Most of the best Xbox exclusives are games that you can only play if you have an Xbox One, Xbox Series X, or PC. These games are only available to people who are part of Microsoft’s gaming ecosystem. There are still some games that are only available on the Xbox ecosystem, not on other consoles like the PlayStation or Nintendo Switch. This is because they are not available on other consoles, like the Switch or PlayStation.
If you have Xbox Game Pass, you can get most (if not all) of them for free. They also become some of the best PC games.
If you want more ideas for games that work on both Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass, check out our lists of the best Xbox One games and the best games on Xbox Game Pass. The best external hard drives for the Xbox One and the best Xbox One accessories are all here. If you’re short on hard drive space or need more accessories, check them out. If you just want the best Xbox games, read on for 10 must-have classics.
Ooblets is a beautiful mix of Stardew Valley and Pokemon. You grow and collect the Ooblets, which are what the game is named for. To play this game, you’ll fight each other in dance battles, learn about the people who live in the town and even farther away. Because this game is in Early Access, it’s always changing. Ooblets has a lot of fun things to do, like seasonal events, fun drops, and more.
Tunic is a game that looks a lot like Souls and has a lot of Zelda influence, and it’s also really cute. In this game, you play as a fox that’s been in a strange world full of weird things and puzzles. With nothing, you figure out where to find a stick, then a sword, a shield and then magic. Then you can start to peel back the layers of the world. It’s beautiful and clever, with a clever game manual system that will make you scrawl notes into the wee hours.
Rare Replay is one of those great compilations that brings together the best work from a single studio. Rare Replay is a good thing to celebrate because they’re, uh, not that many. Released to mark Rare’s 30th anniversary, Rare Replay brings together the studio’s iconic characters from its earliest 2D titles to Xbox 360 releases. You’ll be able to see and do:
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Some times, you just want to see how your house looks from the cockpit of a Boeing-747. Microsoft Flight Simulator is more than happy to help you out. The beloved franchise flew back into our hearts by giving us everything we’d expect from a flight simulator, as well as the kind of peaceful experience you’d want to have when you were 50’000 feet in the air. Well, until you have to land again.
This unique indie is one of the more meditative best Xbox games on this list. It puts you in the middle of an arid and pastel world that you’ll want to explore. If you want a break from the FPS and racing games on this list, this is the game for you. It has a beautiful soundtrack by Japanese Breakfast that tracks your steps as you explore this mysterious world.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Unless you’ve played at least one Halo game on your Xbox, you can’t really say you own one! It’s the series that made the console look good at games, so Halo: The Master Chief Collection is pretty close to being a must-have. Also, you can choose to remaster the older games so you can play them as they were when they were first made, or in an updated version that looks better than before. There’s even multiplayer, but it didn’t start out well and now, a few years later, it isn’t as busy as it used to be. No, the main thing here is the chance to play through four of the Xbox’s most important games in their best possible form. The early games have been remade with better graphics, the frame rate has been raised, and more. Everything is brought up to today’s standards, and the classics are remastered and re-energized.
Quantum Break, a game made by Remedy Entertainment, which also made Max Payne and Alan Wake, might have gone a little over the top with its TV tie-ins, but there are times when its third-person shooting and temporal powers really shine. As Jack Joyce, played by Shawn Ashmore, you’ve become a time-manipulating god and must use your new powers to wipe out waves of armed goons and stop the cataclysmic End of Time. Those moments when you trap enemies in a prism-like stasis bubble, shoot them with bullets that will soon be unfrozen, and then warp-dash over to another baddie for a melee takedown are worth playing Quantum Break for. You can do all this in a few seconds.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
There is only one game that could replace Ori and the Blind Forest on this list. That game is its sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Both games are good, but Moon Studios’ new action-platformer is better than the original in every way, from its fluid platforming to its beautiful world to its heartbreaking story. I think it’s more original, more difficult, and because of its completely reworked combat and RPG-lite customization systems, it’s a lot more interesting. As a game, it’s one of the best-looking and best-playing 2D platformers ever made. It’s also a great Metroidvania, and it’s the perfect way to end one of the best Xbox One stories.
With the Ratchet & Clank series, Insomniac Games made a name for itself with its wide variety of outlandish weapons. So the studio decided to take that expertise and build an open-world metropolis filled with colour around it, and add a healthy dose of punk rock attitude. Sunset Overdrive lets you do some pretty crazy things with mass destruction. You can launch bowling bowls, fireworks, exploding teddy bears, and more, killing hordes of mutants, robots, and weird gang members with your physics-defying sneakers as you grind along telephone poles with your physics-defying sneakers. Try as it might, Sunset Overdrive isn’t very funny. But the sheer fun and freedom of grinding, flipping, and air-dashing around its urban playground make it worth a try.
The Ascent is an Xbox-exclusive co-op shooter made by a small indie team. It does a lot with very little, and it’s very fun. What else would you expect from a game set in a huge Cyberpunk city? Playing this twin-stock game is always fun, but especially because you can fight through waves of enemies as a team of four on Xbox. Think of it as a modern Diablo, where you’re always looking for better loot and gear while going out to find it.
There comes a point in The Ascent where you can kill your enemies with ease, and you’ll be able to use different types of weapons and add-ons that make the game play very different over time. As a group or alone, you can fight your way up through the rustic ranks in The Ascent, a great game that blends genres with lots of style and fun action. Xbox exclusive games don’t come around very often.