Whereas Microsoft is constant to help its last-gen console, we now have formally transitioned into the Xbox Series X|S era, 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 greatest Xbox One video games.
These video games have been chosen by your entire IGN content material workforce and – after loads of inside debate – and characterize what we imagine to be the perfect that Xbox One has to supply.
Most up-to-date updates have been made in Could 2021.
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25. The Outer Wilds
Outer Wilds could also be a Sci-Fi sport, but it surely has an odd type of magic to it. Its open-ended nature may depart you drifting by way of house (and infrequently into planets at literal breakneck pace) with out a lot concept of what to do, however this handcrafted photo voltaic system is stuffed to the brim with engaging breadcrumbs, tantalizing story teases, and a few downright unimaginable sights that consistently 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 strain to its in any other case serene exploration. It could take you a second to get your house legs, however Outer Wilds is a trek completely price taking for your self.
Outer Wilds DLC could also be introduced within the close to future, in keeping with a Steam database entry.
24. Future 2
Destiny 2‘s new seasonal mannequin was met with a little bit of hesitance at first, however what Bungie has delivered is as an alternative a compelling narrative that intertwines story beats from season to season. The truth that it has been added to Game Pass solely sweetens the deal bringing extra gamers into the fold. Whether or not you are seeking to push again the darkness with Stasis or simply shoot issues with cool weapons Future has confirmed the check 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 Principle has clearly poured into Senua and her story has created one thing wonderful. Hellblade’s lovely presentation and dense story reinforce its critical material on this vivid story of harrowing darkness.
A sequel, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, is presently in improvement.
22. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a revolutionary tackle the Yakuza sport method. Not solely does it characteristic a brand new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, however the collection’ basic beat ‘em up motion transforms right into a turn-based RPG. Add in an entire forged of laughably enjoyable misfits behind Ichiban and hilarious aspect missions of delivering method to diaper-wearing gangsters, and Like a Dragon takes Yakuza’s absurdity to the following degree.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon can be simply as a lot a drama as it’s a comedy with its foremost storyline revolving round betrayal. The sport additionally touches on themes of those that are marginalized from immigrants to intercourse employees.
The makers behind Yakuza promise we’ll see more turn-based RPG games from the collection going ahead.
21. Gears Techniques
Simply as Halo ended up making a superb real-time technique sport 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 sport in Gears Tactics. The entire basic Gears of Warfare gameplay is right here – cover-based fight, up-close executions, e-holes, and far more – simply in a extra strategic kind. The method works fantastically, and the story is fairly good too, because of the standard high-quality character improvement and loads of attractive in-engine cutscenes. Franchises rooted in a single style do not typically make the leap to a very totally different one so seamlessly, however Gears Techniques pulls it off.
20. No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky Subsequent is the story that your entire trade factors to when searching for a comback story and it is properly deserved. Whats up Video 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 may play with your pals, or the overhauled house stations, new enemies, cross-platform bases, and a ton of different group asks. Whats up Video 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 On-line
There are many 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 Collection X. Three, with Todd Howard and Bethesda Sport Studios exhausting at work on Starfield, we can’t be seeing The Elder Scrolls VI for fairly a while. And at last and maybe most awesomely, ESO is on Xbox Sport Cross! It is an MMO that may be dipped out and in of at will; no have to deal with it like a second job. Simply soak your self on the earth of Tamriel and luxuriate in!
The MMO’s newest enlargement, The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood, is now out there. IGN’s evaluate referred to as it “a nostalgic journey again to Oblivion’s turf and step up from final 12 months’s enlargement in its writing and map.”
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 may observe up with a flourish of your lightsaber or the power energy of your selecting. That is particularly rewarding on the more durable difficulties as you’ll have to grasp all your skills to overcome the numerous foes after Cal Kestus. Along with very good gameplay Fallen Order provides a cherry on prime within the type of a memorable story that may have you ever travelling throughout the galaxy far distant with a band of misfits by your aspect. An incredible story, stellar gameplay, and loads of Empire baddies to slice away at await you on this journey.
17. Titanfall 2
The unique Titanfall was nice, however the sequel delivered every thing the primary sport did not: an excellent single-player marketing campaign and a few meat on Titanfall’s robust however in any other case skinny multiplayer bones. The multiplayer half was apparent: extra Titans, extra sport modes, extra maps, and many others. And Titanfall 2 delivered there. However that marketing campaign virtually got here out of nowhere. It could not have had a lot of a narrative, but it surely’s the most effective shooter campaigns of this era on the again of its good, variety-is-king design. You will see once we imply once 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 package, there’s typically additionally map modifications (and generally an entire new map), a weapon or mechanic, and high quality of life updates alongside the battlepass. These common updates plus the occasional vacation occasion and addition of quests preserve Apex Legends in our rotation.
Apex Legends topped our checklist of the best battle royales.
15. Metallic Gear Strong V: The Phantom Ache
Metallic Gear Strong V – each The Phantom Pain and its precursor Ground Zeroes – is, with out query, probably the most bold entry within the Metallic Gear collection, each when it comes to its gameplay mechanics and scattered (some would possibly say incomplete) story. That includes what’s undoubtedly probably the most complicated sandboxes in gaming historical past, The Phantom Ache provides gamers an enormous arsenal of weapons, autos, devices, and AI companions to method missions creatively. As at all times, 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. Whereas the total scope of Hideo Kojima’s final imaginative and prescient might have been stymied by artistic variations with Konami, Metallic Gear Strong 5 continues to be a completely 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 muse 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 likely one of the greatest platformers you will see on any platform because of its artistic puzzles and durations 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 perfect Forza sport ever made, it is the only biggest automotive sport of the final decade, and possibly of all-time. With its four-season fictionalization of lovely Nice Britain and deal with 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 huge, numerous choice of automobiles , its seasons change the feel and appear of the expertise, and its soundtrack is vivid, cheery, and sure to place you in a superb temper. Someway, Forza Horizon retains getting higher, which appeared all however unattainable after the chic Forza Horizon 3.
12. Gears 5
Gears 5 loses the “of Warfare” 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 attention-grabbing new Escape mode that challenges a workforce of three to get the heck out of a map earlier than a deadly poison cloud envelops them. Convey on Gears 6!
11. Halo: The Grasp Chief Assortment
This assortment of six Halo video games stands tall for the campaigns alone – notably the fully 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 general degree of polish, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is an absolute must-own that simply retains getting higher 12 months after 12 months. That is the quintessential Halo expertise that has lastly fulfilled all of its large potential. When you’re a longtime fan of the Halo universe or a newcomer who has no concept the place to begin within the lengthy saga of the Grasp Chief, you may’t do higher than this.
The following chapter within the Grasp Chief saga, Halo Infinite, is due out later this 12 months.
10. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice affords an exhilarating dose of what FromSoftware does greatest with new, skill-heavy fight programs that require precision and perfection to grasp. The supernatural tackle Japanese historical past makes Sekiro’s compulsory moody environment and cryptic story stand other than its Souls-Borne siblings, and the brand new additions to traversal and fight supply distinctive and welcome updates to the already-excellent playbook of combating tooth and nail for each inch of progress. Its particular model of motion will not be for everybody, however those that stick it out will discover Sekiro to be an immensely rewarding journey.
We outline a 10 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 like 5 of these have been spent on polish. Each pixel, animation, ray of sunshine, and audio cue feels thought of – to not point out the puzzles themselves. Inside will not pressure your mind too exhausting, however its impactful non-verbal story will depart you considering what all of it means for days after you end it. Inside is just 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 wanting sport with a whimsical, fairy-tale tone and graphics to match? Sure, most definitely. However it’s good to play It Takes Two (with a good friend or liked one both on the sofa or through on-line play, in fact, since It Takes Two can’t be performed alone) as a result of it’s merely the most effective and most original multiplayer experiences you’ll find today. Author-director Josef Fares – sure, he of “F*** the Oscars!” fame – follows up the equally wonderful A Way Out with this, a narrative a couple of failing marriage that may simply be capable of be saved because of the couple being changed into kids’s dolls and compelled to work collectively to seek out their approach again to their human types. Play it and we promise you may smile.
Control gained IGN’s 2019 Sport of the 12 months award for good motive: it’s an distinctive third-person action-adventure that does almost every thing proper. Developer Treatment has lengthy been recognized for its storytelling prowess, and that’s on full show right here. Nice characters fixing an enticing thriller in a gorgeous brutalist-inspired setting, plus the most effective takes on telekinesis in gaming all mix to make Management a can’t-miss expertise. It’s a sport that retains you guessing from the opening to the top credit, and even then you definitely’ll be eager to know extra about its weird world.
Treatment has since launched two expansions for Management, The Foundation and the Alan Wake crossover AWE. The developer just lately confirmed it has began work on another new game, marking the studio’s sixth publicly introduced venture — two of that are set within the Control/Alan Wake universe.
6. Hitman 3
Agent 47’s newest (and for now, final) outing will not be solely a significantly better sport 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 primary mission in Dubai will get you hooked, however the remaining 5 – together with the second, which is basically 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. That is the perfect Hitman since Blood Money.
5. Doom Everlasting
Doom Eternal is arguably the perfect single-player FPS marketing campaign we’ve seen in your entire Xbox One era. Its total gameplay loop is constructed round you being a badass – full with different characters you encounter within the sport being very, very conscious of your badassery – however Everlasting meets you within the center by throwing actually dozens of demons at you at a time to even the chances. Because the enemies get greater and nastier through the marketing campaign, you get quicker, smarter, and extra highly effective too. It’s an unimaginable fight dance that’s fairly merely in contrast to the rest on Xbox One.
4. Murderer’s Creed Valhalla
Murderer’s Creed has primarily advanced from a stealth action-adventure to a full-blown open-world RPG, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is probably the perfect instance of its fashionable kind but. You will by no means be missing in issues to do inside its Norse-Viking world, and once 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 Murderer’s Creed sport earlier than, you may leap proper into this one, as though there is a bigger universe at play right here, there is not any pre-required information that may cease you from totally having fun with your time right here.
Valhalla’s first main DLC, Wrath of the Druids, is now out there. IGN’s evaluate mentioned “the brand new Irish setting provides just a few genuinely contemporary takes on the method and a handful of recent and attention-grabbing fights.”
3. Purple Lifeless Redemption 2
Each a shocking technical achievement and a brand new gold customary for online game storytelling in an open-world setting, Red Dead Redemption 2 is likely one of the greatest video games Rockstar has ever made, and one of many biggest video games ever, interval. Whereas 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 Purple Lifeless 2 is its world. A sprawling and beautiful recreation of the American south and west, it’s packed so filled with element that getting from A to B is just about unattainable with out going off the overwhelmed path to another distraction. Whether or not it’s looking, fishing, taking over 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 of in its personal proper; offering a bespoke degree of element that makes Purple Lifeless 2 nothing wanting a masterpiece.
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Few RPGs handle to place forth a bigger chunk of refined content material than The Witcher 3. Its large open-world areas impress, when it comes to each scope and density. Every large space is generously dotted with nice monsters to slay, tantalizing mysteries to unravel, and private tales to unfurl. It’s additionally probably the most spectacular general 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. Bundle all that with two of the perfect and largest expansions in current reminiscence, and also you’ve bought not solely the most effective Western RPGs of all time, however a sport that units the bar for open-world adventures for years to come back.
1. Grand Theft Auto V / GTA On-line
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 big, 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 sport on their very own – however one wealthy with all of the sights, sounds, and bustling exercise you’d anticipate finding in a metropolis teeming with people, seedy underbelly included.
Its single-player story is an interesting crime epic, one which neatly conveys Rockstar’s satirical tackle the 21-st century American dream by way of three totally different playable characters, and once you’ve lastly rolled credit on that – after some 30-plus hours – there’s actually years price of content material to dig into in its multiplayer element, GTA Online.
That includes every thing from elaborate multi-phase heists to customized high-stakes racing to flying DeLoreans and Mad Max-style vehicular deathmatches, Grand Theft Auto On-line affords unparalleled selection, and with a lot to do, discover, and play with, each with pals and by yourself, there’s no query that GTA 5 stays the perfect Xbox One sport ever.
Spring 2021 Updates:
Added: Future 2, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Gears Techniques, No Man’s Sky, Elder Scrolls On-line, It Takes Two, Hitman 3, Murderer’s Creed Valhalla
Eliminated: The Witness, Satan Could Cry 5, The Outer Worlds, Monster Hunter World, Murderer’s Creed Odyssey, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Sundown 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. Eight 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), Management (No. Four to No. 7).