Only the best games on Xbox One for 2020 and beyond deserve the attention of my readers. Dozens and even hundreds of games on the Xbox are released annually, but many of them are frankly of low quality. Grand masterpieces periodically come out, but they can be lost among second-rate games. I have collected the top 10 2020 games on the Xbox One in one place. The review is built with real experience, player feedback and reputable publications. Any of the games listed below are worth your attention. Xbox One is an advanced console that is not inferior in capabilities to PC or PlayStation 4, so the best games on the Xbox One are world hits also available on other platforms. The video games listed below should give the players a lot of unforgettable emotions and you must have them in your game collection.
At number ten(10), Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown – is a spectacular arcade combat aircraft simulator, which will offer incredible fights, photo-realistic graphics, a beautiful sky and detailed cityscapes. The game will have all the best elements that have glorified this famous series, as well as new ones, which will raise it to a whole new level. Using the new graphics engine Unreal Engine 4, it will be the most beautiful game of this genre for consoles of a new generation, which uses the most advanced technology. And thanks to the support of virtual reality helmets, in Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, you can plunge into the game with your head in the literal sense of the word.
9. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a new role-playing action game from the creator of the famous Castlevania series. The player will go to the gothic world full of riddles and monsters. You will take on the role of orphan Miriam, who receives a variety of powers from the sources in her body. Miriam was cursed and her flesh slowly becomes a crystal. Igarashi presented a great gift to fans of Castlevania and similar games. But the packaging let us down a bit: the Bloodstained graphics are more like a port from the PlayStation 2 than a fresh game from an experienced team. But the filling is beyond praise – the gameplay, verified to the smallest detail, with perfect balance and an exciting combat system will satisfy even the most fastidious fans.
8. Mortal Kombat 11
Mortal Kombat 11 continues the well-known series of fighting games. The game offers players really deep customization, an improved engine compared to the previous Mortal Kombat, a lot of new and extremely brutal finishes, as well as new and old familiar fighters, many of whom the players have known for more than 20 years. The developers also completely changed the X-Ray system – in the eleventh part it is called Fatal Blow, and for it, you no longer need to save the special reception scale. However, this strike can be used only when the hero has less than a third of his health, and only once per match. Also, the block system was reworked, moving around the arena, as well as character customization – now every detail of their costumes can be customized, as well as combat styles.
7. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 continues the multiplayer action game from Ubisoft, in which players of the event unfold 6 months after its first part. The scene moved to Washington, DC, in which a civil war broke out between the survivors and groups of marauders. Players are once again waiting for a cooperative shooter with a third-person view, where it is necessary to unite with their comrades in order to beat stronger opponents and receive better equipment. Gamers have an opportunity to participate in raid missions, that allow eight people to be there at the same time. A good sequel that could be much better. The game will surely please fans of the first The Division, and a new audience should like it too, but whether the joy will last long is a question. One gets the impression that in the stone jungle of Washington hides the game,that had to be the first part.
6. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is a re-release of the Crash Team Racing arcade race on modern platforms with updated graphics, sounds and music. The re-release owes its appearance to the popularity of the reprinted Trilogy Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, thanks to the success of which the developers decided to “rejuvenate” the racing game about Crash and the company. The game for the re-release was recreated from scratch using a new engine, and also received many additions, among which there are new tracks, online mode, setting up karts (including karts from the indirect continuation of the game Crash Nitro Kart), plus the opportunity to play for the antagonist Nitrous Oxide.
5. Devil May Cry 5
DMC 5 is a next part of the well-known series of slashers that tells demons fighter Dante’s story and many his friends and enemies. Nero, who is also represented in Devil May Cry 4 is the main character of the Devil May Cry 5. He fights again in a battle with Dante. T he player will meet not only Nero and Dante but also a new character – the mysterious Wee. His power fundamentally differs from the old characters’ skills. Wee uses the help of different creatures in fights – however, he does not forget to utilize a sword. Players should be ready for the big fights with a crowd of demons, powerful boss-demons, strange world and the rest of the demon’s Sparda son adventure and his friends and enemies.
4. A Plague Tale: Innocence
A Plague Tale: Innocence is a grim adventure action that takes place in the medieval setting of 1349 in Paris. The main characters are the brother and sister of Hugo and Amizia, who are hiding from the Inquisition. They will have to go through France that is torn by war and plague, meet other orphans, and at any cost avoid meetings with inquisitors and with hordes of plague rats that scour the country. The main feature of the game is the constant lack of light, which plays a big role in the successful passing of the game. The main character of the game is Amice, Hugo can fulfil her various assignments. Players must choose whether to travel in daylight or at night because different opponents are active at different times of the day. In order to pass the location, you will need to set down rats and the Inquisition with each other, hide and try to survive. A Plague Tale: Innocence is first and foremost a fairy-tale game, not a childish and cruel story in the spirit of the Grimm brothers with a rather predictable ending that completely disappears from the head. But the elaborated atmosphere and interesting characters remain in thoughts for a long time. They also distinguish the game from the background of many other middle peasants.
3. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a project from the creators of the Dark Souls series, resembling something between a third part and Bloodborne. The developers changed the setting, and also moved away from pure fantasy to pseudo-realism – but with mystical elements. The game takes place in feudal Japan in the period of Sengoku (the so-called “era of the warring provinces”, XV-XVII centuries). Under the control of the player is Sekiro, a warrior with a bone arm, armed with a sword and a rope with a hook. His goal is revenge, and for this, he has to break through many enemies. The Shadows Die Twice combat system resembles Dark Souls and Bloodborne, but it is even more aggressive – there are no blocks and shields, only parries. And in the case of the death of the character, he can be revived right on the spot, finishing off stunned enemies. But what Sekiro doesn’t have is upgrading like in the previous games in the series – it is replaced with the upgrades of the hero’s artificial hand and his stuff.
2. Metro Exodus
Number 2 in my top 10 list is Metro: Exodus is a sequel to Metro: Last Light, whose events develop in a post-apocalyptic Russia. Exodus continues the plot of the previous part and allows the survivors of the nuclear catastrophe to leave Moscow. On a train “Aurora” Artem and other survivors go to a significant world full of adventures and dangers to find a new place suitable for a normal life. Unlike Metro: Last Light, Metro: Exodus will offer players not just corridor locations, but a wide range of open locations connected by a game plot. Each place offers its unique challenges, conditions and enemies, and each of them makes an impact on the plot. Players should remember, Metro is not S.T.A.L.K.E.R., that is why it is not possible to move everywhere in locations — Artem and other characters can only move forward in the storyline, so they cannot return to old locations.
1. Resident Evil 2
Number 1 in our top 10 ranks is the game that every Xbox One owner must have in his collection. Resident Evil 2 is a complete remake of the cult game, which is designed from scratch on a modern graphics engine RE Engine. Like the original, the remake will offer two full-fledged campaigns – for police officer Leon and student Claire Redfield, who is desperately looking for her brother. However, it will be a game with a modern approach to the location of the camera over the shoulder of the player, instead of a static one, like it was in the previous version. The original Resident Evil 2 was released twenty years ago, in 1998. As in the legendary original, you will fall into Raccoon City teeming with bloodthirsty zombies, in which you will find terrifying discoveries, various puzzles, non-linearity of the plot and various locations! If the Resident Evil 1 HD remaster was the best way to get to know the first part, then Resident Evil 2 is the best way to understand why the second is so loved and respected. It doesn’t matter if you are familiar with the series or not. Old people wipe away a tear of gratitude, and newcomers touch the philosophy of game design, which the gaming industry has long forgotten about.
For Xbox One players, the year 2019 was a success and brought a lot of masterpieces. All of them do not fit within the same review, but even games presented in my top 10 rankings are enough for a long and interesting pastime.