Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Xbox One Games

  • Publish Date: December 31, 2019
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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 2019

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

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box Resident Evil 2 Buy From Amazon 93
Nearly 21 years after it was originally released (for the very first PlayStation console), Capcom's survival horror classic returned in early 2019 with this HD overhaul that successfully brought the game into the modern era.
2Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Buy From Amazon91
3Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne  90
4F1 2019  89
5Apex Legends Buy From Amazon88
6Devil May Cry 5 Buy From Amazon87
7Mortal Kombat 11 Buy From Amazon86
8Sid Meier's Civilization VI NEWBuy From Amazon86
9NHL 20  85
10Guacamelee! 2  85
11The Outer Worlds NEWBuy From Amazon85
12Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster Buy From Amazon85
13Age of Wonders: Planetfall  85
14The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series Buy From Amazon85
15Trials Rising Buy From Amazon85
16Outer Wilds  85
17Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled Buy From Amazon84
18Gears 5 Buy From Amazon84
19Frostpunk: Console Edition NEWBuy From Amazon84
20Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night  84
21Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair NEWBuy From Amazon84
22Control Buy From Amazon84
23Arise: A Simple Story NEW 84
24Wreckfest Buy From Amazon83
25A Plague Tale: Innocence Buy From Amazon83
... and the worst-reviewed:
150The Bradwell Conspiracy NEW 54
151Asterix & Obelix XXL 3: The Crystal Menhir NEW 52
152Generation Zero Buy From Amazon50
153Monster Jam Steel Titans Buy From Amazon47
154WWE 2K20 NEWBuy From Amazon45

Includes games released between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 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, 2019.

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
1Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018) Buy From Amazon97
2Grand Theft Auto V (2014) Buy From Amazon97
3Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015) Buy From Amazon95
4Celeste (2018)  94
5Resident Evil 2 (2019) Buy From Amazon93
6INSIDE (2016)  93
7Forza Horizon 4 (2018) Buy From Amazon92
8Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition (2018)  92
9What Remains of Edith Finch (2017)  92
10The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015) Buy From Amazon91
11Overwatch (2016) Buy From Amazon91
12Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019) Buy From Amazon91
13Forza Horizon 3 (2016) Buy From Amazon91
14Dead Cells (2018)  91
15Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne (2019)  90
16NieR: Automata - Become as Gods Edition (2018)  90
17Monster Hunter: World (2018) Buy From Amazon90
18NBA 2K17 (2016) Buy From Amazon90
19F1 2019 (2019)  89
20Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (2015) Buy From Amazon89
21Stardew Valley (2016) Buy From Amazon89
22Destiny: The Taken King (2015)  89
23Injustice 2 (2017) Buy From Amazon89
24Fallout 4 (2015) Buy From Amazon88
25N++ (2017)  88

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 (7)

  • eli_fjr  

    I haven't played any of these.

  • 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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