Finding great games on Xbox One doesn't have to break the bank. From first-person shooters to action platformers to racing titles and more, here are some of the best gaming deals for your console, whether you're playing on your Xbox One S or going full 4K on the Xbox One X.
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A hand-drawn artistic masterpiece, Ori and the Blind Forest intertwines players in the endearing journey of Ori, an orphan creature, through a thoughtful tale of hope and fear. But make no mistake, this game is still a difficult action-platformer, with exacting movement and combat mechanics that are sure to trip up even the most skilled players. A beautiful soundtrack and excellent narrative pacing make all of these challenging sections well worth the trouble.
Stardew Valley evokes memories of Harvest Moon, but stands up as an exceptional and heart-warming farming experience of its own. The authenticity of Stardew Valley and its inhabitants, combined with the variety of activities on the coast, deep in the mines and within its buildings are more than enough to guarantee genuine enjoyment. An easily accessible control setup and routine-inducing gameplay complement its relaxing 16-bit visual style.
Up for a challenge? Cuphead is a visually captivating and notoriously difficult sidescroller that channels the shoot-em-up gameplay of classics like Contra and Gunstar Heroes. While Cuphead will make you want to throw your controller at times, you’ll ultimately stick around thanks to its immensely satisfying gameplay and arresting, 1930s cartoon-inspired art style.
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Playing soccer with cars inside a closed arena with boosts and jumps is as crazy as it sounds. Add in a variety of gorgeous and distinctive arenas, custom cars and inventive game types such as a demolition and basketball mode, and you can see why Rocket League is such an overwhelming success. Consistent content updates keep the game looking fresh, while cross-platform multiplayer with PC players ensures a healthy user base and a quick matchmaking process.
Recore had some issues when it first launched in 2016, but after some major updates and a much lower price point, it's well worth any Xbox fans' attention. Created by some of the minds behind Mega Man and Metroid Prime, this future action-adventure title serves up solid 3D platforming and an addictive combat system that lets you chain together different attacks and abilities with the help of your robot pals. Factor in a charming story and a huge open world brimming with secrets and challenges, and you've got a meaty action romp perfect for a lazy afternoon.
If you're a fan of colorful, highly replayable Metroidvania games, Steamworld Dig 2 is one of the genre's best. This charming 2D platformer lets you dig your way through a series of vibrant levels that are filled with secrets to discover and challenging enemies to take on. Thanks to your trusty shovel, hookshot and jet engine, simply moving around Steamworld Dig 2 is a joy -- the well-crafted and highly replayable stages certainly don't hurt either.
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For less than the price of most single AAA games, Rare Replay packs in over two dozen — most of which are classics, some of which are even masterpieces. Games in the latter bracket include hits like Banjo-Kazooie and Conker's Bad Fur Day. From niche (Viva Piñata) to hardcore (Battletoads), this retro collection has it all for one very low price.