These are exciting times for Microsoft fans. The Xbox One X is nearing it’s Fall release, promising unprecedented running power and graphical fidelity for console gamers. There are tons of games on the horizon that will fully utilize the system’s technical prowess, including a number of exclusives that only a Microsoft gamer will be able to enjoy.
As we approach a new era in Xbox’s history, we here at The Geekiverse have put together our list of the 25 best games to appear thus far on the Xbox One. This will be a five-part series counting down five games at a time. Today, you’ll see our picks for game’s 20-16. Check back in the coming days for new installments as we work our way to to the full, 25-game list.
This is a list we plan to update as this generation of gaming rolls along, and especially as the Xbox One X makes its impact on the home console industry. Contributing to this ranking were Josiah LeRoy, Jeff Pawlak, Adam Herr, Andrew Garvey, Chelsey Silvus, Sam Budzinski, Tom Kolbert, Seth Zielinski, Trevor White, and Jeff “Beta” Dugan.
Release Date: November 18, 2014
After commercial and critical acclaim with Dragon Age: Origins, and then quite so much acclaim with Dragon Age 2, Bioware knew they had to come out with something special for the new console generation. They delivered. Inquisition took the hardcore, old school combat of the first game, took out some of the streamlining they added in Dragon Age 2, and mixed in a new, epic story, great characters, and a lot of gameplay-altering choices (come on, this is Bioware–what else did you expect?). The result was nothing short of epic as your main character, The Inquisitor, journeys throughout Thedas to close The Breach: a gateway that is letting in demons and other monstrosities. Oh yeah, and you can hunt dragons. They’re really difficult. -Andrew Garvey
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Sunset Overdrive was one of the Xbox One’s most critically acclaimed console-exclusive titles, and it came out early in the generation’s life cycle. Set in the most colorful zombie apocalypse you’ll ever witness, it’s up to you to save the world in a high octane, crazy setting that blended the insanity of Saints Row with the dynamic and feel of Tony Hawk. Insomniac had previously been heavy handed in Playstation exclusives, so it was nice to see them make the switch to Microsoft (well, for a while at least).
Our Official Review: 8.5/10
Release Date: September 13, 2016
The groundbreaking BioShock trilogy was packaged together within one case for this collected edition of the sci-fi masterpieces. The first game, released in 2007, was one of the landmark titles of its generation, introducing gamers to the immersive world of Rapture, its thought-provoking narrative, and the choice-heavy journey filled with wild plasmid powers. Its sequel, released in 2010, let you play through the story as one of the iconic Big Daddies, while introducing a story-driven multiplayer component. The concluding entry to the trilogy, Infinite, released in 2013, and took fans out of the waves and into the floating air city of Columbia, where the sprawling environments and rail-paths deepened the already dynamic combat. – Jeff Pawlak
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Knights, Samurai, and Vikings battle for supremacy of the battlefield in Ubisoft’s take on medieval combat. For Honor was released in the late winter of 2017 and has taken online multiplayer to a new level. Players team up online with customized warriors as they compete in various game modes while using unique fighting styles, weapons, and armor.
Patience and skill are required to succeed in intense and challenging game play. A solo campaign also offers a chance for players to try out the various units within each faction. After playing the campaign you will be rewarded with a truly enjoyable story and the experience you need to dominate the battlefield online. – Tom Kolbert
Our Official Review: 9.25/10
Release Date: October 27, 2016
When Titanfall returned for its first sequel and went multiplatform, it returned with a mode that was missing from the first game and that many fans asked for–a story driven campaign. Playing as Militia soldier Jack Cooper, Titanfall 2’s single player campaign gave players the opportunity to fight through huge maps, overcome dangerous environmental hazards, and engage in frantic set piece battles that were a perfect match for a game predicated on piloting enormous mechs. Additions to the core mechanics made the multiplayer even better than before, with new abilities to help the pilots zip across the battlefield, a unique array of new Titans, and the “Networks” feature that brought players together into guild-like factions while competing online. – Jeff Pawlak
Come back tomorrow for Part 3 of our Xbox Top 25 countdown: Games 11-15
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