Xbox One: Must-play games

Project Cars.
Project Cars.
Mortal Kombat X.
Mortal Kombat X.
Ori and the Blind Forest.
Ori and the Blind Forest.
Watch Dogs.
Watch Dogs.

Last week, Signal offered a list of the 10 must-play games on PlayStation 4. Now it is the turn of the Xbox One. Game reviewers Hayden Meikle and Simon Bishop throw some games into the mix.

 

Forza Horizon 2

The funnest (funnerest? funsiest?) car racing game on any console. Probably. It's all very familiar - seriously, if you played the original Forza Horizon, this will basically feel exactly the same. But nothing wrong with sticking with what works, right? Loads of challenges and enjoyable driving mechanics make this a must-have.

 

Fifa 15

Endless online forums feature football nerds complaining about little aspects of the Fifa series. But come on, chaps. It looks good, plays good and has thousands of hours of addictive gameplay across multiple modes. We can't complain too much.

 

Madden 15

See all the above, really. Madden has long been one of the better-looking sports games and the leap to the new generation of consoles has allowed EA Sports to push the boundaries even further. Silky-smooth gameplay and deep play modes combine for a long-lasting experience. And you'll be able to pick it up cheap very soon with Madden 16 just around the corner.

 

Sunset Overdrive

Not really sure how to describe this game. It's a cartoonish third-person shoot-em-up in which the treasured possession is a sort of orange fizz. Yep. Very silly but super fun.

 

Mortal Kombat X

A familiar but flippin' brilliant take on an old favourite. Mortal Kombat has been around forever and effectively not much has changed - it's still all about two characters smacking the bits out of each other. But MKX looks so good and plays so well, you can be forgiven for thinking it's a whole new game. Dead Rising 3 One of the first games to come out for the Xbox One. A good old-fashioned shlocker zombie carve-em-up treat. Not for the kiddies.

 

Watch Dogs

A big, ambitious action-adventure game set in a fictionalised version of Chicago. Has broken all sorts of records and there must be a reason for that.

 

Ori and the Blind Forest

Quite possibly the best indie game on Xbox One. Pairing a great art style with addictive (albeit increasingly challenging) gameplay model makes this a must-play experience.

 

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Licensed games are notorious for being of middling quality. Nowadays, they're few and far between, but games like Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor restore the faith. Featuring Talion, a ranger from Gondor, as the protagonist, it mixes combat and exploring the world from Assassin's Creed with a little pinch of the Batman Arkham series, and the result is a very satisfying experience.

 

Project CARS

Project CARS is the driving game that racing simulator aficionados had been anticipating for a long time While Forza 5 does a respectable job, it just doesn't encapsulate the true driving experience of racing like Project CARS does. it was a bit rough out of the gate on Xbox One, but recent patches have pulled it up to the same lofty heights it achieves on the PS4 and PC.

 

- Hayden Meikle & Simon Bishop 

 

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