Whatoplay presents 25 of the Best Xbox One titles this Early 2021. All arranged by playscore. To check out our full list, visit our page on all Best Xbox One Games.
Opening our list is a sombering reminder of the dark ages. It’s an adventure game that doesn’t hesitate to break our hearts when it comes to its emotional moments. With an emphasis on stealth, maneuvering across the chaotic kingdom of France is a challenge from start to finish. A playscore of 8.70.
24. Dishonored 2
A big leap from its already strong first outing, Dishonored 2 takes us once again into its gloomy plague-infected alleys. A game with a strong focus on stealth, this sequel takes it to new lengths, rewarding experimental and creative ways to take down your targets. Stylish and brutal, it gets a playscore of 8.75.
23. Titanfall 2
Respawn’s fast-paced first-person shooter is all about that power fantasy. Calling down a massive mechanized titan from the air is a sight to behold. While the player base isn’t as large as it was before, its online modes still offer a taste of the good times. A playscore of 8.77.
Before we get tortured by vampire witches in Village, we go back to the journey that started it all. A soft reboot of the famed survival horror series, 7’s first-person perspective gives it a more chilling atmosphere. A playscore of 8.77.
21. The Outer Wilds
Not to be mistaken with Obsidian’s ‘Outer Worlds’, this ‘other’ science fiction indie trip is best played blind. It feeds on player curiosity and it encourages exploration from the far reaches of its unknown universe. It’s sometimes haunting, and its charming music and the cast of characters carries so much weight. A playscore of 8.77.
Lara Croft’s modern reboot gave us a raw and personal story that was never present in the old games. This Definitive Edition is the best way to experience Lara’s first spelunking trip. It’s brutal, gorgeous, and full of potential which resulted in two sequels. It has a playscore of 8.84.
19. Sonic Mania
It’s simply the best Sonic game to date. It gave life to the dwindling quality of Sonic games in recent years. It fixes most of the issues from its old titles and adds a modern touch that’s well-suited to its growing audience. A playscore of 8.81.
An indie project that touched the hearts of many. Edith Finch is an emotional rollercoaster that demands an open-mind to be fully immersed. As a walking simulator, it involves exploring every nook and cranny to understand each of the game’s multiple character arcs. A playscore of 8.90.
One of the many Xbox system selling titles. Valhalla is the latest of the commercially successful Assassin’s Creed series and it takes us to the Viking era. Its open-world is respectable, but its copy and pasted mechanics from previous titles are a cause for concern for these annual releases. A playscore of 8.91.
16. Dark Souls III
The ‘final’ Dark Souls entry really went with a bang. III steered the Soulsborne genre in the right direction. While it did have some minor flaws, it was a stellar ending to the award-winning series from Miyazaki. The only thing we need now is Elden Ring. A playscore of 8.91.
15. GEARS 5
Microsoft’s staple franchise, next to Halo. Gears 5 was the best looking action-game that’s exclusive to their family of systems. It’s a fun game when you’re into the shooty-shooty aspect of it. It has a playscore of 8.92.
Kojima’s final Metal Gear game before getting kicked out of Konami. While its story is a tad bit lacking for Kojima’s standards, it was a masterclass in game design, notably with its emergent stealth gameplay and optimized Fox Engine. A playscore of 8.93.
13. DOOM Eternal
Doomguy returns, and this time he's taking his rampage to Earth. Eternal retains its satisfying moment to moment first-person shooter action and adds a ton of new mobility for those who found the first game slow. Become a one-man army and purge the planet of Demons. A playscore of 8.94.
12. Mortal Kombat 11
Your dad’s favorite fighting game might be your favorite one now. MK11 hits all the right spots for casual and veteran fans. It’s accessible and easy to play when you’re just in it for the victory and gore. Just recently, they added a fan favorite, Mileena to the roster as DLC. Oh, and John Rambo. A playscore of 8.94.
From the PC to the Consoles. Divinity is Larian Studios’ crowning jewel and a testament to their love of tabletop games. Original Sin 2 evolved in ways we didn't even expect. It revamped most of the clunky features of the original and dived deeper into characters and storylines. A playscore of 8.94.
With only two points ahead from Will Of The Wisps, The Blind Forest felt like magic when played for the first time. It’s a gorgeous platformer that balances tense metroidvania gameplay and emotional storytelling. Admit it, you shed a tear too. A playscore of 8.96.
The ultimate NieR: Automata experience. This Edition contains everything we need for that sweet existential dread Yoko Taro has in store for us in this game. This includes skins and additional story modes to flesh out our favorite team of androids dreaming of electric sheep. A playscore of 9.00.
Another Yakuza game means more crazy Japanese shenanigans. In Like A Dragon, its risky shift to turn-based combat somehow slowed the game’s pace, but the amount of content around its sprawling JRPG-based environments is sure to satisfy new and old fans of the series. A playscore of 9.03.
7. Fallout 4
Despite the company’s controversial anti-consumer practices, Bethesda’s Fallout 4 was a fantastic open-world RPG that continued the series’ “radioactive” roots. The magic is still there, although the downgrade from its once fascinating player-choices did cause some players eyes to roll. At least the mods are great. A playscore of 9.09.
The OG survival horror deserves a remake and boy did CAPCOM do a magnificent job. More than just a visual overhaul, this remake adds new layers to both Leon and Claire. It’s still downright terrifying and Mr. X’s relentless footsteps still haunt us to this day. A playscore of 9.12.
Los Santos is still alive and kicking, and the controlled chaos is just around every corner. GTA V may be Rockstar’s most long-running game to date, but replaying Trevor, Franklin and Michael’s stories makes it feel like it was just yesterday. A playscore of 9.16.
Horizons is Forza at its most versatile and its open world gameplay has become a staple of Microsoft’s prized racing series. It provides racing enthusiasts with a haven for arcade enjoyment and the simple joys of driving in its vast, fictionalized Great Britain. A playscore of 9.16.
It’s been almost 5 years since PlayDead gave us INSIDE and to this day, part of its haunting journey is still etched in our minds. When an indie game makes it to our Top 3 games, you know it’s something special. INSIDE, like Outer Wilds, is best played blind. A playscore of 9.19.
Man, Witcher 3 was something else. CD Projekt Red really set their own bar with this one. Geralt of Rivia’s adventures in this dark fantasy is packed with surprises. Some disturbing, while some hilarious. A playscore of 9.22.
We said it once and we’ll say it again: Red Dead 2 is the gold standard when it comes to open-world games. Arthur Morgan and his roving band of lawless buddies felt like real people with real problems. From the moment you ride on your horse, you can pretty much do everything a cowboy can do from there on. A playscore of 9.37.