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 3 to awesome third-party blockbusters like Resident Evil 7 and Overwatch. And now that the Xbox One X is here, you can enjoy many these games in beautiful 4K with all kinds of neat performance benefits.
But regardless of whether you're upgrading or sticking with your trusty Xbox One S, here are the best games to play right now, from massive role-playing adventures to small indie masterpieces.
Looking for the best titles to play in 4K? Check out our roundup of the best Xbox One X Enhanced games!
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.
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?
Picking up where Wolfenstein: The New Order left off, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a bigger, bolder sequel that puts you back in the boots of B.J. Blazkowicz as you fight to liberate a Nazi-controlled America. The New Colossus stands out with its cinematic storytelling and unforgettable characters, but it also lets you indulge in the delight of killing Nazis with a whole bunch of satisfying weapons, upgradable abilities and open-ended combat encounters.
It's soccer with cars. What else could you
want? Rocket League is one of the biggest breakout hits of this generation,
with addictive pick-up-and-play action that's incredibly hard to master if you
want to get competitive. This wacky sports game has a ton of ways to play for
hardcore and casual fans alike, and still receives a steady stream of new
modes, arenas and items via free updates.
After a steady stream of ho-hum action games, Resident Evil 7 brings Capcom's iconic franchise back to true horror in a big way. You'll slog your way through an eerie mansion, fighting terrifying monsters and unraveling the mystery behind a creepy, cannibalistic family as you progress. The game's new first-person perspective feels both modern and unnerving, while the overall focus on survival, tension and puzzle solving evokes the very first Resident Evil in the best possible way.