The Xbox One has suffered from a first-party drought in the first half of 2017, but it’s still got plenty of good games. Here are the best Xbox One games of 2017. And yes, there is at least one exclusive in this list.
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Best Xbox One Games of 2017
Thimbleweed Park (Team 17)
If you like old-school adventure games the likes of which don’t get made much these days, Thimbleweed Park is for you.
“Thimbleweed Park has sharp, often hilarious writing and convoluted puzzles to spare,” is what we said in our review. “All in all, it's a welcome return to the point-and-click adventure, even if it ends up feeling a bit like a b-side to the classics before it.”
Ghost Recon Wildlands (Ubisoft)
As far as large open world co-op games go, few do it better than Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. It’s not perfect by any means, but with mates Wildlands is great fun and one of the best Xbox One games of 2017.
“Don't go in expecting perfection, but if you're into shooting, sneaking, and driving, Ghost Recon Wildlands is a lot of fun,” we said in our review.
Halo Wars 2 (Microsoft)
Although Halo isn’t the mega franchise it once was (partly due to the failure of the Xbox One to capitalise on the success of the Xbox 360), it’s still a big enough deal to get Xbox players excited. Halo Wars 2 took its time, but dev Creative Assembly delivered an excellent all-round package and one of the best Xbox One games of 2017.
“Halo Wars 2 is a very accessible RTS that's easy to pick up and play, but becomes increasingly complex as you get to grips with its more advanced commands,” we said in our review. “Assuming you're willing to invest the time and effort to truly master its intricate controls, the game offers plenty to get your teeth into. The campaign is a little short, but the multiplayer components are varied and robust - even if the really entertaining Blitz mode is soured somewhat by its microtransactional focus.”
For Honor (Ubisoft)
As an online multiplayer focused melee combat game, we didn’t have high hopes for Ubisoft’s For Honor, but the game turned out to be one of the biggest surprises of the year.
“For Honor's multiplayer really delivers the goods, featuring strategic, involving, and brutal medieval combat that puts you front and center in some truly epic battles. Few games are as gritty and bone-crunching as this,” we said in our review.
Hitman Season One (IO Interactive)
Now a lone wolf and wholly in charge of the Hitman franchise, IO interactive has a great template to build from in the shape of Hitman Season One.
“IO Interactive brings the Hitman series back in grand style,” we said in our review. “It's handicapped a bit by its online implementation, but if you can get past that, you'll find one of the best games in the series.”
Resident Evil 7 (Capcom)
Resident Evil going first-person could have gone wrong, but the dev team at Capcom managed to inject some much needed serum into the franchise.
“It's a bit on the short side and the latter chunk of the game is rather linear, but Resident Evil 7 absolutely recaptures the feeling of survival horror established in the first game,” we said in our review.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind (Bethesda)
Without Final Fantasy XIV, Xbox One owners have to turn to The Elder Scrolls Online for their MMO fix. Thankfully the game is doing pretty well at the moment, in part due to the Morrowind expansion.
“The writing is excellent, though the overall presentation can feel a little dry at times… overall Morrowind is an excellent welcome mat for new and returning players,” we said in our review.
Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco)
Xbox One doesn’t have the excellent Street Fighter V, but it doesn’t have the latest in the Tekken series.
“Tekken 7 is a fantastic fighting game when taken on its sheer fundamentals,” we said in our review. But be warned that “you won't find a lot of in-game aid to explore its complex mechanics, and you're not likely to learn anything beyond button-smashing to get through the game's short and thoroughly underwhelming story mode, either.”
Injustice 2 (Warner Bros.)
If you want a stronger campaign that caters amazingly well for the solo player, Injustice 2 might well be the better choice over Tekken 7 and one of the best Xbox One games of 2017.
“An accessible combat system underpins a game with a great roster, tons of character customization, and several robust gameplay modes,” we said in our review. “The story mode alone is worth witnessing. As a complete package, Injustice 2 sets the bar for fighting games.”
Prey isn’t without problems, but it encourages players to tackle scenarios in their own way, making it an interesting offering in a market full of similar shooters.
“With the twisting halls of Talos I, Prey gives you meaningful choices in your abilities, as the level design challenges you to find interesting ways forward,” we said in our review. “The game falters in combat, but overall, Prey is a wonderful love letter some older titles that are sorely missed.”