The 25 Xbox One games that every collection needs

Ori and the Blind Forest

Has a game ever been so emotionally crushing in its opening minutes? Ori and the Blind Forest is content to punch you in the heart immediately, but stick around and you'll find an amazing side-scrolling platform adventure.

It has familiar Metroid-like underpinnings, letting you unlock more of the world as your nimble creature gains more abilities, but the fluid movement gives it a unique feel. And the absolutely stunning animation and beautiful soundtrack only add to the emotional heft created by the story.

Sea of Thieves

We're of two minds about Sea of Thieves, the latest original creation from legendary studio Rare. On one hand, there's a fair bit of tedium in the mix, some of the concepts aren't fully realised, and it feels a little thin on content.

And yet when this hilarious pirate game finds its stride – when questing online, getting into raucous battles with random crews, and taking in the gorgeous waves while gulping grog – there's nothing else quite like it. If that sounds remotely appealing, then you might get a big kick out of this odd little game. Hopefully it gets even better over time.


XCOM might have begun life on computers, but the Xbox One version of XCOM 2 shows that this turn-based strategy juggernaut is just as amazing with a controller and your telly.

XCOM 2 takes everything that worked so well in the brilliant XCOM: Enemy Unknown and kicks it up a notch, whether it's the increased variety of missions and battlefields or the added tactics for bashing alien occupiers to bits.

It's also incredibly hard - but you didn't expect a fight against oppressive extraterrestrials to be easy, did you?

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Grand Theft Auto V

Yes, we know, you already played Grand Theft Auto V on Xbox 360. Well, don't let that put you off playing it again.

Here are some reasons why you should give it a second twirl:

1) It's one of the greatest games of all time.

2) It looks even better than before (and it was already pretty darn good).

3) It has a new FPS mode - and it's genius.

4) It's one of the greatest games of all time.

Thank you for reading.

Quantum Break

Remedy made Max Payne and then Alan Wake, so it's fair to say the Finnish studio knows something about creating one-of-a-kind action experiences. That's very much the case again with Quantum Break, a game built around the lead's ability to manipulate time.

While the quest is pretty linear, Jack's powerful abilities feel fantastic in use, and it's a superb-looking affair – plus, the live-action TV episodes intermingled within the campaign give it a totally unique feel and flow.