The Xbox One has reached its second year and with that it's time to rank the Top 10 Xbox One Games Year Two for the console. This list only considers titles release during 2015 on the console and includes the best games from first to third party titles. It's been a great year for the console in terms of game releases and boldly claims this is the "greatest games line-up in Xbox history". The list is ordered by my personal favorites of the year in comparison to the console, though I'm open to complaints about the order as well. Finally, a video for the Top 10 can be found below if you'd prefer to take in the content that way.
While I found this title to be rather hardcore with deaths I will still charmed by the art style and the emotional story present across this epic title. This is definitely one of the most beautiful games I've played in this past year with such a great tale of adventure.
The first time I saw this title I was completely captured by its unique style of bright lights that mixed across the space adventure. Few games are this bold with their story and color scheme so it was a fresh title to play. It also provides an amazing cooperative experience for people that also works fine for single player.
I really shouldn't need to explain this choice since it's rather obvious it would appear on the list being the best racing game ever presenting a vast number of tracks, cars and weather variations across one of the most realistic titles I've ever played. This is what we've been racing towards.
Another obvious choice as Halo has always been a staple of the Xbox franchise since the very first game. With Halo 5 we embark on the greatest hunt in gaming across a bold new campaign experience with two mirrored teams and then take the battle to the most refined multiplayer combat scenarios in the series. While I personally felt some aspects of the game weren't up to the standard of past titles it's still a great game.
It's Rare Replay, so don't dismay coming in with thirty epic Rare games from their rich history of game development. These are some of their best titles all present within one collection bringing many classic franchises such as Perfect Dark; Banjo, Conker, Kameo, Viva Pinata and more for an even better value price.
The Gears of War franchise was a huge part of Xbox 360 during its lifespan bringing with it some of the best and most gruesome titles on the console. Ultimate Edition aims to bring back the first time you chainsawed someone onto the next generation with upgraded graphics, dedicated servers and a much smoother online experience with 60fps. It's a beautiful display of love towards a great title and it will help players get ready for the latest entry of Gears of War 4 since it launched with a special offer of giving all the Gears titles digitally for free to players of game through backwards compatibility.
Coming in at number four is Fallout 4 which is the first entry of this ever popular wasteland RPG experience to the next generation of consoles. With Fallout 4 we are given a much richer world; a new location of the Commonwealth, a dog, a deeper perk tree and settlement creation mode which is a real treat. War never changes, only the platform it's played on.
Having never played a Witcher title before I was going into this with high anticipation since the trailers built up this game so much along with the general consensus towards how great this game was looking. What greeted me was one of the best games I've ever played packing a massive narrative unlike any other filled with tales of adventure on the most epic of scales. The worlds were beautiful and the game performed perfectly across the vast world.
From the moment I saw a trailer for Life is Strange I knew that this game was going to be something special and across the season it only continued to get better. It featured a story full of emotions, epic time manipulation and dark aspects making it a perfect story. I was very pleased with the entire story and the elements of game where cinematics melded with gameplay without changing anything between. Life is Strange is truly a wonderful game that everyone should check out.
The Tomb Raider reboot that appeared late into the last generation certainly surprised me by showing a more vulnerable Lara Croft and was a fantastic start to her new journey. Rise of the Tomb Raider takes that first game and expands it in every way that was desired. From the action elements being much more intense to the actually story being built out further than expected they worked well to build out this universe. This game was a perfect experience for the console bringing Lara Croft back with much more focus and composure in the right evolution of this new series.
With that we celebrate the second year of Xbox One and the games available on the console thus far. You can also check out this article in video format if that's easier below since I'm sure many will just scroll down looking at the images!
Top 10 Xbox One Games Year One