The 10 best Xbox One exclusive games

By Aaron Potter | | | 106 |

While having to follow the immense success of the Xbox 360 was always going to be a tall order, as Microsoft’s third ever console, the Xbox One soon became home to many great exclusives. And what’s so great about what you’ll find here is the healthy mix of familiar franchises and totally new ones, offering players the best of both worlds. So, whether you’re a Gears or Halo veteran looking to dive into the next instalment or craving a new world to explore, these are the 10 best Xbox One exclusive games.

10. Halo Wars 2

The original Halo Wars took Bungie’s prestigious space universe in a bold new direction, swapping out first-person gunplay for a more tactical gameplay setup that sees you command an army of Spartans from above a full two decades before the events of Halo: Combat Evolved. Halo Wars 2 took this concept even further, delivering an expert blend of story and real-time strategy to successfully carve out its own niche within the wide Halo universe.

This second game actually fast forwards events to beyond that of Halo 5: Guardians, tasking you to construct a base of operations, mine resources and just generally defend your territory from the enemy forces. It’s a stunning take on strategy that lets you experience the heat of battle from a bird’s eye view. No fan of Halo should miss out on what is one of the best Xbox One exclusive games.

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    9. Halo: Master Chief Collection

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    From one Halo game to another, this one seemed like an impossible prospect at first. All the Master Chief led Halo games, complete with multiplayer and updated visuals, all in on package? Halo: Master Chief Collection fulfilled this lofty promise, acting as the best way for any Halo newbie to experience the hallmark Xbox Series for the first time. Alternatively, though, it’s a great excuse for those that are familiar to jump back in again.

    Halo: Master Chief Collection collects Halo 1, 2, 3 and 4, including every multiplayer map ever released. The result is a jamboree of Halo content that represents a staggering amount of value, with Halo 2, in particular, being the highlight. This is because Halo 2 is the game given the newest visual treatment in this compilation release, featuring updated textures and all-new cutscenes redone by renowned animation studio Blur. If you want to get started with Halo, look no further.

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    8. Sea of Thieves

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    While pirate games might largely be few and far between these days, that didn’t stop legendary game developer Rare (Goldeneye 64, Perfect Dark, Banjo Kazooie) from taking a stab at creating their own high seas adventure. That adventure is none other than Sea of Thieves, an Xbox One exclusive that sets you and a bunch of friends off into the ocean, where you can roleplay as pirates plundering lost treasure and fighting off skeletons.

    The entire game exudes this charming claymation-like art style, which works wonders in inspiring both kids and big kids alike to hop on a ship and set sail. From here it’s all about fending off invading ships, embarking on quests and unlocking new gear to become the fiercest pirate the world has ever seen. Sea of Thieves is an online multiplayer game unlike anything you’ve experienced before, and it’s one exclusive to Xbox One.

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    7. Forza Motorsport 7

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    The latest entry of Turn 10 Studios’ celebrated racing series to speed its way onto Xbox One is also one of its best. Especially if you’re someone that likes to spend the time to tweak all manner of real-life vehicles and then feel their effects on the track, Forza Motorsport 7 will wow you with its selection of 700 cars and near endless ways to customize them.

    The hallmark feature of Forza Motorsport’s seventh entry is its dynamic weather system, which makes it easy to more realistically make players feel like their racing through the snow, battling against the wind or flying past naked trees in the fall. This is, however, a racing simulation game first and foremost, and as such emphasises the believable aspects of what it is to drive these incredible motorsports vehicles. You can only do it this way exclusively on Xbox One.

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    6. Ori and the Blind Forest

    Sometimes it’s the smallest games that make the biggest impact. This is very much the case for Ori and the Blind Forest, a whimsical metroidvania that sees you venture through a magical forest under threat un search of safety. Being partially inspired by the likes of Rayman, Castlevania and Metroid, Ori and the Blind Forest is a 2D platformer that places an emphasis on finding new skills and powering yourself up, needed for accessing previously locked off areas.

    Ori and the Blind Forest touts an incredibly unique colour palette, leaning into neon shades that makes the 2D adventure is otherworldly – almost like a fairytale. This combines with beautiful hand-drawn animations, which helps brings characters to life and adds more personality. It’s ultimately a coming-of-age story you wouldn’t necessarily expect from the same platform that features Halo and Gears of War, but remarkably all comes together to be one of the best Xbox One exclusives.

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    5. Quantum Break

    Ambitiously merging the worlds of games and television, Quantum Break is an incredibly bold endeavour from Remedy, the developer of Max Payne and Alan Wake, that sets players on a time-bending journey to prevent the end of the world. It’s part third-person shooter and part procedural drama, with every playable chapter bookended with a TV episode that follows the actions of the villains. It’s an entirely new gaming experience that’s exclusive to Xbox One.

    Quantum Break’s commitment to prestige television is bolstered by the appearance of several recognisable actors lending their likeness and voice to the game, including Shawn Ashmore (X-Men, The Following) and Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire). Players take on the role of Ashmore’s character, Jack, who will need to use his time-manipulation powers to stop Gillen’s sinister organisation from pushing through their dastardly plot.

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    4. Sunset Overdrive

    If you’re someone who doesn’t have time for the nitty, gritty video games that take themselves too seriously, then Sunset Overdrive could be the perfect remedy. That’s because it’s an anarchic-fuelled third-person shooting romp that lets you roam a super-stylised open world, using any means necessary to destroy all the mutants enemies roaming the fictional Sunset City. This irreverent approach translates to everything from gameplay, humour and even traversal.

    Getting around Sunset City is as easy as grinding on rails, bouncing off cars and skidding around the roads. All these manoeuvres gel expertly to give you a strong sense of freedom, which, when combined with tight shooting controls and a glut of creative weapons, help make you a death-dealing machine. Sunset Overdrive never takes itself too seriously, making it one of the freshest Xbox One exclusives.

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    3. Halo 5: Guardians

    Master Chief’s latest adventure is his most ambitious and sprawling yet, being the first entry build from the ground up for the Xbox One and as such squeezing every ounce of power from it. The result is a two-pronged storyline that sees you play as Chief and new character Commander Locke, adding extra texture to the Halo Universe from multiple perspectives.

    The classic Halo PVP you remember from the early games has successfully been recreated here, with such popular game modes as Capture the Flag and Team Death Match setting in the nostalgia across a new range of well-designed maps. Halo 5: Guardians is a return to form for Xbox’s trademark series, letting you shoot through stunning environments and memorable set pieces in a way that respects the many Halo stories that have come before.

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    2. Gears of War 4

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    Gears of War 4, much like Halo 5, is a healthy mix of the old and new. For instance, no longer do you solely play as mainstay protagonist Marcus Fenix, instead taking the fight to the evil Locust hordes as a new generation of COG soldiers. The popular cover-shooting gameplay, however, stays fully intact, letting you gain the upper-hand in fire fights as you move throughout areas to engage take downs up close or even let them feel the rev of your Lancer.

    The entire campaign is playable in two-player co-op, enhancing Gears of War 4’s storyline by letting you place led into the heads of enemies with a friend. Competitive multiplayer and horde mode (where you go up against waves of Locust to see how long you can last) also are here once again. If you’re a veteran Gears fan or are just jumping in, this post-apocalyptic shooter franchise is a great character-led adventure.

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    1. Forza Horizon 4

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    While some racing games choose to focus on pure simulation, the Horizon subset series of Forza games instead let players to speed through landscapes in true, arcade-like fashion. Forza Horizon 4 is the latest to let you do so, setting you loose within an incredibly realistic rendition of the United Kingdom, complete with dynamic weather cycles that will see you driving through snow, sleet, rain and more.

    Featuring over 450 licenced cars just waiting for you to seek out and unlock, Forza Horizon 4’s map is simply stacked with different events to take part in and various locations to see. What’s more, you’ll accrue experience for everything you do, letting you purchase parts that can be attributed to any car in your garage. If you’re looking for a fun racing game that easily offers you the thrills and spills of competition, this is it. Forza Horizon 4 leads the pack of best Xbox One exclusive games.

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    Aaron Potter

    A fervent word whisperer and lifetime TimeSplitters fanatic, Aaron’s video game obsession started after playing GTA far too young. Since then, he’s tried to put it to good use writing for places like GamesRadar, Kotaku, and now Console Deals.