GTA 5

Best Xbox One Games

Microsoft’s newest console has no shortage of a-rated games, including cross-generation launch titles, beautiful Xbox 360 remasters and some fantastic exclusives.

These are History of Gaming’s best Xbox One games of all-time.

 17. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition

Diablo 3 PS4 Xbox One

Buy Diablo 3 from Amazon: $30.45£16.14

Diablo III is an action role-playing video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. The Ultimate Evil edition for PS4 and Xbox One contains the Reaper of Souls expansion pack and is beautifully converted for consoles.

Flush with content and prettier than ever, Ultimate Evil Edition is the best way to experience Diablo 3 – IGN

Rating: 86.4%
First released: 2014

16. Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age Inquisition

Buy Dragon Age: Inquisition: $19.90£9.99

Dragon Age: Inquisition is the third game in the Dragon Age franchise, and received critical acclaim, with critics praising its story, voice acting, soundtrack, detailed environments and combat. It was awarded multiple year-end accolades and nominated for more, including Game of the Year and best RPG awards.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is a wonderful game and a lengthy pilgrimage to a magical world with vital thematic ties to one we already know – GameSpot

Rating: 86.6%
First released: 2014

15. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt

Buy The Witcher 3 GOTY Edition from Amazon: $34.99£24.00

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the third game in The Witcher games franchise, a 50 to 100 hour action-RPG developed by CD Projekt RED. The Witcher 3 received an excellent critical reception,  including a 10/10 score from GameSpot.

…this is one of the best role-playing games ever crafted, a titan among giants and the standard-setter for all such games going forward – GameSpot

Rating: 86.6%
First released: 2015

14. Final Fantasy 15

Final Fantasy 15

Buy Final Fantasy 15 from Amazon: $24.50£27.99

Final Fantasy 15 is an open-world action RPG. Square Enix spent 10 years developing the game, the follow-up to 2010’s Final Fantasy 13. Yes, it was in development for 4 years prior to it’s predecessor being released. Final Fantasy XV received generally favourable reviews from critics, with the game’s combat, soundtrack, visuals, open world design, JRPG elements, lead characters and ending widely praised by critics.

…Final Fantasy XV is unlike any RPG or open-world experience I’ve played before. It succeeds and struggles in finding its unique stance, but a few problematic designs don’t hold it back from being a hell of a journey – Game Informer

Rating: 87%
First released: 2017

13. Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman Arkham Knight

Buy Batman Arkham Knight from Amazon: $16.98£11.99

Batman: Arkham Asylum is the fourth and final game in the Batman Arkham series of games by Rocksteady. The game is presented from the third-person perspective with a primary focus on Batman’s combat and stealth abilities, detective skills, and gadgets that can be used in both combat and exploration. Arkham Knight also introduces the Batmobile as a playable vehicle, which can be used for transportation or combat.

…Batman has been perfected — and the end result is the best game of this console generation – Polygon

Rating: 87.4%
First released: 2015

12. Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Buy Rise of the Tomb Raider from Amazon: $25.99£20.15

Rise of the Tomb Raider is the second game in the series’ reboot, the follow up to 2013’s Tomb Raider. Combat has been redesigned with more options for stealth and sneak attacks, and Lara can confuse enemies using the environment, hide behind bushes or in trees, or avoid combat altogether by climbing trees or traveling across roof tops.

Rise of the Tomb Raider received excellent reviews, and whilst being quite similar to its predecessor, the game improves on any weaknesses and has evolved sufficiently to be a worthy follow-up.

While essentially a retread of its predecessor, Rise of the Tomb Raider is a magnificent adventure game, brilliantly combining action genres and letting you play the way you want to – GamesRadar+

Rating: 87.6%
First released: 2015

11. Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2

Buy Titanfall 2 from Amazon: $20.00£21.49

Titanfall 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts, the sequel to 2014’s Titanfall.

Similar to its predecessor, the game is a first-person shooter in which players can control both the pilot, and the Titans. Titanfall 2 was released to positive reviews. Praise was given to the game’s addition to a deeper single-player campaign, multiplayer and gameplay, with many critics agreeing it to be a large improvement over its predecessor.

…it’s one of the most creative and rewarding FPS in recent memory – GamesRadar+

Rating: 88%
First released: 2016

10. Dishonored 2

Dishonored 2

Buy Dishonored 2 from Amazon: $24.99£9.47

Dishonored 2 is an stealth-action game developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda.

Dishonored 2 was released to a positive reception. The improvements made since the first game received praise, including the more challenging stealth, the adaptability of Emily and Corvo’s abilities to both play styles, the art direction, the realization of the game’s world as well as the replay-value and the artificial intelligence.

It can’t match its predecessor in terms of sheer originality, but Dishonored 2’s setting, stealth, swordplay, and superpowers are all superb – GamesRadar+

Rating: 88%
First released: 2016

9. Resident Evil 7: BioHazard

Resident Evil 7

Buy Resident Evil 7: $30.21£29.90

Resident Evil 7 is a glorious return to the series’ survival horror roots. For an immersive horror experience RE7 uses a first-person viewpoint, the first game in the series to do so. Resident Evil 7 received an excellent critical reception with some writers calling it the best horror game of all-time.

Its constant changes of pace, intense action and genuine terror make Resident Evil the most enjoyable horror game I’ve ever played – TrustedReviews

Rating: 88%
First released: 2017

8. Forza Horizon 3

Forza Horizon 3

Buy Forza Horizon 3 from Amazon: $48.80£38.84

Forza Horizon 3 is the sequel to 2014’s Forza Horizon 2 and part of the Forza Motorsport series, developed by Playground Games.

Forza Horizon 2 again takes place during the fictional “Horizon Festival”, this time being held in Australia. Forza Horizon 3’s map is said to be twice the size of the map in Forza Horizon 2, ranging from Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay. The game features over 350 cars at launch.

Forza Horizon 3 is a masterclass in open-world racing. A total triumph – IGN

Rating: 89%
First released: 2016

7. Pro Evolution Soccer 2016

PES 2016

Buy PES 2016 from Amazon: $14.50£6.75

Having been in FIFA’s shadow for 5 years or more, 2016 saw Pro Evo regain its crown as the best soccer game money can buy. IGN called PES 2016 an ‘all time great’, whilst Asim Tanvir from GamesRadar+ called it ‘the best football game I’ve ever played’.

…once again, Konami has delivered when it comes to the gameplay. Not only is PES 2016 a high point for the series, it’s the best football game I’ve ever played – GamesRadar

Rating: 91%
First released: 2015

6. Fallout 4

Fallout 4 screenshot

Buy Fallout 4 from Amazon: Check on Amazon£13.64

As per recent entries in the Fallout franchise, Fallout 4 is a sprawling open-world single-player game with action and RPG elements. 200 years after a nuclear war, with the game set in a post-apocalyptic Boston, in which the player character emerges from an underground bunker known as a Vault.

Fallout 4 received an excellent critical reception upon release.

“A huge game that’s anything you want it to be. An immense RPG, shooter, and world to explore that is only constrained by your imagination and desire to explore.” – GamesRadar+

Rating: 91.1%
First released: 2015

5. Minecraft

Minecraft

Buy Minecraft from Amazon: $26.45£20.79

Minecraft is an open world game that has no specific goals for the player to accomplish, allowing players a large amount of freedom in choosing how to play the game. Gameplay by default is first person, but players have the option to play in third person mode.

The core gameplay revolves around breaking and placing blocks. The game world is composed of rough 3D objects—mainly cubes—arranged in a fixed grid pattern and representing different materials, such as dirt, stone, various ores, water, and tree trunks. While players can move freely across the world, objects can only be placed at fixed locations on the grid. Players can gather these material blocks and place them elsewhere, thus allowing for various constructions.

“Minecraft on PS4 is the same amazing game, but with even bigger worlds than we’ve see on consoles before. ” – IGN

Rating: 92.6%
First released: 2014

4. Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends

Buy Rayman Legends from Amazon: $20.80£11.99

Rayman Legends was originally announced as a Wii U exclusive planned for release during the console’s launch window, but was delayed and released months later on multiple platforms. This was great news for owners of other consoles as Rayman Legends is the best platform game in years.

A staggering work of platforming genius – IGN

Rating: 93%
First released: 2013

3. Skyrim (Special Edition) 

Skyrim

Buy Skyrim SE from Amazon: Check on Amazon£21.99

First released in 2011, Skyrim is such a fantastic game that the 2016 remaster is still one of the best games on Xbox One despite being five years old.

Skyrim is a huge open-world RPG; the fifth game in Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls series and the follow-up to Oblivion. Skyrims main story revolves around the player character and their effort to defeat Alduin the World-Eater, a dragon who is prophesied to destroy the world.

It’s the best open world game I’ve ever played, the most liberating RPG I’ve ever played, and one of my favourite places in this or any other world – PC Gamer

A wonderful recreation of Skyrim, which remains – despite rough edges and badly-aged elements – one of the greatest RPGs ever made – GamesRadar

Rating: 95%
First released: 2016

2. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid 5

Buy MGSV from Amazon: $14.95£10.98

Set in 1984, Metal Gear Solid 5 follows the mercenary leader Punished “Venom” Snake as he ventures into Afghanistan and the Angola—Zaire border region to exact revenge on the people who destroyed his forces and came close to killing him during the climax of Ground Zeroes.

The game received perfect review scores from several publications and was described by most reviewers as the greatest game in the Metal Gear series and the best stealth game of all time.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is not just a high watermark for the series. It is the greatest ever stealth game by a distance – Eurogamer

The Phantom Pain may be a contender for one of the best action games ever made, but is undoubtedly the best Metal Gear game there is – GameSpot

Rating: 96.1%
First released: 2015

1. Grand Theft Auto V

GTA 5

Buy GTA V from Amazon:  / £33.99

Whilst originally released on PS3 and Xbox 360, GTA V is so good that when rereleased 14 months later it was immediately rated the best game available for Xbox One.

The first GTA game with multiple playable characters, GTA 5 follows the plight of Michael, Franklin and Trevor around the state of Los Santos, based on Los Angeles and Southern California.

Whilst GTA 5 only featured a handful of new features on the new-gen consoles, Rockstar did an outstanding job of updating GTA 5 so that it feels right at home on these platforms. Everything looks strikingly better running at full 1080p resolution, with dramatically enhanced textures, lighting effects, and detail in general.

GTA 5’s amazing world looks and feels at home on new-gen hardware, and it’s one of the best games available today – IGN

Rating: 96.4%
First released: 2014