Best Xbox One games

Best Xbox One games: Which titles should you get for Microsoft’s current Xbox console this year?

Next year is going to be all about the Xbox Series X, but there are a whole host of games on Microsoft’s current-gen console we recommend you play first. If you’re looking for the best Xbox One games to buy right now, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve tried to give you a good range of games from various genres, with critical reviews, fan reaction and our own opinions thrown in. From triple-A exclusives to retro remakes, we’ve covered a bit of everything for you.

Check out our list of 11 of the best Xbox One games in no particular order below…


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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware)

You died.

Current Metascore: 91

From the creators of Dark Souls last year came Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, a similarly challenging and epic title which pretty much everyone loved.

Set in 16th-century Japan, the game follows a ninja called Wolf who has to take out a whole samurai clan and save his lord, Kuro. It’s a boundary-pushing title in the classic FromSoftware formula, but amped up for Microsoft’s third console gen.

Forza Horizon 4 (Playground)

Live your fantasy

Current Metascore: 92

The latest in the Microsoft-exclusive Forza series is the best game created by developer Playground Games to date. It’s also the best racing game of this console gen.

After foreign settings in the first three games in the series – the US, mainland Europe and Australia, respectively – Forza Horizon 4 finally gives you Playground’s native Great Britain in which to play, with lots of recognisable areas recreated. That’s reason enough for us, to be honest.

Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)

This gen's crowning star

Current Metascore: 97

Rockstar smashed it once again this generation with Red Dead Redemption 2, the highest rated game on Metacritic right now for both Xbox One and PS4.

A prequel to Red Dead Redemption on PS3 and Xbox 360, RDR2 f0llows outlaw Arthur Morgan through a twisting, crucial story in 19th-century USA. Later on, you get to play as a familiar character from the series, taking this game from amazing to masterpiece status.

Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries)

Welcome back, sir

Current Metascore: 84

No series is more synonymous with Xbox than Halo. The games have sold in excess of 65 million copies across all three consoles, and while the latest entry is not the absolute highest reviewed, it’s still an essential buy for any Xbox player who loved the originals.

Critics and fans loved Halo 5‘s return to the core gameplay elements of the originals. The story is a bit mixed, but essential to play through for the next chapter. Pick up The Master Chief Collection if you’ve yet to finish the rest of the series.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red)

Absolutely essential playing

Current Metascore: 91

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt quickly garnered a reputation as one of the absolute best RPGs ever released, and for good reason. Although it came out five years ago (literally, where has that time gone?!), it’s yet to be surpassed.

For complete and utter immersion in a vast open world, The Witcher 3 is a shining example of how artistic a video game can be. With loads of side missions and places to explore, you’ll never get bored with this one.

DOOM Eternal (id Software)

Welcome (back) to hell

Current Metascore: 88

Looking for gore? Demons? Blood? Big F’ing guns? DOOM Eternal is the latest in the once-groundbreaking franchise, and it harks back nicely while pushing the FPS genre into exciting new territories.

With more enemies, more weapons, and more of Hell to explore, DOOM Eternal is one of the most purely fun, cathartic gaming experiences in recent memory. And if you care about story, check out the rebooted DOOM first.

Gears 5 (The Coalition)

Gears of what?

Current Metascore: 84

Another series built into the DNA of Xbox, Gears of War returned last year with the annoyingly-titled Gears 5. It makes sense coincidentally though, as you play as a different character this time around.

Developed by The Coalition, who also did Gears of War 4, the newest in the series is exactly what most players wanted to see from the ever-growing series: great fun action-adventure, with an interesting, emotional story to back it up. Very enjoyable indeed.

Resident Evil 2 (Capcom)

Return to Raccoon City

Current Metascore: 93

Capcom is one of many publishers to jump on the remake bandwagon in recent years, but you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who’s done it better. Resident Evil 2 is a prime example of just how good a remake can be.

The early Resi games are brilliant, but horror doesn’t hold up all too well with modern gaming sensibilities. That all changes with the new remakes (including RE3, which is also brilliant), which are scary as all hell, exhilarating and beautiful all at the same time.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Moon)

Not a bad word

Current Metascore: 90

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is, of course, a sequel to the critically acclaimed Ori and the Blind Forest, an early Xbox One game from Moon Studios who are best known for… Ori and the Blind Forest.

Picking up where the first game left off, Ori 2 is a truly beautiful adventure with Metroidvania-style gameplay, stunning visuals and incredible music, which improves on the original where it should. If you’re looking for something a little different, check this one out now.

Dishonored 2 (Arkane)

Nonlinear stealth greatness

Current Metascore: 88

The original Dishonored was a fantastic new IP from Bethesda, best known for Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, and its sequel its arguably just as good.

Choose between different characters as you aim to take over the throne of Karnaca, while using stealth tactics and an array of weapons, with loads of options to choose from to complete each mission. This is a great game with decent level of challenge and an epic plot. It’s also the cheapest title on this list.

The Outer Worlds (Obsidian)

A new future world

Current Metascore: 85

Obsidian Entertainment has developed a few great games in its lifetime – Fallout: New VegasSouth Park: The Stick of Truth, and now, The Outer Worlds.

Set in an alternate future in which Teddy Roosevelt never became President of the United States and championed progressive society, the title features elements of role-playing games, action-adventure games and more. It’s a lot like Fallout: New Vegas, just hundreds of years in the future.


André Pusey