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5 Best Early Access Games on Xbox Series X|S (2023)



The Early Access program allows for players to go along the journey to full release alongside the developers. This means that the developers are free to tweak the game as it develops and listen to community feedback. In addition, this gives these games time to grow into something much more significant than their initial stages. So if you, like us, are very interested in the Early Access program. Please enjoy our list of the 5 Best Early Access Games on Xbox Series X|S (2023).

5. Slime Rancher 2

We begin by starting off our list with an incredibly charming title. Currently, in Early Access on the Xbox Series X|SSlime Rancher 2 is a phenomenal example of what an Early Access title can be. This game allows for players to go around its open world and capture slimes. These slimes all have their own distinct abilities and differences. This means that players will want to place emphasis on capturing as many various types of slimes as possible. All of this is done in order to upgrade the player's conservatory, which can be outfitted in a multitude of ways.

This makes for a rather satisfying gameplay loop as you are constantly upgrading things at your base, all the while collecting more slimes. That isn't all there is to do in the game either, as you can also garden and engage in other activities as well. There are also many things to discover along the way that make this title so worth it. So if you are looking for an Early Access title to add to your library on the Xbox Series X|S, make sure you check out Slime Rancher 2.

4. Roboquest

Next on our list, we have an entry that might have flown under several players' radars. Roboquest is an FPS rogue-lite that allows players to test their aim and skills. It does this in a multitude of ways, including fast-paced action. Players will have to contend with waves of randomly generated enemies, which adds to the variety of the experience. There is a class system, which is great to see as it adds that little bit of player agency to this wonderful title.

Players are also able to engage with the game's many diverse weapons. Ultimately, this means that there will several ways to attack your opponents. And you can choose how you wish to do so. The game also features a cooperative element to it, which is fantastic. There are several skill tres to engage with, which goes z long way in aiding player and character identity within the game itself. So if you are in the market for a fast-paced shooter that still has time to grow, check out one of the best titles with the Early Access program on the Xbox Series X|S.

3. 7 Days to Die

For our next entry, we have a title that quickly garnered a lot of attention from survival horror fans. 7 Days to Die allows players to try and outwit a multitude of enemies in a harsh open world. However, within this massive open world, there are environments that never fail to impress the player. This is due to both the attention to detail that has gone into them, as well as graphical fidelity. There is also a social element to the game, as players can choose to work together or be at odds with one another.

This gives the game a great feeling of adversarial gameplay, as well as a sprinkle of cooperative gameplay as well. There are also tower defense elements to the game that surprisingly mesh well with the game's FPS mechanics. Players will be able to build and defend massive bases against over sixty types of zombies. All in all, if you are looking for a survival Early Access title to play, then 7 Days to Die is an excellent choice for the Xbox Series X|S.

2. Little Witch in the Woods

This next title is an Early Access title that has made quite the splash onto the Xbox Series X|SLittle Witch in the Woods is an exceptionally charming title that is currently in its beta stages. There is a multitude of characters to experience within the game, making the world feel very lived-in. Players are also able to gather materials and make potions, which adds to the immersion and overall magical feel of the game. There are also a plethora of daily activities for players to participate in if they so choose.

This includes things like fishing and more life-sim gameplay mechanics. There are also very charming NPCs for the player to befriend. This also adds to the cozy nature of this title. Players can also participate in gift-giving with the villagers within the game, which is sure to lead to some great character moments and benefits for the player. In conclusion, Little Witch in the Woods is a fantastic example of what is made possible through the Early Access program. So if you are looking for a wonderfully cute title to pick up, then this title definitely hits the spot.

1. Valheim

For our last entry, we have a title that quickly rose to prominence and success upon its release to Early Access. Valheim is a beautiful life sim game with many crafting and combat mechanics. Players are able to dive into the world of the game, which is heavily inspired by Norse mythology, and make it their home. They do so by gathering resources and engaging with the game's phenomenal crafting system. However, it should be noted that objects in this world have their own weight and p[physics to them. These features really aid the immersive aspects of the game.

So if you are looking for a game that emphasizes crafting and combat, then Valheim is an excellent choice. Along your journey, you will fight mythological creatures and gain power along the way. This gives the game a great overall feeling of progression. Added to this is the fact that since released on Early Access for the Xbox Series X|S. As a result, this game is more accessible than ever, and it's hard to find an excuse not to play. Overall, Valheim is a shining example of what an Early Access title can be, and also one of the best titles in its genre.

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Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.