Due to bad leadership, the Xbox One got off to a rocky start when it released in 2013. Ever since Phil Spencer took over as Head of Xbox the console and brand, in general, has done quite a bit to re-ingratiate itself to gamers across the globe.
Despite criticism that the platform has no exclusive titles, there's a good selection of 3rd party and Microsoft published single-player experiences that will leave players satisfied and/or yearning for more. With Xbox set to make a big splash in the next console generation let's look at the 10 best single-player campaigns on the Xbox One, ranked.
It's not often that a game in development hell makes its way to store shelves and finds great critical reception. That's exactly what 2016's soft-reboot of Doom managed to do after spending years as a troubled Doom 4 project.
Not only did id Software deliver an authentic Doom experience, but they also brought the historic franchise to an entirely new generation of first-person shooter fans. With 2019 set to see the release of the sequel, Doom Eternal, it may be time for you to hop into the boots of the Demon Slayer and get to work.
9 Devil May Cry 5
The Devil May Cry series has been all over the place in terms of quality and focus. Fans had been yearning for a return to form for the action hack-and-slash series that many people consider the best at what it does in the entire industry.
Thankfully, Devil May Cry 5 was exactly the return to form fans had wanted and thanks to its quality it has had tremendous sales success. Hideaki Itsuno aimed to make this installment his best work and his focus seemed to pay off. Sometimes all it takes is a little more focus and effort to deliver a masterpiece like Devil May Cry 5.
Now, you're probably wondering how a pixel-art based 2D platformer manages to be one of the 10 best single-player campaigns on Xbox One. This is due to the fact that Celeste has some of the tightest and well-crafted gameplay on the entire platform.
That alone would make it a contender, but on top of this, it manages to tell a story centered on mental health and self-acceptance that hits home for many people. The game also features incredible music and remixed stages allowing for hours upon hours of additional entertainment.
7 Resident Evil 2 Remake
Capcom has quickly turned around its image in the public eye and thanks to their commitment to bringing Resident Evil back in a meaningful way, fans are buying their games at all time numbers.
Following Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil 2 Remake uses that same engine to take players back to the horror experience that made people fall in love with the series. Though Resident Evil is beloved and set the stage, Resident Evil 2, and now its remake, show the best of what Resident Evil can do. If you're looking for a game to play around Halloween, dive into Resident Evil 2 Remake for the first time.
When Cuphead was first revealed fans everywhere quickly fell in love with the classic-Disney inspired hand-drawn animation that gave the 2D platformer such a distinct and beloved look. Though the game can be played in co-op alongside Mugman, most players will venture through the islands alone.
Cuphead is often discussed as a difficult experience, but its music, art style, and sense of accomplishment make it a dazzling journey. Even if you don't plan on playing it, it's definitely worth watching on Youtube or Twitch simply for the gorgeous animations.
5 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is only months old at this point but it's already ascended to the top of this generation with a little over a year of traction left on the wheels of the Xbox One. FromSoftware somehow manages to meet and sometimes exceed expectations with every new release.
Sekiro, in many ways, was a brand new entry point into From's games as it even had veterans of their titles having to learn an entirely new way to play. Sekiro is often lauded or despised for its difficulty, but it is easily FromSoftware's most structured and explanatory narrative experience.
4 Ori And The Blind Forest
Ori and the Blind Forest is what you get when a team of fantastic animators, composers, artists, and gameplay designers get together to make a 2D puzzle-platformer with the emotional hooks of a Pixar movie.
The game has players taking Ori through a journey of finding bravery in the dark and learning to overcome the loss of loved ones. It has strong Metroidvania influences and will have the player using new abilities to access hidden and unreachable areas. The soundtrack and art will have you hooked long after you roll the credits.
3 Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the most interesting video games ever to be released. It falls into a unique situation where it reviewed and sold exceptionally well, but players found the game quite polarizing. The game features a vast and detailed open-world that leans on realism in many ways which make the game have a slower pace to it.
In the hurry up and go internet age we're living in, a game staying true to the Western genre is going to be polarizing. The game has a heart-wrenching story focused on the way of the cowboy being lost to time.
2 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt brought developer CD Projekt Red into the forefront of console players' minds and revealed just how talented the studio is. The game also managed to take the role-playing game genre and set a new benchmark in terms of what players should expect from a AAA experience.
With the Netflix series set to release in 2019 and the game often on sale, if you haven't taken on the role of Geralt of Rivia, you still have plenty of time to hunt monsters and explore the Continent.
During the days of the Xbox 360 and it's Summer of Arcade events that helped kickstart the indie game wave on consoles, developer PlayDead released their stylized and somber 2D puzzle-platformer Limbo. Years later the team managed to follow-up the success of their first game with another 2D puzzle-platformer that pushed their attention to detail and world-class animation to another level.
This game was titled Inside and managed to take home several games of the year awards. At around 3-4 hours it's a shorter time commitment that's worthy of everyone's attention.