What are the Top Rated Xbox One Games?

Since its release in November 2013, hundreds of games have been released for the Xbox One. Yet, this eighth-generation console has seen some titles do better than others. In this article, we look at what are the top rated Xbox One games to ever be released.

10. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Developer: CD Projekt Red

Publisher: CD Projekt

Release Date: May 19, 2015

Genre: Action role-playing

Metacritic score: 91/100

The Witcher 3 Gameplay
The Witcher 3 Gameplay

It’s no surprise to see The Witcher 3 make the list of the top rated Xbox One games, and we have talked about how great this game is before in a list of the best RPG games to play right now.

This single player medieval fantasy game is played from third-person perspective, and will leave you feeling completely immersed through its engaging story, charming characters, and stunningly colorful visuals.

From Geralt’s light-hearted quips to a combat system that rivals the Assassin’s Creed series, this game has it all. If you haven’t tried it yet, believe the hype. This game is one of the best to ever be released, on all the platforms it has graced.

9. What Remains of Edith Finch

Developer: Giant Sparrow

Publisher: Annapurna Interactive

Release Date: July 19, 2017

Genre: Adventure

Metacritic score: 92/100

What Remains of Edith Finch - Gameplay
What Remains of Edith Finch – Gameplay

What Remains of Edith Finch was one of the highlights of 2017 for the gaming industry, and the dramatic retelling Edith’s family history became a masterpiece of narrative-driven gaming.

The game plays as a first-person exploration adventure, in which Edith visits her family home in Washington to learn about a curse that has burdened the Finch family for generations. To do this, Edith visits the bedrooms of deceased family members to look for secrets about their past.

The game was well received and was given numerous gaming awards in 2017, including the ‘Best Narrative’ trophy at The Game Awards 2017.

8. Divinity: Original Sin II – Definitive Edition

Developer: Larian Studios

Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment

Release Date: August 31, 2018

Genre: Role-playing

Metacritic score: 92/100

Divinity II - Original Sin Gameplay
Divinity II – Original Sin Gameplay

This game is the much-anticipated sequel to the 2014 title Divinity: Original Sin, and it betters it in a lot of ways. The game is widely considered to be one of the best role-playing games of all time.

Divinity II is a game rich with folklore and character backstories, and has the potential to keep you occupied for weeks on end. For those who have been looking for a world similar to Skyrim to get lost and immersed in, the fantasy world of Rivellon could be what you’re after.

It is not surprising to find Divinity: Original Sin II on the list of top rated Xbox One games of all time, and this masterpiece is a game that you simply must try if you are fan of the role-playing genre.

7. Forza Horizon 4

Developer: Playground Games

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Release Date: October 2, 2018

Genre: Racing

Metacritic score: 92/100

Forza Horizon 4 - Gameplay
Forza Horizon 4 – Gameplay

Forza Horizon 4 is the only racing game on this list, but it fully warrants its place as one of the top rated Xbox One games of all time.

It is an open world racing game that is set in a fictionalised version of the United Kingdom. In this game, players can race their way through, Edinburgh, the Cotswolds, and the Lake District. You can also design your own races using the game’s route creator.

Its rare for a racing game to be so high in lists of highly-ranked games, but Forza Horizon 4 combines stunning environments with realistic driving mechanics to make one of the best racing games of recent memory.


Developer: Playdead

Publisher: Playdead

Release Date: June 29, 2017

Genre: Puzzle-platformer, adventure

Metacritic score: 93/100

INSIDE - Gameplay
INSIDE – Gameplay

INSIDE was a welcome surprise to the indie gaming scene in mid-2017, and it stood out from the rest with its unique environmental puzzle solving and sense of adventure. It is seen as the spiritual successor to the 2010 game Limbo, and was partially funded by the Danish Film institute.

In the game, the player controls an unnamed boy who explores a dystopian world. The game is charming and surreal, utilising a dark atmosphere with sparse and intermittent color to highlight environmental features.

Navigating the puzzles and avoiding the multitude of ways to die becomes an engaging and rewarding task, and the game is highly addictive with great replay value.

5. Resident Evil 2

Developer: Capcom R&D Division 1

Publisher: Capcom

Release Date: January 25, 2019

Genre: Survival horror

Metacritic score: 93/100

Resident Evil 2 - Gameplay
Resident Evil 2 – Gameplay

The remake of Resident Evil 2 was everything we hoped for, and more. It incorporates the same feel as the original, while adding some great new features such as a different camera angle and much-improved graphics.

As of the 1998 original wasn’t scary enough, the 2019 version amplifies that terror with its smooth and crisp gameplay. Following Leon and Claire through Racoon City has never felt so real and you will feel immersed within the zombie apocalypse.

With a good mix of problem solving and combat, the gameplay in this survival horror is both fun and edgy. If you haven’t tried the remake yet, you should. There is a reason why Resident Evil 2 is one of the top rated games for the Xbox One.

4. Celeste

Developer: Matt Makes Games

Publisher: Matt Makes Games

Release Date: January 25, 2018

Genre: Platform

Metacritic score: 94/100

Celeste - Gameplay
Celeste – Gameplay

Another indie platform game to make the list of top rated Xbox One games, and for good reason. Celeste is a creative and refreshing take on the platform genre.

Players take on the role of Madeline as she tries to ascend Celeste Mountain while avoiding a multitude of obstacles. Madeline can run, jump, climb and dash through the air in her quest to get to the top. The game’s mechanics are particularly pleasing, as is the challenge the game presents – it’s not easy.

Every so often an indie game comes along and wows the gaming world, Celeste is one of such games and you should take a chance on it, if you haven’t already.

3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Developer: Kojima Productions

Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment

Release Date: September 1, 2015

Genre: Action-adventure, stealth

Metacritic score: 95/100

Metal Gear Solid V - Gameplay
Metal Gear Solid V – Gameplay

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was one of the first true triple A titles to be released for eighth generation consoles, and the game still holds up as one of the best.

Set nine years after the events of the standalone prologue Ground Zeroes, the game follows “Venom” Snake as he attempts to get revenge on those who almost killed him during the end of previous title.

Fans of stealth and action-adventure will love this game, as it is hard to think of a series combines the two genres so expertly. The story is powerful and engaging, and the gameplay is advanced in terms of mechanics and AI. This is a must-try for those who haven’t played it yet.

2. Grand Theft Auto V

Developer: Rockstar North

Publisher: Rockstar Games

Release Date: September 17, 2013

Genre: Action-adventure

Metacritic score: 97/100

GTA V - Gameplay
GTA V – Gameplay

Rockstar Games truly have a knack for creating immersive and alive open world environments, and San Andreas is the best yet in the Grand Theft Auto series.

You can explore the huge world from both first-person and third-person perspective, choosing between a variety of transport methods to get from place to place. Whilst the storyline is both fun and extensive, it’s possible that you’ll end up spending most of your time just exploring the urban and rural settings found in San Andreas.

Whether playing as Trevor, Franklin, or Michael, each character will offer you something different, and it is no surprise to see Grand Theft Auto V rank highly on the top rated Xbox One games of all time.

1. Red Dead Redemption 2

Developer: Rockstar Studios

Publisher: Rockstar Games

Release Date: October 26, 2018

Genre: Action-adventure

Metacritic score: 97/100

Red Dead Redemption 2 - Gameplay
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Gameplay

For those who played the original title from Rockstar Games, it was difficult to contain the excitement and anticipation when Red Dead Redemption 2 was released in late 2019. The game met and surpassed all expectations.

This Wild West game
is set in a vast open world at the end of the 18th Century in the American frontier. Players take on the role of gun-slinging outlaw, Arthur Morgan, who is a member of the notorious Van Der Linde gang.

The dynamic world of Red Dead Redemption 2 is so huge and rich in diversity that players are still finding new ways to play now. The game is, arguably, the greatest open world role-playing game available on any video gaming platform, and it totally deserves to be number one in the top rated Xbox One games of all time.

Which game would you add to the top rated Xbox One games?

If you liked reading this list of the top rated Xbox One games, you might also like to check out our review of the best selling video game consoles ever released.

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