The 25 Xbox One games that every collection needs

Inside

Playdead's Limbo is one of the most distinctive games of the last decade, sowing strong emotions in players despite the mute hero and entirely monochromatic look - and now Inside takes that premise and really kicks things up a notch.

This side-scrolling, puzzle-infused platform game keeps the shadowy aesthetic and general premise, but delivers bigger environmental conundrums, richer gameplay amidst the levels, and a campaign that can be incredibly disturbing in turns.

What's Inside? You really should find out.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

It's the biggest game in the world right now, racking up more than 30 million paying customers in less than a year – and now PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is on Xbox One. Despite its ultra-awkward name and early performance issues on console, PUBG totally lives up to the hype.

What's the big deal? Well, it's basically Battle Royale brought to life as an online shootout. You'll drop onto an island with 99 of your closest enemies and then gradually pick each other off until one person remains. It's methodical but intense, and has become the obsession of choice for millions of players. Won't you join them on the battleground, then?

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Rocket League

Given all the shooters and action games on this list, it's nice sometimes to just have some silly fun. For that, we constantly turn to Rocket League.

It's just like FIFA, only, instead of human players, each team is made up of jet-powered cars that flip, fly and somersault the ball into a goal. On second thoughts, perhaps 'just like' is pushing it.

You'll zip around the stadium with your teammates, bumping the ball, performing headers and working together to score epic goals and launch incredible saves. The result feels inspired and deeply competitive - and it even has basketball and hockey modes, too. Utterly delightful.

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

We enjoyed 2014's Dragon Age: Inquisition, but it's The Witcher III: Wild Hunt that easily takes the crown for the most stunning and enthralling fantasy adventure today. It's a vast and memorable quest across a compelling land, filled with interesting characters, quests, and combat.

Even the add-on content is brilliant. Wild Hunt requires a big commitment, for sure, but this fantastic role-player can easily eat up all your time if you let it. Even a few years after its release, it's still one of the essential Xbox One experiences.

Forza Motorsport 7

It looks more beautiful than the Mona Lisa in motion on an Xbox One X, but the seventh main entry in the Forza series is so much more than a 4K tech demo. With a garage filled to bursting point with 700 of the most iconic cars ever driven, and an all-new dynamic weather system that can see bright sunshine one lap and torrential rain the next, there’s a huge amount of variety to keep you racking up those laps.

Really though, it’s the fantastic balance between beginner-friendly arcade inspired driving and hardcore, simulation-style road battles that’ll keep you coming back for more, slowly disabling the assists until you’ve mastered the road.

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