The last few years have been big for console gaming as the newer generation of hardware tried to push the limits of gaming and try to present gamers with a 1080p home console gaming experience. Both Xbox One and PS4 launched in 2013 and while Xbox One initially suffered, its offerings of exclusive games slowly grew and the console started catching up to PS4. Here we have compiled list of Top 10 Best Xbox One Games of All Time which everyone must play if they have access to Microsoft’s gaming console.
Top 10 Best Xbox One Games of All Time
Given Microsoft’s attempts to bridge the gap between console and PC gaming, most of the games in this list are also available on PC. However, they are Microsoft exclusives and the only way to play them is on a Windows 10 PC or through an Xbox One console. This list of top Xbox One games includes a wide variety of genres for people who want singleplayer experiences or multiplayer.
Released as one of a kind third person action shooter, Quantum Break wowed the Xbox One fanbase with some really bold moves. Not only was Quantum Break a game but also had a live action TV show within the game featuring some of the industry’s top actors. The game’s story and gameplay was fairly simple and had players using their time warping powers to move around the world and get revenge on the main villain of the story. Top tier acting and visuals are what really made Quantum Break a great Xbox One game.
9.Dead Rising 3
Capcom’s open world zombie action game Dead Rising 3 launched as an Xbox One exclusive and later made its way to PC. However, surprisingly the Xbox One version remains the definitive edition with more DLC content. Released as a launch title for Xbox One, Dead Rising 3 has players fighting zombies in an open world city map while trying to escape the city before a timer runs out. They can co-op with other players, craft unique and crazy weapons as well as modify vehicles to mow down the hordes of zombies.
The fifth main game in the Halo 5 franchise featuring the series protagonist Master Chief shook things up in a big way. Not only did the game offer a 4-person co-op where everyone played as a different character, it also introduced new layers of dynamicity to the combat making it more fast paced and fluid. The campaign had two sections, one where players took on the role of Master Chief and his squad mates while the other section had players taking control of Fireteam Osiris, tasked to hunt down and arrest Master Chief for deserting his post. The multiplayer of Halo 5 also added in a new mode called Warzones with PvPvE combat which made this a really fun Xbox One exclusive.
With Killer Instinct on Xbox One, Microsoft launched a new formula in the fighting games market making it a worthy inclusion among the Best Xbox One Games of All Time. Killer Instinct launched as a triple-A free to play fighting game to rival the likes of Tekken and Street Fighter. Like a lot of MOBAs out there, the game had a weekly rotation system where players would get to try new characters for free. For those who didn’t want to wait, they could always purchase the season pass to get complete access. Great variety, superbly done multiplayer and an ever expanding roster of characters makes Killer Instinct one of the best original Xbox One games, despite later launching on PC.
Banking on nostalgia, Rare compiled 30 of their old games into a collection titled Rare Replay as part of the developer’s 30th Anniversary. What makes this one of the best Xbox One games of all time, despite being a collection, was how seamlessly you could switch between games and how well they were emulated from old consoles which launched decades before Microsoft even launched their original Xbox, let alone Xbox One. Just the sheer amount of work required to achieve something like this and deliver perfect results is enough to give Rare Replay a spot among the highest rated Xbox One games.
5.Halo Master Chief Collection
Halo Master Chief Collection served as the bridge between Halo 5 and previous main games which were released on the original Xbox and Xbox 360. This Collection included all the four main games released previously, remastered for Xbox One. While Halo 3 and Halo 4 didn’t receive much of an upgrade, Halo 1 and Halo 2 were worked from the ground up with all new assets, enhancements and even newly created cutscenes which surpass many games released these days making Halo Master Chief Collection one of the best Xbox One games of all time.
4.Gears of War 4
Gears of War 4 launched in 2016 from Microsoft’s new developers, The Coalition, instead of Epic Games which worked on previous games. Gears of War 4 launched as a Play Anywhere title so is available on both Xbox One and Windows 10, however it still remains an Xbox exclusive and a highly rated Xbox One exclusive too. The game’s story took place decades after the 3rd game and players took on the role of new characters. Despite all the changes, the game did a lot of things familiar to franchise veterans which makes it one of our top Xbox One exclusives simply because of ease of access for new and old players.
Mainly working as a developer for Sony’s consoles, Insomniac Games launched Sunset Overdrive as not only an Xbox One exclusive but also which helped boost the console’s reputation in the early days. The funny yet deep game had a lot of gameplay variety and RPG mechanics as players traversed around an open world map trying to figure out a way to escape from a zombie mutant infested city while making friends with factions in the city. On the rails action, beautiful visuals and constant fourth-wall breaking moments made Sunset Overdrive a huge success and one of the best Xbox One games for all types of gamers.
2.Ori and the Blind Forest
Created by indie developers and later published by Microsoft, Ori and the Blind Forest still remains one of our top Xbox One games even after 2 years and having released on PC. The game’s beautiful and cute art style coupled with amazing soundtrack and an emotional story line made it an instant Xbox One classic and earned critical acclaim. The platforming and combat sections of the game were heavily inspired from Rayman and Metroid games which also ended up earning Ori and the Blind Forest a lot of praise with how well it executed those features.
1.Forza Horizon 3
As one of the members of Microsoft’s holy trinity of game franchises, Forza series has a yearly game release but Forza Horizon 3 can easily be called as their best game to date and the best Xbox One game of all time because of how well everything that makes the Forza franchise unique comes together in this 2016 release. Forza Horizon 3 takes players to Australia as organizers of a car racing festival, however they don’t just organize but also take part in races. Thanks to the game’s open world design, driving across the vast open Australian landscape in a simulation racer has never been more fun. While driving across rough terrain is fun, thanks to the game’s simulation mechanics, players have to keep the wear and tear of their vehicle in mind. It’s the little things like this that truly highlight why Forza Horizon 3 is at the top of our best Xbox One games of all time list.
Whether you own an Xbox One, Xbox One S or will purchase the upcoming Xbox One X, you owe it to yourself to try out some of these amazing Xbox One games. If console gaming isn’t your thing, you can still try out some of our games from this Top 10 Best Xbox One Games of All Time list on your PC. However, some of those PC games will require you to have Windows 10 installed. For people who aren’t really fans of Xbox One, we also have a list of some of the best PS4 exclusives as well as PC games.