Running at 4K and a stable 60 frames per second, Assassin's Creed Valhalla looks quite unlike any other game in the series that has come before it. Not only does it look stunning and feel incredibly smooth, but it also boasts wickedly quick load times that help to ensure that your journey across England's Dark Ages in the 9th Century is frictionless.
It's a hyper chill rendition of the core play, drawing you into an all-encompassing, psychedelic realm of falling Terminus, pulsing colors, and slick beats. Tetris Effect: Connected also supports competitive and cooperative play, which will let you and some friends take in the experience together.
It's a ridiculous game with a specific sense of humor which helps to transform what could have been a dour story of crime and corruption throughout a fictional recreation of Kabuki, called Aurochs here, into something truly standalone. While the game comes equipped with a bevvy of performance modes to let you dial the experience in against your priorities, it's truly wonderful to see it run at a smooth 60 frames per second with hyper quick load times.
Ubisoft are still very early in the lifespan of the new next generation consoles, and right now we only have a few launch window games to work with. Xbox Series X (and S) is in a unique place because it had to delay its big flagship release, Halo Infinite, until some time next year, so it mostly is leaning on third party titles to sell the system right now.
Well, there are only ten total games that have amassed enough critical reviews to have Meta critic scores, and they range from quite good to pretty bad, it would seem. Valhalla has essentially operated as Xbox’s highest profile launch title due to a marketing deal with Microsoft, and if you’re picking up anything for it, it should probably be this game, the best the series has produced in a while, and it runs fantastically on Series X.
This is technically a console exclusive to Xbox Series X in that it’s not appearing on PS5, and it’s reviewing very well so far. With no Fora on the table, Dirt 5 is the best racing option the Xbox Series X has right now, though it’s not putting up this Horizon level scores.
Obviously this game is out for every platform, but is reviewing well on Series X specifically which uses its newfound power to create an even more immersive experience than ever. This is a game that I’m guessing not that many people have heard of, but I know it has its fans, and it’s something neat to check out if none of the more mainstream titles catch your eye.
I know Xbox is the platform of choice for many COD fans, and review scores don’t matter as it’s just an automatic annual purchase. This game literally has you playing as a falcon, which sounds kind of neat in theory, but is not all that entertaining in practice, it seems.
In two weeks we’ll have to add Cyberpunk here somewhere, but it’s a pretty limited pool for now. Over the years, the Xbox One has built up a dizzying library of top quality games, which means there's a great choice available.
(Image credit: Respawn Entertainment) Reasons to buy +Fun, fluid gameplay+Ingenious Ping System+Stellar lineup of personalities Developed by Respawn Entertainment and set in the Titan fall universe, Apex Legends is a squad-based battle royale shooter where teams of three go up against 57 other players to try to gather loot and be the last person (or squad) standing.
Set during the Peloponnesian War, it sees you stepping into the sandals of either Alexios or Kassandra as they try to uncover the truth about their history while navigating the turbulent world of Ancient Greece as a mercenary. Odyssey is a graphically stunning Xbox One game which will take you to the heart of Ancient Greece, easily securing it a place in our collection of the top XboxOnegames.
The first-person shooter takes players back in time to World War One and by doing so completely rejuvenates the once stagnating franchise. Battlefield 1's historical setting helps it to stand apart from the rest of the modern military shooters on the market, with all new weapons, vehicles, and level designs that feel fresh and capture the chaos and brutality of war.
Broken into six sections, each following a different character and front line location, the campaign never feels dull or repetitive. The single player campaign even feeds neatly into Battlefield 1's multiplayer mode which, while familiar, also benefits from the much-needed breath of life that the change in setting gives.
The affinity with which Remedy has courted multiple difficult genres both in film and in games with Control and still managed to deliver a mind-bending story evocative of True Detective and Twin Peaks is absolutely remarkable. “Control feels like what would happen if David Lynch licked a Petri dish full of Jungian psychology and SCP entries.
Add to that a fantastic new way to play in Volta, a light-hearted set of modes for couch co-op and some clever, nuanced gameplay tweaks that coax out a more fair and rewarding game of soccer, this is definitely not an in-between year or an easy skip if you’re a franchise fan. In fact, it might be the best FIFA game in a good few years, achieved mainly by responding to fan feedback with healthy design decisions.
Due to “a lack of innovation is long neglected areas” our review states that “there’s little here that you don’t already have in FIFA 20”. The free-to-play battle royale game offers players an energetic and enjoyable online multiplayer experience, and throwing in some building mechanics to set it aside from its competitors.
Fora Horizon 4, the latest game in the series, carries that tradition forward by taking us to the rolling hills of the English countryside and spoiling us with some of the most exotic cars on the planet. And the new setting feels like something of a love letter from Playground Games to rural Britain; charming, idyllic and made for cross-country road trips.
(Image credit: The Coalition) Reasons to buy +Visually intoxicating+Plenty of multiplayer modes+New mechanics make it feel fresh Players step into the shoes of Wait Diaz for the first time who, following the events of Gears of War 4, is trying to come to terms with the death of her mother, unravel the twisted roots of her family tree and deal with her own personal baggage.
It's worth noting, this game will be getting an Xbox Series X enhancement which will see it run at 4K/60, and also includes new 4K textures. We're used to scale and scope from Grand Theft Auto, but what Trevor, Franklin, and Michael bring us is a staggeringly well-realised city seen from three entirely different perspectives.
Hell blade: Senna's Sacrifice is developer Ninja Theory's first attempt at publishing its own game, and it's quite an achievement. The game follows Senna, a Celtic warrior suffering from psychosis who travels to Hell to rescue her lost lover.
Reasons to avoid Minecraft released 11 years ago, but it's still as popular as ever with adults and kids alike. The sandbox survival game allows players to build with blocks in a 3D-generated world, providing a perfect creative outlet for those artistically inclined.
You play as Arthur Morgan, a gunslinger in the notorious Van Her Linde gang as he navigates the trials and tribulations of the changing west. Between story missions, mini- games, activities and side quests, you will find yourself sinking plenty of hours into this title without even noticing it.
Senior: Shadows Die Twice (Image credit: FromSoftware) Reasons to buy +Shinobi Deathblows are satisfying+Balances brutality with beauty+Combat is smooth and rewarding If you thought the Dark Souls series was hard, then Senior: Shadows Die Twice is extreme mode.
Gerald didn't have the smoothest of entries to Xbox One, but after some heavy patching and a lot of angry words about visual downgrades, we're left with an RPG boasting tremendous scope and storytelling. You're rarely short of things to entertain yourself with in The Witcher 3's quasi-open world, then, and all the better that you're in a universe that involves the supernatural without leaning on the same old Tolkien fantasy tropes.
It's invigorating stuff and especially worth picking up on Xbox One as a planned free upgrade for existing owners will keep you playing into the next generation too. Once you've jumped in, you may want to check out the Witcher TV series with Henry Cavils taking on the role as Gerald.
Apex Legends Assassin's Creed Odyssey Battlefield 1 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) Control Cup head Doom Eternal Dragon Age: Inquisition FIFA 20 Fortnite Battle Royale Fora Horizon 4 Gear 5 Grand Theft Auto V Halo 5: Guardians Hell blade: Senna's Sacrifice Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Minecraft ORI and the Will of the Wisps Overwatch Red Dead Redemption 2 Resident Evil 2 Remake Rise of the Tomb Raider Sea of Thieves Senior: Shadows Die Twice Titan fall 2 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt The most played Xbox One game is constantly changing but currently battle royale Apex Legends is extremely popular, as is sandbox Minecraft.