The Best Xbox One Games

The Xbox One must-haves.

Microsoft's Xbox One was released back in November 2013, and some years after its release, you may be wondering what's worthwhile playing on the new system. As it turns out, there are plenty of great games already available for the successor to the wildly popular Xbox 360. Check out our list of top Xbox One titles below, and let us know what you think about our picks in the comments. Of course, with even more games scheduled to come out, expect us to add and update this list as the months roll on!

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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

"There's an incredible scope to what you can do in Black Flag, with a level of harmony between its component parts that encourages you to try it all, and a story that keeps you invested throughout the whole thing."

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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassin's Creed Syndicate

"Coupled with strong, loveable leads and a seemingly endless procession of ways to leave your (fictional) mark on London's history, Assassin's Creed Syndicate is a shining example of gameplay and storytelling."

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Battlefield 4

"Battlefield 4 multiplayer is a blast and definitely the best reason to return to this hallowed franchise or dive in for the first time. Though the campaign makes strides in the right direction, it remains a sideshow to the main event. Expansive and exciting, challenging and empowering, Battlefield 4 multiplayer is a thrilling endeavor in this generation or the next."

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Child of Light

"There are so few games willing to explore that dull ache that I became mesmerized by Aurora's journey, even when I needed to step away from her plight while I regained my composure. Child of Light is a wonderfully realized, somber adventure, and I couldn't be happier that such a game exists."

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

"Advanced Warfare makes for a convincing foundation of futuristic yet relatable combat that is worth exploring and expanding further."

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Dark Souls III
Dark Souls III

Dark Souls III

"There are several possible endings to Dark Souls III, and although most are anticlimactic, they drive home the loneliness of the paths we took. The old lords have abandoned their posts, and in the hunt to usurp them, we descend into those dark valleys, and climb those imposing peaks. This is the essence of Dark Souls III: periods of doubt, followed by great reward. The journey may be rocky, but there's a throne waiting at the end."

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Dead Rising 3

"Survival may not be always be pretty in Dead Rising 3, but it's fun to roam around in this LA-inspired setting for Capcom's latest take on a zombie apocalypse. You'll be able to hop in a car and traverse from one end of this city to the other in about five minutes, but the thrill is in the journey rather than the destination."

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

"Deus Ex: Mankind Divided refines and reinforces the defining foundations of the series. It creates challenging situations and gives players the tools and flexibility to deal with them in a multitude of ways, all within an absorbing cyberpunk world. Although not a significant departure from Human Revolution, Mankind Divided is still a uniquely fulfilling experience, one which feels rare in games today."

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Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition
Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition

Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition

"Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition feels like the happy conclusion of a two-year public beta, with the initial purchasers on PC bearing much of the grief with the auction house and the slow pace to reach level 60."

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Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved

"When trumpet fanfares and wailing guitars fill the room, the game calls for dramatic sweeps and swift punches; when plaintive violins and cellos encourage quiet contemplation, your hands swish about in graceful arcs."

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Doom

"Many shooters chase the thrill Doom delivers, but few are as potent in their execution. It captures the essence of what made the classic Doom games touchstones of their day, and translates it to suit modern palates with impressively rendered hellscapes and a steady influx of tantalizing upgrades. Doom is the product of a tradition as old as shooters, and while it's not the model to follow in every case, modern shooters could learn a thing or two from Doom's honed and unadulterated identity."

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Doom
Doom

Fallout 4

"Fallout 4 can be an intoxicating experience. You're often forced to sacrifice something--a relationship, a lucrative opportunity, or your health--to make gains elsewhere. And the deeper down the rabbit hole you go, the more you wonder: what if I chose a different path? You second guess yourself, not just because you had other options, but because you aren't sure if you did the right thing. The fact that your decisions stick with you after walking away from the game is a testament to the great storytelling on hand. Fallout 4 is an argument for substance over style, and an excellent addition to the revered open-world series."

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Far Cry Primal

"When it uses the Stone Age setting to elevate the combat and reinforce the brutality of nature, it thrives. It fosters a give-and-take relationship with the wilderness, granting you the means to survive, but also the threats you have to overcome. That focus on primitive times can become a hindrance at certain points, with limited tools and repetitive combat, but in the end, Far Cry Primal stays true to its callous setting, fleshing out every layer of the captivating world it creates."

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FIFA 16

"FIFA needed a year like this. Without serious competition from Konami’s PES in the past few years (until now), and with Ultimate Team keeping players playing and paying all year round, there’s been no pressing motivation to ring the changes. Annual titles will always evolve gradually, but recent progress has felt glacial. FIFA 16 can be stubborn and stifling, but it feels gloriously new, and having to learn fresh strategies and nuances in a game series like this is an almost-forgotten pleasure."

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Forza Motorsport 6

"As merely the second installment for the Xbox One, Forza Motorsport 6 not only keeps up with the high bar set by Forza 5, it capitalizes on that foundation of quality. The Mod system and the weather effects are reasons enough for Forza 5 enthusiasts to seriously consider this sequel and the abundance of difficulty and assist options makes Forza 6 an immensely accessible driving simulation for newcomers."

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Halo 5: Guardians
Halo 5: Guardians

Halo 5: Guardians

"In some ways, Halo 5 is the boldest Halo yet. The franchise's multiplayer is at its peak, with a mode I'm sure I'll return to several times over. But then there's the campaign, which introduces fluid new movement and open level design, yet can't tell a coherent story to match. There are signs of a phenomenal shooter here, but certain narrative aspects feel underdeveloped, holding the franchise's newest sequel back from true excellence."

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Inside

"This is a beautiful, haunting, and memorable game, a worthy follow-up to Limbo. Its puzzles, although rarely difficult, are engaging complements to the story. The real achievement of this game, though, is the way that it crafts its narrative: detailed environments convey the bizarre world that you travel through; introspective moments are filled with minimalist sound design and just the barest touches of music; and the things you must do to complete your journey force you to confront the realities of humanity, freedom, and existence."

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Lords of the Fallen

"Superficially, you could call Lords of the Fallen a Souls game for the meek and the uninitiated. But it earns more respect than such a flippant description."

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

"When it comes to storytelling, there has never been a Metal Gear game that's so consistent in tone, daring in subject matter, and so captivating in presentation. 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."

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Minecraft Xbox One Edition

"Minecraft: Xbox One Edition surpasses the Xbox 360 Edition with cleaner, sharper visuals, and a farther view distance, and it runs at 60 frames per second for complete smoothness."

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Mortal Kombat X

"Mortal Kombat X successfully continues the tradition of mixing a fighting game with gore-laced slapstick."

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NBA 2K16

"The fact that NBA 2K16 is a great basketball experience can’t be ignored. Few sports games come close to providing a more authentic and fun virtual representation of the real thing, and even if this is the least user-friendly entry in years, I can’t stop playing it."

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Ori and the Blind Forest

"Ori and the Blind Forest is a rapturous platformer that is as fun as it is beautiful."

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Ori and the Blind Forest
Ori and the Blind Forest

Overwatch

"Overwatch is an intelligent cascade of disparate ideas, supporting one another, pouring into one another, and coiling around themselves as they flow into the brilliant shooter underneath."

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Rare Replay

"Rare Replay is a great way to experience some of the best games from the studio's past, and the new videos that document Rare's storied history are the icing on the cake; it's just a shame that you can't access them from the start."

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Peggle 2

"It's the very epitome of a pure gaming experience, one that can be as deep or as simple as you want it to be, and one that never loses sight of what makes it so appealing to so many people."

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Rayman Legends

"Momentum is the name of the game in this 2D platformer. Rayman runs, leaps, swings, glides, and swims with a kinetic grace that compels you ever onward. Being able to squeeze past spikes and thunder across toppling towers should be expected in any adventure that presents such formidable challenges, but what makes Legends special is how joyful such movements are."

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Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

"Rise of the Tomb Raider's first shot pans over the vast, foreboding landscape we'll soon come to know. In many ways, it functions as a promise on the part of Crystal Dynamics: there are big things ahead of us. And at the end of Lara's journey, after we've seen her through this adventure, and experienced everything the world has to offer, it's clear that promise was kept."

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Strider

"From the moment you embark on your journey right up until the final deathblow, Strider is a blast to play. Controlling this agile ninja feels empowering right out of the gate, and each new upgrade brings with it an enjoyable new way to engage your foes."

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Sunset Overdrive

"Sunset Overdrive never pretends to be anything but an excuse to swear like a sailor, jump off of a skyscraper, and blow up a gang of monsters."

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Super Time Force

"Super Time Force gleefully shreds conventional concepts of time travel in both its writing and gameplay, making it a refreshing twist on the side-scrolling shooter."

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

"Where the Witcher 2 sputtered to a halt, The Witcher 3 is always in a crescendo, crafting battle scenarios that constantly one-up the last, until you reach the explosive finale and recover in the glow of the game's quiet denouement. But while the grand clashes are captivating, it is the moments between conflicts, when you drink with the local clans and bask in a trobairitz's song, that are truly inspiring."

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Titanfall

"The high-flying action intertwines beautifully with the brutish, tactical titan battles, creating battlefields that crackle with possibility. Titanfall is a leap forward for shooters, a game that combines the vibrant and new with the tried and true to create something special."

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

"What's most remarkable about Tomb Raider is how its many elements so perfectly complement each other, so that no matter which activity you're currently engaged in, you're fully invested. Even the straightforward platforming, in which Lara's sticky hands ensure there's little chance of failure, is thrilling thanks to brief quick-time events that keep your mind focused on even your smallest actions."

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

"My experiences weren't always perfect, but when Siege works, there's nothing else like it. It's not designed to appeal to all players, and that's exactly what allows it to be something special. With so much strategic depth, those periods between firefights actually become some of the most rewarding, while firefights themselves are made all the more intense by the knowledge that you're fighting for your life, not just your kill/death ratio."

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

Tom Clancy's The Division

"No matter how frustrated I grew with the game's semi-indestructible enemies or its repetitive leveling structure, I absolutely could not stop playing. The world was too engrossing, the loot was too enticing, and the campaign was too gripping for me to simply walk away. I stopped caring about the game's flaws after the first few hours and proceeded to lose myself in obsessive stat optimization and cooperative gun battles. The problems (and frustration) never disappeared, but I was more than happy to play through the pain."

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Trials Fusion

"This is another expertly designed entry in the enthralling series. Though the core action remains largely unchanged, it's as exciting as it has ever been, thanks in part to the gorgeous visual design that brings each location to life."

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Watch Dogs

"Watch Dogs is a lushly produced and riotous game with an uncanny ability to push you from one task to the next, each of which is just as fun as the last. This version of Chicago is crawling with a hyperbolic number of degenerates, and I didn't mind squashing pyromaniacs and slavers."

* GameSpot's Best Of Lists will be updated periodically as new games worthy of inclusion are released on their respective platforms.

Last updated May 10, 2017.

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Androidmack

I agree with most of the games that made it to this list but I have a different take on Xbox One Best Games.

https://plus.google.com/110367822107296746645/posts/Fk117P4tVdQ

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amaneuvering

A decent list of games there.

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Daelusca

Any "best of" list that includes MGSV is a joke....smh on that ridiculous game.

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UrbanMessiah

@Daelusca: Omigod, I thought I was the only one!

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EdwardNygma

You can get almost every game on this list for PC or PS4 and get better graphics as well as A LOT more high rated, excellent exclusives. Still no reason to buy an Xbox at all.

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Imajinn

Why is this topic being reposted? Dejavu

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RogerHHeflin

The only game on the list I am interested in getting on this list once the Scorpio comes out is The Witcher 3..... Xbox better start getting more RPGs and ActionRPGs or I will not buy one

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Imajinn

@rogerhheflin: Thankfully they are starting to pick up on that, as there has been a handful of RPGs released this year on it. I am seriously hoping they continue to keep em coming.

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EdwardNygma

@imajinn: What RPGs exclusively for Xbox? I can't think of a single one.

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suicidesn0wman

@edwardnygma: No one said anything about exclusive rpgs.

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Daveof89

You added "Inside" but not Horizon 3? Ya'll are either lazy or ignorant...

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suicidesn0wman

BF4 is on here but not BF1? This list is a joke.

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hrV_25

Exclusives are elusive on this platform.

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BigGamerDude

I dont think people really understand that the point of this list is for people who got a new xbox one with no other consoles.

Still why did this have to get bumped up.

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Daveof89

@biggamerdude: Because they added "Inside" to the list. Not a good reason, but that's why it got bumped.

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KhanWasHere

@biggamerdude: To remind everyone the best they have are multiplats.

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GH05T-666

So, most of the games I can just get on PC or PS4. There isn't many games that actually make you need an Xbox One to play.

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@GH05T-666: Do you know if you can play Ori and the Blind Forest on PC.... That game was really really good. Pretty difficult too

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Daveof89

@Legend_of_Link: It's on steam

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Ripper_TV

So... no games then?

P.S. Lords of the Fallen is a terribly horrible game.

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@Ripper_TV: I played it for free with Xbox Gold and did not hate it at all. It was by no means a great game but I also wouldnt say "terribly Horrible game" either. Somewhere in the middle.

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Daelusca

lol....they re-released a 2014 clickbait story....new low even for Gamespot!

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Mithrava

Wow, what a list... Jeez.

- more than 50% of the games are also on last-gen consoles

- more than 60% of the games are sequels/franchises

- more than 70% of the games I personally have no interest in ever buying (although I could see me trying some of them out if they were free)

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Shantmaster_K

Ori and the Blind Forest has to be my favorite Xbox One exclusive.

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sladakrobot

State of Decay and Dragon Age are missing.

Erm...2 years old comments?

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iandizion713

Ouch, no Rocket League.

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spartanx169x

@iandizion713: I played it when it was free. It suffered from very poor matchmaking. that was a month or two ago. I was completely new going up against very highly experienced players. It was really bad. they fix that and i could get interested.

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iandizion713

@spartanx169x: Yeah that does suck. Have to have good match making systems in place.

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suicidesn0wman

Oh how nice, necroing a 2 year old article so you can add Deus Ex to the list, talk about laziness.

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GregoryBastards

This list is old people....it was made in 2014...the actual top ten IMO are:

1. MGS V

2. HALO MCC

3. SUNSET OVERDRIVE

4. FORZA MOTORSPORT 6

5. ORI and THE BIND FOREST

6. FORZA HORIZON 2

7. DEAD RISING 3

8. DESTINY

9. TITANFALL

10. GTA V

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@GregoryBastards: Good top 10 but Rise of the Tomb Raider's gotta be in their somewhere.

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Shinobi120

LOL, most of them aren't even exclusive.

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JustBeFahad

Why are both NBA 2K14 and NBA 2K15 on this list? Also, there is Fifa 14 instead of Fifa 15. Also, no DA Inquisition and GTAV Remastered? Halo MCC is also missing.

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RelGn

where is gta v

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KingJuggaNott

Titanfall and Super Time Force...both awesome games.

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oflow

<< LINK REMOVED >> So i guess u came because u like sucking wangs?

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spartanx169x

When I do get the Xb1, I will be getting DR3 and TF and Ghosts(Ghosts only because I got the 360 version+upgrade).Nothing else here is of interest. But looking forward to Sunset Overdrive.

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skiggy34

These are great games. My favorites are Titanfall, Dead Rising 3(awesome game, especially for a lauch title) Forza 5, Killer Instinct, Max the Curse of Brotherhood(awesome and underrated game) and yes Ryse! I loved Ryse. The graphics alone are better than ANY game next gen. I have ps4 also but I recently traded in Infamous( I hated this game) for Watchdogs which I will say plays and looks very nice.,.,.

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golden1elite

@skiggy34 Very true, i am enjoying the XBOX One library a TON right now. But my PS4 is starting to collect a bit of dust since I do not like Second Son. I only got my PS4 for the exclusives as I don't like the PS controller for first person shooters hence I am still waiting for good exclusives to come out for my PS4.

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KimCheeWarriorX

i swear gamespot purposely left out killer instinct just to troll us.

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TylerNandalal

<< LINK REMOVED >> For real lol

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AngelCage2

no killer instinct? What the hell!?!