10 underrated Xbox One games that deserve more attention

There are hundreds upon hundreds of Xbox One games out there, and sometimes the best games on the store don't get the spotlight they deserve. 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.


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Cyberpunk extravaganza

While Ruiner isn't exactly underrated, sharing a launch week with Cuphead unfairly overshadowed it a bit. Ruiner is a top-down action game similar to the likes of Hotline Miami, touting slick hyperviolent sci-fi combat set in a dystopian cyberpunk world. Ruiner is as gorgeous as it is intense, and it's available as part of Xbox Play Anywhere to sweeten the deal.

Unfairly underrated

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.

One personal favorite is the relentlessly awesome Prey from Bethesda and Arkane Studios. The atmosphere and world building in Prey is some of the best of this generation, and it should be played with a puzzle solving, explorative mindset, rather than a "run n' gun" mindset. Mad Max was also unfairly overlooked, perhaps in part for its sluggish opening, and rough edges. Despite its ruggedness, Mad Max is a faithful re-imagining of the famous wastes, complete with some of the best vehicular combat available on Xbox One today.

However, Ruiner takes our top position for the most overlooked game on Xbox One right now, owing to its unfortunate launch timing. Cyberpunk dystopia, tight hyperviolent action, and neon-blasted aesthetics — what's not to love?

Jez Corden
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Jez Corden is a Managing Editor at Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by tea. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his XB2 Podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!