Best Games to Play on Your New Xbox One

Ben Stegner 14-12-2016

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Compilation Bargains

There are a few collections for Xbox One that offer several games for not much money. Unless you hate the genres represented within, these compilations offer a lot in one package.

Rare Replay

Rare is a fantastic developer with a lot of history; they’re responsible for some of the best platformer games ever Top 20 Platformer Games Of All Time With thousands of video games, where do you start when you want to play the best? Here's our definitive guide on the best 20 platformers of all time. Read More . This collection of 30 games runs from their early 1980s home computer games like Jetpac to their Xbox 360 titles like Viva Piñata.

Aside from the games, Rare Replay contains behind-the-scenes interviews with the developers and special challenges for the arcade games. If you’ve never played Rare games, this is the perfect chance to check out Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, and more.

Buy NowRare Replay ($20/£18/C$19.94)


Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo is one of the Xbox’s premiere franchises, and if this is your first Xbox, The Master Chief Collection is the perfect way to get acquainted 5 Reasons Call Of Duty Players Should Give Halo 4 A Shot [MUO Gaming] I will readily admit that I am a Halo hater. I've played almost every entry in the franchise (except Reach, I heard mostly negative things from my hardcore Halo playing friends). I reached a point... Read More . Comprised of the campaigns of the first four Halo games and multiplayer featuring maps and modes from all four games, there’s a ton of content here.

The collection unfortunately had some nasty connection issues at launch, but they’ve all been fixed. Players who already know Halo won’t find much new here, but $30 for four full games is hard to beat.

Buy NowHalo: The Master Chief Collection ($30/£23/C$24.95)

Console Exclusives

If you have an Xbox One, you’ve got to play the exclusives 5 Xbox One Exclusive Titles To Make PS4 Owners Jealous Read More , right?


Sunset Overdrive

One of the first third-party hits exclusive to the Xbox One, Sunset Overdrive is an open-world action game that doesn’t take itself seriously at all. It’s developed by Insomniac Games, legendary for PlayStation franchises like Spyro and Ratchet & Clank.

The game takes place in a dystopian near future, when people turn into mutants after drinking a beverage from FizzCo. It’s fast, fluid, and just a lot of fun.

Buy NowSunset Overdrive ($12/£40/C$9.99)

Halo 5: Guardians

Playing The Master Chief Collection will prepare you perfectly for enjoying the newest game in the Halo series. Guardians, released last year, continues the sci-fi story with the power of the Xbox One.


Most Halo games are equally lauded for their single-player campaigns and multiplayer modes, but critics weren’t as pleased as usual with Guardians‘ campaign. The all-star multiplayer more than makes up for it, though, and makes Halo 5 a must-have for any Xbox One owner.

Buy NowHalo 5: Guardians — Limited Edition ($35/£25/C$47.97)

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Though it’s technically not an exclusive anymore, Rise of the Tomb Raider was only available on Xbox One for a year, so we’re including it here. Following 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot, Rise takes everything that made the first awesome, strips out the parts that made it feel like an Uncharted clone, and produces a fantastic adventure.

Rise is more open than the first game. It features larger tombs with more intricate puzzles, and plenty of exploration and treasure finding. Top it all off with gorgeous visuals, and you have an action-adventure game for the ages.


Buy NowRise of the Tomb Raider ($30/£21/C$49.99)

Forza Horizon 3

The Forza series contains the premiere racing games The 9 Most Important Driving Games Of All Time Not all driving games are created equal and like with any art, someone creates something new every once in a while. So what are the most important racing titles in the history of video games? Read More on Xbox. The franchise is split into two parts: the Forza Motorsport games contain standard track racing, while the Horizon titles are open world.

Horizon 3 provides an awesome time for driving fans. A huge world to take in, coupled with over 300 vehicles and gorgeous graphics, make this the perfect way to get your race on.

Buy NowForza Horizon 3 ($40/£40/C$77.24)

Ori and the Blind Forest

One of genres that’s gotten a lot of love in recent years is Metroidvania, and Ori is one of the best examples of a Metroidvania game done right. Gorgeous hand-drawn visuals in the style of the newer Rayman games and a fantastic soundtrack mean the aesthetics are just right.

On the gameplay side, you’ll find plenty of exploration, neat upgrades, and organic puzzles. Ori and the Blind Forest stands in stark contrast Big Game Studios Are Killing the Video Game Industry The big names in gaming—like EA, Square, Valve, Blizzard, and Ubisoft—have a big problem. They've lost sight of their most important market: gamers. Read More to the mature-themed games on this list, and should not be missed.

Buy NowOri and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition ($20/£12)

Blockbuster Hits

These games aren’t exclusive to the Xbox One, but if you’ve just entered the eighth console generation, you won’t want to miss them. Check out the games we were excited for in 2016 10 Xbox One Games You Must Play in 2016 Some great titles are coming to the Xbox One in 2016. Let's look forward to all the amazing games you need to play this year! Read More and must-have franchise games AAA Franchise Games You Must Buy This Holiday Season There are so many big game titles available this holiday season. What can you get for the gamer in your life? Here are the biggest games available this holiday season! Read More for more.


Overwatch is one of the best first-person shooters in years and is a must-have 7 Overwatch Tips for the Complete Beginner You've seen the gorgeous cinematic trailers on YouTube and you've decided to buy Overwatch. There's one problem, though: You don't have any idea how to play! Here's how. Read More . Eschewing the overt seriousness of most shooter franchises, it instead features Pixar-style graphics with a varied cast of characters to match.

While it’s only playable online, Overwatch will pull you into the “one more game” loop quickly. Every character has totally different abilities and skills, the mechanics are polished to a tee, and there’s a deep competitive scene How Overwatch Competitive Mode Works If you're new to Overwatch, here's an introduction to Competitive Mode and how Overwatch rankings work. Read More . If you were disappointed by Infinite Warfare and need a new shooter, look no further.

Buy NowOverwatch – Origins Edition ($40/£25/C$54.99)

Grand Theft Auto V

The Grand Theft Auto series is known for having tons of ridiculous action, plenty of missions, and a cast of zany characters. 2013’s GTA V didn’t disappoint 8 Reasons Why I'm Buying GTA V On Release Day [MUO Gaming] Grand Theft Auto V is definitely on its way. This is a fact we know for sure, but everything else about the game is draped in a cloth of mystery. We don't know when it's... Read More , and the game got a remake on current-gen consoles in 2014 that’s even better.

This enhanced port includes a first-person mode, totally changing how you play the game. If you never played GTA V on release, get ready to explore a massive sandbox world. GTA Online, which is included, takes the antics into multiplayer 5 of the Best GTA V Mods Available Right Now Read More .

Buy NowGrand Theft Auto V ($49/£34/C$29.95)

Battlefield 1

Battlefield is a long-running shooter franchise, but it cut out a lot of the fluff this year to produce one of the best installments in a long time. While most rival franchises have you fighting in sci-fi locations, BF1 takes the action back to the Great War.

With a solid campaign, beautiful maps, and plenty of polish, BF1 is a great choice for shooter fans Be the Battlefield 1 Champion with 7 Tips & Hacks to Beat Anyone Want to play Battlefield 1, the latest in the series? Here are some tips that will help you dominate on the field in multiplayer! Read More this season. The multiplayer is a blast, and scales back Battlelog and some of the other annoyances from previous games.

Buy NowBattlefield 1 ($49/£43/C$79.89)

Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV has been a long time coming. Now finally released, it’s a great entry in the series for veterans and first-timers alike Final Fantasy XV Is Finally Out! Is It Worth Buying? Fans have waited for Final Fantasy XV since its announcement ten years ago. Let's find out if it's lived up to its reputation, and if you should buy it. Read More .

A gorgeous landscape, great banter between the party members, and plenty of sidequests make this an easy pick for RPG fans. If you’re looking for a game you can enjoy solo for dozens of hours, FF XV is for you.

Buy NowFinal Fantasy XV ($60/£33/C$79.48)

Bonus: Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility

Aside from the awesome games above, Xbox One can play a growing number of Xbox 360 titles 10 Of The Best Xbox 360 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming] At this time of year more than any other there will be a host of new console owners getting to grips with their system. And after they get bored of the games bought alongside their... Read More . Plenty of these are available digitally via the Microsoft Store, so they’re worth checking out if you didn’t play them upon release.

What Will You Play First?

No matter what kind of games you like, you’ll find something to love on your new Xbox One. Whether you want to buy the latest AAA hits or start cheap with a few budget purchases, you can’t go wrong with any of these games.

With so many great games, you’re going to need more storage space on your system. Check out everything you need to know about Xbox One external hard drives Everything You Need to Know About Xbox One External Hard Drives Here's our breakdown of how to use an Xbox One external hard drive, plus some tips and recommendations for you. Read More .

What games are you looking forward to playing on your Xbox One? Add your must-play titles to the list below, and let us know what you’re playing!

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