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The Best Xbox One Games Of 2015 So Far

Jonathan Lester
#IDARB, Ori and the blind Forest, SMITE, State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition, Xbox One Games

The Best Xbox One Games Of 2015 So Far

We've already covered the best PS4, PS Vita, Wii U and 3DS games of the last six months, so it's high time we got to Microsoft's machine.

Though there are a fair few AAA multiplatform games of note, it's also impressive to see just how many new and exciting experiences have made their way to the platform or are even being adapted from the PC for an entirely new audience.

Ori and the Blind Forest

The Best Xbox One Games Of 2015 So Far

Ori And The Blind Forest may not be the biggest game of the year, but it's a truly lovely little thing regardless.

It's a magical experience, from its unique platforming gameplay to its emotional story and eyepopping art direction, and shows that the Xbox One is doing its best to provide a true breadth of software. An oft-forgotten gem and one that we weren't able to secure to review back when it first launch. Now, finally, we can do it justice.

Elite Dangerous (Game Preview)

The Best Xbox One Games Of 2015 So Far

Space Sims are incredibly rare on home consoles, but Elite Dangerous is already a great fit for the Xbox One. Enormous, beautiful and extraordinarily compelling, it's an experience that you can lose yourself in for hours at a time.

Crashes are now blessedly rare but slowdown is rife, though what's here is deeply impressive for its generous £24.99 buy-in. Remember that, as a Game Preview title, it's effectively in early access and you might want to wait for the finished article.

State Of Decay: Year One Survival Edition

The Best Xbox One Games Of 2015 So Far

State Of Decay is one of the all-time great zombie games.

This isn't just a generic sandbox with zombies sprinkled in. It's an astonishing simulation that models a group of survivors who band together in the face of the Zed apocalypse; exploring, scavenging, recruiting, creating a new home and permanently dying in an experience that's never the same twice or for any two players.

Though still rough and ready, it's undeniably a complete package. The small amount of genuinely new content makes it less tempting for old hands, but newcomers have never had it so good. - 8/10 review


The Best Xbox One Games Of 2015 So Far

#IDARB is a fun, accessible and utterly bonkers 4v4 team sport that allows onlookers to get involved in crazy and unpredictable ways. It's a local multiplayer revelation, though its mileage completely depends on who you play it with and whether you get into the spirit of things. - Review

Hopefully you grabbed it when it was free. You did... didn't you?

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Best Xbox One Games Of 2015 So Far

Well, obviously. - Review

Project CARS

The Best Xbox One Games Of 2015 So Far

A simulator with soul, Project CARS strips the bloat out of the racing genre to focus on what truly matters: the cars, handling, tracks and exhilaration of real driving. Sensational weather effects and impressive visuals make it well worth the wait. - 8/10 review

Though you'll need to tinker with the handling and preferably own a racing wheel to enjoy Project CARS to the full, its no-nonsense no-compromise no-fat take on racing is deeply refreshing. A recent patch improves Xbox One performance too.

Dark Souls II: Scholar Of The First Sin

The Best Xbox One Games Of 2015 So Far

No Bloodborne? No problem. Dark Souls II: Scholar Of The First Sin is the definitive version of a masterpiece. Surprising for veterans yet deceptively welcoming to newcomers, this rebalanced remaster proves as deeply impressive as it is brutally compelling.

Tempting for fans, utterly essential if you've always wanted to get into the Souls series, a pleasingly complete package either way. Prepare to die, definitively.

Resident Evil HD Remaster

The Best Xbox One Games Of 2015 So Far

This HD remaster of a remake is a remarkable homage to the original survival horror masterpiece to be enjoyed by fans of the original PS1 game, the GameCube remake or even complete newbs. Some of the mechanics like the dated inventory system can and will frustrate, but the overall journey is a rewarding one through one of gaming’s most important games.

Can we finally have that remake of Resi 2 now please, Capcom? - 9/10 review

Xbox Live Marketplace: £15.99

Batman: Arkham Knight

The Best Xbox One Games Of 2015 So Far

Rocksteady and Batman is a combination we'll sorely miss. Their trilogy ends on a high though, with a refinement of their excellent Freeflow combat and Predator modes. The Batmobile is a somewhat mixed experience, but its heart is in the right place. Our much-awaited tour of the city of Gotham was a gorgeous sight to behold and an unforgettable goodbye. - 9/10 review

Best Xbox One price: £36.95


The Best Xbox One Games Of 2015 So Far

SMITE is technically in open beta, but you can easily grab a code and get involved with one of the best MOBAs on the market for free.

SMITE does things very differently from other MOBAs. It plays like a brawler, a tight and hectic action game viewed from an intimate over-the-shoulder perspective, which makes the same familiar gamut of towers, minions and jungle feel fresh, new and exciting. It takes characters from religious mythology, from Poseidon to Serquet, and makes them all incredibly exciting combatants. And best of all, accessible. With plentiful modes, botmatches and even straight 5v5 deathmatch, it's as hardcore as you want it to be.

As the cherry on the cake, SMITE offers one of the most generous game economies out there. Beyond the hefty free rotation, you can pay for the gods you want or a one-off charge that unlocks every god that is, was and will ever be in the game. Effectively it's not just free to play. It's Pay What You Want. - Preview

What have you been playing on Xbox One this year? Let us know in the comments!

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