Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Xbox One Games

  • Publish Date: July 1, 2016
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Our "Quarterly Reports" provide a handy list of the 25 best games for each platform, both for the current year so far and for all time. There's a separate report for each platform, and they will be updated again during the first week in October.

Best-reviewed Xbox One games of 2016 (as of July 1st)

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box Inside NEW   92
The first game from Danish indie studio Playdead since its groundbreaking 2010 hit Limbo is another haunting, one-of-a-kind success. It's also one of the best games ever released for the Xbox One.
2Overwatch NEWBuy From Amazon91
3Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition NEWBuy From Amazon88
4DOOM NEWBuy From Amazon87
5Dark Souls III NEWBuy From Amazon87
6Rocket League Buy From Amazon87
7DiRT Rally NEWBuy From Amazon86
8Dying Light: The Following  86
9SUPERHOT NEW 83
10OlliOlli2: XL Edition NEW 83
11Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Buy From Amazon81
12Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Buy From Amazon80
13King's Quest Chapter 3: Once Upon a Climb NEW 80
14Tom Clancy's The Division Buy From Amazon80
15Shantae and the Pirate's Curse  79
16Hitman - Episode 2: Sapienza NEW 79
17Fallout 4: Far Harbor NEW 79
18This War of Mine: The Little Ones  78
19Layers of Fear  78
20Dungeon of the Endless  78
21Oxenfree  78
22Ironcast  78
23Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey Remastered NEW 77
24Far Cry Primal Buy From Amazon77
25Quantum Break NEWBuy From Amazon77
... and the worst-reviewed:
83Party Hard NEW 49
84Homefront: The Revolution NEWBuy From Amazon49
85MagNets: Fully Charged  49
86Coffin Dodgers NEW 45
87Soda Drinker Pro NEW 31

Includes games released between January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016 with at least seven reviews in our database. Note that games are ranked by Metascore prior to rounding. The Metascore is a weighted average of critic reviews on a scale of 0 (bad) to 100 (good). All scores are from July 1, 2016.

Best-reviewed Xbox One games of all time

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game Buy It Metascore
1Grand Theft Auto V (2014) Buy From Amazon97
2Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015) Buy From Amazon95
3Inside (2016) NEW 92
4The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015) Buy From Amazon91
Overwatch (2016) NEWBuy From Amazon91
6Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (2015) Buy From Amazon89
7Destiny: The Taken King (2015)  89
8Fallout 4 (2015) Buy From Amazon88
9Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition (2015) Buy From Amazon88
10FIFA 14 (2013) Buy From Amazon88
11Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition (2016) NEWBuy From Amazon88
12Minecraft: Xbox One Edition (2014) Buy From Amazon88
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (2014)  88
14Ori and the Blind Forest (2015) Buy From Amazon88
15Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) Buy From Amazon87
16DOOM (2016) NEWBuy From Amazon87
17Dark Souls III (2016) NEWBuy From Amazon87
18Forza Motorsport 6 (2015)  87
19Rocket League (2016) Buy From Amazon87
20DiRT Rally (2016) NEWBuy From Amazon86
21Shovel Knight (2015) Buy From Amazon86
22NBA 2K14 (2013) Buy From Amazon86
23DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition (2015) Buy From Amazon86
24NBA 2K16 (2015) Buy From Amazon86
25Titanfall (2014) Buy From Amazon86

Games with fewer than 7 reviews are not eligible for inclusion.

For a complete list of all Xbox One high (and low) scores, visit Metacritic's Xbox One section.

Comments (6)

  • Hooker21  

    Why PS4/XO have different multy platform games in list?
    Like PS4 have Gone Home(87) in 2016 list and XO did not. Why so? game is identical on both platforms.
    Same for LMB and Life is Strange... and and so on.

    These lists are broken. They aren't saying anything.

  • max031  

    so, only 5 out of 25 of "all-time hits" are not available at ps4.

  • cHAG  

    There are 71 critics for Ori and the blind Forest and only 12 and 11 for Dark Souls and The Witcher. ... So Ori should be Number 1 - because its much harder to get that metascore with 71 critics.

  • Bringtherain  

    Terrible list.... Minecraft is fun don't get me wrong. But it doesn't belong anywhere near most of these games for next gen. Either does NBA 2k. Same content with new skin.

  • lemminguk  

    Curious about some rather obvious multi platform games missing from the list. Where's Battlefield 4, Rayman Legends, Lego Marvel etc? They made the PS4 list. Even Assassins Creed 4, seems the XO list has the freedom cry DLC and not the actual game? Seems a bit pointless compiling these lists if it misses half the AAA titles..

  • jlplatten  

    So XBOX One sucks? I look at PS4 list, and it's almost all green. XBOX One's is half yellow?

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