The 10 Best Xbox One Exclusives You Need To Play

Xbox One's exclusives are some of the best games we've ever seen in video games. There hasn't been a better time to get into gaming. Xbox One made strides in the console war against PlayStation 4  by releasing Xbox One X, "the world's most powerful console." The console is 4K with HDR (High Dynamic Range), all powered by 6 Teraflops! A console can't, however, separate itself from the competition without top-notch exclusives.

It's worth noting that many of Xbox One's exclusives are "Xbox Play Anywhere." Since a game can be Xbox Play Anywhere, it means that it is playable on both Xbox and PC, eliminating the need to purchase the game twice. Each of the Xbox One exclusives below is worth buying. These are the 10 best Xbox One exclusives you need to play.

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10 Dance Central Spotlight


For those who still have a working Kinect, Xbox One's Dance Central Spotlight is a must-have. Bring the party to your living room in a music rhythm game developed by Harmonix Music Systems.

By following body motions instructed on-screen, you can rack up points, make high scores, and dance to the tunes of the game's songs. Dance Central Spotlight has a long track listing including songs such as Gangnam Style, Anaconda, Party Rock Anthem, I Love It, and numerous other groove-worthy tunes.

9 Rare Replay


The developer known as Rare has created many of our most favorite hits from past decades. Rare put together an impressive collection and made it an exclusive for Xbox One. The company of Rare is owned by Microsoft Studios, which is why they don't make Nintendo or PlayStation games anymore.

In Rare Replay, you'll find 30 games consisting of classics such as Perfect Dark, Banjo Kazooie, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Grabbed By The Ghoulies, Viva Piñata, Battletoads, Kameo, R.C. Pro-Am, and more.

8 State Of Decay 2


In order to progress through State of Decay 2, you'll have to salvage in a post-apocalyptic world. It won't be a good idea to run aimlessly while firing in every direction since you rely on strategy and stealth to survive.

State of Decay 2 is Xbox Play Anywhere meaning you can play it on Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. It's like having two games for the price of one. In a zombie-filled video game market, State of Decay 2 may not be the first choice. Pick it up and give it a try; it might become your new zombie thriller.

7 Ashen


Ashen is a relatively new game that released in December of 2018. In many ways, it is comparable to Dark Souls and other games of the Souls-genre. Ashen is an action role-playing game and an indie that shouldn't be missed.

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It's never a dull moment while fighting colossal bosses and exploring the game as a faceless warrior in Ashen. We can't help but compare the game to Dark Souls since it seems like they mimicked most of the control mechanics and loosely copied its art style. Despite looking like Dark Souls, A44 does an exceptional job at making an action-adventure game.

6 Sunset Overdrive


One of the most overlooked gems on the Xbox One is Sunset Overdrive, a game developed by Insomniac Games and Blind Squirrel Games. When you think of Sunset Overdrive, you'll probably think of games like Jet Set Radio Future, Assassins Creed, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.

Sunset Overdrive is an open-world game that encourages exploration. One can interact with almost any object in the game. A car turns into a trampoline, and a handrail becomes a grinding post. With interesting dialogue and an explosion of color, Sunset Overdrive is a fun ride all the way through.

5 Gears Of War 4


This time around, Gears of War 4 has added more weapons, enemies, and improved their graphics for next-gen.

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There are many things the developers at The Coalition could have done, but at least what was added was done almost flawlessly. Despite its flaws, Gears of War delivers action-packed gameplay that could provide over a hundred hours of enjoyment. Horde 3.0 adds a progression system and five player co-op that makes you want to return.

4 Sea Of Thieves


Ahoy me mateys. Lower the sail! Man the cannons! In Sea of Thieves, you'll be doing all the things a pirate would. Being able to sail on sloops, brigantines, and galleons is unlike any pirate game we've seen before. Rare once again reminds us of their development talent by releasing a pirate action-adventure game that plays in the first-person view.

Notably, Rare has done a great job of adding content post-launch. Several massive updates give Sea of Thieves a significant amount of replayability. Sail times are long, and a bunch of bugs weight the game down, but it's still an excellent stab at the pirate theme, and one of the Xbox's top exclusives.

3 Forza Horizon 4


For an excursion into a genuinely fantastic arcade racing game, you'll have to look no further than Forza Horizon. Forza Horizon 4 separates itself from the other Forza Horizon games with a larger map, improved driving mechanics, and a much more detailed environment. You'll race against dirt bikes and planes during this instant classic racing phenomenon. Forza Horizon 4 pushes the power of the Xbox One X by allowing you to choose between 1080p with 60 fps or 4K with 30fps during a photorealistic experience.

2 Forza Motorsport 7


Forza Horizon and Forza Motorsport may have similar game mechanics, but they are two different games in the racing market. Turn 10 Studio's Forza Motorsport 7 is track racing at its finest. Although not a simulation, Forza 7 is just short of what could be. It can be more enjoying than a racing simulator at times. Even beginners can jump into the action and win races after a short learning curve. Compared to its cousin, Forza Horizon, Forza Motorsport 7 is closer to a racing sim.

1 Halo 5: Guardians


After 343 Industries' terrible launch of Halo 4, it seemed like all hope was lost for a worthy successor to Halo 3. Halo: 5 Guardians broke all expectations by being one of the best entries in the Halo franchise.

With the installation of a patch, Halo: 5 Guardians can run at gorgeous 4K. Its dynamic resolution scaling system allows the game to run in 1080p at a constant 60 fps. Running at constant 60 fps is a feat that few other game developers have achieved. Without a doubt, Halo 5: Guardians is one of the best first-person shooters we've seen on next gen.

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