Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Xbox One Games

  • Publish Date: October 1, 2016
  • Comments: ↓ 6 user comments

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 2016

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

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box INSIDE   92
This dystopian puzzle-platformer is the first game from Danish indie studio Playdead since its groundbreaking 2010 hit Limbo.
2Overwatch Buy From Amazon91
3Forza Horizon 3 Buy From Amazon91
4NBA 2K17 Buy From Amazon90
5Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition Buy From Amazon88
6Dishonored 2 NEWBuy From Amazon88
7DOOM Buy From Amazon87
8Battlefield 1 NEWBuy From Amazon87
9Dark Souls III Buy From Amazon87
10Titanfall 2 NEWBuy From Amazon87
11Rocket League Buy From Amazon87
12Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 Buy From Amazon87
13XCOM 2 Buy From Amazon87
14The Witness  86
15DiRT Rally Buy From Amazon86
16Killer Instinct Season 3 Buy From Amazon86
17Forza Horizon 3: Blizzard Mountain NEW 86
18Dying Light: The Following  86
19Firewatch  85
20F1 2016 Buy From Amazon85
21FIFA 17 Buy From Amazon84
22Gears of War 4 NEWBuy From Amazon84
23The Banner Saga 2  84
24FRU  84
25BioShock: The Collection Buy From Amazon84
... and the worst-reviewed:
195Paranautical Activity  48
196Coffin Dodgers  46
1977 Days to Die Buy From Amazon35
198Ghostbusters Buy From Amazon32
199Soda Drinker Pro  31

Includes games released between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 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 December 31, 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)  92
4The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015) Buy From Amazon91
5Overwatch (2016) Buy From Amazon91
6Forza Horizon 3 (2016) Buy From Amazon91
7NBA 2K17 (2016) Buy From Amazon90
8Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (2015) Buy From Amazon89
9Destiny: The Taken King (2015)  89
10Fallout 4 (2015) Buy From Amazon88
11Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition (2015) Buy From Amazon88
12FIFA 14 (2013) Buy From Amazon88
13Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition (2016) Buy From Amazon88
14Dishonored 2 (2016) NEWBuy From Amazon88
15Minecraft: Xbox One Edition (2014) Buy From Amazon88
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (2014)  88
17Ori and the Blind Forest (2015) Buy From Amazon88
18Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) Buy From Amazon87
19DOOM (2016) Buy From Amazon87
20Battlefield 1 (2016) NEWBuy From Amazon87
21Dark Souls III (2016) Buy From Amazon87
22Titanfall 2 (2016) NEWBuy From Amazon87
23Forza Motorsport 6 (2015)  87
24Rocket League (2016) Buy From Amazon87
25Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (2016) Buy From Amazon87

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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