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The top five best Xbox One exclusives released so far

01 May 18

Last week we took a lot at some of the best PS4 exclusives that you can buy right now. Today, we do the same thing but for all of you Xbox One owners out there. 

Despite some mumblings from some circles, the Xbox One actually does have many great exclusives that have come out over the years. Many of these games come from a myriad of different genre types. Without further ado, let's take a look at some of the best Xbox One exclusives that buyers can currently get.


5) Halo 5: Guardians: The Halo franchise started back on the original Xbox console in 2001 and it revolutionised the FPS genre on consoles. Fast forward to 2015 and 343 Industries brought us the best FPS that the Xbox One has to offer. The gameplay is faster than other Halo games and the visual design is impressive. 

I had a chance to play this game again, but on the new Xbox One X console and the game looks stunning in full 4K at an impressive 60fps. The only downside to this new release is the fact that split-screen multiplayer is missing, but 343 Industries hopes to rectify this for the release of Halo 6 in the near future.

 
4) Gears of War 4: While the Halo franchise may have been a turning point for the FPS genre, Gears of War did something similar to third-person shooters. It was one of the first games in the genre to adopt a smooth cover system and now every third person shooter mimics its gaming style. 

Unlike Halo 5, split-screen multiplayer is still here in Gears of War 4 and it is so much fun playing this game with a friend. Not to mention it's worth replaying this game if you own an Xbox One X console too. Much like Halo 5, playing in 4K makes a huge difference to the visual quality. 


3) Ori and the Blind Forest: The Xbox One is usually branded to be a console that caters towards shooters and sports games, but Ori and the Blind Forest is an exception. Ori and the Blind Forest is one of the best 2D style platform games you can play and it's worth checking out even if you don't normally play games from this genre. 

The game is also one of the prettiest to grace the Xbox One as the 2D graphics just look downright gorgeous. You should also look out for the sequel called 'Ori and the Will of the Wisps' which is due out sometime in the near future. Hopefully a definite release date is announced very soon!


2) Cuphead: Cuphead is also a 2D platform style video game, although this game is much harder than Ori and the Blind Forest. The old-school style 1920's like animation sets this game apart from anything else out at the moment. 

The shooting style gameplay is also addictive as you have to defeat loads of creative and difficult enemies. If you love challenging video games, Cuphead is the perfect game for you to pick up. Just don't get too frustrated because this game is arguably harder than Dark Souls. 


1) Forza Horizon 3: There's usually three things I look for that make a great game. These include realistic looking graphics, a catchy soundtrack and most important of all, fun gameplay. Thankfully, Forza Horizon 3 ticks all of these boxes for me. 

I loved Forza Horizon 3 when I played it in 2016, but the visuals pop out even more when playing it again on Xbox One in 4K. Not to mention I find this game to be more fun than Forza 7 because it's set in Australia and has more diverse racing disciplines. The game also has one of the best licensed soundtracks this generation as many of the songs I have stored on my smartphone. 

Forza Horizon 3 is still my favourite Xbox One exclusive of all time and I cannot wait for Microsoft to release another game in the series. I'm hoping Forza Horizon 4 is set in Japan so I can drift on the high mountain tops.