The Best Xbox Games of 2021
Which Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One games impressed professional reviewers the most during the past year? We rank the best-reviewed titles released between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021 by Metascore. Games must have at least 7 reviews from professional critics to be eligible for inclusion. If a game appears on both Xbox platforms, only the version receiving the higher quantity of critic reviews (typically the Xbox Series X/S version) is eligible for inclusion. (All scores listed here are from January 2, 2022.)
Metacritic's #1 Xbox Game of 2021.
(#1) This year's highest-scoring game on both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles actually ranked among 2020's best games as well—when it was first released for Switch and PC. Supergiant's follow-up to Pyre uses the world of Greek mythology as the setting for a roguelike action-RPG. The well-executed result won two Game Awards (including 2020's best indie) and picked up numerous best-of-the-year honors from game review publications a year ago, and while 2021's versions are virtually identical, you will notice graphical improvements over the Switch release (especially on the newest Xbox and PlayStation hardware).