The Xbox One has been out for a long, long time now. Actually it has been several years and us loyal fans have been rewarded for sticking with Microsoft’s gaming console. We have been treated to so many great exclusive games (and the ability to change our gamertag), as well as the awesome video games that look and play so well on a console.
Here are some of the best video games to come out on Xbox One (including non-exclusive titles), in my opinion:
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Lara Croft is probably my favorite video game character of all time. Crystal Dynamic’s did such a great job rebooting the entire franchise and they do another solid outing again with last year’s Rise of the Tomb Raider.
The game is so beautifully rendered and looks amazing on the XB1. The resolution is top notch and the textures are dense. Just like the first Tomb Raider, graphics were a huge priority. That game, though, launched alongside the PS4 and PC, which was my gaming setup of choice. I can not wait until Rise of the Tomb Raider launches on the desktop platform, as I plan on maxing out the settings with a 1080p resolution since I just upgraded my computer. If you have a bit of money to spend and are interested in PC gaming (keep faithful to the Xbox name though!), give a read to this post on budget gaming desktops , featuring computers strictly under $1000. I do not recommend spending any more than that as a first gaming PC. I play on the desktop only for graphics, but the Xbox One is still my favorite gaming console.
Also, the gameplay is still very exciting, filled with lots of thrilling combat and clever puzzles. RoTR was easily my favorite game last year and is up there in best games of all time.
Another Xbox One exclusive makes the list. Sunset Overdrive was a game that launched a little bit earlier than most of the games on this list, but it still deserves the nod. In it, you play as a character in a theme park run over by people mutated from drinking energy drinks. It sounds insane because it is and the gameplay matches that description.
I especially loved the movement in this game. It seemed so fluid, doing flips, running around the park, and sliding everywhere I go. The combat was good and the explosions and environmental destruction were nailed.
The Witcher 3
If Rise of the Tomb Raider was the best game last year, The Witcher 3 was clearly the second. I know a lot of people pegged it as the Game of the Year for 2015, and while I did not necessarily do so as well, it was clearly one of the top two games to release.
The Witcher 3 is absolutely gorgeous in textures, environment, and character model detail. The amount of work that it took to make this game look how it looks must have been a lot. CD Priojekt RED stapled their name into the top developer teams that I respect, just because of their work for TW3. They put the effort and did not ask for extra money giving out DLC. I highly applaud them for doing that and also making an excellent RPG that will be remembered for years.
See this video below on the graphics compared alongside each major platform:
Grand Theft Auto 5
GTA 5 is simply an amazing game coming from an amazing game franchise. This installment is the biggest of them all, going back into Los Santos and telling the story of not one, but three protagonists.
The best part of the game is the story-telling. With three protagonists, it may be hard to figure out a story that blends together while making the gameplay fit right as you are able to control these three at the same time. Rockstar Games does it well, though, and the game plays seamlessly.
Batman: Arkham Knight
The horned knight plays one more time in Arkham Knight. Let me tell you, if you have not played this game yet, you will seriously be shocked at the story and you will want more of the Batman series.
But honestly, I loved the entire Batman Arkham video game series. Warner Bros Interactive was a key to making an actually good superhero game and I will always love that about them. The combat, exploration, and story were great pieces that made a legendary franchise.