The Xbox One library these days is much more than Halo and Gears, and 2016 was another great year for gaming. With the silly season just around the corner, now is the time to snap up any amazing Xbox One deals available during Black Friday, or even prepare for a Christmas purchase! Whether you're a long time Xbox fan or planning on venturing into Microsoft's turf, 2016 has been a promising year for Xbox One with some of the best games having been released this year.
The following Xbox One games are not ranked in any particular order or scored with a numerical value. Think of our list as the best Xbox One games to play right now, or to grab on sale for your backlog. Of course, Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, and the two Call of Duty games will be fighting for a place on our list, so we will constantly update the best Xbox One games throughout the busy fall season.
If you are a multiple console kind of gamer, LevelCamp has your back as well. Check out our best PS4 games of 2016, as well as the best PC games of the year. With that out of the way, let’s dive into the best Xbox One games of 2016!
Gears of War 4
For a series that has been around for over a decade now, Gears of War 4 is a surprisingly refreshing venture back into the world of chainsaw guns, witty one-liners, and grotesque aliens. Any Xbox owner worth their salt has had at least some minor experience with the Gears of War series and some knowledge about its history, and now with Gears of War 4, even those who are new to the franchise can experience a game so damn awesome that still retains the grit and style of the originals.
We loved everything about Gears of War 4, from the truthfulness The Coalition was able to maintain to the first games, to the subtle shift in direction as this new developer takes over the reins of this giant series. If you’re pressed for time and need a quick overview, take a look at our 60 Second Review of Gears of War 4. This game needs to be on every Xbox One console.
Battlefield 1 was a game that we here at LevelCamp were all excited to get our hands on. As long-time fans of the series, there was a slight concern with the setting and the troubles that plagued Battlefield 4, but Battlefield 1 blew all our expectations out of the water with a campaign that could bring you to tears and a multiplayer that rivals the best.
The old-school World War 1 weaponry has just the right amount of stylized flair while retaining some semblance of accuracy. The vehicles in the multiplayer and campaign are exciting to drive. There’s nothing quite like piloting the mighty zeppelin around the battlefield as you rain down hellfire on your opponents. Xbox One gamers who are looking for their next FPS hit should look no further than Battlefield 1. It's just an excellent game, even if the Medics on your team are no good.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Take a series loved by millions, drastically change the style and you end up with a community that doesn't know how to respond. For all the flack the announcement trailer received, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is one of the strongest additions to the Call of Duty franchise. The title steers clear of the tried-and-true method of mission-after-mission drudgery and opts for a more dynamic system whereby players can choose what they want to do next. Infinite Warfare brings an adrenaline pumping storyline as you fight aboard giant space frigates, fight in ship-to-ship combat, and even partake in the ever-popular stealth missions. As far as the campaign goes, Infinite Warfare is excellent.
Then there's the multiplayer. As always, Call of Duty multiplayer is fast-paced and frantic, and now even more-so with the wall-running and high-tech weaponry. In fact, you might even need to read over our Call of Duty multiplayer tips to help catch up on some of the changes. Fans of the previous titles will no doubt be able to slip easily back into their old boots. The new zombie mode plunges the player into an 80s-styled themepark, with a thumping soundtrack that matches the ages. As usual, you will need to know how to turn the power on in order to progress further into the zombie mode. The new zombie mode is one of the most enjoyable aspects of Infinite Warfare, and unlike a lot of modern games these days, you can actually play splitscreen! If the multiplayer side of Infinite Warfare doesn't grab you, the new zombie mode will be the only thing you'll want on your Xbox One.
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Xbox One, and the industry in general, is starved for the classic action platformer that was so prominent in the PS2/GameCube days, and ReCore fits that mold perfectly. ReCore is not without its flaws; there are issues with repetitive combat, and load screens which reach obnoxious Destiny levels, but these problems will not deter hardcore 3D platformer fans from enjoying the game.
Overwatch is as polished as multiplayer shooters get, with rock solid frame rates and bright, colorful graphics. Sure you can play it on any platform, but the Xbox is still a shooter console at heart, and the Elite controller is a great match for Widowmaker’s sniper.
Featuring four different core game modes on a variety of well-designed maps, Overwatch has plenty of content for fans and more on the way with free DLC. However, you are going to want to bring your friends, as Overwatch’s perfectly balanced teams require exactly that - a perfectly balanced team.
Don’t be shy if you are scarred from getting stomped in other online shooters, Overwatch has characters that can help the team without firing a weapon! Pick it up now to get ready for the major fall shooters.
The follow-up to the Xbox Live Arcade smash hit Limbo, INSIDE is a gorgeous Xbox One experience that carries on the Live Arcade. Developer Playdead has created another grayscale masterpiece.
INSIDE is a side scrolling puzzle platformer on the surface, though the atmosphere is much more than that. There is no tutorial, help screen, or button details. INSIDE simply starts, dropping you into the world of young boy with no name or voice, forcing you to figure out the rest as you go. To say anything else would potentially ruin a game that should be experienced blind. Buy it and play it, now.
BioShock: The Collection
BioShock was an Xbox 360 timed exclusive back in the day, and Xbox One is an even better place to play the remastered classic. BioShock: The Collection features three full-length games with included DLC content; BioShock 1, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite, all remastered to run at 1080p/60fps. If you missed out on any of these games, definitely pick up the collection and experience Rapture and Columbia for yourself.
Even veteran BioShock players will love going back to Rapture with the improved framerate and graphics, and there are all-new collectables to try and find as well! BioShock is just one of those games everyone has to play at one point in their life. It's even one of our favorite games that made us question reality. The concepts and ideas presented in BioShock make it one of the best narrative experiences in gaming. After BioShock, a lot of developers realized that there was a market for a game that made its players think. If you like RPG elements in your FPS games, and a story that will keep you guessing to the last minutes, get your hands on BioShock: The Collection.
Rocket League finally made its way to Xbox One in 2016, and car soccer is still a delightful way to spend an evening. If you aren’t familiar with Rocket League, two sides comprised entirely of rocket cars fly around a soccer field (or football pitch for our European friends) attempting to blast a giant ball into a goal. Free updates have added hockey, which spends more time on the ground than the standard mode, and basketball, which spends more time in the air.
While Rocket League can be played competitively in the ranked playlist or tournaments around the world, it can also serve as a nice palate cleanser to change up the pace from the constant barrage of shooters out there.
Forza Horizon 3
The Forza series is the standard for racing games, and will always be found on a list of the best Xbox One games. The lighter, casual brother to the hardcore simulation that is Forza Motorsport is Forza Horizon, a game that offers more forgiving physics and an open world. Forza Horizon 3 takes everything that is great about the Horizon series and cranks it up to incredible levels. It was so good, Forza Horizon 3 actually reignited my desire to play racing games.
The Australian setting is breathtaking, and offers a diverse terrain that has not been seen before. From foaming ocean waves (yes, if you look closely you’ll see the waves have foam on top), to unique dirt clouds and water droplets on cars, Forza Horizon 3 is one of the most beautiful car games ever made. Play Forza Horizon 3 on a 4K TV with HDR support from the Xbox One S and wonder how you lived without this in your life. Take a moment to relax and watch our 60 Second Review of Forza Horizon 3. Might I suggest the Aussie version?
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter
Are all AAA titles starting to run together for you? Do you need a break from alien shooting and Australian racing? The Sherlock Holmes series has long offered nice mystery games starring everyone’s favorite detective. While Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter may not be the best game in the series, it is the first Holmes game to truly capitalize on Xbox One’s graphical prowess.
The video game Sherlock Holmes is a mix of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel version with dashes of Robert Downey Jr’s witty movie adaptation. The writing doesn’t quite reach the heights of the novel or movie (obviously), but it does enough to capture the Holmes spirit in its own entertaining way.
If you are a fan of detective games, your options are slim. Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter is not the best game on Xbox One, but it is the most entertaining detective game of 2016.