Whether it's due to smaller marketing capabilities or ill-received reviews, there are some games that deserve a second look, even if it's only because of a price drop.

Here are our picks for the most underrated or often overlooked Xbox One games.

Mad Max

Mad Max was panned for its repetitive open-world gameplay, yet it was tied together with some fun combat and industry-leading vehicular combat, wrapped in an authentic Mad Max world.

Mad Max can be repetitive, but the wasteland is full of secrets to uncover and stories to peruse. There's a lot of detail and nuance to be found in the wastes if you're willing to look for it, and the vehicle combat is second to none.

On a quest for vengeance, Max and his hunchbacked companion travel across the wastes hunting Scrotus and his vicious warboys, who make the lives of the local survivors extra hellish. If you're a fan of Mad Max, you will most likely adore this game, despite the mixed reviews. And at only $20 (or less), it's an absolute steal.

Quantum Break

Here is another game I felt was thoroughly undervalued based on reviews, perhaps at least, in part, due to a misunderstanding of how the gameplay works.

Quantum Break is a time-warping action game from Remedy Entertainment, known for Alan Wake and Max Payne. In Quantum Break, time has been destroyed following a catastrophic experiment.

Many reviewers attempted to play Quantum Break like a cover shooter, but it's best played like an action game, with an emphasis on Jack Joyce's super-human powers to manipulate time itself. Quantum Break is also broken up by slick live action segments that feature great writing and performances from Lance Reddick and Shawn Ashmore.

This is another game no Xbox fan can afford to ignore. It's available for $60 on the Xbox Store, but you can grab it for much cheaper from Amazon.

Rivals of Aether

Rivals of Aether isn't exactly underrated, but it feels as though few people are aware that Xbox One basically has its own version of Super Smash Bros.

Rivals of Aether is a platform fighting game that features online play, extremely tight and well-designed fighting mechanics, and charming retro visuals.

If you ever enjoyed Super Smash Bros on one of Nintendo's consoles, you have to give Rivals of Aether a try. It's available for $14.99 and has a free trial.

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Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide

Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide might have a really awkward name, but it's an incredibly fun action-shooter hybrid for up to four friends.

Vermintide takes cues from Left 4 Dead, pitching up to four friends in linear campaign missions battling against dynamic waves of angry rats and other horrific mutants.

Vermintide allows players to take control of various character staples from the Warhammer universe, including a fire-wielding Bright Wizard and a pistol-duelling Witch Hunter.

Vermintide is a great game for groups of friends and deserves to be given a chance. It's available now for $40 and much less on Amazon.

Divinity: Original Sin

While Divinity: Original Sin is by no means underrated, I all too often find myself meeting Xbox fans unaware of this gem of a game.

Divinity: Original Sin is a light-hearted old-school CRPG with full-blown campaign co-op. Its tactical turn-based gameplay and its vast branching narrative can be played entirely with a friend, both online and offline in split-screen. In Divinity: Original Sin, you play as one of two Source Hunters, who are basically the evil-magic FBI. You're investigating a routine murder, assumed to be tied to dark magic, but it's not long before you find yourself on a quest to save the entire world.

Divinity: Original Sin is the closest you can get to a real Dungeons and Dragons experience on Xbox One, and I can't recommend it enough. It's available now for $40.

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As a kid, I spent many hours immersed in the eight-bit world of Lemmings. For those who don't know, Lemmings is a puzzle game in which you guide mindless critters across increasingly hazardous courses. Flockers is very similar, albeit with sheep and HD gore!

In Flockers, you must lead a troupe of sheep across diabolical death traps, utilizing the various tools at your disposal. The more sheep you save, the higher your score, but sometimes it's just fun to see them all get chopped up into mutton.

Flockers is an excellent puzzle game for Xbox One and a personal favorite. It's available for $25.

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Ryse: Son of Rome

Here's yet another Xbox exclusive that was unfairly received, particularly if you're a fan of violent action games.

Ryse was originally planned to be a HD Kinect game but was later transformed into a proper action game. The change in direction probably impacted the game's overall depth, with budgets and deadlines looming, but Ryse is still a great title for action game fans.

In Ryse, you guide soldier Marius through a narrative flashback in an alternative version of ancient Rome, on a hack and slash adventure of vengeance and political intrigue. Ryse has some of the best visuals on Xbox One even today, despite launching back in 2013, and its bloody combat is a as violent as it is spectacular.

Ryse could've used deeper mechanics or perhaps some RPG progression layers to truly elevate it above the fold, but it's still a great game in a frankly under-explored setting that costs only $30.

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Blue Estate

Blue Estate is a ridiculous, over-the-top rail shooter specifically designed for Kinect, and if you're one of the few people left with the peripheral plugged in you should definitely give this game a chance.

Blue Estate is based on a comic book series of the same name, full of sleaze, gangsters, and gun violence. Blue Estate asks Kinect players to use their finger to shoot waves of angry gangsters, and it works extremely well if you calibrate your Kinect properly.

As someone who grew up with House of the Dead and Time Crisis in arcades, I thoroughly appreciate the trip down rail-shooter memory lane with Blue Estate, and maybe you will too! Blue Estate is available for just $13.


ReCore is another game that was harshly received, especially when you consider it didn't launch for full price. ReCore may have suffered a little from overhype, given the big names attached to the project. But despite some genuine problems, I think it's a worthy action adventure game for fans of the genre.

ReCore takes place on the desolate world of Far Eden, following the exploits of Joule Adams, a planetary terraforming engineer. After something goes wrong, Joule wakes up from cryo-sleep to discover the company's army of terraforming robots have gone rogue, with no humans in sight.

In ReCore, you're joined by robotic companions as you battle the defective bots across a vibrant and colorful platforming world. For what ReCore lacks in depth, it makes up for it with solid combat, satisfying platforming action, and fun characters. ReCore is available on Xbox One for $40 as a digital Play Anywhere title and for around $15 on Amazon.


While I totally agree it doesn't live up to the standards set by its predecessors, Thief was a little harshly received, and it remains one of the great stealth games available for Xbox One.

As its name suggests, in Thief you guide the heroic kleptomaniac Garrett through a series of daring heists, as he and his order become embroiled in a revolution threatening to tear the city apart.

Fans of the old-school Thief games will lament the game's reduced depth and tendency to hand-hold, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. It sports solid gameplay in a relentlessly atmospheric setting, and it deserves a look from any stealth game fan (particularly because it's a total steal at $20).

Your thoughts

Those are our picks for the most overlooked and underrated Xbox One games. Even the worst games tend to have something to offer, and subjective feelings like nostalgia can elevate any game. All of these games certainly have their shortcomings, but if you're looking for something new that you might have previously overlooked, this list might help.

What game on Xbox One do you think was the most underrated? Let us know in the comments and maybe we'll add it in here in a future update.

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