Best Xbox One Games for Beginners Windows Central 2021

Many gamers often take for granted how difficult it can be to actually get into gaming for the first time, particularly if you didn't grow up with it. Learning dual joysticks for movement and looking, memorizing button placements, and other controls can be pretty daunting to a newcomer — at any age. This collection of games is what we consider ideal for newcomers to the hobby. With options for accessible difficulty, slow-paced gameplay ideal for learning your way around a controller, or awesome co-op titles where you can help your friend or loved one, here are the best games for newcomers.

Addictive battle sim

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator boxart

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Staff pick

TABS is a bit rough and in early access on Xbox One, but it's hilarious, accessible, and rather addictive! Set up hordes of AI mobs and watch them clash in an epic battle, what's not to love?

Stardew Valley

Fun and farming: Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a fun and friendly farming simulation game with light RPG mechanics. In Stardew Valley, you're granted the deed to an old farm and tasked with restoring it to its former glory. Make friends with the local villages, grow crops, and explore dungeons in one of the best games of this generation.

$15 at Microsoft

Digital Lego: Minecraft

Minecraft is one game that needs minimal introduction. The global phenomenon is the perfect game for getting to grips with the hobby, with passive creative modes designed to let you build free from threats and difficulty. Once you get to grips with the controls there, you can move over to Survival mode, tailoring the difficulty as the player gains confidence.

From $30 at Amazon
Child of Light

Light in the dark: Child of Light

Child of Light is a forgiving turn-based RPG that allows a second player to participate as a supportive fairy, using a single joystick (ideal for youngsters who want to join in). Child of Light tells a moving tale in a fantasy dream-like world, with hand-painted artwork and fun combat mechanics.

$15 at Microsoft

Race yourself: Trials Rising

Trials Rising is a physics-based racing game that is a great way to learn how to control the movements of the Xbox joysticks. The game has a robust and lengthy training mode that guides you through the different controls, as you guide your dirt bike across dozens of fun and addictive racecourses. Trials Rising is a great game for beginners of all ages, and has multiplayer too.

$40 at Amazon
Diablo 3

Defeat evil: Diablo III

Diablo III is an excellent game for beginners because it allows you to fully tailor the difficulty to meet your skill level. It also has couch and online co-op, allowing you to support a friend or loved one who might want to learn through. Diablo is an isometric action RPG with several unique classes, with customizable playstyles and piles of loot to grab.

$40 at Amazon
Life is Strange

Narrative adventure: Life is Strange

Life is Strange is a narrative adventure game rapidly approaching classic status, owing to its evocative storyline and unique narrative gameplay mechanics. It's a slow-paced game ideal for those unfamiliar with controllers, as you move through the game's story interacting with the environment and other characters.

$20 at Microsoft

Cutesy puzzler: Unravel Two

Unravel 2 is a gorgeous and easy-going platform/physics puzzle game set in a realistic world from a toy's point of view. Playing as Yarny, you and another friend together in co-op guide the magical toy creature through a series of light puzzles, atop some moving narrative elements.

$20 at Amazon
Super Lucky

A fox adventure: Super Lucky's Tale

Super Lucky's Tale is a light-hearted platformer game aimed at youngsters. In Super Lucky's Tale, you'll guide Lucky on a quest to help his sister recover a mystical book from the evil Jinx, who seeks to rebuild the world in its image. Super Lucky's Tale is light on difficulty and is great for getting to grips with the Xbox controls.

$20 at Microsoft
Farm Togeth

Co-op chicken coops: Farm Together

Farm Together is a gorgeous and addictive farming simulation game you can play with friends. It's light on pacing and complexity, although the depth ramps up as you play and learn through the game's range of mechanics. Grow crops, build a ranch, farm animals, with the added bonus of multiplayer fun.

$20 at Microsoft

Getting into gaming

Stardew Valley is perhaps the ultimate pick from this list, given the fact that it's easy to pick up and play, but contains mountains of depth as you get more acquainted with the game's intersecting systems. Diablo III functions in much the same way, nailing the "easy to play, difficult to master" design convention pretty well, and it's great for both online and couch co-op sessions.

Many of these titles are also available on Xbox Game Pass, which is a $10 monthly-subscription service granting access to dozens of games for you to try out, without having to worry that you'll drop $60 on a game that might be too difficult for yourself or a loved one.

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