Since its launch back in November of 2013, Xbox One has gained great popularity among gamers, by delivering an outstanding gaming experience.

Recently Microsoft releases new Xbox One bundles quite often, and they are very popular for a reason. Usually, Xbox Bundle Deals come with capacity bigger than original Xbox One, for example, Xbox One 1TB – 5 Games Holiday Bundle.

There are tons of excellent games for Xbox One so creating a list of the best games was a tough job, but we tried our best. Our buying guide of best games for Xbox One will help both experienced gamers and people who have just bought their first Xbox console. Since we are constantly updating the list, you can be sure that it will always contain the latest and most magnificent games.

 

How to find what you’re looking for?

To people who are new to gaming all the specific terms like RPG or FPS don’t really mean much, which is why we have added a short introduction on how to understand what a game has to offer.

RPG stand for Role-Playing Game, which means a game involving one main character going through quests, gaining experience and leveling up. These games are focused more on guiding you through the world more carefully and having you explore stories, with action-packed combat being secondary. If that action-packed combat is exactly what you are looking for, action & adventure games are made for you. These games still retain many features of an RPG, like quests and leveling up characters but the focus here is more on one linear story with less exploring and more fighting.

Racing games don’t really need much of an explanation, however, modern racing games provide much more customization and gameplay options than you might think at first. Sports games, similarly to racing games, do what it says on the can (FIFA and NBA games) with rare exceptions like Rocket League adding new and extravagant concepts to the genre. Platformers are 2-dimensional games that have you jumping over obstacles and fighting through separate levels. The most popular example that pretty much everyone knows would be Mario games.

Also worth noting to some people is the age rating of a game, for example, if you want to buy a game as a gift to a kid. All of these are pretty straight-forward – M for Mature (17+) means the game is suited only for adults as there can be violence, gore and possibly sex scenes. T for Teen may involve some violence, but it is far from graphic, making games with this rating suited for everyone but children before the age of 10-12. E for Everyone is, well, suited for everyone since there is no realistic violence in these games.

 

Our picks for the best Xbox One game

 

Note that the games on our list are in no specific order since the quality of a game depends largely on one’s taste, which is the main basis for including what we consider the best Xbox One games from different genres, rather than a ton of similar, well-made games.

If you don’t want to slowly browse through our list, then below is a shorter list you can use to navigate our picks for the best Xbox One game:

 

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1: Battlefield 1

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This is one of the most anticipated Xbox One game last year. Yes, we all waited for Battlefield 5 and got Battlefield 1. This game doesn’t go to future wars, but instead, it goes back to World War 1, which is something new because most WW games are about World War 2. Be a part of the greatest World War 1 battles ever known – from the deserts of Arabia to the heavily defended Alps, it’s a war on an epic scale on sea, land, and air.

Battlefield 1 has mechanics similar to previous Battlefield games, except in the WW1 setting – having different classes to fulfill different roles in the huge multiplayer battles, unlocking different weapons and gear as you play the game and gain experience, using ground and air vehicles to change the course of battles etc. At the same time, the WW1 setting changes the specifics of all these mechanics – instead of modern, lock-on, automatic weaponry and tech you have clunky weapons and slow vehicles.

You can also play the single-player campaign, although it hasn’t gotten high acclaim as the main focus of all the Battlefield games, including this one, has been multiplayer. But it’s a nice addition to an already great game.

If you are into FPS games but want that experience in a more historic setting, then this is your game. While there may be more modern weapons in the game than there were in actual WW1, the game still stays true enough to the period setting while providing riveting game mechanics similar to what the previous Battlefield games have delivered.

  • Size: 40-45 GB
  • Rating: M (Mature 17+)
  • Release date: September 27, 2016
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • Developer: Playground games

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2: Gears Of War 4

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As one the best-known game franchises, Gears of War has always provided hours of fun for its fans, with the fourth installment being no exception. Gears 4 campaign starts off 25 years after the events of the first trilogy, with fan-favourite Marcus Fenix now filling the role of a mentor to his son, the new main playable character J.D. Fenix. He then goes on to fight battles against the new alien threats and side-effects of the victories achieved in the first three games.

Gears of War 4 is a fast paced action shooter with many different and unique weapons, some of which are new and some are well-known fan favorites, like the Lancer. Different enemies with different weaknesses make the cover based combat much more interesting, with weather effects adding to the variety of combat situations. For example, the wind from strong storms can affect projectile trajectories etc. The game provides a well-crafted story campaign that you can play with a friend either online or via split-screen. Gears 4 also has many different multiplayer game modes to choose from, each having completely different game mechanics and objectives which have also been improved and polished.

Same as previous games, Gears of War 4 will have something to offer to any player who enjoys shooters, whether it be the fun multiplayer game modes or the brand new campaign introducing new characters into the world.

  • Size: 54.65GB – 80GB
  • Game rating: M (Mature 17+)
  • Release date: October 11, 2016
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Developer: The Coalition

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3: Fallout 4

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Bethesda is well known for their fun and well-made RPG worlds and Fallout 4 is no exception. This game has an array of different futuristic weapons and armor, as well as many interesting stories, factions, characters and companions to have you exploring the vast game world for days-on-end. This world is filled with fascinating creatures mutated by the radiation, beautiful vistas of the crumbling 50’s-themed future setting, and many factions with stories that fill every nook and cranny of the world.

Fallout 4 takes you to post-apocalyptic America, specifically the Boston area, where the survivors of a nuclear war try to survive and build new societies among the relics of the old world. You play as one of these survivors – a vault dweller, who had the chance to hide and wait out the nuclear fallout in what is basically a reinforced bunker. However, the nuclear destruction is not your only concern, as other survivors, now turned criminals, steal your baby from cryo-stasis, setting the hero up for a riveting quest, with many more side stories to follow.

The story has always been the main focus of all games in the Fallout franchise, with the fourth installment being no different. However, the developers at Bethesda gave more attention to gameplay specifics than before by making Fallout 4 a more polished, responsive shooter. They have also included features like base building, complex weapon and armor modification, and have finally given their main character a voice.

Aside from a few insignificant bugs, Fallout 4 is not just one of the best games of late, it is a must-have for anyone who loves story-based games built in intricate and interesting worlds.

 

  • Size: 30GB
  • Game rating: M (Mature 17+)
  • Release date: November 10, 2015
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

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4: Titanfall 2

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Titanfall 2 is one of the best sequels to a game we’ve ever seen, as it builds on everything that fans loved about the first game and fixes pretty much every major issue that gamers had with it. Not only does this game give players a huge amount of customization options, classes and game modes to choose from when playing online, it also has a single-player campaign – something that the first game never had but needed a lot. In this campaign, you play as a titan pilot Jack Cooper, who is stranded on an alien planet and finds a companion and a friend in a form of a sentient titan named BT.

The gameplay of Titanfall, similarly to the first game, mainly involves playing as a human operator, who can take care of enemies and objectives either via fast-paced on-foot combat involving parkouring through levels or by hopping into a titan, which is a huge war robot that can only be matched by others of its kind on open battlefields. Needless to say, the interaction between the two combat types is what makes the game stand out and provides a unique experience even for hardened FPS players.

The countless weapons, modifications, abilities and skins give you the option to choose your favorite way of playing the game and customize it down to the tiniest details, with a rewarding progression system that doesn’t make this customization a slow grind. Titanfall 2 is a great shooter that really delivered what fans expected and added so much more to an already successful game.

  • Size: 42.6GB
  • Rating: M (Mature 17+)
  • Release date: October 28, 2016
  • Genre: First Person Shooter
  • Developer: Respawn Entertainment

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5: Forza Horizon 3

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Considered to be one of the best racing games currently, Forza Horizon 3 is a racing game full of customization options and ways to play the game as you please. This time around gamers can experience the beautiful vistas of Australia, from desert roads to forests and beaches, with high visual quality un superb lighting making the experience that much more enjoyable. The only downside of these visuals is the game being locked to 30 frames per second on consoles, including Xbox One.

Racing games may often seem dull and repetitive, but Forza proves that belief to be completely wrong. There are endless customization options for each of the hundreds of cars the game has to offer. The game also lets you play either optional co-op career missions with your friends or race other players in the beautiful game world in both developer or player made multiplayer races. Forza allows you to change its world so you can have the best time racing your favorite cars.

Forza Horizon 3 is currently the best realistic racing game since it covers all the needs pretty much any fan of racing games might want in their gaming experience.

  • Size: 46-50 GB
  • Rating: E (Everyone)
  • Release date: September 27, 2016
  • Genre: Racing
  • Developer: Playground games

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6: GTA V

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Pretty much everyone who has any knowledge about video games will recognize this title. Grand Theft Auto V is a shooter where you play as a criminal and are given options to steal and drive cars, acquire and fire guns at everything that moves and complete countless different missions. This game has a single-player campaign where you follow the adventures of Michael, Franklin, and Trevor, as the trio try to establish dominance over the criminal underbelly of Los Santos.

But if your main focus is multiplayer, the game also has a whole array of different game modes, including racing, car sumo, capture the flag, deathmatch and much, much more. This iteration of the franchise crosses the boundaries of reality even more than previous titles, by letting you play Tron bike deathmatches, or racing with rocket-booster cars or Night Rider themed cars that can jump and deploy parachutes. The only downside is very long wait times in multiplayer lobbies, especially if you’re looking to play with a large party of people.

With the game content constantly being updated and improved, GTA V can provide a huge amount of activities for any gamer, whether you like shooters, racing games or RPGs, this game always has something for you.

  • Size: 57.4-60 GB
  • Rating: M (Mature 17+)
  • Release date: November 18, 2014
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Developer: Rockstar North

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7: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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The third installment in the series ramps up everything that the fans know and love about the franchise, with the well-crafted and huge world attracting many new fans. Witcher 3 is an RPG set in a medieval time fantasy setting, where you play as Geralt, who, as the name of the game suggests, is a witcher. As a witcher, Geralt has to fight an overwhelming amount of different monsters, each with unique properties, strengths, and weaknesses, while also embarking on a quest to save the world from an apocalyptic event.

As it is with all RPGs, you upgrade your hero by collecting experience, leveling up and collecting gear that you can find by either completing the countless quests, each with its own little backstory or by simply exploring the vast and beautiful game world. The Witcher lore is very rich and provides thorough explanations for everything you can find in the world.

Only real downside to the game are some bugs that some people have encountered. This game can also become a huge time-sink, so if you value leaving your house, be careful, because The Witcher 3 can make you spend hours-on-end on exploring all the adventures that the game offers.

Many reviews have deemed Witcher 3 one of the best Xbox One games to come out the past few years, which on its own is proof of how good this game is. A must-have if you like interesting worlds in story-based games.

  • Size: 30.4-35 GB
  • Rating: M (Mature 17+)
  • Release date: May 19, 2015
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • Developer: CD Projekt

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8: Overwatch

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The latest huge release by Blizzard, Overwatch is a game that has re-ignited the genre that Team Fortress 2 never really made popular enough. Hero shooters, as they are called now, are games featuring a roster of different characters with vastly different abilities and properties, that you use in team fights in an FPS environment. You can play a couple different team-based game modes, including point capture, payload or king of the hill, with occasional seasonal events providing interesting spins