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The 30 best Xbox One games
By Leon Hurley a month ago Feature

Right now, these are the best Xbox One games around

The best Xbox One games highlight everything that makes Microsoft's console shine, whether you're rocking an Xbox One S or enjoying the 4K, HDR graphical wonders of the Xbox One X. With such a wide variety to choose from, there's something for everyone to enjoy, whether you're playing solo or testing your mettle in multiplayer. Our list of best Xbox One games is the cream of the crop, so whether you've just bought into the Xbox family or you're looking for your next batch of Achievements to chase, these games are guaranteed to impress. Without further ado, let's get into our picks for the best Xbox One games, which we'll keep updating as new releases prove they deserve a spot on the list.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

1.The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)

One of the most immersive RPGs ever made - a standout, mutable storyline, endlessly satisfying detective-cum-hitman Contracts, and side quests deeper than many games' main campaigns. The Witcher 3's world is one of the few game spaces to deserve that title - full of political intrigue, folklore and gross beasts to slice into ribbons. And all of that's failing to mention CD Projekt RED's raft of free DLC, and a couple of expansion packs - the first of which, Hearts of Stone, is responsible for this shooting up to the highest reaches of this list. Beautiful, rewarding and essential, this is a game we'll remember for years and years to come.

Red Dead Redemption 2

2.Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)

Red Dead Redemption 2 might be slow to start and is the archetypal 'it gets good 20 hours in' kind of game, but when we mean good, we mean good. Its broad Wild West opera builds out a world of characters in a changing time and take you on a journey with them as they face the new world taking over while fighting the old one still chasing them down. Arthur Morgan is a gruff, hero full of depth, capable of growing a mean beard, and with plenty to keep him busy. This is game where you can rob a bank, hunt animals, fish, play cards, and meet numerous strangers with lots for you to do. While there's a story to follow, with some of the greatest highs and lows in gaming, there's also just a huge, living place to inhabit and live in. Clear your calendars because this a game that has you in for the long haul.

Fallout 4

3.Fallout 4 (2015)

We sort of knew what we were getting. It's big, it's buggy, it's Bethesda. Fallout 4 is a natural evolution, bringing with it the often aimless exploration, gentle humour and moral greyitude of the last two instalments, while propping it all up with a new-gen veneer. They might not be enormous shifts, but main character voice acting, better gunplay and (shock) not having to look inside crates to loot them all make this a streamlined version of a now-classic formula. Frame rate dips and occasionally horrifying glitches rear their heads as usual, but it's difficult to feel too bad when there's simply so much going on. Once again, Bethesda has crammed several games' worth of joyously inconsequential stuff in here, resulting in one of the most compulsive, moreish games of this generation. Get stuck in, and you won't emerge for weeks.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

4.Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015)

If we didn't know better (or should that be worse?), we'd say Konami took the Hideo Kojima brand off of his last stab at MGS 5: The Phantom Pain because it feels quite so different to his previous efforts. Yes, it's packed with the off-kilter jokes, mechanical ingenuity and conspiracy theories so wild they're seemingly drawn from the darkest of the internet's depths - but at it's core, this is a very different kind of Hideo Kojima game.

The switch to wide-open spaces featuring multiple missions not only makes this an embarrassing masterclass for the rest of the world's stealth-action developers, but effectively turns every player into their own spy film director. That time you pulled off a tense, magical heist alongside your mute sniper buddy? That was all you. When it all went tits up and you were forced to detonate C4 stashed across an enemy base, before riding into the sunset on your own personal chicken-mech? You were the architect. It's long been said that Hideo Kojima has been more obsessed with emulating his favourite films than making true games. MGS 5 proves that to be false - he wants you to do that yourself. We'll happily spend a few hundred more hours obliging him.

Apex Legends

5.Apex Legends (2019)

Respawn Entertainment's take on battle royale came out of absolutely nowhere and immediately took the world by storm. Apex Legends grafts the best bits of Overwatch onto the familiar where-we-droppin' formula of Fortnite, with default squads of three Legend characters who wield unique abilities that let you specialize your role. As with Respawn's Titanfall series, the first-person shooting is sublime, with a wide variety of guns that reward mastery (yes, even the infamously underpowered Mozambique has its moments) and feel great to fire. Like Fortnite, Apex Legends is free to play with cosmetic microtransactions, so anyone and everyone can drop in and see if they have what it takes to become a Champion.

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

6.Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (2018)

Assassin's Creed Origins might have reinvigorated the series after a short break, but it's Assassin's Creed Odyssey that has really set the tone for the future. It has a more exciting world, a more engaging story and generally tightens up all the ideas and mechanics of Origins to tightened perfection. This is even more of an RPG compared to the previous game with numerous plot threads to follow - none of which we'll spoil. Set in ancient Greece it sees you travelling the islands waging wars (including full size battles), romancing whoever takes your fancy, and building out your choice of assassin - Alexios for the boys, and Kassandra for the girls. Whoever you choose you have a glorious open world to explore and a fantastic journey ahead of you.

Minecraft

7.Minecraft (2011)

As simple or as complex as you want it to be, Minecraft is the perfect example of a game that lives up to the hype. Whether you just fancy pottering around in creative mode, or jumping into survival to take on various blocky nasties in your quest for the End, Mojang's masterpiece always feels perfectly yours and unique. It not not be and exclusive but it made its home on Xbox and belongs high up on the best Xbox One games list. This is a world worth just wandering in for eternity. Plus, the constant evolution with new packs, new textures and gameplay tweaks means that Minecraft is always moving forward. If you thought it was just about stacking up green blocks, it's time to catch up.

Grand Theft Auto V

8.Grand Theft Auto V (2013)

Gaming's biggest blockbuster deserves its place at the head of the list. GTA 5 was already an excellent, brutal, beautiful open-world game, and is made even more so on Xbox One with a visual tidy-up, a glut of new content and the addition of first-person pedestrian-beating. With the addition of online Heists to make its online component even more enticing, Rockstar edges closer to making a game world so vast and varied that you could start to do away with anything else. Which, come to think of it, was probably the plan all along.

Fortnite

9.Fortnite (2017)

The monster that is Fortnite shows no signs of slowing down. It's got tens of millions of players and is one of the few games to be an honest to God cultural phenomenon as children, celebs and footballers alike floss like crazy whether they've played the game or not. What's even more amazing is that it's 100 player battle royale mode wasn't even the main game. It started live as a co-op crafting and survival game that added on battle royale to catch a band wagon and ended up taking over the word. While its building and battling gameplay is already strong, it's used of seasons - with constantly changing meta stories, secrets, mechanics and items - means it stays fresh even when the core mechanics remain the same.

What Remains of Edith Finch

10.What Remains of Edith Finch (2017)

This is one of those things you really don't want to know too much about before playing. It's clever, inventive and emotional in a way few games have achieved. The story follows the Edith of the title as she backtracks through her family tree, rediscovering the lives of various relations who have all died early and unfortunate deaths. Each tale is built from completely different mechanics and vary from brief narrative punches to long, heartfelt looks into the characters they follow, matching it all to how it plays in incredible ways. Few games have managed to include so many different ideas, styles of gameplay and just pure feeling into a story about life, love and loss. It's a beautiful game that should be in everyone's collection.

Overwatch

11.Overwatch (2016)

Well if Valve aren't going to bother making Team Fortress 3, we'll have Blizzard do it instead. The World of Warcraft studio had never made a shooter before, so it makes no sense at all that Overwatch is one of the best multiplayer FPS' ever. A ridiculously varied cast of colourful heroes, each with powers that should logically break the game (Tracer can travel back through time for crying out loud!) Yet it all checks and balances, letting us fire bows and arrows, sky dragons, walls of ice and whip chains through the air for hours and hours without ever feeling like its cheaty or unfair. Months later, and still the only flaw we can find is Tracer's horrid cockney accent. By this logic, if Blizzard ever offer to make us dinner, expect world hunger to be eradicated within the hour.

Destiny 2

12.Destiny 2 (2017)

After the endless, life absorbing life sink of the original game what could Destiny 2 possibly do to beat it? The answer is actually obvious: more of the same, only richer, more accessible and... just... more Destiny. The sequel takes nearly every element of the space travelling, gun collecting, number raising MMO and polishes it to a fine sheen. You can see almost every area where Bungie learned from the last game, making the areas you explore richer with things to do, adding depth to both the systems that progress your character, and the activities you take on to do so. Few games mix combat, multiplayer and character progressions so well and it's an addictive draw as a result.

Titanfall 2

13.Titanfall 2 (2016)

Any FPS that lets you run along walls and then double jump into a giant mechanical Titan instantly has our attention. Titanfall 2 does that and so much more. “But where's our single-player?” we moaned, when the first Titanfall came to Xbox in 2014. “Fine!” retorted Respawn. “How about for this sequel, we tell the story of a pilot and his Titan? One where you steadily unlock Titan weapons that look powerful enough to burn the universe in half? How about a stage wherein you can travel through time at the touch of a button? How about several hours of dizzyingly paced, ideas-stuffed action that makes every shooter since we made Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare look lazy?” Well that certainly shut us up. Throw in Bounty Hunt, a capitalist nightmare of an essential multiplayer mode, and we promise never to accuse Respawn of laziness again.

Resident Evil 7 biohazard

14.Resident Evil 7 biohazard (2017)

Let's face it. Resident Evil had gone a bit like a foot left out of the fridge too long. A bit, well, off. After the glorious heady heights of Resi 4 defining the third person shooter as we know it, it all got a bit mediocre. Well 2017 is the year Resi got its groove back and you should be very afraid. Turning the franchise on its head, Resident Evil 7 is a first person survival terror-fest that sees you sneaking through a decrepit Louisiana mansion hunting for your missing wife. Texas Chainsaw Massacre style fiends? Check. Horrific body horror? Check that too. Add in a story that'll leave you forgetting to breathe for a little too long and Resident Evil 7 manages to be an exhilarating rollercoaster ride that reinvents the franchise. Sure you'll recognise those green herbs but this is a new brand of horror that just demands you creep through its hallways even if it feels like you should run in the opposite direction.

Stardew Valley

15.Stardew Valley (2016)

'Working' in a video game shouldn't be this much fun but there's something about Stardew Valley's crop harvesting grind that's hard to put down. You start simple, growing a few vegetables and selling them, but as you earn more money you can expand into livestock, pickling, cheesemaking and so on. There's an irresistible lure to growing your farm as you relax in to a cow milking, crop watering loop in search of profit and new things to farm. To keep things varied there's a village full of people to meet, complete missions for and even marry in order to raise a family. There are also monsters to slay as you explore a cave network full of dangerous creatures and high level goods. It's the sort of game you can spend hours playing and not even realise.

A Way Out

16.A Way Out (2018)

Most co-op games revolve around boosting a friend over a wall and doors that can only be opened by two people at once. A Way Out has some of that, but overall makes so much more of it's two character ideas. Both players are routinely given divergent but related objectives that keep you working together without feeling like you're joined at the hip. From jail breaks to fixing cars it uses both players' time beautifully while still fitting in great set pieces, emotional character moments, lighter moments, and a truly memorable ending.

Monster Hunter: World

17.Monster Hunter: World (2018)

If you've never played a Monster Hunter game before then ignore all that 'most accessible yet' stuff. If this is your first time with Capcom's creature killer then you'll find a weirdly obtuse and alien game. Stick with Monster Hunter World though and you'll see what the fuss is about as you track monsters, kill them and harvest the parts to make the gear to take on bigger challenges. That core loop is everything here as you dive into stat boosts, attack types and try to master a range of fantastically over the top and excessively styled weapons. What really brings it alive is playing it with friends as you coordinate classes, weapons and tactics. Battles are long tests of skill and cooperation but the hunt is everything, and when a monster finally falls it's an amazing feeling.

Gears of War 4

18.Gears of War 4 (2016)

If you've never played a Monster Hunter game before then ignore all that 'most accessible yet' stuff. If this is your first time with Capcom's creature killer then you'll find a weirdly obtuse and alien game. Stick with Monster Hunter World though and you'll see what the fuss is about as you track monsters, kill them and harvest the parts to make the gear to take on bigger challenges. That core loop is everything here as you dive into stat boosts, attack types and try to master a range of fantastically over the top and excessively styled weapons. What really brings it alive is playing it with friends as you coordinate classes, weapons and tactics. Battles are long tests of skill and cooperation but the hunt is everything, and when a monster finally falls it's an amazing feeling.

Forza Motorsport 7

19.Forza Motorsport 7 (2017)

When you think of any best Xbox One games list, it will have a Forza on it. Improved AI, collisions, handling - what Forza Motorsport 7 gets right reads like a list of everything a racing game should do perfectly. Cars all feel great to control, giving you the confidence you need to push the handling to its limits - drifting on cue, or hugging the rails when you need dig the tires in. In fact, throughout, this a game that tweaks and adjusts everything the previous instalment got wrong. It’s all about delivering the best player experience and creating a game that’s both realistic and fun. Some of the progression is a little demanding, with numerous barriers to surmount as you collect cars and win events, but there’s nothing that really take the shine of one the greatest racers currently available.

Resident Evil 2

20.Resident Evil 2 (2019)

There are comebacks and then there's Resident Evil 2 Remake. The decision to completely recreate the horror classic with a game that not only honours the 1996 original, but feels just as influential and relevant has paid off. It takes the original set up of a zombie outbreak in Raccoon City and crafts a gorgeous looking game with new controls and camera that feels as fresh as it does scary, as you fight zombies, jump scares and the always chasing MR X to stay alive. It's a slick, great looking and an essential buy for horror and action fans alike.

Devil May Cry 5

21.Devil May Cry 5 (2019)

There are comebacks and then there's Resident Evil 2 Remake. The decision to completely recreate the horror classic with a game that not only honours the 1996 original, but feels just as influential and relevant has paid off. It takes the original set up of a zombie outbreak in Raccoon City and crafts a gorgeous looking game with new controls and camera that feels as fresh as it does scary, as you fight zombies, jump scares and the always chasing MR X to stay alive. It's a slick, great looking and an essential buy for horror and action fans alike.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

22.Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (2017)

Wolfenstein: The New Order is one of the most unique, brutal, brave, hilarious, and intelligent shooters of the generation so far. MachineGames' sequel, The New Colossus, confidently doubles down on all of that. Moving BJ Blazkowicz's very personal war further into the alternative-universe '60s, and transposing it to an America under Nazi rule, The New Colossus is uncompromisingly relevant. It's a smart, sensitive, and emotive discussion of callousness, prejudice, and cruelty, that nevertheless knows how to be fun at all times. A biting portrait of human failures and social horrors, that does its biting with big robot teeth and hatchet blades. It's a game that exemplifies heart and brains throughout, but never with more unremitting flair than when it comes to the noble art of tearing Nazis to shreds with bloody and balletic style.

FIFA 19

23.FIFA 19 (2018)

There's always a big question for games like FIFA 19 in terms of what gets updated and how it's even possible to continually improve it yearly - somethings improve, others get worse, and sometimes nothing changes. All of which will annoy someone depending on their favourite part of the game. This year there are good updates to Champions League content, including the addition of the Chinese League for license completionists. There are subtle but evident on-pitch improvements such as a reduction in speed and a new timed shooting and a new physics system that takes some time to adjust to. Scripting still feels like it has the same issues as FIFA 18 with some sudden and unlikely comebacks in Squad Battles. And, with the exception of the Champions League, the career mode can feel like it hasn't changed a great deal year on year. You should be used to the ups and downs year on year though and there's little here to upset FIFA's place as the best football game around.

Ori and the Blind Forest

24.Ori and the Blind Forest (2015)

There's always a big question for games like FIFA 19 in terms of what gets updated and how it's even possible to continually improve it yearly - somethings improve, others get worse, and sometimes nothing changes. All of which will annoy someone depending on their favourite part of the game. This year there are good updates to Champions League content, including the addition of the Chinese League for license completionists. There are subtle but evident on-pitch improvements such as a reduction in speed and a new timed shooting and a new physics system that takes some time to adjust to. Scripting still feels like it has the same issues as FIFA 18 with some sudden and unlikely comebacks in Squad Battles. And, with the exception of the Champions League, the career mode can feel like it hasn't changed a great deal year on year. You should be used to the ups and downs year on year though and there's little here to upset FIFA's place as the best football game around.

Halo 5: Guardians

25.Halo 5: Guardians (2015)

Halo's always been a balance of campaign with multiplayer, but this entry's a tad lopsided. The story of Locke chasing Chief isn't quite the era-defining moment we were hoping for but, luckily, it's the series-best multiplayer that gets our visors misty. Halo 5: Guardians offers so very much to prospective online warmongers. Arena is a return to the Halo of old, tense cerebral skirmishes that are an oasis of sanity in a sea of crude shooters. If you fancy some madness, then you have Warzone - mega-battles powered by a desperately addictive card-collecting system. And more's being added - 343 just reintroduced Big Team Battles and a new version of classic map, Blood Gulch for free. We're home.

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