The All-Star squad for Microsoft's last-gen system is comprised of the greatest Xbox One games. This is essentially a fast checklist to ensure you've seen and played the best Xbox One games available. Furthermore, several of these titles are not only available on Xbox Game Pass, but are also playable on the Xbox Series X, with some really sweet graphics and performance improvements.
So, in addition to all of the forthcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox One titles, you'll have plenty of time to go through your Xbox One backlog.
Without further ado, here are our choices for the greatest Xbox One games, which we'll continue to update as new releases earn a place on the list.
Most Popular Xbox One Games
What a blunder of a title. You never really feel in control in... well, Control, despite the fact that you play a badass bureau director who can hurl men about with the strength of her thoughts. Nothing is as it appears in Remedy's fantastic action-adventure. The Oldest House is the most intriguing video game setting of the current console generation, immersing you in a twisting, befuddling government structure. While the labyrinth's walls and ceilings swirl around you, Remedy puts you into difficult fights that allow you to test Jesse's telekinetic powers in new ways. It seems like you've been thrust into an exciting TV drama as you float about the place like a young Magneto, smashing opponents with office furniture. One in which the star happens to be the saddest pencil pusher on the planet.
Fortnite, the monster, shows no signs of slowing down. It has tens of millions of players and is one of the few games that has become a genuine cultural phenomenon, with youngsters, celebrities, and athletes flossing like crazy whether or not they've played the game. What's more incredible is that the 100-player battle royale mode wasn't even part of the main game. It began as a co-op crafting and survival game before adding battle royale to capitalise on the trend and eventually taking over the world. While its building and battling gameplay is already impressive, the game's use of seasons - with constantly changing meta stories, secrets, mechanics, and items - ensures that it remains fresh even when the core mechanics remain unchanged.
8. Gears 5
After five tries, Xbox's number two series has finally delivered a good storey. Gears 5 manages to create a truly fascinating narrative that fleshes out both its new main character and the ever-present Locust menace by wisely shunting terminal dullard J.D. Fenix aside for the much more intriguing Kait Diaz. Gears is still a master of firearms and gore. While open-world type hubs, different upgrading systems, and other modern-day clichés make an appearance in The Coalition's third-person blaster, this is still primarily a cover shooter. Gunfights are still exciting and fast-paced, and those squelchy Locust still turn into extra squelchy chunks when you use your Lancer's chainsaw on their supremely fugly faces.
7. Grand Theft Auto 5
The greatest blockbuster in gaming deserves to be at the top of the list. GTA 5 was already a fantastic, violent, and gorgeous open-world game, but it's much better on Xbox One, thanks to a graphic overhaul, a slew of new content, and the inclusion of first-person pedestrian-beating. With the inclusion of online Heists to entice players to play online, Rockstar is getting closer to creating a gaming world so large and diverse that you may forget about everything else. Which, now that I think about it, was most likely the idea all along.
Minecraft is the ideal example of a game that lives up to the hype, no matter how simple or complicated you want it to be. Mojang's masterwork always feels exactly yours and unique, whether you're simply pottering about in creative mode or leaping into survivor mode to take on different blocky monsters in your quest for the End. It may not be exclusive, but it has found a home on Xbox and ranks among the greatest Xbox One titles. This is a planet worth spending eternity in. Additionally, Minecraft's continuous development with new packs, textures, and gameplay changes ensures that the game is constantly moving ahead. It's time to catch up if you thought it was simply about stacking green bricks.
5. Assassin's Creed Odyssey
After a brief hiatus, Assassin's Creed Origins reintroduced the franchise, but it's Assassin's Creed Odyssey that has really established the tone for the future. It features a more interesting environment, a more compelling narrative, and tightens up all of Origins' concepts and mechanics to near-perfection. In comparison to the last game, this one is even more of an RPG, with several narrative lines to pursue - none of which we'll reveal. Set in ancient Greece, the game has you traveling the islands, fighting wars (including full-scale conflicts), romancing whoever strikes your fancy, and customizing your assassin - Alexios for the males, Kassandra for the ladies. You have a beautiful open world to explore and a great adventure ahead of you, whichever you pick.
4. Apex Legends
Respawn Entertainment's version on battle royale sprang out of nowhere and quickly became a global phenomenon. With preset squads of three Legend heroes with distinct abilities that allow you to specialize your position, Apex Legends grafts the finest parts of Overwatch onto the familiar where-we-droppin' concept of Fortnite. The first-person shooting is excellent, as it is in Respawn's Titanfall series, with a broad range of weapons that reward skill (yes, even the notoriously weak Mozambique) and feel wonderful to fire. Apex Legends, like Fortnite, is free to play with cosmetic microtransactions, allowing anybody to test whether they have what it takes to become a Champion.
3. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
We'd argue Konami removed the Hideo Kojima brand from MGS 5: The Phantom Pain if we didn't know better (or should that be worse?) since it seems so different from his prior efforts. Yes, it's full of off-kilter humor, mechanical inventiveness, and conspiracy theories that appear to have been plucked from the deepest recesses of the internet, but this is a completely different type of Hideo Kojima game at its heart.
The shift to wide-open environments with numerous objectives is not only an embarrassment to the rest of the world's stealth-action creators, but it also essentially transforms every player become their own spy film director. That time you and your silent sniper partner pulled off a tense, miraculous heist? You were the only one who did anything. When everything went wrong and you had to explode C4 hidden throughout an enemy base before riding off into the sunset in your own personal chicken-mech? You were the one who designed it. Hideo Kojima has always been accused of being more concerned with replicating his favorite films than with creating genuine games. MGS 5 disproves this, and he wants you to do it yourself. We'll gladly oblige him for a few hundred more hours.
2. Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 may take a while to get going and is the classic 'it gets better after 20 hours' game, but when we say good, we mean excellent. Its wide Wild West opera creates a universe of people in a changing period and takes you on a trip with them as they confront the new world coming over while battling the old one that is still behind them. Arthur Morgan is a gruff hero with a lot of depth who can grow a nasty beard and has a lot on his plate. This is a game where you may steal a bank, hunt animals, fish, play cards, and interact with a variety of people. There's a narrative to follow, with some of gaming's biggest highs and lows, but there's also simply a vast, living world to occupy and live in. Clear your schedules because this is a game that will keep you entertained for a long time.
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
One of the most engrossing RPGs ever created, with a unique, changeable narrative, constantly exciting detective/hitman Contracts, and side missions that go deeper than many major campaigns. The realm of The Witcher 3 is one of the few video game worlds that really deserves the moniker, with political intrigue, mythology, and gruesome creatures to slash into ribbons. All of this is without mentioning CD Projekt RED's plethora of free DLC and expansion packs, the first of which, Hearts of Stone, is responsible for this game's ascension to the top of our list. This is a game we'll remember for years to come because it's beautiful, gratifying, and necessary.