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 is the full, final list that we put together from a five-part series.
We plan to update this list 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 was Josiah LeRoy, Jeff Pawlak, Adam Herr, Andrew Garvey, Chelsey Silvus, Sam Budzinski, Tom Kolbert, Seth Zielinski, and Jeff “Beta” Dugan.
Our Official Review: 8.5/10
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Two original Batman games remastered, updated, and better than ever. Return to Arkham contains the complete versions of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, including all of the additional downloadable content. Originally released in 2009 and 2011 respectively, these two games, created by Rocksteady Studios, circle around the Batman and some of his nemeses. Arkham Asylum focuses on the Joker, who takes over Arkham Asylum, setting his gaze on Gotham City. You play Batman, as he fights his many of his old adversaries and tries to save Gotham City from the Joker’s clutches. In Arkham City, a year has gone by since the asylum incident, and Professor Hugo Strange has expanded Arkham to be a super-prison in a run-down area of Gotham. Batman is imprisoned, and must uncover the truth behind the plan Professor Strange is weaving. Batman needs to do all of this as he is slowly dying of a sickness, thanks to the Joker. – Chelsey Silvus
Release Date: June 14, 2016
A whimsical adventure, Ori and the Blind Forest is a beautiful one player, side-scrolling game designed by Moon Studios and published by Microsoft Studios in 2015. You play a guardian spirit, Ori, and the great Spirit Tree’s “light and eyes,” Sein. Your goal is to bring the light back to the forest, restoring what has gone awry. Ori solves puzzles and moves through different areas of the forest, learning a variety of abilities and skills throughout their journey to bring the light to every corner of the forest. The music, the artistry, the story-line, and the game play are altogether exquisite. Also available on Windows, Ori will take you to another world. Where darkness and light are at odds, and in harmony. – Chelsey Silvus
Release Date: April 10, 2017
A mystery set in 1989 in the Shoshone National Forest, Firewatch keeps your mind constantly swirling. The game was developed by Campo Santo and published by Campo Santo and Panic, released to Windows, OS X, Linux, PS4, and Xbox in 2016. This award winning game follows Henry, a fire lookout for the Shoshone National Forest who has one form of communication in a walkie talkie with his supervisor Delilah. Strange things begin to happen while Henry and Delilah, relating to a mystery from the past. Throughout the game, Henry has interactive dialogue options the player can choose from in regards to Delilah, affecting their relationship in the midst of the happenings. The player’s goal is to find out what’s really going on, protecting not just the park, but their own life and Delilah’s. – Chelsey Silvus
Our Official Review: 9.25/10
Release Date: January 28, 2014
The reboot of this legendary franchise received critical acclaim when it was released in 2013 on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 and again when the Definitive Edition was released on Xbox One and PS4 in 2014. For this game, developer Crystal Dynamics decided on an origin story that features Lara Croft on her first expedition, which of course goes horribly wrong and forces her to do whatever she can to survive. This was a more human Lara than gamers had been used to seeing, and it worked very well. Toss in a good combat system, interesting crafting, and Assassin’s Creed/Uncharted-style, vertigo-inducing platforming, and you have yourself the base of a new (old) franchise. – Andrew Garvey
This game might as well have been called Gears: Legacy. Set 25 years after the last game in the main line trilogy, this game captures the essence of its predecessors, but lacked inventive design and spirit. It was developed by The Coalition, a first party developer for Microsoft, who was also the publisher. The game is a third person shooter, putting you in the boots of JD Fenix, son of the main series protagonist, Marcus Fenix. You will take on the all to familiar Swarm, and the more interesting government killerbots, DeeBees. For Gears fans, this is a must play. If you are new to the series play this game for the great campaign, but do not expect a brand new multiplayer experience. Definitely grab a friend because the experience is better together. Roll out, Gears, we have another trilogy to launch. – 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
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
Our Official Review: 9.5/10
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Halo’s The Master Chief Collection is one of those things that you just keep coming back to. Kudos to Microsoft for plunking all 4 of Halo’s numbered entries onto its shiny new Xbox One console. You’d be hard pressed ro find a better value in all of entertainment. Halo 2’s remastering is absolutely stunning and makes the collection worth it alone. Despite its early multiplayer issues on Xbox Live, this is one game that will never leave my hard drive. I’ve spent countless hours playing Halo 3 multiplayer with my Dad throughout the years and thanks to 343 Industries, we can continue to do so for years to come. – Josiah LeRoy
Our Official Review: 9/10
Release Date: October 21, 2016
Following years of high-profile First Person Shooters being set in the modern age, EA decided to go way back in time for Battlefield 1—further back than the genre had ever gone before. Battlefield 1 took us to the chaos that was World War 1, exploring the many staples of combat used during that era and working them into the backbone of its game mechanics. Gritty, dirty combat through the trenches was created in full HD imagery, as players utilized such uncommon weapons in FPS’s, such as flamethrowers, mustard gas, and sabers. Many of the vehicle options came in form never seen before, including horses, and the enormous zeppelin airships. The classic scope of the Battlefield franchise was on full display here, offering massive multiplayer battles across immense stages and a campaign which took players into battles as a number of different soldiers in the many regions where the Great War was waged. – Jeff Pawlak
Our Official Score: 8.75/10
Release Date: November 17, 2014
The highly anticipated and long awaited Star Wars: Battlefront brought fans back to a galaxy far, far away to relive some of the most memorable moments from the original trilogy. The game was criticized for being light on content, lacking a single player campaign and charging a hefty $49.99 for its season pass of DLC. The gameplay was fantastic still, with authentic sights and sounds, and numerous heroes and villains to play as. One of the coolest features was the Rogue One add-on, which brought Jyn Erso and Director Orson Krennic in as playable characters. The game’s sequel is out this November and looks to improve on nearly every major facet of the first. – Josiah LeRoy
Release Date: July 5, 2016
I remember reading an interview with the head game designers at Psyonix in which they discussed why they decided to make the game free on PlayStation Network when it launched. They said it was a huge gamble, but they thought the extra exposure would help move more units. Boy was that an understatement–word of Rocket League’s insane rocket-powered RC car soccer mayhem spread like wildfire, and it was hugely successful. Available on Xbox One, PSN, and PC, Rocket League has since added new arenas, cars, customizing options, and game types (like it’s hockey- and basketball-inspired game modes). There is also a huge competitive aspect to the game, with MLG teams and multiple match ladders. Rocket League really did it right. They have gameplay that’s easy to pick up, but difficult to master; a great price tag ($14.99); tons of free (and paid) content that is released frequently; and many ways to play. This is one game that is not going anywhere anytime soon. -Andrew Garvey
Our Official Review: 9.5/10
Release Date: November 10, 2016
Ahhh Fallout 4. There is nothing more relaxing than strolling through a destroyed, irradiated Boston, MA with your dog or your girl by your side. Plus, all the classic 50s tunes really help set the mood. Bethesda knocked it out of the park with this game. Being released 7 years after their last installment Fallout 3…but Gene what about Fallout:New Vegas in 2010?….yes yes I know, but New Vegas was made by Obsidion, not Bethesda, moving on now..7 years after the release of the critically acclaimed Fallout 3, Bethesda has created gold again. What is not to love about this game, or this series in general? Fallout 4 is a game you can sink hundreds upon hundreds of hours into through multiple playthroughs and have a different experience every time. The only thing I wish there was more of is the DLC . While the DLC that was released was fantastic, knowing it will be several years before another Fallout is made, I wish they would make more DLC to tide me over – hopefully not for another 7 years. – Gene Williams
Our Official Review: 9/10
Release Date: October 28, 2016
Skyrim, another masterpiece by Bethesda. Originally released in 2011 on the 360/PS3/PC, Skyrim has captivated audiences for years. It was one of the most requested games for Xbox One backwards compatibility, but we got one better. Bethesda remastered the game and released it with all its DLC in one glorious move with the Syrim: Special Edition. This is yet another game you can spend hundreds upon hundreds of hours playing and not do everything. Just don’t kill a chicken in a town… don’t say I didn’t warn you. – Gene Williams
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor was anything but a sure bet. Movie-based games are rarely of high quality, even if this was inspired by the Lord of the Rings franchise as opposed to one of the films. WB proved they could release another juggernaut aside from the Batman Arkham series in Shadow of Mordor. Though the story was nothing to write home about, the gameplay was wonderful, mixing elements from the Arkham games as well as the Assassin’s Creed series. The revolutionary Nemesis system was a fresh of breath air, making otherwise unremarkable and repetitive enemies exciting and challenging. Here’s to hoping Shadow of War will hold a candle to the original.
Release Date: May 19, 2015
When The Witcher series finally introduced a game built with home consoles in mind, it didn’t skimp on the technological feats that the previous games had managed while being designed with PC hardware. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt features one of the most impressive in-game worlds in the history of the industry, between its peerless size and what seems like never-ending content. This is a game where world-building wasn’t just an added flair, it was the very basis for the project. Such a dynamic, and fascinating story, along with equally-compelling lore and mythology could only come from a property that originated as a series of critically-acclaimed novels. Whether in the medium of video games, or on the pages of a novel, The Witcher knows how to spin an engrossing yarn. – Jeff Pawlak
Our Official Review: 9.5/10
Release Date: November 18, 2014
At this point in time, what else needs to be said about Grand Theft Auto V? The interweaving stories of Michael, Lincoln, and Trevor have cemented themselves in video game history with their chemistry and top-tier voice acting. Planning and executing heists made for exciting, rewarding gameplay, and if that wasn’t enough, GTA V stayed true to its roots by providing you with an abundance of extra activities to participate in: play the stock market, do some racing, pick off some assassination targets, or just drive around and see what kind of trouble you could get into. GTA V also came packaged with GTA Online, and although it had a lot of technical issues at first, Rockstar worked it out and is still releasing new, free content for it on a regular basis. In shear hours of gameplay alone, GTA V is definitely one of the best values in gaming. It’s still kind of amazing to think about where this series came from and what it has turned into. The series that was originally met with such resistance due to its violence, vulgarity, and crude sense of humor has become a paragon of what game developers hope to achieve. Graphics, story, gameplay–Grand Theft Auto V has it all, and I can’t wait to see what comes next. -Andrew Garvey
Release Date: May 23, 2016
If you’re a gamer, you’ve probably heard a lot about Overwatch. A hybrid MOBA/FPS, Overwatch had all the makings of a great shooter when it was released–Blizzard knows how to package games and make them appealing, as evidenced by the amazing character design this game showcases. But Blizzard kept it coming. Seasonal events, new characters, new maps, new game modes, comic books, and new skins, just to name a few things. Then the community took off with it too, creating memes, cosplay, and fan-created lore (Gremlin D.Va, anyone?). It’s a perfect storm of a developer that knows they have something special and a community that loves them for it and eats it up, and I haven’t even mentioned the bustling Overwatch competitive scene! I had the pleasure of writing our official review back when this was first released, and the game has help up perfectly. In fact, I’d probably score it even higher today based solely on the content Blizzard keeps adding. If you’re a fan of shooters, MOBA’s, or team-based games, look no further than Overwatch. This is one game that’s going to be around for a long time. -Andrew Garvey
So there you have it! Our Top 25 Xbox One games. Did we miss any of your favorites? Which games shouldn’t be on the list? Tune back in every few months as new releases come out to see our updated list.
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