The 25 Xbox One games that every collection needs

UPDATED: Our list adds a couple of huge 2019 releases

Whether you have the ultra-powerful Xbox One X, the updated Xbox One S, or the original Xbox One, one thing is for sure: you'll want to play the best of the best games around right now. Right?

Of course. And we're here to help with that endeavour, with our newly-updated list of the 25 best Xbox One games to play today. You'll find a broad selection of titles within, from big-budget shooters to mesmerising indie charmers – and everything in between.

And, while our list does tend towards newer releases, since we refresh the selection regularly and replace older picks with comparable recent selections, you'll also find some older Xbox One favourites you might've missed the first time around.

Forza Horizon 4

The best racing game ever made? That's our take on Forza Horizon 4, and while those are strong words, they're also well-considered – and Microsoft's latest open-road racer absolutely deserves then.

Forza Horizon 4 continues building on the brilliant premise from past entries (exemplified in the also-wonderful Horizon 3), this time letting you careen across the English countryside in hundreds of ultra-realistic rides. Unlike the mainline Forza series, however, Horizon is all about raucous fun more than simulation precision, and here you'll find that fun in thrilling online races, stunt trials, and whipping your ride through icy roads and autumn backdrops alike. If you have an Xbox One, you need this game.

Red Dead Redemption 2

In thankfully typical Rockstar Games fashion, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a truly epic experience, and one of the most impressively executed games we've ever played.

Like Grand Theft Auto 5 before it, Red Dead 2 delivers an immaculately detailed world that you'll want to explore again and again, this time with a dazzling recreation of the Wild West at the turn of the 20th century. The characters' performances are utterly believable, the action is entertaining, and even the slow-paced wandering delights. Some of the complexities might frustrate players, but this is undoubtedly one of the greatest open worlds ever created.

Resident Evil 2

The first-person, VR-enhanced Resident Evil 7: Biohazard might've signaled a shift for future entries, but Capcom's latest survival horror gem is actually a backwards-facing mash-up – and that's a very, very good thing.

Resident Evil 2 mines the material from one of the series' absolute best entries, keeping Leon and Claire and the Raccoon City Police Department, but then brings in the over-the-shoulder, action-packed gameplay from Resident Evil 4. Add in a heap of modern flourishes and the end result is one of the best-ever examples of a remake done right.

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Forget about the years of lame, awkward Dragon Ball Z fighting games – actually, chances are you already have. But that won't happen with Dragon Ball FighterZ, easily the best game to ever bear the name of the beloved anime franchise.

FighterZ keeps all of the show's wild kinetic energy, from the big spiky hair to the enormous fireballs, and presents it with some of the most incredible animation we've ever seen. But the game's real feat is keeping things approachable and fun: you don't have to be an arcade stick-wielding guru to enjoy and excel in this team battler. It's better than we ever expected.

Kingdom Hearts III

Square Enix's mash-up of Disney worlds and Final Fantasy spirt turned out a couple of brilliant PlayStation 2 role-players… and then the series got mired in inessential spinoffs and handheld entries for more than a decade. Luckily, the magic is back with Kingdom Hearts III.

Obviously, die-hard fans will get the most out of this trilogy-capper, which adds a modern dash of polish and upgrades while winding through worlds based on flicks like Toy Story, Frozen, and Big Hero 6. It's a charming, emotional quest – and even if you didn't play the old games, you can still get a kick out of Kingdom Hearts III… because the storyline's pretty perplexing either way.