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Modern-generation consoles draw a thin line between the actual and virtual worlds. Take the Xbox Series consoles as an example. The X and S have great replayability, with the former having more power than any modern console. This means you can transform your living room into an actual arena where the high-octane action comes to life. When it comes to competitive sports, the Xbox Series X/S nabs the action, putting you in the shoes of your favorite sportsperson. But with plenty of options to sift from, you're better off with the cream of the cake. Here are the best sports games on Xbox Series X/S.

10. PGA Tour 2K21

PGA TOUR 2K21 - Launch Trailer

Grab your clubs, perfect your swing, and get ready to conquer the fairways in PGA Tour 2K21. Developed by HB Studios, this immersive golf simulation game offers you the chance to test your skills on well-detailed courses from the PGA Tour. The title is the first launched under the PGA Tour 2K label, and it sits as the second mainline entry in the series. Ideally, precision is key as you navigate each course's unique challenges, from pristine fairways to treacherous bunkers. The game has an authentic feel thanks to the intuitive controls and lifelike physics.

9. NBA 2K23

NBA 2K23 First Look Trailer

If you want to be like Mike, then NBA 2K23 is giving you an exclusive front-row courtside seat to all the hype. Step into the legendary shoes of the basket-ballers who define the NBA. NBA 2K23 is the 24th mainline installment in the NBA 2K series. It passes over the mantle to NBA 2K24, the latest installment that, unfortunately, didn't do it for gamers. It is actually the second-worst-reviewed game on Steam. Thankfully, NBA2 K23 dunks the gameplay, from the impressive graphics and animation to the depth of its season training. The title improves gameplay, including the amped stamina system, transition defense A.I., and more. Plus, if dunking gets your gears moving, this title lets you control how you want to do it. So shoot for the stars and score like a champ with NBA2K23 on Xbox Series X/S.

8. Riders Republic

Riders Republic - Deep Dive Trailer

Riders Republic is the epitome of adrenaline-fueled competitive sports. Why? Because it does limit you to one activity. You can bike, skate, ski, or soar the skies in a wing suit. Developed by Ubisoft, the open-world racing game lets you make or break the rules as you go. It's an absolute blast to play, since it seems every activity or event you partake in rewards you with credit. The title defies any limits that most games try to bind themselves to and gives ultimate power and freedom to you, the player. 

The game's multiplayer option lets you race the game game's landscapes with friends. Every moment or so, you'll hear someone shout in the background after performing an insane stunt; thankfully, you can quiet the noise and go for a solo run. Whatever you choose, this is one sports game on Xbox Series X/S that will get your adrenaline pumping.

7. Forza Motorsport

Forza Motorsport - Official Trailer - Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022

Away from bike riding and skiing, it's time to rev your engines and burn some rubber in Forza Motorsport. This game is a household name for its ingenious sim racing gameplay. Developed by Turn 10 Studios, this title is the thirteenth mainline installment and the eighth Forza Motorsport entry. By far, this is the best title in the franchise, and it does little to reinvent the racing sim formula but pumps it up with upgrades.

6. F1 23

F1® 23 - Launch Trailer

F1 23 is your answer to an over-the-top Formula One racing game. A project by Codemasters, the game sits as the sixteenth title in the franchise. The series is one of the few bigwigs to hold official licenses to the racing game, so expect to race as some of your favorite drivers. If Lewis Hamilton didn't bag the 2021 championship, you have a virtual chance of making it right. The game introduces the ”Braking Point” story mode for a more immersive feel. Plus, overhauled driving physics and the return of the Red Flags. Admittedly, F1 23 packs more punch than its predecessor, F1 22. But don't take my word for it. Check it out on Xbox Series X/S.

5. WWE 2K23

WWE 2K23 recaptures the magic of playing Smackdown vs Raw 2008. The game is a decent sequel to WWE2K22, building on the foundations laid by its predecessors. Developed by Visual Concepts, the game hurls players into an arcade and simulates wrestling matches. You get to witness firsthand the rise of John Cena as you wrestle your way through opponents. Moreover, for the first time in the entire franchise, WWE 2K23 introduces the beloved steel cage matches, WarGames. Whether you are an old, young, curious, or veteran wrestling fan, WWE 2K23 has something for everyone.

4. Tony Hawks' Pro Skater 1+2

Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ 1 and 2 - Official Trailer

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 celebrates the legendary Tony Hawk's legacy in skateboarding with a thrilling revival of two iconic games. It's a heart-pounding tribute to the glory days of skateboarding, packed with all the iconic moves and tunes from the originals, plus modern updates that keep the excitement alive. Vicarious Visions has masterfully captured the essence of the classics, delivering an unbeatable package for fans. So, if you're craving an electrifying skateboarding adventure, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is an absolute must-play.

3. MLB: The Show 23

MLB The Show 23 - New Feature Trailer | Available Now

MLB: The Show 23 stands as the ultimate baseball simulation game, offering unparalleled value in the genre. Despite facing occasional setbacks, it consistently rebounds with even greater strength. The latest entry is poised to shine brighter than ever.One standout feature is the introduction of the new game mode, Storyline: A New Game Experience, which immerses players in the era of the Negro Leagues. This mode allows players to embody stars from the 1920s to the 1940s, delivering a captivating historical experience. Furthermore, you can anticipate exhilarating bat-swinging action as they assume the role of a Hall of Famer in this latest installment.

2. Madden NFL 24

Madden 24 Official Launch Trailer

Madden NFL 24 is the latest installment in the official NFL gaming series by EA Tiburon, focusing on refining rather than reinventing the franchise. Leveraging next-gen features, such as SAPIEN technology, Madden NFL 24 introduces innovative elements that enhance player experiences with more realistic movements and characters. With over 1000 new animations, every hit and tackle in Madden NFL 24 feels more authentic than ever before.

1. EA Sports FC 24

EA SPORTS FC™ 24 | Official Gameplay Reveal Trailer

Get ready for the ultimate soccer experience with EA Sports FC 24. Even with EA Sports' departure from the FIFA franchise, FC 24 maintains the same excitement and quality fans love.This latest installment introduces HyperMotion technology, bringing unmatched realism and authenticity to the field. By incorporating volumetric data from iconic matches and leveraging machine learning for true-to-football motions, EA Sports FC 24 sets a new standard for soccer simulation games. Get ready to feel every moment on the virtual pitch come alive like never before. 

And there you have it, the ten best sports games on Xbox Series X/S. Do you agree with our list? Are there any more sports games we should know about? Let us know in the comments or on our socials here.

Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.