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Microsoft has recently made big changes to the Xbox script. Launching two new consoles in the form of Xbox One S and Xbox One X, the latter now the most powerful home console you can buy, there’s been a huge change of direction for its gaming arm.
If you’re thinking about picking up one of the consoles, but unsure which, check out our Xbox One X vs Xbox One S comparison to know which one is right for you.
For those who have picked up one of the consoles, we’ve put together a list of the best Xbox One games you can buy right now. We’ll update the list if and when new great games arrive and are worthy of joining our roundup, so keep an eye out the next time you’re thinking of making a purchase.
How we test the Best Xbox One Games
We review each game on its own merit. If the game receives high enough praise, we then decide if it should be added to the list.
For console-specific lists such as these, we tend to value platform-exclusive titles highly. That way you know which titles you are worth buying that you can only get on your console. Unfortunately, Microsoft has struggled in delivering stellar exclusives to the current generation of consoles, especially when compared to the PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
Now, without further ado, here are the best games for Xbox One…
Far Cry 5
- Spectacular action in stunning scenery
- Four great villains, each with their own style
- More immersive and organic than previous Far Cries
- Brilliant specialists and animal allies
- Sometimes sticks too closely to old Far Cry templates
- Loses pace when the Seeds aren’t around
The latest entry in Ubisoft’s Far Cry series doesn’t disappoint. Set in fictional Hope County, Montana, Far Cry 5 has you playing as a Deputy who find themselves up against Eden’s Gate. This mysterious cult has enslaved the local populous into mindless puppets willing to carry out their every whim.
At the front of this phenomenon is the Seed Family, a quartet of crazy, compelling villains who you’ll have to defeat on your adventure. They all have stand-out narrative moments with excellent performances, even if their motivations remain a bit muddled.
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Far Cry 5 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.
Forza Motorsport 7
- Looks utterly gorgeous
- Accessible to players of all skill levels
- A fun and engaging career mode
- So many cars to drive
- And lots of tracks to drive them on
- Long load times between races
- AI behaviour can be erratic at times
Forza Motorsport 7 is the most graphically stunning racing game ever seen on a console. Turn10 knows how to make gorgeous racing titles, and are often used to represent the pinnacle of visuals on any Xbox console.
It may lack the absurd depth of rivals such as Project Cars 2, but it makes up for it with accessibility and beautiful presentation across the board.
- Great solo campaign
- Strong and addictive multiplayer
- Absolutely gorgeous
- Plenty of content
- Takes away your time
- Loot system could use some tweaks
Thought you was done with your Destiny addiction? Think again, it’s time to get obsessed with light levels all over again as Bungie brings Destiny 2 to your console with a bang.
With a stronger story, beautiful graphics and that ever-so addictive gameplay and collecting of loot, you’ll be saving the galaxy for hours upon hours on end once again in this brilliant universe.
Oh and good luck in the Raids, because they’re absolutely brutal.
- Plays a damn good game of basketball
- So many modes it’s almost ridiculous
- Presentation blows everything else away
- Refined shot mechanic works a treat
- Very aggressive with its monetisation
- Will terrify new players at first
2K simply produces the best sports game on the market, year-on-year, and the same is true with NBA 2K18. Ridiculous depth in every mode, near-photorealistic visuals, amazing ESPN-style presentation and great storylines are all you could ever ask for from a sports sim.
MyCAREER is back and rather than following a story of another player, 2K wants players to feel more like they’re living their own NBA dream, meaning there’s less of a rags-to-riches story and much more focus on playing your game.
MyGM has also had a massive revamp to bring many of these story elements into the fold and offer much more depth.
If you’re new to the world of basketball, 2K has made the game much more welcoming, too.
Resident Evil 7
- Amazing sound design
- Genuinely terrifying
- Superb voice acting across the board
- Stellar visuals
- Some plot points aren’t as impactful as they should be
- VR experience is quite nauseating
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.
- Incredible freeform stealth gameplay
- Absolutely gorgeous world from start to finish
- Inventive, fabulously well-designed missions
- More varied than the original and no less deep
- PC performance is frequently a mess
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 f improvements perfect for dispatching the world’s many guards.
Fans of Thief and Deus Ex will have an absolute blast with this fantastical adventure. And the best part is when you’re done with Dishonored 2, there’s Death of the Outsider to enjoy.
Gears of War 4
- Still the best third-person shooter there is
- New weapons are great
- Multiplayer is still utterly addictive
- Story takes you on a good ride
- Marcus Fenix
- New characters are a little limp
- Robot threat is a bit dull
- A couple of really slow moments
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
- Plenty of cars, all extremely customisable
- Beautiful graphics
- Fun and varied events
- Different terrain keeps gameplay fresh
- Competitive Drivatar AI
- Solid online multiplayer
- It’s a pity you can’t throw turtle shells
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.
- Genuinely frightening
- The sense of dread never goes away
- Feels utterly original
- Art style is wonderful
- Relies too much on trial and error
- Five hours may not be enough for some
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.
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.
- Incredible ’30s-style cartoon visuals
- Challenging boss battles and imaginative boss design
- Different combos of arms and charms help you improve your odds
- Every bit as addictive as it is tough
- Arguably crosses the line into stupidly difficult
- Can be hard to pull off key parry move
Cuphead is an incredibly challenging but rewarding 2D platformer with a beautiful art-style that’s used all-too-rarely in modern video games. Reminiscent of classic cartoons from days gone by, the visuals are simply stunning, complimented by wonderfully responsive controls.
However, be prepared for an incredibly tough run of bosses where simply surviving is as difficult as overcoming the enemy. But for those who stick around and triumph, the reward is well worth it.
Sea of Thieves
- Hugely imaginative and expansive pirate world
- Rewards creative gameplay
- Countless customisation options
- Tougher for solo players
- Can be tough to put crews together
- Current server issues
Want to explore the seas with a pirate crew of friends, hunting for bounty and completing epic quests? Sea of Thieves is the game for you.
The bet part about Sea of Thieves is the stories you get to create with your friends. The tales of hilarity as you drink too much booze and fall into the hull of your ship, proving useless to your crew during a ship-versus-ship battle. Or the time you take on hordes of undead to get that treasure chest, or swim across vast distances to survive and flee a chasing enemy. All of this is possible.
Also, thanks to Xbox Game Pass, you can have the game for under £10 per month. Click the link to find out more about Microsoft’s great subscription service to save yourself some money.
Halo 5: Guardians
- Classic Halo combat
- New co-op and movement mechanics blend in well
- Amazing set-pieces and alien worlds
- The Xbox One’s most awesome visuals
- Brilliant and addictive Arena and Warzone modes
- Some really clumsy sequences
- Story will be divisive
The second entry in the new trilogy, Halo 5 is a great debut for the Spartans on Xbox One. The campaign is brilliantly paced, with some of the best set-pieces of any game in the franchise. Plus the multiplayer is absolutely superb.
While the campaign has its inconsistencies, the multiplayer on offer here is one of the best experiences not only for Halo, but on the Xbox One. This is an essential purchase for all Xbox One owners.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Excellent storyline
- Strong RPG elements
- Stunning graphics
- Plenty of gameplay content
- Lara’s hair
- QTE still a slight issue
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.
- Inventive and varied action that’s always fun
- A diverse cast of characters and abilities
- Constantly surprising
- Sometimes the walk back into battle can feel overly long
- If you’re in a bad team it can make you want to cry
Blizzard’s first new IP in almost two decades delivers a wonderful shooter full to the brim with character.
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.
Ori and the Blind Forest
- Beautiful graphics
- Classic Metroidvania gameplay
- Inventive powers and puzzles
- Seriously challenging
- Fiendish difficulty spikes
- Occasional slowdown
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.
- Challenging from the off
- Riddled with things to do
- Genuinely tense
- Good story
- Lots of hidden extras
- A little unforgiving
- Can be frustrating
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.
With a such a fantastic first season we can’t wait to see what IO Interactive has planned for future instalments, and where on earth Agent 47 will end up next.
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