The Xbox One is Microsoft’s current gaming console, being the successor of the Xbox 360.
With the release of the newer version of the console, the Xbox One S, and the latest and most powerful, the Xbox One X, you can play the games at better frame rate and resolution.
If you have this console, I know that you want to know the best Xbox One games of all time.
Most of you will recognize some of the games mentioned on this list.
If you want to get more specific, here are the best Xbox One games by genres:
#100. World of Tanks
Engage in exciting player versus player tank battles.
Pick from a large variety of tanks and game modes, and settle the score in massive online fights.
World of Tanks is run on a free-to-play business model, meaning that everyone can try out the game at no charge.
There are many tanks to choose from, and almost all of them are based off real-life tank models.
Hop in one of the many tanks and lead your team to victory in six different game modes.
#99. Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Follow four characters on their journey through the war-torn countrysides of World War 1.
This game tells a powerful story centered around four fictional characters set in the first world war.
Players will have to solve puzzles, navigate dangerous surroundings, and use their wits to stay alive.
The story is appropriately dark, and explores the long-reaching destruction of warfare.
The characters are personable and easy to get attached to, and the art style is inspired and unique.
#98. Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition
Repel mutated enemies with style as the leader of a group of special forces known as Dead Echo.
The central theme of Bulletstorm is to be over-the-top and absolutely ridiculous.
From the funny but obnoxious one-liners to the large explosions and bloody action, this game is a pure action thrill ride.
Using an energy leash, players can fling enemies away from them and toward them, killing them in style.
Especially stylish kills are rewarded with skill points, which are used to become more powerful as you progress.
#97. Mega Man Legacy Collection
Relive the classic Mega Man series in this remastered collection that brings old school Nintendo fun to the Xbox.
Mega Man is one of the most prestigious names in all of gaming history, and for good reason.
This collection compiles the first six games in all their glory, and makes them pop on modern consoles.
New features have been added to spice things up, such as the ability to rewind time in case you make a mistake.
Extra challenge modes and unlockables give players plenty of reasons to keep playing, making this a fleshed out and fantastic trip down memory lane.
Navigate through dangerous lands as a candle with a ten-second wick.
Run, jump, and burn your way to success in this quirky indie game.
Candleman has a lot of heart, which is evident from its gorgeous visuals and interesting concept.
Playing as a sentient candle, you must make your way through nine chapters of fantastical environments.
Thanks to his small weight, Candleman can leap over pitfalls and obstacles, so you’ll have to use your jumping ability to stay alive.
#95. FIFA 15
Experience a fleshed out soccer simulation, with dozens of licensed teams, stadiums, and a variety of game modes.
FIFA returns and continues its dominance of the soccer simulation genre with FIFA 15.
Besides the expected teams and modes, this version adds even more licensed teams and features.
Players can play as Serie A Italian teams as well as several Argentine clubs.
Ultimate Team mode has seen a few updates, allowing players to loan out certain players.
Additionally, 20 Premiere League stadiums have been added to the game.
#94. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
The cute and fun style of Plants vs Zombies combines with the team-based multiplayer shooter to produce a great game that’s fun for the whole family.
This game differentiates itself from other similar titles due to its bright and vivid style.
Players join multiplayer sessions, picking from a variety of unique characters with special skills.
As you play, you can level up these characters, unlocking more powers and abilities.
There’s a wide array of inventive maps, as well as a slew of fun game modes to partake in.
#93. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
This compilation brings Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Presequel together.
Both games are remastered for modern consoles and include all the downloadable content released.
Borderlands is a great mixture of intense shooting and fun RPG mechanics.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of unique weapons you can obtain, ranging from high damage pistols to explosive rocket launchers.
There are multiple classes of characters, each with their own vastly different playstyle and skill trees.
If you’re looking for a game to sink hundreds of hours into, both of the Borderlands titles offered in this collection are sure to please.
Collect your friends and attempt to run a cooperative kitchen, cooking meals and serving them in exotic and dangerous locales.
Overcooked is an excellent representation of cooperative gaming.
In order to succeed, you and up to three other friends will have to work in tandem.
The game has endearing characters and visuals, making it appropriate for all age levels.
As the difficulty ramps up and the requirements become more complex, you’ll find the stress of cooperation both invigorating and frustrating.
Completing this game feels like a monumental task, and is one of the most satisfying playthroughs in all of cooperative gaming.
#91. Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings
Despite the exaggerated look of the characters and stadiums, Super Mega Baseball delivers a surprisingly accurate simulation of America’s home sport.
Although this game lacks fully licensed MLB rosters, it makes up for that by offering an extensive amount of customization.
The humorous look and feel of the characters adds a good amount of personality to the experience.
The controls are pretty simple as well, making it an easy game to pick up and play.
This version of the game also includes all the previously offered downloadable content.
#90. Guitar Hero Live
Practice your guitar skills in front of a real-life crowd that reacts to your performance.
You’ll really feel like you’re part of a band thanks to the immersive setup and songs.
Unlike previous Guitar Hero games, this title introduces a brand new guitar peripheral.
Instead of playing in front of computer generated crowds, you’ll play on a stage with a real-life crowd.
The song selection is pretty good, with a smattering of options in almost every genre.
The most impressive part of the entire game is the feeling of being part of an actual band, and as you perform, you’ll get lost in the fun of it all.
#89. The Turing Test
Solve puzzles as you work through a research base on Europa, a moon that revolves around Jupiter.
You play as Ava Turing, a research scientist who must complete a variety of increasingly difficult puzzles.
You do this by using a specialized tool that can transfer energy spheres from location to location, unlocking doors and activating devices.
As you progress, new elements are introduced, such as the ability to activate cameras and observe your surroundings.
As far as puzzle games go, this one can get pretty tough, so you’ll have to use your noggin if you want to succeed.
#88. Tom Clancy’s The Division
A horrible plague spreads across the United States on Black Friday, the largest shopping holiday in America.
You must survive the plague as a sleeper agent, activated to restore peace to the ravaged cities.
The Division encourages you to squad up with friends and take on the destroyed and looted New York City.
You’ll have to repel squatters, looters, and bandits using a variety of technologically advanced weaponry.
In addition to completing missions and activities, you can head into a designated players versus player zone, where you have the opportunity to defeat other players and collect their gear.
#87. Fallout 4: Far Harbor
Explore a mysterious island off the coast of Maine, and search for a missing girl who has disappeared into the fog.
This expansion for Fallout 4 embraces puzzle solving as well as improving dialogue options.
The island of Far Harbor is surprisingly expansive, giving players a large area to explore and loot.
Besides the main quest line, there are several side quests and extra areas to explore.
You can decide to group up with one of the three new factions on the island, eventually leading to one of eight different story endings.
#86. Game of Thrones: Episode Three – The Sword in the Darkness
The suspense continues to rise in Telltale’s Game of Thrones, as players control a large cast of characters who span the entirety of the world.
Although some of Telltale’s episodes of Game of Thrones can be a bit lackluster, Episode Three excels thanks to its variety of characters and sequences.
Throughout the episode, you’ll attempt to recruit an army, navigate through political conversations with dangerous consequences, and even shed a bit of blood.
The multiple story threads keep the narrative moving, and important player choices shape how the story is told.
#85. King’s Quest Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember
Join Graham, a man who wishes to become a knight.
Journey through fantasy locations and solve puzzles on an adventure for the storybooks.
This version of King’s Quest is a reimagining of the classic series by Sierra.
Following the dopey and slightly dim Graham, you meet new characters and help them, attempting to gain favor.
The game is full of funny scenarios, interesting puzzle solutions, and a ton of charm.
Although a few puzzles can be frustrating, the overall experience is refreshing and fun, and an adventure you won’t soon forget.
Use color to your advantage as you navigate a grayed out world and attempt to find your missing mother.
This game delivers refreshing puzzles based around color and platforming.
The main character can change the background color, revealing platforms and obstacles.
Using quick reaction time and critical thinking, you’ll have to select the proper color to make it through tough platforming sections.
As you progress, more colors become available, making the puzzles more complex.
#83. Cities: Skylines – Xbox One Edition
Become the mayor of your very own city and help it grow into a bustling center of commerce, residence, and profit.
Cities: Skylines is one of the most detailed and in-depth simulation games in the entire genre.
Players will have to craft their very own cities, starting with properly functioning road layouts.
This game gives you complete control over every aspect of your city, from public transportation and trash collection to education offerings, taxes, and drug legality.
It’s a game that requires forward thinking, being able to quickly adapt to changes, and plan effectively.
#82. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Alone or with up to three friends, you pilot a spaceship, eliminating enemies and exploring the far reaches of space.
This game demands cooperation and communication, and each player has a hand in controlling the ship.
There’s different locations throughout the ship, each with a specific purpose.
By working together, you and your team will have to simultaneously control shields, guns, acceleration, and more.
The demanding controls are balanced by psychedelic visuals that perfectly recreate the wondrous mysteries of space.
#81. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Build a team of your favorite Naruto characters and engage in exciting battles that will surely get any anime fan excited.
Naruto and friends are back for another adventure.
This time, they attempt to repel the evil Obito as he attempts to awaken a dangerous monster of legend.
Players can choose from a huge roster, with over 100 different playable characters to select.
As you explore town and take up quests, you’ll engage in exciting 3D fights that perfectly emulate the quick battles in Naruto anime and manga.
#80. Madden NFL 15
Pick your favorite NFL team and experience accurate football action in a variety of modes.
Like most Madden titles, Madden 15 has a bit of something for everyone.
Players can pick their own team or create a franchise, choosing to play on the field, as a manager, or team owner.
There’s a helpful selection of skill challenges that will help you train on specific mechanics.
Besides offline offerings, players can engage in head-to-head online battles, or even recruit multiple players for team battles.
#79. Super Time Force
Play with time and dodge bullets in this exciting and intense side scrolling shooter.
This game mixes the familiar with the new, borrowing inspiration from action classics like Contra.
Players assemble a team from over 16 different characters and battle through 6 challenging stages.
You only have 30 lives to complete the game, but unlocking new characters and abilities makes things easier.
The large variety of power ups, characters, and stage locations make Super Time Force a fun trip through history.
#78. Child of Light
Explore the mystical painting-like world of Lumeria as Aurora, who aims to gather celestial powers and overcome the Queen of Night.
By mixing platforming mechanics with turn-based combat, Child of Light succeeds in a variety of ways.
The combat is easy to learn, and even the most novice of RPG players will have no issue learning the ropes.
The art style is highly unique; everything has a really cool hand-painted look that bursts off the screen.
The story is both interesting and emotional, the entire experience is a pleasant and effective journey through an unknown world.
#77. 10 Second Ninja X
Defeat robots in a strict time limit in this challenging take on ninja antics.
This game is for fans of hardcore challenge, no questions asked.
Similar to games like Super Meat Boy, this game plays out over bite-sized levels with significant difficulty.
Using your ninja powers, you’ll have to quickly navigate the stage, overcoming obstacles and defeating enemies.
If you have the wits and reflexes to endure the stress, this game is a treat for fans of difficulty.
#76. The Evil Within 2
Set three years after the original game, we see detective Sebastian Castellanos drowning his sorrows.
When he learns that his daughter may still be alive, he journeys back to the one place he swore to never return to.
This game drenches its players in a tense and creepy atmosphere, eventually scaring their pants off with horrifying enemy designs.
The narrative can be quite depressing, but it’s fitting for the twisted world that the game develops.
Using either a first or third person perspective, you can fight back with a slew of weapons and guns.
The game also deserves praise for its inventive and shocking sequences that push the envelope in psychological horror.
#75. FIFA 17
A new standout single player campaign and a wide variety of gameplay balancing and tweaks make this one of the best FIFA games in years.
This FIFA title saw a lot of system reworks that refined the gameplay and gave a better overall experience.
In addition to the deep and complex Ultimate Team mode, a new story mode called “The Journey” was also added.
This mode explores the rise of a fictional soccer superstar, from his humble beginnings to his triumphant successes.
Various rosters and licenses also got fleshed out, with this FIFA having the most manager likenesses and variety of soccer clubs in the series history.
#74. Tekken 7
Inviting enough to newcomers and deep enough for franchise veterans, Tekken 7 revitalized the series in a profound way.
This title refined the Tekken fighting system while also offering new modes and characters, making for a definitive Tekken experience.
The single player story mode is interesting and fun, and gives fans closure on several story arcs that have spanned the entire franchise.
Several new mechanics have been added into the fighting, such as Rage Arts.
These new mechanics give more strategic options during fights, leading to a more varied overall character roster.
#73. Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered
Play with words and grow in power as you take on fantasy enemies.
This game is sweet in its simplicity, giving players a set amount of letters in which they must create words.
As you create words, your on-screen hero attacks fantastical creatures like orcs and goblins.
The better and more lengthy the word, the more damage you’ll do.
By rewarding the player for their quick thinking, this head scratcher remains addictive and entertaining for hours on end.
#72. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Set in the late 1860’s in Victorian London, you control sibling assassins Jacob and Evie Frye.
As they attempt to dismantle the impending Templar conquest, they’ll have to get more violent and dirty than any past Assassin’s Creed has seen.
For fans of the dark and gritty, this is the Assassin’s Creed game for you.
The ability to switch between Jacob and Evie at any given time is a treat, as each character has their own personal abilities.
Evie gives players more stealthy options, while Jacob represents the more brutish of the two.
The free running mechanics have been spruced up, and a new grappling hook makes traversing London a breeze.
The excellent story is aided by memorable characters and side missions, and the existing downloadable content is great as well.
#71. Wolfenstein: The New Order
This reboot sees the return of series’ protagonist BJ Blazkowicz as he takes on the brutal and unfeeling Nazi regime.
Full of blood and gore, this is an intense ride through a fictional take on World War II.
Besides pushing the envelope and exploring the horrifying Nazis, the narrative in this game stands out as a strong character piece.
The stakes are always high, and excellent performances from the cast of the game make the drama palpable.
Combat is a satisfying mixture of guns-a-blazing action and sneaky stealth, and players have a choice of when to go loud and when to stay quiet.
The quick paced combat and brutal nature of the game make for a gripping action title that starts an epic story.
#70. NHL 16
The sport of hockey finally gets the game it deserves, full of licensed teams, entertaining game modes, and multiplayer options.
After the slightly disappointing NHL 15, this title breathed new life into the struggling series.
Thanks to the variety of modes, players could create a custom character and rise through the ranks of the NHL, or even become the manager of their very own team.
The online offerings are varied as well, giving standard exhibition matches and even a cooperative mode.
Much like FIFA, this game also has an “Ultimate Team” mode, where you collect cards that represent different players, forming the most powerful hockey team at your disposal.
Using colored totem pole pieces, you must navigate treacherous landscapes and avoid pitfalls on your journey to form an incredibly powerful totem pole.
This game is easy to learn but wickedly hard in practice, both in the single player and cooperative mode.
You control two different colored totem pole pieces at once, guiding them through sidescrolling stages.
Each totem pole is invulnerable to dangers that are the same color as them, providing you have the dexterity to navigate the tricky stages.
In cooperative mode, each player controls one piece, making for a tense experience that forces you to communicate.
#68. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
This game continues the story of ranger Talion, one of the last remaining hopes against the wicked sorcerer Sauron.
Set in the popular world of The Lord of the Rings, players will get up close and personal with huge hordes of orcs.
There are many similarities between this game and its predecessor, but the new orc army mechanic makes it infinitely better.
By utilizing the unique “Nemesis” system, you can recruit certain orc captains to lead your own personal army.
As you work your way through enemy territory, completing missions and liberating settlements, you’ll recruit powerful foes to fight for you.
Gameplay is a solid mixture of third person fighting and free running, and both systems have seen significant improvements since the first game.
If you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings, this is a must-play adaptation of the beloved world.
#67. Madden NFL 17
Instead of providing new modes, this version of Madden doubles down on refining the experience, improving gameplay and computer AI.
Fans of Madden often have complaints about the series, and this version corrected a lot of those claims.
Improvements include a new ground game mechanic that balances out gameplay, improved teammate AI, and a much needed reworking to the fan favorite Franchise mode.
Ultimate Team makes a return as well, and the online offerings have been revamped to give players a more consistent experience.
#66. Castle Crashers Remastered
Embark on a wildly funny and entertaining journey by yourself or with a few friends.
Playing as different colored knights, you leave your home castle and brave the ridiculous fantasy world that awaits.
For fans of beat ’em up games like Streets of Rage and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV, this is an absolute must-play.
Whether you go it solo or with friends, Castle Crashers is a highly unique action game with memorable characters and a charming art style.
As you progress, your chosen character will level up, unlocking new combos and abilities.
Each character has completely different abilities, providing a solid amount of replayability.
There’s a good amount of collectibles to search for, and a handful of entertaining side modes that you can play online.
#65. Game of Thrones: Episode One – Iron From Ice
Fall back into the engrossing world of Westeros with a new story set in the fiction of Game of Thrones.
Caught in the middle of a political struggle, you’ll control the Forrester family, a relatable group of characters who fall on tough times.
This adaptation of the hit HBO show defies expectations by choosing to create a new story rather than retelling the show’s.
Besides the new Forrester family, tons of fan favorite characters return, giving fans of Game of Thrones an experience that is both refreshing and familiar.
The game focuses on its narrative while offering significant player choice, resulting in a story that feels custom crafted and fitting within the source material.
#64. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Set in the year 2054, soldier Jack Mitchell finds himself in the world’s most powerful privatized military group, attempting to pull off an incredibly dangerous military mission.
Like most Call of Duty titles, Advanced Warfare succeeds due to both the player progression and quality of its game modes.
Besides the impressive single player campaign, players can also enjoy exciting multiplayer battles as well as a cooperative wave-based survival mode.
As players progress in the modes, they are able to upgrade their Exo suit, an advanced exterior system that gives the body incredible powers.
The gritty narrative and fast paced online multiplayer make this a unique entry that stands out in the Call of Duty lineup.
#63. FIFA 16
Another successful title in the FIFA franchise makes a point to diversify its roster, by being the first title in the series’ history to include female athletes.
Several modes get hefty gameplay additions, like the new “FIFA Ultimate Team Draft”.
This entry in the series contains over 75 different stadiums, with a mixture of real-world location and fictional stadiums.
The most notable inclusion is the women’s football league, with dozens of famous female athletes being included.
Besides gameplay additions, some of the game’s mechanics have been updated, providing more realism during defensive play.
#62. Life is Strange: Episode 3 – Chaos Theory
The life of art student Max Caulfield becomes even more complex as she digs deeper into the mysterious goings on at her school.
This episode of the emotionally charged adventure title Life is Strange ups the ante by presenting even wilder story turns.
Like past episodes, players have a direct agency over the story, making important choices and engaging in dialogue with other characters.
The world gets even more weird when Max discovers a new ability that gives her a second chance, and one that stresses the relationship between her and her best friend Chloe Price.
#61. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
Experience an epic and lengthy adventure in the snowy region of Tamriel known as Skyrim.
The incredible amount of character customization and quest content makes this the most adventure-packed game in the Elder Scrolls series so far.
Generally speaking, if its something you want to do in an RPG, Skyrim will let you do it.
The game excels by not forcing players into one kind of class, allowing them to pick and choose from a multitude of skill trees.
This allows players to create their own class, taking a wide variety of stealth, physical, and magical abilities.
The world of Skyrim is incredibly detailed, with numerous villages and cities to explore, as well as dangerous delves and dungeons to clear out.
You’ll embark on an epic fantasy full of dragons and wizards in the main story line, and can get lost in the numerous side quests and optional guilds.
Whether you want to join a group of assassins, become the world’s greatest thief, or master the mystical arts, you can do it all in the fantastical world of Skyrim.
#60. Little Nightmares
A frail and starving girl named Six must escape from the hellish world of the Maw, a place where the darkest wishes of the most tormented people come to fruition.
There’s a real tense of dread in Little Nightmares that is hard to quantify.
Your movement is purposeful and heavy, which adds considerable weight to the game’s stealth and platforming sequences.
As Six progresses through the world, attempting to satiate her hunger, she’ll have to deal with unspeakable horrors.
From demented creatures to her own internal demons, Six will have to fight off some truly creepy stuff if she wants to survive.
#59. Sunset Overdrive
Surf the power lines and hop from building to building as you attempt to rid the fictional Metropolis City from the energy drink plague that has infected its citizens.
Despite the grim set up, Sunset Overdrive is wild and ridiculous in the best kinds of ways.
Players can quickly navigate the city thanks to their incredible speed, bouncing from walls and cars and grinding every corner imaginable.
With a large variety of colorful and inventive weapons, you’ll attempt to defeat the horde of mutated citizens, infected with a horrible virus after drinking a new energy drink.
The pure number of enemies makes Sunset Overdrive an intense third person action game, and the quick movement feels great.
It’s over-the-top attitude and swift comedy makes it a personable game with a lot of charm, and the pleasing visuals only add to that package.
#58. Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island
A brand new explorable island, new events and races, and an exciting dynamic weather system makes this a must-play expansion.
Like the base game, Storm Island gives players a large area of land to freely explore, populated with over 80 different racing activities.
Players can choose from a huge variety of cars, with several new additions that are exclusive to Storm Island.
You’ll explore the dense forests and muddy landscape while engaging in ridiculously fun races, and the dangerous roads will demand your highest driving ability.
This expansion builds on the successes of the base game while delivering even more exciting content, making it a must-play for fans of racing games in general.
#57. Sonic Mania
Sonic and friends return to their roots in this brand new adventure with a throwback style.
Since its success on the Sega Genesis, the Sonic franchise has struggled to stay relevant.
Sonic Mania rights all of those wrongs by returning to the series’ roots; incredibly fast paced side scrolling action with bright and colorful visuals.
You can play the game either solo or cooperative, choosing to play as either Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles.
The game’s levels are a combination of classic levels with a new twist, and brand new locations that are exclusive to this game.
New mechanics feel just as great as the old ones, and Sonic Mania comes away as one of the best Sonic games ever made.
Time only moves when you do, so you’ll have to choose your shots carefully as you dispatch hundreds of blocky red enemies.
SUPERHOT is a compilation of short first person shooting scenarios, almost always playing out in slow motion.
This is because time only moves when you do, a power that is both a blessing and a curse.
The game sets you up in simple situations; a back alley brawl or a bank robbery shootout.
You’ll have to observe your surroundings and think before you act, placing your shots and being as precise as possible.
The time mechanic leads to some insanely cool moments, such as shooting an enemy and grabbing their gun out of mid air.
SUPERHOT is both fun, addictive, and inventive, and is definitely worth a try.
#55. Project CARS 2
Engage in ultra realistic racing simulations with over 150 licensed cars from a variety of build types, all on real-world tracks.
Like Forza, Project CARS 2 boasts an impressive collection of expertly crafted licensed cars, fully functional and tunable to your liking.
There’s a commendable level of customization, as even the 46 different tracks have multiple layouts each.
This game is perfect for people who know how cars tick, as they can dig deep into customizing countless cars from a variety of classes.
Online offerings include leaderboard rankings and online championships, as well as improved matchmaking systems.
#54. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
Experience the game that starts the popular Gears of War series in all its glory, fully remastered for modern consoles.
This version of the classic Xbox 360 shooter Gears of War makes some excellent additions to an already great game.
The story campaign has had a visual update, with a consistent framerate and higher resolution than ever before.
Players who struggled with the difficulty are offered an easier option with a new difficulty mode, opening up the experience to novice players.
The online competitive offerings contain all existing downloadable content, as well as maps that were exclusive to the PC version of the game.
The slightly creepy atmosphere and gritty world and narrative makes this an unforgettable start to an landmark Xbox franchise.
#53. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
Engage in fast paced and colorful battles against unrelenting enemies in this twin-stick shooter with a distinct geometric style.
Geometry Wars is a force to be reckoned with in the twin-stick shooter genre, and the third entry in the series makes that even more apparent.
This entry adds an entertaining “Adventure” mode, which tasks players with completing a variety of challenges across different modes of play.
The classic experience is still available, as well as a plethora of game modes.
However, the addictive objective of Geometry Wars stays devilishly simple; always aim for a high score.
It’s a blast to play both solo and with friends, and it’s a game that will surely see many hours of play time.
#52. Halo 5: Guardians
A team of super soldiers go searching for the powerful spartan Master Chief, who has recently gone missing.
The epic story of Halo continues with this fifth installment, and players find themselves controlling both Master Chief and Spartan Locke.
The game’s story mode sees you defeating a variety of robotic and alien enemies in exotic locations, all while tracking down Master Chief.
When playing as Master Chief, you’ll continue to search for answers regarding the beloved AI, Cortana.
Some gameplay features have been added to refine the experience, such as hovering and the ability to aim down your gun sights.
Online multiplayer is similar to past titles in the series, with a variety of maps and classic game modes to battle in.
The addition of “Spartan abilities” makes a decent impact on the overall meta of the game, creating a unique mark on the Halo franchise.
#51. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Return to South Park and join our beloved group of kids as they attempt to create the world’s greatest superhero crossover event.
Where the first South Park game was a bit random and all over the place, The Fractured But Whole doubles down and focuses on one particular story thread.
This game continues the super hero story arc of the television show, in which the kids of South Park form two opposing groups of heroes.
The game is still an RPG, but the combat mechanics have seen major improvements since the first game.
Combat now takes place on a grid, and players move their party members around and position them for attack.
This opens up a good amount of strategy, making battles more engaging than before.
The witty and often offensive humor of South Park is back in full, resulting in an outrageously hilarious time that will have you gasping with shock and doubling over in laughter.
Using the motion tracking power of the Kinect, bend and contort your body to guide your character through a fantasy platforming adventure.
Although the Kinect failed to take off due to the lack of solid software, FRU is an exception.
The Kinect tracks your entire body, and as you move around the room, the corresponding silhouette causes platforms to appear and disappear.
FRU tasks you with simultaneously contort your body while using a controller to complete challenging platforming levels.
#49. Pro Evolution Soccer 2016
Storm the pitch in one of gaming’s most accurate and realistic simulations of the exciting sport of soccer.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 outperforms its competitor FIFA in a variety of ways.
The game is mainly respected due to its ultra-realistic AI and modes of play, perfectly recreating the beloved sport.
Much like the FIFA series, you can create a dream team of players and take them online in a card collecting mode.
There’s also a slew of season and exhibition modes that give you plenty of ways to attack the goal.
#48. F1 2016
This is the eighth entry in the standout Formula 1 simulation series excels thanks to its lengthy season mode and high amount of customization.
F1 2016 has an extremely fleshed out career mode, and this entry in the series features a 10-season career instead of the standard 5.
The game also contains over 20 different racing circuits and every team and driver that was featured in the corresponding F1 championship.
The gameplay has also been fine tuned to allow better control over the car, manual entry into the pit, and personalized racer appearances.
#47. Assassin’s Creed Origins
This long running action series gets a hefty change in gameplay as well as an inspired setting in historical Egypt.
The Assassin’s Creed franchise has been a mainstay on Xbox since the early days of Xbox 360.
Assassin’s Creed Origins marks one of the biggest changes of pace for the series, offering the wide desert expanse of Egypt to explore.
The story dips into some supernatural and mythological areas, which is a refreshing change of pace for the franchise.
This game also features a robust leveling system, giving gamers plenty of options and abilities to unlock.
#46. XCOM 2
After failing to repel an alien invasion, a subsection of the military forms a strong resistance to prevent the aliens from conquering the planet.
If there’s one thing that the XCOM franchise is known for, it’s the difficulty.
Besides being a highly addictive sci-fi strategy title, XCOM 2 also demands the player’s best efforts.
The game tasks you with commanding the ranks of a military resistance, giving various units orders and tactics.
If one of your soldiers falls in battle, their death is permanent, so you’ll have to give careful consideration to each order.
#45. NBA 2K16
No sports series has a wider variety of modes than NBA 2K, and this entry in the game even adds a cinematic career mode directed by Spike Jones.
This entry in the NBA 2K series is nearly limitless in its basketball offerings.
You can play full seasons with licensed NBA teams as well as your own custom team.
You can take that custom team online as well, rising them through the ranks of MyTeam mode.
MyCareer mode puts you in the shoes of a basketball rookie with hopes of joining the NBA, and helping him achieve those goals is quite rewarding.
The online offerings are robust as well, including a casual MyPark mode wherein you can shoot hoops and engage in lively competitions on a virtual court park.
#44. Forza Motorsport 7
Race insanely detailed and realistic cars on some of the world’s most prestigious tracks.
Forza Motorsport 7 absolutely stuns you with its graphical quality and technical prowess.
Running at 4K resolution and at 60 frames per second on the Xbox One X, this is one of the most impressive looking games ever created.
You can speed around 30 different tracks in a wide variety of licensed cars, all expertly recreated and near photo realistic.
Besides competing in single player championships, players can go online and race in adrenaline-filled heats.
#43. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Play through Master Chief’s original legacy in this compilation of Halo: CE, Halo 2, and Halo 3.
You can also relive Halo 2 in an all new remastered version known as Halo 2 Anniversary.
If anything, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is an amazing deal.
This game compiles three fantastic shooter campaigns into one package, offering dozens of hours of cooperative alien-blasting.
Additionally, the game contains the original multiplayer offerings of each game, as well as the remastered versions of both Halo: CE and Halo 2.
The Halo story is considered one of the finest achievements in the genre, and the competitive multiplayer of Halo 2 shaped how we play modern multiplayer shooters.
All of this contained in one package makes The Master Chief Collection a must-own for any shooting game fan.
#42. Madden NFL 16
Some gameplay tweaks and new mode additions keep the Madden franchise great in this excellent entry to the series.
Madden 16 improved on an already solid foundation by making some needed gameplay adjustments.
The passing game has been greatly improved upon, and the penalty system feels more realistic than ever before.
Besides the staple modes that are expected, Madden 16 introduces “Draft Champions”.
This new mode tasks you with making difficult drafting selections, crafting a solid team that will win time and time again.
The Ultimate Team mode also has an interesting new feature that recreates iconic NFL moments and challenges players to complete them.
Aboard a research vessel in space, a horrible experiment has been unleashed.
Able to disguise itself as common objects, no space is safe while the creature roams free.
Prey offers gamers a huge ship to explore to countless interesting missions and quests to pursue.
The biggest strength of Prey is the amount of options it gives to the player.
Whether you want to approach things stealthily, go in hot, or forego your humanity to use superpowers, Prey lets you play how you like.
The game can be quite challenging too, and its creepy atmosphere and narrative makes it a tense sci-fi thriller.
#40. Gears of War 4
Set 25 years after Gears of War 3, humanity faces a new threat now that the Locusts have been defeated.
When the COG leaders fail to live up to their promises, a small resistance fights for a better world.
This continuation of the fantastic Xbox 360 series, Gears of War, distances itself from the original trilogy by introducing new characters and enemies.
There’s a big focus on weather effects, and some of the raging storms in the game are absolutely astonishing to behold.
The gunplay is smooth and satisfying, and the cover-to-cover firefights remain entertaining throughout.
There’s a decent amount of fan service as well as fresh faces, which makes it a great entry in the series for fans both new and old.
#39. Metro Redux
This compilation contains both Metro: 2033 and Metro: Last Light, excellent post-apocalyptic shooters that are based on the novels by Vladimir Berezin.
The bleak and desolate world of Metro is surprisingly fun to explore, and looks even better than before in this remastered version.
Both Metro games have had a bit of a face lift, giving us better looking textures and a more consistent frame rate.
Some quality-of-life improvements have been made, improving upon the original Xbox 360 release versions.
If you’re a fan of slightly depressing narratives that are as thrilling as they are poignant, then this is the compilation for you.
#38. DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition
This reboot of the classic Devil May Cry series gives us a fresh look at Dante; one thirsting for revenge alongside his brother, Virgil.
Although the original series had a lot of style, DmC adds a healthy dose of punk rock influence to the mix.
The main character is snarky and sleek, and although he can be a bit cocky, his skills in combat are no joke.
The hack and slash gameplay is visually stunning, and the extensive combo system will have you doing more than just mash buttons.
There’s also a surprising amount of replayability, mostly due to the multiple difficulty levels and unlockable skills.
#37. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
In a world of humans with augmented body parts and extraordinary powers, one cybernetic sleuth must hunt down and investigate a shadowy organization.
Like Prey, Deus Ex throws you into a cyberpunk playground and lets you go wild.
As you explore the hyper futuristic city of Prague, you have a huge selection of ways to complete objectives.
Depending on how you like to play, your character can become a stealth and hacking expert, a gun-toting marksman, or anywhere in between.
The complex and intriguing plot makes it hard to put down, and the massive variety of outcomes makes this a game worth replaying.
#36. BioShock: The Collection
In a city under the sea and a sky above the clouds, two distinct civilizations exist.
This collection takes you through both environments across three different games, and shows you the horrors that await.
As a three part narrative, the BioShock trilogy stands as one of gaming’s finest.
Bioshock: The Collection guides players through the mind bending and horrifying depths of Rapture in BioShock 1 and BioShock 2, as well as the picturesque but disturbing flying city of Columbia in BioShock: Infinite.
Each game stands strong as an enjoyable first person shooter, but the stories and twists within each game are what truly set this collection apart from the pack.
#35. Dying Light: The Following
A deadly virus has taken over, but hope might be found on the outskirts of town.
Zombie killer extraordinaire and parkour master Kyle Crane hopes to find the cure to the virus…if he can survive long enough.
Dying Light: The Following is an excellent expansion to the original Dying Light, and it plays out in a map that’s twice the size of the original.
Everything you loved about the first game (bloody zombie action, various weapons, quick movement and parkour) is back and better, as well as some new additions.
Players can decimate zombies in style with a slew of new weapons, and getting around the expansive map is made easier with a new dune buggy vehicle.
If you like a little bit of action with your zombie horror, this is the game for you.
#34. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
After the loss of his family, the ranger Talion embarks across the dangerous land of Mordor to avenge their deaths.
Although there have been some decent Lord of the Rings games, few of them realize the world of Tolkien’s original novels quite like this one.
By combining fast and brutal melee combat with the quick parkour traversal of games like Assassin’s Creed, this fantasy adventure is a must-play.
Whether or not you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings, it’s hard not to love the rich lore of the world and the surprisingly inventive enemy AI.
#33. DiRT 4
Compete in high speed rally races or manage your own team of racers in this difficult but enjoyable sequel.
While the previous DiRT games got a bit excessive, DiRT 4 heads back to the series roots; rally racing.
The game is unapologetic in its difficulty, and while it’s accessible, rally racing is an acquired taste.
For those who enjoy it, DiRT 4 offers a variety of modes and some excellent stages set around the globe.
The most inventive mode is “Your Stage”, which continuously generates a track around settings you select.
If you’re looking for a challenge and you don’t mind getting a bit muddy, then DiRT 4 will surely entertain.
#32. Far Cry 4
In the Himalayan country Kyrat, a bloody civil war rages on.
On one side is the tyrannous leader Pagan Min, and on the other is an able-bodied resistance known as the Golden Path.
You are caught in the middle.
Far Cry 4 continues the open nature of the Far Cry franchise by offering a staggering large area to explore.
Players can take on a variety of missions and side activities, from races to hunting challenges.
Although you start out pretty weak, Far Cry 4 loves to give the player incredible power.
Whether it’s your very own helicopter, an explosive rocket launcher, or superhuman hunting abilities, few games make you feel as powerful as this one.
#31. Mortal Kombat X
When the evil sorcerer Shinnok attacks Earthrealm, a wide range of fighters take sides in a battle for the entire world.
If you like bloody fighting, few games pull it off as well as Mortal Kombat.
This tenth entry in the long running franchise gives players a plethora of excellent modes, both online and offline.
The story mode is lengthy and entertaining, and the resulting roster of fighters is a great mix of new faces and old favorites.
A long list of unlockable content and character combos ensure that you’ll be performing fatalities for hundreds of hours.
#30. Rare Replay
Relive the classic games from developer Rare in this collection that is sure to bring you tons of nostalgia.
Rare absolutely dominated the late 90’s, and this collection of their titles is perfect for fans of that era of gaming.
This collection contains such classics as Banjo-Kazooie, Battletoads, Perfect Dark, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, and many more.
Each game has a challenge list to complete, and completing various challenges rewards you with never-before-seen content.
With 30 games of great quality, Rare Replay is both a fantastic game and an outstanding deal.
#29. Titanfall 2
In a war full of futuristic weapons, and unlikely soldier finds himself piloting a combat mech.
Not only does Titanfall 2 contain excellent competitive multiplayer, but it also tells a great story through the campaign mode.
Many fans of the original game criticized its lack of a single player story, and Titanfall 2 more than makes up for that.
Firefights are more than just run-and-gun, as Titanfall allows players to boost and hover with jetpacks, run on walls, and much more.
The multiplayer maps and single player levels are expertly crafted to work in tandem with the movement mechanics, giving players a masterful first person shooter.
#28. Batman: Arkham Knight
Gotham City is taken by surprise when Scarecrow attacks, accompanied by a masked villain who has it out for Batman.
The variety of side missions and activities is better than ever, and as the third Batman game by Rocksteady, its also the most expansive.
Players can explore the streets of Gotham searching for hidden Riddler trophies, as well as solving crimes.
For the first time in the series the Batmobile is fully controllable, which leads to some exciting vehicle-based missions.
The narrative surrounding the masked villain is a treat for both longtime comic fans and those who only follow the games.
#27. Dragon Age: Inquisition
A breach has opened up in the fantasy world of Thedas, and it’s up to you to close it and defeat the demonic forces that have escaped through it.
Once again, the Dragon Age franchise delivers a robust and lengthy adventure.
Besides performing various tasks and hunting giant creatures, you’ll be able to command your army from a custom base.
Building your base and decorating it to your liking is a highlight of the experience, as are the numerous relationships and bonds you’ll form with your party members.
By offering more character customization and impactful choices, Dragon Age: Inquisition stands as one of the best in the series.
#26. Battlefield 1
Experience the horrors of World War 1 in small vignettes, or compete in massive online battles.
The Battlefield series goes back into the past, revisiting the first World War to deliver a gripping narrative as well as an interesting multiplayer space.
Instead of one cohesive narrative, the story mode is split up across multiple characters.
This allows you to see a variety of perspectives, along with performing in various roles such as pilot, medic, tank driver, and more.
You can take these skills online and compete in huge battles across a variety of modes, which are always better with a large squad of friends.
#25. Forza Horizon 2
Race across the beautiful countrysides of Europe in a wide collection of stunning super cars.
The Forza Horizon series is a celebration of everything cars, and this sequel amps everything up.
The selection of cars is larger than ever before, featuring new brands and manufacturers.
The wide open environment is simply teeming with activities to complete, and there’s nothing more fun than putting the pedal to the metal on an open stretch of road.
You can fine tune your cars to your liking, as well as completely customize the paint jobs of each.
A slew of multiplayer options give you endless hours of online fun, and combined with the huge amount of content in the single player mode, Forza Horizon 2 has enough racing to please any fan.
The creators behind the massively popular Call of Duty franchise take a stab at futuristic mech-based combat.
Titanfall wowed audiences when it debuted, mostly due to its interesting mixture of mech and ground combat.
The online-only experience mixed single player elements into its online modes, offering a collection of content to please all kinds of shooting game fans.
The verticality of the combat is impressive, as are the gigantic mechs that you can call down during battles.
There is a decent variety of mechs that offer different abilities and weapons, and finding your favorite load out is an enjoyable experience full of experimentation and fast moving gunplay.
After selling their soul to the devil, Cuphead and his friend Mugman must defeat dozens of ultra-difficult bosses.
This game is immediately impressive thanks to its hand-drawn art and entrancing visual style.
Cuphead‘s visuals expertly recreate the excessive style of 1930’s cartoon animation and combines it with insanely complex boss fights.
The game is essentially one long boss rush, with smaller platforming levels intertwined.
Regardless of the style of level, Cuphead is brutally difficult.
However, it’s lovable charm and addictive nature make it a hard game to put down, even when you’re on an long losing streak.
#22. DiRT Rally
Race through over 36 different tracks in this punishingly accurate rally racer.
Like DiRT 4, DiRT Rally does away with flashy modes and focuses on its roots in rally racing.
You can race in a huge assortment of vehicles, spanning from 1960’s classics to popular modern rally cars.
There are over 36 tracks spread out across 6 different locations, all based on real world roads.
The gameplay is brutally difficult if you’re unfamiliar with rally racing, but the game does a good job teaching you as you play.
#21. Resident Evil HD Remaster
Return to the Spencer Mansion in this glorious remake of the classic horror game that started a hugely popular franchise.
The original Resident Evil was a slow burn; tight corridors and fixed camera angles made for a tense experience.
Exploring the vast and trap-heavy Spencer Mansion is an absolute treat, as are the fully redone visuals.
Few games in the horror genre are as iconic as this one, and for good reason.
If you’ve never played the original, this remaster is definitely the best way to experience it.
#20. Rise of the Tomb Raider
Lara Croft travels to the frigid land of Siberia to investigate a paranormal mystery and collect some treasure along the way.
This continuation of the Tomb Raider reboot gives players a bigger space to explore, as well as fleshing out Lara’s abilities.
In addition to the excellent main story, the map is littered with fun side-tombs to explore.
The gameplay is a great mixture of platforming, third person shooting, and puzzle solving, usually wrapped into one cohesive experience.
The decidedly mature tone allows the story to explore some pretty dark places, making this one of the more creepy Tomb Raider titles to be released.
#19. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
In an alternate reality, the Nazis have won World War II and taken over the United States.
You play as BJ Blazkowicz, a man full of vengeance and hate, aimed directly at Hitler and his army.
The subject matter of Wolfenstein II is very heavy, and the game handles it very well.
In fact, I consider this one of the best FPS stories in modern gaming, mostly due to its character building and emotional turns.
The gameplay is fast and brutal; you’ll tear through hundreds of nazis with a variety of firearms.
As you progress, you can unlock new skills and abilities that fine tune your play style.
With several “gasp out loud” moments, Wolfenstein II consistently takes you by surprise.
#18. NBA 2K17
Full of fun modes, great team rosters, and full NBA licensing, NBA 2K17 is a solid entry into an already solid franchise.
NBA 2K17 has a bit of something for everyone, thanks to its multiple online and offline modes of play.
You can create custom athletes and take them through a season, manage your own team, and fine tune every imaginable setting to your preference.
The extensive online offerings make this one of the best basketball titles to play with your friends, and you’ll surely be racking up some online rivalries as you play.
Regardless of what your favorite aspect of basketball is, NBA 2K17 has a mode for you.
#17. Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
After a mysterious event causes a disturbance in the forest, a sprite named Ori heads out to investigate.
Both surprisingly emotional and incredibly fun to play, Ori and the Blind Forest sets up the story and lets you run wild in an expansive map.
The game is similar to games like Metroid, featuring a large map with many blocked off paths.
As you progress through the game and learn new moves, you’ll be able to backtrack and open up those areas, leading you to new sections of the map.
The difficulty can be quite punishing at times, but the tight controls give you all the tools you need to succeed.
Additionally, the game is absolutely beautiful, with each new area mixing nature and magic to exciting results.
#16. Resident Evil 7: biohazard
After his wife disappears, Ethan travels to the swampy state of Louisiana to search for her.
This Resident Evil game simultaneously switches up the formula while also returning to the series’s roots.
For the first time, the game is played from a first person perspective, but the focus on action and gunplay has been reduced.
Gameplay is far more tense than in previous games, with limited ammo and intimidating enemies lurking around every corner.
As you explore the disgusting and run down property of a backwoods family, some truly horrifying things await your arrival.
#15. Rocket League
Customize your very own rocket-powered car and compete in multiple wacky modes either offline or online.
Rocket League is an arguably simple concept; it’s basically soccer with super fast cars.
However, the finely tuned mechanics and constantly updated online community make this a hard game to put down.
Hundreds of customization options keep your car looking fresh, and you can take your personalized vehicle into competitions across a variety of modes.
Besides the standard soccer modes, you can play hockey, basketball, or a some less competitive and more experimental modes.
As you play, you’ll constantly be learning new tricks, improving your car handling and becoming a better player overall.
#14. Ori and the Blind Forest
After his home land becomes uninhabitable due to a mysterious occurrence, a fairy-like creature named Ori must travel far and wide to bring the land back to its original state.
With a beautiful art style, addictive gameplay, and incredibly tight controls, Ori remains one of the finest sidescrolling experiences on the Xbox One.
The story is light, but surprisingly emotional, delivering us a story that is akin to a Pixar film.
The gameplay evolves as you play, implementing new types of puzzles and challenging enemies.
As you progress, your powers also become more varied, resulting in a wide range of abilities and moves that make exploring the vast forest a treat.
#13. Forza Motorsport 6
Take on ultra-realistic tracks with a hefty number of real cars across a number of exciting modes that are both familiar and new to the series.
The foundation of Forza Motorsport 6 is still solid simulation racing, but this entry amps up the offerings quite a bit.
The new “Stories of Motorsport” mode offers some single player progression, giving players well over 50 hours of content to dig into.
Additionally, players can enter into a variety of racing championships, choosing from over 450 cars and racing on 27 different tracks.
The game also features dynamic weather systems, which really spice up races when you least expect it.
#12. Injustice 2
Choose your favorite DC superhero or villain and fight your way through a huge variety of single player and competitive game modes.
Injustice 2 contains everything a fighting game fan would want.
There’s a huge roster of characters, featuring both fan favorites and lesser known characters from the DC Universe.
You can take these characters into a variety of game modes, including a lengthy story mode and constantly updated online modes.
As you win fights, you can unlock chests that reward you with new gear and weapons.
Each character can be highly customized with these new pieces of gear as well as different color combinations for their costumes.
#11. Dishonored 2
Play as either Emily or Corvo, two deadly assassins who attempt to take back their home city from a menacing royal family.
Like Deus Ex and Prey, Dishonored encourages stealth, but allows players to complete missions in a large variety of ways.
As you work towards eradicating the city of undesirables, you gain new powers, with both characters having completely unique skill sets.
The general attitude of Dishonored is that of a playground; they provide the tools to have fun, and it’s up to you to mix and match those tools to have a satisfying stealth/action experience.
The king of fast and bloody first person shooters is back, and this time the ripping and tearing is more violent and intense than ever.
The DOOM series ushered in the first person shooter genre in the 90’s, so it’s no surprise that this reboot is full of classic gunplay and bloody entertainment.
The story is appropriately light; a research base on Mars has seen a demonic overtaking, and it’s up to you to stop it.
Using a wide range of weapons, you’ll blast enemies to bits as you speed through the expertly crafted campaign.
You can try out user created levels in the “SnapMap” mode, and take your skills online into competitive deathmatch arenas.
#9. Fallout 4
Following a nuclear attack, you exit an underground bunker and enter a destroyed Boston, now known as the Commonwealth.
With the world completely ravaged by nuclear fallout, you’ll have to forge your way into this new and challenging world.
Like most RPGs made by Bethesda, Fallout 4 gives the player a lot of choice.
The main story of Fallout 4 revolves around your main character’s impact on the surrounding wasteland, as you choose what factions to side with and make major decisions.
In addition to traveling the Commonwealth and completing quests, you can build up your own settlements, creating safe havens for survivors of the attack.
A large variety of customization options makes building your own town a fun treat, but the option to completely disregard the entire base feature is what makes Fallout 4 special.
In Fallout 4, you’re the writer of your own story, and you can pick and choose what kind of gameplay you want to sink hundreds of hours into.
#8. FIFA 14
The FIFA series gets a huge face lift and introduces a huge number of improvements, making it a truly “next-gen” sports title.
Although FIFA has dominated the soccer game business for a long time, FIFA 14 is the game that puts it over the edge.
With the new “Ignite” engine, the game is now more lifelike than ever before.
Opposing players can crack under pressure, the crowd reacts dynamically to the game, and the new graphics make the extensive player roster shine.
There are over 70 different fully licensed leagues to choose from, giving players thousands of athletes to pick from.
Some fan favorite modes make their return, such as the highly popular FIFA Ultimate Team, rounding out the content-heavy package.
#7. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Experience the highly cinematic closing to Solid Snake’s story in this expansive open-world stealth game that challenges players to be creative with their executions.
As an entry in the Metal Gear franchise, The Phantom Pain is the biggest and most varied game yet.
Whereas other titles in the series are more linear, this game gives players a wide open playground to explore, and plenty of approaches on objectives.
Players complete story missions as well as side quests, delving deep into the complex military narrative.
The story can get just as wacky as the gameplay, which often highlights entertaining and silly combat opportunities.
This is a great game for people who thought previous Metal Gear Solid games were too stealth heavy, as The Phantom Pain lets you play your way, all while telling an engrossing narrative.
#6. Dark Souls III
Explore a terrifying gothic world full of horrific creatures all hellbent on ending your life.
The Dark Souls series is known for its crushing difficulty, and Dark Souls III is no exception.
The game has been made more accessible to newcomers by offering more forgiving timing windows and a variety of weapons.
However, the difficulty remains polished and satisfying.
As you progress through the maze-like areas, you’ll collect souls, which allow you to become more powerful over time.
If you die, you lose all of these souls, so there’s a constant risk/reward system in play.
This, combined with the huge bosses and heavy hitting monsters makes for a tense action experience that is unlike anything else.
Join a team of unique heroes with varied abilities and compete in a variety of multiplayer modes in this genre-defining shooter.
This game is mostly responsible for the rise of the “hero shooter” sub-genre, and it centers around a fun cast of personable characters.
Each hero has completely different weapons, skills, and each play a different role as part of a team.
You can hop into online matchmaking in a variety of modes, and due to Overwatch‘s extensive online community, those modes are constantly being updated.
New characters are added with time, and you can unlock new items and characters through the game’s loot crate system.
Both highly addictive and perfectly tuned, Overwatch is a competitive title that earns its place in gaming history.
#4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
A famed monster hunter named Geralt travels through a fantastical land in search of Ciri, a powerful being who can change the structure of time.
Whereas other RPGs like to offer an insane amount of character class variety, The Witcher 3 instead perfects its gameplay and places you in the role of a ranger.
The game takes place across a wide range of locales, spread across a large body of land known as “The Continent”.
As Geralt hunts for Ciri, he’ll have to take down various creatures that wreak havoc on the surrounding villages and cities.
Both the main quest and side quests are expertly written and full of intriguing narratives, and the combat within those quests is exciting and a blast to play.
The game is also full of side activities, namely Gwent, an addictive competitive card game that is almost as rewarding as the main story.
With two fantastic downloadable expansions, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to provide RPG fans with hundreds of hours of excellent content.
#3. Forza Horizon 3
Celebrate everything automotive in this wonderful journey through Australia.
Create your very own racing festival, and use your racing abilities in a huge range of events and activities.
Forza Horizon 3 is one of my personal favorite racing games, and for good reason.
The maps is absolutely huge, with a variety of environments to race through.
Dense forests, wide open fields, and desolate deserts all accompany a winding collection of roads to tear through.
The selection of cars is astounding, with hundreds upon hundreds of vehicles.
The variety is impressive, with a mix of every kind of car imaginable.
From trucks and minivans to super cars and hybrids, Forza Horizon 3 has it all.
The game also has countless courses to race through, numerous championships to complete, and a huge number of collectibles and fun side activities.
My favorite feature is the “Bucket List”, which tasks you with completing absolutely insane challenges that highlight certain cars and locations on the map.
Explore a creepy research facility and uncover the horrifying truths beneath the surface in this disturbing yet masterful adventure.
The perfection of INSIDE rests in its simplicity; the controls are super easy to learn and the game doesn’t demand high skill.
Instead, the game formulates a foreboding world to explore, and tells a gripping narrative that becomes weirder as you progress.
INSIDE feels a lot like a great indie movie; full of new ideas that surprise and impress.
The game doesn’t overstay its welcome or have unnecessary features or modes, resulting in one of the purest and most focused horror narratives in gaming.
#1. Grand Theft Auto V
Take control of the criminal underground in the fictional Californian county of Los Santos.
Playing as three distinct characters, you’ll work up to incredible heists and stunning chase scenes, all surrounded by a plethora of fun side content.
Grand Theft Auto V succeeds in almost every way, and that’s pretty impressive considering the massive amount of content in the game.
The main story weaves its way through three different sub stories, each one focused on different characters with very different lives.
When the characters finally meet up, they wreak havoc on Los Santos by pulling off some incredibly cool heists and missions, culminating in an engrossing and emotional story.
When you’re not progressing the main story, Grand Theft Auto V lets you revel in its side content, offering everything from darts to street races.
You can take on side missions, visit a night club, try you hand at some cards, and much, much more.
The online mode simply named GTA Online is just as robust as the single player campaign, offering players a staggering amount of content.
You can sink a thousand hours of gameplay into Grand Theft Auto V and still not see everything the game has to offer, and considering almost ever aspect of the game is nearly perfect, it’s no wonder this is the considered one of the best games ever made.
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