The 25 Best Xbox One Games

The 25 Best Xbox One Games

Our always rotating list of the best games on Microsoft's console, and its premium partner the Xbox One X. Now updated for 2020!

This list of the best Xbox One games was originally published on April 4, 2018, but we've now updated the list for 2020.

The Xbox One has had a semi-troubled lifespan. With not many exclusives and the PlayStation 4 dwarfing it in a much larger userbase, Microsoft has taken risks to propel the Xbox One's status, including adding cross-buy games with PC and the Xbox Game Pass subscription services that features first-party games on launch like Gears 5.

This Xbox One list operates in the same way as our other platform lists. It's an interchangeable list, so some titles will continue to be swapped out for others as time goes on and better games release. We'll keep a running tally of what comes and goes as the lists are updated.

Best Xbox One Games

As a team, we nailed down the best 25 games that are essential for any Xbox One owner, from new games to backwards compatible titles. We even labeled if they have Xbox One X enhancements, for those premium console owners out there. If anything gets added support, then we will make amendments. In the meantime, here's our big ol' list of the 25 Best Games on Xbox One.

Thanks to backward compatibility, Alan Wake is still one of the best games on Xbox. | Remedy Entertainment

Alan Wake

Backward Compatible

Alan Wake is a great example of a studio developing what is essentially a love letter, in this case to Stephen King and David Lynch, while still crafting a fantastic video game experience. It's no surprise that after all these years players want to see the Alan Wake saga continued. But while there's no guarantee we'll see Alan anytime soon, the original experience is a satisfying, multi-part saga that'll keep you engrossed from start-to-finish. Be sure to also check out Alan Wake's American Nightmare too for extra pulpy goodness. —Matt Kim

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Xbox One X Enhanced, 4K Ultra HD, HDR support
Assassin's Creed Odyssey Guide | Our Review

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is already one of the best modern Assassin's Creed games, and it's made even better thanks to its Xbox One X enhancements. Ubisoft has been killing it with how it's leveraged the One X technology, starting with last year's Assassin's Creed Origins, but the expansive and more colorful locations in Odyssey's Greek Isles really benefit from the 4K HDR enhancements.—Matt Kim

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Cuphead has a whole lot of style. | Studio MDHR

Cuphead

No Xbox One X enhancements
Our Impressions

Nature's most beautiful animals are often its most dangerous, and Cuphead demonstrates that's true for video games as well. This platformer-shooter hybrid tests every shred of your patience and every knot of your resolve, especially when you go head-to-head with its long and furious boss fights. But when you inevitably get wasted—again and again—the game needles at your pride just right with a gauge that shows you how close you got to victory. You're helpless to resist rolling up your sleeves and trying again. Cuphead's perfect imitation of Max Fleischer's world-famous cartoon style and its jazzy soundtrack count as drugs by themselves. Beware, or become an addict. —Nadia Oxford

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V stays far away from the action, and lets animals fight for him. |Capcom

Devil May Cry 5

Xbox One X Enhanced, 4K Ultra HD, HDR support
Devil May Cry 5 Guide | Our Review

Capcom's had a crazy year-plus with Monster Hunter: World, Resident Evil 2, and now Devil May Cry 5 out within a relatively short timespan. Each game is something of a soft-revival for each series, whether it taps into its roots or revitalizes it entirely. Devil May Cry 5 does both, bringing tight action back to the current generation of consoles. On Xbox One X, it's especially smooth, with 60fps and 4K resolution. —Caty McCarthy

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 is one of the best RPGs on Xbox One. | Larian Studios/Bandai Namco

Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition

Xbox One X Enhanced, 4K Ultra HD, HDR support
Our Review

Larian's sequel dramatically expands on one of the best RPGs ever, allowing you to either roll up a custom character or use one of the special templates provided in-game. Like its predecessor, Divinity: Original Sin 2 incorporates excellent environmental design, allowing you to use your skills to arc lightning across water or set fire to oil. The chain reactions that can result from a misplaced spell can be hilarious. In addition to Xbox One X enhancements, Divinity: Original Sin 2 makes a number of big fixes and enhancements over the original PC release, making it the version you want. And as always, it's a great co-op game. Divinity: Original Sin 2 needs to be in any RPG enthusiast's library. —Kat Bailey

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Fallout 3 is another classic that's backward compatible. | Bethesda

Fallout 3

Backward Compatible, Xbox One X Enhanced

The Xbox One's remarkable backwards compatibility makes certain classic games worth revisiting, and Fallout 3 is among them. Bethesda's first step into the post-apocalyptic world of Fallout is still fondly remembered in many circles, with many great side quests including Oasis, where you negotiate with a living tree, and The Power of Atom, where you weigh the chance to nuke a small, bustling town. Even now, it's not that far behind Skyrim and Fallout 4 from a graphics perspective, and the Xbox One X enhancements give it a substantial boost. Make sure you get the Point Lookout DLC. It's a major highlight. —Kat Bailey

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Firewatch is one of the standout indie games on the console. | Campo Santo/Panic

Firewatch

No Xbox One X enhancements
Firewatch Guide | Our Review

In Firewatch, you play as a man trying to get away from the sadness of his life. Despite its painterly Olly Moss art directed visuals, it's a down-to-earth sort of game, tackling the paranoia that can settle in when you're alone in the wilderness and the temptation of infidelity. It packs a lot of punch, gut punches in particular, and it's so good that Valve even scooped up its developers for its own team. That should come as recommendation to jump on Firewatch if you haven't already. —Caty McCarthy

Get It Here: Microsoft Store

We made the most console-appropriate vehicle in Forza. | Caty McCarthy/USG, Playground Games/Microsoft

Forza Horizon 4

Xbox One X Enhanced, 4K Ultra HD, HDR support
Forza Horizon 4 Guide | Our Review

Whether you're a carhead or a casual fan who just likes to drive around a pretty open-world, Forza Horizon 4 is the right game for you. Horizon 4 plops players into beautiful Britain, where it surprisingly is not always sunny nor gloomy. That's the big new addition to this entry in the Forza Horizon series: its seasons change per week. One week might be snowy winter, but that means the next will be spring, and so on. It's a clever way to inspire players to keep coming back to Forza Horizon 4, even after they've seemingly gotten their fill of driving around goodness. It's also easily one of the best looking games on Xbox One X, pushing the console's potential. —Caty McCarthy

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Gears of War 2 is the best Gears experience you can get on Xbox One. | Epic Games/Microsoft

Gears of War 2

Backward Compatible, Xbox One X Enhanced, 4K Ultra HD

The game that was once amusingly lauded for being "almost too good" remains arguably the best Gears of War to date. Building on the mechanics introduced in the breakout original, Gears of Wars 2 famously pioneered Horde Mode, which remains a multiplayer staple to this day. It also continues the story of Marcus Fenix and his endearingly bro-tastic crew of Gears, who are battling to save humanity from the Locusts. Thanks to some hefty enhancements for Xbox One X, Gears of War 2 has effectively been remastered from a graphics standpoint, and its shooting remains excellent to this day. If you're looking for a good co-op shooter, Gears of War 2 is the game to grab on Xbox One. —Kat Bailey

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Trevor is one of the more annoying GTA 5 characters. | Rockstar Games

Grand Theft Auto 5

No Xbox One X enhancements
GTA 5 Guide | Our Review

After the misfire that was Grand Theft Auto 4, Rockstar Games delivered with its return to Los Santos. It's the biggest, most detailed GTA yet, and while the story is a bunch of guff at times, Rockstar gives players a ton of things to do. Complete missions, steal cars, outrace the police, fly a plane, play golf or tennis, or complete the wide variety of random events that the developer has squirreled away in the city. There are very few sandbox games that allow as much freedom as Grand Theft Auto 5, which is why folks are still buying the game almost five years later. Even if you don't like it, you have to respect GTA. —Mike Williams

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Hitman 2

Xbox One X Enhanced, 4K Ultra HD, HDR support
Hitman 2 Guide | Our Review

Hitman: Season 1 took Hitman to a whole other level. Hitman 2 perfects that new formula. With strong level design all around, new toys to assassinate with, and some hilarious writing backing it, there is little holding back the assassination-sandbox. If you're the type of player who loves to make their own fun, then Hitman 2 is where you need to direct your attention to for the next game to get on Xbox One. —Caty McCarthy

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The Master Chief Collection is a great package. | 343 Industries/Xbox Game Studios

Halo: Master Chief Collection

Xbox One X Enhanced, 4K Ultra HD, HDR support
Our Review

It's been awhile since we last saw Master Chief, but the Halo games have shown to have survived the test of time in the Master Chief Collection. While some Halo titles are better than others, the whole package is enhanced thanks to the graphical updates in the Collection, particularly for the older games. Halo 2 is one of the biggest highlights, but the Collection includes the landmark first Halo game as well as Halo 3, 4, and as a separate add-on ODST (the best one). —Matt Kim

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You can even fish in Nier: Automata. | PlatinumGames/Square Enix

Nier: Automata - Become As Gods Edition

Xbox One X Enhanced, 4K Ultra HD, HDR support
Our Review

Nier: Automata blew us away in 2017, ending up near the top of our favorite games of the year list. It didn't quite take the top (Breath of the Wild got that honor), but it was a very close race. No other JRPG in the past decade has been as ambitious as Nier: Automata, flipping the structure and characterizations we've come to know and love from JRPGs as a genre and video games in general on its head. In 2018, Nier: Automata finally came to Xbox One with Xbox One X enhancements, making one of the best games of this generation finally accessible almost anywhere. No excuses now. Glory to mankind. —Caty McCarthy

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Okami looks even better in HD. | Clover Studio/Capcom

Okami HD

Xbox One X Enhanced, 4K Ultra HD
Our Impressions

Okami is arguably the best Zelda game that isn't a Zelda game. In the game, you play as the wolf god Amaterasu, as you restore beauty and life to the evil-tainted world. It's also a very long adventure, clocking in at 30 hours. Okami HD is the second HD iteration and fourth version overall (it's previously been on PS2, Wii, and PS3) for the game, and its cel-shaded art style married with its traditional Japanese folklore-inspired aesthetic makes it timeless. Only now, it looks sharper than ever before. —Caty McCarthy

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Ori and the Blind Forest

No Xbox One X enhancements
Our Review

Ori and the Blind Forest is a perfectly lovely combination of beautiful visuals, striking themes, and solid platforming. Its narrative manages to be poignant without slowing down Ori's quest to save their forest home. I feel as if sad but beautiful games about dying forests, withering spirits, and hopeful quests are only going to become more popular as the world's environmental situation continues to deteriorate, so hey, you may as well get in on the ground floor with Ori and the Blind Forest. —Nadia Oxford

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Where you start out at in Outer Wilds. | Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive

Outer Wilds

Xbox One X Enhanced, 4K Ultra HD
Outer Wilds Guide | Our Review

Outer Wilds was one of the first breakout hits from Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft's subscription games service. Curious players from all around heard the buzz, downloaded Outer Wilds through the service on a whim, and in most cases, fell in love. It's easy to see why.

Outer Wilds is an adventure game that has you cruise around a tiny universe exploring planets. Every 22 minutes, the sun explodes, but you always retain your knowledge from your last expedition. Each planet has its own logic, its own style, its own hazards that might kill you, and its own puzzles to solve. Outer Wilds landed at number two on our list of the 20 best games of 2019, and for that alone, you should be rushing to check it out—on Game Pass or otherwise. —Caty McCarthy

Get It Here: Amazon, Xbox Game Pass

Rare Replay is an excellent collection of old Rare games. | Rare/Xbox Game Studios

Rare Replay

No Xbox One X enhancements
Our Review

For most of us in North America, Rare only became a household name with Donkey Kong Country (or for those of us who're old enough: Battletoads). But our friends in Europe and the UK remember Rare from much further back—the glory days of the ZX Spectrum computer, to be precise. Rare Replay's 30-game menu serves up plenty of fare from the studio's mid-'90s Golden Age (barring some obvious Nintendo properties), and you also get a chance to sample its earliest hits, including Jetpac and Sabre Wulf. It's fun, it's educational, and it kicks off with a great opening number. Just one question: Where's Wizards and Warriors? —Nadia Oxford

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Red Dead Redemption 2 has a beautiful open-world. | Rockstar Games

Red Dead Redemption 2

Xbox One X Enhanced, 4K Ultra HD, HDR support
Red Dead Redemption 2 Guide | Our Review

Rockstar Games' latest is its most intricately detailed game yet. Even if its obtuse controls hold it back, it's still remarkably gorgeous, and Arthur Morgan is a worthy new hero for the series. Throughout it, you're bound to grow attached to not only Morgan, but the rest of Dutch's gang too. Whether you're the type who loves to rob everyone or be a cowboy with heart of gold, Red Dead Redemption 2 lets you play your own way. It's your frontier after all, so why not be a horse collector? —Caty McCarthy

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Resident Evil 2

Xbox One X Enhanced, 4K Ultra HD, HDR support
Resident Evil 2 Guide | Our Review

Resident Evil 2 is really at its best on PC, but the Xbox One version is a close second. With the full suite of Xbox One X support, it's easily the best console experience for the horror game. As for Resident Evil 2 itself: it's a fantastic remake, maybe one of the very best. It manages to blend classic ideas (that inventory system) with modern finesse, all for a fun (and terrifying) experience that's worth playing through multiple times. Capcom has another winner on its hands with RE2. —Caty McCarthy

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Rise of the Tomb Raider is one of Lara's best adventures. | Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Xbox One X Enhanced, 4K Ultra HD, HDR support
Resident Evil 2 Guide | Our Review

Rise of the Tomb Raider is the second game in Crystal Dynamics' hard reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. Lara Croft is still growing into her legacy, but Crystal Dynamics' decision in 2013 to turn back the clock and visit Lara in her earliest days as a novice explorer proved to be the correct one. There is so much pathos to be mined from a Lara Croft who is more interested in discovering herself than shooting things and delivering quips. That three-dimensionality of hers is explored some more in Rise, but really any chance to revisit this fascinating reinvention of a classic video game icon is worth undertaking. —Matt Kim

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a marvelous action game. | FromSoftware

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Xbox One X Enhanced, HDR support
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Guide | Our Review

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an excellent action game. As the Wolf, you explore a fantastical reimagining of Sengoku period Japan. You fight just as many samurai as you do ogres and other monsters. You take out human guards and giant roosters. No matter the battle, it's always challenging in traditional FromSoftware fashion. Sekiro landed at number seven on our Top 20 Games of 2019 list because of how it molded the FromSoftware RPG formula to a different genre entirely, and showed that no matter the type of game, FromSoftware's meticulous design sensibilities are a caliber of its own. —Caty McCarthy

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Pre-Spider-Man, Insomniac Games nailed zany movement in Sunset Overdrive. | Insomniac Games/Microsoft Studios

Sunset Overdrive

No Xbox One X enhancements
Our Review

The Xbox One, unfortunately, doesn't have many exclusives. Sunset Overdrive is one of the very, very few, and luckily, it's a fun experience too. Sunset Overdrive feels like it has the vibe of the Tony Hawk's Underground-era of video games, with a pop-punk attitude that doesn't take itself seriously in the slightest. The humor in it is a little (okay, very) cringey, but other than that, bouncing around Sunset Overdrive's world as a very agile resident of the quarantined city is just as much fun as it once was to skate around Jet Set Radio's levels. If you don't mind bearing with the cringier elements of its silliness, then Sunset Overdrive is a guaranteed good time. —Caty McCarthy

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Titanfall 2 is one of the best first-person shooter campaigns this generation. | Respawn Entertainment/EA

Titanfall 2

Xbox One X Enhanced
Our Review

The first Titanfall was a Xbox One exclusive. Its sequel though, was a bit freer, and all the better for it. Titanfall 2 improved on the winning mech-infused first-person shooter formula, giving players even more giant robots to pilot and more ways to run and jump around their environment. It also has one of the best single-player shooter campaigns in the current generation of consoles, making it a can't miss entry on the Xbox One library. —Caty McCarthy

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The Witcher 3's expansions, like Hearts of Stone, are also fantastic. | CD Projekt Red

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Xbox One X Enhanced, 4K Ultra HD, HDR support
The Witcher 3 Guide | Our Review

The Witcher 3 is no doubt one of the best RPGs of this generation, if not the best RPG of this generation. It's also accessible for most players, even if you've never touched a game in The Witcher series before. On Xbox One, The Witcher 3 is made even better with its Xbox One X support, making every environment and encounter sharp and even more beautiful. It's the open world RPG that cannot be missed. —Caty McCarthy

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Wolfenstein 2 replaces knives with axes, but they have the same effect. | MachineGames/Bethesda

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

Xbox One X Enhanced, 4K Ultra HD
Wolfenstein 2 Guide | Our Review

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus puts you in the shoes once again of B.J. Blazkowicz—beaten down, bruised, and on the brink of death. It serves not just a narrative and thematic purpose, but a gameplay purpose too. Wolfenstein 2 has more twists and turns than any other first-person shooter in recent memory, and has to be seen (and played) to be believed. And what better way to pass the time than shooting Nazis? —Caty McCarthy

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Update, 11/13/2018: We added 13 new entries in total, replacing Hitman, Assassin's Creed Origins, and Forza Horizon 3 with Hitman 2, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and Forza Horizon 4.
Update, 05/08/2019: We swapped out Fortnite and PUBG for Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5.
Update, 01/17/2020: We've replaced The Elder Scrolls Online and Dragon Ball FighterZ with newbies Outer Wilds and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

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