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!
- Tightly designed levels
- Fun stealth gameplay
- Not as punishing as before
- 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.
Forza Horizon 4
- Great map
- A great variety of cars
- Honestly, it’s all good here. Sound, graphics, driving
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Buy now: Cuphead for £16 from Amazon
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 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.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- 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
- 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.
- 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 Entertainment’s Overwatch continues to grow, with 29 heroes and countless maps now available in the colourful, inclusive shooter. The latest of which, Ashe, is a badass cowgirl with a robotic sidekick fighting alongside her.
Regardless of your playing style, Overwatch presents such a vast array of playable characters that there’s almost definitely something here you’ll come to love. Whether it’s Mercy’s healing beam or D.Va’s giant robotic mech, you’ll lose hours simply trying all of them out.
Seasonal events centered around Christmas, Halloween and Lunar New Year also ensure that there’s new cosmetics to unlock and progress to make, providing ample incentive to keep playing both alone and with friends.
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 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.
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