Thursday, 13 August 2020

TOP 10 Xbox One Hidden Gems

10. Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition

Easy to play yet hard to master, Killer Instinct is a stunning fighting game and this Definitive Edition boasts 26 playable characters, 20 stages and much more content. With ridiculously over-the-top action, Killer Instinct is a deeply rewarding beat-‘em-up that plays just as well – if not better – than icons like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. Totally underrated, this one is certainly a hidden gem that deserves your time. Fight!

9. Quantum Break

This artistically distinct shooter is certainly one of the most visually stunning titles on the Xbox One and boasts one of the most intricately plotted and engrossing narratives. With fresh and innovative gameplay, Quantum Break gives you the power of time manipulation which allows for some incredibly exciting combat, while the star-studded cast all deliver fantastic performances in the unique live-action segments. A remarkable feat of modern gaming.

8. Sunset Overdrive

While those who were around at the dawn of the Xbox One will remember this one fondly, newcomers to the console may not. Sunset Overdrive is a vibrant, kinetic and riotous open-world adventure with a rock n’ roll attitude. Playing like a punk Crackdown, the game invites you into a playground of mutant destruction with a vast arsenal of weapons and hardcore parkour. Ridiculously fun and charmingly insane, Sunset Overdrive is a modern classic.

7. Vampyr

Packed with atmosphere and personality, the darkly compelling Vampyr is a stunning character-focused horror RPG. With a solid combat system and the freedom to create your own fighting style through crafted weaponry and powerful vampire abilities, this deep and immersive experience is frighteningly good. With a choice-based system shaping the story, how will you explore 20th century London? This one is bloody brilliant.

6. Mad Max

This beautifully crafted open-world adventure is one of the most criminally underrated games of the generation, faithfully replicating the atmosphere and tone of George Miller’s beloved movie series. With a vast wasteland to explore on foot or behind the wheel, this dynamic game is packed with content. Be it crafting and upgrading equipment or clashing with deadly gangs, the immersive Mad Max will keep you very busy. An absolute must for fans of the films or the open-world subgenre.

5. Ryse: Son of Rome

Whilst it may be one of the oldest titles on this list, don’t sleep on Ryse: Son of Rome. The brutally realistic combat and breathtakingly cinematic immersion still holds up extraordinarily well, delivering a gaming experience that still acts as a strong demo for the Xbox One’s power. If nothing else, Ryse is a visual feast with some of the finest graphics on the console, plunging the player into the chaos and depravity of the Roman Empire.

4. Styx: Shards of Darkness

This unmissable sequel to Styx: Master of Shadows confirms the stealth franchise’s strengths, improving the visuals and adding an innovative co-op element. With beautiful graphics and an engaging story, Shards of Darkness is a mesmerising little game that has been lovingly labelled “Assassin’s Creed with goblins”. Packed with heart and humour, this unconventionally straight-forward game is a delightful bit of escapism.

3. The Council

This underrated modern classic breathes new life into the episodic genre as you take the role of secret society member Louis de Richet after his invitation to a private island off the shores of England. What follows is a thrilling historical mystery taking place over five episodes full of investigation and intrigue, with an effective choice system offering multiple branching outcomes. A truly engrossing and immersive title.

2. A Plague Tale: Innocence

The dark and emotional A Plague Tale: Innocence combines beauty and brutality for a truly unforgettable gaming experience. Boasting a compelling narrative, beautiful environments and characters you genuinely care about, the game transports the player to plague-ridden medieval France as you work to uncover the mystery of the devastation. This powerful and cinematic title is a must-have.

1. Bendy & The Ink Machine

One of the best things about gaming is discovering a passionate and independent title. Hidden beneath all the big hitters are games like Bendy & The Ink Machine, a beautifully animated and lovingly crafted puzzle game. Following an animator battling a nightmare of cartoon characters brought to life, this unlikely mix of survival horror and cartoons is ridiculously effective thanks to the unforgettable art design, bizarre humour and clever combat.

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