The Xbox One is home to some of the best games of this generation, from big exclusives such as Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 4 awesome third-party blockbusters like Monster Hunter: World and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. You can even play many of your favorite Xbox 360 and Xbox games on it.
Whether you're gaming in 4K on the Xbox One X or sticking with your trusty Xbox One S, here are the best single-player adventures, multiplayer must-haves and hidden indie gems on Microsoft's flagship console.
Gears is back and better than ever. Gears of War 4 returns to planet Sera, only this time you're playing as JD Fenix, son of the hero of the original trilogy. It's up to you to run, gun and even chainsaw through the gooey hordes standing between you and victory. But as much fun as the single-player campaign is, it's all about the multiplayer, including staples like Team Deathmatch, King of the Hill and the refined Horde 3.0, where you're fighting off wave after wave of angry gun-toting creatures. Trust us -- you haven't lived until you've yanked and shanked someone from that decisive victory.
Forza Horizon 4 is the pinnacle of Playground Games’ beloved arcade racing series, setting players loose in a massive, stunningly true-to-life rendition of Britain that’s brimming with fun things to do. Horizon 4 delivers shared world multiplayer that populates your game world with real players, and introduces dynamic seasons – meaning you’ll have to adjust your racing tactics for summer, fall, winter and spring as the seasons shift every week. But as with any Horizon game, the real draw of Horizon 4 is just how great it feels to drive, whether you’re performing insane stunt jumps or engaging in competitive races with your online pals.
Is fighting mythological beasts like dragons and wraiths your thing? Do you like going on epic quests with the promise of untold riches? Do you like spending countless hours playing cards? Then The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt may be the game for you.
The third entry in the Witcher series takes protagonist Geralt of Rivera throughout the world of The Continent as he searches for his lost love and his adopted daughter. Touted as one of the largest open-world third-person action role-playing games on the market, this bombastic title is one with which players should expect to spend at least 100 hours.
Cuphead marries brutal 2D platforming with a gorgeous hand-drawn art style inspired by 1930s cartoons, resulting in a package that’s equal parts charming and challenging. This captivating sidescroller is defined by inventive, punishing boss fights that are complemented by a handful of platforming levels, all of which you can enjoy either solo or with a friend. Cuphead might make you want to throw your controller at times, but overcoming each unforgiving encounter provides some of the most satisfaction you’ll find from any action game.
Overwatch is the rare multiplayer shooter that just about anybody can enjoy. Featuring over 20 colorful characters that battle in equally colorful arenas, this game is all about working as a team and tapping into your hero's unique abilities rather than simply racking up kills. With tons of skins to unlock and a steady flow of free content updates, Overwatch is the kind of game that could keep you hooked for months -- or years. Plus, what other game lets you put a cowboy, a talking gorilla, a pop star in a mech suit and a roller-skating medic all on the same team?
Oh, what a difference two years makes. The Xbox One debut of No Man's Sky brings with it the game's massive Next update, which overhauls the once-derided open world space adventure with true co-op multiplayer, better base building, improved graphics and a ton of other tweaks that transform Hello Games' ambitious exploration game into what it always should have been. Whether you're looking to freely explore a gorgeous galaxy (complete with 4K Xbox One X enhancements), engage in dogfights or spend hours crafting the ultimate base, No Man's Sky is as serene -- or as intense -- as you want it to be.
Bigger, prettier and more ambitious than any game in the series to date, Assassin's Creed Odyssey is a massive open-world epic that pushes the series forward in some big ways. You get a choice of main character this time around - Kassandra or Alexios, and the choices you make throughout the game's story sequences affect the overall narrative. But the real draw of Odyssey is its stunning take on Ancient Greece, which is packed with fun activities that set the stage for some of the best combat and exploration the franchise has seen yet.