed at just how destructible the environments are. What’ll really impress you though, is how the Old House, the building that the game is set in, warps and changes around you. It’s the same on all platforms, sure, but with the added visual clarity and performance that the Xbox One X brings, it’s extra impressive.

Our game of 2019, definitely buy Control if you want to build your collection of the best Xbox One X enhanced games.

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Halo 5: Guardians

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This game is included in Xbox Game Pass

Being brutally honest, we weren’t too impressed with Halo 5: Guardians when it released in 2015.

It wasn’t too bad to look at, but it wasn’t what you’d describe as visually spectacular. And to make matters worse, it wasn’t all that interesting to play, either.

Fast forward a few years and an Xbox One X update, however, and Halo 5: Guardians is now very much a game you should play. Being rendered at 4K really shows off the assets that 343 Industries created for the game, and alongside other visual improvements the gameplay has been tweaked too. It’s still never going to truly win Halo fans over thanks to its story that separates you from Master Chief all too often and enemies that are just overly generic, but now it looks phenomenal and is much more fun to play.

Thanks to being Xbox One X enhanced, Halo 5: Guardians has gone from being a disappointment to a must-play, even if only for the eye-candy.

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Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

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This game is included in Xbox Game Pass

On a standard Xbox One, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is a fun game let down by overly blurry visuals. Play it on an Xbox One X, however, and it is simply brilliant.

Like many Xbox One X enhanced games, Wolfenstein 2 allows you to select from multiple graphical presets. If you want Wolfenstein 2 to constantly look its best at native 4K you can force it to do so at the expense of some dropped frames here and there. If you prefer a more solid framerate, however, you can set the resolution scaler to be more aggressive. Either way, Xbox One X is the best console to play Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus on, and you should – it has some minor problems, but it’s undoubtedly the best first-person shooters available right now.

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Assassin’s Creed Origins

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild just pipped it to the post, but Assassin’s Creed Origins was very nearly our 2017 game of the year.

A year of extra development resulted in an Assassin’s Creed game that changed much of the series’ formula while still remaining familiar, and on Xbox One X it is absolutely spectacular. Assassin’s Creed Origins runs just shy of native 4K, and in conjunction with some wonderful HDR lighting it allows the world that Ubisoft has created to really shine.

The level of detail displayed throughout Assassin’s Creed Origins is quite simply phenomenal, making every quest you undertake a journey to be remembered. Whether you’re exploring tombs, climbing pyramids or travelling via horseback through sandy deserts, your jaw will be on the floor as you take in all the little touches that makes the game’s recreation of ancient Egypt so believable. But Assassin’s Creed Origins isn’t only a pretty game to look at, it’s a great one to play too, so if you’ve got an Xbox One X do yourself a favour and pick it up, pronto. It really is one of the best Xbox One X enhanced games available.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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This game is included in Xbox Game Pass

When The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt released back in 2015, the Xbox One version was undoubtedly the inferior console port. Now that it’s Xbox One X enhanced, however, it’s by far the best.

Two graphical presets are available, though we advise you to just go for the one that pushes for 4K resolution – the framerate is lower but more stable, making fluctuations less noticeable. Though whichever you choose, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is stunning.

HDR, enhanced textures, better texture filtering and improved shadows work alongside the resolution boost to bring the world of The Witcher to life like never before seen on console, and with better performance to boot. Hours can be lost simply exploring the map, taking in the sights as you search every last nook and cranny for a valuable piece of loot or simply to destroy some foul beasts. Honestly, if you own an Xbox One X and you’ve not yet played The Witcher 3, now is the time to do so. It may be nearly five years old but it’s one of the most technically impressive games available – it just took the power of the Xbox One X to enable it to shine.

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