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.
Resident Evil 7
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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.
Buy now from Amazon UK
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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.
Buy Stardew Valley from Amazon UK