20 Best XBOX One Games You Should Definitely Play!

Microsoft’s last-generation consoles almost faded away after the release of XBOX Series X but we can’t forget that those games were released on last-gen XBOX – XBOX ONE X & XBOX ONE S and those are the best XBOX One Games in their time. Just like Sony’s PS5, Microsoft’s XBOX consoles are backward compatible so, you can play all the games of the previous-gen console on your XBOX Series X and also some of them are remastered for visual improvement. Maybe you don’t like the fact that, unlike PS4 and PS5, XBOX doesn’t have exclusive content which is only available for XBOX but I can assure you, this list of best XBOX One cross-platform games doesn’t disappoint you. So, either you could wait for the upcoming XBOX Series X games and upcoming XBOX One games on new titles to be released or just entertain yourself with the pack of best XBOX One games.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Ubisoft never disappoints us in terms of AAA games. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is one of their greatest creations. Because of the impressive visuals, stunning gameplay, and great storyline, there’s no excuse to miss the game. From a third-person perspective, you can use dual-wield powerful weapons as you can relive the visceral fighting style of the Vikings. 

Also, you can challenge yourself with the most varied collection of enemies. The storyline is also completely dependent on hour choice so there could be so many endings of the game that you can carry on your play through to know all the possible endings.

As Eivor, a legendary Viking warrior, you can explore 872 – 878 England, raid your enemies, grow your settlement, and build your political power to Lead epic Viking raids against Saxon troops and fortresses.

As Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a 2020 game, its graphics are amazing and along with the great storyline, the recent Assassin’s Creed Odyssey crossover DLC takes this to a next level. Definitely, we have quite the reasons to include Assassin’s Creed Valhalla into this best XBOX One game list.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow Of the Tomb Raider is one of my favorite action-adventure graphically outstanding games on this list. Developers took care on every small detail, from grass to hair to environment, everything is designed so perfectly. Especially with NVIDIA RTX and DLSS ‘On’, the game moves to another level. But this perfection obviously draws much more juice from your PC if it possesses the specs above the recommended level.

Besides the outstanding visuals, according to critics, Shadow Of the Tomb Raider didn’t offer the expected storyline nevertheless I personally loved the game. Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s plot is set after the events of Rising of the Tomb Raider as its story follows Lara’s adventures through the tropical regions of the Americas to the legendary city, Paititi.

Through the main storyline, Lara has to fight the paramilitary organization – Trinity and race to stop a Mayan apocalypse that she has unleashed. Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.

Besides the main storyline, there are plenty of side quests available in the game. By playing them in between the main story, you can achieve many different abilities and skills that make Lara stronger which will help you to complete the story in a more deadly manner.


GTA 5 is one of the most popular games of all time. After its release, there is no decay in its demand. Along with an awesome storyline, open-world environment, multiple protagonists and their impacts in the main storyline and side missions make this an incredible and perfect title for everyone. Of course, you can enjoy the Multiplayer version of GTA 5 too. There are also so many things to do in the game. Rockstar Games also releases new content for the Multiplayer mode quite often for every platform which is also pretty interesting to look at. Anyways, I don’t really think I have elaborated more about GTA 5 as it’s too popular to be known to everyone.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

This is another masterpiece game from Ubisoft from different times. In 2018, it was a great addition to the epic Assassin’s Creed RPG franchise. The storyline is set in Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta in the year 431 BCE. You can choose between two different individuals; Alexios and Kassandra. Odyssey is based on an awesome storyline which one shouldn’t miss. The gameplay, character development is also amazing and you could still be speechless even in 2021 if you have still not played this title. Speaking about storylines, besides the main story, there are so many side quests and if you want to extend your gameplay there are also pretty amazing DLCs that have lots of missions and characters including Poseidon, Hades, Persephone whom you will meet. There are also so many weapons, enemies, and locations waiting for you to visit.

Cyberpunk 2077

The most hyped game I have ever seen and also the buggiest one in recent memory. No doubt, graphics are very impressive, gameplay and handling, as well as physics, is great too but there are so many visual bugs in this game right now. The only reason I have included this game is; these bugs will be fixed over time and then Cyberpunk 2077 might be the perfect game from every expect. The storyline is set in Night City, a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour, and body modification. You have to play as V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. You can customize your character’s cyberware, skillset & playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you.

You can experience in-depth character creation like hair, nose, jaw nail, body, etc., and also choose the gender you want. Become a cyberpunk, an urban mercenary equipped with cybernetic enhancements, and build your legend on the streets of Night City, a place that sets new standards in terms of visuals, complexity, and depth.

Red Dead Redemption 2

‘Rockstar Games’ hits the community with Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018 which is considered as one of the top PS4 games. This is an action-adventure, fully open-world, first- and third-person western-style shooting game. You play as Arthur Morgan, a gunfighter of a gang named ‘Van Der Linde’. Arthur must deal with the decline of the Wild West while attempting to survive against government forces and other adversaries in the American frontier.

The game always keeps you busy in its interactive open world. You can play story missions, side quests, mini-games, activities like hunting, horseback riding. I would say, you can spend plenty of hours in this game. To complete the story, you need approximately 40 to 60hrs of gameplay but you can also enjoy the side missions for numerous hours without getting bored. In my opinion, this is one of the best PS4 games that you should play on your XBOX One.

Metro Exodus

The whole Metro Series possesses a pretty unique and awesome storyline of the post-apocalyptic world. There are few humans alive and the world is mostly consumed by strange creatures. Survived humanity took shelter on Metro Tunnels. For their daily needs, soldiers or trained persons have to leave the place for a couple of hours or days. The outside world is covered with poisonous gasses that can kill humans in a fraction of a minute without a gas mask.

In this apocalyptic situation, humans are still the enemy of themselves. So over time, players have to kill human enemies, kill mutant creatures, collect gas masks to survive, and sometimes need to destroy places with bigger explosives to take control on what bad is going on. So, overall an awesome storyline is possessed by this game and the graphics too. You should definitely try it out if you’re owning a new generation XBOX console.

Assassin’s Creed Origins

It’s a bit old but still worthy to be included in the competition. Because of the storyline, graphics & gameplay, Assassin’s Creed Origins was an awesome title back then. The storyline begins 49 BCE in ancient Egypt. The story follows a Medjay named Bayek of Siwa and his wife Aya, and their little son who was accidentally killed by Bayek during the conflict with the 5 masked men who kidnapped and try to kill them. Sadly, Bayek couldn’t kill them or didn’t know anything about them but a bit of investigation revealed all of their identity, their powers, and influences around ancient Egypt.

Bayek and Aya have decided to take their revenge by eliminating all of them with the help of Cleopatra and some known historical characters. That would keenly gain your interest in ancient Egypt. Frankly speaking, a good mixture of Imagination and reality makes this game a masterpiece of its time. You can also explore the world by enjoying the DLCs and side missions. There are so many different enemies and bosses you have to slaughter to avoid being slaughtered by them. Also, there are lots of weapon choices and skills you can unlock.

Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5 is one of the most graphically beautiful games in 2021. Beautiful lighting, realistic car models, and incredible weather effects, all for one of the best-looking racing games you can find. FH5 is set in an open-world environment in the city of Mexico. Just like previous games, you can create custom events with obviously improved tools. Massive visual upgrades such as lighting, tyre smoke, and dust effects make it a perfect simulation game in its genre.

The Witcher 3

If you’re looking to go on a trip but can’t due to the current state of the world then Witcher 3 is the game that might set your mood. With fantastic music, a great storyline with different choices, and different endings make this game placed on top of others. The combat techniques, skills, and magic spells make it a unique game that everybody would like.


You may have to sometimes engage human enemies and sometimes nature’s great creatures AKA monsters to complete the quest. Dialogue choices of this game really impact your story so carefully choose it and it is recommended not to always engage everyone in combat. Sometimes it’s better to be stealthy and silent.

Witcher 3 can always keep you busy: sometimes you have to slay a beast, sometimes you have to find something, teach something, and many more and if you’re done with the deep and intense main storyline, you can simply download The Blood and Wine and Hearts of Stone DLC to add a few dozen more hours of playtime in your gaming life.


The whole FARCRY franchise can be categorized as a first-person shooter action-adventure game and Far Cry 5 is one of the best among them. Besides experiencing a great storyline, the player can explore the world freely on foot or via various vehicles. Unlike previous titles in the series where the player takes on the role of a set character, the game gives the player the opportunity to customize their character’s appearance. The game is set on a frictional location, Hope County, Montana, land of the free and the brave. It is also home to a fanatical doomsday cult known as Eden’s Gate. Stand up to cult leader Joseph Seed (Father), and his siblings, the Heralds, to spark the fires of resistance and liberate the besieged community.

While the player has a variety of ranged and explosive weapons to fight against enemies, the game places a renewed emphasis on close-quarters combat compared to previous Far Cry titles by introducing a wider range of melee weapons. Now, you can realize why this game is on our list of best XBOX One games.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

The game is based on a first-person perspective. The player Ethan Winters – a simple civilian with a few combat abilities. The gameplay emphasizes horror and exploration over action. Speaking of action, Ethan Winters can handle handguns, shotguns, flamethrowers, explosives, and chainsaws. He is actually in a quest to find his wife Mia Winters. During that quest, he has to face the Baker family who is infected by the ‘Mold’, and later on, in this game, players have to face a humanoid form of fungus known as the “Molded”. However, it is not mandatory to encounter all the family members as you can avoid them by means of stealth, or running away. There are several puzzles available to get proceeded on the story. You have to solve them by finding some equipment or objects. These objects are sometimes to be examined to reveal the secrets.

There are a lot of scary moments here and there with spooky voices and blood shades. Jump scares however are pretty limited. On the action scenes, you fill this as an action game and on exploration, it is converted into a horror game that obviously confirms the goodness of the story. So, we’re definitely recommending you to play this title on your new XBOX. This is a really good addition to the list of the best Xbox One games. 

Resident Evil 3

Shortly, the main quest of this game, Resident Evil 3 is to kill zombies as much as possible with different guns, equipment, and bazookas. No, don’t get me wrong.  Despite lots of actions, this game consists of a decent storyline. Resident Evil 3 is a remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999). Being a semi-open-world game, it features fixed camera angles with third-person shooter gameplay similar to the 2019 Resident Evil 2 remake.

It also includes an online multiplayer mode, Resident Evil: Resistance, which puts a team of four players against a “mastermind” who can create traps, enemies, and other hazards. The beginning of Resident Evil 3 however, has players briefly controlling Jill in a first-person perspective, in a dream, and then in her apartment, engaging with the environment around her much like the characters you assume the role of in Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Still, Resident Evil 3 is expensive. Total playtime is very low in terms of its price. If you somehow get any huge discount then it is considered. Anyway, it is another good addition to the best XBOX One game list.

Mass Effect Andromeda

Mass Effect is one of the most popular franchises in the Sci-fi action genre and you know what? Mass Effect Andromeda is designed to be the best game in this franchise. From a third-person perspective, players take control of either Sara or Scott Ryder to complete the story and explore the Andromeda Galaxy.

In the Andromeda Galaxy, there are actually five primary planets and over a dozen hub worlds to be explored. Each planet has its own challenges. You got a map of planets & all you have to do is to stand on the ship’s bridge, and overlook the stars using a galaxy map and choose a navigation point. The game’s primary planets have open-world environments and can be traversed using a vehicle called “Nomad”. There are so many story missions and tons of side quests that you can enjoy playing along with each planet have its own boss to fight. So, we can say Mass Effect Andromeda is a solid addition to the list of best Xbox One games.

Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is a visually beautiful game and way better than past Ghost Recon games. You can freely roam with a variety of vehicles, such as dirt bikes, helicopters, and dune buggies on nine different types of terrain, such as mountains, forests, desert, salt flats to explore the world gather resources, and enjoy the beauty of nature. The best part is in the Ghost Recon Wildlands is, Ubisoft introduces a dynamic weather system as well as a day-night cycle. You can take advantage of this. Completing missions during daytime players will easily be spotted, while at night, you can take tactical advantage as the night offers players better concealment and easier infiltration due to some guardsmen being asleep.

The story setting is also pretty interesting, in Bolivia, a Mexican drug cartel known as the Santa Blanca Cartel gains control of several regions throughout the country. Led by the brutal and religious cartel boss El Sueño, the cartel gains more power and influence within and outside the country and turns Bolivia into the world’s largest producer of cocaine. The government of Bolivia sent a team to either execute or arrest the boss to stop this illegal activity.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

It would be unfair if I did not include at least one Call Of Duty game from the whole franchise in the list of best Xbox One games so I have included here Call Of Duty Black Ops Cold War which is the latest and greatest game of this franchise and also available for PS5 and PC. Apart from this, Call Of Duty Modern Warfare is another great game of this franchise which was released back on 2019.

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Call Of Duty Black Ops Cold War’s campaign is set during the early 1980s of the Cold War. The time period is set between Call of Duty: Black Ops released in 2010 and Black Ops II released back in 2012. The main storyline is centred around a pursuit of the alleged Soviet spy, Perseus. His goal is to destroy the United States and tilt the balance of power toward the Soviet Union. For the campaign, the player takes control of “Bell”, who is recruited by CIA officer Russell Adler into a multinational task force created to hunt down Perseus.


The game’s multiplayer introduced new game modes as well as new map dynamics and elements. It features a seasonal content system similar to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019), which includes a battle pass as well as free maps and weapons added every season.

This game also features Zombie mode just like another call of duty game. You have to kill them with different guns and different weapons to survive. Zombie mode features also a decent storyline which you can also enjoy.

So, fully action-packed game, nothing has to complain about it. If you just want to kill enemies with different weapons like guns, grenades, and rocket launchers then this game is just for you.

Watch Dogs 2

Watch Dogs 2 is obviously a great choice if you really love action-adventure third-person shooting games. Along with the twist of Hacking, this game is on the next level. Yes, using an in-game smartphone, you can hack most vehicles and electronic devices. Vehicles which includes cars, trucks, buses, cable cars, motorcycles, quad bikes, and boats, you can control from your smartphone or just drive them to freely roam in the game world. You can freely roam around the fictional version of the San Francisco Bay Area to gather missions which includes all the story missions to increase the followers. By using the processing power of the follower’s devices, you have to take down the Blume.

By taking control Marcus who is a young hacker & has joined the Dedsec – a hacker group who are really concerned about people’s privacy which is completely blown because of the cTOS 2.0, a computing network connecting every device together into a single system, developed by technology company Blume.
By the way, Marcus has an arsenal of advanced equipment, including a quadcopter and remote-controlled car, both of which can be used for remote hacking and scouting.

To complete the missions, you can go in a stealthy manner without alerting the guards. If you want, you can use a Taser to paralyze them, or if you want to then use different weapons to kill the guards. You can also make different traps for the enemies by using your hacking ability such as preparing an A/C unit that will shock if anybody comes to its proximity. Basically, you can use all of the skills of the game to creatively enjoy the game. So, overall a great package for action, adventure, thrilling, and Sci-fi type video games that’s why Watch Dogs 2 is on the list of best Xbox One games.

Mad Max

Mad Max is an amazing action-adventure survival game from 2015. The game is set in post-apocalyptic world and mostly based on vehicular combat. Most heavy weapons such as flamethrowers, machine guns, and tools like turbo boosts, are mounted directly onto Max’s Vehicle – Magnum Opus. Sometimes, you need to keep driving and shooting simultaneously that’s why that the game also offers slow motion to switch the targets.

The game mostly is played in the third-person perspective but if you want then you can switch to a first-person view while shooting or driving. Mad Max is also based on the survival aspect. You have to find food and water to maintain your health. The ammo of the weapons are pretty rare here. Thus, you should mostly focus on melee attacks. That means you can progress through the story by being stealthy or just using the iconic short gun to break the enemy’s head. So, overall a great package of action and survival game. You will definitely love it if you’re a true gamer.

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Just Cause 4

If you’re a fan of a realistic action game then don’t miss Just Cause 4. The player takes control of Rico Rodriguez in the third person perspective who arrives in the fictional nation of Solís to take down The Black Hand, the world’s biggest private military. 

Frankly, anything could happen in the game. With the progression of the story, you have to use different vehicles such as military jets, helicopters, turbo-fuelled sports cars, and construction vehicles and roam them from snowy mountains to deserts. You can also unlock a different kind of grappling hook and wingsuit for your playstyle. You can use different weapons and make your own and unique way to take down your enemies. Also, you can take advantage of the weather condition such as tornados and thunderstorms of the game to eliminate the threats.

Max Payne 3

If you haven’t played Max Payne 3 yet then you should play right now. This is one of the best third-person shooting games from 2013. So, no need for a high-end PC to play. The full story-based title possesses the main protagonist Max Payne who was an NYPD police detective and an undercover special agent for the DEA (Max Payne 1).

At the start of Max Payne 3, Max finds himself employed as a bodyguard for Rodrigo Branco, a wealthy businessman in São Paulo, Brazil. Soon, his wife Fabiana Branco was kidnapped but somehow Max saved her life but a couple of days later, goons again try to repeat the same thing. This time Fabiana and her sister Giovanna both was tried to kidnapped. Giovanna was managed to escape with the help of Max but not the Fabiana. Max tried his best to save his boss’s wife throughout different missions. Soon he also discovered a racket who was involved in human trafficking and selling their organs. Max have destroyed the group and finally found the main mastermind for all of these. So, he took the revenge of killing Fabiana.

The storyline is packed full of action with different guns and equipment and strategy to save Max from bullets. After all, he is just a human, not a superhero. In terms of graphics, you will definitely enjoy it. Sometimes, you can’t imagine the game was released in 2013.

So, these are my top 20 picks for the best XBOX One games. Although we’re not done here as there are still plenty of them to explore. Because of the backward compatibility of the XBOX Series, we could play anything from any time whether it’s available on XBOX 360 or in much older machines. So, if you already have played anything that’s not on this list then let us know in the comment section below. Thanks for visiting & appreciating our work.

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