While Microsoft is continuous to help its last-gen console, we’ve got formally transitioned into the Xbox Series X|S era, that means we’ve reached the top of the Xbox One period. The console was dwelling to numerous wonderful video games over the previous seven years, making it troublesome to nail down our record of the 25 finest Xbox One video games.
These video games have been chosen by your complete IGN content material crew and – after loads of inside debate – and characterize what we consider to be the perfect 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 sport, but it surely has a wierd type of magic to it. Its open-ended nature might go away you drifting by way of house (and infrequently into planets at literal breakneck velocity) 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 unbelievable sights that continually 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 constantly leaves you wanting extra and provides a terrifyingly tense strain to its in any other case serene exploration. It might take you a second to get your house legs, however Outer Wilds is a trek completely price 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 incontrovertible fact that it has been added to Game Pass solely sweetens the deal bringing extra gamers into the fold. Whether you are trying to push again the darkness with Stasis or simply shoot issues with cool weapons Destiny 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 Theory has clearly poured into Senua and her story has created one thing wonderful. Hellblade’s lovely presentation and dense story reinforce its severe subject material on this vivid story of harrowing darkness.
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 sequence’ basic beat ‘em up motion transforms right into a turn-based RPG. Add in an entire solid of laughably enjoyable misfits behind Ichiban and hilarious facet missions of delivering method to diaper-wearing gangsters, and Like a Dragon takes Yakuza’s absurdity to the subsequent stage.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon can be simply as a lot a drama as it’s a comedy with its fundamental 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 sequence going ahead.
21. Gears Tactics
Just as Halo ended up making a wonderful 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. All of the basic Gears of War gameplay is right here – cover-based fight, up-close executions, e-holes, and way more – simply in a extra strategic type. 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 totally totally 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 business factors to when in search of 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’ll be able to play with your folks, or the overhauled house 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 wonderful on-line RPG that continues to get higher with every new content material replace (facet 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 laborious at work on Starfield, we cannot 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 must deal with it like a second job. Just soak your self on the planet of Tamriel and revel in!
18. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order does a tremendous job making you grasp the artwork of fight with completely timed parry’s you could observe up with a flourish of your lightsaber or the pressure energy of your selecting. This is particularly rewarding on the more durable difficulties as you’ll must grasp all your talents to overcome the numerous foes after Cal Kestus. In addition to excellent gameplay Fallen Order provides a cherry on high within the type of a memorable story that may have you ever travelling throughout the galaxy far far-off with a band of misfits by your facet. An important 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 every little thing the primary sport didn’t: an impressive 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 so on. And Titanfall 2 delivered there. But that marketing campaign virtually got here out of nowhere. It might not have had a lot of a narrative, but it surely’s top-of-the-line shooter campaigns of this era on the again of its good, variety-is-king design. You’ll see after we imply whenever you get to *that* gameplay twist.
16. Apex Legends
Respawn’s slick gunplay got here to life in an thrilling new means 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 adjustments (and typically an entire 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 maintain 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, probably the most formidable entry within the Metal Gear sequence, each when it comes to its gameplay mechanics and scattered (some would possibly say incomplete) story. Featuring what’s undoubtedly some of the complicated sandboxes in gaming historical past, The Phantom Pain offers gamers an enormous arsenal of weapons, automobiles, devices, and AI companions to method missions creatively. As all the time, stealthy tactical gameplay is rewarded closely, but when a mission goes sideways (or for those who’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 might have been stymied by inventive variations with Konami, Metal Gear Solid 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 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 likely one of the finest platformers you’ll discover 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 sport ever made, it is the only best automotive sport 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 moderately than hardcore simulation racing, it’s the equal of an ideal, breezy, 72-degree summer season day distilled into online game type. It has a big, numerous collection of automobiles , its seasons change the appear and feel of the expertise, and its soundtrack is brilliant, cheery, and sure to place you in temper. Somehow, Forza Horizon retains getting higher, which appeared all however inconceivable 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 interesting, 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 crew 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 general stage 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’ll be able to’t do higher than this.
10. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice presents an exhilarating dose of what FromSoftware does finest 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 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 combating tooth and nail for each inch of progress. Its particular model of motion might not be 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 laborious, however its impactful non-verbal story will go away 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 trying sport with a whimsical, fairy-tale tone and graphics to match? Yes, most actually. But that you must play It Takes Two (with a pal or beloved one both on the sofa or through on-line play, after all, since It Takes Two can’t be performed alone) as a result of it’s merely top-of-the-line and most original multiplayer experiences you’ll find nowadays. 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 that may simply be capable of be saved because of the couple being became kids’s dolls and compelled to work collectively to seek out their means again to their human kinds. Play it and we promise you may smile.
Control received IGN’s 2019 Game of the Year award for good cause: it’s an distinctive third-person action-adventure that does almost every little thing proper. Developer Remedy has lengthy been recognized for its storytelling prowess, and that’s on full show right here. Great characters fixing a fascinating 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 sport that retains you guessing from the opening to the top credit, and even then you definitely’ll be desirous to know extra about its weird world.
6. Hitman 3
Agent 47’s newest (and for now, final) outing will not be solely a a lot better sport than its two predecessors, it is a a lot prettier one too. Hitman 3 has some actually 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 basically like a playable model of the improbable movie Knives Out – will maintain 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 era. Its whole 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 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 through the marketing campaign, you get quicker, smarter, and extra highly effective too. It’s an unbelievable fight dance that’s fairly merely not like anything on Xbox One.
4. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed has primarily developed 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 type 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, for those who’ve by no means performed an Assassin’s Creed sport earlier than, you’ll be able to bounce proper into this one, as although there is a bigger universe at play right here, there is no pre-required data that may cease you from totally having fun with your time right here.
3. Red Dead Redemption 2
Both 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 finest video games Rockstar has ever made, and one of many best video games ever, interval. While its story is a posh story of honor, loyalty, and loss woven round wealthy characters dropped at 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 inconceivable with out going off the overwhelmed path to another distraction. Whether it’s searching, fishing, taking up any variety of facet quests for a parade of memorable NPCs, or simply stopping to admire the verdant surroundings, each single facet of its world is deeply thought-about in its personal proper; offering a bespoke stage of element that makes Red Dead 2 nothing wanting 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, when it comes to each scope and density. Each huge space is generously dotted with nice monsters to slay, tantalizing mysteries to unravel, and private tales to unfurl. It’s additionally some of the spectacular general productions in gaming historical past, with reams of nice dialogue carried out by a stellar voice solid, an unbelievable authentic soundtrack, visuals that qualify as each a technical and inventive achievement, and a narrative with extra branches than you would shake David Cage at. Package all that with two of the very best and largest expansions in latest reminiscence, and also you’ve received not solely top-of-the-line 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 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 capturing that make up its marketing campaign, neither is it restricted to the quite a few facet actions that might quantity to a full sport 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 an interesting crime epic, one which well conveys Rockstar’s satirical tackle the 21-st century American dream by way of three totally different playable characters, and whenever 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.
Featuring every little thing from elaborate multi-phase heists to customized high-stakes racing to flying DeLoreans and Mad Max-style vehicular deathmatches, Grand Theft Auto Online presents 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 very best Xbox One sport 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).