The Xbox One family of consoles is nearly five years old, which both makes us feel old and want to look back on the memorable library of games it’s left in its wake. Whether it’s Halo 5: Guardians, Quantum Break or State Decay 2, there’s plenty of titles out there. Whatever we get in the future, this is our list of the best Xbox One games as it stands now; the greatest the console has to offer and a library every Xbox owner should consider very seriously.
So, without further ado, we have compiled a list of all the best games available on Microsoft’s Xbox One:
Top 10 Xbox One Games
1. Far Cry 5
In rural Hope County, Montana, an extreme Christian cult has been slowly eroding the power of the state. Its charismatic leader, his body inked with religious iconography and his hair pulled back in a man-bun, has amassed an armed following that feels he can do no wrong. Sent in as part of a team of US marshals to arrest Father Seed, you can feel the tension as you walk through crowds of his jeering followers and into his church; it’s as though everything is about to tip over the edge, and soon enough, it does.
Far Cry Features all of the same crazy, over the top open world mechanics of its predecessors, including outposts, hunting and the return of the companion system not touched since Far Cry 2.
2. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Yup, we are well aware of the problems that plagued this particular entry, but now that it works, there’s no doubting the craftsmanship here and its place in our best Xbox One games list. Bungie’s genius meets 343’s love in a package that truly does justice to an industry-shaking legacy. Buffed-up revarnished and back in the shop window, it leaves us to wonder if Halo always looked so lovely. And you know what? It more or less did.
3. Ori and the Blind Forest
Imagine a lavish, beautiful storybook world… that slams shut on your bleeding fingers for seven brutal hours. This is Ori and the Blind Forest. Not only is this a pitch-perfect update to the formula set up by Metroid and Castlevania, combining mechanical satisfaction with tear-jerking narrative sequences, it’s also quite probably the best-looking 2D game of all time. So yeah, it’s pretty special.
4. FIFA 18
It’s another step on for FIFA 18 this year, with some great tweaks to the action: taking a shot from a distance now has more impact; crosses are improved with a genuine whip added to the ball. AI’s been improved as well with the far more individual character and personality to different star’s playing styles and, while lower league team don’t feel quite as good, teams do have different feeling tactics when you play them. The continuation of the single player Journey also continues to impress with an exciting and even occasionally touching campaign as you follow his career. It’s a more realistic experience for the user, which makes it one of the best Xbox One games!
Fortnite is a battle royale game that pits 100 players against each other. It takes a lighthearted approach — and adds on-the-fly crafting to the skill set you’ll need to win. Also, it’s free and updated constantly.
You can play Fortnite pretty much anywhere you want, but there’s an argument to be made that it’s best on Xbox One because of how it plays nice with other consoles.
6. Gears of War 4
Gears of War 4 combines the concepts that Epic Games created — cover-based shooting, chainsaws on guns, gore — with the talents and ideas of a new developer, The Coalition. It’s a game about family, about friendship, and most importantly, about having fun. Gears of War 4 excels at the latter.
7. Destiny 2
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 traveling, gun collecting, and 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.
8. A Way Out
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 its 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 jailbreaks 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.
9. Sonic Mania
Sonic Mania methodically uses its sentimental appeal to great effect, but in the process, it heals the wounds inflicted by its most disappointing predecessors and surpasses the series’ best with its smart and interpretive design. An excellent 2D platformer, Sonic Mania goes beyond expectations, managing to be not only a proper evolution of the series’ iconic formula but the best Sonic game ever made.
10. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
There’s an incredible scope to what you can do in Black Flag, with a level of harmony between its component parts that encourages you to try it all, and a story that keeps you invested throughout the whole thing. If there was ever any question that Assassin’s Creed needed something ambitious to get the series back on track, Black Flag is that game.
If you’ve just purchased an Xbox One, this will help you start your collection of the best games. Looking for something new or something you missed, this will point you toward what to play next!