Xbox has been long-considered the home of shooters, first shaped by its pioneering Xbox Live network atop the Halo franchise. This persists today, with most major entries to the genre thriving on Microsoft's flagship console. Grab your gun, find some ammo, and take aim; these are the best Xbox One shooter titles in 2019.

Best Overall: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege serves up unmatched tactical first-person combat, still pulling millions in 2019. It's a breathtaking shooter sandbox throughout, fusing intricate systems that reward strategy and forethought in every battle. At the heart of Rainbow Six Siege is its roster of hero-style Operators; dozens of counter-terrorist specialists donning unique abilities. Layered with precise gunplay and fully-destructible settings, few shooters rival its scale.

With innumerable systems in play, Rainbow Six Siege's competitive backbone can take a few hours to grasp. However, its complex mechanics remain consistently rewarding and intense, even after hundreds of hours. Backed by regular free updates over four years and counting, don't overlook this multiplayer titan.

Pros:

  • Precise, smooth gunplay
  • Varied Operators and gadgets
  • Competitive multiplayer maps
  • Free updates all year round

Cons:

  • Sharp learning curve for new players

Best Overall

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

Addictive, challenging shooter action.

Ubisoft's hit shooter is hotter than ever, touting tense tactical gameplay, and regular free updates. With millions of players in 2019, Rainbow Six isn't slowing down.

Best Battle Royale: Apex Legends

Kicking off 2019 with its surprise release, Electronic Arts enters the battle royale genre with this free-to-play shooter. From the initial drop to final kill, Apex Legends delivers perfected last-man-standing action crafted by the Titanfall team. Backed by flowing locomotion and smooth gunplay, it's the hottest battle royale on the block.

Apex Legends' hero-based core elevates it beyond competition, casting a roster of nine playable characters and with unique abilities. It also retains a level playing field, shunning aggressive monetization and other common shortcomings of free titles. Respawn Entertainment has struck a winning formula and it won't cost you a dime.

Pros:

  • Fluid combat and movement
  • Diverse hero lineup
  • Balanced microtransactions

Cons:

  • Underwhelming post-launch content (so far)

Best Battle Royale

Apex Legends

A new challenger hits Xbox One.

Electronic Arts has hopped on the battle royale trend with spectacular results. Intense underlying combat and movement shape a shooter than feels simply great to play – backed by robust free-to-play value.

Best Value: Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Attributed to Microsoft's early Xbox successes and kickstarting Xbox Live, Halo is a well-established pioneer of the Xbox platform. The in-house first-person shooter has secured legendary status on the console, from its interstellar campaigns to multiplayer carnage. Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundles the full package on Xbox One, spanning nearly two decades of Halo history.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a five-piece compilation, reviving the story modes and multiplayer under one banner. Overcoming its rocky launch with updates, all games now hit 4K resolution with 60 frames-per-second (FPS) gameplay on Xbox One X. Halo: Reach hits the collection next, with progress transferring to its upcoming PC release too.

Pros:

  • Amazing value for money
  • Dozens of hours of content
  • Best way to experience the series

Cons:

  • Strips back minor features of past Halo titles

Best Value

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Master Chief returns better than ever.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundles together the best of Microsoft's shooter. With the campaign and multiplayer onboard, it's the essential package for any Halo fan.

Best Story: Prey

Prey is an incredible story-driven shooter from Arkane Studios, set aboard the Talos I space station. Set in an alternative world timeline, Prey follows the discovery of a mysterious alien species, and humanity's experiments on the creature's physics-bending abilities. As you might expect, things go south pretty quickly, and you find yourself as one of the station's remaining survivors.

With an emphasis on puzzle solving, passive world-building narrative, and exploration, Prey is an underrated gem fans of games like Dead Space and Bioshock must not miss.

Pros:

  • Huge areas to explore
  • Tons of playstyle customization
  • Subversive story
  • Satisfying combat mechanics

Cons:

  • Frequent loading screens, particularly towards the end

Best Story

Prey

Atmospheric sci-fi shooting.

Prey is an incredible (and underrated) atmospheric shooter that combines the best of Dead Space tension and Bioshock-like evocative world building.

Best Single-player: DOOM

Send demons back to hell with this fast-paced return of the classic arcade shooter. Leveraging tight shooting, gore-filled takedowns, and crazy firepower, the DOOM reboot shares the same values of its predecessor. This single-player gem goes back to the glory days of gaming of raw action.

DOOM's weaponry takes front and center, stacking snappy shootouts upon buttery-smooth movement to satisfy that arcade itch. Topped with hellish 4K visuals and consistent 60 FPS encounters, it's a rollercoaster of unfiltered butchery.

Pros:

  • Feel-good, responsive shooting
  • Brutal, impactful encounters
  • Lengthy campaign

Cons:

  • Locations can lack variety

Best Single-player

DOOM

Prepare for hell.

DOOM's 2016 reboot in crazy and unhinged campaign of demon massacre. It's a whole load of guns, punches, and gore. Just how it should be.

Best Free-to-Play: Fortnite

Fortnite has redefined modern gaming; with skyrocketing success propelling the last-man-standing shooter across the globe. This free-to-play battle royale is nothing less than a cultural phenomenon, with influence across all corners of gaming. It was among the first to capitalize on the genre's growth and continued support has only amplified its reach.

Dropping 100 players into an arena primed for conflict, Fortnite is littered with tiered weapons and gadgets to annihilate the competition. Weekly updates shake up gameplay on the regular, from new items to limited-time rewards. It's also leading the charge for cross-play, with Xbox One players bridging with PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and many more.

Pros:

  • Still a unique spin on battle royale
  • Regular free updates and events
  • Unmatched cross-play offerings

Cons:

  • Can be hard to grasp some mechanics

Best Free-to-Play

Fortnite

Free to play and easily accessible for all ages.

Fortnite is dominating the globe with its take on battle royale and shows no signs of slowing down. Thanks to its free-to-play model, there's no excuse not to play.

Best Value: Battlefield V

Diving into the perilous horrors of the Second World War, Battlefield V nails immersive, large-scale conflicts like no other. Amplifying the series' defining traits, it packs 64-player warfare for a blend of infantry bloodshed and vehicular mayhem. This latest installment tops the immersion, limiting munitions and support, alongside increased combat fluidity.

Battlefield V offers harrowing conflict for period-shooter fans, across competitive multiplayer and compilation of single-player stories. The recent addition of "Firestorm" also throws battle royale into the mix, dropping players onto a blazing arena with Battlefield twist. It's an authentic, action-filled FPS with content pitched to all.

Pros:

  • Huge, large-scale warfare
  • Strong blend of infantry and vehicles
  • Unpredictable, emergent gameplay

Cons:

  • Sparse content in select areas

Best Multiplayer

Battlefield V

Get ready for all-out warfare.

Battlefield V's multiplayer combat remains as grand as ever, with stunning visuals and explosive gameplay. Now with Firestorm battle royale, EA has a complete package.

Best Variety: Call of Duty Black Ops 4

Evolving the hit shooter franchise, Call of Duty Black Ops 4 fully embraces its multiplayer strengths. Ditching its single-player campaign, the focus lies on a trio of online modes to experience with friends. Blackout battle royale steals the spotlight, while zombies and competitive modes further expand its offerings.

Call of Duty is an annual top-seller in the space and 2019 is no different. Years of shooter expertise helps guarantee a fresh take on its near-future warfare with fine-tuned arms and aiming. When in the market for fast-paced arena combat, Black Ops 4 shouldn't be overlooked.

Pros:

  • Varied multiplayer offerings
  • Better gunplay than ever

Cons:

  • Lack of campaign may disappoint some

Best Variety

Call of Duty Black Ops 4

Raw, unfiltered battle royale familiar to Call of Duty fans.

Blackout is a welcome extension of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, leveraging its strong shooter legacy with a battle royale twist. While priced at $60, the complete package features hours of enjoyable content.

Bottom line

Home to more shooters than ever, Xbox One stows some unmissable action-packed gems. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege now hits our top spot, cooking up a refined tactical sandbox you won't find elsewhere. It boasts dozens of playable heroes, locales, and corresponding synergies to discover, serving as a gateway to fulfilling ultra-competitive gameplay. Even four years post-launch, it's an experience you don't want to miss.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Matt Brown is a staff writer at Mobile Nations for Windows Central. Following years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he's focused on the world of Xbox and Windows PCs. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

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