Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Xbox One Games

  • Publish Date: December 31, 2015
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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 April.

Best-reviewed Xbox One games of 2015

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

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Buy From Amazon 95
This follow-up to Ground Zeroes is deeper, bigger, and better, and it finishes the year as the top game on both the PS4 and Xbox One.
2The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Buy From Amazon91
3Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Buy From Amazon89
4Destiny: The Taken King  89
5Fallout 4 NEWBuy From Amazon88
6Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition NEWBuy From Amazon88
7Ori and the Blind Forest Buy From Amazon88
8Forza Motorsport 6  87
9Shovel Knight Buy From Amazon86
10DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition Buy From Amazon86
11NBA 2K16 Buy From Amazon86
12Rise of the Tomb Raider NEWBuy From Amazon86
13Mortal Kombat X Buy From Amazon86
14Batman: Arkham Knight Buy From Amazon85
15Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 Buy From Amazon85
16Halo 5: Guardians NEWBuy From Amazon84
17Rare Replay Buy From Amazon84
18Madden NFL 16 Buy From Amazon84
19FIFA 16 Buy From Amazon84
20SteamWorld Dig  83
21Castle Crashers Remastered  83
22Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Buy From Amazon82
23Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones  82
24Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime  82
25Resident Evil HD Remaster  82
... and the worst-reviewed:
145Infinity Runner  44
146Funk of Titans  43
147Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 Buy From Amazon38
148Project Root  38
149Giana Sisters: Dream Runners  32

Includes games released between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015 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 December 31, 2015.

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
3The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015) Buy From Amazon91
4Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (2015) Buy From Amazon89
5Destiny: The Taken King (2015)  89
6Fallout 4 (2015) NEWBuy From Amazon88
7Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition (2015) NEWBuy From Amazon88
8FIFA 14 (2013) Buy From Amazon88
9Minecraft: Xbox One Edition (2014) Buy From Amazon88
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (2014)  88
11Ori and the Blind Forest (2015) Buy From Amazon88
12Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) Buy From Amazon87
13Forza Motorsport 6 (2015)  87
14Shovel Knight (2015) Buy From Amazon86
15NBA 2K14 (2013) Buy From Amazon86
16DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition (2015) Buy From Amazon86
17NBA 2K16 (2015) Buy From Amazon86
18Titanfall (2014) Buy From Amazon86
19Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition (2014) Buy From Amazon86
20Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015) NEWBuy From Amazon86
21Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (2014) Buy From Amazon86
22Forza Horizon 2 (2014) Buy From Amazon86
23Mortal Kombat X (2015) Buy From Amazon86
24Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) Buy From Amazon85
25Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) Buy From Amazon85

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 (5)

  • 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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