15 Best Loot Games for Xbox Series X / S

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In the last decade or so, everyone around the world has realized just how much people are willing to value virtual items online. This does not just apply to games, as proven by the interest people placed in NFTs and other online collectibles.

When it comes to gaming, however, having the shiniest thing out of all your friends is a great feeling. That is perhaps the main reason why people are willing to grind as many hours as it takes them to unlock a rare item.

Of course, there could be other reasons for people grinding and trying to acquire loot as well. Some may do it for the achievement that it represents, while others may do it because it would make it easier to further advance themselves in the game. Whatever the reason is, the fact is that loot games have a significant and dedicated audience.

With many loot games springing about over the last few years, we now have a sizable collection of loot-based games to pick from. We have done just that and listed the 15 best loot games for Xbox Series X / S.

Destiny 2

We begin our list with a game that is quite commonly considered to be one the best in multiple genres. It has made numerous of our lists before, including the one on the best sci-fi games for Xbox.

Destiny was basically the game that made sure that all looter shooters will borrow elements from it for at least the next decade. The second iteration of the game took everything that was a part of the first game and amplified it tenfold. Not only was the world larger, but there were more quests to complete, more enemies to kill, and more loot to discover.

If you are looking for a game that is based on you finding loot but also has a lot of shooter elements to it, there are only a few games that enjoy an exalted status. Destiny 2 is one of them, with Torchlight II and The Division 2 appearing later down the list. While both of the other games are better than Destiny 2 in some ways, Destiny 2 is your best bet if you want a game that is still played by a lot of people.

Path of Exile

Apart from action RPGs that go for a more shooter-based style, the standard RPG format is also something that allows for a lot of searching and battling for loot. There are a lot of RPGs available on the Xbox, but only a few of them manage to be as perfect as Path of Exile.

Path of Exile was extremely popular on the PC for a number of years. When it was finally announced on the Xbox, the hype around the game was immense considering that it had already been out for a number of years.

If you have played Path of Exile on the PC, then you will already know what to expect. That said, those who have never played the game absolutely have to try the masterpiece. It is an online ARPG that is equally fun when played alone or with friends.

Torchlight II

Torchlight II is a game that managed to come the closest to mixing shooter elements with ARPG elements in a perfect manner. Both the first entry in the series and the second one try to provide a single-player experience that manages to make you wish and hunt for more loot but does not appear to require excessive grinding at any moment.

The central premise of the game is extremely simple: You are tasked with saving the world by killing all the monsters in your path. However, the story is noticeably brightened by the colorful characters that you meet along the way. On top of that, the gunplay and the variety in the quests that you can do make Torchlight II a game that is very easy to recommend.

There has been a newer entry in the series since Torchlight II first came out. However, it has been met with a lot of criticism, mainly because it took away much of the complexity that had made Torchlight II a fun game. We agree with this statement and recommend Torchlight II as the best Torchlight game currently available.

Diablo III

The first three on our list of the best loot games for Xbox have been legendary titles with large fanbases. The fourth game is no different, with the Diablo franchise basically being one of the pivotal titles that made the loot genre what it is today.

Diablo was responsible for making the ARPG genre what it is today, but Diablo III was more about refinement rather than innovation. While the older fans of the series did find a few problems with this, Diablo III has enjoyed almost universal acclaim.

Diablo III is beginning to look a little bit outdated in terms of its visuals, but that is true for most of the other games on this list as well. It seems that loot-based games have lost their luster in recent years, with older games being the ones that are worth playing a lot more.

Diablo II: Resurrected

Diablo II was initially released a long time before Diablo 3 in 2000. It was one of the reasons why Diablo III was so hyped when it was released. That said, Diablo II has a lot of things that are mentioned by its faithful when they argue why it is better than the third entry.

Most of the people that have played both of the games are of the opinion that the loot system in Diablo II is much better. They also appreciate the skill trees and the overall complexity of the game.

In 2021, the game was remastered for modern consoles with upgraded visuals and support for online play. Despite the remaster, the visuals are still not able to compete with even some of the terrible-looking games on this list. Still, you have access to PvP battles and a co-op mode that should make you focus on some of the better elements of the game.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

The Division 2 is the next game on our list of the best Xbox loot games. If you are looking for a shooter that has distinct military vibes but also is an RPG, then you will love The Division 2.

The game is set in Washington DC. America is quite close to collapsing, and you are a part of an elite civilian unit that is out to make sure that the country does not dissolve into complete anarchy. The story is actually quite good, but you will like even more is the fact that there are a lot of game modes to play, a lot of things to discover, and a lot of loot to find.

Another reason to love The Division 2 is that it is almost equally enjoyable when played alone. A lot of games of this nature are very fun to play with friends, but fail to feel the same when it is just you.

Risk of Rain 2

Risk of Rain 2 has you survive an alien planet. It is not really a game that bases itself on the loot that you can find. Instead, the primary purpose of the game is to provide you with a lot of mechanics and different ways to play the game.

From the beginning of the game to the very end, you get to face hordes of enemies. The way you decide to fight them is entirely up to you. As you play through the game, you unlock alternative methods of dealing with the aliens. This makes sure that the gameplay does not become tedious at any point.

It is also important to remember that the game is not entirely about fighting. While loot is not at the forefront of the campaign, it does play an integral part. With over 100 items to collect, you can combine the effects of the items to make the game more interesting. This also means that you can play through the game multiple times, as each playthrough will allow you to have different weapons and abilities at your disposal.

Warframe

A lot of the loot-based games that we have on this list are there because they offer a ton of content. This ability to allow the player to do whatever they want makes for a great game for loot hunters, as it makes all the grinding a bit more worth it.

Warframe is one such game. Although it has been out for a long time, it truly is astounding just how many things you can do in the game. At its core, it is a shooter. However, once you factor in the upgrades that you can perform on your Warframe (your battle unit), you realize just how much depth there is. The game even made our list of the best horde mode games for Xbox, proving our point about its content.

There are just a couple of things to note before you start playing Warframe. The first is that even though it’s free, there are certain aspects of the game that can be considered pay-to-win. Secondly, the game requires you to grind a lot, even when compared to other games on this list (we are looking at you, Destiny 2). As such, make sure you know what you are getting into before you download Warframe.

Borderlands 3

In some ways, Borderlands 3 is the first-person version of Torchlight II. In a lot of other ways, it is a completely different game. Borderlands 3 is a shooter that effortlessly combines a lot of action with a lot of RPG elements. It also somehow manages to pack all that into a cohesive narrative that keeps you hooked despite its slow pace.

With more guns and weapons than you can count, Borderlands 3 is the ultimate game to play if you have a lot of time on your hands. There is basically no way that you can complete every single quest in the game, even if you enlist the help of your friends in co-op mode.

Borderlands 3 has been optimized for the Series X, meaning that you can play in 4K resolution at 60 FPS. It truly is one of the best-looking games of all the titles on our list of the best loot games on Xbox. As long as you are okay with constantly being in the thick of the action, you have to give Borderlands 3 a shot.

Fallout 4

Fallout 4 managed to win over 50 awards in the year that it was released. If that isn’t a sign of a great game, then we don’t know what is.

Fallout 4 is primarily an open-world game that has you trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. That said, loot does play an important part in the game. Not only will you need the items that you scavenge to survive, but many of them will also play a pivotal role in advancing the game’s story.

We will admit that this is not the ideal game for people that like to horde an endlessly increasing amount of loot. That said, this is the perfect game for someone who wants an ideal mix of multiple genres and wants a bit more structure in the way the campaign of the game is set up.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Considering just how long it has been since Skyrim came out, it speaks volumes about the game that you can still easily find other people playing it.

The reason why we include it on our list of the best loot games for Xbox Series X and S is the same reason we included Fallout 4. Both of the games allow you to endlessly explore the open world, loot items that help you advance the story, and basically play the game how you want to.

While Fallout focuses a bit more on the story aspect, Skyrim is more about combat. If you are a fan of games that have intricate combat systems, you should give Skyrim a try. Of course, chances are that you already have.

Fallout Shelter

Yes, we have three games from the same studio on our list. However, Fallout Shelter is actually the closest game out of the three to the classic loot-based games that we found near the top of the list.

In Fallout Shelter, you are tasked with building your own vault in a post-apocalyptic world. You are responsible not only for the survival of the people but also for their well-being. Over time, you can increase the size of your vault and add more people. Also, you are responsible for repopulating the earth, although the process of that is not nearly as interesting as you may think at first.

The looting aspect comes down to you sending out search parties that come back with items. These expeditions sometimes yield extremely rare items, so chances are that you will be able to experience all the excitement traditionally found in loot games.

Elite Dangerous

We strive to have as diverse a number of games on our lists as possible, and we do that here with Elite Dangerous. To be clear, this is one of those games that allows you to loot endlessly. If you are someone who likes some of the games at the top of the list and wants to play something similar, Elite Dangerous is it. The game was also on our list of the best space games for Xbox due to its multi-pronged approach to gameplay (exploration, looting, fighting).

Elite Dangerous is set in our own galaxy. It tries to mimic the Milky Way in terms of its scope. With an endless number of stars for you to explore, you can look for items that can be used to upgrade your ship. Of course, all of the looting eventually leads to combat.

For the most part, you will be fighting other players, and finding upgrades will be necessary if you are to survive. As such, most of your time in Elite Dangerous will be spent looting, a great thing if you are looking through a list like this one.

Monster Hunter World

As the name suggests, Monster Hunter World is a game where you try and take down monsters. But once you have taken down the monsters, you can harvest parts of their body. These parts can then be used to further advance your progress in the game.

Monster Hunter World is equal parts exploration, combat, and looting. All of the materials that are taken from the monsters you hunt have some sort of use. At the very least, they can be used to craft gear that can be used to further your expedition.

The end goal of the game is to find loot and craft gear that can be used to challenge bigger enemies. While there isn’t a lot of story to the game, it may very well be the best co-op loot game for Xbox. This is because having more players does not make the game easy, but rather introduces a lot of strategic choices that make the combat feel different from pretty much any other game.

Outriders

Outriders is the last game on our list of the best loot games for Xbox Series X / S. Not a lot of people know about the game, which is why we consider it to be one of the most underrated games for the Xbox.

Outriders is an RPG shooter that is best played with up to two other players. While combat is a significant part of the game, looting comes first. The campaign is fairly long but manages to avoid being boring for the most part. This is mainly achieved by offering you a plethora of weapons to experiment with.

As you move towards the end of the game, you find items that allow you to finish off enemies in increasingly creative ways. This gives the scavenging for loot a purpose, as you are not looking for items just for the sake of having them. Outriders truly is a hidden gem, and we recommend that players try out the game regardless of whether they are a fan of loot games or not.

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