With a mix of Xbox-only games and well-known games from other companies, this list covers a wide range of styles. If you want to get through your backlog or try some games you may have missed; you’re sure to find something here. We’ve also put together a list of the most exciting future Xbox Series X games and the best Xbox Series X games you can play right now if you’re moving on to the next generation.
So come with us as we talk about the Top 20 Bing Most Popular Xbox Games of All Time.
Top 20 Bing Most Popular Xbox Games of All Time
20. Final Fantasy 15
Final Fantasy isn’t exactly a household name when it comes to Microsoft’s system, but we’re still happy because Final Fantasy 15 is one of the best RPGs of the year and one of the best Xbox One games. It combines the huge open worlds of Western RPGs with Final Fantasy’s over-the-top anime absurdity to great effect, making a world based on the roads and byways of Middle America and filling it with dangerous monsters, huge crystals, and powerful magic.
Final Fantasy 15 sometimes feels like an odd mix of ideas, but when you put everything together – the strange world, the exciting real-time battles, and the likable characters who stay with you the whole way – it becomes much more than the sum of its parts. It turns out to be one of the best Final Fantasy games in a long time, and the wait was well worth it.
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19. The Cuphead (Xbox Game)
After some delays that bored people, Cuphead is finally out and is already one of the best Xbox One games ever, especially if you like shooting. The art style comes from 1930s cartoons like Betty Boop shorts and Disney’s Silly Symphonies. The gameplay is inspired by games like Mega Man, Contra, Metal Slug, and Gunstar Heroes. The levels aren’t very big, but that’s not what matters here. What matters is how hard it is to avoid bullets and figure out how the enemies move. Everything tests your skills and abilities in interesting ways and, most importantly, is fun to beat.
18. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
*gets ready for the complaints* Yes, we know that this game had a lot of problems, but now that it’s fixed, there’s no question about the quality of the work and its place on our list of the best Xbox One games. Bungie’s genius and 343’s love come together in a package that really does respect a legacy that changed the game industry. The Master Chief Collection makes us wonder if Halo has always looked so pretty. It has been cleaned up, re-varnished, and put back on display. And what do you know? It pretty much did.
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17. NieR: Automata: The Gods Edition
Nier: Automata – Become as Gods Edition is a little late to the Xbox One party, but the wait has been worth it. It’s a 4K version of Platinum’s weird action-adventure game with DLC and extra costumes. It’s a strange and unusual game about androids who question the meaning of life by beating up robots and making clever references to other games.
When you’re not mastering the acrobatic gunplay, the camera plays with angles that turn this into a top-down shooter or a side-scrolling brawler. Other interesting ideas include things like a chip system that lets you automate parts of the game that you might have trouble with. For example, if you’re not very good at dodging, an auto-evade chip can do it for you while keeping you in charge of everything else in combat. The complete version of this strange, creative, and interesting game is coming to Xbox.
16. Rainbow Six Siege (Xbox Game)
The first few minutes of a Rainbow Six: Siege game feel more like a killer movie than a fast-paced first-person shooter. The sound of feet in military boots can be heard through the roof. Defenders build Home Alone defenses. Was that a squeak from a rope-climbing buckle? Most horror games don’t have as much drama as this one. And when all hell breaks free, you are thrown into a deep, strategic, and brutally unforgiving war. This is by far the smartest multiplayer shooter on Xbox One. It has a lot of tactical choices and is made to make you want to try it again.
15. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
The hack-and-slash hit from From Software proves to be even harder than Dark Souls. Even though it is very hard, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is perfectly matched, so it never feels too unfair. This game benefits people with strong nerves because it encourages controlled anger.
How about those fights with the bosses? Even the best shinobi can be defeated by a monster ape and its poisonous poop. This is because they need to be able to block and fight without stopping. Don’t ask. But when you learn Sekiro’s quick, responsive combat and beat its toughest enemies, you get a rush that is hard to beat.
14. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Wolfenstein: The New Order is one of the most original, violent, brave, funny, and smart shooters this age has seen so far. The New Colossus, the follow-up to MachineGames, boldly builds on all of that. The New Colossus is a very important book because it takes BJ Blazkowicz’s very personal war further into an alternate 1960s and moves it to an America ruled by the Nazis.
It’s a smart, sensitive, and emotional talk of callousness, racism, and cruelty that always knows how to be funny. A cutting look at how people fail and how horrible society can be, done with big robot teeth and hatchet blades. It’s a game that shows both heart and brains in every way, but never more than when it comes to the fine art of tearing Nazis to pieces in a bloody, balletic way.
13. Devil May Cry 5 (Bing Xbox Game)
Devil May Cry 5 is Capcom’s best game yet. It takes the best parts of Ninja Theory’s great DmC in terms of style and looks and then calls back to the series’ beloved, finger-burning past with its combo-heavy action and a cast of fan-favorite characters. Our three heroes, Nero, Dante, and the dapper newbie V, all have unique, over-the-top fighting styles with strange weapons (or animal allies, in V’s case) that make them play in very different ways. Our Devil May Cry 5 review said, “It looks better than ever and plays better than ever. It’s Devil May Cry, but better than ever.”
12. Resident Evil 2 Remake
Resident Evil 2 Remake is the best kind of comeback. The choice to remake the horror classic from scratch with a game that feels just as influential and important as 1996 original paid off. It takes the original idea of a zombie outbreak in Raccoon City into a beautiful-looking game with new controls and a camera that feels fresh and scary as you fight zombies, jump scares, and the always-chasing MR. X to stay alive. It’s sleek, looks great, and is a must-buy for both horror and action fans.
11. Monster Hunter World
If you’ve never played a Monster Hunter game before, you can ignore all the talk about how this one is the “most accessible yet.” If this is your first time playing Capcom’s “Creature Killer” game, you’ll find it strange and confusing. But if you keep playing Monster Hunter World, you’ll see all the fuss as you hunt monsters, kill them, and collect their parts to make gear for taking on harder tasks.
This game is all about that core loop as you dig into stat boosts, different types of attacks, and trying to master a wide range of weapons with fantastically over-the-top and excessive designs. It really comes to life when you play with friends and plan your classes, weapons, and strategies together. Battles take a long time and require a lot of skill and teamwork, but the hunt is everything, and when a monster is finally killed, it’s a great feeling.
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10. A Way Out
Most co-op games involve helping a friend get over a wall or opening doors that can only be opened by two people at the same time. Some of that is in A Way Out, but the book as a whole does so much more with its two main characters. Both players are often given different but linked goals that keep them working together without making them feel like they are stuck together. From getting out of jail to fixing cars, the game makes great use of both players’ time. It also has great set pieces, emotional moments for the characters, lighter moments, and a really memorable finish.
9. The Fallout 4 (Xbox Game)
We kind of knew what to expect. It’s Bethesda because it’s big and has bugs. Fallout 4 is an obvious progression. It has the same kind of aimless exploration, gentle humor, and moral ambiguity as the last two games, but it has a new-gen look. Even though the changes aren’t huge, the voice acting for the main character, better gunplay, and (surprise!) not having to look inside crates to loot them all make this a more streamlined version of a now-classic recipe. As usual, the frame rate drops and sometimes scary bugs show up, but there’s so much going on that it’s hard to feel too bad about it. Again, Bethesda has crammed a lot of fun but unimportant stuff into this game, making it one of the most addictive and fun games of this age. If you get stuck in, you won’t be able to get out for weeks.
Let’s face it. Resident Evil felt like a foot that had been out of the fridge for too long. A little, well, weird. After Resi 4 took the third-person shooter to new heights and made it what it is today, things got a bit less exciting. Resi got its groove back in 2017, and you should be very scared.
Resident Evil 7 is a first-person survival horror game that turns the series on its head. You sneak through a run-down Louisiana house looking for your missing wife. Fans of films like “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”? Check. Gross fear of the body? Also, check that. Add to that a story that will make you forget to breathe for a little too long, and Resident Evil 7 is a thrilling rollercoaster ride that changes the whole series. You’ll recognize the green flowers, but this new kind of horror makes you creep through the halls even when you feel like you should run away.
7. Titanfall 2
We immediately pay attention when we hear about a first-person shooter where you can run along walls and then double-jump into a huge mechanical Titan. Titanfall 2 does all of these things and a lot more. When the first Titanfall game came out on Xbox in 2014, we complained, “But where’s our single-player?” “Fine!” said Respawn in response.
“How about we tell the story of a captain and his Titan in this second part? One where you gradually get Titan weapons that look like they could split the universe in two? What about a stage where you can press a button and go back in time? How about a few hours of fast-paced action with lots of ideas that make every game since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare look boring?” Well, that shuts us up for sure. If you add Bounty Hunt, which is a capitalist’s nightmare of a must-have online mode, we’ll never again say that Respawn is lazy.
6. D2: Destiny
What could Destiny 2 do to beat the first game, which was a never-ending, life-sucking life sink? The answer is pretty clear: more of the same, but better, friendlier, and just more Destiny. The sequel makes almost every part of the space-traveling, gun-collecting, number-raising MMO shine like new.
You can see how Bungie learned from the last game in almost every way. The places you explore have more things to do, and the tools that help your character grow and the things you do to do so have more depth. Few games mix action, multiplayer, and character growth as well as this one, so it’s hard to put down. And now that additions have been added, there has never been a better time to start playing Destiny 2.
If Valve isn’t going to bother making Team Fortress 3, we’ll have Blizzard do it instead. The company that made World of Warcraft had never made a shooter before, so the fact that Overwatch is one of the best multiplayer FPS games ever makes no sense at all. Each of the colorful heroes has skills that should make the game impossible to play (Tracer can go back in time, for crying out loud!) But it all works out in the end, so we can fire bows and arrows, sky dragons, walls of ice, and chains through the air for hours and hours without feeling like we’re cheating or that it’s not fair.
4. Forza Horizon 4
Forza Motorsport 7 is more serious, but Xbox Games Pass users can get Forza Horizon 4 for free. This easy-to-play game is one of the best ways to show off Xbox One’s tech. Horizon 4 brings the sandbox series to the roads of a smaller, more windy Britain and serves up a number of exciting races. The silly Showcase Events are also back, and they’re just as funny as they were before. Want to race the Flying Scotsman as it speeds through the Highlands towards Edinburgh? Go for it, you gassed. This is one of the most visually interesting races on Xbox One because the seasons change and add lots of snow and bright reds. The sharp control model, which is just the right amount arcade-friendly, is also still the best in its class.
3. What Remains of Edith Finch
This is one of those things that you really don’t want to know too much about before you play. It’s smart, creative, and makes you feel things in a way that few games have. In the story, the main character, Edith, goes back through her family tree and learns about the lives of her relatives, who all died young and sad deaths. Each story is made up of different mechanics and can be as short as a punch in the gut or as long as an emotional look into a character’s life. It all fits together in amazing ways. Few games have been able to tell a story about life, love, and death with so many different ideas, ways to play, and just plain feelings. It’s a lovely game that everyone should have in their collection.
What a deceptive name for a book! Even though you play a cool bureau head who can throw people around with her mind in Control, you never really feel like you’re in charge. In the great action-adventure game by Remedy, nothing is quite what it seems. The Oldest House is the most interesting video game setting of the current console age because it puts you in a strange, twisting government building. While the walls and ceilings of this labyrinth twist around you, Remedy puts you in tough fights where you can try out Jesse’s telekinetic powers in new ways. As you float around the place like a young Magneto and smash enemies with office furniture, it feels like you’ve been thrown into an exciting TV show. One where the main character is the worst pencil pusher ever.
Fortnite is a monster that shows no signs of stopping. It has tens of millions of players and is one of the few games that is a real cultural phenomenon. Kids, celebrities, and footballers all floss like crazy, whether they’ve played the game or not. Even more surprising is that the battle royale mode with 100 players wasn’t even the main game. It began as a live co-op-making and survival game. Battle Royale was added to make it more popular, but it ended up taking over the world. Even though building and fighting are already strong parts of the game, the fact that it has seasons with constantly changing meta stories, secrets, mechanics, and things keeps it interesting, even though the core gameplay stays the same.