The Xbox One is a hugely ambitious console, focussed not just on gaming but on providing an all-round entertainment experience. As our full review points out, Microsoft's grand, living room-dominating vision is not quite yet a reality – but on the plus side there are some top notch titles already available for the console. Here are our five favourites, and the first games any new Xbox One owners should go for.
Forza Motorsport 5
Want a showcase for your freshly unwrapped Xbox One? Then Microsoft’s highly polished racing game is your best bet. It looks stunning, boasts impeccable car models and drives like a dream. Forza Motorsport 5 also has a truly next-gen feature: Drivatar, where the Xbox One cloud gathers up your performance data to construct a AI version of you that then starts appearing in your mates’ races. There are plenty of customisation options to keep petrol-head tinkerers happy too.
Best for... showing off the hardware
FIFA fans rejoice: for the Xbox One has supercharged the latest edition of the world’s favourite footy game. The players are brainier, the more realistic crowds bring the terraces to life and the new default viewpoint makes passing easier. Then there’s the superior animation that makes every match feel more physical. It’s a sizeable leap forward from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions and one that makes it clear that FIFA is set to remain champ for sometime yet.
Best for... feeling one with the crowd
Lego Marvel Super Heroes
The Lego games have built a well-deserved reputation as being great fun and this is one of the best yet. There are more than 100 super-powered characters from Marvel comics packed into the game from big stars like Wolverine to Comic Book Guy-pleasing obscurities like H.E.R.B.I.E. – the daft robot off some late 1970s Fantastic 4 cartoons. Add to this the series’ trademark humour and enjoyable action and you’ve got a game that is capable of winning over the entire family.
Best for... just plain fun
Dead Rising 3
Dead Rising 3 takes the series’ The A-Team meets Day of the Dead appeal to new heights. It has three times the zombies we saw in Dead Rising 2, a open-world version of Los Angeles and even more wacky undead-mincing gadgets to build then ever before. From mowing down zombies in a spike-covered forklift truck to blasting them with a gun that fires sex toys, Dead Rising 3 is silly but mightily entertaining all the same.
Best for... laughs and photo-realistic gore
Call of Duty: Ghosts
The Call of Duty formula might be a tad overfamiliar these days, but there’s no denying the appeal of the first-person shooter series’ stonking multiplayer experience as the returning classic modes in Ghosts prove. The newer additions are more hit and miss but the shift to Parkour-like movement and the brand new multiplayer mode Blitz are pretty awesome. Ghosts doesn’t push the visual bar much beyond the Xbox 360 edition but its slick action is still great fun.
Best for... online action