This article was last updated on October 2nd, 2020 by Matthew S. Smith, Editor of Digital Trends.
The Xbox One may not offer the same range of exclusive products as the PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch, but the handful that are out there are worth a look. Some of the best Xbox One games are first-party titles, but you will find tons of other quality games from Electronic Arts, Bethesda, and Ubisoft that have a huge library of games worth playing. Additionally, many of them look their best with the Xbox One X's performance on Xbox.
Thanks to a strong selection of shooters and racing games, fans of these genres need look no further than Microsoft's Xbox. It also features a lot of great platformer that you won't find on other consoles. Whether you're looking for a long, single player game with a great story or an online world to get lost in with friends, there is something for you.This could be the case as there are tons of difficult levels that you won't get tired of.
From Control to Rocket League, these are our tips for the best Xbox One games.
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The other three Horsemen of the Apocalypse use melee weapons in the Darksiders universe, but Strife prefers his handguns. In the prequel game Darksiders Genesis, developer Airship Syndicate turned the series into an isometric dungeon crawler, and Strife's attacks are reminiscent of twin-stick shooters. He is joined by the melee warfare, and the two can trade at any time if they are playing alone.
The main series' open design for mission-based stages has been ditched, but they're jam-packed with secret collectibles and new skills that make it imperative to replay missions. Numerous levels of difficulty and unlockable areas ensure that the reception is not exhausted.
Remedy Entertainment fans got a taste of the studio's potential with the Xbox One game Quantum Break, but Control is a much more sophisticated take on the third-person shooter genre. Located in the transforming headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Control, Control is a "paranatural" puzzle that starts out strange and only gets stranger.
As the protagonist Jesse Faden, when you join you will be given the role of director and will have to work to remove the Hiss enemies from the office. You do this with the help of your unique overpowering skills, which include telekinesis and mind control. There is also the service weapon, a unique pistol that changes shapes and functions like a shotgun or even a machine gun. It doesThe fight is satisfactory and encourages experimentation.
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From Software had the opportunity to release another Dark Souls game. Instead, the legendary studio created a completely new franchise with Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This action game takes a lot of inspiration from Dark Souls and Bloodborne, but the addition of a posture system to deflect attacks – along with a resurrection mechanic – helps make it feel like a game in its own right.
is ridiculously difficult, which could turn off software novices. Those who have the time and patience to fight their way through their boss fights will find one of the most rewarding and addicting action games of the generation. The pain is good and we want more.
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After heading in a darker direction in 2013 with Ninja Theory's DmC (more on this developer coming soon), the original series returns with Devil May Cry 5. After the events of the four other games, Devil May Cry 5 puts you in control of three different characters, each with unique weapons and skills to master. Nero's brutality contrasts with Dante's flashiness, and both are as different as possible from V's demon spawning style.
feels like the perfect mix of old and new, with a beautiful engine that makes it one of the nicest games on Xbox One. The challenge of the series has not been lost, however, and a second run on Son of Sparda difficulty mixes hostile diversity to put your skills to the test.
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The coalition has outdone itself with Gears 5, a third-person shooter that improves on its predecessor in almost every way. The fight feels just as perfect as ever, with intense shootouts against Swarm and Robot DeeBees. In more open areas, there are side missions that add extra context to the game world.
is one of the best games in the entire series, with elements of psychological horror throughout the story and an enormous selection of cooperative modes. The new Escape game mode is great for aggressive gamers, and the competitive multiplayer doesn't change what was already near-perfect.
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Grand Theft Auto V is the most commercially successful video game – or media product – of all time and deserves its popularity. The open world criminal activity game builds on what Rockstar Games has done well for decades, with an astonishing number of side activities and places to visit.
The main story with three protagonists is both emotional and funny. The psychopath Trevor often steals the show with his violent and exaggerated outbursts. It only gets better when you step into Grand Theft Auto Online, which can help you gain influence in Los Santos and show the world why you deserve respect.
Even though they are almost five years oldcontinues to receive new content updates. We assume it will take at least another five years.
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Nier: Automata / Square Enix
Nier: Automata is an amazingly well-executed take on writer director Yoko Taro's vision, and a depressing and existential action game that avoids many of the narrative pitfalls associated with Android stories. There are no questions about what it means to be human, but what it means to be yourself. Protagonists 2B and 9S struggle to accept reality, resulting in some of the most emotional moments we've ever experienced in a game.
With Platinum Games taking on the fight, theis also a striking and tight action game with twin stick shooter segments to break up the monotony.
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Red Dead Redemption 2 / Rockstar
It's rare that an AAA open world game can surprise us, but Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2 regularly manages to do it. The western is a sequel to the 2010 Red Dead Redemption game, but far more than a simple overhaul of the themes of this title.
As a member of the Van der Linde gang, protagonist Arthur Morgan grapples with his past and uncertain future as the government hunts down the remaining criminals in a rapidly changing area of the Wild West.
Every story mission is absolute gold and never falls into a repetition pattern. The new activities that you will discover in the open world are so exciting that you will keep you busy for hours. Do you want to wreak havoc or just hunt game? You totally can, or you could try your hand at a few hands of poker. Theis also available on Xbox Game Pass and sweetened the subscription service offer.
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Minecraft Dungeons is a charming addition to the Minecraft world and offers a new kind of gameplay for those looking for a more focused game.
Called a family friendly Diablois much more than that. It's one of the flattest dungeon crawlers, but that also makes it the most accessible. What features are here is built well enough to let players know if this genre is right for them and give them a stepping stone to more ambitious titles. And while it has the same simple design as the main game, the finish has been enhanced even further with exquisite lighting and shading. Simply put, Minecraft has never played or looked this good.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order isn't exactly the most original or innovative game we've ever played. It's a mix of elements from popular game franchises like Uncharted and Dark Souls, but with all of the classic Star Wars tropes. Nonetheless, what distinguishes it is that it so skillfully pulls mechanics and structural parts that go well with the Star Wars formula.
Split between exploration, puzzle solving, and fighting, Fallen Order never feels like it is wasting your time. When you finally equip the protagonist Cal Kestis with his best of powers and a customizable lightsaber, he'll feel like an unstoppable warrior who can easily take on waves of stormtroopers.
With brilliant performances and a fascinating score, theis one of the best Star Wars games since BioWares Knights of the Old Republic series.
If you've always wanted to sail the treacherous seas as a pirate with a group of your friends, Sea of Thieves is the Xbox One game for you. Embark on journeys, discover treasures, raid enemy ships, customize your rig and be the best scallywag this side of the sea has ever seen!
feels like a carefree pirate simulator. You and your friends go on adventures, but also work together to accomplish minor things like setting up the ship's sails and navigating dangerous waters. The best part? The entire game is cross-platform so you can play with your friends on PC. Over time, it has grown into a respectable online service game that, despite its really rough start, is chasing more content than ever before.
Resident Evil 2 Remake raised the bar for a remake when it was released in 2019. Just a year later, Capcom wowed fans of the series again with its follow-up in the form of Resident Evil 3 Remake. This iteration takes place around the same time as the story of Leon and Claire in the previous game, but Jill Valentine returns as the main character.
The same survival horror elements are all here as players struggle with limited resources and terrifying creatures that haunt the beautifully rendered streets of Raccoon City. That doesn't even take into account the relentless, cruel nemesis who pursues you with serious firepower. With a little more action in the mix, you can't go wrong playing this.
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After over two decades with no entry, Streets of Rage is coming back to life with its stellar fourth entry that offers a beautiful visual makeover.
Streets of Rage 4 stays true to its roots with sticky combat, but modernizes the gameplay by adding features like special attacks and juggling enemies. The story is paper thin, as befits any good spanking, but the game more than makes up for it as the addiction mechanics are set on a brilliant soundtrack. It's also quite a challenge, as multiple levels allow players to run for their money, forcing them to strategically manage the game's offensive and defensive systems.
Depending on the skills of the player, theThe story can be completed in a few hours. Unlockable characters and hidden Easter eggs offer a ton of replay value, however, as fans of the franchise eagerly await the fifth entry.
Some game franchises suffer from fatigue after their first entries, with later games pale in comparison to the originals. NetherRealms Mortal Kombat is not one of these series.
Mortal Kombat 11 is a fighting game developed by masters of the genre. It features brutal and complex combat, as well as tutorial and practice systems so that newbies can enjoy the game. The addition of the Fatal Blow system makes every second of a fight exciting, even if a player has a huge advantage. Not to mention the infamous deaths are worse than ever.
is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful games on Xbox One. Animations – for both faces and attacks – are stunning, and there is a sense of fluidity that we rarely see outside of NetherRealm's work. Mortal Kombat 11 is well worth the price of admission with a variety of different modes to choose from and an exaggerated storyline.
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Dozens of Dragon Ball Z games have been produced over the years, and almost all of them are poor or, at best, decent. Arc System Works not only managed to set a new standard for the series with Dragon Ball FighterZ, but also created one of the best fighting games of all time.
The tag team fights look like they were pulled straight from the anime, with crisp animation and all of the classic serial attacks you can imagine. Butis also one of the most accessible fighting games. Even someone who has never played a fighting game can quickly get it, but its remarkable depth has made it the new favorite of the fighting game community.
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Few first person shooter franchises are as big as Borderlands, and its numbers-based approach, as well as its heavy emphasis on looting new weapons, have helped make it a hit with both shooter fans and RPG fans . A game like Diablo with guns had never felt like it before, and Borderlands 3 delivers the action, goofy humor, and bizarre characters we've come to expect from the series. Gearbox didn't reinvent the formula after all these years, but the studio didn't have to.
also significantly expands the scope of the series, only taking it from the planet Pandora to several other locations. The variety helps make the game feel fresh without losing what made the series so popular in the first place.
The Metro series breaks away from the "fun at the end of the world" theme of most post-apocalyptic shooters and offers a bleak and borderline nihilistic story that underscores the horror of nuclear war. Metro Exodus, the third game in the series, is 4A Games' most ambitious project, in which much of the action is shifted from the subway system to a varied landscape with various mixtures of sand, trees and snow.
TheHowever, Metro remains the focus as cleanup and resource management are still vital as the protagonist Artyom defies the game's hostile environments. The focus on customizing equipment also allows you to approach combat however you see fit, including pure stealth or weapon action. There is no right option for these encounters, and the dangers you will encounter as you move on to the next destination can often cause your plan to go down the drain before it begins.
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343 Industries wasn't content to deliver exactly what fans expected in Halo 5: Guardians. The long-time protagonist Master Chief largely takes a back seat to the newcomer Spartan Locke in an adventure that hops over several planets and shows a preferred supporting character in a completely different role.
It's a great game full of breathtaking moments but in multiplayer modeseems really. Between the classic competitive games in the arena and the large-scale Warzone mode, there's enough content in Halo 5 to keep you breaking your friends for months, or even years.
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Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the perfect introduction for Xbox One owners new to the Microsoft family of consoles. With the first four numbered games in the series, plus its predecessor Halo: Reach, there's enough content to keep you busy for weeks and months. Halo 2: Anniversary is a highlight of this pack, a remastered classic with new cinematics and sound effects that even shows Halo 5.
As you may have heardwas a bit chaotic at launch, but the game's server issues have stabilized. There are more than 100 cards to choose from, ranging from the original Halo to Halo 4. Most are reworked versions of old favorites, but a few have been created from scratch specifically for the collection. Of course, if you're like us you'll be spending all of your time blowing up your friends in Blood Gulch.
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Bungie apparently released the original Destiny, offering a campaign mode that made little sense and a surprising lack of endgame content. Destiny 2 aimed to correct these errors, and its campaign is everything we expect from developer Bungie – loud, fast, fun, and great fun.
Now, more than a year after its launch, Destiny 2 has moved on in surprising and great ways. While the first two minor expansions didn't add much depth, Forsaken, the most recent and greatest DLC, gave the experience a welcome makeover. Rich with new endgame content, missions, and areas to explore, Forsaken changes the identity of Destiny 2 and will keep Guardians busy (and happy) for the long term.
With Shadowkeep and more out now, there are more than enough reasons to get into thisas the online first person shooter continues to grow.
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A sequel that is even better than the 2016 reboot, Doom Eternal is a confident and lightning-fast first person shooter from the masters of id Software. It expands the movement-oriented combat of its predecessors with Glory Kills, which keep staggered enemies healthy, and there are more than twice as many types of demons ready to rip the Doom Slayer limb from limb. They'll have a tough time as he packs a spring-loaded arm blade, powerful chainsaw, and huge arsenal of weapons.
WhereThe 2016 Doom far surpasses the competitive multiplayer battle mode, which switches generic deathmatch modes to asymmetrical battles between a Doom Slayer and two demons. Every battle is a tense affair from start to finish. The demons are able to bring more allies on their side and team up with the hunter as he tries to evade his own counterattack and launch it.
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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare defined the Xbox 360. The intense single player campaign ran like a blockbuster film, while the competitive multiplayer kept the CD in the player consoles for years.
Infinity Ward made a return to the sub-series with the reboot of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, a game that understands what fans loved about the original game without feeling trapped by its legacy. This time around, the story is told in a more informed and realistic way, with disruptive content that isn't just included for twists or turns or shock values.
The competitive multiplayer mode has also been refined on the internetAdding the massive Ground War mode alongside staples like Team Deathmatch and Domination. There's even more to love about this game with the recent release of Warzone Battle Royale.
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does not need an introduction. Epic Games' third-person shooter – and its Free Battle Royale mode – took the industry (and the world) by storm with its unique blend of action and building mechanics. It dominates children's conversations at school, sparking countless copycats, and even surpassing PlayerUnknown's battlefields, which used a similar structure that served as the main inspiration for Fortnite Battle Royale.
With a consistent stream of content updates always with new things to do or see for players, the number of players stays high while some parents even buy tutoring sessions to improve their children's skills – and their own.
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With extensive customization options, a surprising amount of lore, and engaging moment-to-moment gameplay, Warframe doesn't feel like a free game. The many quests and activities that you need to complete can be kept playing for weeks without regard to any other game.
The parkour navigation and a mix of third-party shooting and hand-to-hand combat will take some time, but a solid team by your side will make the experience much less daunting. Its cooperative missions make it a great choice to play online with a group of friends.arrived on Xbox One in 2014 and has received continuous updates since then.
Apex Legends is a Squad Royale from Respawn, the studio behind the excellent Titanfall series. Apex Legends is a refreshing introduction to the battle royale genre, despite the fact that there are neither the titans nor the great wall. The 60-player format divides players into teams of three, with each competition choosing from a pool of eight legends with unique skills.
Apex Legends has the best non-verbal communication system we've seen in a multiplayer game. The ping system allows you to mark weapons, enemies, and other points of interest to keep your teammates informed. You don't even have to speak through a microphone. It is so good.
The spacious science fiction card is full of surprises and small details. The gunplay is as good as Titanfall and feels great thanks to various options and a number of cool attachments in battle royale format. And unlike other battle royale games, you can bring teammates back to life after a little education.
The best thing about it? It's free to play and none of the microtransactions gives you a competitive advantage.
Sandbox / building games
One of the most popular games of all time, Mojang's Minecraft was a hit on Xbox systems long before Microsoft bought the developer. Its nearly endless creation tools allow players to create unique and impressive structures, and its simple survival game offers a challenge for those who venture into the unknown and want to kill the monsters they find.
The Xbox One version is one of the best as the recent Bedrock update allows cross-play with other platforms like iOS, PC, and Nintendo Switch. No matter where your friends playThere's a good chance that you can build and explore together. Minecraft is also a great choice for relaxing yourself.
It may have started its life as the spiritual successor to the Harvest Moon series, but Eric "ConcernedApe" Barones Stardew Valley has arguably become more influential and revered than the series it tried to emulate. Stardew Valley is an agricultural adventure modeled after classic 16-bit games on the Super Nintendo. It has a lot of charm and character, and also has a variety of different plants to plant on your farm.
TheAlso offers dangerous dungeons to explore and different characters to romanticize. The game's Polish and stunning variety is especially impressive when you consider that it was Barone's first time a game developer.
Xbox One fans had to wait more than two years to get their hands on Hello Games' No Man & # 39; s Sky, but the game they eventually got was far better than the one released in 2016. Several updates have revamped many of the game's systems, resulting in more engaging adventures that no longer felt like blind work. Improvements like building bases make you feel like you're really living in the game's vast universe instead of just viewing it from afar.
The greatest addition to thehowever, it was multiplayer. It finally gave players the opportunity to explore new territory together and try to survive the harsh conditions on many mysterious planets.
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Firaxis Games managed to revive a long-dead strategy series in 2012 with XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and it only got better from then on.
XCOM 2 is a more difficult, diverse and engaging game than its predecessor. Players must master both turn-based strategy and resource management when attempting to overthrow alien occupiers before using a mysterious weapon.
WithIf you fail to position your units in the correct position or if you take too long to complete the objectives, they can be overrun and killed. Once they're dead, they're dead for good. It's enough to cause an anxiety attack, but with enough perseverance and good luck you can fend off the invaders and save the world.
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Who would have thought the strategy genre would work wonders with the Gears of War franchise? Well, Microsoft did, and the resulting Gears Tactics is one of the best games in the series, and for sure the best spin-off game. It takes the traditional third person action and translates it into a top-down turn-based environment.
The battles here are a bit slower than most Gears fans are used to, as players have to navigate the environments one round at a time to defeat swarms of Horde enemies. While it feels very different from a normal entry on the series, it retains the popular gameplay of hiding behind cover and thinking about your next move.
With a new version of the Gears lore and a strong campaign, it's worth checking out for Gears and XCOM fans alike.
After the overwhelming Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, Konami put the series in the background. Former Konami producer Koji Igarashi, however, had no interest in dying creepy action platforms and created Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night so the spirit of the classic "Metroidvania" could live on.
Designed to be very similar to games like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.features horror-inspired enemies, crafting, backtracking and a variety of enemies and bosses to defeat. Before launch, the Art Style underwent a radical overhaul that made it appear much sharper and fluid, with the 2.5D perspective maintaining depth and fidelity.
Inside is the spiritual successor to Playdead's hit platformer Limbo and perhaps the strangest game available on Xbox One. The enigmatic gameplay combines elements of science fiction with creepy death traps through trial and error and new game mechanics that fit seamlessly into the narrative.
While as nihilistic as limbo,The story contains an element of strange, twisted beauty that only Playdead can deliver. The nameless protagonist – a small child wearing the only light-colored item of clothing – reacts to events in this depressing world with fear, concern and determination.
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Ori and the Blind Forest ist eines der besten Metroidvania-Spiele aller Zeiten, das einfachen, aber effektiven Kampf mit hervorragender Plattform und Erkundung verbindet. Die Veröffentlichung von Ori und The Will of the Wisps dauerte fünf Jahre, aber das Warten hat sich gelohnt. Das Spiel ist noch großartiger als sein Vorgänger, mit einem raffinierteren Kunststil und einem atmosphärischen Orchestersoundtrack. Es behält die brillanten Fluchtsequenzen des ersten Spiels bei und obwohl es sein einzigartiges Checkpoint-System überflüssig macht, versteht es immer noch, was das Original so erfolgreich gemacht hat.
ist auch ein größeres Spiel, aber diese Größe ändert nichts an der emotionalen und berührenden Geschichte, die es erzählt. Microsoft hat möglicherweise ein neues Maskottchen für Xbox und erkennt es noch nicht einmal. Es stammt aus einem Spiel, das von einem auffallend kleinen Team in Moon Studios entwickelt wurde.
Einige Spiele sind schwer. Und dann ist da noch Cuphead. Das 2D-Side-Scrolling-Spiel kombiniert herausfordernde Plattformhandschuhe mit einigen der schwierigsten Bosse der Welt, von denen jeder in der Lage ist, den Titelhelden in nur wenigen Treffern zu besiegen, und erfordert einige der schnellsten Reflexe aller Spiele, die wir je hatten jemals gespielt.
Es wird Ihnen jedoch nichts ausmachen, immer wieder zu sehr an denselben Feinden zu sterben wie dieist auch ein wunderschöner Liebesbrief zu klassischen Animationsfilmen der 30er Jahre wie Steamboat Willie, und die handgezeichneten Animationen und Umgebungen sind geradezu atemberaubend. Kombiniert mit einem zeitgemäßen Soundtrack, der den Swing und das Klavier stark belastet, haben Sie einen absoluten Klassiker.
Puzzle- und Abenteuerspiele
Nicht zu verwechseln mit The Outer Worlds von Obsidian Entertainment. Outer Wilds ist ein einzigartiges Abenteuerspiel aus der ersten Person, bei dem Sie das Geheimnis einer endlosen Zeitschleife aufdecken müssen, die die Galaxie ständig bedroht. Je nachdem, wann Sie einen Ort erreichen, kann sich dieser ändern und eine andere Erfahrung bieten, die Ihnen möglicherweise dabei hilft, das Rätsel im Zentrum der Zeitschleife zu lösen.
wurde entwickelt, um wiederholt gespielt zu werden, während Sie nach und nach die Antworten finden, die Sie benötigen – fast wie eine spielbare Version des Films Edge of Tomorrow. Es ist ein Wettlauf gegen die Zeit, aber einen, den Sie nicht wirklich verlieren werden, wenn Sie das Beste aus Ihrer Erkundung machen. Wenn Sie dies ignorieren und stattdessen nur einen Marshmallow rösten möchten, ist dies ebenfalls eine Option.
The Witness ist ein Spiel, das nur Jonathan Blow machen kann. Ein atmosphärisches und existenzielles Spiel, das sich hauptsächlich auf schaltungsbasierte Rätsel konzentriert. Es enthält ein bekanntes amnesisches Protagonistenelement, aber die Welt, die Blow erschaffen hat, ist interessant genug, damit es sich wie viel mehr anfühlt als eine andere Geschichte über die Wiedererlangung Ihres Gedächtnisses und das Aufdecken eines großen Geheimnisses.
Stattdessen erhalten Sie philosophische Details, die Ihnen beim Verständnis Ihrer Welt helfen können, wenn Sie mehr als 500 Rätsel lösen. Wenn Sie Xbox Live Gold schon länger abonniert haben, haben Sie dies wahrscheinlich bereits getanin Ihrem Abschnitt Bereit zur Installation, damit Sie es sofort ausprobieren können.
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The Witcher 3 knüpft an die Ereignisse des vorherigen Spiels an und verfolgt die fortwährenden Abenteuer von Geralt of Rivia, einem Monsterjäger, der nach seinem verlorenen Liebhaber Yennefer und Ciri, seiner Adoptivtochter, sucht. Obwohl die zentrale Handlung eine lange und unterhaltsame Suche bietet, gibt es im Spiel weit mehr als nur Geralts Lieben zu finden. Die Welt ist riesig, dicht mit großen und kleinen Charakteren, die Probleme haben, die Geralt lösen muss. Ob es darum geht, einen Geist auszutreiben, der ein Dorf heimgesucht hat, oder einem Schmied beim Wiederaufbau seines Geschäfts zu helfen, es gibt Hunderte kleiner Abenteuer, und einige überschneiden sich sogar auf überraschende Weise.
Die Welt von The Witcher ist dunkel. In einer frühen Szene reitet Geralt in eine vom Krieg heimgesuchte Provinz. Die Kamera zieht sich zurück und zeigt einen massiven Baum, an dem Kriegsgefangene gehängt wurden. Es ist ein düsteres Bild und gibt den Ton für vieles an, was folgen wird. Oft bietet das Spiel Entscheidungen, die weitreichende, unvorhergesehene Konsequenzen haben können. Nicht jeder bekommt ein Happy End. Despite all the gloom, there are moments of warmth: an orphan reunited with relatives, drinking games with Geralt’s war buddies, a night of passion with an old flame, and more. Wildly ambitious and epic in scope,is a watershed moment for role-playing games, setting a new gold standard for the genre.
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It’s not exactly the most traditional Monster Hunter game but that’s what makes it so damn good. If you enjoy a good open-world RPG where you can track rare monsters, engage in tough combat, and craft awesome armor out of their remains, then Monster Hunter: World is right up your alley.
modernizes a classic RPG and makes it easy for anyone to jump in. It features beautiful zones that feel alive, monsters with improved AI, and cool DLC crossovers with Final Fantasy, Street Fighter, and Horizon Zero Dawn. There’s also a multiplayer mode where up to four players can don their best gear and take down dangerous beasts together.
If you ever yearned for Fallout in space, this is the closest relative you’ll likely ever see. That’s because the masterminds behind the popular series, Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky, are at the helm of this incredible first-person role-playing adventure.
The setting is an alternate timeline that sees corporations colonizing other worlds. Your character originates from a colony ship, The Hope, that becomes lost as it travels through space to the Halcyon star system. One-hundred years later, scientist Phineas Welles wakes you from cryosleep with a mission to infiltrate the Halcyon colonies and save fellow humans from The Board, a conglomerate of corporations.
You eventually gain a ship and travel to various settlements scattered throughout the system. As with any other modern RPG, players gain side missions alongside the main story quests. Your choices heavily dictate how the story unfolds, such as diverting power from a local colony or withholding secrets from The Board.
Overall, there’s a definite Fallout feel under all the alien landscapes and technology. What’s missing in theis a memorable radio station pumping oldies into our ears.
The Gran Turismo series was once the king of the racing simulator, but that time is long gone. Forza Motorsport 7 is the latest in Turn 10 Studios’ stunningly gorgeous line of Xbox One racing games, with the most realistic cars and tracks ever rendered in a video game. It can be borderline car porn, but for those who fawn over the smallest details of automobiles, including the fabric of seats and the stitching on steering wheels, Forza Motorsport 7 is the game you need to play right now.
The changes inare incremental compared to previous games, but they still add up to the best version of a racing game that had already claimed the top prize. The artificial intelligence is smarter in races, making each victory that much more satisfying. The cars are varied and fun to drive, and there are more than 700 available to choose from. And though the game lacks the variety and player-driven progression of the Horizon games, its attention to detail is simply second-to-none.
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Playground Games has proven itself as one of the best racing game developers on the planet, and the studio has outdone itself with Forza Horizon 4. Taking the action to Britain this time around, Forza Horizon 4 is packed full of racing challenges and open-world fun to partake in, and running on an Xbox One X at 4K or 60 frames per second, it’s a stunning display of power.
A new seasons system changes the environments, as well, freezing over lakes or turning easy roads into muddy deathtraps, and with real players always racing around you in the world, theallows you to be just a few moments away from a race at any time.
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The latest entry in Codemasters’ long-running F1 racing franchise is arguably the strongest yet. It’s not a revolution compared to earlier versions of the game, but instead refines all the game’s many elements into an excellent mix of simulation and gameplay.
On the simulation side, fans have praised F1 2020 for an excellent engine that feels smooth and offers in-depth realism without resorting to punishing difficulty or completely putting off new players. This is still a hard trick for racing games to get right, and many end up with an overly punishing model that seems skittish or lacking gravity. F1 2020 avoids this pitfall but keeps the sense of speed you’d expect from an F1 game.
Reviewers and fans have also praised the game for its wide variety of modes, which is always an important part of a racing game. Plus, the game is absolutely gorgeous, so it will give your Xbox One X gorgeous cars and tracks to make the most of your 4K HDR television.
NBA 2K20 continues to prove my 2K Games’ basketball series is the best of the best. With new physics, ball handling, defensive adjustments, smarter A.I., and another great story mode, there is enough content to keep basketball fans busy for months. This is also true for MyGM mode, which is more accessible this year and will let aspiring tacticians feel more welcome.
Not every change is universally positive, such as the greater focus on microtransactions, butremains far superior to its competitive and one of the best sports simulations available. Few games are this visually impressive, too, with lifelike players that look even better on an Xbox One X.
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FIFA 20 builds on what has made the soccer series so revered for years, with improvements to its Ultimate Team mode allowing for more single-player opportunities, improvements to shooting and defending, all-new physics for the ball itself, and smoother animations. The play on the pitch isn’t drastically different from last year’s game, but it has welcome improvements for longtime fans.
Woshines, however, is in the new Volta Football mode, which moves the sport to a small court-like pitch and teams of just three to five people. It turns soccer into a hockey-like game with tons of scoring opportunities and much fewer penalties than the traditional game, making it perfect for newcomers and veterans alike.
Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer series continues to improve over the years, rivaling Electronic Arts’ FIFA franchise with its emphasis on total ball and pass control, as well as improved animations and new strategies to help you manage your players exactly as you want to.
Using the Fox engine — the technology behind Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain — Konami can create a gorgeous soccer game, with detailed players and natural movement that make it feel like you’re watching a live soccer match rather than simply playing one on your Xbox One. Theisn’t as popular as FIFA, but that underdog position has only motivated Konami.
Who could predict that one of the best “sports” games on the Xbox One would involve rocket-powered cars driving alongside glass domes as they knock an oversized soccer ball across the field?
Psyonix’is a goofy game, but don’t let its wacky premise fool you – Rocket League demands your full attention, as players with enough practice can pull off some truly masterful goals and block balls in a last-ditch effort to keep their lead in a tough match. The simple controls are easy enough to grasp, however, so you should be able to get the hang of things quickly and begin (trying) to score a few goals.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
After over a decade of negligence, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater has finally restored glory not only to the Tony Hawk video game franchise, but to skateboarding games as a whole. This remakes, which bundle in the first two Tony Hawk entries, tweak the game significantly. They seriously overhaul the graphics to put them on modern standards, while also modernizing other important areas, like menus, game modes, and characters.
What hasn’t changed? The core gameplay. The original games are still remarkably fun to play today, hampered on by their aging graphics and antiquated presentation. Enhancing the games while keeping the experience untouched automatically makes this a must-have title for both fans and newcomers. If you played Tony Hawk back in the day, you’ll love the nostalgic music. If this is your first time, you’ll love the unique skateboarding gameplay that remains without peer today.