The 25 best Xbox One games that every collection needs

UPDATED: All the latest and greatest picks for Microsoft's console

Whether you have the original Xbox One or the upgraded Xbox One S, 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 tend to replace older picks with comparable recent selections, you'll also find some older Xbox One favorites you might've missed the first time around.

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.

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.

OVERWATCH

Overwatch is the current breakout, must-play multiplayer smash - and Blizzard's shooter shows no signs of slowing down.

With continual tweaks, gradual new hero additions and big eSports plans on the horizon, 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.

RESIDENT EVIL 7: BIOHAZARD

The Xbox One version of Resident Evil 7 may lack the VR support of the PS4 edition, but even limited to a TV, it's no less effective at scaring the life out of players. Capcom's fresh start is a welcome step away from the action-centric approach of the last few hit-or-miss entries.

What's the secret? Well, the new first-person perspective really puts you in the middle of the horror, and there's a constant level of unsettling tension as you explore the house and come face to face with its freakish inhabitants. It has a couple missteps, especially later on as combat takes center stage, but by and large RE7 is excellent. Welcome back, old friend.

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