So, you’ve just picked up your shiny new Xbox One console (what have you been waiting for?) and you need some new games to play for it.
But you really want to get in some of the gaming that other platforms can’t offer!
Well, fear ye not, because we’ve rounded up the best timed, console and full Xbox One exclusives for you to sink your teeth into. Enjoy!
This free-to-play, Xbox One launch title was criticised upon release for its initial lack of content. Two big updates since (in the form of episodic DLC packs) have bolstered the roster of fighters and added all sorts of goodies.
Tight mechanics and an engine that still shows off the Xbox One’s power three years on make this genuinely fun for fighting fans.
2016’s first big AAA title melds traditional gameplay with an episodic TV show in a way we’ve never seen before.
Remedy’s typically great story-telling is apparent, as are some inventive time manipulation abilities that make Quantum Break the best superhero game not about superheroes.
This madcap open-world explosion of colour from Insomniac Games (the team behind Ratchet and Clank) sees you fighting off hordes of enemies, infected after drinking a particularly sinister brand of energy drink.
That should give you some idea of the humour of Sunset Overdrive, which mixes Jet Set Radio’s rail grinding with platforming.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
Gears of War is one of the franchises that made the Xbox brand what it is today, so it kind of made sense to update it to new-gen standards for its ninth anniversary last year.
Improved visuals and a whole new chapter previously locked to PC players mean it’s worth picking up again, even if you blitzed the original time after time.
How does £15 for 30 classic games sound to you? You’d be downright stupid not to take Rare up on the deal, and this anthology encompasses 30 years of the fames British games studio.
From Battletoads to Banjo-Kazooie, from Conker’s Bad Fur Day to Perfect Dark, Rare Replay really does have it all.
Halo 5: Guardians
The jewel in the Xbox’s crown, the Halo series has taken on an epic scale and massive narrative that truly rivals a cultural phenomenon like Star Wars.
OK, so it might have a bit of a ways to go before it can keep up with the Skywalkers, but if it keeps churning out games as ridiculously fun as Halo 5: Guardians (we’ll forget the lacklustre story), it’ll be there in no time.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Halo 5 was good and all, but it’s the older Halo titles where the classic gameplay really lies. The Master Chief Collection has them all – Combat Evolved, 2, 3, and 4 – and you can even download the often overlook Halo: ODST for a small price.
Both Combat Evolved and Halo 2 come in their remastered form, and like Rare Replay above, you’ll certainly get some bang for your buck.
When Respawn Entertainment (a team made up ex-Infinity Ward members who’d already revolutionised online multiplayer with the Call of Duty series) announced they were going to be focusing on a multiplayer-only game, we were obviously in for a good time.
Mixing free-running with mechs and guns (of course) Titanfall proved popular enough that the sequel is slated to release on all consoles.
Forza Horizon 2
The ‘main’ Forza racing games are all very good, but sometimes they get a bit too bogged down on suspension, chassis weight and tyre tread.
You can opt in to that stuff in Forza Horizon 2, but most of your time will be spent throwing supercars down dirt racks in a Mediterranean paradise. Forza Horizon 3 is top of our wishlist for this year’s E3.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
We’ve seen timed exclusives before in the past, but nothing quite to this extent, with PS4 owners having to wait a whole year to get their hands on Lara’s latest adventure.
It’ll be worth the wait though, as Xbox One owners already know; Rise of the Tomb Raider is a cinematic, gorgeous looking adventure game that simply has to be played.
Forza Motorsport 6
And here we have the latest from the ‘main’ series of Forza games. Forza Motorsport 6 is simply a must play for racing fans of any level; difficulty can be tweaked somewhat from super realistic to a tad arcadey, but you’ll still need some deft driving skills to get round the courses.
It’s absolutely stunning to look at too.
Ori and the Blind Forest
Microsoft clearly saw great potential in the creative minds at indie studio Moon; Ori’s mix of genres takes in ‘Metroidvania’ exploration, platforming and a dusting of RPG elements, and it has that quintessential indie feel, with a real dose of spellbinding magic.
One of the smaller games that can also lay claim to being an Xbox One exclusive.