With the new Xbox Series X and S launch in November 2020, the Xbox One has lost its place in the spotlight. However, we can’t deny that it is still many people’s favorite gaming console.
While the era of Xbox One is gradually coming to an end, we can’t overlook the fact that it gave us some wonderful assortments of games over the years, which gamers won’t be forgetting any time soon. Maybe this is why the company enabled all the Xbox Series X and S players to cherish every Xbox One game while they wait for their own experiences to have a taste of the treat the previous console generation cherished.
So, I have composed this article to pay homage to some of the gems from the previous console generation. Let’s reflect on the highlights of the Xbox One’s incredible tenure by discussing the best Xbox games of all time.
The Xbox One library is full of timeless games which made our memories over the years memorable. Now, we couldn’t cover it all in a single list, but we promise you that our list of the best Xbox games of all time has something special for everyone that will shine a light on their most significant memories and if you haven’t played these games yet, you can still play them in 2022. So, let’s get started!
1- Cup Head
- Release Date: September. 29, 2017
- Genre: Run and Gun
How better start our list of the eight best Xbox games of all time than by mentioning a timeless classic? Cup Head is a one-of-a-kind classic cartoonish run and gun game. Initially available on Xbox and PC, the game soon made its appearance on other platforms like the Nintendo Switch Playstation, and Mac OS.
Cuphead comprises difficult boss combat; each part of Inkwell Isle contains a pair of finely constructed run-and-gun stages. Cuphead’s action gameplay is deceptively simple, relying on well-timed dodges and memory rather than complex controls to win.
Apart from its delightful genre, Cuphead secured its place among the top Xbox games through its visuals. The game resembles the hand-drawn cartoon animations in the early 1900s, like Mickey Mouse. Besides the visuals, the audio also adds to the game’s aesthetics; a lively jazz soundtrack and the perfect notes on the right circumstances rank Cuphead amongst the rarest sort of games available on Xbox.
2- Monster Hunter World: Iceborne – Master Edition
- Release Date: January. 26, 2018
- Genre: Action role-playing game
Monster Hunters know how easy it is to teleport to the game world for a good few hours without even realizing it. Initially released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Monster Hunter World gained immense popularity worldwide.
Monster Hunter generally follows a single narrative cycle – you search down and hunt/capture fearsome monsters in various locations around the World. Monster Hunter World is best enjoyed with friends. Thanks to a fantastic range of customization options, hunters are given plenty of room to experiment with their playstyles. Moreover, a library of 14 weapons that play drastically differently makes the game even better.
The game is loved by gamers worldwide mainly because the environments in World are larger and more beautifully designed. Other than that, the dynamic behavior systems of the monsters keep hunts interesting and exciting.
3- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
- Release date: March. 11, 2020
- Genre: Platform adventure, Metroidvania
If you are up to explore forest surroundings, the Ori and the Will of the Wisps will give you a forest adventure you will never forget. You may remember Ori from Ori and the Blind Forest – you know, the 2015 delight by Moon Studios. Well, he’s back with another action-packed well-rounded adventure in this long-awaited sequel.
The Will of the Wisps starts up almost immediately after the events of Blind Forest, with Ori’s patchwork family unit gaining an unexpected new member in the form of owlet Ku. However, unlike the previous game, Ori and the Will of the Wisps introduces a series of gigantic boss encounters. Each of these conflicts is more challenging than anything previously encountered in Blind Forest.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps features an extraordinary mix of artistic design and wonderful moments. But the game is wrapped in a sad notion that this is the last players have encountered Ori’s World as this game is a farewell to the lovable characters.
4- Outer Wilds
- Release date: May. 28, 2019
- Genre: Action-adventure
If you are one of those who dreamt of uncovering the solar system’s deepest secrets, then Outer Wilds is the best Xbox game of all time for you! Available on PlayStation 4, Microsoft, Nintendo Switch, and of course, Xbox One, Outer Wilds is a game you will love the second you enter its graphical World.
We mentioned that Outer World allows you to unveil the secrets of the solar system. The only twist is that the solar system is trapped in a 22-minute time loop, and you are the only person on the planet who is aware of this paradox.
As you journey across the small but thoughtfully designed environment, you put together bits of knowledge that help you slowly understand the mysteries of Outer Wilds. It’s one of the fascinating narrative-driven adventures available on Xbox One.
5- Stardew Valley
- Release date: February. 26, 2016
- Genre: Simulation role-playing adventure game
Stardew Valley is apparently a game about farming. But dive deeper into the Stardew Valley, and you will find more adventures waiting for you. The game is available practically everywhere, from PC to Xbox to Linux, Mac OS, and even smartphones; you just need to click ‘download’ to start unlocking achievements in the Stardew Valley.
Your trip begins in the field, where you are tasked with cleaning up a neglected and abandoned farm. Garden plotting and planning necessitates meticulous preparation and attention to detail – you will find out more about it when you start your Stardew journey! You even get upgrades to stock up on gardening essentials and raise livestock.
Stardew Valley’s exciting environment is so appealing that you may decide to simply start again and construct a new existence outside of the physical world. All in all, Stardew Valley naturally inspires people with a sense of happy optimism.
6- Yakuza: Like a Dragon
- Release date: January. 16, 2020
- Genre: Action-adventure, Japanese role-playing game
Next up on our list of the best Xbox games of all time is Yakuza. Yakuza: Like a Dragon has gained immense popularity in North America. The game is currently available for gamers on many platforms, including the PlayStations 4 and 5, the Xbox One and Series X and S, Linux, Microsoft, and Mac OS.
Gaming enthusiasts might think of the Yakuza: Like a Dragon as a sequel to the Yakuza 6. However, Like a Dragon is a brand-new Yakuza game that serves as an introduction for individuals who have never played a Yakuza game before.
As the game proceeds, the players experience the struggles and challenges and the stages of growth that the protagonist goes through. A special mention to the amazing graphics; players can feel the expressions on the protagonist’s face. Other than that, you might experience some battle zones, but you’ll see them coming. Since none of the combats appear at random, it is easier for players to avoid them.
Like a Dragon has a theatrical, dramatic ending, which is a staple of all the Yakuza games. The Overall Best Xbox Video Game of All Time
- Release date: November. 18, 2011
- Genre: Sandbox, survival
You didn’t think I wouldn’t include Minecraft in this list, did you? Well, turns out I didn’t! Last and the overall best Xbox video game of all time – Minecraft has become a global hit since it was first launched on PC. Today, you can access the game from PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Mac OS, Java, iOS, Linux, Xbox 360, and even Apple TV.
Even though the probability is rare for anyone not knowing about Minecraft, those who haven’t played it have heard of it in memes. But in case you belong to a parallel universe, Minecraft is a building like, say like a virtual Lego.
In Minecraft, you collect trees, transform them into the wood, and use the wood to construct your structures. Minecraft is a fantastic and pleasant experience that you will have right away when you start playing it. As you approach the sands of a beach, simple piano music plays in the background. You then press the right controller trigger to dig into the ground and cut wood from trees.
Minecraft allows you to choose from several game modes. You can either choose survival, hardcore, creative, adventure, or spectator mode. Depending upon the model you choose to play, the game will give you access to special resources like maps and the power of flight.
While some gamers may find the graphics a little old-school, others find it the charm of the world-famous game.
This brings the end of our tribute to the twenty years of entertainment featuring the Xbox One. Which of these seven best Xbox games of all time have you played? Are there any that you haven’t played yet? Don’t wait any longer; go and indulge in the ever-fascinating World of these Xbox games of all time right away!