The 10 best single-player Xbox One games

By Aaron Potter | | 38591 |

The Xbox may have been the dominant console for multiplayer back in the 360 era, but it didn’t take long for Xbox One to evolve into a versatile platform where players could enjoy deep and engrossing single-player games, too. Xbox Series X will arrive to replace Xbox One this November, so we thought it worth celebrating the 10 best single-player Xbox One games worth getting lost in. Playing alongside friends is always fun, but these are the games perfect for anyone wanting to get invested in a sprawling solo venture.

Whether you’re into incredibly bombastic cartoon sandboxes or an intergalactic metroidvania that sees you step into the shoes of a jedi, Xbox One is full of great single-player games guaranteed to give you 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

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    7. Control

    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.

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    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.

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    5. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

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    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.

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    4. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

    Xbox One players had been left wanting for a great single-player Star Wars games for the entire generation, but in 2019 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order arrived to change all that. Developed by the folks behind Titanfall and Apex Legends, it tells the story of a young padawan who has forgotten the ways of the force in light of Order 66’s events. He’s soon pulled out of hiding, however, taken on a mission to protect the next generation of jedi.

    Combat is a lot more tactical and slow-paced compared to previous Star Wars games where you play a jedi, with players forced to approach enemies wisely rather than hurl them endlessly in the hopes of succeeding. This eventually combines with a suite of force powers like push, freeze and double jump to give you the feeling that Cal Kestis is again learning how to become one with the force. Not only is it one of the best single-player Xbox One games, but one of the best Star Wars games period.

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    3. Red Dead Redemption 2

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    If you thought Rockstar outdid themselves with the incredibly realistic portrayal of America in GTA V, wait until you roll the clock back and step into the Old West as seen in Red Dead Redemption 2. This second game is actually a prequel to the 2010 original, depicting events leading up to the time where John Marston is forced to hunt former members of his gang. This time you step into the shoes of Arthur Morgan, a rough and tough outlaw fighting to survive against the twilight cowboy years.

    Red Dead Redemption 2 might set you off within a fully functioning adaptation of The Frontier, but there’s a strong emphasis on narrative here. Arthur is a man just trying to make ends meet, and as the campaign advances, you really grow to know him and all his various relationships with his fellow gang members. Needless to say, if you want to truly get lost within another place and time, Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the best single-player Xbox One games.

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    2. The Outer Worlds

    People had been craving a satirical Western RPG ever since Fallout Vegas nigh perfected the concept way back during the Xbox 360 era. So, with Fallout 76’s live-service model disappointing players, Obsidian Entertainment took things into their own hands to create a spiritual successor. The result is The Outer Worlds, a space-set adventure where you can upgrade and customise your character while getting to know new companions and embark on a far-future set adventure.

    You play as one of the last survivors of a colony ship, swiftly awoken by a mad scientist who tasks you with securing enough resources to wake up the remaining colonists. What follows is a witty and eccentric journey that works out to be one of the best single-player Xbox One games, working as a full-fledged RPG yet functioning well enough as a traditional first-person shooter to cater for all crowds.

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    1. Gears 5

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    Following on from the success of Gears of War 4, fans were left waiting with bated breath at how that game’s crazy cliffhanger would be handled in the follow-up. Gears 5 luckily didn’t disappoint, seeing the Fenix family take a backseat to instead focus on new character Kait Diaz that must dip into her Locust history to work out where she comes from. It’s the same epic-feeling cover shooting action fans will love, albeit with a story that’s a lot more personal.

    Better still, Gears 5 introduced a whole host of new mechanics never seen before in the series. Firstly, levels are no longer entirely linear, with the game’s two centre chapters setting you off within ice and desert-like locations where you can explore at your own place. Then, your AI assistant Jack is now handier than ever, equipped with several attack abilities to let you take down enemies more tactically. It simply doesn’t get any better than Gears 5, hence why it tops our list of the 10 best single-player Xbox One games.

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    Honourable mentions

    Already played a bunch of the single-player Xbox One games listed above or simply are craving more solo-centric goodness? Below you’ll find a list of honourable mentions, those Xbox One titles that just barely missed our list but are still perfectly primed to scratch that single-player itch. Also, as before, you’ll find the lowest current price for each listed underneath.

    Rise of the Tomb Raider

    Lara’s rebooted adventures may have first kicked off in 2013, but this 2015 sequel improved upon the foundation set there to create one of the most fun action-adventure experiences around. As the title suggests, rise of the Tomb Raider places you in Lara’s shoes while she is still on the up and up, tasking you with survive the Siberian wilderness while fending off the evil Trinity organisation. Explore, survive and take down – Rise of the Tomb Raider is rebooted perfection.

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    Grand Theft Auto V

    While it’s hard to imagine any Xbox One player still not having played GTA V by this point, we’d be remiss not to at least include it in our honourable mentions. You’ll explore this unbelievably vibrant rendition of Los Santos, committing crimes, pulling off heists and just generally walking on the opposite side of the law as any one of the game’s three distinct characters. GTA V is the true open-world promise brought to life, proving nobody does it quite like Rockstar.

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    The Witcher 3

    Arguably even trouncing Skyrim for the title of best Fantasy RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the sprawling story of titular monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, who must make his way through The Continent in the hopes of tracking down his ward. Doing so involves taking on contracts, travelling across country, always engaging with some of the best mission design ever pulled off in a modern open world game. Single-player Xbox One games don’t get too much better than this.

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