The 10 best single-player Xbox One games
While the Xbox brand may have solidified itself as the multiplayer machine during the 360 days, it didn’t take long for Xbox One to evolve into a brilliant platform in which to enjoy great first-party and multi-platform single-player journeys also. Sadly, Xbox One’s tenure is set to come to an end in 2020, so we thought it worth celebrating the 10 best single-player Xbox One games with an official ranking. It’s goof to play with friends, sure, but these are the titles ideal for those wanting to get be gripped by a solo narrative.
Whether you’re into incredibly expansive assassin simulators set amongst scenic locations or physics-bending third-person action games unafraid to toy with reality, Xbox One is full of great solo ventures that make for a good time. What’s more, we’ll pull in the best price for each game featured below currently available, saving you time and money if you’re yet to check them out. So, here goes, these are the 10 best single-player Xbox One games you can play.
10. Hitman 2
Piggybacking off of the success of 2016’s wildly successful Hitman reboot, the sequel did away with the episodic release structure to launch as a full game. Thank heavens, too, because Hitman 2 is the best the series has ever been, dropping the precise Agent 47 into all manner of tropical, luscious or sometimes bitter locations and giving players near endless ways to take out targets.
One minute you might be in Miami tampering with an F1 car, the next you’ll be invading a beach-side home. Every chapter in Hitman 2 is its own playground of potential chaos and destruction, but then there’s always the option to play it sneaky too. What’s more, Hitman 2 looks absolutely fantastic on either Xbox One S or Xbox One X, using the hardware’s full graphical capabilities to make these many destinations engross and entice you further before you make your kill.
9. Quantum Break
The first exclusive title to make our list of the 10 best single-player Xbox One games, Quantum Break was the long-awaited follow-up to Remedy’s other Xbox exclusive release, Alan Wake, casting players as a time-bending action dude. The protagonist’s powers range from “Time Blast”, which freezes time around enemies so he can rush them, all the way to “Time Dodge” that sees him easily dodge incoming fire. These supernatural powers combine with tight third-person shooting action to make Quantum Break a must play Xbox One game for solo players.
It’s not just action spectacle players of Quantum Break can look forward to, though, but also a gripping narrative. Gameplay segments are actually punctuated by live-action episodes of a TV show that shows events from the perspectives of the bad guys, changing slightly depending on the decisions you make. This makes Quantum Break a gameplay experience like no other, allowing it to easily make our list.
8. Sunset Overdrive
Before developer Insomniac Games went off to make Marvel’s Spider-Man on that rival console platform, they were having fun with zany humour and inventive traversal in 2014 Xbox exclusive Sunset Overdrive. Taking place in a version of the near future where an infected soda drink has turned people into mutants, it’s your job to scurry along rooftops and skid along ziplines to aid regular citizens in need of your help.
A lot of your time in Sunset Overdrive is spent getting to grips with creative weaponry, bouncing on car roofs and gunning down legions of mutants. The plot might be nonsensical and the characters a little paper thin, but the truth is that this is more than made up for by a vibrant world, cool weapons and the ability to get around without ever having to touch the ground. You won’t be able to play it anywhere else, so don’t miss out on Sunset Overdrive as one of the 10 best single-player Xbox One games.
The second game from Remedy to appear on this list after Quantum Break, Control may have only released last year but already its earned its place as one of the most interesting single-player narratives. You play as Jesse Faden, an unassuming woman who happens across a mysterious organisation while in search of here lost brother. What follows is a spiral trap of weird themes and supernatural gunplay, all as you plunge deeper into the building known only as The Oldest House.
Jessie acquires various upgrades during her search, including the ability to fly up and hover in addition to telekinesis. These you use to do battle with an evil alien force known as The Hiss that have invaded The Oldest House, testing your ability to survive. Control makes our list of the 10 best single-player Xbox One games simply because it’s unlike anything else, being a different kind of third-person shooter that has you guessing from beginning to end.
6. Halo 5: Guardians
Living up to the highs of Halo 1, 2 and 3 was always going to be a tricky task, and while Halo 5: Guardians might not quite be as epic as those games it’s still a well-rounded sci-fi shooting experience – some would say the best on the Xbox One platform. It follows the Chief’s journey to track down the construct of his AI partner, while the other half focusses on Fireteam Osiris’ attempts to locate the Spartan soldier. Halo 5 sets the foundation for quite the confrontation.
Alongside this epic campaign, however, is more of the trademark multiplayer action the Halo series is famous for, but we still also considered it one of the 10 best single-player Xbox One games. The campaign portion doesn’t outstay its welcome, but what is there is action-packed, thrilling, and features some of the tightest first-person gunplay console players can pick up. Don’t miss out on it.
5. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
If you thought the Egyptian-set Assassin’s Creed Origins was big, take a breath because Odyssey raises the bar and scope once again by setting you off within an open world version of Greece. It takes place well before anything else in the Assassin’s Creed timeline, casting you as either Kassandra or Alexios while on a mission to trace back their family’s history. This sets the stage for a sprawling adventure located in one of the most vibrant locations ever realised in a game.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey still even finds time to shake up the series format, doing away with a shield to let combat offer a strong sense of risk/reward gameplay. Your character is fully upgradeable with new abilities and gear, all of which come in handy as you venture ever closer to your main goal. Don’t be too surprised if you venture off the beaten path, however, and get distract by one of the many side missions. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is massive, but one of the best single-player Xbox One games if you can make time for it.