The 30 Best Single Player Campaign Games for Xbox Series X / S
Multiplayer gaming has been all the rage on consoles since Xbox Live first bought it to the mainstream. However, we completely understand that you sometimes want to sit back and enjoy a good storyline mixed with a rewarding progression system.
Luckily, a lot of developers still tend to focus on the single-player aspect of their games. Some rely on narrative, others on gameplay, and some focus on creating as much replayability as possible.
Here, we have sifted through the massive number of games currently available for Xbox and tried to list the ones with the best offline experience.
So, here are the 30 best single-player campaign games for Xbox Series X / S.
Halo Infinite is the return to form for the series that has become synonymous with the Xbox. While there is an extremely engaging multiplayer in the game, the single-player campaign is also something worth trying out.
The campaign once again puts the player in the role of Master Chief. However, this time there is an open world to explore. This presents a completely different solo experience for fans of Halo than ever before.
Halo Infinite has an excellent storyline, although it can seem a bit disjointed due to the open world. Still, it is a massive improvement over the previous two entries in the franchise, and definitely an authentic Halo experience.
Gears, formally known as Gears of War, is another series that has seen a return to form with Gears 5. In fact, the primary complaint that people had with the previous entry in the franchise was the fact that while the multiplayer was great, the single-player experience was lacking.
Gears 5 solves this by taking an open-world approach, just like Halo Infinite. However, the developers have also developed the characters from the previous franchise to make the storyline more compelling.
While the gameplay is largely the same, certain tweaks have been made to make the cover-based shooter a bit more interesting and difficult. Of course, there is also a stellar multiplayer for you to try once you are done with the campaign.
Cuphead is a game that has been on Xbox for a long time. However, it is still one of the most fun, exciting, and frustratingly difficult games that you can play.
Players move from one boss to the other and try to beat them with a limited number of lives. Winning at Cuphead requires quick reactions, brains, and anticipation.
While not special from a graphical standpoint, Cuphead makes use of its cartoony graphics and is a game that is perfect for those who love a challenge.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has you take control of a Viking named Eivor. With gorgeous scenes of ancient Europe on display, players take part in a traditional AC experience, with a twist.
As a Viking, players have the opportunity to build settlements and upgrade them. Players can also raid monasteries and build ships, just like the Vikings could hundreds of years ago.
Overall, you should expect a proper Assassin’s Creed experience, one that Xbox Series X owners can run on 4K at 60 FPS with ease.
Forza Horizon 5
Forza Horizon 5 was also a part of our series on the best Xbox racing games. The game has a vast, open-world campaign that almost never seems to end. Even once players have played through all of the major events, there are a lot of races that they can still take part in.
The gameplay is as smooth as you would expect from Forza, with an arcade racing experience and some simulation components mixed in. However, the graphics are what take this game up a notch. If you have an Xbox Series X, this may be one of the most breathtaking games that you can play.
Wasteland 3 is the ideal game for someone looking to play a post-apocalyptic game that isn’t all about zombies and survival. It thrusts the player into the role of a member of an elite task force that has to maintain order in the United States.
With expansive character customization, Wasteland 3 is the ideal game for players looking for an RPG set in modern times. The best part about the game is the controls, as they feel both smooth and responsive.
Wasteland 3 does not try to convince players to utilize a specific playstyle. As such, it provides endless hours of fun for single-player RPG enthusiasts, no matter what their preferences might be.
The Outer Worlds
Speaking of RPGs, The Outer Worlds is another game that allows for massive character customization. However, it also has a really suspenseful storyline with deep characters that make for a fantastic playthrough.
While the length of the game is shorter than your average RPG (around 25 hours), players will find the game to be a completely immersive experience, full of new things to try at almost every turn.
Grand Theft Auto 5
While GTA 5 has become known for its multiplayer mode in recent years, that doesn’t mean that its single-player campaign isn’t worth playing.
We don’t think there is anything for us to explain when it comes to a GTA game. You cheat, steal, and kill your way through a storyline where you either win or you die. The main campaign of GTA 5 is quite long and should allow players to spend a considerable amount of time completing all the missions.
Since it is a GTA game, there are also numerous side missions that players can tackle either when completing the game, or after it. Overall, there is enough content here for players to spend hundreds of hours without even thinking of the multiplayer.
Red Dead Redemption 2
While RDR 2 and GTA 5 were made by the same developers, the two are very different. GTA 5 tends to focus more on gameplay and giving the player as much freedom as possible, RDR 2 tends to focus a little more on the story, and by god is it a good story.
The campaign takes roughly 45-50 hours to complete. While this is great in terms of playtime, it also means that players are teetering on the edge of their seats waiting for the next twist in the tale.
Just like GTA 5, RDR 2 also has a lot of side missions and playable content apart from the single-player campaign that players can go through. Of course, you can also just jump into the multiplayer mode once done with the story.
Very rarely has a game managed to receive praise from as many people as Stardew Valley has. Using a simple top-down view, the game places you in the role of a person who has recently inherited their grandfather’s farm.
Farming just serves as a backdrop. What makes this game so rewarding and enjoyable to play is the story, the characters, and the consistent progression that slowly unlocks better tools for you to play with.
On a side note, Stardew Valley is also cheaper relative to other games on this list. In fact, it may be one of the best bargains in the Xbox store.
Elden Ring is an open-world game that prides itself on its difficulty. The game has been compared to Dark Souls, and quite rightly so. Players take on various monsters and enemies and try to beat them (believe us when we say that it is quite difficult to beat them).
What makes the game so compelling and perhaps one of the best single-player campaign games on the Xbox Series X and S is the open-world structure. Now, players have a lot more control over how they tackle the most difficult opponents in the game. As such, Elden Ring ends up being a lot more versatile than Dark Souls.
Dying Light 2: Stay Human
The sequel to the highly-acclaimed Dying Light improves on the original in almost every way. The concept is still almost exactly the same (fight off the zombies), but the tools at your disposal are much more advanced,
Players have the entire city at their disposal in Dying Light 2, and the choices they make impact how they fare later in the game. The storyline also plays a much more pivotal role in the second game, so you may find that there is a lot more keeping you entertained than just the thrill of killing all the zombies.
All of this is backed by gorgeous graphics and fluid gameplay that keep you on your toes throughout the game. As far as zombie-killing games go, this may be one of the best yet.
Destiny 2: Beyond Light
Destiny 2 is another game that has improved on the original in almost every way. While the game was out long before the Xbox Series X was launched, its graphics were updated to provide a more enjoyable experience on the new generation of consoles.
While the game has a ton of multiplayer and co-op content, its single-player campaign is not bad either. The only thing to remember is that the single-player campaign is played in an MMO environment. As such, it is not an offline game. That said, it has a solid story that can be completed by a lone wolf all the same.
The next game on our list of best Xbox single-player games is Control. Control combines third-person shooting with solving puzzles and a solid narrative. Players take control of Jesse Faden, who is trying to find her brother but needs to go through the Federal Bureau of Control.
The FBC deals with surreal events, and the game is full of them. You will have access to supernatural abilities and an interactive environment as you progress through the game. While the campaign is not too long at around 20 hours of playtime, it is definitely worth checking out.
Even though the second iteration of the Dishonored series came out all the way back in 2016, it has held up surprisingly well. The graphics look reasonably presentable, and the game runs at 4K on the Xbox Series X.
More importantly, the gameplay is exquisite and improves on the first entry in every sense. It combines all-out action with stealth and puzzle-solving elements to create an experience that is very unique.
The only point of note is that the story is a continuation of the first game. As such, you may enjoy it a lot more if you have played the original Dishonored before starting Dishonored 2.
Resident Evil Village
It has been a while since we have been seeing Resident Evil games on the Xbox, and Village is the best of them. The franchise has always handled combining horror with adventure well. The game begins a new storyline in the franchise, so this is an ideal place to jump into the series. That said, it is still based on the ending of the previous entry in the series (biohazard), so older players will still feel right at home.
After being optimized for the newer generation of consoles, Resident Evil Village looks absolutely fantastic. It is difficult to find another game in the genre with as much polish, which is why Resident Evil Village is the best survival-horror single-player game on the Xbox.
Hitman 3 is the ultimate killing sandbox. The third iteration in the series fixes all the small issues found in the previous two games. The end result? A game where players have complete control over how they want to dispatch the target from the earth.
Players can also tinker with the difficulty. For example, they can turn off the hints to figure everything out on their own, or simply follow the directions to take out the target in due course. While the game does not offer much in the way of a storyline, it is still an extremely interesting experience.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Modern Star Wars games are known to be hit or miss, but one place where the developers got everything right is the single-player campaign in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The campaign takes you on the journey to becoming a Jedi Knight and is equal parts combat and exploration.
The combat is extremely difficult (especially if you turn the difficulty up). Killing even a single stormtrooper can sometimes feel difficult. The exploration, on the other hand, gives players downtime so that the entire game does not feel like a Michael Bay film.
Unlike other entries on our list of best Xbox single-player games, Psychonauts does not improve on everything that was wrong in the first game. However, the game comes with a storyline that can easily be considered one of the most unforgettable.
Psychonauts 2 is a platformer that captures your attention from the very beginning and does not let go until the end. While the gameplay will not blow you away in any major way, you will still be stuck to your chair right until the very end of the narrative.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a fantastic platformer that is a great game for players looking for an introduction to the genre. The game combines great visuals with a storyline that conveys what it wants to convey without using a lot of words.
The music plays an important part in the game too, as it perfectly adapts to each level. One interesting feature of the game is that it is one of the few games that allow for a supersampled 6K resolution, allowing fidelity rarely seen on consoles. The game is also completely offline, meaning that it has no features of the game that require an internet connection.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro was a game that scooped up a lot of awards when it first came out in 2019, and for good reason. While the game is one of the many that try to replicate the Dark Souls formula, Sekiro is a bit different. Instead of adding more features and increasing the scope of the game, it instead distills it down to its most basic form.
Your abilities and what you can do with your character will not change much throughout the game. There is a solid narrative, but the combat is where Sekiro comes to life. The main aspect of the game is its difficulty, and you can be certain that you will fail many times and experience some extremely frustrating moments on your way to completing the game.
The Medium was the first proper exclusive for the Xbox Series X and S, and it should come as no surprise to those that have played the game that it is a part of our list.
The Medium falls under the category of psychological horror, meaning that the scary parts are hardwired into the experience as opposed to appearing as jump scares. The game takes part in split mode, meaning that your character will fluidly move between the normal world and the spirit world.
To add to that, there is also a puzzle element to the game, making it a great mix of genres that is both interesting and scary.
Divinity: Original Sin 2
Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a top-down RPG that is extremely strategic and gives you a lot of options on how you tackle each level and progress through the game.
Compared to the original game, Original Sin 2 keeps the combat systems largely the same but ramps up the storytelling. In fact, it may very well be one of the most complete CRPG experiences of modern times.
The only problem is the game struggles to compete when it comes to graphics. While they do not look too dated, they do look like they are a generation behind.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 is still as amazing as when it first came out. The only difference is that it has now been optimized for the Xbox Series X and S, which means better graphics and higher framerates.
There is a huge chance that people reading our list of the best Xbox single-player games have already played Wild Hunt. However, it might be worth it to give the game another try in a higher definition.
As for the game itself, Witcher 3 is an open-world RPG that puts the player in the role of Geralt of Rivia. You move around hunting monsters and exploring the world. Your ultimate goal is to find the child of prophecy, and let’s just say that the story that leads you there will keep you hooked.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
If we could use one word to describe Yakuza: Like a Dragon, it would be stupid (in a good way). The combat system is now turn-based, and the shenanigans that the Yakuza games have become known for have been exaggerated to the point of absurdity.
What that leads to is an extremely hilarious experience that is still serious at times. The game tries to deal with serious issues in a comedic manner, and does a great job of it. The story is quite long, and there are numerous side missions that players can try out as well.
Like a Dragon manages to simultaneously feel like a completely new take on the Yakuza experience and a classic Yakuza game. As such, it is a great game for both diehard fans of the franchise and those looking to try it for the first time.
Hades is quite an unusual game. It is a dungeon crawler where you must try to escape the underworld from the god of death, and your father, Hades. Each escape attempt is unique and may present unique challenges as well as bonuses.
Each attempt also makes you stronger, thereby allowing you to experience more of the story as the time passes by. With virtually unlimited replayability, Hades is a single-player experience that has the potential to keep you hooked for hundreds of hours.
Hades also has a very broad difficulty curve. Even if you find the game to be difficult, each attempt at escaping the Underworld will make the next one slightly easier. Of course, you can simply increase the difficulty if you find the game to be monotonous.
Scarlet Nexus is Bandai Namco’s newest IP, and is a JRPG in the classical sense. The game is a classic humans vs. everyone else experience, with players being given the task of preserving humanity in the face of mutants known as ‘the Others’.
The story is split between two protagonists, but really isn’t something to write home about. What makes Scarlet Nexus a great game is its extremely complex combat system. Players can spend hours upgrading their skills to learn new ways to fight off the enemies, and the storyline is long enough to provide many hours of gameplay.
Devil May Cry 5
The last game on our list of the best single-player campaign games for Xbox is Devil May Cry 5. This is another game that is saved by its combat. While the storyline is not bad, most people who play this game will do so for the fluid combat mechanics. The fast-paced and action-packed adventure sees two returning protagonists from the previous series and a new character by the name of V.
What makes DMC 5 more fun than many of the other fighting-based games on ths list is that every character is completely unique. As such, players can spend hours fiddling around with their move sets and learning how to maximize their damage output.
Yes, FIFA 22. Hear us out here. For years, fans of the franchise have been crying out for a better and more in-depth career mode. With FIFA 22, EA has finally delivered.
If you are someone who loves football but does not enjoy Ultimate Team, the career mode can keep you entertained for literally thousands of hours. Pick your favorite team and try to lead them to continental glory, or pick the smallest club you can find and aim to do the same.
Now, of course, this game is only worth checking out if you are someone already interested in football. However, fans of the sport will find FIFA 22 to have the best single-player of all the FIFA games that have come out so far.
F1 2021 is another sports game like FIFA, in that it is released every year. That said, F1 2021 is by far the best iteration of the game. Not only is the gameplay more refined and a great sim-cade interpretation of driving an F1 car, but you now have more control over the development of your car in career mode than ever before.
Apart from the career mode, there is also a story mode known as Breaking Point. While it only offers a few hours of gameplay, it is a great addition to the game that provides something fresh to the player.