The Best Xbox One Games
While Microsoft is continuous to help its last-gen console, we have now formally transitioned into the Xbox Series X|S technology, which means we’ve reached the top of the Xbox One period. The console was residence to numerous wonderful video games over the previous seven years, making it tough to nail down our checklist of the 25 finest Xbox One video games.
These video games have been chosen by your complete IGN content material staff and – after loads of inside debate – and symbolize what we consider to be the easiest that Xbox One has to supply.
Most latest updates have been made in May 2021.
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25. The Outer Wilds
Outer Wilds could also be a Sci-Fi recreation, but it surely has an odd kind of magic to it. Its open-ended nature may go away you drifting by area (and sometimes into planets at literal breakneck pace) with out a lot concept of what to do, however this handcrafted photo voltaic system is crammed to the brim with engaging breadcrumbs, tantalizing story teases, and a few downright unimaginable sights that continuously draw you into one breathtaking second after one other.
It’s a world begging to be explored, and the time loop mechanic at its core each persistently leaves you wanting extra and provides a terrifyingly tense stress to its in any other case serene exploration. It could take you a second to get your area legs, however Outer Wilds is a trek completely value taking for your self.
24. Destiny 2
Destiny 2‘s new seasonal mannequin was met with a little bit of hesitance at first, however what Bungie has delivered is as a substitute a compelling narrative that intertwines story beats from season to season. The undeniable fact that it has been added to Game Pass solely sweetens the deal bringing extra gamers into the fold. Whether you are seeking to push again the darkness with Stasis or simply shoot issues with cool weapons Destiny has confirmed the take a look at of time and retains gamers coming again.
23. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a masterclass of environment, storytelling, and the wedding of mechanical and conceptual design. The care and a spotlight Ninja Theory has clearly poured into Senua and her story has created one thing wonderful. Hellblade’s lovely presentation and dense story reinforce its severe material on this vivid story of harrowing darkness.
22. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a revolutionary tackle the Yakuza recreation formulation. Not solely does it function a brand new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, however the collection’ traditional beat ‘em up motion transforms right into a turn-based RPG. Add in a complete forged of laughably enjoyable misfits behind Ichiban and hilarious aspect missions of delivering formulation to diaper-wearing gangsters, and Like a Dragon takes Yakuza’s absurdity to the subsequent degree.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon can also be simply as a lot a drama as it’s a comedy with its principal storyline revolving round betrayal. The recreation additionally touches on themes of those that are marginalized from immigrants to intercourse staff.
The makers behind Yakuza promise we’ll see more turn-based RPG games from the collection going ahead.
21. Gears Tactics
Just as Halo ended up making a superb real-time technique recreation within the type of Halo Wars, so too does Gears of War brilliantly make the leap to turning into an XCOM-like turn-based technique recreation in Gears Tactics. All of the traditional Gears of War gameplay is right here – cover-based fight, up-close executions, e-holes, and far more – simply in a extra strategic kind. The formulation works fantastically, and the story is fairly good too, because of the standard high-quality character improvement and loads of beautiful in-engine cutscenes. Franchises rooted in a single style do not typically make the leap to a totally completely different one so seamlessly, however Gears Tactics pulls it off.
20. No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky Next is the story that your complete trade factors to when on the lookout for a comback story and it is effectively deserved. Hello Games managed to proceed supporting No Man’s Sky with a number of updates that added high quality of life options, like Expeditions that add a brand new set of challenges you possibly can play with your pals, or the overhauled area stations, new enemies, cross-platform bases, and a ton of different group asks. Hello Games actually does deserve credit score as a result of what they’ve created is beloved by gamers all over the place.
19. Elder Scrolls Online
There are loads of wonderful causes to play Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox. One, it is a superb on-line RPG that continues to get higher with every new content material replace (aspect observe: Morrowind is in right here!). Two, it now formally takes benefit of the Xbox Series X. Three, with Todd Howard and Bethesda Game Studios arduous at work on Starfield, we can’t be seeing The Elder Scrolls VI for fairly a while. And lastly and maybe most awesomely, ESO is on Xbox Game Pass! It’s an MMO that may be dipped out and in of at will; no have to deal with it like a second job. Just soak your self on the planet of Tamriel and luxuriate in!
18. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order does an incredible job making you grasp the artwork of fight with completely timed parry’s that you would be able to observe up with a flourish of your lightsaber or the drive energy of your selecting. This is very rewarding on the more durable difficulties as you’ll have to grasp your whole skills to overcome the numerous foes after Cal Kestus. In addition to excellent gameplay Fallen Order provides a cherry on prime within the type of a memorable story that can have you ever travelling throughout the galaxy far distant with a band of misfits by your aspect. A terrific story, stellar gameplay, and loads of Empire baddies to slice away at await you on this journey.
17. Titanfall 2
The authentic Titanfall was nice, however the sequel delivered all the pieces the primary recreation didn’t: an impressive single-player marketing campaign and a few meat on Titanfall’s sturdy however in any other case skinny multiplayer bones. The multiplayer half was apparent: extra Titans, extra recreation modes, extra maps, and many others. And Titanfall 2 delivered there. But that marketing campaign virtually got here out of nowhere. It could not have had a lot of a narrative, but it surely’s top-of-the-line shooter campaigns of this technology on the again of its good, variety-is-king design. You’ll see once we imply whenever you get to *that* gameplay twist.
16. Apex Legends
Respawn’s slick gunplay got here to life in an thrilling new approach when its battle royal Apex Legends first launched in 2019, and since then, it is solely gotten higher. Apex Legends’ common seasonal content material drops are spectacular. Not solely can we count on a brand new Legend full with story content material and a neat equipment, there’s typically additionally map modifications (and generally a complete new map), a weapon or mechanic, and high quality of life updates alongside the battlepass. Those common updates plus the occasional vacation occasion and addition of quests preserve Apex Legends in our rotation.
15. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid V – each The Phantom Pain and its precursor Ground Zeroes – is, with out query, essentially the most bold entry within the Metal Gear collection, each by way of its gameplay mechanics and scattered (some would possibly say incomplete) story. Featuring what’s undoubtedly one of the crucial complicated sandboxes in gaming historical past, The Phantom Pain provides gamers an enormous arsenal of weapons, automobiles, devices, and AI companions to strategy missions creatively. As all the time, stealthy tactical gameplay is rewarded closely, but when a mission goes sideways (or when you’re feeling squirrelly) the sport doesn’t punish you for getting loud and messy. While the complete scope of Hideo Kojima’s final imaginative and prescient could have been stymied by inventive variations with Konami, Metal Gear Solid 5 continues to be a fully worthwhile journey for open-world stealth followers.
14. Ori and the Will of the Wisp
Ori and the Will of the Wisps picks up the torch that Blind Forest lit in 2015 and carries it to new heights. The basis was already there, however Moon Studios spent the 5 years between video games constructing out a livelier world, a fully-loaded moveset with a brand new emphasis on fight, and one other serving to of bittersweet story. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is among the finest platformers you will see that on any platform because of its inventive puzzles and intervals of racing platforming punctuated with soulful moments that give its characters an opportunity to breathe and shine.
13. Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4 is not simply the very best Forza recreation ever made, it is the only biggest automobile recreation of the final decade, and possibly of all-time. With its four-season fictionalization of lovely Great Britain and give attention to socially fueled enjoyable quite than hardcore simulation racing, it’s the equal of an ideal, breezy, 72-degree summer time day distilled into online game kind. It has a big, various collection of automobiles , its seasons change the appear and feel of the expertise, and its soundtrack is vivid, cheery, and sure to place you in a superb temper. Somehow, Forza Horizon retains getting higher, which appeared all however unattainable after the chic Forza Horizon 3.
12. Gears 5
Gears 5 loses the “of War” a part of its title however completely none of its third-person cover-based shooter gameplay excellence. The chainsaw gun-wielding troopers return and it’s lastly time to uncover the thriller of Kait Diaz’s previous and resolve the cliffhanger from the top of Gears of War 4. The story of Gears 5 is heartfelt, private, and fascinating, whereas multiplayer is as soon as once more a blast, too. The staple Versus and Horde modes are joined by the fascinating new Escape mode that challenges a staff of three to get the heck out of a map earlier than a deadly poison cloud envelops them. Bring on Gears 6!
11. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
This assortment of six Halo video games stands tall for the campaigns alone – significantly the utterly remastered Halo 2 Anniversary – however now that developer 343 has up to date the once-maligned multiplayer suite together with new options, enhancements, and an total degree of polish, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is an absolute must-own that simply retains getting higher yr after yr. This is the quintessential Halo expertise that has lastly fulfilled all of its huge potential. If you are a longtime fan of the Halo universe or a newcomer who has no concept the place to begin within the lengthy saga of the Master Chief, you possibly can’t do higher than this.
10. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice gives an exhilarating dose of what FromSoftware does finest with new, skill-heavy fight techniques that require precision and perfection to grasp. The supernatural tackle Japanese historical past makes Sekiro’s compulsory moody environment and cryptic story stand aside from its Souls-Borne siblings, and the brand new additions to traversal and fight supply distinctive and welcome updates to the already-excellent playbook of preventing tooth and nail for each inch of progress. Its particular model of motion is probably not for everybody, however those that stick it out will discover Sekiro to be an immensely rewarding journey.
We outline a ten out of 10 as a “masterpiece,” and Inside is each bit of 1. The non-sequel follow-up to the chic Limbo took six years to make, and it appears to be like like 5 of these have been spent on polish. Every pixel, animation, ray of sunshine, and audio cue feels thought-about – to not point out the puzzles themselves. Inside will not pressure your mind too arduous, however its impactful non-verbal story will go away you considering what all of it means for days after you end it. Inside is solely unforgettable and shouldn’t be missed.
8. It Takes Two
Admittedly, It Takes Two will not precisely soften your GPU with its graphical depth. Is it a pleasant trying recreation with a whimsical, fairy-tale tone and graphics to match? Yes, most actually. But you might want to play It Takes Two (with a pal or liked one both on the sofa or by way of on-line play, in fact, since It Takes Two can’t be performed alone) as a result of it’s merely top-of-the-line and most unusual multiplayer experiences you’ll find lately. Writer-director Josef Fares – sure, he of “F*** the Oscars!” fame – follows up the equally wonderful A Way Out with this, a narrative a few failing marriage which may simply be capable to be saved because of the couple being become youngsters’s dolls and compelled to work collectively to search out their approach again to their human types. Play it and we promise you may smile.
Control received IGN’s 2019 Game of the Year award for good motive: it’s an distinctive third-person action-adventure that does almost all the pieces proper. Developer Remedy has lengthy been recognized for its storytelling prowess, and that’s on full show right here. Great characters fixing an interesting thriller in a phenomenal brutalist-inspired setting, plus top-of-the-line takes on telekinesis in gaming all mix to make Control a can’t-miss expertise. It’s a recreation that retains you guessing from the opening to the top credit, and even then you definately’ll be desirous to know extra about its weird world.
6. Hitman 3
Agent 47’s newest (and for now, final) outing shouldn’t be solely a significantly better recreation than its two predecessors, it is a a lot prettier one too. Hitman 3 has some really breathtaking scenes from an eye-candy perspective. The first mission in Dubai will get you hooked, however the remaining 5 – together with the second, which is actually like a playable model of the unbelievable movie Knives Out – will preserve your Xbox powered on for hours as you check out the myriad methods to take out your targets. This is the very best Hitman since Blood Money.
5. Doom Eternal
Doom Eternal is arguably the very best single-player FPS marketing campaign we’ve seen in your complete Xbox One technology. Its complete gameplay loop is constructed round you being a badass – full with different characters you encounter within the recreation being very, very conscious of your badassery – however Eternal meets you within the center by throwing actually dozens of demons at you at a time to even the chances. As the enemies get larger and nastier in the course of the marketing campaign, you get sooner, smarter, and extra highly effective too. It’s an unimaginable fight dance that’s fairly merely not like the rest on Xbox One.
4. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed has basically advanced from a stealth action-adventure to a full-blown open-world RPG, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is maybe the very best instance of its fashionable kind but. You’ll by no means be missing in issues to do inside its Norse-Viking world, and whenever you do get into fight, it is as weighty and brutal because it’s ever been. What’s extra, when you’ve by no means performed an Assassin’s Creed recreation earlier than, you possibly can leap proper into this one, as regardless that there is a bigger universe at play right here, there isn’t any pre-required information that can cease you from totally having fun with your time right here.
3. Red Dead Redemption 2
Both a surprising technical achievement and a brand new gold commonplace for online game storytelling in an open-world setting, Red Dead Redemption 2 is among the finest video games Rockstar has ever made, and one of many biggest video games ever, interval. While its story is a fancy story of honor, loyalty, and loss woven round wealthy characters delivered to life by nuanced performances, the true star of Red Dead 2 is its world. A sprawling and beautiful recreation of the American south and west, it’s packed so stuffed with element that getting from A to B is just about unattainable with out going off the crushed path to another distraction. Whether it’s looking, fishing, taking up any variety of aspect quests for a parade of memorable NPCs, or simply stopping to admire the verdant surroundings, each single side of its world is deeply thought-about in its personal proper; offering a bespoke degree of element that makes Red Dead 2 nothing in need of a masterpiece.
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Few RPGs handle to place forth a bigger chunk of subtle content material than The Witcher 3. Its huge open-world areas impress, by way of each scope and density. Each huge space is generously dotted with nice monsters to slay, tantalizing mysteries to resolve, and private tales to unfurl. It’s additionally one of the crucial spectacular total productions in gaming historical past, with reams of nice dialogue carried out by a stellar voice forged, an unimaginable authentic soundtrack, visuals that qualify as each a technical and creative achievement, and a narrative with extra branches than you may shake David Cage at. Package all that with two of the very best and largest expansions in latest reminiscence, and also you’ve bought not solely top-of-the-line Western RPGs of all time, however a recreation that units the bar for open-world adventures for years to return.
1. Grand Theft Auto V / GTA Online
Grand Theft Auto V’s sprawling, meticulously detailed map continues to be the high-water mark to which all different fashionable open-world adventures aspire. Not solely is it enormous, it’s impossibly dense with wonderful content material – and that’s not simply the driving and taking pictures that make up its marketing campaign, neither is it restricted to the quite a few aspect actions that would quantity to a full recreation on their very own – however one wealthy with all of the sights, sounds, and bustling exercise you’d look forward to finding in a metropolis teeming with people, seedy underbelly included.
Its single-player story is a fascinating crime epic, one which neatly conveys Rockstar’s satirical tackle the 21-st century American dream by three completely different playable characters, and whenever you’ve lastly rolled credit on that – after some 30-plus hours – there’s actually years value of content material to dig into in its multiplayer part, GTA Online.
Featuring all the pieces from elaborate multi-phase heists to customized high-stakes racing to flying DeLoreans and Mad Max-style vehicular deathmatches, Grand Theft Auto Online gives unparalleled selection, and with a lot to do, discover, and play with, each with mates and by yourself, there’s no query that GTA 5 stays the very best Xbox One recreation ever.
Spring 2021 Updates:
Added: Destiny 2, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Gears Tactics, No Man’s Sky, Elder Scrolls Online, It Takes Two, Hitman 3, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Removed: The Witness, Devil May Cry 5, The Outer Worlds, Monster Hunter World, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Sunset Overdrive
Shifted: Titanfall 2 (No. 15 to No. 17), Apex Legends (No. 14 to No. 16), MGS 5 (No. 22 to No. 15), Ori and the Will of the Wisps (No. 7 to No. 14), Forza Horizon 4 (No. 8 to No. 13), Gears 5 (No. 11 to No. 12), Halo MCC (No. 9 to No. 11), Sekiro (No. 6 to No. 10), Inside (No. 12 to No. 9), Control (No. 4 to No. 7).