Best Xbox One Games 2017: The best games for Microsoft’s console

Happy Christmas everyone! What better time of the year to grab yourself some of the best Xbox One games money can buy than in the season of festive cheer, right!?

2017 may have been a quiet year in terms of Xbox One exclusives, but we did welcome the ultra-powerful Xbox One X into the world. The most powerful home console ever built sees Microsoft’s games console leapfrog the PS4 Pro, and comfortably deliver native 4K/HDR gaming, with plenty of games you may already own getting an “X Enhanced” bump.

There are now plenty of Xbox One X Enhanced games to enjoy exactly what the X can do, so if you grabbed yourself a new 4K TV in the Black Friday sales, the shiny new console is certainly an intriguing proposition. Just make sure you have a big external hard drive to download those huge, 100GB+ game files. If the X isn’t your thing, there’s always the Xbox One S available at absurdly cheap prices now for great bundles.

And while there weren’t many Xbox One exclusives – delays to the likes of Crackdown 3 didn’t help strengthen Xbox’s launch lineup – but we did finally get the brilliant and beautiful Cuphead, as well as the latest entry in the ace Forza series in the form of Forza Motorsport 7.

 

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Developer: Turn 10 Studios

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 already looks gorgeous on the Xbox One S, and even better on Xbox One X

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Tekken 7

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Developer: Bandai Namco

After four years of waiting, Xbox One players finally have a Tekken title to sink their teeth into. Updating the classic formula with new mechanics, fighters and a cinematic solo campaign, Namco’s iconic fighting series has never been better. Looking absolutely gorgeous on Microsoft’s console, Tekken 7 feels fittingly engineered for newcomers and veteran players alike.

While it doesn’t quite reach the fantastic heights of Injustice 2, Tekken 7 remains an excellent fighter that builds upon the classic series in exciting new ways. Whether you’re playing through the fiedishly addictive Treasure Battle mode or taking on friends online, there is plenty to love here.

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Destiny 2

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Developer: Bungie

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.

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NBA 2K18

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Developer: 2K Games

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.

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Project Cars 2

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Developer: Slightly Mad Studios

Project Cars 2 is the ultimate racing sim for only the most dedicated of petrol-heads. The level of depth on display is mind-blowing at times, with localised weather being just one example. On some parts of the track it could be pouring down, while others it could be bone dry, playing hell with the grip of your car.

Every single car on every single track feels entirely different, and it’s up to you to learn how to handle it all and keep your car on the tarmac and out of the tyre wall.

Career mode has been given a revamp over its predecessor, making things much more interesting this time around.

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FIFA 18

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Developer EA

This is undoubtedly the best FIFA has ever been. With tons of new animations, an amazing new look with the transition to Frostbite, season two of The Journey and the continued dominance of Ultimate Team, EA has played a blinder.

Don’t believe us? Watch mobiles editor Max Parker and games editor Brett Phipps discuss how good the game is in our FIFA 18 vs PES 2018 video:

 

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F1 2017

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Developer: Codemasters

Codemasters has delivered its best Formula One sim yet in F1 2017. Now, players need to focus just as much on what’s going on with their own car as well as the other vehicles on track. With an incredibly deep engine management system, you’ll have to carefully monitor the wear and tear of every facet of your motor.

Changing engine parts between races or choosing to sacrifice speed for durability is key between grand prix weekends, but also you’ll have to manage your engine during the race, too.

With a swathe of options to monitor during the race, including fuel, tyres and pit strategy, this is the most rewarding race experience any F1 fan can hope for.

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Resident Evil 7

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Developer: Capcom

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.

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Stardew Valley

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Developer: ConcernedApe

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.

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Final Fantasy 15

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Developer: Square Enix

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.

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Dishonored 2

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Developer: Arkane Studios

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.

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

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Titanfall 2

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Developer: Respawn Entertainment

The original Titanfall was a refreshing surprise with breathtakingly fast-paced multiplayer action fuelled by giant robots and relentless park-our. 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 exhilarating solo campaign to accompany its addictive multiplayer this time around, and it’s a surprisingly inventive venture well worth investing some time into.

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.

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Injustice 2

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Developer: NetherRealm Studios

Injustice 2 is one of the finest fighting games of 2017. By making incredible use of the DC license with a huge cast of playable heroes and villains, NetherRealm Studios has crafted one of its best creations in a long, long time. The combat system is rewarding for both veterans and newcomers, boasting an incredible amount of customisation through a dastardly addictive loot system.

The comprehensive solo campaign makes things even better, pumping out a more convincing story than any films in the fumbling DC Cinematic Universe. Comic book fans will find so much to love here, especially those who are looking to trounce their friends as the world’s greatest detective.

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Battlefield 1

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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.

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.

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Gears of War 4

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Developer: The Coalition

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.

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Forza Horizon 3

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Developer: Playground Games

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.

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For Honor

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Developer: Ubisoft

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.

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Developer: Tarsier Studios

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.

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Hitman

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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.

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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Overwatch

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Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

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.

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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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Dark Souls 3

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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 occasions. 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.

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.

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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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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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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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GTA 5

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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.

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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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Outlast 2

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Developer: Red Barrel Studios

Outlast 2 is a terrifying sequel that horror fans need to experience for themselves. Taking the ideas which made its predecessor so compelling and improving upon them, this is certainly not one for the faint-hearted.

Outlast 2 can be truly petrifying at times, thanks to the lead character’s reliance on a video camera to see through the darkness and document everything, it’s what lurks in the shadows that is the scariest.

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