Friday, 15 November 2019

Xbox One Game Buyer's Guide



We’re here to make things easier by providing you with some of the best games available for the Xbox One. Boasting a healthy mix of console exclusives and general releases, there is something for everyone; no matter the genre, no matter your tastes.

10. Rare Replay


Rare shot to popularity as the developers of beloved series such as Banjo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark, before an acquisition from Microsoft saw them fall from grace with the development of Kinect shovelware. It wasn't all bad news though, as this did result in the release of Rare Replay, a thirty-game collection of Rare’s best works. Outside of being one hell of a good deal, it’s the perfect nostalgia trip for those looking to replay some monumentally iconic games.





9. Yooka-Laylee


Having discussed Rare Replay, how fitting that we have Yooka-Laylee.
Developed by a handful of former Rare developers, Yooka-Laylee is a spiritual successor to games such as Banjo-Kazooie. A love-letter to an age gone by, this is a treat for anyone who grew up on late 90's mascot platformers. It’s not perfect, often clunky at times, but nothing that ruins the experience. Yooka-Laylee is so utterly earnestly joyful, and just simply great fun to play.




8. Grand Theft Auto V


A no-brainer, really. Despite the various open-world offerings on Xbox, GTA is the series that really defined a genre, and GTA V is the current epitome. Expansive, chaotic, funny, distressing, and endlessly playable. The sheer amount of content available is staggering, and that’s without even getting into the online component, which is a whole other ecosystem.

Take the car for a scenic drive around the L.A. mountains… until you speed through the wrong side of a highway before gunning down everyone in sight.




7. RESIDENT EVIL 2


Capcom’s iconic series has had an identity crisis since RE4 shook the gaming industry's foundations. Confusedly thrashing between horror and action before returning to horror entirely for RE7, which did well enough for an entire remake of the fan-favourite.
I’m deliberately avoiding saying too much about RE2 because I know that there are people who are completely unfamiliar with it, and I want them to have that first experience like I did when playing the original.

Volume up, lights off. Just take my word for it.




6. Halo: Master Chief Collection



Were I talking about The Master Chief collection on release, it wouldn’t be on this list. Fortunately, with time and patches, the technical issues plaguing the multiplayer are a thing of the past. A good thing too; what is Halo without its multiplayer? 
This collection contains a whopping five games (if you count ODST as its own game). Not only an amazing package outright, it’s all in glorious HD at 60fps. The best way to experience Halo.



5. Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition





Not only do you get all four games from the previous generation in one bundle, they’ve also been remastered. I maintain that Gears 1 and 2 (specifically) still look great. Dated textures aside, the expert use of lighting, particles, and environment destructibility keeps Gears almost timeless. Pair that with visceral combat that still packs a punch, and it’s no wonder this series is still going strong.

Now you get all those strengths all over again, polished to a mirror shine.



4. XCOM 2



XCOM: Enemy Unknown was a surprise release that revived a beloved series, maintaining its depth but smoothing over the experience.
XCOM 2 is that, but deeper, more expansive, and much more of a challenge.
I say that as a positive because what’s most impressive is how accessible and intuitive XCOM 2 is despite its difficulty.
If you’re not familiar with strategy games, this is a great place to start; easy to learn and adapt.

For strategy veterans, it provides enough depth, tactics, and challenges to keep you engaged and on your toes.


3. Dark Souls: Remastered





Though sometimes considered an underwhelming remaster, it’s worth remembering that it’s just that; a remaster, not a remake. It’s the same game with some much-needed fixes.
No more will you be trudging through Blighttown at 12fps, DS:R runs at a smooth 60fps.
Not much needs to be said about Dark Souls by this point, so I will just say this: those coming from DS3 may find it slower and heavier than expected, but DS offers an interconnected world like no other, with far more deliberate combat. It’s the best in the series for a reason.




2. Forza Motorsport 7






Determining the best racing game is no easy feat, but when it comes to the number of tracks, cars, how they handle, fine-tuning that handling, weather effects, terrain… Forza Motorsport 7 has it all.

Balancing between an arcade racer and a hardcore sim, Forza satisfies those looking for a quick race, and those looking to tinker and customize every element of their car to maximize its handling. It’s as deep as you want it to be. 




1. Overcooked





The Overcooked games continue to be some of the best party games I’ve played due to the absolute rollercoaster of emotions.
Work together to cook up a range of dishes. Sounds easy, right? ... right?

What begins as an organised system will quickly, and inevitably devolve into absolute chaos. You will never have hated your friends more because they forgot to give you a bowl of lettuce.



Lewis Hill

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