Top Ten Xbox One Games

The Xbox One has been out for long enough now, and seen enough new games released between retail and download titles, that we figured it was about time we put together a top picks list of the best games available on the system.  Keep in mind this list isn't in any particular order.  It is just ten of the best games on Xbox One that we highly recommend.

Killer Instinct


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The rebirth of Killer Instinct has gone better than anyone could have predicted.  The first season of content brought us 8 great and distinct characters with amazing gameplay, solid visuals, and some incredible music.  Killer Instinct is fascinating to play because it has a definite mash factor that makes it appealing and accessible for new players, but a lot of depth to its combo and counter system that make it one of the coolest fighters around.  Check out our review of Season 2 as well.

Ori and the Blind Forest

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Ori and the Blind Forest is stunningly beautiful, has an amazing soundtrack, and tells one of the most heartfelt and emotional stories - without any actual dialogue, by the way - of any game on Xbox One.  It backs up this fantastic presentation with incredibly precise controls and great Metroidvania-style gameplay that hits a perfect balance of difficulty to keep you playing even when you die a lot.  Ori is a great, great game that no Xbox One owner should miss.

Dead Rising 3

Super Dead Rising 3 Screen 1. Capcom / Microsoft

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Dead Rising 3 is the best Dead Rising yet.  Admittedly, the setting of the city of Los Perididos is sort of drab looking and uninteresting compared to the brighter and more colorful mall of DR1 and casinos of DR2, but the gameplay more than makes up for it.  Hundreds of zombies fill the screen at any given time, but you have plenty of weapons (including awesome and devastating combo weapons) that can mow them down with ease.  Boss fights have also been re-worked so they aren't the frustrating mess they were in DR2.  The modes in the base game - nightmare and story - play differently enough that they are both worth experiencing at least once each, so there is a ton of content here.  When you toss in the $10 Super Dead Rising 3 DLC, that turns the game into an arcade beat-em-up, Dead Rising 3 is just too awesome to miss.

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

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The Tomb Raider reboot was already one of our favorite Xbox 360 games when it came out in 2013, but the 2014 Definitive Edition release on Xbox One makes it even better.  The gameplay is stellar and the updated next-gen visuals really look great.  If you haven't already played it, the Xbox One version is definitely the way to go.  Or if you've already played it, play it again with the Definitive Edition because its totally worth it.

Grand Theft Auto V

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Grand Theft Auto V was great on X360, but it is absolutely incredible on Xbox One.  With greatly improved visuals and a surprising amount of new content, GTAV really shines on XONE.  The online multiplayer was expanded to allow for more players, which makes it even crazier.  The solo campaign is also still one of the best open world games ever.  GTAV is simply awesome.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare


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One of the real surprise hits on Xbox One is Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare.  This online multiplayer shooter - online only, to be clear, no offline single player here - has a very different userbase from typical online games, which means it isn't nearly as hardcore and overwhelming as Titanfall or Battlefield and the like.  Casual players, kids, and anyone else not really comfortable playing online most of the time can have a blast.  The progression system where you level up individual classes that you can then customize is also really brilliant, and more content keeps getting added in free updates.  This is a great game and a great value that we highly, highly recommend.

Forza Horizon 2

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Forza Horizon 2 screen 1. Microsoft

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Forza Horizon 2 stands as easily the best racing game on Xbox One, but also one of the best driving games ever.  The graphics are gorgeous, there's tons of content, and the gameplay is a perfect blend of arcade and sim that is a joy to play.  With fantastic social aspects like drivatars roaming the roads and other ways to interact with your friends, it's a total blast.

Sunset Overdrive

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Sunset Overdrive is a great Xbox One exclusive that looks great, but also turns the somewhat flat and slow third-person-shooter genre on its ear by forcing you to constantly be on the move to avoid enemies.  The sense of humor is fantastic as well.  With a great multiplayer mode and awesome campaign, Sunset Overdrive has a lot to offer.

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition

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Diablo III UEE screen 1. Blizzard

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The Ultimate Evil Edition release of Diablo III wasn't just an HD remaster on XONE, it was basically a whole new game.  Sure, it includes the full Diablo III campaign, but adds an extra act to the story as well as totally changes the way the post-game works with the addition of adventure mode and rifts.  This is a must-play game for action RPG fans and it's particularly good for local co-op.

The Jackbox Party Pack

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The Jackbox Party Pack includes 5 insanely fun local multiplayer games that will have you and your friends laughing like crazy.  Admittedly, Lie Swatter and Word Spud are kinda duds, but You Don't Know Jack 2015, Drawful, and Fibbage XL are absolutely amazing and worth the price of admission on their own.  The Jackbox also uses a cool control scheme where you use your tablet or smart phone as a controller, which is very cool.  We can't recommend it enough.