You could be forgiven for thinking that picking the best games for the Xbox One is pointless now that the Xbox Series X is available. However, that is not the case at all.
The Xbox One is compatible with all previous Xbox games, and many of the best Xbox One games have received enhancements for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. That means you should go back and complete your collection of Xbox games.
There is a wide variety of games for the Xbox One, so keep reading for our recommendations.
What are the best Xbox One games?
Choosing the top game for the Xbox One can be difficult. Doom Eternal and Gears 5 are two excellent shooters, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a fantastic role-playing game, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice combines Samurai combat with Dark Souls-style difficulty, so it’s worth your time regardless.
Then there’s Red Dead Redemption 2, a game as visually stunning as it is fun to play, developed and published by Rockstar Games. We think it’s something every Xbox gamer should have in their collection.
For fans of driving and racing games, there is also Forza Horizon 4, which performs exceptionally well on the Xbox One X. However, if you’re having trouble picking a game to play, Xbox Game Pass has a wide variety of games available for a low monthly fee.
The best Xbox One games you can buy right now
1. Red Dead Redemption 2
When it comes to open-world action games, we believe Red Dead Redemption 2 sets a new standard by letting players loose in a visually stunning and kinetic interpretation of the Wild West where their every move has consequences. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel to the original game in which players control the compelling and complex protagonist Arthur Morgan, who must frequently choose between doing the right thing and remaining loyal to his gang. More and more references to Red Dead Redemption pop up as you play, and they all add depth to that game’s story.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a once-in-a-generation game for many reasons, including its stunning visuals (especially on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One X), cinematic storytelling, and open world that allows you to fish, ride horses, and engage in epic Western shootouts.
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Do you enjoy engaging in battle with fantastical creatures? Do you enjoy participating in heroic ventures that offer the chance at immense wealth? Do you like to sit and play cards for hours on end? A love triangle, a starring role in a play, the outcome of a war, and a rematch with a villain who has plagued you for two games now—how does that sound? If so, you might enjoy The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which was our go-to dark fantasy RPG.
Geralt of Rivera travels across The Continent in search of his lost love and adopted daughter in the third installment of The Witcher series. With what we believe to be one of the best open-world RPGs available, The Witcher 3 is a game that will keep players occupied for at least 100 hours.
3. Dishonored 2
Naturally, Dishonored 2 is the sequel to the first game in the series. While the formula of stealth, magic, and fast-paced first-person action remains unchanged, players can now choose between controlling either Corvo Attano (from the original game) or Empress Emily Kaldwin.
We found that the two characters’ unique abilities allowed for a wide variety of approaches to the game’s missions and environments, as well as interesting ways to eliminate foes. Dishonored 2’s immersive simulation design gives you a lot of leeway in how you choose to accomplish goals, including the option to not use any power and not kill anyone.
While Dishonored’s environment and level design were already excellent, they reach new heights in the sequel, with the Clockwork Mansion and Crack in the Slab standing out in particular. Dishonored 2’s variety, style, and creative, if bloody, fun within the game’s systems make it worth trying even if stealth games aren’t your thing. The downloadable content for Xbox One can be found there as well.
4. Doom Eternal
Doom Eternal amplifies the 2016 Doom reboot’s best features. The game’s sandbox of weapons and skills allows you to create a ballet of beautiful violence during every encounter, making the game’s adrenaline-pumping first-person shooting action more dynamic and fluid than ever.
New abilities like the flamethrower and all-powerful blood punch, as well as new platforming moves like the double jump and air-dash, make slaying demons across a demon-infested Earth a bloody good time, as we detail in our Doom Eternal review.
Doom Eternal is one of the best shooters in recent memory thanks to its excellent progression system, abundance of secrets and collectibles, and stunning visuals and level design. With a story that’s better than it needs to be and an incredible sense of atmosphere, it’s a cathartic, satisfying experience.
5. Gears 5
Gears 5, the latest installment in Microsoft’s long-running third-person shooter franchise, is one of the best Xbox One games in terms of scope and visual quality. Gears 5’s ambitious campaign follows Kait Diaz as she seeks to learn more about her Locust ancestry through a combination of open-world exploration by vehicle and the most satisfying and dynamic cover shooting in the series’ history.
The extensive suite of competitive modes, the redesigned Horde mode that features abilities unique to each character, and the tense co-op Escape mode were all highlights for us in the game’s multiplayer mode. Visually, it’s the best Gears game to date, with stunning, colorful environments that really pop on both the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X.
6. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Prepare yourself for a serious test. Then, after reading our review of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, you should be prepared to dive into the samurai/Shinobi-inspired brutal action-RPG. To complete it, you must methodically hack your way through a mythical version of 16th-century Japan teeming with monstrous foes. Because of its emphasis on mobility—the player can grapple-hook from ledge to ledge and switch stances to catch their opponent off guard—Sekiro stands out from the Dark Souls formula.
Due to the lack of a true grinding system, Sekiro is being hailed as one of the best (and hardest) From Software games yet, with only your skill being able to get you through. Nonetheless, the difficulty can be lessened through keen observation of your surroundings and astute management of your limited abilities. Sekiro is not actually impossible, despite appearances to the contrary.
7. Mortal Kombat 11
Mortal Kombat 11 is the largest, bloodiest, and best Mortal Kombat game to date, with plenty of nerve-wracking content for both casual and serious fighters. The epic story mode is a celebration of the series’ past and present through a delightfully off-the-wall time travel adventure, the Towers of Time rotate to provide a new set of challenges at regular intervals, and The Krypt is a fan service frenzy full of cool unlockables.
In our Mortal Kombat 11 review, we praised the game’s new custom variation system, which allows players to create their own versions of playable characters like Liu Kang, Cassie Cage, and Scorpion down to the last detail of their attire and arsenal. But most importantly, Mortal Kombat 11 is a fantastic fighting game in its own right, boasting the series’ best online netcode and the most balanced and rewarding combat mechanics to date. Do a power check if you dare.
8. Forza Horizon 4
According to our Forza Horizon 4 review, this Xbox One installment is the apex of Playground Games’ acclaimed arcade racing franchise, letting players loose in a massive, stunningly true-to-life recreation of Great Britain that’s teeming with exciting activities. Horizon 4 features dynamic seasons and shared-world multiplayer, so you’ll have to adapt your racing strategy every week as the seasons change from summer to fall to winter to spring.
The real draw of Horizon 4, as with any Horizon game, is how great it feels to drive, whether you’re doing insane stunt jumps or racing against your friends online. Everything in Forza Horizon 4 is an ode to cars and the people who love them, from the stunning variety of vehicles to the madcap battle royale mode to the intricate world map.
Cuphead combines challenging 2D platforming with beautiful hand-drawn visuals reminiscent of 1930s cartoons to create a package that is both charming and difficult. You can play this captivating bullet hell sidescroller by yourself or with a friend, and it features inventive and punishing boss fights and a small number of platforming levels. (If you can, play with a friend; the game’s difficulty is high regardless, but it’s much worse when you’re on your own.)
It’s possible that, like we did with Cuphead, the game’s difficulty will make you want to hurl your controller in frustration. Overcoming these challenging obstacles will give you a sense of accomplishment rarely seen in action games. It’s not only one of the most visually striking games of recent years, but also one of the best Xbox One games for people who can handle a challenge.
10. Devil May Cry 5
According to our Devil May Cry 5 review, Capcom’s popular extreme action series is back and better than ever. You get to take control of series mainstays Nero and Dante, as well as mysterious newcomer V, each of whom has access to a wide variety of weapons at their disposal. Fans of the series will enjoy the game’s bombastic, unabashedly ridiculous plot, and newcomers will be impressed by the stunning photorealism of the game’s visuals.
Devil May Cry 5 is the best way to spend a few afternoons slicing up demons in the most stylish way possible. The game can look even better on an Xbox One X, with support for 4K resolutions and 60 frames per second. The latter, in particular, can be quite helpful for a game that places a premium on lightning-fast combos.
11. Madden NFL 20
Playmakers like Patrick Mahomes and Antonio Brown can now turn the tide of a game with their Superstar X-Factor abilities, introduced in Madden NFL 20—one of the most significant upgrades to EA’s long-running football series in years. Face of the Franchise: QB1 also heavily incorporates this mechanism into its cinematic career mode, which follows your custom quarterback from college to the NFL Draft to an interactive NFL career.
We think NFL 20 is one of the best modern Madden games because of the enhanced animations, expanded playbooks, and reduced downtime between plays. All of your favorite players are represented where they belong on their respective teams, and the visuals and sound effects are spot-on. You can either play solo against the computer or with other people online.
12. Apex Legends
In the world of battle royale, a new ruler has emerged. When compared to other battle royale games like Fortnite or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Apex Legends stands out thanks to its tactical team-based gameplay, in which 20 squads of three fight it out using a wide variety of unique characters, each with their own set of abilities. The game features the tight shooting and smooth movement you’d expect from the creators of Titanfall (seriously, just spend a minute sliding around in this game), and we were particularly impressed by the game’s Ping system, which allows players to communicate with one another silently.
The best part is that you don’t have to spend a dime to jump into the battleground and experience Apex Legends for yourself. Even if you’ve already tried Apex Legends, you might want to give it another shot because the developers are always adding new features and characters.
13. Resident Evil 2
Our Resident Evil 2 review found the game to be a brilliant re-imagining of Capcom’s 1998 horror classic, with solid third-person gameplay, a maze of enjoyable puzzles, and a stunningly horrifying new graphics engine that makes exploring the Raccoon City Police Department more tense than ever. It’s hard to put into words how much better the controls are this time around, but trust me, the experience is better than ever. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever want to return.
You’ll get to take control of Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield again, each with their own individual storyline that mashes up elements from the original games and features the most immersive, cinematic cutscenes the series has seen to date. One of the most delightfully dreadful horror experiences you can have on Xbox One, Resident Evil 2 is more than just a great remake, it’s practically a brand new game.
Overwatch is that rare breed of multiplayer shooter that literally everyone can have fun with. The game’s over 20 characters fight in equally vibrant arenas, and winning requires cooperation and making use of each hero’s special skills rather than a high body count. We learned that while killing enemies is crucial, so is protecting your allies, fooling the bad guys, and taking risks to rack up damage. There’s an Overwatch hero that’s perfect for any playstyle.
Overwatch has a ton of unlockable skins and regular free content updates that could keep you playing for months, if not years. What other sport also allows you to field a squad with a roller-skating medic, a cowboy, a talking gorilla, and a pop star in a mech suit?
We don’t just think Celeste is one of the best 2D platformers of this generation; we think it’s one of the best games ever made. Using only a jump, a dash, and a wall-grab to avoid all manner of hazards and pits, we found it easy to learn but hard to master, as Celeste had us navigate a series of brutal but satisfyingly challenging platform levels.
The stunning pixel art and memorable synth soundtrack in Celeste are the perfect complement to the game’s pinpoint controls. What makes Celeste truly remarkable is how effortlessly it incorporates a touching story about mental health and overcoming one’s demons. Although this game is not easy by any stretch of the imagination, it is also not as brutal as it could be. Many of the side quests are challenging, but completing the main storyline requires nothing more than perseverance and patience.
16. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a massive open-world epic that advances the series in a number of significant ways. It is bigger, prettier, and more ambitious than its predecessors. This time around, you get to pick whether you want to play as Kassandra or Alexios, and your decisions throughout the game’s story sequences have an impact on the final product.
Nonetheless, as we mentioned in our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey review, the game’s real draw is its stunning take on Ancient Greece, which is packed with fun activities that set the stage for some of the best combat and exploration the franchise has seen to date. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey never fails to offer a new and exciting experience, whether you’re exploring the Aegean Sea on a ship or facing off against a Medusa (there are some light fantasy elements this time around). At the very least, it is the largest and most ambitious game in the series.
17. Monster Hunter: World
Monster Hunter: World is Capcom’s long-awaited port of the classic action role-playing game series to current-gen consoles, and it does not disappoint. With vast, living worlds that feature dynamic day/night cycles, destructible environments, and an abundance of friendly and deadly wildlife, this massive co-op adventure has a sense of scale and scope unlike any Monster Hunter game before it. Whether you go on a group or individual hunt, you will face difficult obstacles and a steep learning curve. Learning Monster Hunter: World’s intricate systems is a reward in and of itself.
You can still play solo or with up to three friends, mastering one of 14 unique weapons and hunting massive monsters to craft cool gear, but the action is tighter and the visuals are better than ever. Our time with the game led us to the conclusion that Monster Hunter: World is a challenging game that requires both time and skill to fully enjoy.
18. Rocket League
Soccer with automobiles. Seriously, what else do you need? If you want to play at a high level of competition, Rocket League is one of the most difficult games to master, but it also has some of the most engaging and addicting pick-up-and-play gameplay of the generation. The spiel (heh) goes like this: you and the other team play soccer, except that instead of human players, you each control a car. We found the end result to be an incoherent but unexpectedly strategic mashup of two genres that have little in common but somehow complement each other.
This bizarre sports game continues to get free updates that add new game modes, arenas, and items, making it suitable for both die-hard and casual fans. You can play against your friends and foes who have other systems, as cross-play is supported in the Xbox One version of the game.
19. Outer Wilds
In the low-tech space adventure game Outer Wilds, an intriguing mystery lies at the game’s heart, along with humor and schadenfreude. You play the role of a young, or should that be hatchling, aquatic bipedal creature who is part of the Outer Wilds Ventures, a young space program exploring the solar system for answers.
To begin, you leave the planet of Timber Hearth in a spaceship that is partially made of wood to find more people who are part of Outer Wilds Ventures. If you’d rather go into the game blind, stop reading now.
Still with me? Okay, so you’ve been exploring space for about 20 minutes when the sun suddenly goes supernova. The end has come. It’s a touching scene, with a sad science fiction theme playing in the background as the explosion consumes the solar system.
However, once you come to, you will have the information you gathered during your first expedition fresh in your mind. This cycle will continue until the game’s central mystery has been solved. When you realize you’ve flown too close to the sun’s gravitational pull or stepped out of your ship without putting on your spacesuit, it’s at once soothing, stressful, intriguing, bewildering, and darkly amusing. If you’re impatient and looking for instant gratification, Outer Wilds is not for you. However, Xbox Game Pass subscribers who are up for the challenge will find an intriguing game.
20. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
The Xbox One version of Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a must-have for fans of first-person shooters, despite the fact that it does not include a Halo game from the Xbox One era. This is the best way to get your hands on all four main Halo games, as well as the seminal Halo: Reach and the decent Halo: ODST, if you’re new to the series. The original Halo: Combat Evolved looks much better after being given a lick of modern graphical paint, and Halo 2 sports a rather fine makeover. The ability to switch between the classic graphics mode and the improved version was a particular highlight.
Even though some of the later missions in the original Halo can feel repetitive, the gameplay, level design, and story all generally hold up rather well by modern standards.
In addition, you can access the six games’ online multiplayer modes from a unified user interface. That means there’s a ton of online fighting to be had in a wide variety of formats. If you’re not very good at first-person shooters, you should know that there are some very skilled Halo players who will easily beat you. Classic split-screen multiplayer is also supported, which may seem quaint in the year 2022 but is a great way to spice up a night in with friends.
21. Hollow Knight
It could be argued that Hollow Knight is the pinnacle of Metroidvania games. The 2D game, which initially feels quite confining, eventually expands into a massive maze of interconnected areas filled with colorful bugs and sentient critters who will occasionally share some wisdom, boast, or general nonsense with the player.
Hollow Knight, like many games these days, takes inspiration from the Dark Souls series. As we progressed through the mysterious land of Hallownest, we rested on benches to replenish our health and energy, which also served to respawn previously defeated enemies.
With a combat and perk system that has surprising amounts of depth and all manner of ways to work around tricky obstacles and environmental problems, we found this to make for a rather challenging game, but one that rarely felt unfair. And much like Dark Souls, there are some extremely difficult boss fights that you may have to restart several times before you finally find your rhythm. The gorgeous art style more than makes up for the lack of flashy effects, and it won’t tax the Xbox One to its graphical limits. We think it’s one of the best games out there and recommend you check it out.
22. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Amazingly, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain combines the trademark stealth gameplay of previous Metal Gear games with a variety of open environments and mission types. As Snake, you have a lot of leeway in how you approach missions; you can either charge in with all guns blazing or sneak around undetected, or make up your own rules as you go.
Even now, five years after its initial release, the game looks and plays very well. The solid 60 frames per second frame rate really helps to make the action flow smoothly. The Phantom Pain is a stealth-action game with a huge amount of content, from the main missions to building up your HQ on an offshore oil rig; just thinking about it makes me (Roland Moore-Colyer) want to dive back into it all over again.
The systems and adaptability of the game are what really make it fun, though. You can sneak into a base when it’s raining and your footsteps will be muffled, or you can use a sandstorm to run past guards without them noticing if you headshot a lot of them. Or, drop a supply crate on a deadly sniper’s head to knock them out. Plenty of room for innovation and simple gaming shenanigans. The Phantom Pain excels as a stealth experience.
23. Halo Infinite
Halo Infinite can be played on the Xbox One, albeit with fewer graphical bells and whistles, even though it is arguably more of a flagship Xbox Series X game. What a fantastic Halo game it was, too.
Infinite is a return to the open areas of the first Halo game, expanded to include a pseudo open world, and comes after two less than stellar entries in the Halo series. According to Tom Prichard’s Halo Infinite review, this allows players to freely roam a broken ring world while shooting down alien enemies with a variety of firearms and armored vehicles. The Master Chief also has a grappling hook, which allows him to easily swing across gaps and climb steep walls. In a nutshell, Halo Infinite is a glorious update to the original Halo formula for the current decade.
24. Hitman World of Assassination
The World of Assassination trilogy, which collects the three most recent Hitman games, is easily the best stealth game experience we have ever had. You can’t see Player Character 47 and his signature bald bonce because he’s wearing so many disguises.
From there, you’ll have the opportunity to eliminate numerous targets in a wide range of missions, from catwalks to underground bunkers. It’s an intriguing game in which the player can, for example, patiently snipe a nefarious drug dealer or suffocate a corrupt PR representative in a toilet.
If you own an Xbox One and want to feel like a high-end spy-assassin while casually navigating 47 through some wonderfully designed environments, this is the game for you.
25. Elden Ring
Elden Ring takes the best parts of Dark Souls and Bloodborne and places them in a beautiful open world full of dangerous foes and hidden treasures. Despite its massive scale, the Xbox One can handle it just fine.
The story is obscure, as is typical of Souls-like games, but can be pieced together by reading item descriptions and talking to random NPCs found throughout the world. Of course, Elden Ring is a difficult game. However, as we mentioned in our Elden Ring review, the game’s open world design means that if you ever find yourself in a rut, there’s always another way to acquire the knowledge and experience you’ll need to move forward. Elden Ring is a must-play for any fan of the Dark Souls series.
26. Destiny 2
While some were skeptical of Destiny 2’s new seasonal model at first, Bungie has proven them wrong with a compelling story that weaves together events from each season. The fact that it is now available through Game Pass makes it more appealing to a wider audience. Destiny has stood the test of time and continues to attract players because of its compelling story, engaging gameplay, and wide variety of weapons.
If you’re looking for a new challenge, you might want to look through Destiny 2 for a clue about Bungie’s next title. Bungie’s new intellectual property has an Easter egg within Destiny 2, according to the project’s director Christopher Barrett.
27. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a tour de force of mood, narrative, and the harmonious union of mechanical and conceptual design. The time and effort that Ninja Theory clearly invested in developing Senua and her story yielded fantastic results. The vivid story of harrowing darkness in Hellblade is matched by its beautiful presentation and dense story.
The Xbox One X|S version of Senua’s Sacrifice has been updated for peak performance. According to our benchmarks, Hellblade on Series X is more powerful than top-tier personal computers.
Last year, Ninja Theory released a gameplay trailer for Hellblade 2 that you absolutely must watch. Recently, the developer revealed a stunning in-progress screenshot of Djpalónssandur Beach in Iceland from the upcoming sequel.
28. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
The Yakuza series has been perfected in this game, but Yakuza: Like a Dragon changes the rules. It introduces a new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, and changes the series’ trademark beat ’em up action into a turn-based role-playing game. Like a Dragon ups the ante on the absurdity of the Yakuza with a cast of hilariously entertaining misfits backing Ichiban and hilarious side missions like delivering formula to diaper-wearing gangsters.
The main plot of Yakuza: Like a Dragon revolves around betrayal, making it both a drama and a comedy. The game also features themes about immigrants and sex workers who face discrimination.
Ryo Ga Gotoku Studio is hard at work on Yakuza 8, so far as we know. A few years after the events of “Like a Dragon,” according to studio director Masayoshi Yokoyama, “the next game in the series will be a continuation of the story.” After the success of Like a Dragon, series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi decided to leave SEGA and establish a new studio at NetEase.
29. Gears Tactics
Like Halo’s eventual success with Halo Wars as a real-time strategy game, Gears of War’s transition to a turn-based strategy game in Gears Tactics is masterful. Cover-based combat, close-quarters executions, e-holes, and the entire Gears of War gameplay repertoire are all here, albeit in a more strategic form. The formula is flawless, and the story is enjoyable thanks to the usual stellar character growth and numerous eye-popping in-engine cutscenes. Rarely do series with their origins in one genre be able to transition to a completely different one as smoothly as Gears Tactics does.
30. No Man’s Sky
Everyone in the industry looks to No Man’s Sky Next as the comeback story par excellence, and with good reason. To keep the community engaged, Hello Games released a number of updates to No Man’s Sky that improved the game’s quality of life, such as the revamped space stations, new enemies, cross-platform bases, and a plethora of other requests. Hello Games should be commended for creating a phenomenon that is enjoyed by gamers all over the world.
Time travel and space whales have recently been introduced to No Man’s Sky thanks to the Leviathon expedition.
31. Elder Scrolls Online
Playing Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox is recommended for many great reasons. One, it’s a fantastic MMO that keeps getting better with time (fun fact: Morrowind is included). Two, it can now be played on Xbox Series X consoles. Third, The Elder Scrolls VI won’t be out for a while because Todd Howard and Bethesda Game Studios are currently developing Starfield. The Xbox Game Pass version of ESO is the icing on the cake. Since it is a massively multiplayer online game, you don’t have to commit full-time to it. Immerse yourself in Tamriel and have fun.
On June 21, Legacy of the Bretons, the upcoming expansion for ESO, will be released for Xbox One. It’s called Tales of Tribute and it’s an in-game CCG set in the uncharted Systres Archipelago. Billy Boyd, who played Pippin in The Lord of the Rings, lends his voice as the elf Brahgas in the supplementary material.
32. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
The combat system in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order does a fantastic job of teaching you how to become a lightsaber or force power master by timing your parry’s perfectly. This is especially satisfying on the more challenging difficulties, when you’ll need to hone all of your skills to defeat the slew of enemies that follow Cal Kestus. In addition to its excellent gameplay, Fallen Order boasts a compelling story that will have you exploring a distant galaxy with a ragtag crew by your side. This adventure has it all: a fantastic story, excellent gameplay, and a plethora of evil Empire thugs to slay.
The upcoming Fallen Order sequel developed by EA and Respawn is titled Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. In 2023, the sequel will be released for Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC, continuing the story of Cal Kestis. The studio is also developing a first-person shooter and a strategy game set in the Star Wars universe. With three games in the works, Respawn is responsible for nearly half of all currently-known Star Wars video game projects.
33. Titanfall 2
The first Titanfall was fantastic, but the sequel improved upon its predecessor in every way, especially in terms of its single-player campaign and by adding meat to the strong but otherwise skinny multiplayer bones. Adding more players, Titans, game modes, maps, etc., was a no-brainer for the multiplayer component. And that’s where Titanfall 2 really shined. But that effort seemed to come out of nowhere. Despite its lack of a compelling narrative, its smart, variety-is-king design makes it one of the best shooter campaigns of the current generation. You’ll understand what we’re talking about once you reach *that* twist in the gameplay.
34. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
The bar set by Blind Forest in 2015 is raised even higher by Ori and the Will of the Wisps. The framework was already in place, but Moon Studios spent the intervening five years expanding the world, expanding the moveset with a renewed focus on combat, and adding another helping of bittersweet story. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is one of the best platformers you can play on any system thanks to its inventive puzzles, frantic platforming sections, and touching character moments.
In 2020, IGN spoke with Moon Studios about the possibility of a new Ori game, but Microsoft is rumored to no longer be working with the studio due to a “difficult relationship.” In collaboration with Take-Two’s Private Division publishing label, the studio is currently developing a new action-RPG.
Inside is truly worthy of the highest possible score; in our system, a perfect score of 10 indicates a masterpiece. The six-year production of this non-sequel sequel to the sublime Limbo appears to have been spent on polishing. Everything from the puzzles to the animations to the lighting to the sound design feels deliberate. The non-verbal storytelling in Inside is powerful and will leave you thinking about it long after you finish the film. The experience inside is one that cannot be forgotten.
It has been revealed that Playdead’s next game will be a “3rd-person science fiction adventure set in a remote corner of the universe” and will be released in 2021. ”
36. It Takes Two
The visuals in It Takes Two aren’t going to blow your GPU’s mind, that much is true. Is it visually appealing, with an atmosphere and design that fit the game’s stated “fairy tale” theme? Yes, without a doubt. Play It Takes Two (with a friend or loved one, naturally, on the couch or via online play; the game can’t be played solo) because it is simply one of the best and most unique multiplayer experiences available today. This is the second film written and directed by Josef Fares (yes, he of “F*** the Oscars!” fame), and it’s just as good as the first. It’s about a struggling couple who, after being transformed into children’s dolls, must work together to revert back to their human forms. If you listen to it, you will definitely have a good time.
According to reports, The Rock will serve as executive producer and star in an upcoming It Takes Two film being developed by Amazon.
37. Hitman 3
The third and final installment of the Agent 47 series is not only a vast improvement over its forerunners, but also a visual treat. When it comes to visual treats, Hitman 3 does not disappoint. You’ll be hooked after the first mission in Dubai, but the other five — especially the second, which is essentially like a playable version of the fantastic film Knives Out — will keep your Xbox on for hours as you experiment with the various methods of eliminating your targets. Since Blood Money, this is the best Hitman film.
The release of the Freelancer mode for Hitman 3 has been pushed back from the spring to the summer. For more information on what to expect from Hitman 3 in its second year, check out IO’s road map for 2022. IO is currently developing two games: a new James Bond game and a new intellectual property (IP) that is speculated to be an Xbox-exclusive fantasy game.
38. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
The Assassin’s Creed series has transformed from a stealth action-adventure into a full-fledged open-world role-playing game, and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is arguably the best example of this new direction. Within its Norse-Viking setting, you’ll never be at a loss for things to do, and combat is as hefty and brutal as ever. Furthermore, there is no prerequisite knowledge that will prevent you from enjoying your time here even if you have never played an Assassin’s Creed game before, as there is a larger universe at play here.
Dawn of Ragnarok, the newest add-on for Valhalla, came out in March. The next game in the series will reportedly be based on content from a future expansion.
39. Grand Theft Auto V / GTA Online
Modern open-world games still look up to Grand Theft Auto V and its massive, painstakingly detailed map as the gold standard. Not only is it enormous, but it’s packed to the gills with fantastic content, and I’m not just talking about the campaign’s driving and shooting or the side activities, each of which could be played on their own for hours. This is a city full of people, seedy parts and all, and it has all the sights, sounds, and bustling activity you’d expect to find in such a place.
Rockstar’s satirical take on the 21st-century American dream is cleverly conveyed through three playable characters in the game’s engaging crime epic, and once you’ve rolled credits on that — after some 30 hours — there’s literally years worth of content to dig into in its multiplayer component, GTA Online.
With so much to do, explore, and play with, both solo and with friends, there is no doubt that GTA 5 is the best Xbox One game ever. Grand Theft Auto Online offers unparalleled variety, with everything from elaborate multi-phase heists to custom high-stakes racing to flying DeLoreans and Mad Max-style vehicular deathmatches.
How to choose the best Xbox One games for you
You really can’t go wrong with any of these Xbox One games if you’re looking at this list. However, your own preferences in video games will ultimately determine which option is best for you. There is no such thing as the best game ever.
If you have a wide variety of gaming preferences, however, we recommend trying out as many of the games on this list as possible, especially since many of them are included in Xbox Game Pass. You can’t go wrong with any of the Xbox One games, except maybe for the time and space it takes to download them.