The year is fast ending and so now is as good a time as any to think about our favourite Xbox One games of 2015. We’ve played many a title; from the good, the bad and the downright ugly with numerous [email protected] titles coming to the fore and the usual hype machines that push along the AAA titles dragging us in for more.
So we got our writers together and asked each one a simple question…’Which were your favourite Xbox One games of 2015?’. We then collaborated the results to eventually come up with a definitive list…that of which you can find below.
Ori and the Blind Forest is one of the best Xbox One games you will play in 2015, but you’ll need to battle through to experience it fully
From our very first hands on experience with Ori and the Blind Forest at EGX 14, we knew it was going to be something special.
Moon Studio’s debut Xbox One title saw a tale of one small spirit as he goes off on a journey of discovery, intrigue and rescue, all accompanied by some of the most beautiful visuals ever seen in a digital only title. A platformer of very nearly the highest degree, Ori is unfortunately let down by just a little bit too much frustration and controller throwing opportunities.
That said, if you’re after something which will tell you a story, all whilst treating you to a stunningly beautiful experience, there is very little like it!
The best zombie basher on new gen consoles? Oh yes!
It was one of the earliest big releases of the year but Dying Light wowed us in a way we’ve never been wowed before.
Techland didn’t have the greatest Xbox pedigree, so it came as a bit of a surprise when Dying Light turned out to be as good as it was. Quite possibly the new definitive zombie thriller, Dying Light’s parkour system is a joy to use and being given the chance to go zombie bashing with mates is something that really should be experienced by all.
With The Following promising to lift Dying Light to even higher levels, 2016 looks to be a great year for the game as well.
Life is Strange puts the player on an emotional rollercoaster and asks them to make horrendously difficult choices… in a good way.
DONTNOD Entertainment dropped into the race for 2015’s best game really early on with the first episode of their five part episodic emotional mind-bender, Life Is Strange.
Spanning the vast majority of the year, Life Is Strange told the story of young photography student Max Caulfield. Set in her home town of Arcadia Bay, it doesn’t take long for Max to discover that things aren’t always as the seem as she struggles to come to terms with a new found ability, that of time travel.
A series that starts on a high and finishes even stronger, Life Is Strange is quite possibly the go-to series for anyone looking for something that favours the story over anything else. It’s a must play in fact!
Just be aware that your head WILL be messed with.
The Taken King has corrupted my mind, I’m a slave to Destiny again
Yeah, okay, so the core game found in Destiny released back in 2014, but The Taken King has changed things up to such a degree that we’re basically looking at a brand new title!
Bungie and Activision have ensured that by putting a proper story in place, both old veterans who experienced Destiny originally, and indeed those who are just jumping on board a year later, have plenty to get involved with. With nine new missions and a whole new area to check out, it’s tempting enough for even the most hardened Destiny haters to get down with.
It’s may be a bit expensive though, but hey, it’s like a whole new game.
If you’re looking for a good time then look no further than Tales From The Borderlands, it provides laughter galore
There is never a question that Telltale Games will deliver the goods. After huge success with the likes of The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, if there were ever a team that we would trust with the Borderlands universe, it was them.
We’re not sure we expected it to be so damn good though.
Gearbox Software, 2K and Telltale are quite possibly a dream combination and that has easily proved to be the way with Tales from the Borderlands. Taking an entirely new look at the somewhat bizarre Borderlands world was always going to be a bit of a gamble, but the five parter that has been thrown out there is right up with Telltale’s previous episodic adventures…nearly besting them too!
If you need some humour in your life and fancy sitting down for a relaxing ride, then be sure to check out Tales from the Borderlands.
A cracking return to action with a stunning multiplayer inclusion
The fans called for Halo to deliver and by golly did it do so.
Halo 5: Guardians may have been slated in some quarters for having nothing more than an average story behind the gameplay, but when that gameplay is so damn good, is that really an issue?
With an online multiplayer offering that is quite easily one of the best available on any format, 343 have ensured that Guardians has delivered in near on every way possible. Yes, a split screen mode would have meant a lot to many gamers, but we’re pretty certain Halo will now not only be appealing to fans of the franchise, but a whole ton of new players at the same time.
If you can put up with the frame rate issues, then Just Cause 3 is a stunning exploratory dream
There are times when all you want from a video game is fun. Just Cause 3 delivers that in huge swathes.
Jumping back into the shoes of Rico Rodriguez, Xbox One owners get the chance to experience the huge world of Medici as Rico free falls, parachutes and grapples his way to explosion city.
It may have only released at the end of 2015, but Just Cause 3 has already set the world on fire with its relentless, chaotic action. With a huge story line plus a load of side missions, challenges and hidden collectibles to find, the chances are you’ll still be skydiving well into 2016 and beyond!
Joining this witcher’s journey could lead to many hours of enjoyment, but beware the issues still plaguing this Wild Hunt.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt released earlier in 2015 to mixed reviews. Whilst each and every person who took in the latest Witcher tale understood that something a bit special was occurring, numerous bugs and visual oddities meant it gained a bit of a reputation as an open world bug-fest.
But hey, when you’ve got a story as good as the one telling Geralt of Rivia’s life, with visuals that are nothing short of outstanding (when they work), then perhaps it’s best to look past the odd issue.
If you’re after an open world adventure set in nothing short of a huge world, then The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt delivers. You don’t even have to have played through previous Witcher games either!
Lara’s greatest adventure yet!
I don’t think you can call yourself a gamer unless you’ve played at least three Tomb Raider titles. From the very first moment we witness Ms Lara Croft’s adventures, the vast majority of us are hooked.
With a reboot a couple of years back taking things on to another level, we expected big things from Rise of the Tomb Raider. We haven’t been disappointed.
Crystal Dynamics have delivered a game that is typical Tomb Raider…completely over the top, full of brain teasing puzzles and filled with enough exploration opportunities to keep everyone happy. The fact that we can send Lara to her death in multiple ways just makes it better still!
Not just the best Batman game yet, but possibly the best Xbox One game to date
Perhaps it’s not too much of a surprise to see Batman Arkham Knight take home the coveted top spot.
The Arkham series has been an absolute stonking hit for Warner Bros and Rocksteady with Arkham Knight topping the lot. Now making the most of the latest generation of super consoles, Batman has got bigger, badder, tougher and more beautiful than ever before.
From the opening cinematic, right through the tens of hours of gameplay, there is very little to not like about Batman’s latest foray. The fighting sequences are smooth and near on flawless with the ‘fear’ takedowns bringing a somewhat strategic affair to them. If you do find yourself somehow getting bored of traversing through Arkham, then a number of AR challenges give a little light relief and allow for a quick ten minute time killer.
But the best thing about Arkham Knight? We finally get to travel in style. Batmobile style.
Batman Arkham Knight was the best game available on Xbox One back when it released in June, and now, some six months later, it’s still the best game you can play today.
It’s nothing short of stunning and wins TheXboxHub’s GOTY 2015!
So there we have it, TheXboxHub’s Top 10 Xbox One Games of 2015. Do you agree with our choices? Is there something we inexplicably left out? Let us know in the comments below!