From Forza Horizon 5 to Halo Infinite: The Best Xbox Exclusives of 2021 Didn’t Disappoint!

Published 12/29/2021, 2:45 PM EST


2021 has been a year to remember for console gamers, with numerous title launches that also brought forth some of the best games released in years. This year also saw Xbox Game Studios going head to head with PlayStation’s star-studded exclusive roster. This was done by acquiring multiple other studios and developers to attract gamers with an amazing line-up of their own.

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With various other exclusive launches scheduled for next year, and with this year coming to an end, let’s look back at the highest-rated Xbox-only titles of 2021.

Top 5 Xbox Exclusive Games that released this year

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Titles such as the award-winning It Takes Two, Hades, Psychonauts 2 are era-defining games for what they offered. Hazelight Studios’ It Takes Two even won the Game of the Year at Game Awards 2021 and truly made the year a year to remember. However, these cannot be in the top 5 exclusives list because of their multi-platform launch.

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Forza Horizon 5

The Playground Games’ title received a whopping 92 Metascore on Metacritic’s scale and deservedly so. The twelfth mainline installment in the Forza franchise, it exceeded the high standards set by previous titles with its mesmerizing gameplay.

It also won the Best Sports/Racing Game of Year title at the Game Awards this year, beating the giants such as FIFA 22 and F1 2021. The game was released in November on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. The game was available to Game Pass subscribers at the time of launch, which is speculated to have played an instrumental role in its success.

Xbox: Halo Infinite

343 Industries have handled the development and post-release management of the game in a perfect manner. The game was planned to launch on December 8th, however, the multiplayer launched publically on the Xbox’s 20th anniversary in November.

The campaign later came out on the official release date and garnered a Metascore of 87. The game didn’t take long to make a name for itself in the market. And many professional players are switching games to compete in a Halo game again. You are definitely missing out if you haven’t tried this game yet.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

With an unbelievable rating of 90 on Metacritic‘s scale, it is the next-generation simulation game. It offers pinpoint details of the real world in a virtual experience and lets you test your pilot skills from the comfort of your house.

The Artful Escape

Beethoven & Dinosaur’s recent release, The Artful Escape, is a platform game starring Francis Vendetti. The one-of-its-kind game lets players explore the fascinating music-infused world of the game.

Francis has a guitar that is useful in various situations depending on the player’s creativity. Like taking on a boss or interacting with the environment. The single-player game launched on September 9 this year and has an impressive Metascore of 81.

Xbox: Sable

Although the game received only a 71 from Metacritic, the fans were quite happy with the game altogether. Shedworks have done some great work when it comes to the open world and Sable, the main character.

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Interestingly, there is no particular end or storyline to the game, and the title tests the player’s problem-solving abilities. The action-adventure single-player launched on September 23rd for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X.

With 2022 fast approaching, what Xbox games are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments section.

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Tanay Grover

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Tanay Grover, an eSports writer for EssentiallySports, is currently pursuing a degree in technology. Before finding his way into the world of eSports, he worked on Social Media management. An enthusiastic soccer player who never played any other game except FIFA, he found his calling when he started playing Valorant and Pokemon GO.

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