The 25 Xbox One games that every collection needs

UPDATED: Forza Horizon 4 and more join the list

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.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Last year's Assassin's Creed Origins gave Ubisoft's open-world historical actions series a welcome shot in the arm – and while we were worried about Odyssey reviving the franchise's annualised approach, it only builds upon the fun.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey shifts the action to Ancient Greece as you control one of two heroes with newly-extensive character progression alongside the fantastic combat. It also adds role-playing elements and sees the compelling return of sailing alongside the stealth climbing and killing. It's a little grindy in spots, but overall Odyssey is a vast journey worth taking.

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.

Overwatch

Sure, everyone's talking about Fortnite now, but Overwatch remains a must-play multiplayer smash - and Blizzard's shooter shows no signs of slowing down. With continual tweaks, gradual new hero additions and a huge esports component, now's the time to climb aboard.

Even with a colourful and cartoonish look, Overwatch delivers some of the most satisfyingly intense combat available today, with the team-based battles finding the sweet spot between frantic blasting and smart, strategic team play.

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Cuphead

Brilliantly, infuriatingly, delightfully difficult - not a combination you’d normally expect, but this fantastic retro throwback manages it. Cuphead is part boss rush, part run-and-gun side scrolling shooter, a love letter to both 16-bit classics like Gunstar Heroes, and the hand-drawn animation style of the 1930s.

Think Steamboat Mickey meets Dynamite Heddy, where every creature has wide eyes and can’t stay in one place without bopping along to a vaudeville tune - anthropomorphic dinner sets included. The music, art and animation create something truly special, but it's the way learn patterns and adapt your play style to progress past increasingly tougher bosses that gives that warm fuzzy feeling every time you pick up the controller.

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