With the console generation, the Xbox One and PS4 really competed. Although the Xbox One X is significantly more powerful than the PS4 Pro, Microsoft’s offering in this console generation has fallen by the wayside. Still, there are countless excellent exclusives on the platform, and with how cheap Xbox One is at the moment, now is a great time to play some of the best Xbox One exclusive titles.
In recent years, however, Microsoft has taken a different approach with Xbox One exclusive games. Ori and the Will of the Wisps, It was published by Microsoft Game Studios, for example, but is also available on Switch. Many Xbox consoles are not exclusive. Although we are ignoring time exclusives like cuphead, There are a few entries that have become cross-platform games especially since launch. Still, they are Xbox One exclusives at their core.
Many of the titles here are also available on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, so you can play them with more powerful Microsoft hardware. Most Xbox Game Passes are also available on Ultimate, so you can play them for free with a subscription.
Insomniac Games is mostly associated with the PlayStation family because games like Ratchet and Clank and Spider Man, but the studio was at its best when it was built Sunset Overdrive. Set in Titanic Sunset City during an apocalypse brought on by tainted energy drinks, it’s up to you to defeat strange mutants roaming the streets – grinding and bounding between buildings like a professional skateboarder without a skateboard.
sunset overdrive Bright, colorful, and often hilarious, it pokes fun at established video game tropes and never takes itself too far too seriously. Considering the number of dark and gritty games released this generation, this is much more than welcome.
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One of the most experimental games ever released for Xbox One, Remedy Entertainment quantum break Takes the developer’s famous third-person shooting expertise and puts a science-fiction twist on it. After a failed experiment that resulted in several researchers acquiring the ability to time-travel, it’s a race against an ever-changing clock to save the world from the ambitions of an indestructible villain.
Along with your intelligence, you’re given a gun and the ability to momentarily manipulate time, resulting in some pretty effective powers during shootouts. Between these sections, the game uses live-action visuals to give more insight into the story, featuring acclaimed actors such as Lance Reddick, Aiden Gillen, and Shawn Ashmore.
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One of the most prolific game developers ever from the United Kingdom, Rare has been offering quirky, entertaining and unique games for decades. Some of its greatest titles were bundled together rare replays, a compilation that begins with games from the early 1980s to the Xbox 360.
These include classic beat-’em-ups like . Are included battletoadsMILF cult fighter killer instinctMILF and freak Long live pinata, Fully playable on all Xbox One. As with older arcade and NES games, there’s even a rewind feature that makes games more forgiving, so younger players will still be able to enjoy them.
deep rock galactic He almost didn’t get the love he deserves. After two years of early access, the game officially launched on Steam and Xbox One just a few weeks ago. This is not a game published by Microsoft, but published by Goat Simulator publisher Coffee Stain Studios, but it’s an Xbox Play Anywhere title and isn’t available on PS4 or Nintendo Switch.
As for the game itself, it’s a one to four-player co-op shooter where you play as one of four classes of “rogue space dwarves”. In addition to some insane weapons, your character has access to a variety of gadgets as you explore the dense procedurally generated cave network. by yourself, deep rock galactic There’s a blast. With Friends, there’s nothing quite like it on Xbox One. Plus, it supports crossplay between the Xbox One version and the Microsoft Store version (though sadly not the Steam version).
sea of thieves Extremely rare game, featuring the developer’s light-hearted humor with a gorgeous and cartoony art style. loosely structured and largely player driven, sea of thieves With the threat of other players always lurking at you as you explore its vast open world, you work to become the ultimate pirate.
To protect yourself, you can bring a few friends on your ship, and since the game supports cross-play with PC users, you’ll have no problem finding someone willing to lend you one. Of course, this won’t always stop you from having your treasure stolen and watching your ship sink.
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The most dangerous thing in a zombie game isn’t always the zombies – it could also be your dwindling supply of food, disease, or infighting… but zombies don’t help matters. In state of decay 2As you venture into the largely overgrown surrounding areas in search of information on a cure for the plague, you must turn a group of inexperienced survivors into a stable community that can defend itself against zombie attacks. and be able to defend. Partial Action and Partial Strategy, your group’s supply levels are almost always your major concern, but they decrease slow enough to avoid making state of decay 2 feeling extremely stressed.
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Obsidian is the first studio to tackle this Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Concept in a video game. Currently a part of Xbox Game Preview, land is a cooperative game where you play as a child the size of an ant. Like other survival games, it’s all about resource management Grounded. Gather your essentials, prepare what you need and book it back to your base. Staying alive on the ground is no easy feat.
in present, land Just about the basics. The fun comes when you work together with friends. Although the beginning of a campaign exists, land In its current state, a perpetual survival game is nothing more. Still, it’s enough to get you started, and with new biomes, bugs, and crafting recipes on the way, Obsidian has enough in the pipeline to keep players engaged for a while.
Ori and the Blind Forest It’s a beautiful game. This Metroidvania rocked the world thanks to its beautiful art style, which is a huge boon to Microsoft’s first-party lineup. Now, we have a sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Although both games are excellent, Wisps of Desire Superior in almost every way, including a larger world, extended combat, and boss battles for the first time in the series.
The same lovingly crafted world is still intact, with Moon Studios, the developer of the first game. Wisps of Desire Picks up shortly after the events of the first game, with the soothing voice of the Spirit Tree guiding your path. “Masterpiece” is a term that gets thrown around a lot when talking about Ori games, and rightly so.
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Sports & Racing
it’s hard to describe #IDARB Without someone actually showing them the game in action, and even at that point, you still can’t be sure what you’re seeing. What started out as a simple drawing (the name implies I drew a red box), it quickly turned into a crowd-influenced action-sports game, combining elements of basketball with over-the-top power-ups. Mixes together that can completely change the rules. A moment’s notice. It’s also the only game that lets you enter the infamous Lang Zone. Best played with a friend by your side to slap whenever they win, #IDARB Funny, absurd, and a lot of fun.
Playground Games has proven itself as one of the best racing game developers on the planet, and the studio has outgrown itself forza horizon 4. This time in action in the UK, forza horizon 4 Filled with racing challenges and open-world fun to participate in, and running at 4K or 60 frames per second on Xbox One X, it’s an absolutely stunning display of power.
A new season system changes the atmosphere, too, freezing lakes or turning easy roads into muddy death traps, and real players are always racing around you in the world, you can stop the race at any time. Only a few moments are away.
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For the most dedicated gearhead on Xbox One, you’ll want to choose Forza Motorsport 7a love letter to milf Really Cars faster than turn 10. There are over 700 driveable cars in the game, as well as 30 different locations where you try to beat your friends’ drives to the finish line.
Unlike the games in the Horizon series, Forza Motorsport 7 Hits 60 frames per second on the Xbox One X, all while maintaining 4K HDR resolution. If you see a supercar speeding along the track or sinking into the reflection of its paint, there’s no better place to do it. Forza Motorsport 7.
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Rare’s killer instinct fighting game series was dormant for years prior to the Xbox One’s launch in 2013, but the studio revived it to tremendous success. The fast-paced and hard-to-master fighter features all of the best characters in the history of the franchise, including Cinder, Awake, Glacius and Sabrewolf, as well as Microsoft favorites like Arbiter and Gen.
killer instinct Offers a great training system to show newcomers the ropes, and the game’s free-to-play…