Best Xbox One games of all time
(Pocket Ribbon) – If you’re looking for something to play on your Xbox One S or Xbox One X, you’ve come to the right place. There are now thousands of games available for the Xbox One and choosing between them can be a daunting task. But we’ve played a ton of them over the years and have our own favorites.
Here, then, are our picks for must-see games. Some have been enhanced for Xbox One X, and many are even available on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – a subscription service to download and play full games as many times as you want.
If you’re looking for a specific type of game, check out our dedicated listings in the table below.
What are the best Xbox One games ever?
The Witcher 3: Wild HuntRed Dead Redemption 2Halo InfiniteControlForza Horizon 5Hollow KnightDisco ElysiumDoomHitman 3Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Not only the best game on the Xbox One, The Witcher 3 can claim to be one of the best of all time. It is an extraordinary achievement in game design, where it seems that every action taken in the massive third-person RPG has an effect on the game world. Rescue a merchant from some bandits in a random encounter, for example you could meet him again many hours later in a town where he gives you a huge discount on items he has for sale. The world itself also seems vibrant and vibrant, while the game is also able to test your skills so you don’t just rush through it.
Red Dead Redemption 2
While Red Dead Redemption 2 starts off slow, the amount of depth and variety in mission types will soon get you well and truly hooked. It’s also huge, so be sure to set aside a month to check out all it has to offer. And with the addition of Red Dead Online, you’ll have plenty to do even after the single-player story ends.
Halo is back – there are a few other solid campaigns to check out on Xbox One in the form of Halo 4 and 5, but Infinite blows them out of the water by moving the action into an open world and giving you the freedom to access a lot of optional tasks as you please.
If you’re into third-person shooters, Control offers one that will feel very different from anything you’ve played before, thanks to its stratospherically weird paranormal storyline. Both in gameplay and atmosphere, Control is completely original, very distinctive and very satisfying, thanks to a fair number of side missions and challenges that go beyond the main story.
Forza Horizon 5
Forza Horizon 5 is not only the best racing game on the Xbox One, but also one of the best on any gaming machine. The Mexican setting works wonderfully for providing a wide variety of racing styles and conditions. It looks incredible and has so much content to offer.
A fantastic platformer with a simple art style, yet with so much character and so many unique details, Hollow Knight is a brilliant little game. We say “little” – there is a lot of content on offer here, with a huge wealth of extra challenging levels and bosses for the devotees.
An RPG that shreds the rulebook and lets you approach conversations, decisions and even your job in countless ways, leaving you feeling completely refreshed by the amount of freedom it offers you. This is a hilarious, gripping and incredibly sharp game not to be missed.
Whatever Bethesda may believe, and whatever the tastes of millennials, Doom is all about its single-player campaign, a blood-stained brilliant beast of a game. It’s expansive, insanely frenetic, incredibly satisfying, wonderfully gory to watch, and more than a worthy update to the classic original.
The Hitman reboot was a great episodic adventure, but the latest sequel is even better – arguably the best stealth game ever. You’ll need patience, but the sheer number of ways to complete each assassination mission makes it a game you’ll come back to time and time again. This game also upgrades the episodes from the first two entries so you can rewatch them with the new and improved game engine as well.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey breathed new life into the franchise and Valhalla confirms the best parts of it. You take on the role of Eivor, a Viking warrior tasked with establishing their people in England, and it’s a compelling story to enjoy.
More about this story
Every game on this list has been tested and played by our team to make sure it’s worth getting included.
We’ve played through their campaigns, put hours into their multiplayer offerings, and carefully compared them to direct competitors to make sure they represent the most satisfying and rewarding options on their platform.
We’re not interested in meaningless fiddling with numbers or weird details – we just want to provide an easy-to-understand review that gives you an idea of what it’ll be like to play. And do not think that the games are not fully tested, because the reviews are concise.
We’ve been covering technology and games since 2003 and in many cases have reviewed not only the game in question, but the previous generations as well – all the way back to the first release on the market. There are also plenty of titles we considered that didn’t make it into every one of our buyer’s guides.
Written by Max Freeman-Mills. Editing by Conor Allison.