The 25 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.

Forza Horizon 3

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 alike.

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.

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.

Buy Quantum Break here

Gears of War 4

Halo 5: Guardians might 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, albeit with an incredible level of polish and pure, dumb fun.

Gears 4 picks up 25 years after the last numbered entry, as new hero JD Fenix continues where dad Marcus left off, wielding the chainsaw-bladed Lancer for the future of mankind.

Frantic stop-and-pop shooting paired with dazzling graphics help this old favourite feel fresh again.

Buy Gears of War 4 here


We've got a lot of games with guns on this list, which isn't surprising given Microsoft's own FPS-led lineup, but Prey isn't your average first-person affair – it's more akin to BioShock, oozing with atmosphere and dread as you wander the hallways of a decrepit, personality-packed space station.

And then things get weird. The Mimic aliens can transform into ordinary-looking objects, giving you a nasty surprise when you approach, and your hero can tap into some of those abilities himself. If you loved the classic System Shock games, or just appreciate a taut and constantly tense sci-fi game, then Prey delivers big.