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The grass is always greener, it's said. This is intended to be an argument for being content with the console you already own. But sometimes the grass really is greener and maybe you should swap sides?This is a list of Xbox games that you simply can't play on the Switch. For many, this means it's time to switch platforms (or at least find a friend with one). This list includes 361 games from the last 41 years, with 7,726 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to become an Xbox player.
Release Date: 29/10/2020, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person
Teardown is a creative traversal game where you plan and execute a heist in fully destructible environments. Play involves knocking routes through the destructible buildings to set an escape route to steal the key cards. It’s an unusual game because...
Release Date: 20/03/2018, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather
Sea of Thieves is an online game where you play a pirate searching for treasure and adventure. Cast into a large open sea you work with other online players to crew your ship and find treasure. The game has a main story but really focuses on creating...
Release Date: 19/07/2022, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Stray is an adventure traversal game about a cat lost in a futuristic city where robots live. You guide your feline friend in and out of buildings, across roads and generally poke your nose in to see what is going on.
Release Date: 15/11/2001, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person
Halo is the longstanding sci-fi shooting video game series that started when Halo: Combat Evolved launched alongside the Xbox in 2001. The franchise has featured on every Xbox platform since then, with Halo 5: Guardians serving as the latest entry in...
Release Date: 14/09/2004
Out Now: Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Fable is an adventure role-playing game set in a fantasy world where your interactions with the world and villagers, and decisions about your use of magical power, substantially alter the story and the environment.
Release Date: 02/06/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Valorant is a team-based online shooting game, where two teams of five compete under the role of agents with unique abilities. It's designed to be competitive and requires considerable skill and practice to win matches. Between rounds, players spend...
Release Date: 15/01/2019, updated in 2019
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a fighting-adventure game set five years after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and 14 years before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Young Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis is hunted through the galaxy by the...
Release Date: 14/05/2019, updated in 2021
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
A Plague Tale: Innocence follows Amicia and her little brother Hugo as they use stealth to escape soldiers and swarms of rats. Against the stark threat and darkness of the world, the sibling relationship develops as the two learn to trust one another...
Release Date: 23/05/2023
Components: 2D Side-On
Planet of Lana is an adventure where you play a young girl Lana and her loyal animal friend Mui, on a rescue mission. Set on a planet under siege by old machines and unfamiliar creatures. Rather than the war, though, this is a game about a vibrant...
Release Date: 25/02/2022
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather
Elden Ring is a role-play game set in a fictional world created by fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin, with a focus on combat similar to Demon's Souls and an open world with real time and weather like Zelda Breath of the Wild.
Release Date: 23/09/2021
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Open World and Weather
Sable is an adventure game where you play a young girl, Sable, alone in the world, but bravely exploring ancient monuments, ruined architecture, and fallen ships to uncover her place in it. It's an adventure without combat that calls you to find your...
Release Date: 04/12/2020, updated in 2022
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World
Submerged Hidden Depths is an adventure game where you sail, climb and explore the ruins of a sunken world. With light puzzle-solving and no combat, you discover a drowned city, crumbling skyscrapers and deserted villages. It's the sequel to the first...
Release Date: 02/02/1998, updated in 2023
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS2, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Open World
Age of Empires IV is a strategy game where you command an ancient civilisation in real-time and must develop from hunter-gatherers to advanced forms of defence and war. This is similar territory to Civilization but focuses on...
Release Date: 02/12/2014, updated in 2018
Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One
The Crew 2 is the latest in a series of open-world racing and exploration games set in a scaled-down version of the United States. The emphasis is on enjoyable and exciting driving more than realism. It's a lot like Forza Horizon, although can be played...
Release Date: 28/04/2023
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is a fighting-adventure game and a sequel to 2019's Jedi: Fallen Order. As in that game, you explore and fight enemies with your lightsaber and force powers, but here you also have a...
Release Date: 31/10/2023
Jusant is a climbing traversal game where you take a challenging-yet-meditative climb to the top of a tall tower. You use the trigger buttons to hold on and the stick to jump and reach for the next position. In this way you methodically work your way up...
Release Date: Coming soon
Coming Soon: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
To A T is a lighthearted narrative adventure game about a teenager with a unique posture that makes parts of their life in a small coastal town challenging. With your arms permanently stretched out, you explore the beautiful town with your dog and...
Coming Soon: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Flock is a cooperative traversal and collecting game where you take on the role of a flying shepherd. To play you move around the world tending to your unique herd of flying creatures. It sounds complicated but really it's just a big wild place on the...
Release Date: 14/11/2014, updated in 2016
Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Components: 3D First-Person and Open World
Mirror's Edge and the follow-up, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst are free-running games where you traverse a futuristic city using aspects of urban exploration and parkour movements to complete missions and evade or fight enemies. The focus is on this...
Release Date: 09/09/2021
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
The Artful Escape is a narrative adventure with running and jumping sections that combine platform action with music-playing. You are Francis Vendetti as he traverses the universe, jamming on his guitar and harmonising with the various bizarre creatures...
Release Date: 21/06/2021, updated in 2022
Out Now: Mac, PC and Xbox X|S
Phantom Abyss is a running and jumping game where you charge through temples to get to the exit. Your only tool is a whip that interacts with objects and can propel you forward. Along the way are numerous traps and difficult jumps to avoid. There are...
Release Date: 11/01/2024
Out Now: PC and Xbox One
Palworld is a role-play game where you befriend and collect creatures in a vast open world. It takes the Pokemon formula in an open-world survival (and gun-touting) direction. You can get the pocket-sized monsters you collect to fight, build, farm, and...
Release Date: 21/03/2023
Out Now: PC, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Deceive Inc is an online stealth traversal game where you are a spy trying to get into the vault to steal an artefact. The twist is that everyone can disguise themselves as different agents to blend in with the computer-controlled characters. It stands...
Release Date: 21/12/1998, updated in 2023
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D Third-Person, Dice and Open World
Baldur's Gate 3 is a role-playing game that recreates the Dungeons & Dragons experience in a digital world. You explore the world and fight enemies by rolling dice and weighing up your stats to see what happens. But...
Release Date: 23/01/2023, updated in 2024
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Hi-Fi Rush is a rhythm fighting game where wannabe rockstar Chai uses the beat to fight an evil corporation. You play by exploring the world and fighting enemies. The twist is that everything moves to the beat, and you must attack in time to do the most...
Release Date: 09/07/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: Cartoon and Open World
Wobbly Life is a lively open-world game where you explore an island with your friends to find quests, mini-games and earn money. Play involves finding jobs to do, earning money and buying lots of everyday things - but the real play is around the edges...
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
Ghost Bike is a racing adventure where you play the last of the magical couriers taking packages between the living and the dead. You explore the stylised world to compete in races, find bike parts and get your ghost bike in working order.
Release Date: 29/01/2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
The Pedestrian is a puzzle game where you control a stick man navigating a series of road signs around a virtual city. It sounds a little odd and quite simple, but by layering its interconnected sign-based puzzles it creates an experience that is both...
Release Date: 31/07/2014, updated in 2016
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Wii U and Xbox One
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made
Lovely Planet is a shooting game which focuses on athletic flow and accuracy rather than headshots and gore. You jump and shoot your way through five worlds full of treacherous enemies with your trusty pop-gun. It's an unusual, almost balletic, shooting...
Release Date: 03/10/2023
Out Now: PC and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Grid
The Lamplighters League is a tactical strategy game where a team of cartoony misfits use their unique abilities to outwit enemies. Play mixes real-time infiltration and turn-based tactical combat where every character matters if you are going to come...
Release Date: 01/01/1997, updated in 2019
Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
Grand Theft Auto V is the latest in a series of action-adventure games where you travel around one large location taking part in different criminal activities: pulling off heists, with lots of shooting and stealing and driving a variety of cars and...
Release Date: 12/08/2020, updated in 2020
Call of the Sea is a narrative adventure set in the 1930s. As Nora, you explore an island in the Southern Pacific to find your missing husband. As you do you discover that he went hunting for a cure for your mystery illness, but what happened after that...
Release Date: 10/11/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the twelfth game in the Assassins Creed Series, an open world action-adventure that takes place over several main story quests as well as many optional side missions.
Release Date: 18/08/2020
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
Microsoft Flight Simulator (Microsoft Flight Sim 2020) is a flight simulator game in the long-running series. Along with a huge range of aircraft, you can learn to fly, the game recreates the entire Earth using textures and data from maps and...
Release Date: 05/11/2021
Forza Horizon 5 is a fast-paced racing game where you drive all manner of different vehicles in races and across the vast open landscape. Building on Forza Horizon 4, this fifth entry to the series is set in Mexico,...
Release Date: 26/10/2018, updated in 2019
Red Dead Redemption 2 is an adventure game with a wild west theme and a prequel to Red Dead Redemption. As you explore a vast and varied open world, you partake in shootouts, heists, and elaborate chases across the...
Release Date: 08/08/2017, updated in 2018
Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is a dark fantasy adventure, drawing on Norse and Celtic mythology, where you play a young female Pict warrior, Senua. You explore and fight your way to Helheim to rescue the soul of her dead lover. As you play, though, you...
Release Date: 05/10/2018
Assassin's Creed Odyssey is an action role-playing game set in the years 431–422 BCE during a mythological history of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. You play as a male or female mercenary fighting on both sides and attempting to...
Release Date: 28/08/2019
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5 and Xbox One
Control is a narrative shooting game set in an outlandish paranormal fantasy, where you are swept into a role as the new director of the Federal Bureau of Control agency of the ‘paranatural’. With impressive cinematic visuals and storytelling, your...
Release Date: 18/12/2014
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Never Alone is a running, jumping and exploring game based on the traditional Iñupiaq tale, "Kunuuksaayuka". You swap between controlling an Iñupiaq girl named Nuna and her Arctic fox companion as you complete puzzles and move the story forwards.