Best Xbox One Games 2019: All our must-play titles for Microsoft’s console

We've compiled our personal selection of favourite games you can play right now across Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X. Our list is updated all the time to reflect the latest releases, too.

Much like Sony’s PS4, the Xbox One has now entered its sixth year on the market. Having released a trio of consoles since its inception, Microsoft has also graced the console with plentiful games worth playing, whether that includes first-party exclusives, multi-platform blockbusters and wonderful indie gems.

So, without further ado, Trusted Reviews has compiled a list of all the best games available on Microsoft’s Xbox One and Xbox One X. We’ll be changing the selection with regular updates so keep this bookmarked!

  • Best Exclusive: Gears of War 5
  • Best Stealth: Hitman
  • Best RPG: Monster Hunter World – Iceborne
  • Best Horror: Resident Evil 2
  • Best Racer: Forza Horizon 4
  • Best World: Dishonored 2
  • Best Music: Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Best Multiplayer: Sea of Thieves
  • Best Platformer: Cuphead
  • Best Shooter: Halo 5 – Guardians
  • Best Adventure: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Iceborne

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

Pros

  • A rewarding gameplay loop
  • New monsters are a sight to behold
  • Easily accessible after the main story

Cons

  • Significant difficulty spikes
  • Mechanics can feel overwhelming

Against all odds, Monster Hunter World has become Capcom’s best-selling game ever, overcoming all expectations for a franchise that once resided in niche, inpenetrable circles with each passing entry. Now, it has dominated the mainstream and drawn in millions of new players. Now a year after its initial release, say hello to its first and last expansion – Iceborne.

This massive expansion is a fully-fledged game in itself, introducing dozens of new monsters, a new region and so much new loot to obtain. It’s also accessible for those who have completed the main game, sliding into the new area with relative ease. Whether alone or with friends, Iceborne is a wonderfully satisfying experience that will keep on giving with future updates and beyond.

Read our full Monster Hunter: Iceborne Review

Gears 5

Gears 5

Pros

  • A long, varied and ambitious campaign
  • Characters have some narrative depth
  • Plenty of variety in gunplay and other mechanics
  • The world feels massive and full of potential

Cons

  • Campaign’s biggest moments are somewhat underwhelming
  • The camera still feels too isolating at times

After Gears of War 4 proved to be an underwhelming and overly pedestrian affair, a lot of pressure fell on The Coalition to deliver something genuinely groundbreaking with Gears 5. Treading water with yet another familiar shooter simply wouldn’t cut it anymore. So, did they achieve what fans were hoping for?

Lucky for us – the answer is a resounding yes. By taking inspiration from the likes of Uncharted and God of War, The Coalition has created of the series’ finest entries to date. The solo campaign is a mixture of linear, action packed levels and semi-open world environments where Kait, J.D and Del are provided room to grow as characters, showcasing that this world has a story worth telling.

Combine the solid campaign with a robust selection of new and returning multiplayer options and we have a long-lasting package that every Xbox One owner should have in their library.

Read our full Gears 5 review 

Resident Evil 2 Review

1. Resident Evil 2

Pros

  • Tense and terrifying
  • Heavy and responsive gunplay
  • An unpredictable challenge across both campaigns
  • Plenty of great unlockables

Cons

  • We would have loved to see more of Raccoon City
  • Could have been a little longer

Capcom has set a new benchmark for the gaming remake with Resident Evil 2, translating the 1998 survival horror classic onto modern hardware with one of the genre’s finest experiences in years. Leon Kennedy’s and Claire Redfield’s debut is utterly terrifying, taking us through Raccoon City as its overran with undead hordes.

Adopting the over-the-shoulder perspective of Resident Evil 4 and the slow-burning horror of the seventh entry, this remake feels like the perfect culmination of everything we love about the modern formula. Every corner teases a new, awful threat we are powerless to avoid, dealing with it best we can. Those looking to spook themselves silly simply have to play this one.

Read our full Resident Evil 2 Review

Hitman 2 Review

2. Hitman 2

Pros:

  • Tightly designed levels
  • Fun stealth gameplay
  • Not as punishing as before

Cons:

  • Not as punishing as before
  • Lots of gadget repetition

Agent 47 is back in the next entry of IO Interactive’s excellent stealth series. Acting as the second entry in the reboot series, everyone’s favourite bald assassin returns with six diverse new locations to explore across the globe. The formula introduced back in 2016 remains largely untouched, although a number of refinements have been introduced to make the experience far more involved. Every little thing is tallied into your score, meaning it’s easier than ever to become the perfect assassin.

Instead of being episodic, this is a complete package, and IO Interactive isn’t planning to slack when it comes to post-launch content either. Elusive Targets begin with the one and only Sean Bean acting as an enemy players can hunt down and murder however they like. Escalation Contracts also return with players able to compete with friends on leaderboards to truly plunge into the world of assassination. Hitman 2 is arguably the best stealth title to emerge in 2018.

Read our full Hitman 2 Review

3. Forza Horizon 4

Pros:

  • Great map
  • A great variety of cars
  • Honestly, it’s all good here. Sound, graphics, driving

Cons:

  • Driving to the individual races grates after a while

Forza Horizon 4 is a positively stunning driving experience, and arguably the best racing game we’ve played in a long, long time. Playground Games brings the series to the United Kingdom, and translates our unpredictable weather through a new feature known as Seasons.

All four of the seasonal weather variants are here, and mark a fundamental change in how the environments look and how vehicles control. It’s wonderful, complimented by over 400 cars that are so much fun to drive. You partake in a series of events across a vast open world, which can be played against AI opponents or real players in the same instance.

Compared to previous entries, Forza Horizon 4 simply feels more alive than ever before, with every little thing you do adding to how you explore the world or the way in which your character progresses with better vehicles, clothes and more. As far as Xbox exclusives go, you can’t get much better than this.

Read our full Forza Horizon 4 Review

5. Dishonored 2

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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.

Read our full Dishonored 2 Review

7. Cuphead

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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.

Read our full Cuphead Review

8. Sea of Thieves

Pros:

  • Hugely imaginative and expansive pirate world
  • Rewards creative gameplay
  • Countless customisation options

Cons:

  • 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.

Read our full Sea of Thieves Review

9. Halo 5: Guardians

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • Some really clumsy sequences
  • Story will be divisive

The second entry in 343 Industries’ Reclaimer Trilogy, Halo 5: Guardians is an excellent first-person shooter that brings Master Chief to Xbox One in spectacular style. The campaign is thrilling, well-told and opens the doors for an excellent conclusion.

Multiplayer is equally as impressive, making brave changes to the formula while staying true to what veterans adore about the Halo experience. It also looks gorgeous with 4K and HDR enabled on Xbox One X, if you’ve got the kit to support it.

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.

Read our full Halo 5 Review

assassin's creed odyssey

10. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Pros:

  • Ancient Greece is a big, bold and beautiful setting
  • Combat and exploration frequently encourage experimentation
  • Kassandra and Alexios are a great duo of protagonists
  • You can be a cool gay warrior lady

Cons:

  • Dialogue choices and performances are inconsistent
  • Romantic relationship options feel forced and unnecessary
  • Core narrative is underwhelming at times

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey builds upon the excellent blueprint established by 2017’s Origins with more characters, a larger world and more ambitious narrative set across Ancient Greece. This is the arguably the biggest game Ubisoft has ever created, cementing itself as a triumphant achievement for the franchise.

Playing as either Alexios or Kassandra, you’re a descendant of the legendary Leonidas, and must set off on an adventure to discover your past and fight against a mysterious plot that threatens the entire world. So, it’s more or less another day at the office for Assassin’s Creed.

It’s really something, and Ancient Greece looks positively incredible on Xbox One X with 4K/HDR support. As open-world outings go, this isn’t to be missed.

Read our full Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Review

12. Ori and the Blind Forest

Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics
  • Classic Metroidvania gameplay
  • Inventive powers and puzzles
  • Seriously challenging

Cons:

  • Fiendish difficulty spikes
  • Occasional slowdown

Ori and the Blind Forest is just lovely, and is one of the most exhilarating and absorbing games on Microsoft’s platform. It’s also quite unforgiving, presenting a vast Metroidvania experience where you play as Ori, a young creature looking for a place to call home in a vast, uncompromising world.

Boasting a beautiful visual aesthetic, gameplay is equally as gorgeous with razor-sharp platforming, absorbing level design and plentiful abilities to learn and upgrade as you progress. A sequel is in the works, so here’s hoping it’s just as brilliant.

Read our full Ori and the Blind Forest Review

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