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The 20 Best Xbox One Games Ever RANKED

20. Gears of War 4

Taking place 25 years after the conclusion of the third game, Gears of War 4 puts you in the boots belonging to the son of the eternally bandana’d Marcus Fenix. Much like his father before him, JD joined the local space marine outfit. But unlike his father, JD fighting “aliens” called the Swarm and not the Locust. Gameplay this time around is still the same run, gun, and cover style from the previous trilogy with some added flair like new weapons and a weather system that can change up how a battle is fought. If you’re in the mood for multiplayer, the classic horde mode is still here along with plenty of player versus player modes.

19. Dance Central Spotlight

The Dance Central series was a definite highlight of the Xbox 360’s original Kinect lineup. These dance titles were easy enough to get into and had a variety of minigames and even a story mode to keep you entertained. Spotlight removes those but keeps the core gameplay intact with improved tutorial modes and improved tracking thanks to the Xbox One’s new Kinect. Though at this point, Microsoft has discontinued the Kinect, if you have one or are able to find one, this title should not be forgotten.

18. Stardew Valley

There’s a lot of games on this lineup that involve you mowing down waves of enemies with some kind of projectile and sometimes you just need to get away from it all. Maybe settle down in a nice town far away from everything. Maybe grow some crops and raise some livestock. Maybe meet someone special and have some kids. Maybe help a wizard investigate the weird sprites that inhabit the rundown town hall. Stardew Valley is relaxing and rewarding allowing you to take things at your own pace which is maybe why I have over 150 hours played in it.

17. Super Lucky’s Tale

2017 felt like a return to the traditional 3D platformer. With games like Yooka-Laylee, A Hat In Time, and even Super Mario Odyssey, the colorful genre has made a strong comeback. Super Lucky’s Tale started life as Lucky’s Tale on the Oculus Rift and was reworked for the Xbox One. You take control of Lucky, a spritely little fox who is trying to help his sister recover the Book of Ages from the mysterious villain Jinx. It can be easy to overlook a game like this but if you’re itching for something colorful and cute with challenges suited for players of all skill levels, definitely check this out

16. Forza Horizon 3

Many cars, many races, open world, multiplayer, Forza Horizon 3 has a whole lot if you’re a fan of racing games. Featuring 350 cars and plenty of downloadable content to keep you busy for quite some time, there was even an expansion that added Hot Wheels tracks (and a car from Final Fantasy XV) to the game.

15. Rare Replay

Only missing Goldeneye and obviously the Donkey Kong Country series due to licensing issues, Rare Replay is a value simply based on how many games you get. While there are some games in the collection you can skip (the earlier ZX Spectrum titles and Perfect Dark Zero), there’s plenty to dig into like the Banjo-Kazooie series, Blast Corps, and Viva Pinata. Who needs Goldeneye when you’ve got the Perfect Dark remaster! Which you can still play with 4-player splitscreen by the way.

14. Sunset Overdrive

The most extreme energy drink commercial you’ve ever seen combined with the wild weapons, rail grinding and shooting of Ratchet & Clank, fused with the open world zombie killing of a Dead Rising, Sunset Overdrive was the first Insomniac Games project not be to a Playstation exclusive. The main campaign has plenty of side quests and upgrades to keep you interested for a while and on top of that, there’s Chaos Squad, a series of co-op missions to play along with with up to 7 players.

13. PLAYERUNKNOWN’s Battlegrounds

One of the most highly talked-about PC games of the year makes it’s console debut on the Xbox One. 100 players parachute into an island, race around searching for weapons and armor, and must outwit and survive against each other as they battle for the number one spot. But you must be wary, as you can’t doddle for too long as a playzone beings to contract forcing players to the center making the battle even tenser. If you make it to the number one spot, you’re presented with a delicious chicken dinner.

Well, not really, just the immense satisfaction of coming out on top and some in-game currency to outfit your avatar in new clothes.

12. Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Marred by many a technical problem upon launch, The Master Chief finally came around eventually and should be a definite grab for first person shooter fans. Containing the first 4 Halo games, including all the campaigns and maps of each game so you can relive the excitement of running over someone with the Warthog and the horror of running from The Flood in the library. If you’re feeling even more nostalgic, The Master Chief Collection includes LAN support so you and a group of friends can bring your Xboxes and TVs to one room and pretend like it’s 2003 again.

11. For Honor

The premise of For Honor feels like an argument I had when I was 13-years-old. Who would win between Vikings, Knights, and Samurai? Ubisoft aimed to answer this question with their interesting fighting game that pits these three factions against each other. With a badass story mode and plenty of multiplayer with additional downloadable content, if you’re looking for something a little different, For Honor is something to keep your eye on.

10. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die

Though it was never finished, D4 is one of the most interesting games to grace the Xbox One’s library. Created by the man behind Deadly Premonition, Swery65, Dark Dreams Don’t Die is a bizarre episodic adventure game following a private investigator named David Young whose wife has been murdered and he wants to find out how.

This all sounds fairly boilerplate for a detective story, but David is unable to recall the memories surrounding the event but has gained the ability to travel through time when he finds certain objects. Beyond that, there’s plenty of that Swery65 unique weirdness to be found like David’s roommate, a woman who acts like a cat, or the spiral horn haired fashion designer Duncan and his mannequin with the exact same haircut. It’s a strange game but something to definitely be experienced.

9. Rise of the Tomb Raider

The reboot of the Tomb Raider reimagined Lara Croft as a more well-rounded and more real character than her previous incarnation. Her short shorts were replaced actual pants someone would wear to go rock climbing and spelunking, and her character was designed to look like an actual human being. Everything about the gameplay and story was improved over its predecessors with the trend continuing with the sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider. After dealing with the supernatural events and violence of the previous game, Lara now attempts to follow in her late father’s footsteps.

8. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Do you have 1000 hours to play an epic RPG based on a series of Polish fantasy novels about a white haired hunk who hunts monsters? You’d better because The Witcher 3 is considered to be one of the most well written games of all time. And don’t worry about not having played the first two games, Wild Hunt will catch you up on the story. This open world third-person RPG is huge with plenty of monsters to hunt, quests to complete, weapons to use, gold to find, and card games to play.

7. Slime Rancher

There’s a not a whole lot out there in terms of farming games. Sure you have your Harvest Moons and Stardew Valley, but what if you want something different? Well, in comes Slime Rancher, and no, it is not an offshoot of the long lost Tecmo series, Monster Rancher.

Slime Rancher is an extremely adorable first person farming game where you play as Beatrix LeBeau wielding her handy vacuum backpack, simply named the Vacpack. You are tasked with finding, raising, breeding all different kinds of slimes while adventuring out in the wilderness and growing crops to feed your hungry and growing family of slimes so they can produce plorts. You then sell those plorts to upgrade your ranch and Vacpack to use to raise more slimes to get more plorts! PLORTS!

6. Rocket League

Have you ever wanted to drive a rocket powered car into another rocket powered car so fast that the other car explodes? Have you ever wanted to make a rocket powered car do a backflip? Do you enjoy soccer? Then Rocket League is right up your alley. Since the game was released in 2015, there has been plenty of game modes added; from basketball to ice hockey and a mode with special power-ups. To sweeten the deal, if you play on Xbox One, you can even battle online with players on PC and Nintendo Switch.

5. SUPERHOT

SUPERHOT is the most innovative shooter I’ve played in years. The game only moves when you do. When you walk or run, when you shoot, the game time progresses. No other game feels as fulfilling as when you punch the gun out of a enemy’s hands, pick up that gun out of the air, shoot said enemy in the face, shoot the guy behind them, throw the gun at another enemy stunning them, pick up a katana and proceed to slice up anyone else around you. After all is said and done and you’ve completed a level, you’re rewarded with watching everything in regular motion. SUPERHOT is not a game to be missed.

4. Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct (2013) had a lot going against it when it was first announced. A free-to-play Xbox exclusive from a studio, Double Helix, not known for making quality games. But fears were assuaged upon release. The game is welcoming enough for newcomers, with an in-depth tutorial system, while having enough for hardcore players.

Making the game a free download with season packs to buy makes a lot easier to bring people into the fold. It even keeps the same spirit and energy of the original KI games with the wild combos and an announcer screaming his lungs out.

3. Dead Rising 4

Hailed as a hero at the end of Dead Rising 1, Frank West has been reduced to hiding out under an alias teaching photography classes at a night school. He’s approached by a government agent when a former student of his is seen sneaking at the site of the original game’s setting, Willamette Mall. Frank now has to find out why the zombies have returned and to find his former pupil.

Dead Rising 4 streamlines a lot of the gameplay elements of the series; making weapon combining doable on the fly, no more timers, and escort missions reduced to just rescuing civilians. The series has had co-op multiplayer before, but this time you play as one of four characters with their own skill tree separate from the main game. If you’re looking for a good zombie killing game, you can’t go wrong with this one.

2. Cuphead

The beautifully animated and mega hard Cuphead was first revealed at E3 2015 and was originally just going to be a series of boss fights but was later retooled after feedback to have an overworld and platforming levels. After disobeying the Elder Kettle, Cuphead and Mugman are on a roll gambling at the Devil’s Casino and challenged by the villainous King Dice and The Devil himself. After losing, the boys plead and strike a deal to retrieve soul contracts from others who have lost to The Devil.

The soul contracts are the bosses you fight, each a unique and interesting battle and design with such characters as a pair of boxer frogs, a crescent moon, a giant bee with a moustache, and even a giant robot! While the game is known for its difficulty, it’s nowhere close to impossible and feels great to learn the patterns. There’s even a two-player mode that alleviates some of the difficulty by making it possible to revive your partner, plus it’s always more fun to tackle something arduous with a friend.

1. Titanfall 2

The original Titanfall was a fine enough game, though very slim in it’s presentation. With no real story mode to speak of the multiplayer tried to make up for it but just wasn’t enough. Titanfall 2 on the other hand has one of the best single player first person shooter stories on the market. While the first game only had 3 Titans to speak of, the sequel added 3 more to the base game with another coming from downloadable content. And to sweeten the deal even more, all the DLC is free and any paid DLC is for skins for the Titans. The game has plenty to offer with it’s single player, multiplayer, and the recently added wave-based horde mode.

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