Xbox One is the third desktop console of the Xbox brand, produced by Microsoft. It is part of the eighth generation of video consoles and was presented by Microsoft on May 21, 2013. It is the successor to the Xbox 360 and the predecessor to the Xbox Series X currently competes with Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Nintendo’s Nintendo Switch. It was released on November 22, 2013 at a price of $499. The current firmware of the console is 10.0.17133.2020 (rs4_release_xbox_dev_1804.180418-1415), where there are more video output options, there is a new level of interactivity in the Mixer, captures can be shared on Twitter, there are open tournaments, themes can be put on a schedule, there are improvements to the Narrator, improvements to Edge, there is more immersive audio and there is advanced filtering for club owners. On July 16, 2020, Microsoft officially announced that it is ceasing production of the Xbox One in all its versions. But they announced that the Xbox Live service will still be present on the console service. As well as the Xbox Game Pass and Games with Gold features, they also mentioned that they will continue the remaining units and sales of the console repertoire worldwide until the repertoire is finished.
The Xbox One console began to take shape after the release of its predecessor, the Xbox 360. Although the specialized media baptized it as Xbox 720, the first official development kit created by Microsoft was codenamed Durango and made available to some developers in mid-2012. However, it was not until May 21, 2013 that the company made its existence official under the name of Xbox One. After this first presentation, a second one took place at E3 2013 where many of the machine’s features were revealed and it was launched to the markets. Along with the presentation of the new hardware, Microsoft made official other innovations that represented a significant change in the policies it had been applying. Thus, the Xbox One required an Internet connection to work, requiring an online verification at least every 24 hours, otherwise the machine would stop reading the games. Another novelty was that it affected the second-hand market and also limited the possibility of sharing games previously acquired by the consumer. Although initially adamant about implementing all these changes, the company ended up backing out of the policies it had in place with Xbox 360, except for the connection, Xbox One now requires a connection and an active Live account to be used. Strong criticism and the fact that its competitors did not apply any of these restrictions were seen as the main reasons for the change in position.
Xbox One has an integrated GPU based on AMD technology and the equivalent of a HD 7790, 10 times more powerful than its Xbox 360 predecessor. Its GPU has 768 Shaders and 1.23 TFLOPS/s of power. Microsoft had announced that the new Direct X 12 API would reach all Direct X 11.2 compatible GPUs and also made it clear that Xbox One was 100% compatible and would reach the console with an update. This new API reduces GPU calculations by up to 20% and CPU calculations by up to 35% in some games, such as Forza Motorsport 5. This means that studios have higher performance and even more realistic graphics. Also Microsoft warned that these figures would depend not only on the type of game, but also the study that develops it. Along with Direct X 12, Xbox One also has Microsoft’s cloud, which is capable of making calculations to free up console processing.
The console controller maintains a continuous line with the Xbox 360 controller. Its distribution of buttons, joysticks and triggers is largely similar to that of its predecessor, although it does show some novelties. The main one is that the triggers have an independent vibration system. The Xbox button is not so centered, being located at the top of the peripheral leaving room for two new buttons: Menu (which encompasses the old Start and Select) and View which allows access to conceptual windows related to the game in use. Power is still provided by AA batteries.
The latest version of the controller has an input port for 3.5 jack, something that would allow connecting headphones without the need of an adapter. It has Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity to connect to a PC, for this it is necessary to have the Creators Update of Windows 10.
Xbox One has a new, vastly improved version of Kinect called Kinect 2.0. It has a 1080p resolution camera with a higher level of accuracy and recognition than the current Xbox 360. It can process 2 GB of data per second and capture 30 images per second. Its operation through voice commands has been enhanced so that the user can perform a greater number of tasks in that way.
The console consists of an AMD 8-core custom 64-bit processor based on Jaguar microarchitecture and an estimated speed of 1.75Ghz, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM plus 32MB of ESRAM, with a speed of up to 204GB/s 500 GB of hard disk and a 6x Blu-ray reader.6 The integrated graphics also run by AMD being 8 times more powerful than those of Xbox 360 and composed of 5 000 000 000 transistors, ten times more than Xbox 360. It also includes USB 3.0, HDMI in-out and 802.11n Wireless connections. Also the Kinect 2.0, with a 1080p camera that processes 2 GB of data per second with a response time of 13 billionths of a second. The operating system consists of a Windows Kernel that has several multimedia functions and Internet Explorer, another dedicated exclusively to the console and a third that manages both aspects simultaneously. It has a Blu-ray Disc optical drive and includes the online cloud storage system.
It was confirmed that thanks to the cloud, it would have support for content in 4K (Ultra HD) resolutions for video content, images and games. Xbox One can also receive TV signals via coaxial cable from cable or satellite pay TV systems, displacing the pay TV companies’ set-top boxes. However, it is unknown whether Xbox can work with certain set-top boxes that also require a Smart Card. It can also intermediate between HDMI cable TV signals from pay TV decoders, only if the decoders incorporate HDMI; however, Xbox or Kinect by themselves cannot change channels by command or voice command, since they do not control the decoder, they only receive its image.
The HDMI port can receive a second video signal from other devices, such as a PC, Blu-Ray player or even other consoles. Xbox One lacks an RCA connector and this makes it incompatible with older cathode ray televisions (although special HDMI to RCA connector adapters are available and relatively inexpensive to use with this type of device).
The console has access to movies, live TV, music and a web browser. The TV looks similar to Google TV. The console uses the signal from the cable box and passes through the console via HDMI. The player can control the console with voice commands. Kinect 2.0 responds to these voice commands. It also has Skype.
The new controller has a 17% more battery and an accessory, which is used for other functions of the Kinect and also for chat and volume options. Its remodeled vibration system is called Impulse Triggers. The new Kinect has “wake with voice”. It has a Full HD (1080p) camera compared to the VGA sensor of the previous Kinect. It processes 2 GB of data per second with a response time of 13 millionths of a second. Xbox One, has three operating systems: Xbox OS, a Windows 10 Kernel-based operating system and another operating system that allows the other two to communicate through virtualization.
This integration includes Skype calls while playing the game. Xbox Live, required to use the video game console, offers cloud storage.
Xbox One games come in physical format via Blu-Ray and digital discs, downloadable using the Microsoft Store (formerly Xbox Live Marketplace). All games must be installed and verified by the console (which uses the Live connection to do so) to be playable although it is possible to start the game without the installation being fully completed. Even when installed, the presence of the disk is always required in non-downloaded software. The console does not natively offer backward compatibility with the original Xbox. However, in 2015 it was announced at E3 that the Xbox One has backward compatibility with its previous console, currently the backward compatibility is already listed with more than 400 games as they are compatible with their previous Xbox 360 console. In 2017, it was also announced at E3 that the console will have backward compatibility with the original Xbox.
Although at first Microsoft pointed out that Kinect would be mandatory for the proper functioning of the main interface of the console, later the company changed its mind so that the console could work without Kinect. There is already a purchase pack that does not include the Kinect device.
In addition, Kinect on Xbox One is not only the camera that recognizes gestures, but also a microphone that accepts voice commands, which begin with “Xbox [command]”.
In June 2016, Microsoft confirmed that it will not deliver on the promise of adding the digital video recorder feature it made in August 2015.
On June 13, 2016, Microsoft unveiled Xbox One S, the first version of the Xbox One mainframe, for launch in August 2016. It has a smaller form factor, with a new white casing, no need for the cumbersome giant transformer included in previous versions as this comes inside the console and the repositioning of the USB side port button and sync controller directly to the front of the console, and the availability of a support for vertical organization. It supports 4K and Blu-ray Disc video streaming, high dynamic range (HDR), and has a 500 gigabyte, or 1, or 2 terabyte hard drive. The new model no longer includes the proprietary port used to attach the Kinect sensor; a USB adapter, which will be provided free of charge for existing owners, is used instead. The console also comes with a revision of the Xbox One driver, with textured grips and Bluetooth support. In addition, several consoles in this “series” of consoles do not include disk output.
Xbox One X at Gamescom.
The new console announced on June 10, 2017 at E3 2017 and initially known as “Project Scorpio”. Microsoft announced an Xbox One hardware upgrade called “Xbox One X”, to be released in November 2017. The console is a model with updated hardware intended to support 4K gameplay as well as virtual reality. All existing Xbox One games and accessories will be compatible with the “Xbox One X” console. Xbox Division Chief Phil Spencer said Scorpio was designed as a response to the growth of 4K and VR gaming in the personal computer market, and that existing Xbox One games will experience performance improvements. Spencer indicated in one example that Halo 5: Guardians, which uses a scaling system that dynamically reduces game resolution when necessary to maintain a consistent frame rate, would be able to run at its native resolution without interruption in Scorpio.
Regarding virtual reality, Microsoft has not yet revealed any specific agreements or hardware support, but Spencer made some statements about the platform’s attractive potential given its affordable price and capabilities.
From the beginning, Microsoft baptized Xbox One X as “the most powerful console ever created”, since in addition to the 6 teraflops of graphics performance, the console will have two Jaguar Evolved CPU modules of four cores each at 2.3GHz, 12GB GDDR5 RAM memory at 320 Gbit/s of bandwidth and a 40 GPU computing unit at 1,172 MHz, which will allow it to offer 4K native resolution in many of its games.
After several suspicions that the first Xbox One was no longer being manufactured, Microsoft has come out to clarify and confirm that the console has been discontinued. The first Xbox One model was officially discontinued on August 26, 2017 to make way for the Xbox One S and Xbox One X.
On July 16, 2020, Microsoft officially announced that all versions of the Xbox One were being discontinued. This was said by Microsoft CEO Phil Spencer.
Here are the best Xbox One games
No start is easy, but the Xbox One took the biscuit: Microsoft started the generation with a system that was necessarily linked to Kinect, a philosophy that was not fully appreciated and a price that was higher than that of PS4. Luckily for everyone, its philosophy today is not only totally different, but also transgressive.
Microsoft thinks big and for years has deployed a plan that is beginning to converge: consoles, PCs and any device capable of connecting to its cloud will have access to the Game Pass, its ambitious gaming service.
And what about games? The company based in Redmond has reinforced Xbox Game Studios with dream transfers that guarantee (and will guarantee) exclusivity from renowned studios created for the occasion such as The Initiative, Microsoft’s Dream Team or a World’s Edge overturned with the Age of Empires saga.
That we have approached the conversation about Xbox One’s legacy starting from its future plans is almost natural: Microsoft sees the video game industry as transgenerational. And that means that the best games from the Xbox One family of consoles will also be the highlights of the next generations. And there have been many, many games.
The crème de la crème on Xbox One
From the Microsoft essentials to the Third Party titles that defined the last decade. Passing, of course, by those little big jewels that have been wrapped up from the [email protected] program.
As we did with Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, in VidaExtra we have selected the best titles published for Xbox One since its launch. Being aware that there are still real bombshells to come, like Cyberpunk 2077 or Halo Infinite.
However, we have taken a series of parameters when making the selection. This is not a top per se, but a retrospective of the best of Xbox One and the legacy it will leave when it is time to take over. Like this:
We have divided the games by genre, with no particular order beyond alphabetical. In spite of this, we wet ourselves by putting a really exceptional game in each genre and, by the way, we recommend three more. In addition, we have selected some jewels released from [email protected] Finally, we have rounded off the proposal by including titles that, for various reasons, deserve a special mention. In addition, we have not included retro-compatible titles either. The reason? The best games from past generations can be seen right below these lines. We have set out to talk about the Xbox One releases.
The number: no less than 70 games. And in spite of everything, many of them were left out, but we had to set a criterion and a limit. However, it’s worth remembering that we will increase the number of titles later on and that you can participate from the comments to make our retrospective more complete. Yours and ours.
Without further ado, the best Xbox One games (which, by the way, we will also enjoy on Xbox Series X)
Action titles have been one of the mainstays of the current generation, and – without neglecting the single player – the cooperative has always been one of the most careful points of the Xbox systems: not only has the art and science of carrying waves of enemies ahead, but also how to make it even more fun in company.
Year: 2019 Gears 5, the best and newest installment of the saga after the original trilogy While the fourth installment of Gears of War did not shine with the same intensity as the original titles, Gears 5 took steps in more interesting directions, exploring more and better the possibilities of the saga while bringing in new elements. Without renouncing, of course, the pleasure of fulminate your enemies with the Lancer.
Year: 2014 Sunset Overdrive analysis A colorful and punk title, but above all a 100% Insomniac Games experience: humor, explosions, delirious weapons, a sensational rhythm and the possibility of moving freely through a city plagued by mutants doing the goat.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Date: 2019 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, a new example of the mastery and forcefulness of From Software Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice isn’t Dark Souls, nor does it pretend to be, but the imprint of From Software goes beyond the screen: based on a gameplay with a character of its own, its demanding difficulty and gloomy atmosphere betray the unmistakable touch of Hidetaka Miyazaki.
The Division 2
Year: 2019 The Division 2: the new measuring rod for the shooter looter gender Retaining all the good things of the original, The Division 2 manages to raise the bar of one of the best recent sagas of Ubisoft: its enormous stage, its ambitious system of personalization and its multiple dark zones finish rounding off a perfect shooter to enjoy in team.
Titles such as Ryse: Son of Rome, ReCore or Crackdown 3 are proof that Microsoft is not focused exclusively on the multiplayer experience, although we must admit that the adventures that have shone most on Xbox One are signed by others. But what adventures!
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Year: 2017 Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, another approach to good (and hard) stories without forgetting the player Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is Ninja Theory’s most ambitious and personal adventure. A story about redemption and self-improvement, set in Nordic mythology whose exquisite narrative character imbues the player intensely.
A Plague Tale: Innocence
Year: 2019 A Plague Tale: Innocence, a unique adventure and one of the biggest surprises of the year Asobo Studio recreates with a sensational level of detail the French Middle Ages for us to experience through the eyes of two young brothers on the run, defenseless against the plague, the Inquisition and all the evils of a dark age. An adventure as raw as it is emotional.
Batman: Arkham Knight
Year: 2015 Batman: Arkham Knight. Not only is it the best in the saga, it also smells like GOTY The saga of Batman: Arkham is one of the best adaptations of comic book heroes to video games. If not the best. And the pin that Rocksteady put on it was to take off his hat. To go through the chaotic Gotham City with the batmobile is a joy, and to turn it upside down even more.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
Year: 2019 Resident Evil 2, the remake we’ve been yearning for for 20 long years Re-imagining or simply trying to catch up with one of the original PlayStation’s greatest classics can be a double-edged sword. Luckily, Capcom was more than willing to rebuild Raccoon City and its wildlife, even though it ended up being demolished again soon after.
Xbox’s commitment to offer controls with asymmetric sticks was received with applause by millions of fans of first-person shooters. If we add to this the weight of iconic sagas like Halo, we have a winning combination.
Halo 5: Guardians
Year: 2015 Halo 5: Guardians, your new favorite Halo If there is a small Master Chief drawn in each Xbox console it is for something: beyond its epic campaigns and its game sensations, the Halo saga has been crowned by its glorious multiplayer. And if we add to both a very celebrated Forge mode, we have as a result an unavoidable date with the Microsoft’s standard-bearer.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (and CoD: Warzone)
Year: 2019 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, one of the best installments of the saga and one of the most interesting warfare FPS of recent years The Call of Duty series is by far the most influential among current first-person shooters. And the fact that the latest installment is not only one of the best ever published, but also played with PS4 and PC users makes it even better on Xbox.
Year: 2020 DOOM Eternal: the new ceiling of ultra-violence The DOOM Slayer’s rawest and most epic hunt not only brings to the table one of the most intense campaigns ever experienced on consoles and PCs, but also dares to reinvent its online to accommodate what has to be the DOOM experience.
Year: 2016 Overwatch, the shooter you were waiting for (maybe without knowing it) Overwatch was an example of a manual of veni, vidi, vici by Blizzard: the Californians not only went out of their comfort zone with a Hero Shooter for equipment, but they turned it into one of the most powerful new licenses of the last decade.
Live stories filled with side missions, walk freely without paying attention to the clock or sow chaos. Making the most of these colossal scenarios is a challenge. Hourly wells worth getting lost in.
Grand Theft Auto V (and Grand Theft Auto Online)
Year: 2014 This is how to play GTA Online, the GTA V multiplayer, in the middle of 2018 All Grand Theft Auto’s deliveries have been synonymous with freedom, but GTA V is on a different level: while the main plot is one of the largest audiovisual productions ever made, its endless online mode is directly an amusement park open 24 hours a day.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Year: 2018 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: The biggest, most varied and risky delivery is also the best Ubisoft is a reference when it comes to creating open worlds, but with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey it reached total excellence: not only is it huge and varied, but getting lost in it (even for educational purposes) is a pleasure.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Year: 2015 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The best of Kojima, but not the best of Metal Gear Kojima is a really peculiar creative, but he is also a master “of his stuff” with a brutal vision: The Phantom Pain may not have the fretwork of Metal Gear Solid, but he manages to retain the ambition with which it was made and take it to the next level. Bigger words.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Year: 2018 Red Dead Redemption 2: Rockstar makes history again The most colossal and profound open world ever made is also an impeccable recreation of the Far West: Rockstar not only immerses us in a captivating game experience, but invites us to live the ultimate Western at our own pace.
No matter how many years go by, platform games, jumps and traps do not go out of fashion. However, the gaming experience has evolved in an amazing way since the times of the NES.
Ori & and the Will of the Whisps
Year: 2020 Ori and the Will of the Wisps, a dreamy and emotional sequel to one of Xbox Game Studios’ greatest strongholds Just being at the level of Ori and the Blind Forest was already a challenge. But of course, the success of Moon Studios is due to talent and not luck. And the best proof is its sequel: Ori & and the Will of the Whisps, is beautiful, challenging and, above all, exciting.
Year: 2018 Celeste, the sumun of 2D platforms Don’t be fooled by Celeste’s looks, while 2018 was loaded with overlapping bombs, Matt Makes Games’ platform snuck in on its own merits among the best of the year. There’s a reason for that.
Year: 2017 Cuphead, more than just a pretty face… but without the excellence of Gunstar Heroes It’s easy to be captivated by Cuphead’s handcrafted look, strongly inspired by the classic Fleischer Studios drawings, but its biggest milestone feels like command in hand. A run and gun, yes, but one of those that can be taught.
Year: 2018 Dead Cells has given me back my faith for the rogue-lite with metroidvania structure Dead Cells is that game that has you hopelessly trapped, chaining one game after another until you look scared at the clock. Partly because of its excellent playability, but also because each game will be unique: its labyrinthine 2D scenarios are generated in the style of roguelite.
Action with a touch of RPG or RPGs with emphasis on action? No matter which aspect appeals to you the most when embarking on a new feat that will last for as long as it does, the Xbox catalog has plenty of good stuff in both.
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
Year: 2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Fifty Shades of Grey by Geralt Witcher 3 is in many ways the ultimate role-playing experience: beyond its endless world of epic fantasy, the way in which Andrzej Sapkowski’s literary universe has been given the form of a video game is of the highest order.
Dark Souls III
Year: 2016 Dark Souls III, the perfect finale to the Souls saga From Software said goodbye to the Souls saga in style and put all the meat on the spit: the generational leap compared to the two previous deliveries served to channel that experience as demanding as it was overwhelming. A jewel and, at the same time, a golden brooch for a cult saga.
Monster Hunter World
Year: 2018 Monster Hunter World: the return of the hunting saga also means the arrival of the first GOTY Despite being a phenomenon in Japan, Capcom’s big game hunting saga took years to conquer the West. But it did it (never better) in a big way: every game in Monster Hunter World is as intense as it is spectacular. An experience that wins in its entirety when enjoyed as a team.
Year: 2017 Nier: Automata, the best mix of genres in memory What happens when we bring together the talents of Square Enix and PlatinumGames? The answer is Nier: Automata, one of the most impressive action and RPG games ever made by adding up the best of each house.
Xbox One didn’t quite work out in Japan on a sales level, but Microsoft brought us some of its greatest console gameplay treasures from Japan. And be careful, because little by little it is adding up to a number of must-have dates.
Kingdom Hearts III
Year: 2019 Kingdom Hearts 3: a sufficient closure for a formidable experience Combining the universes of Disney and Square Enix might seem impossible, but in the face of the third installment that was already the easy part: the challenge was now to put the pieces together. The result? The last adventure of Sora, Donald and Goofy is pure magic.
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot
Year: 2020 Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, the action RPG of the saga with legendary fights and an open world that needs a revision Bandai Namco proved that turning Akira Toriyama’s work into an RPG is not only possible, but also a genius: living all the great events of Dragon Ball Z in first person and taking part in its greatest battles is a fan’s dream come true.
Final Fantasy XV
Year: 2016 Final Fantasy XV, a fantasy that has taken ten years to come true The most ambitious Final Fantasy ever made is also a powerful story of camaraderie. Or, rather, of friendship. Visually generous, ambitious in the smallest details and absolutely epic in the plot.
Valkyria Chronicles 4
Year: 2018 Valkyria Chronicles 4: It’s time to be more than a cult game SEGA finds the midpoint between RPG and tactical action and turns it into an exquisite watercolor with a life of its own in which its notorious Made in Japan brushstrokes are felt. Simply a must for fans of the saga.
The best Sandbox
There are experiences that are designed to be played in a thousand different ways. Worlds with incalculable possibilities that we can shape with tools capable of the impossible. Perfect to unleash our creativity, alone or in company.
Year: 2014 I just started playing Minecraft seriously and, after some terrible first experiences, I surrender to its greatness Minecraft is not just a game: it’s a universe of universes created by voxels. A place where the same serves to design a fully functional computer as a playground. A revolution that, by the way, can be shared with PS4, Switch and PC players.
ARK Survival Evolved
Year: 2017 This is what happened to us in the first hour of play with ARK Survival Evolved While the emphasis of ARK Survival Evolved during its early days is on survival, Studio Wildcard’s ability to adapt and prosper is almost inexhaustible. It’s a long way from gathering splints to build a fire for the night to taming colossal T-Rex armored with cybernetic implants.
No Man’s Sky
Year: 2018 No Man’s Sky: NEXT, the redemption of Hello Games The space odyssey of Hello Games arrived at Xbox having passed the initial mystery that accompanied it of launching. But, in return, it landed with most of the initial promises fulfilled. And not only that: after several free updates, the game offers much more than we imagined.
Year: 2018 You can now play Stardew Valley multiplayer on PS4 The Stardew Valley game experience is what you want it to be: the initial premise is to arrive at a modest farm and, from there, adapt to rural life. From there you will be able to work in your garden, raise animals, interact with the rest of the town and even live role-playing adventures in the surrounding caves.
Fighting games have experienced a boom over the past decade and this has been noticed on Xbox One: the legendary heroes of Marvel and DC, the fighters of Tekken, the ninjas of Netherrealm and even the biggest stars of manganese have fought for their hardware.
Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition
Year: 2016 All the reasons for Killer Instinct to be the breaker of fighting games The new Killer Instinct was one of the first hits on the Xbox One table: modest in number of fighters but with an amazing gameplay. Three seasons later it became, by its own merits, one of the best fighting games of its generation.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Year: 2018 Dragon Ball FighterZ: The Goku game I dreamed of as a child Although there has never been a lack of fighting proposals based on Akira Toriyama’s work, Arc System Works dared to meet our expectations with a title as explosive as it is simple to play. 100% competitive, 100% Dragon Ball and masterfully designed for everyone to enjoy.
Year: 2017 Analysis of Injustice 2: Netherrealm signs the collision of metahumans that the DC universe needed Batman, Superman, the Joker and the rest of superheroes and villains of DC Comics collide in their biggest battle in video games to date. A superb look, infinite customization options and a history mode much better than the DC Universe itself on the big screen.
Mortal Kombat 11
Year: 2019 Mortal Kombat 11. The biggest festival of ultra-violence is also the best fighting game of this generation The most recent installment of Mortal Kombat is by far the best and most raw of all: its ten gameplay serves to crown a title that already offers everything we can expect from the next generation of fighting games.
Just five minutes -or less- are enough to live intensely the biggest sports competitions from the comfort of your sofa. However, to win the game you will have to play much more.
Year: 2015 Rocket League: Amazing mix between cars and soccer that comes out well Psyonix Football on Wheels was one of the biggest surprises of the last decade: tremendously simple to understand, Rocket League games are intense, crazy, really competitive and very addictive.
Year: 2019 FIFA 20: for the first time in years, FIFA delivers enough to justify the change FIFA 20 is the culmination of everything learned in the previous deliveries, the claim of the Ultimate Team mode and has the advantage of offering most of the great licenses of the game, but also dares to innovate: its last great novelty is the return of street soccer.
Year: 2019 Anthony Davis and Dwayne Wade to appear in NBA 2K20 The undisputed benchmark for console basketball. In NBA 2K20 you can not only live when you want and from home the glorious games of the NBA, but also invites you to live your own professional career, from the beginning and to the top.
eFootball PES 2020
Year: 2019 eFootball PES 2020, spectacular potential on the field, shyness and conformity off it Konami’s PES saga no longer plays defensively: its almost patentable style of play is joined by the exclusivity of clubs of enormous caliber. Add to this the traditional modes such as the Master League or myClub and you have a rounded experience.
Motor enthusiasts have found in Xbox One a true bastion: the maximum references of the simulation say present along with carefree proposals, especially highlighting the annual saga Forza of Turn10.
Forza Horizon 4
Year: 2018 Forza Horizon 4: he who does not risk sometimes wins Forza Horizon 4 will be a biannual series, but the ambition it displays is typical of a numbered installment: its open world is as rich as it is colossal, its gameplay is exemplary, and its level of finishing, especially on Xbox One X, is pure visual muscle.
Year: 2019 F1 2019: the top contender for this year’s best driving game also means the leap in quality of the saga All the essence of the motor racing queen category from all perspectives: an impeccable race mode, driving sensations adapted to the Formula 1 experience and all official licenses.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Year: 2019 Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled: what was missing to recognize that Crash was much more than just a mascot Activision revived and breathed new life into the original PlayStation’s hilarious classic Crash Team Racing on today’s systems, adding online gameplay, events and, of course, a new finish on racers and tracks that is simply flawless.
Project CARS 2
Year: 2017 Project CARS 2 offers you a visual feast with its launch trailer While games like DIRT 2.0, Formula 1 or Asetto Corsa advocate for a concrete driving experience, Project CARS 2 is the perfect game to bring together multiple motor disciplines and for us to delineate how much simulation we want to tackle.
The strategy is one of Microsoft’s strengths and this has been noticed on Xbox One: not only have their key sagas been accommodated to the genre, but the possibility of using mouse and keyboard in more and more titles opens doors too interesting.
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
Year: 2018 Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, everything we know so far about the mutant XCOM based on a 1984 classic Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden seeks to distance itself from all the substitutes for the XCOM formula through a very elaborate setting that takes us to a post-human world. And not only that: we will be able to make our anthropomorphic heroes gain extra mutations and abilities at the sea of convenience.
Year: 2019 Civilization VI: The quintessential 4x is also a real joy with a remote in hand The ultimate reference for turn-based strategy on the PC is played on Xbox, and the way it has been adapted is a true marvel: its game system adapts to the Microsoft controller until it becomes a must for fans of Sid Meier and his star saga.
Halo Wars 2
Year: 2017 Halo Wars 2, the resurrection of strategy in consoles Halo Wars 2 is not perfect, of course. Your campaign doesn’t match the duration of other real-time strategy titles, and that it doesn’t support mouse and keyboard -still- is also an element to take into account. However, the Creative Assembly game is enshrined and conquers us with everything else.
Year: 2016 XCOM 2, the hardest, cruelest and most rewarding experience about aliens That XCOM’s turn-based fighting style has established itself is unquestionable. However, not everything is reduced to a game formula: the dystopian setting and its renewed system of progress position its sequel as one of the best tactics in history.
Xbox One has served as a laboratory for all kinds of simulation experiences, including titles on social issues, urban management, farm care and maintenance… Even space exploration! The result doesn’t matter: just have fun with them all.
The Sims 4
Year: 2017 All the tricks of The Sims 4 A proposal as simple as it is addictive: The Sims and their countless expansions and DLCs allow us to recreate any lifestyle we can imagine, to personalize our home to the point of satiety or to create an alternative and customized social reality. The perfect neighbor or the neighborhood troll: you decide.
Cities: Skylines – Xbox One Edition
Year: 2017 For a Green World with Green Cities, the new Cities expansion: Skylines What Paradox Interactive proposes to us is simple to explain and colossal in possibilities: in Cities: Skylines we will be able to design the expansion and restoration plan of a city emphasizing the most subtle of details. Managing, of course, its growth and evolution. An urban ecosystem that gains life and presence in every game.
Kerbal Space Program Enhanced Edition
Year: 2018 Kerbal Space Program brings together three simulation experiences under the same theme: demolishing the last frontier of humanity. We will be able to improve and investigate space technology, create an ambitious program to dare to discover the universe from the race mode and, finally, expand our knowledge through the cosmos.
Two Point Hospital
Year: Playing Two Point Hospital with controller on Xbox Game Pass reminded me how much I enjoyed Theme Hospital on PlayStation The halls of Two Point Hospital are in continual chaos. But it’s also a lot of fun. Not only do we have to deal with patients with surreal illnesses, but we also have to manage staffing problems and expand the building’s facilities according to our priorities. One of the best recipes against boredom.
Time made it clear that the obligation to use Kinect was a mistake on Microsoft’s part, but at least during the early stages of Xbox One it offered some familiar flow of experiences. Microsoft may have dropped the sensor, but there are still interesting control alternatives for some current titles.
Kinect Sports Rivals
Year: 2014 Kinect Sports Rivals: analysis Kinect is one of the great absentees in our list for multiple and justified reasons, but it also received game proposals that left us positive feelings: Kinect Sports Rivals wanted to be the Wii Sports of the Xbox One and, despite not getting it, put interesting ideas on the table.
Just Dance 2020
Year: 2019 Just Dance 2020: the king of impromptu parties turns ten while maintaining the positive energy of his most inspired deliveries Just Dance 2020 is much more than the return of an annual saga: it is the celebration of 10 years of Ubisoft’s musical festival. One that is enjoyed more in company, with a little rhythm in the body and, as an alternative to the app for mobiles, the Kinect sensor in the middle of 2019.
Year: 2018 Overcooked 2: One of the best cooperative games I’ve ever played If you have two or more controllers, Overcooked! 2 is that couch party game you’ve been looking for. The nightmare in the kitchen of Team 17 will challenge us to organize ourselves to prepare and serve all kinds of dishes in the craziest circumstances. Either you play as a team or you fall for it.
Zumba Fitness World Party
Year: 2013 Choreographies of very sound themes and high intensity routines fused into one experience. 505 Games wrapped up the launch of Xbox One (and Kinect) with over 40 themes perfect for shaking the skeleton and burning calories in the process.
There are experiences that deserve to be enjoyed little by little, like a puzzle. Especially if the result is worth it. The Xbox One controller is also a universal tool for solving all kinds of puzzles in worlds created to challenge the ingenuity of the players.
Outer Wilds is the big winner of the BAFTA 2020 awards by being chosen as the best game of the year Outer Wilds invites us to travel through a solar system that, in turn, is caught in a time loop. Our purpose: to investigate its mysteries, witness its natural phenomena and even discover the remains of past civilizations.
Year: 2016 The Witness, the mystery you’ll want to solve Braid’s creator surprised us with a real candy for puzzle lovers: The Witness is a mysterious island full of riddles that, once solved, converge into a much bigger one. A true genius.
Return of Obra Din
Return of the Obra Dinn: the best detective game is also another strong candidate for GOTY Lucas Pope, creator of Papers, Please, returns with a fascinating mystery in hand: through retro graphics, Return of Obra Din challenges us to discover how a ship, which disappeared in 1803, returned to port five years later without any of the 60 souls that were traveling on it on board.
Year: 2017 RiME. Or how a puzzle adventure without dialogue can be a masterpiece RiME is much more than puzzles, mystery and exquisite ambience: it is an experience for the senses. Tequila signs one of the best exponents of the Made in Spain talent that of the current industry of the video game.
Microsoft’s independent games division has been the gateway to countless little gems on Xbox One. Some of them, by the way, are really exceptional. For example, the ones you can see below.
Year: 2018 Inside: a new masterpiece The creators of Limbo once again surprised the world with a new adventure that, under an apparent visual simplicity and a grateful simplicity of control, was very deservedly positioned among the best of the past decade.
Hollow Knight: Empty Heart Edition
Year: 2018 Hollow Knight, or How Returning to the Roots Helps Your Battle Reach a Higher Level than Others Metroidvanias with a practically handmade finish we have seen many, perhaps too many. But titles capable of distilling the charm, playability and character of Hollow Knight very, very few.
Slay the Spire
Year: 2019 Why I can never play just one game of Slay the Spire There are addictive card games, and then there is the case of Slay the Spire. Instead of trying to be Hearthstone’s umpteenth competitor, Mega Crit Games rethinks the roguelike experience through collectible cards. Playing just one game is almost impossible.
Year: 2016 SUPERHOT, the most innovative shooter in recent years SUPERHOT is not the traditional first-person shooter: it is a jolt to the genre. The world around us moves only if we do, so every action (dodging, shooting, reacting) becomes a decision. The result? An absolute genius.
There are truly exceptional titles that, for various reasons, deserve special treatment. Some of them are truly essential and others are too associated with the image of Xbox One to be left out of our retrospective. In any case, here they are.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Year: 2014 Halo The Master Chief Collection: Analysis Microsoft is not only moving all the major releases in the Halo saga and its greatest legacies to Xbox One, but is also dressing them up for next-gen consoles and PCs and breathing new life into its celebrated multiplayer maps in the process. A detail.
Year: 2015 RARE Replay: this is how you should make a must-have collection Rare celebrated its three decades in the industry in style and with a compilation of its irresistible legacy: 30 of its classic, rare and essential titles (Battletoads, Killer Instinct, Conker, Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark…) together, scrambled and with an extra touch of blessed nostalgia.
Year: 2017 PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: the most important game of the year also deserves the GOTY The success of Fortnite: Battle Royale and its impact on the video game industry is unquestionable, but to talk about Battle Royale in 2017 was to refer to PUBG. And for Microsoft to ensure exclusivity for its console -at least for a year- was a masterstroke.
Sea of Thieves
Year: 2018 One Year Later, the Best of Sea of Thieves is Still the Stories You Can Tell Rare’s Caribbean proposal is a sea of adventure, madness, laughter and experiences that invites to be shared with other players. And despite the fact that it arrived on Xbox One and PC with contents that are too fair, it has not stopped growing and becoming – at its own pace – more and more interesting.
Year: 2015 Fallout 4: A GOTY that doesn’t understand next-generation graphics (or lack thereof) We close with Fallout 4 and its explosive melting pot of genres and experiences. Not only because of its main proposal, which was very generously expanded, but because of another great achievement in consoles whose honors it shares with Skyrim: the arrival of mods to desktop systems.
A milestone that allows to download and make use of missions, environments, characters, weapons and practically anything else devised by other players. Besides, of course, inviting us to create more content and share it with the world. Something that we hope to continue seeing someday in the not so distant future… Apocalyptic?