The 10 best Xbox One exclusive games

By Aaron Potter | | | 2481 |

Following the colossal success of the Xbox 360 was always going to be a challenge, but it quickly became clear that it’d be one the Xbox One would rise to. So much so that Microsoft’s third ever console is now the home to many great Xbox One exclusive games. And what’s so great about what you’ll find here is that there’s a healthy mix of familiar franchises and totally new ones, whether you’re into gritty space shooters or sea-faring pirate simulators.

So many great games, however, can make it tricky to know which Xbox One exclusive games to jump into first. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the 10 best Xbox One exclusive games, those that have risen to the top of the pack and our worthy of your attention. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.

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.

Xbox One
Xbox One

Halo Wars 2

£8.79

In Stock

  • Deal first found on 16th Oct at 17:38
  • Deal history
    • Deal first found on 16th Oct at 17:38
    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Halo Wars 2

    £10.99

    In Stock

    • Deal first found on 26th Aug at 09:41
  • Deal history
    • Deal first found on 26th Aug at 09:41
    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Halo Wars 2

    £11.49

    In Stock

    • Deal first found on 21st Aug at 16:42
  • Deal history
    • Deal first found on 21st Aug at 16:42

    9. Halo: Master Chief Collection

    Halo Infinite

    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.

    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Halo: Master Chief Collection Digital Download

    Receive this game as a digital download

    £23.56

    In Stock

    • Price decreased from £23.59 to £23.56 12 hours ago
  • Deal history
    • Price decreased from £23.59 to £23.56 12 hours ago
    • Price decreased from £23.69 to £23.59 1 day 17 minutes ago
    • Price decreased from £23.70 to £23.69 1 day 12 hours ago
    • Price decreased from £23.77 to £23.70 2 days 29 minutes ago
    • Price increased from £23.65 to £23.77 2 days 12 hours ago
    • Deal first found on 26th Feb at 11:10
    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Halo: Master Chief Collection Digital Download

    Receive this game as a digital download

    £25.99

    In Stock

    • Price increased from £24.26 to £25.99 on 30th Jul at 15:33
  • Deal history
    • Price increased from £24.26 to £25.99 on 30th Jul at 15:33
    • Price increased from £23.85 to £24.26 on 30th Jul at 03:27
    • Price decreased from £29.52 to £23.85 on 29th Jul at 06:19
    • Price increased from £23.84 to £29.52 on 29th Jul at 03:18
    • Price decreased from £29.52 to £23.84 on 28th Jul at 03:05
    • Deal first found on 8th Feb at 10:58

    8. Sea of Thieves

    Sea of Thieves island

    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.

    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Sea of Thieves Digital Download

    Receive this game as a digital download

    £17.99

    In Stock

    • Price increased from £14.49 to £17.99 1 day 3 hours ago
  • Deal history
    • Price increased from £14.49 to £17.99 1 day 3 hours ago
    • Price decreased from £17.99 to £14.49 on 13th Oct at 10:36
    • Price increased from £14.89 to £17.99 on 10th Oct at 20:04
    • Price decreased from £19.99 to £14.89 on 8th Oct at 11:35
    • Price decreased from £21.99 to £19.99 on 2nd Oct at 16:26
    • Deal first found on 27th Sep at 07:48
    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Sea of Thieves Digital Download

    Receive this game as a digital download

    £21.42

    In Stock

    • Price increased from £21.06 to £21.42 11 hours ago
  • Deal history
    • Price increased from £21.06 to £21.42 11 hours ago
    • Price increased from £20.72 to £21.06 23 hours ago
    • Price decreased from £21.11 to £20.72 1 day 11 hours ago
    • Price decreased from £21.24 to £21.11 1 day 23 hours ago
    • Price increased from £20.50 to £21.24 2 days 11 hours ago
    • Deal first found on 25th Feb at 15:30
    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Sea of Thieves Digital Download Anniversary Edition

    Receive this game as a digital download

    £21.99

    In Stock

    • Deal first found on 27th Sep at 07:48
  • Deal history
    • Deal first found on 27th Sep at 07:48

    7. Forza Motorsport 7

    Forza Motorsport 7 Porsche 911

    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.

    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Forza Motorsport 7 Digital Download

    Receive this game as a digital download

    £23.99

    In Stock

    • Price decreased from £24.99 to £23.99 on 16th Oct at 19:16
  • Deal history
    • Price decreased from £24.99 to £23.99 on 16th Oct at 19:16
    • Price decreased from £29.99 to £24.99 on 14th Oct at 20:53
    • Deal first found on 27th Sep at 07:48
    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Forza Motorsport 7 Digital Download

    Receive this game as a digital download

    £24.91

    In Stock

    • Price decreased from £25.67 to £24.91 11 hours ago
  • Deal history
    • Price decreased from £25.67 to £24.91 11 hours ago
    • Price decreased from £25.68 to £25.67 23 hours ago
    • Price decreased from £25.72 to £25.68 1 day 11 hours ago
    • Price decreased from £25.93 to £25.72 1 day 23 hours ago
    • Price decreased from £25.95 to £25.93 2 days 11 hours ago
    • Deal first found on 25th Feb at 15:30
    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Forza Motorsport 7

    £29.99

    In Stock

    • Came into stock on 24th Sep at 11:33
  • Deal history
    • Came into stock on 24th Sep at 11:33
    • Went out of stock on 21st Sep at 13:24
    • Price decreased from £39.99 to £29.99 on 16th Aug at 17:31
    • Deal first found on 26th Jul at 15:34

    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.

    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Ori & The Blind Forest Digital Download

    Receive this game as a digital download

    £11.95

    In Stock

    • Price increased from £11.16 to £11.95 on 30th Jul at 15:33
  • Deal history
    • Price increased from £11.16 to £11.95 on 30th Jul at 15:33
    • Price increased from £10.97 to £11.16 on 30th Jul at 03:27
    • Price decreased from £13.57 to £10.97 on 29th Jul at 06:19
    • Price increased from £10.96 to £13.57 on 29th Jul at 03:18
    • Price decreased from £13.57 to £10.96 on 28th Jul at 03:05
    • Deal first found on 8th Feb at 10:58

    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.

    Unfortunately, there are no deals here

    XXXXXXX XX XXX XXX XXXX

    XXX XXX XXX console bundled with:

    • XXXXXXX XX XXX XXX XXXX
    £123.45

    In Stock

    • Deal first found on 30th Nov at 00:00
  • Deal history
    • Deal first found on 30th Nov at 00:00
    XXXXXXX XX XXX XXX XXXX

    XXX XXX XXX console bundled with:

    • XXXXXXX XX XXX XXX XXXX
    £123.45

    In Stock

    • Deal first found on 30th Nov at 00:00
  • Deal history
    • Deal first found on 30th Nov at 00:00

    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.

    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Sunset Overdrive

    £5.99

    In Stock

    • Deal first found on 26th Aug at 09:41
  • Deal history
    • Deal first found on 26th Aug at 09:41
    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Sunset Overdrive Digital Download

    Receive this game as a digital download

    £13.32

    In Stock

    • Price decreased from £15.13 to £13.32 on 4th Aug at 04:20
  • Deal history
    • Price decreased from £15.13 to £13.32 on 4th Aug at 04:20
    • Price increased from £12.22 to £15.13 on 28th Jul at 00:03
    • Price increased from £12.12 to £12.22 on 27th Jul at 08:55
    • Price decreased from £12.18 to £12.12 on 25th Jul at 20:39
    • Price decreased from £12.19 to £12.18 on 8th Jul at 03:12
    • Deal first found on 8th Feb at 10:58
    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Sunset Overdrive

    £7.99

    Out of Stock

    • Deal first found on 26th Jul at 15:34
  • Deal history
    • Deal first found on 26th Jul at 15:34

    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.

    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Halo 5: Guardians Digital Download

    Receive this game as a digital download

    £10.46

    In Stock

    • Price decreased from £10.48 to £10.46 12 hours ago
  • Deal history
    • Price decreased from £10.48 to £10.46 12 hours ago
    • Price decreased from £10.52 to £10.48 1 day 17 minutes ago
    • Price decreased from £10.53 to £10.52 1 day 12 hours ago
    • Price decreased from £10.56 to £10.53 2 days 29 minutes ago
    • Price increased from £10.51 to £10.56 2 days 12 hours ago
    • Deal first found on 12th Feb at 16:20
    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Halo 5: Guardians Digital Download

    Receive this game as a digital download

    £10.71

    In Stock

    • Price decreased from £10.78 to £10.71 11 hours ago
  • Deal history
    • Price decreased from £10.78 to £10.71 11 hours ago
    • Price decreased from £10.79 to £10.78 2 days 11 hours ago
    • Price decreased from £10.90 to £10.79 on 16th Oct at 08:38
    • Price decreased from £10.92 to £10.90 on 15th Oct at 08:21
    • Price increased from £10.53 to £10.92 on 14th Oct at 08:06
    • Deal first found on 25th Feb at 15:30
    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Halo 5: Guardians Digital Download

    Receive this game as a digital download

    £11.99

    In Stock

    • Deal first found on 27th Sep at 07:48
  • Deal history
    • Deal first found on 27th Sep at 07:48

    2. Gears 5

    Gears 5

    It may have released only recently but already has Gears 5 easily earned its place on our list. Not only does it double down on the familiar cover-shooting mechanics and gruesome kills fans of the series have come to expect, but it does this while also bundling in one of the most ambitious campaigns ever seen in a Gears of War game. Kait Diaz is firmly the protagonist this time around who’s journey to discover her origins sees her venture into a first for the franchise: open world areas.

    Gears 5 equally iterates the successful multiplayer offerings the series is known for, with Horde and PVP being as great as they’ve ever been, but now also featuring a new PVE mode called Escape. It’s here where you and two more of your friends must hold off legions of the Swarm, escaping out of the depths of an enemy nest as quickly and efficiently as possible. Not only is this the best Gears of War game, but also one of the best Xbox One exclusive games.

    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Gears 5 Digital Download

    Receive this game as a digital download

    £22.99

    In Stock

    • Price decreased from £23.99 to £22.99 1 day 3 hours ago
  • Deal history
    • Price decreased from £23.99 to £22.99 1 day 3 hours ago
    • Price decreased from £24.99 to £23.99 2 days 1 hour ago
    • Price decreased from £27.99 to £24.99 on 11th Oct at 10:11
    • Price decreased from £28.99 to £27.99 on 5th Oct at 13:00
    • Price decreased from £29.99 to £28.99 on 2nd Oct at 16:26
    • Deal first found on 27th Sep at 07:48
    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Gears 5 Digital Download

    Receive this game as a digital download

    + Includes Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Gears of War 4, Gears of War 3 and Gears of War 2
    £27.99

    In Stock

    • Price decreased from £32.99 to £27.99 2 days 7 hours ago
  • Deal history
    • Price decreased from £32.99 to £27.99 2 days 7 hours ago
    • Price decreased from £39.99 to £32.99 on 29th Sep at 17:53
    • Deal first found on 27th Sep at 07:49
    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Gears 5 Digital Download

    Receive this game as a digital download

    £32.99

    In Stock

    • Price decreased from £33.99 to £32.99 2 days 1 hour ago
  • Deal history
    • Price decreased from £33.99 to £32.99 2 days 1 hour ago
    • Price decreased from £34.99 to £33.99 on 12th Oct at 14:26
    • Price decreased from £35.99 to £34.99 on 11th Oct at 10:11
    • Price decreased from £37.99 to £35.99 on 6th Oct at 15:13
    • Price decreased from £39.99 to £37.99 on 29th Sep at 17:53
    • Deal first found on 27th Sep at 07:49

    1. Forza Horizon 4

    Forza Horizon 4 cinematic screenshot

    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.

    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Forza Horizon 4 Digital Download

    Receive this game as a digital download

    £27.99

    In Stock

    • Price increased from £26.99 to £27.99 on 12th Oct at 14:26
  • Deal history
    • Price increased from £26.99 to £27.99 on 12th Oct at 14:26
    • Price increased from £23.99 to £26.99 on 6th Oct at 11:11
    • Price decreased from £26.99 to £23.99 on 5th Oct at 13:00
    • Price decreased from £29.99 to £26.99 on 5th Oct at 10:59
    • Price increased from £27.99 to £29.99 on 2nd Oct at 10:23
    • Deal first found on 27th Sep at 07:48
    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Forza Horizon 4 Digital Download

    Receive this game as a digital download

    £30.75

    In Stock

    • Price decreased from £30.90 to £30.75 11 hours ago
  • Deal history
    • Price decreased from £30.90 to £30.75 11 hours ago
    • Price decreased from £32.10 to £30.90 23 hours ago
    • Price increased from £31.02 to £32.10 1 day 11 hours ago
    • Price increased from £29.82 to £31.02 1 day 23 hours ago
    • Price decreased from £30.26 to £29.82 2 days 11 hours ago
    • Deal first found on 25th Feb at 15:30
    Xbox One
    Xbox One

    Forza Horizon 4 Digital Download

    Receive this game as a digital download

    £34.90

    In Stock

    • Price increased from £34.08 to £34.90 12 hours ago
  • Deal history
    • Price increased from £34.08 to £34.90 12 hours ago
    • Price decreased from £34.22 to £34.08 1 day 17 minutes ago
    • Price decreased from £34.23 to £34.22 1 day 12 hours ago
    • Price decreased from £34.35 to £34.23 2 days 29 minutes ago
    • Price increased from £32.58 to £34.35 2 days 6 hours ago
    • Deal first found on 12th Feb at 16:20

    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.