Here's a look at the best Xbox One games you can currently buy in 2017.
It's always good to keep track of the best games and look back down the road that got us here. Here's a list of the best Xbox One games, by genre. We'll update the list again later in the year to reflect newer releases.
Updated February 2017: Halo Wars 2 debuted in the top spot for the strategy genre, and the spine-chilling Resident Evil 7: Biohazard joined it as best horror.
- Must Play
- Multiplayer Shooter
- Campaign Shooter
- Open World
- Graphic Adventure
- For Kids
- Action Adventure
- Strategy & Simulation
- Backwards Compatible
The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3 is one of the most acclaimed games ever made, taking place in a huge open-world densely packed with incentives to explore, secrets to uncover and stories to unravel. The Witcher 3 is as action-packed as they come, interweaved with a darkly mature plot, choice and consequences, and a virtual world teeming with life. The Witcher 3 is completely unmissable.
Bottom line: The Witcher 3 is the most essential must-play Xbox One game of this generation for its value, depth, and sheer quality.
Best Multiplayer Shooter
Battlefield 1 exploded onto the scene and performed the rare feat of delivering on its massive hype campaign. Battlefield 1 takes place in WW1, a rare setting for a modern shooter, but DICE has recaptured the sobering horror of the world's first industrial-scale war with grace and respect. Battlefield 1 is the most beautiful online shooter on Xbox One, taking place across gargantuan open-world maps with fully destructible environments and terrain.
Bottom line: Battlefield 1 is a full-blown masterpiece worthy of placement among the industry's all-time greatest shooters. Unmissable.
Best Campaign Shooter
DOOM is a reboot of the classic series developed by id Software. After many delays, DOOM emerged from the depths of development hell and took everybody by surprise, delivering the greatest shooter campaign of this generation so far. Unashamedly violent and gory, DOOM riffs on the classic, fast-paced formula, atop some modern flare, a nightmarish art direction, and a fist-poundingly awesome soundtrack.
Bottom line: DOOM has a sense of purity often lost in modern shooters, and I simply can't recommend it enough.
Forza Horizon 3
Forza Horizon 3 delivers the most cohesive racing experience on the Xbox One. With hundreds of cars and a dynamic open world, the game amalgamates the finest components of its predecessors into a refined and invigorating package. Putting unparalleled customization and possibility in the hands of the player, Forza Horizon 3 is a perfection of the racing genre.
Bottom line: Packed with a strong roster of cars, a living world, and endless possibilities; Forza Horizon 3 is Microsoft's ultimate racing experience.
Fallout 4 is the latest installment in Bethesda's post-apocalyptic RPG series, and it is quite arguably the best open world game available on Xbox One. With its rich RPG systems, improved shooting mechanics, deep settlement construction engine and console-exclusive Xbox One mods, you'll struggle to see everything Fallout 4 has to offer.
Bottom line: Fallout 4 is a rich and rewarding open-world game that provides potentially hundreds of hours of gameplay.
Life is Strange
Life is Strange took the world by storm a couple of years back for its dramatic tale of friendship and high-school intrigue finished with a healthy dose of the supernatural. Life is Strange follows a murder conspiracy in a small town, calling on inspiration from the likes of the X-Files and Twin Peaks. It's one of the most moving stories available on Xbox One today, and it's one game everyone should experience.
Bottom line: Life is Strange is an unmissable story-driven adventure game that gives the greatest TV mysteries a run for their money.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Resident Evil suffered a decline in recent years, but the seventh installment sent it screaming back to the top of the pile.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard rekindles the magic that made the franchise so great, delivering an explorative adventure that is as terrifying as it is brutally violent. Key hunting, ammo scavenging, and puzzle solving return in this bone-chilling game that easily reclaims the series throne as horror royalty.
Bottom line: Resident Evil 7 is the quintessential horror experience for Xbox One, and it has to be experienced by all horror fans.
Dragon Age Inquisition
As we've showcased the hybrid RPG The Witcher 3 as the overall "Must Play" Xbox One title so far, but Dragon Age Inquisition's RPG mechanics are more typical of the classic genre. Before The Witcher 3 launched, BioWare dropped the latest installment in the Dragon Age franchise: Inquisition. Its branching narrative, diverse, tactical combat, character customization, class progression and consequence-driven plot edges other RPGs into second place.
Bottom line: Dragon Age Inquisition is the most expansive in the series, making it a must-play for any Xbox One RPG fan.
D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die
Dark Dreams Don't Die or "D4" for short, is a wild and wacky Kinect adventure from the creator of the cult classic Deadly Premonition. Utilizing intuitive, responsive and highly interactive (but optional) Kinect controls, players guide Detective David Young through a mysterious time-travel adventure to save his beloved from death.
Bottom line: D4 is a high-quality Kinect title that more than makes a case for the neglected peripheral. Hidetaka Suehiro's unique style accentuates every level of play, making D4 an experience you won't soon forget.
Did you expect anything else?! Minecraft is a phenomenon that led Microsoft to drop billions to secure the franchise back in 2014. Since launch, the game has grown far beyond its humble Java beginnings, spawning several large updates, and even an educational version. Minecraft will also begin exposing its code soon, allowing users to create their own add-ons with tools as simple as Notepad and MS Paint.
Bottom line: For an entire generation of youngsters, Minecraft will be among the first games they truly loved. Minecraft continues to be a runaway success story, likely here to stay.
Action-Adventure is a broad genre that encompasses all sorts of titles that don't quite fit into a more specific category. Quantum Break isn't quite a shooter, as the majority of your combat hinges on the heavy use of time-warping powers that spew gorgeous special effects across every surface, and the fabric of reality itself. Quantum Break is one of the only titles on Xbox One that utilizes live-action cutscenes, which play out like high-quality modern TV show episodes in between levels.
Bottom line: Visceral combat, breath-taking visuals and Remedy's signature unique story-telling make Quantum Break our unmissable Action-Adventure Xbox One title.
INSIDE is among the most critically acclaimed games on Xbox One for its meticulously polished gameplay, ravenously dark plot and fiendish puzzles that are just as likely to warp your mind as the game's shocking ending.
Bottom line: INSIDE is from the creators of LIMBO, and is every bit as haunting. This is one game everybody on Xbox One has to experience.
The Flame in the Flood
The Flame in the Flood is the product of a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign from former developers of Bioshock. The Flame in the Flood is a survival roguelite with an emphasis on treacherous river traveling. Guide Scout and her trusty canine companion Aesop on a dangerous survival trek in a post-societal America.
Bottom line: The Flame in the Flood tasks even the hardiest survival fans with careful management of resources, health and more, and it also has one of the greatest video game soundtracks ever.
Divinity: Original Sin
Divinity Original Sin is a turn-based RPG with old-school sensibilities. It is also the number one co-op experience available on Xbox One. Playable both online and offline in split-screen, Divinity Original Sin allows two players to experience the game's dangerous medieval world and partake in satisfyingly tactical turn-based RPG battles. Both characters can even participate in the game's light-hearted conversations and even disagree on different decisions, often leading to hilarious consequences.
Bottom line: Exploring a CRPG world in co-op is as close to the real Dungeons and Dragons you can get on Xbox One, putting Divinity: Original Sin at the top of the pile.
Strategy and Simulation
Halo Wars 2
Halo Wars 2 proves that real-time strategy is not only viable on console but desirable. The talented folks at 343i and Creative Assembly crafted a wonderful package in Halo Wars 2 that offers something for everyone.
From its engaging campaign, to its fast-paced Blitz PvP mode and classic, competitive multiplayer modes, Halo Wars 2 features an incredible wealth of content that easily earns itself a spot as the top strategy game for Xbox One.
Bottom line: Halo Wars 2 casts away its "spinoff" moniker with ease. Make no mistake, this is one of the best Halo games ever released.
Ori and the Blind Forest
Ori and the Blind Forest is the greatest platformer in an entire generation, and it's available exclusively on Xbox One and Windows 10. Guide the impossibly cute Ori through a gorgeous hand-drawn world complete with extremely challenging platforming and a beautifully woven story.
Bottom line: Ori and the Blind Forest is a moving, rewarding and beautiful game every Xbox owner should experience.
Rocket League combines high-octane cart racing with physics-based soccer rules to create something truly addictive. Two teams of up to four cars must race to score as many goals as possible in a set time limit, literally driving the ball into the opposing team's goal. Boost, rocket jump and drive on the arena walls — all tactics are valid in Rocket League.
Bottom line: Rocket League is a great value purchase for sports fans of all kinds. Constant free updates help keep the game fresh, thanks to its cosmetic micro-transactions.
Pioneering Xbox Play Anywhere, Killer Instinct was the first title that allowed your purchases to roam between Xbox One and Windows 10. Killer Instinct is a revival of Rare's classic fighter from the 90s. The combo-heavy fighting game enjoys an active player base with several large seasonal updates. If you're an Xbox One owner into fighting games, you probably own this game already.
Bottom line: Killer Instinct has a large roster, a maddeningly addictive combat engine and some of the best network infrastructure seen in the genre.
Red Dead Redemption
News that Red Dead Redemption was being tested for backward compatibility sent sales of the game skyrocketing earlier in 2016. The game launched a few months later to a riotous celebration and proved that the Xbox 360 game had aged incredibly well. Guide John Marston through a disappearing Wild West in what is easily the greatest cowboy game ever made, from the creators of Grand Theft Auto.
Bottom line: Red Dead Redemption is one of the best open world games ever made. Everyone must play.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
In closing, The Witcher 3 remains the best game available on Xbox One overall. Its attention to detail, excellent writing, enchanting visuals, and polished gameplay systems make it a joy to play start to finish. CD Projekt RED are an example to be followed for every other major player in the industry.
Bottom line: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an open-world action RPG that has to be experienced to be believed.
One more thing: CD Projekt RED are hard at work on Cyberpunk 2077, an action RPG set in a noir sci-fi universe. If it's anywhere near the quality of The Witcher 3, we're in for a treat.
There are hundreds of great Xbox One games out there, far too many to list in a single place. Are there any games or categories you think we missed? What are your favorite games? Any winners we listed that you'd remove?