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Best Xbox One Games 2017: Over 30 must-play games for your Xbox One and Xbox One S


Looking for the best games you can buy for Xbox One and Xbox One S? You're in the right place. TrustedReviews has compiled a list of what you should be looking to buy for Microsoft console.

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Resident Evil 7 is a glorious return to form for the iconic survival horror series. Switching the action to a first-person perspective, the infected horrors and gross environments have never felt so tangibly real.

You play as Ethan, a man searching for his missing partner in rural Louisiana. He soon stumbles upon The Baker Family, a group of strange people infected with some form of deadly virus.

Making his way through sprawling mansions, filthy swamps and other strange locales, Ethan will have to solve puzzles and best horrifying enemies if he hopes to survive. This is essential for horror fans, and a masterful reboot for the troubled franchise.

2 / 32

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Stardew Valley

After taking PC by storm earlier this year, Stardew Valley and its charming mixture of farming, exploration and dungeon crawling is finally on Xbox One, and it's just as good as we'd hoped.

You're a new citizen in the town of Stardew Valley, starting a fresh new life as a farmer in charge of your own land, crop and animals. Every day you'll wake up and carry out whatever tasks you want, whether it be going on dates, digging up trees or hitting the local bar.

Much like Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon, Stardew Valley is capable of sapping hundreds upon hundreds of hours from you if you get carried away. It's utterly addictive, dripping with bundles of charm that make it difficult not to love. It's also really cheap, sitting at £11.99 on the Xbox Live Marketplace.
After countless delays, dozens of trailers and ten long years in development, Final Fantasy 15 is finally here. This ambitious new entry in the beloved JRPG franchise is a completely different beast to what came before it, thrusting us into a massive, daunting open world simply begging to be explored.

Playing as Noctis, you and the rest of the Japanese backstreet boys must venture across the land of Eos, thwarting a growing conflict between two neighbouring kingdoms. The wider narrative is a mess, yet the combat, exploration and characters you meet more than make up for it.

Those looking for a more traditional RPG may be disappointed with Final Fantasy 15, yet it remains one of 2016's brightest surprises.

dishonored 2
Dishonored 2 is a fabulously immersive stealth experience that improves on the original in almost every way. It never abandons the core traits of the first that made it so immersive and fun. Instead, it refines them with some truly impressive level design with immense depth and creativity.

Set in the city of Karnaca, you play as either Emily Kaldwin or Corvo Attano, each with their own unique arsenal of devastating powers and equipment. The usual suspects are back with some nifty mechanical improvements perfect for dispatching the world's many guards.

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Fans of Thief and Deus Ex will have an absolute blast with this fantastical adventure.

titanfall 2
The original Titanfall was a refreshing surprise with breathtakingly fast-paced multiplayer action fuelled by giant robots and relentless parkour. Respawn Entertainment crafted a new franchise with mountains of potential, much of which is fulfilled in Titanfall 2.

Respawn Entertainment has crafted a brief yet exhilirating solo campaign to accompany its addictive multiplayer this time around, and it's a surprisingly inventive venture well worth investing some time into.

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The gunplay has been refined, improved and expanded with new titans, pilots and abilities to master. It's a brilliantly varied shooter that appears to be far more ambitious than its rivals. Hell, it could even be the shooter to beat in 2016.

Developer: DICE

Electronic Arts has taken the explosive shooter franchise back to the filthy trenches of The Great War with Battlefield 1. In doing so, it has produced what is arguably the best game in the series for decades, boasting a truly emotional solo campaign and bombastic, long-lasting multiplayer.

The single-player campaign is a harrowing retelling of the infamous conflict through the eyes of brave young soldiers fighting in a war they have no place in. Unfortunately, it's over far too soon, a true testament of its quality that it left us begging for more.

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Battlefield 1's multiplayer is equally as fantastic, providing you and millions of other players with vast, explosive battlefields to march, drive and fly across. The blockbuster action of previous titles is here to stay, and it's more pronounced than ever this time around.

The latest entry in Microsoft's ultra-violent shooter franchise could very well be its best yet. Developed by The Coalition, Gears of War 4 marks the beginning of a new trilogy with all new characters, enemies and gamplay mechanics.

As always, you'll be clinging to chest-high walls as locust and robots rain down bullets upon you. It's your job to pick the perfect window of oppurtunity to peek out and take a few precise shots. Few thrid-person shooters play better than Gears with its beautiful mixture of tight cover shooting and truly breathtaking set pieces, and its debut on Xbox One more than proves this.

Fans of the series' chaotic online multiplayer and addictively challenging horde mode will find a lot to love here, as both return with refreshing new iterations. Sure, Gears of War 4 doesn't exactly rewrite the rulebook of modern shooters, but it certainly has what it takes to be the best.

Forza Horizon 3 is one of the best racers of 2016, presenting a truly breathtaking open world stretching across the vast Australian Outback. You'll cruise throgh cities, beaches, forests and deserts before your final race rolls around, and every single moment is an unparalleled blast.

Instead of competing, you are now in control of the annual Horizon Festival. All of the events taking place across Australia can be customized by you with new rules and cars. The rewards for scoring first place are plentiful, dripfeeding you with all new vehicles and events as you discover more of the beautiful, sunny countryside.

Boasting over 350 unique cars at launch, Forza Horizon 3 is the most ambitious game in the franchise yet, and it's only going to get better with the addition of downloadable content further down the line. Whether it be the lovely new Lamborghini Centanario or a beaten down Dune Buggy, the thrill of racing against your friends has never been so fun and accessible.

for honor
For Honor brings incredibly visceral and violent melee combat to Xbox One as Vikings, Knights and Samurai do battle in impressive multiplayer combat. With an easy to learn but difficult to master combat system, players must pick a side and head to the battlefield to fight for territory.

For Honor's intense multiplayer action is unlike anything else in the genre, with fighters battling across battlefields both big and small, its scalability of combat makes it incredibly fun for teams of all sizes. Whether it's four-versus-four mayhem or the tactical one-on-one duals, players are in for a good and bloody time.

10 / 32

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PES 2017

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Developer: Konami

Konami has knocked it out of the park once again with PES 2017, producing one of the greatest games of football ever made, complete with improved visuals, mechanics and game modes. If you're after a football sim in 2016, you can't get much better than this.

The impressive Fox Engine makes a welcome return, bringing an incredible sense of realism to the environments your virtual players sprint about in. The tactics they deploy have also been enhanced, making passing, shooting and planning your next strategy far more rewarding than ever before.

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Unfortunately, the online issues that plagued PES 2016 are here to stay, making it difficult to enjoy a series of matches with other PES fanatics without coming across irritating moments of lag. Offline, however, PES 2017 is in another league.

Little Nightmares
Little Nightmares could be the scariest game you play this year, but it will also be one of the most unique and interesting titles of 2017, too.

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If you're a fan of scares then you need to add Little Nightmares to your library, just maybe warn the neighbours of the forthcoming child-like screams and yelps.
Halo wars 2
Halo Wars 2 suffers a little from its console limitations, but it’s a solid RTS with a strong campaign and a good overall feel for the Halo universe.

After a slow start the mission design grows much more interesting and while there’s little here you won’t have seen in a StarCraft, it’s all handled with variety, pace and drama.

There’s potential too in the multiplayer modes, particularly Blitz with its unique hybrid style. It might not be the Halo sequel that you asked for, but it’s a fine one to be getting on with.

Developer: Irrational Games/ 2K Marin

Compiling three games in one of the most beloved franchises of all time, the BioShock Collection is essential for newcomers and fans of the series alike. With fantastic first-person combat and intricate storytelling brimming with political intrigue, the BioShock franchise is as close as you can get to a modern masterpiece.

If you're yet to experience the iconic opening of the original BioShock or the mind-bending conclusion of Infinite, now's your chance to dive into Irrational Game's plethora of disturbing shooters. You can also play through BioShock 2, an arguably underrated entry that has you playing as the bumbling underwater titans known only as the Big Daddies.

Hardcore fans will also be happy to find out that Developer Commentary has been added to the original BioShock, providing a detailed glimpse into the game's historic creation.

hitman 1

14 / 32

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Read full Hitman review
Developer: IO Interactive

IO Interactive has taken Agent 47 to France, Morocco, Thailand, Italy and the United States in his first season of relentlessly creative murder. Our favourite bald assassin will be finishing up in Hokkaido, Japan later this month as his debut outing concludes.

Hitman is easily the best game in the franchise, providing a selection of wonderfully unique global playgrounds for you to wreak havoc upon. The sheer amount of oppurtunities available to Agent 47 are almost staggering, and have only grown crazier with each new episode.

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With a such a fantastic first season we can't wait to see what IO Interactive has planned for future installments, and where on earth Agent 47 will end up next.

15 / 32

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Read full Overwatch review
Blizzard's first new IP in almost two decades delivers a wonderful shooter full to the brim with character.

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At launch Overwatch has 21 playable heroes with 12 maps. Every character is unique and with multiplayer game modes actively encouraging you to switch on the fly to adjust team tactics, it won't be long before you have a group of your favourites.

Overwatch is a must-have for anyone with an Xbox One. With more maps and characters to come after launch for absolutely free this game will only get better and better as the months roll on, and it's already brilliant.

Rise of the Tomb Raider
Developer: Square-Enix

Taking everything that was successful with the 2013 reboot, Rise of the Tomb Raider takes it that one step further.

It offers stunning graphics and that more mature, reimagined Lara, along with a better crafting system and the return of traditional Tomb Raider puzzle tombs

Rise of the Tomb Raider is the ultimate game in the series, and if you're not swept away by Fallout 4, this is the game for you.

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Developer: From Software

Dark Souls 3 marks a strong return for the Souls series after the brief departure for PS4 standalone Bloodborne. Although the third entry is beginnning to show signs of over-familiarity and some wear-and-tear, this is still a game better than most available on the market.

Journeying around the gorgeously-realised world of Lothric will see you take on plenty of dangerous foes, and you'll no doubt meet your demise on plenty of occassions. But there's few games in this world that quite have that feeling of triumph like the Souls series, and Dark Souls 3 is no different.

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This is not for the faint-hearted, so be prepared to meet a tough challenge, but once you overcome its obstacles, there's no greater feeling.

Fallout 4

18 / 32

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Fallout 4

Read full Fallout 4 review
Developer: Bethesda

Although Fallout 4 isn't the best game of the year or even the finest RPG yet, Bethesda's latest title offers a strange, rich and beautiful world.

It's full of compelling stories and plenty to do, including base-building, crafting and customisation a plenty.

If you want a game to keep you busy for a long, dark winter then Fallout 4 will keep you gripped until the bitter end.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Developer: CD Projekt Red

Commiserations Bethesda and BioWare. The Witcher 3 is the ultimate RPG and you can get it on Xbox One.
Developer CD Projekt Red has managed to bring together all the best elements of an RPG and make it one of the most beautiful games to walk, ride or sail around. This is the largest and most convincing fantasy open-world we’ve ever seen and the storyline is ridiculously good.
Not to mention that there are tonnes of side quests and smaller missions to take on, to the point that this game can take over 100 hours to complete.
This will be the biggest but also the most beautiful time sink you’ll play this year.
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Ori and the Blind Forest
Developer: Moon Studios

Ori and the Blind Forest is one of the most exciting and absorbing games on Xbox One, even if there are a few difficulty ramps to overcome. It’s a rather inventive take on the classic Metroidvania game style, with stunning hand-painted graphics.
But it’s not all about the presentation, there’s a surprisingly affecting story here and a skill tree system that sees Ori develop before your eyes.

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Metal Gear Solid 5
Developer: Kojima Productions

Want the complex interlocking systems of MGS3? How about the cinematic drive and fan service of MGS2 and MGS4? Like the recruiting and army management of Peace Walker on PSP? Or the open-world gameplay of Metal Gear: Solid Ground Zeroes?

Well, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain has all that and more. It’s an excellent celebration of everything that makes the Metal Gear Solid series great, while adding new elements to make it the definitive game.

This is an open-world game where all the missions can be approached exactly the way you want to. But, it’s also a game that learns the way that you play.

Don’t become too reliant on any one gameplay method, because The Phantom Pain will screw you over. If you like headshots, guards will start wearing helmets. Or if you’re a shotgun fan, your enemies will begin to don body armour.

Plus, there’s dog and horse sidekicks. What more could you want?

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Developer: Ubisoft Massive

Featuring the addictive replayability of Destiny in pandemic New York, The Division is an excellent third-person team-based shooter/RPG.

In co-op, the game only grows in strength. Working with team-mates to complete ever-more-challenging objectives, frantically screaming down headsets as you fight to kill off that final wave and collect that all-important loot. The twist in The Division is that, at anytime, your supposedly trusty allies can stab you in the back and steal your treasure for themselves. It's an intriguing system that always keeps you second-guessing who your real friends and enemies are.

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As with Destiny, The Division has the potential to really sink its teeth into you, if you let it. Are you willing to take up the fight and save New York?


23 / 32

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Read full GTA 5 review
Developer: Rockstar Games
We’re always a little worried about next-gen remakes, but with a base game as strong as GTA 5, perhaps we had nothing to worry about after all.
The new-gen (and incoming PC) revamp introduces enhanced visuals, making the game look even better. But the other additions, such as an optional first-person view and new side quests, make GTA 5’s Los Santos feel even more immersive than it was when it was originally launched.
GTA 5 is still as sick, twisted and depraved as the original, but the new version makes all that even better than the original masterpiece.
Plus, if you played the Xbox 360 version, you can transfer all your GTA Online content over to the Xbox One edition.
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Batman: Arkham Knight
Developer: Rocksteady Studios

We’re ridiculously sad that this is the close of the Batman Arkham series, but boy does it go out with a bang. Rocksteady Games has made a game that’s even bigger and more epic than Arkham City, but Arkham Knight doesn’t skim on the details.
Nor does it forget that Batman is a super powerful protagonist, despite the inclusion of dual-combat with Robin and co.
Arkham Knight is powerful, thrilling and ambitious. And something you absolutely have to play.
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Mortal Kombat X
Developer: NetherRealm Studios

You might be surprised to see Mortal Kombat in a line-up of the best Xbox One games to launch in 2015, but your eyes are not deceiving you.
Mortal Kombat X, developed by the team over at NetherRealm Games, has put the fighter right back up there to take on the best from Capcom and Namco. And this time, Mortal Kombat can really fight its corner.
The fighting is inventive and smart, while the brilliant story mode, Factions meta-game and other game modes will keep you coming back for more every time.
This is easily the best Mortal Kombat to date.
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Forza 6 Motorsport 13
Developer: Turn 10 Studios
Of course, we couldn’t compile a best Xbox One games list without a little Forza. And the latest iteration, Forza Motorsport 6 doesn’t disappoint.
Introducing the long awaited night racing and weather features, you’re looking at an amazing racer with some of the most stunning graphics we’ve seen.
If you want the ultimate racer on Xbox One, you can’t miss out on Forza 6.
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Halo 5: Guardians
Developer: 343 Industries
If there’s one series that really defines the Xbox, it’s Halo. And Halo 5: Guardians is the first to be exclusively available on the Xbox One. That means there’s a lot of pressure on it to be great.
And it is, in parts. Halo 5 is superbly paced, cinematically spectacular and has some of the best moments of any Halo game. You’ll find yourself equally shocked and awed, and even laughing at time from the humour laced through the story about real humanity.
There’s also the classic Halo multiplayer made even more brilliant in Halo 5, making it a must-play for anyone with an Xbox One.
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lego dimensions 2
Developer: Telltale Games
It’s been a busy year for the toys-to-life genre, with the most notable entry being Lego Dimensions. This game manages to expertly blend the joy of real-world Lego building with the technologies of toys-to-life game with its very own portal.
The Starter Pack (which will set you back £80 odd) gets you three characters, a car and the portal – all of which you’ll need to build before you can start playing. Telltale cleverly weaves this process into the game itself, with the portal becoming part of the overall game.
And we might all be 25 years plus in age over at TrustedReviews, but we’ve spent more than one weekend building and creating in Lego Dimensions.
Especially as each level takes place in a different universe, with worlds ranging from The Wizard of Oz and Doctor Who to Portal and Marvel.
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Project Cars
Developer: Slightly Mad Studios

If you’re someone who isn’t into the quick thrills of arcade racers and lust after ultimate realism, then Project Cars is the one for you. This is the strongest sim-style racer, with a compelling career mode for serious racers.
Project Cars has fantastic graphics, offers the ultimate configuration options and is a major treat for serious racers.
Just watch out for a few bugs.
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Rainbow 6: Siege
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Whether you’re playing PvE, PVP or the solo/co-op missions, Rainbow Six Siege is exhilarating. It’s tense, well-crafted and forces you to work as team.
You’ll need to learn the pros and cons of each Operator, and find one that works for you.
What’s nice with Siege is that everyone starts on an even keel. Anyone who tries to play it like COD or Battlefrield will quickly come undone, which gives the more careful and tactical among us a chance to really shine.
This is the multiplayer game you should be playing this Christmas.
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Gears of War Ultimate Edition
An Xbox exclusive, and a remaster of the game that really kickstarted the Xbox 360 as the dominant console of its generation. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition reminds us what is so incredible about this series, and why it was so revolutionary.

Ultimate Edition proves that Gears is still a beautiful-looking game, in all its brutal and visceral glory. Taking the fight to the Locust horde as muscle-bound hero Marcus Fenix and his band of COGs is an adventure well worth revisiting.

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Then of course there's the excellent multiplayer, which will see you chainsaw-ing, shotgun-butting and blasting your way around some of the most iconic maps in gaming history.

madden nfl 17

32 / 32

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Madden 17

Read full Madden 17 review
Madden NFL 17 has taken a leaf out of stable-mate FIFA’s book with a new biennial cycle whereby one year sees a rampant revolution, while the next introduces a more modest evolution. And this year's game is certainly the latter, but that doesn't mean it's not an exciting release.

Tweaks have been made to how player attributes affect real performance, adding a level of realism to the game, while Madden Ultimate Team remains the principle attraction of the whole affair, even if there hasn't been much in the way of improvements. Still, if you loved it last year, you'll love it this year.

Elsewhere there's a few subtle touches that make the broadcast element more realistic, and the new Big Decisions feature in Franchise Mode makes managing your team easier.

And while the game could certainly do with some fine-tuning, overall it's a worthy entry in the franchise that sits at just as high a level as its predecessor – plus, it's more playable

Kulti Vator

July 1, 2015, 9:45 am

I'd personally rate "Wolfenstein: The Old Blood" up there with the best of the year so far - whether on Xbox One / PS4 or PC - looks & plays pretty great on all three platforms.


August 24, 2015, 7:02 pm

can the xone do the sort of irrelevant background detail seen with PS4 driveclub's water sprinkler in the fields moment ? i want to buy one but i want to see that sort of "detail" when playing

Kulti Vator

August 25, 2015, 10:28 am

Plenty of detail in the Forza series - particularly the weather effects and day/night cycle of Horizon 2 and the soon to be released Forza 6.

There's also the very relevant "detail" of Mr Fenix cutting a locust in two in the imminent Gears of War remake ;-) It all looked and played great in the recent beta.


December 20, 2015, 8:05 pm

Literally TWO of these games are Xbone exclusive

Venkatesh Ramasamy

March 3, 2016, 5:12 pm

Just Cause 3 should be No 2. (GTA V is No. 1)


April 19, 2016, 5:08 am

You have to be a real jackass to release exclusive games.


October 25, 2016, 4:38 pm

Titanfall on the x360 was a better to play game than the X1 version. The x360 was just easier to control & easier to have a fun shoot out with someone... the x1 was more annoying than fun in the way the controller was used.


November 25, 2016, 6:13 pm

xbox one is way more powerful, just make sure its the S version or the Scorpio version.


November 30, 2016, 10:53 am

rubbish eliezercazares... actually i wrote my question a year ago, and bought one anyway... but the ps4 is more powerful, the S is a slight upgrade to allow hdr but not 4k gaming, and the scorpio doesnt exist yet (so how do i buy it!) - xbox did since last year increase the power by unrestricting the 7th core to be available to games (which along with removed kinect related needs limited resources games could use) but within a week sony did the same 7th core trick with the ps4 o/s, meaning it kept the power lead... hdr on the x1 is only available on the x1 "s" but sony updated the firmware to make any ps4 hdr ready (although in part that is a problem with the hdmi socket on older machines than the firmware)... it has more power. the ps4, and especially the ps4 pro dump on the xbox1... HOWEVER the x1 has a fantastic 4 free games a month with live membership and "the graphics are good enough" when you compare ps4 to x1 not to care the ps4 is technically better.


November 30, 2016, 11:26 pm

you sound like a paid guy or a fan of Sony, Im just stating plain simple facts.


December 1, 2016, 10:49 am

you continue to sound like a fool... you havent given a single fact... you have an opinion that doesnt stand up to scrutiny... the very basic fact is scorpio doesnt exist yet... but you said buy it to a question from 2015. the xbox is not more powerful, even xbox admit that in their current tv adverts where it is tagged with claims for the power of its online network not the machine.. as i said, they made a lot of changes to the firmware since i first asked the question that kept some of the processing power away from the game writers use... the emphasis also moved games to the front of the GUI and media back... they also moved to a w10 platform... but sony made similar changes keeping them ahead. the x1 is restricted by its hardware which is why the S got new components while sony did not need to do as much with the slim... HDR and the hdmi socket is proof of that for a start.. i would take one of your shovels back to the store for a refund because you don't need to dig that hole any bigger.


December 1, 2016, 6:42 pm

look, when you have to type so much it means you're having difficulties to be taken seriously. its as simple as that.


February 21, 2017, 1:06 pm

lol, you really come across as a muppet.
I have an xbox one S, so I am probably biased towards MS. But even I acknowledge that the PS4 is more powerful in terms of raw processing grunt. I bought the XBOX as I prefer it's titles and some of its features, and for me the on screen detail in games is negligibly different to the PS4 anyway.
But stating its more powerful without any argument to back it up makes you sound dumb.


February 21, 2017, 8:44 pm

another false flag comment from another fake profile. is Sony doing so bad?

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