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 15-11. 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.
Our Official Review: 9.25/10
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Halo 5: Guardians was the first numbered Halo game to have a subtitle with it, and that was one of many changes to one of gaming royalty’s most beloved franchises. The second game to be produced by Microsoft’s 343 Industries, Halo 5 set out to tell a tale of two titans in Master Chief and Agent Locke. The twist? The thought provoking concept that Master Chief might not be the good guy. The game featured a nice ensemble cast for its campaign, while changing gears and upping the ante for its multiplayer. Halo 5’s multiplayer offered some of the best the series has to offer, with a blistering pace to match its modern competition from franchises like Call of Duty and Battlefield.
– Josiah LeRoy
Our Official Review: 9.5/10
Release Date: October 14, 2014
I had played a few interactive adventure games like this in the past, but none really stood out to me unless it was hilarious (here’s looking at you, Money Island franchise). Then, The Walking Dead Season 1 was released, and it changed the way I thought about this genre. I was immediately engrossed in the story of Lee and Clementine. One of the best aspects of this game were the decisions you had to make–you literally held the fate of the characters in your hands. The results could be catastrophic: My mouth dropped open a number of times when a certain decision I made came back to haunt me. The absolute best part of the game, though, is watching Lee and Clementine bond and become almost like a family. The end of the game is one of the most well-done endings I’ve ever had the pleasure to watch, even if it did turn on the waterworks in a major way. – Andrew Garvey
Our Official Review: 8.75/10
Release Date: May 13, 2016
A 12-year wait finally ended in 2016 when Doom returned to the world of gaming with a brand new entry for home consoles. 2016’s Doom took the iconic franchise back to its roots, foregoing a survival horror design and diving back into run-and-gun action that the original game innovated. With the power of the strongest HD home consoles to date, Doom was built with huge, open environments that were just asking for bombastic action to take place in them–as well as the suitably-gruesome and satisfyingly-violent “glory kills”. – Jeff Pawlak
12. Injustice 2
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Injustice 2 is the sequel to NetherRealm Studios’ Injustice: Gods Among Us and was released in May of 2017. The games character roster and gear load out system is a major update from the first game, which released back in 2013. The Story Mode continues where it left off pitting Batman and Superman as well as their teams against one another. A new team is added to the mix called The Society which follows their own leader, Brainiac. The Multiverse makes AI battles more interesting and removes a sense of repetition with missions, side kicks, and challenges. With new DLC Fighter Packs being released each with their own Multiverse ending and gear, Injustice 2 will hold its popularity for some time, at least in our universe. -Tom Kolbert
Our Official Review: 9.75/10
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Knight was a satisfying and fitting way to end the greatest comic-based video game trilogy of all time. There was no way Arkham Knight was going to live up to the massive expectations set forth by its predecessors in Arkham Asylum & Arkham City (which collectively made our Top 25 Xbox One list too). New dynamics such as controlling the Batmobile and fighting side-by-side with an ally helped to make the game just fresh enough, while the game’s primary antagonist was a shocking revelation. Just writing this paragraph makes me want to play through the story again. – Josiah LeRoy
Come back tomorrow for Part 4 of our Xbox Top 25 countdown: Games 6-10
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