The 8 Best Xbox One War Games to Buy in 2019

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The Rundown

  • Best Sci-Fi Game: Gears of War 4 at Amazon, “Players must work within a squad, fighting through hordes of invading aggressive aliens.”
  • Best Sniper Game: Sniper Elite 4 at Amazon, “There’s a cooperative multiplayer campaign mode so you and a friend can snipe together, as well as online.”
  • Best Futuristic Game: Destiny 2 Forsaken at Best Buy, “ Everything the original Destiny 2 could have been and then some."
  • Best Open World Game: Far Cry 5 at Amazon, “The fictional region of Hope County feels like its own country within a country."
  • Best Giant Robot Game: Titanfall 2 at Amazon, “The hero Jack Cooper and the robot mesh together to become a one-man (or machine) army."
  • Best Zombie Apocalypse Game: Dead Rising 4 at Amazon, “Players will encounter craftier, smarter enemies and even face off with murderous humans.”
  • Best Post-War Game: Fallout 4 at Amazon, “It’s one of the few genres that combines a first-person shooter with a role-playing game.”
  • Best Modern Era Game: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege at Amazon, “Captures everything you want in a modern war game."

Our Top Picks

Best Sci-Fi Game: Gears of War 4

Fast paced, exciting, and at all odds against a swarm of aliens, Gears of War 4 is the best sci-fi war game experience that you can find on the Xbox One. The fourth game in the critically acclaimed Gears of War series has you as the son of Marcus Fenix, the previous main character in the older games.

Gears of War 4 is an over-the-shoulder third person shooter filled with beautiful visuals and set pieces with the constant element of action. Players must work within a squad, fighting through hordes of invading aggressive aliens using weapons like chainsaws, explosive drills, and machine guns. Gears of War 4 features both an online and offline co-op multiplayer story mode too, so you and a friend can battle through the frenzy of aliens and save humanity once and for all.

Best Sniper Game: Sniper Elite 4

Built from the ground up in game development, Sniper Elite 4 is the quintessential best sniper game on the market to date for the Xbox One. Set in World War 2, players take the role of an elite sniper unit, surveying the rich vistas of Italy for high valued “axis-of-evil” targets.

Sniper Elite 4 isn’t just a point, scope, and shoot game, but gears more towards tactical espionage. Players have to rely on stealth and extraction missions, assuring that even the last enemy combatant standing isn’t aware of your mass assassinations. There’s a cooperative multiplayer campaign mode so you and friend can snipe together, as well as online versus. Sniper Elite 4 utilizes detailed x-ray kill cams; so you can see, in slow motion, the impact in brutal detail and its destruction of the human anatomy with each shot you take.

Best Futuristic Game: Destiny 2 Forsaken

Destiny 2 Forsaken

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Part expansion pack, part refresh, Destiny 2 Forsaken is everything the original Destiny 2 could have been and then some. Forsaken continues the original Destiny 2’s storyline, fighting advancing alien armies bent on destroying the last bastions of mankind. The single player campaign is mostly a revenge tale (no spoilers) but you’re on the hunt for a particular enemy who took someone important to you.

There’s plenty of shooting and then more shooting when it comes to taking down the various bosses. In the end, it’s so much fun that it's easy to forgive the original game’s mistakes as Forsaken keeps you constantly coming back for more.

The multiplayer mode includes an action-packed six versus six battle as well as a time-to-kill mode that is good for short bursts of playtime. Gambit is a hybrid of co-op and versus gameplay as two teams of six people look to stop computer-controlled enemies as well as combatants from the other team.

Best Open World Game: Far Cry 5

Far Cry has long been an open-world shooter on the Xbox One, but with Far Cry 5, Ubisoft has taken everything to the next level. Set in Montana, the fictional region of Hope County feels like its own country within a country. Everything from mountains, rivers, and farmland permeate the background and serve as the backbone of open world exploration. The gorgeous graphics are complemented by outstanding gameplay. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to hunt down cult leader Joseph Seed. As your first mission goes awry, the game kicks off.

From there, you can spend hours running around and flying helicopters and planes. Ever wanted to drive a semi-truck with a machine gun strapped to it? Far Cry will help you fulfill that fantasy. The game culminates in finding Joseph’s top three lieutenants who double as the game’s three big bads. Ultimately, you’ll work your way up the final confrontation with Joseph himself. This is a first-person shooter that allows for endless exploration and replay.

Best Giant Robot Game: Titanfall 2

No matter if it’s in single player or multiplayer modes, doing battle as a robot will never get old. As the single-player campaign begins, you’ll find yourself cast as a militia rifleman who dreams of piloting a mechanized titan. When you find yourself given the keys to a 20-foot tall mechanized war machine, the roughly six-hour campaign truly kicks off. The hero Jack Cooper and the robot mesh together to become a one-man (or machine) army.

The controls are top notch which bodes well for the array of weapons at your disposal. Combat as a rifleman is good, but it's the Titan vs Titan action that really helps Titanfall 2 stand out. Giant swords cut through Titans like butter while chest lasers are your last resort. Each level feels well thought out, striking the right balance between too difficult and not difficult enough. The animation really shines when you enter multiplayer where modes like team deathmatch provide breathtaking battles.

Best Zombie Apocalypse Game: Dead Rising 4

In Dead Rising 4, you get to beat up an army of zombies in ways unimaginable like punching them with giant green Hulk hands. The goofy fourth installment in the series has you fighting off literally thousands of zombies in an open world environment. Your mission is to investigate a shopping mall to find out exactly what happened that caused this undead epidemic once again.

Unlike its predecessors, Dead Rising 4 doesn’t have a timer system, so you can spend many sweet hours finding over 200 weapons ranging from boring assault rifles and motorbikes to food carts and fire-breathing triceratops heads. Not all zombies are made the same either, as players will encounter craftier, smarter enemies and even face off with murderous humans in dangerous cults and elite mercenary groups. Players can also join with up to four of their friends online to battle the zombie hoards and complete missions in cooperative mode.

Best Post-War Game: Fallout 4

Nukes have destroyed the earth, and in Fallout 4, you’re one of the only surviving humans forced to face the aftermath. Post-apocalyptic America is a desolate wasteland; full of mutant cults running around and killing people, marginalized radiated humans, and synthetic slave androids that aren’t too happy.

Luckily, dog is still man’s best friend, and you’ll meet a few companions along your journey after making your fully customized character with different physical and personal traits to your liking. If you maximize your speech skill, you can convince even the most bloodthirsty of mutants that you’re buddies. Fallout 4 centers around survival and adaptation, it’s one of the few genres that combines a first person shooter with a role-playing game and does it so well that gameplay becomes addicting. Players find new weapons, items, friends, enemies, and unravel a plot that reveals a thorough and well fleshed out story just as amazing as the gigantic open world it’s in.

Best Modern Era Game: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

A multiplayer masterpiece, Rainbow Six Siege captures everything you want in a modern war game. This is no mindless shooter where you just run and gun and hope for the best. Instead, the game requires tactics and teamwork. There’s a variety of missions you can play with friends including hostage mode, bomb mode, and secure area mode. They each require you to work fast and smart to achieve your objective. Ten total maps are available to play from which include everything from free-for-all to the President’s plane.

While Rainbow Six is billed as a multiplayer offering, there are some single-player elements available. A training mode helps you get adjusted to the controls while Terrorist Hunt mode also assists in getting you up to speed with tactics and controls. Once you’ve moved past the novice stage, you’ll jump right into the action where you can further appreciate the levels and their graphics. Rainbow Six environments are downright fun with each location immersing you in the action.