Christmas Gift Guide 2016: 10 great Xbox One games

A perfect present for every Xbox fan you know

It's been a pretty spectacular year for video games, and if you're shopping for a mate or family member with an Xbox One, thankfully you have some great options.

Admittedly, you have a lot of options – probably more than you can keep track of if you're not constantly plugged into the gaming world. Fortunately, we do keep our finger to the pulse of the games world, and we're happy to share our wisdom when it comes to gifting guidance.

Seeking a recent game for an Xbox One or Xbox One S owner, or need a refresher on the year's best games for your own wish list? Here are 10 of 2016's must-play Xbox games.

Gears of War 4 (£40)

Halo 5: Guardians may not have been the most rousing Xbox One return for one of Microsoft's flagship shooter series, but that's not a problem with Gears of War 4. It's the same old song and dance, for the most part, but with serious polish and an avalanche of pure, dumb fun.

Gears 4 picks up 25 years after the last numbered entry, as new hero JD Fenix picks up where dad Marcus left off and starts wielding his own chainsaw-gun for the future of mankind. Frantic stop-and-pop shooting and dazzling graphics help this old favourite feel fresh again.

Buy Gears of War 4 here from Amazon

Forza Horizon 3 (£40)

Enjoyed zipping around the Franco-Italian countryside in Forza Horizon 2? Well, you'll find plenty to love in Horizon 3, most notably a brand new location: the diverse terrain of Australia, spanning mud, sand, streets, and fields, and more.

Everything looks spectacular, and even more so with HDR support on the Xbox One S – but while the basic approach is delivering more of the same for the series, the sheer quantity of events and objectives is massive and it's an absolute blast throughout. Really dazzling stuff.

Buy Forza Horizon 3 here

Overwatch (£36)

Overwatch has been this year's breakout, must-play multiplayer smash, and Blizzard's shooter shows no signs of slowing down thanks to continual tweaks, gradual new hero additions, and big eSports plans on the horizon. In other words, climb aboard while the getting is good!

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 squad play.

Buy Overwatch here 

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Rocket League (£15)

Eyeing something with a tiny price tag that'll still provide gargantuan fun? Look no further than Rocket League, the multiplayer-centric sensation that blends four-wheelers and football for a bit of raucous, three-on-three fun.

The disc release comes with a load of bonus content, plus the main game includes hockey and basketball modes besides the various footie variants. Rocket League keeps growing and only becomes more and more enthralling in the processs, and it's endlessly replayable and immensely amusing.

Buy Rocket League here

Titanfall 2 (£42)

The original Titanfall set the template for an amazing first-person shooter, dropping in massive mech suits amidst the parkour-laced gunplay, but didn't fully deliver. Thankfully, Titanfall 2 has properly realised that vision with a meaty and even more impactful experience.

Including a full-fledged single-player mode is a big part of the allure this time around, and it's one of the best shooter campaigns in ages, while the online modes will keep the infantry-and-bots action running strong for some time to come. Prepare for Titanfall, indeed.

Buy Titanfall 2 here from Amazon

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