Whereas not all of the video games on this record are Xbox exclusives, each recreation is at the least extra performant or better-looking on Xbox than PlayStation, supplied you are taking part in on a One X.

Cuphead

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Studio MDHR’s Cuphead is as stunning as it’s difficult — and it’s totally stunning. Half bullet-hell shooter, half platformer, half traditional boss rush… wait that is too many halves. Both approach, Cuphead pulled in principally everybody with its charming, hand-drawn visuals that appear to be they’re straight out of the 1930s. It then stored them round with tough-as-nails gameplay which by some means by no means feels unfair. It has a few of the most memorable boss fights you are ever more likely to have — Cala Maria is our favourite — however what is going to stick with you probably the most is that feeling of lastly beating the one you get caught on, 273 deaths later. AS

Purchase Cuphead from Microsoft ($20)

Forza Horizon four

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The Forza Horizon video games have at all times second fiddle to the principle sequence, however in Forza Horizon four, Playground Video games has made our favourite Forza recreation ever. Horizon four takes the arcadey gameplay and open world of the sequence to Nice Britain, exploring a few of England, Scotland and Wales’ most stunning landmarks. All of the automobiles you’d anticipate are right here, however maybe probably the most attention-grabbing addition is the seasons. You see, the sport’s huge map completely transforms with the time yr, and with it, so does the best way the automobiles deal with. There’s a entire lot of recreation right here, and all of it is extremely enjoyable. AS

Purchase Forza Horizon four from Microsoft ($60)

Gears of Battle four

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That is the technology when each video-game protagonist turned a dad, and in Gears of Battle four, you actually play because the sequence lead’s son. Gears of Battle four does not mess with a successful system — it seems like a heat hug of a online game. Or at the least, as a lot of a heat hug a recreation wherein you kill 1000’s of Locust scum might be. There are some new weapons — most notably a gun that fires round noticed blades at enemies — and a fairly good story, however that is the Gears you keep in mind, turned as much as 11. AS

Purchase Gears of Battle four from Microsoft ($30)

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is not simply one other Darkish Souls recreation. FromSoftware’s samurai journey is a departure from that well-established system, changing gradual, weighty fight and gothic despair for stealth, grappling hooks and swift swordplay. Oh, and whereas it is nonetheless a tough recreation, it is much more accessible than Souls video games — you may even pause it! The results of all these adjustments is one thing that is nonetheless immediately recognizable as a FromSoftware title, however it’s its personal factor, and it is superb. AS

Purchase Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice from Microsoft ($60)

Nier: Automata

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It took greater than some time to get right here, however Nier: Automata lastly arrived on Xbox One in the summertime of 2018. And boy, was it definitely worth the almost-18-month wait. Nier takes the razor-sharp fight of a Platinum Video games title and places it in a world crafted by everybody’s favourite weirdo, Yoko Taro. Don’t fret, you may largely simply run, gun and slash your approach by means of the sport, however as you end, and end and end this one, you will end up pulled into a very particular narrative, one which’s by no means been carried out earlier than and can most likely by no means be carried out once more. Unmissable. AS

Purchase Nier Automata from Microsoft ($40)

Ori and the Blind Forest

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Arriving at a time when “Gears Halo Forza” appeared to be the start, center and finish of Microsoft’s publishing plans, Ori and the Blind Forest was a triumph. It is a assured mash of the pixel-perfect platforming popularized by Tremendous Meat Boy, and the wealthy, unfolding worlds of Metroidvania video games. You will die a whole bunch of occasions exploring the titular forest, unlocking expertise that assist you to attain new areas. It seems to be and sounds nice — like, Disney nice — and its story, whereas pretty secondary to the expertise, is attention-grabbing. Ori won’t do a lot to push the boundaries of its genres, however every thing it does, it does so proper. AS

Purchase Ori and the Blind Forest from Microsoft ($20)

Pink Useless Redemption 2

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Pink Useless Redemption 2 is the form of recreation nobody however Rockstar, the workforce behind the GTA sequence, may make. Solely when a studio is that this profitable can it pour thousands and thousands of and man-hours right into a recreation. Rockstar’s simulation of a crumbling frontier world is enthralling and serves as an ideal backdrop to an uncharacteristically measured story. Whereas the studio’s gameplay might not have moved massively ahead, the writing and characters of RDR2 will stick with you. AS

Purchase Pink Useless Redemption 2 from Microsoft ($60)

Management

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Take the bizarre Twin Peaks narrative of Alan Wake, smash it along with Quantum Break’s frenetic powers and gunplay, and you have got Management. Taking part in as a lady looking for her lacking brother, you shortly study there is a skinny line between actuality and the fantastical. It is catnip for anybody who grew up loving The X-Information and the supernatural. It is also a primary instance of a studio working at their inventive heights, each refining and evolving the open-world system that is dominated video games for the previous decade. DH

Purchase Management on Microsoft – $59.99

The Witcher three: Wild Hunt

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It may be the perfect open-world RPG on the market. Regardless of now being a number of years previous, The Witcher three: Wild Hunt is a dense motion recreation that acknowledges the maturity of the participant with a number of — sometimes harrowing — storylines, selections which have penalties and nearly an excessive amount of recreation to wrestle with. It is not excellent: the fight system is tough, irritating dying comes within the type of falling from just some toes and there is lots of quest filler alongside many extremely properly thought out distractions. The scope and ambition on show could have you hooked, and when you’re carried out, there are some wonderful expansions to take a look at. MS

Purchase The Witcher three from Microsoft ($50)

Contributors: Devindra Hardawar (DH), Mat Smith (MS), Aaron Souppouris (AS).

Modifications:

September 2019: ‘Gears of Battle four’ changed by ‘Gears 5’
December 2019: ‘Management’ supplants ‘Resident Evil 7’

Costs correct on date of publish.