The Xbox One has had its ups and downs over the past two years, including resolution issues, networking problems, and certainly dashboard frustrations. Finally, this year we see the same grand change that was brought about the Xbox 360 back in 2007 – truly “next-gen” games are now coming out, a new slick dashboard is being released, and we are getting our first true next-gen Halo game in the form of Halo 5: Guardians. But before the holiday 2015 frenzy of amazing games comes along, I want to make a list of some fantastic games that are already out on the Xbox One. Here are my top 10 games currently out on the Xbox One as of September 15th, 2015.
#10. Grand Theft Auto V
This game is much higher up the list on many other top 10s and 25s (looking at you, IGN), and for the most part I agree with them. Grand Theft Auto V is arguably the best Grand Theft Auto of all time, and even one of the best games of all time. If you haven’t played it yet on the previous generation of consoles, a la Xbox 360 or PS3, it is certainly worth playing on the Xbox One. Even if you have played it, like I have, the capabilities of the Xbox One allow the game to run a lot smoother, look better, and the online functionality works flawlessly. And heists online are now a hallmark of the series – expect this feature in every single GTA going forward. The only reason this game is not higher on the list for me is because it is ultimately the same game as I played on my Xbox 360, and for me it is not enough to call it the best Xbox One game. It easily sits on my top 10 list.
|First Person Mode!|
Titanfall was heralded as the first true next-gen game on the Xbox One, and for the most part I think that statement is false. It’s missing a true campaign, its online is only 6vs6, and the graphical fidelity is not too far off from the previous generation. However, this game makes up for all of that in how well it was built. This game is buttery smooth – everything you do feels perfect. From the push of a button to what happens on the screen, there is never a moment in Titanfall where you do something you did not mean to do – the input and output is incredible. Also, even though it is only 6vs6 the battlefield is populated with A.I. teammates and enemies that bring on an atmosphere of a larger conflict at hand, and actually allow the player to (mostly) forget that there are only 6 real enemies on the field. Also, the Titan combat makes you feel incredibly powerful, and fighting other Titans always feels like an epic encounter. Titanfall 2 has a lot to live up to, because this game nearly nailed it in every single department. It could have been as close to a perfect game as a game could get, if not for a few mistakes indicated above.
#8. Ori and the Blind Forest
The first true great ‘arcade’ exclusive on the Xbox One, Ori and the Blind Forest is a beautiful platformer with an emotional story, as well as absolutely brutal gameplay in terms of a challenge. I personally have not purchased this game yet, but I had the opportunity to play around 2 hours of it at a launch event and I was left wanting much more. I see this game going on sale sometime soon, so I am waiting for that (because I am a cheap person), but this is a game that no one with an Xbox One should miss. The nice thing about this game is that the art style will hold up throughout the consoles life due to its mystic nature, so it does not matter when you play this game it will hold up either way. The same cannot be said for the two games above.
|As Deadly as it is Beautiful|
#7. Forza Horizon 2
What can I say – this is one of the most underrated games on the system. Beautiful open-world simulation racing with an abundance of cars, events, and graphical fidelity not to mention top-notch gameplay. If you haven’t tried it yet, I recommend putting your feet into the water first by playing the fantastic Forza Horizon 2 Presents The Fast and Furious. It’s cheaper and allows you to race some awesome vehicles and try out the game before you go all-in. You will notice this is my only racing game on the list – I do not believe that Forza Motorsport 6 is a game that is better than this one. It could have been better, while Horizon 2 really hit everything it could and really well.
|Want to Race some Fighter Jets? GO FOR IT!|
#6. Gears of War Ultimate Edition
Experience the 1st Gears of War game in beautiful 1080p 60fps on the Xbox One, fully remastered like Halo 2 Anniversary was. Refined multiplayer, a difficult and exhilarating campaign, and stable servers puts this game high up on my list. The 1st Gears holds a special place in my heart, and Epic Games treated this remaster very well. Bravo. And for anyone looking for an excuse not to get it, there isn’t really any. The game is not even full retail price, it comes with the Gears 4 beta, and there are tons of people playing it. Awesome.
|Graphical Comparison: Xbox One Wins|
#5. Rare Replay
I don’t think that there is a collection of games this large that has been done this well – ever. Rare Replay hosts some of Rare’s best, and lesser-known games in an epic 30 year collection disc. It highlights Rare’s major ups such as the Banjo and Conkers Games, and even some lesser-knowns such as their games from the 80s and early 90s like Snake, Rattle and Roll. What is cool about this collection is that it features this challenge mode where you do not have to beat every single individual game, but rather just play the best moments or challenging moments of each. This allows you to do a taste-test of all of their games relatively easily, and if you want to play more the whole game is there. There is a ton of value here, 30 games for $30. And I’ve had a blast revisiting some of my favourite games and exploring new ones.
|So Many Good Games, a Ton of Value|
#4. Dragon Ball Xenoverse
This game ranks so high on my list because it scratches my itch for a Dragon Ball Z game that I can actually experience in many different ways. Not only is there an extensive RPG and character customisation factor at play here, but the way in which this game is presented to the player is different and intriguing. You experience the story of Dragon Ball Z in a twisted, messed up and out of order way. It’s not the best story, but it presents a lot of unique “what if” scenarios that I cant wait to be further explored in the inevitable sequel. This is an essential game for any Dragon Ball Z fan for the character creator alone.
|Choose From a Variety of Races and Build Your Character|
#3. Sunset Overdrive
I cant describe this game, I admit it. I can describe it in a very basic way, meaning an open world third person post zombie/robot apocalypse action rpg. If that doesn’t confuse you, then more power to you. Imagine Grand Theft Auto, but with weird soda-pop zombies and robots that you kill with make-shift crazy weapons similar to those you would find in Ratchet and Clank, all while going through a hilarious and very creative story and well-crafted missions that play coy with the video game universe as a whole… it is very meta. This game is hilarious, its art style is fantastic and will hold up for much longer than this consoles life cycle, its combat is fun and over the top, and the world is interesting and full of life. I love this game so much, and I really hope some sort of sequel comes out for it – right now this game is an Xbox One exclusive, but if a sequel were to come out I see it being multi-platform similar to what Mass Effect did. Doesn’t matter to me, I just want as many people as possible to experience this game. It stays at #3 on my list because the game does not come to full fruition until about 10 hours in – if it did so earlier than it might be the best damn game on the console.
|Plus, this BEAUTIFUL Console (I Have It!)|
#2. Metal Gear Solid V
I can’t believe how good this game looks. Easily the most ambitious Metal Gear game to date, and it follows the formula of my favourite Metal Gear game ever – Peace Walker. Combat is perfected, storytelling is still great as always, and the open world allows you to take on missions in a seemingly infinite amount of ways. The addition of adding Mother Base where you train and build your own private army is a mechanic that really should have been copied more by now, if not for Peace Walker being highly underrated. This game warranted a 10/10 on many review sites, and to be honest I cannot argue with that score. With this game being potentially (and it actually looks like it will be this time) the last Metal Gear game ever with Hideo Kojima behind the wheel, they really could not have done a better job. Pick it up, and experience a game like no other. For those WAAAAY behind in the story like myself, take a look at this awesome time line. It goes over everything you need to know.
|Which way will you Attack this Mission?|
#1. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Despite this games troubled online servers (they have drastically improved, but are still not perfect), Halo: The Master Chief Collection presents an unparallelled experience in gaming. Every single main Halo campaign? Check. Remastered Halo 1 and 2? Check. 60 fps, 1080p for the first time in Halo history? Check. Every single main Halo multiplayer having their own playlists? Check. Every single main Halo game map, including DLC, EVER? Big ol’ Check. Seriously, this game rules. It allows you to experience basically every single Halo game on Xbox One, minus Halo: Reach (they even added ODST!). The servers are still not perfect, but they are much improved. This is a game that will never leave my collection, and if you have not added it to your collection you are a fool. All they need to do is stabilise the servers once and for all, and add Halo: Reach to the collection and possibly a remastered Halo 3 in 2017 and you have a platform on a platform. Seriously, this is a game where they could just keep adding more for the entirety of the consoles life cycle because there will always be people who just want to play the old Halo games, and the Master Chief Collection is the best way to do it.
|Halo 2: Anniversary is Absolutely Gorgeous. I Really Hope they do Halo 3 Anniversary.|
Well folks that’s all she wrote for now – this list contains the top 10 Xbox One games you should play, before the oncoming storm of Fall 2015 hits and Halo 5, Fallout 4, and Star Wars Battlefront take over your lives… play these while you still can!
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