Microsoft’s last-gen console overcame early missteps round worth, energy, and fixed connectivity to turn into a succesful machine on which you’ll play lots of the greatest open-world video games of all time. Right here, we have cataloged these video games — together with the most effective shooters, puzzlers, adventures, and extra — to create IGN’s definitive checklist of the 25 greatest Xbox One video games.
These video games had been chosen by your complete IGN content material staff (after loads of inside debate) and symbolize what we imagine to be the perfect Xbox One has to supply.
The newest updates had been made in Could 2021.
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25. The Outer Wilds
Outer Wilds could also be a Sci-Fi recreation, however it has an odd kind of magic to it. Its open-ended nature might depart you drifting by means of area (and infrequently into planets at literal breakneck pace) with out a lot concept of what to do, however this handcrafted photo voltaic system is crammed to the brim with attractive breadcrumbs, tantalizing story teases, and a few downright unimaginable sights that continuously draw you into one breathtaking second after one other.
It’s a world begging to be explored, and the time loop mechanic at its core each constantly leaves you wanting extra and provides a terrifyingly tense stress to its in any other case serene exploration. It could take you a second to get your area legs, however Outer Wilds is a trek completely value taking for your self.
Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye, an enlargement we referred to as “a beautiful return to the clockwork photo voltaic system of Outer Wilds,” is accessible for $15 USD. A free 4K/60fps replace can be out there for Xbox Collection X|S homeowners.
24. Future 2
Future 2’s new seasonal mannequin was met with a little bit of hesitance at first, however what Bungie has delivered is as an alternative a compelling narrative that intertwines story beats from season to season. The truth that it has been added to Sport Cross solely sweetens the deal by bringing extra gamers into the fold. Whether or not you are trying to push again the darkness with Stasis or simply shoot issues with cool weapons Future has confirmed the check of time and retains gamers coming again.
The sport’s subsequent enlargement, Future 2: Lightfall, is out February 28, 2023. Its earlier enlargement, The Witch Queen, was named 2022’s Greatest DLC by the New York Sport Awards.
23. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a masterclass of environment, storytelling, and the wedding of mechanical and conceptual design. The care and a focus Ninja Principle has clearly poured into Senua and her story has created one thing wonderful. Hellblade’s stunning presentation and dense story reinforce its severe subject material on this vivid story of harrowing darkness.
Senua’s Sacrifice is now optimized for Xbox Collection X|S. Our efficiency evaluate concluded that Hellblade for Collection X outperforms high-end PCs.
22. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a revolutionary tackle the Yakuza recreation method. Not solely does it characteristic a brand new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, however the sequence’ basic beat ‘em up motion transforms right into a turn-based RPG. Add in an entire forged of laughably enjoyable misfits behind Ichiban and hilarious aspect missions of delivering method to diaper-wearing gangsters, and Like a Dragon takes Yakuza’s absurdity to the subsequent degree.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon can be simply as a lot a drama as it’s a comedy with its predominant storyline revolving round betrayal. The sport additionally touches on themes of those that are marginalized from immigrants to intercourse staff.
The sequence’ subsequent mainline recreation, due out in 2024, is formally referred to as Like a Dragon 8. Earlier than then, SEGA and RGG Studio will launch the beforehand Japan-exclusive Yakuza samurai spin-off Like a Dragon: Ishin! on February 21.
21. Gears Ways
Simply as Halo ended up making a superb real-time technique recreation within the type of Halo Wars, so too does Gears of Battle brilliantly make the leap to changing into an XCOM-like turn-based technique recreation in Gears Ways. The entire basic Gears of Battle gameplay is right here – cover-based fight, up-close executions, e-holes, and far more – simply in a extra strategic type. The method works fantastically, and the story is fairly good too, because of the standard high-quality character improvement and loads of beautiful in-engine cutscenes. Franchises rooted in a single style do not usually make the leap to a very completely different one so seamlessly, however Gears Ways pulls it off.
The unique Gears made our checklist of the all-time greatest Xbox exclusives.
20. No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky Subsequent is the story that your complete business factors to when in search of a comback story and it is properly deserved. Hi there Video games managed to proceed supporting No Man’s Sky with a number of updates that added high quality of life options, like Expeditions that add a brand new set of challenges you’ll be able to play with your pals, or the overhauled area stations, new enemies, cross-platform bases, and a ton of different neighborhood asks. Hi there Video games actually does deserve credit score as a result of what they’ve created is beloved by gamers in every single place.
No Man’s Sky additionally made our checklist of the most effective survival video games.
19. Elder Scrolls On-line
There are many glorious causes to play Elder Scrolls On-line on Xbox. One, it is a superb on-line RPG that continues to get higher with every new content material replace (aspect notice: Morrowind is in right here!). Two, it now formally takes benefit of the Xbox Collection X. Three, with Todd Howard and Bethesda Sport Studios arduous at work on Starfield, we cannot be seeing The Elder Scrolls VI for fairly a while. And at last and maybe most awesomely, ESO is on Xbox Sport Cross! It is an MMO that may be dipped out and in of at will; no must deal with it like a second job. Simply soak your self on the planet of Tamriel and revel in!
Elder Scrolls On-line’s 2023 roadmap will probably be revealed throughout the Xbox and Bethesda Developer_Direct on January 25.
18. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order does a tremendous job making you grasp the artwork of fight with completely timed parry’s which you could comply with up with a flourish of your lightsaber or the drive energy of your selecting. That is particularly rewarding on the more durable difficulties as you’ll must grasp your entire skills to beat the numerous foes after Cal Kestus. Along with excellent gameplay Fallen Order provides a cherry on high within the type of a memorable story that may have you ever travelling throughout the galaxy far distant with a band of misfits by your aspect. An excellent story, stellar gameplay, and loads of Empire baddies to slice away at await you on this journey.
The Fallen Order sequel is formally titled Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. It would proceed the story of Cal Kestis on March 17 on Xbox Collection X|S, PS5, and PC.
17. Titanfall 2
The unique Titanfall was nice, however the sequel delivered all the things the primary recreation didn’t: an impressive single-player marketing campaign and a few meat on Titanfall’s sturdy however in any other case skinny multiplayer bones. The multiplayer half was apparent: extra Titans, extra recreation modes, extra maps, and so forth. And Titanfall 2 delivered there. However that marketing campaign virtually got here out of nowhere. It could not have had a lot of a narrative, however it’s probably the greatest shooter campaigns of this technology on the again of its good, variety-is-king design. You may see after we imply whenever you get to *that* gameplay twist.
Take a look at our newest Artwork of the Stage characteristic for a deep dive into Titanfall 2’s fourth mission, Into the Abyss.
16. Apex Legends
Respawn’s slick gunplay got here to life in an thrilling new means when its battle royal Apex Legends first launched in 2019, and since then, it is solely gotten higher. Apex Legends’ common seasonal content material drops are spectacular. Not solely can we anticipate a brand new Legend full with story content material and a neat equipment, there’s usually additionally map adjustments (and generally an entire new map), a weapon or mechanic, and high quality of life updates alongside the battlepass. These common updates plus the occasional vacation occasion and addition of quests preserve Apex Legends in our rotation.
The commonest textual content trade between Apex gamers in 2022 was surprisingly healthful: “gg.”
15. Metallic Gear Stable V: The Phantom Ache
Metallic Gear Stable V – each The Phantom Ache and its precursor Floor Zeroes – is, with out query, essentially the most bold entry within the Metallic Gear sequence, each when it comes to its gameplay mechanics and scattered (some would possibly say incomplete) story. That includes what’s undoubtedly one of the vital complicated sandboxes in gaming historical past, The Phantom Ache provides gamers an enormous arsenal of weapons, autos, devices, and AI companions to strategy missions creatively. As at all times, stealthy tactical gameplay is rewarded closely, but when a mission goes sideways (or should you’re feeling squirrelly) the sport doesn’t punish you for getting loud and messy. Whereas the complete scope of Hideo Kojima’s final imaginative and prescient might have been stymied by artistic variations with Konami, Metallic Gear Stable 5 continues to be a fully worthwhile journey for open-world stealth followers.
14. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Ori and the Will of the Wisps picks up the torch that Blind Forest lit in 2015 and carries it to new heights. The inspiration was already there, however Moon Studios spent the 5 years between video games constructing out a livelier world, a fully-loaded moveset with a brand new emphasis on fight, and one other serving to of bittersweet story. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is without doubt one of the greatest platformers you will see that on any platform because of its artistic puzzles and intervals of racing platforming punctuated with soulful moments that give its characters an opportunity to breathe and shine.
IGN spoke with Moon Studios in 2020 to debate the potential of a brand new Ori recreation, although Microsoft is reportedly not working with the studio following what was mentioned to be a “tough relationship.” The studio is now engaged on a brand new action-RPG in partnership with Take-Two’s Personal Division publishing label.
13. Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4 is not simply the most effective Forza recreation ever made, it is the one best automotive recreation of the final decade, and possibly of all-time. With its four-season fictionalization of gorgeous Nice Britain and give attention to socially fueled enjoyable reasonably than hardcore simulation racing, it’s the equal of an ideal, breezy, 72-degree summer time day distilled into online game type. It has a big, numerous choice of vehicles , its seasons change the feel and appear of the expertise, and its soundtrack is vivid, cheery, and sure to place you in a superb temper. By some means, Forza Horizon retains getting higher, which appeared all however unattainable after the elegant Forza Horizon 3.
The sequence’ newest entry, Forza Horizon 5, was topped IGN’s 2021 Sport of the Yr.
12. Gears 5
Gears 5 loses the “of Battle” a part of its title however completely none of its third-person cover-based shooter gameplay excellence. The chainsaw gun-wielding troopers return and it’s lastly time to uncover the thriller of Kait Diaz’s previous and resolve the cliffhanger from the tip of Gears of Battle 4. The story of Gears 5 is heartfelt, private, and fascinating, whereas multiplayer is as soon as once more a blast, too. The staple Versus and Horde modes are joined by the fascinating new Escape mode that challenges a staff of three to get the heck out of a map earlier than a deadly poison cloud envelops them. Convey on Gears 6!
Gears developer The Coalition is engaged on “a number of new initiatives” utilizing Unreal Engine 5. The studio has additionally partnered with Netflix to develop a Gears of Battle film and an grownup animated sequence.
11. Halo: The Grasp Chief Assortment
This assortment of six Halo video games stands tall for the campaigns alone – significantly the fully remastered Halo 2 Anniversary – however now that developer 343 has up to date the once-maligned multiplayer suite together with new options, enhancements, and an general degree of polish, Halo: The Grasp Chief Assortment is an absolute must-own that simply retains getting higher 12 months after 12 months. That is the quintessential Halo expertise that has lastly fulfilled all of its huge potential. For those who’re a longtime fan of the Halo universe or a newcomer who has no concept the place to begin within the lengthy saga of the Grasp Chief, you’ll be able to’t do higher than this.
Developer 343 was lately hit with layoffs as a part of a wider restructuring at Microsoft. Shortly after, rumors surfaced suggesting 343 could be taken off the event of future Halo video games. The developer has since denied these rumors, saying, “Halo and Grasp Chief are right here to remain. 343 Industries will proceed to develop Halo now and sooner or later, together with epic tales, multiplayer, and extra of what makes Halo nice.”
10. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice gives an exhilarating dose of what FromSoftware does greatest with new, skill-heavy fight methods that require precision and perfection to grasp. The supernatural tackle Japanese historical past makes Sekiro’s compulsory moody environment and cryptic story stand aside from its Souls-Borne siblings, and the brand new additions to traversal and fight supply distinctive and welcome updates to the already-excellent playbook of preventing tooth and nail for each inch of progress. Its particular model of motion might not be for everybody, however those that stick it out will discover Sekiro to be an immensely rewarding journey.
FromSoftware’s newest recreation, Elden Ring, is without doubt one of the best-reviewed video games in fashionable historical past. It was topped Sport of the Yr by IGN and The Sport Awards.
We outline a ten out of 10 as a “masterpiece,” and Inside is each bit of 1. The non-sequel follow-up to the elegant Limbo took six years to make, and it appears to be like like 5 of these had been spent on polish. Each pixel, animation, ray of sunshine, and audio cue feels thought-about – to not point out the puzzles themselves. Inside will not pressure your mind too arduous, however its impactful non-verbal story will depart you considering what all of it means for days after you end it. Inside is solely unforgettable and shouldn’t be missed.
In accordance with a 2021 job itemizing, developer Playdead’s subsequent recreation is a “Third-person science fiction journey set in a distant nook of the universe.” Will probably be printed by Epic.
8. It Takes Two
Admittedly, It Takes Two will not precisely soften your GPU with its graphical depth. Is it a pleasant wanting recreation with a whimsical, fairy-tale tone and graphics to match? Sure, most actually. However it is advisable to play It Takes Two (with a pal or cherished one both on the sofa or through on-line play, after all, since It Takes Two can’t be performed alone) as a result of it’s merely probably the greatest and most unusual multiplayer experiences you’ll find lately. Author-director Josef Fares – sure, he of “F*** the Oscars!” fame – follows up the equally glorious A Means Out with this, a narrative a couple of failing marriage that may simply be capable of be saved because of the couple being was kids’s dolls and compelled to work collectively to seek out their means again to their human varieties. Play it and we promise you may smile.
Management gained IGN’s 2019 Sport of the Yr award for good motive: it’s an distinctive third-person action-adventure that does practically all the things proper. Developer Treatment has lengthy been recognized for its storytelling prowess, and that’s on full show right here. Nice characters fixing an interesting thriller in a ravishing brutalist-inspired setting, plus probably the greatest takes on telekinesis in gaming all mix to make Management a can’t-miss expertise. It’s a recreation that retains you guessing from the opening to the tip credit, and even then you definately’ll be eager to know extra about its weird world.
Treatment is formally engaged on Management 2 for Xbox Collection X|S, PS5, and PC. The studio can be creating a Management multiplayer recreation, the long-awaited Alan Wake 2, a free-to-play co-op shooter codenamed Vanguard, and remakes of Max Payne 1 and a couple of.
6. Hitman 3
Agent 47’s newest (and for now, final) outing just isn’t solely a a lot better recreation than its two predecessors, it is a a lot prettier one too. Hitman 3 has some actually breathtaking scenes from an eye-candy perspective. The primary mission in Dubai will get you hooked, however the remaining 5 – together with the second, which is actually like a playable model of the improbable movie Knives Out – will preserve your Xbox powered on for hours as you check out the myriad methods to take out your targets. That is the most effective Hitman since Blood Cash.
Hitman 3 was lately rebranded as Hitman: World of Assassination, transferring the entire trilogy’s content material right into a single recreation.
5. Doom Everlasting
Doom Everlasting is arguably the most effective single-player FPS marketing campaign we’ve seen in your complete Xbox One technology. Its complete gameplay loop is constructed round you being a badass – full with different characters you encounter within the recreation being very, very conscious of your badassery – however Everlasting meets you within the center by throwing actually dozens of demons at you at a time to even the chances. Because the enemies get larger and nastier throughout the marketing campaign, you get quicker, smarter, and extra highly effective too. It’s an unimaginable fight dance that’s fairly merely in contrast to the rest on Xbox One.
Doom Everlasting additionally made our checklist of the most effective Steam Deck video games.
4. Murderer’s Creed Valhalla
Murderer’s Creed has basically advanced from a stealth action-adventure to a full-blown open-world RPG, and Murderer’s Creed Valhalla is probably the most effective instance of its fashionable type but. You may by no means be missing in issues to do inside its Norse-Viking world, and whenever you do get into fight, it is as weighty and brutal because it’s ever been. What’s extra, should you’ve by no means performed an Murderer’s Creed recreation earlier than, you’ll be able to bounce proper into this one, as although there is a bigger universe at play right here, there is not any pre-required data that may cease you from completely having fun with your time right here.
The sequence’ subsequent recreation is Murderer’s Creed Mirage, a smaller-scale, extra narrative-focused return to the franchise’s stealth roots due out in 2023. Someday after Mirage, Ubisoft will launch Murderer’s Creed Infinity, a brand new platform/hub for the sequence’ future entries, together with an open-world RPG set in feudal Japan (Murderer’s Creed Codename Purple) and Codename Hexe.
3. Purple Useless Redemption 2
Each a surprising technical achievement and a brand new gold commonplace for online game storytelling in an open-world setting, Purple Useless Redemption 2 is without doubt one of the greatest video games Rockstar has ever made, and one of many best video games ever, interval. Whereas its story is a fancy story of honor, loyalty, and loss woven round wealthy characters dropped at life by nuanced performances, the actual star of Purple Useless 2 is its world. A sprawling and beautiful recreation of the American south and west, it’s packed so filled with element that getting from A to B is just about unattainable with out going off the overwhelmed path to another distraction. Whether or not it’s looking, fishing, taking over any variety of aspect quests for a parade of memorable NPCs, or simply stopping to admire the verdant surroundings, each single side of its world is deeply thought-about in its personal proper; offering a bespoke degree of element that makes Purple Useless 2 nothing wanting a masterpiece.
Regardless of being out for less than 4 years, Purple Useless 2 is already one of many best-selling video video games of all time.
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Few RPGs handle to place forth a bigger chunk of subtle content material than The Witcher 3. Its huge open-world areas impress, when it comes to each scope and density. Every huge space is generously dotted with nice monsters to slay, tantalizing mysteries to resolve, and private tales to unfurl. It’s additionally one of the vital spectacular general productions in gaming historical past, with reams of nice dialogue carried out by a stellar voice forged, an unimaginable authentic soundtrack, visuals that qualify as each a technical and creative achievement, and a narrative with extra branches than you would shake David Cage at. Package deal all that with two of the most effective and largest expansions in latest reminiscence, and also you’ve acquired not solely probably the greatest Western RPGs of all time, however a recreation that units the bar for open-world adventures for years to come back.
CD Projekt Purple is engaged on a brand new Witcher trilogy, in addition to an Unreal Engine 5 remake of The Witcher 1. The following-gen Witcher 3 improve, in the meantime, was launched in December.
1. Grand Theft Auto V / GTA On-line
Grand Theft Auto V’s sprawling, meticulously detailed map continues to be the high-water mark to which all different fashionable open-world adventures aspire. Not solely is it big, it’s impossibly dense with glorious content material – and that’s not simply the driving and capturing that make up its marketing campaign, neither is it restricted to the quite a few aspect actions that would quantity to a full recreation on their very own – however one wealthy with all of the sights, sounds, and bustling exercise you’d look forward to finding in a metropolis teeming with people, seedy underbelly included.
Its single-player story is a fascinating crime epic, one which well conveys Rockstar’s satirical tackle the 21-st century American dream by means of three completely different playable characters, and whenever you’ve lastly rolled credit on that – after some 30-plus hours – there’s actually years value of content material to dig into in its multiplayer element, GTA On-line.
That includes all the things from elaborate multi-phase heists to customized high-stakes racing to flying DeLoreans and Mad Max-style vehicular deathmatches, Grand Theft Auto On-line gives unparalleled selection, and with a lot to do, discover, and play with, each with pals and by yourself, there’s no query that GTA 5 stays the most effective Xbox One recreation ever.
Rockstar has formally confirmed GTA 6 is in improvement. It would reportedly characteristic a return to Vice Metropolis and star the sequence’ first feminine playable character in a Bonnie & Clyde-inspired journey — particulars that had been seemingly corroborated by an enormous GTA 6 leak.
Spring 2021 Updates:
Added: Future 2, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Gears Ways, No Man’s Sky, Elder Scrolls On-line, It Takes Two, Hitman 3, Murderer’s Creed Valhalla
Eliminated: The Witness, Satan Could Cry 5, The Outer Worlds, Monster Hunter World, Murderer’s Creed Odyssey, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Sundown Overdrive
Shifted: Titanfall 2 (No. 15 to No. 17), Apex Legends (No. 14 to No. 16), MGS 5 (No. 22 to No. 15), Ori and the Will of the Wisps (No. 7 to No. 14), Forza Horizon 4 (No. 8 to No. 13), Gears 5 (No. 11 to No. 12), Halo MCC (No. 9 to No. 11), Sekiro (No. 6 to No. 10), Inside (No. 12 to No. 9), Management (No. 4 to No. 7).
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