Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Xbox One Games

  • Publish Date: October 1, 2018
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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 January.

Best-reviewed Xbox One games of 2018 (through September 30)

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

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition NEW   95
The acclaimed 2017 RPG was re-released in 2018 with slicker HD graphics for Xbox One X owners, plus some new content.
2Celeste  94
3Forza Horizon 4 NEWBuy From Amazon92
4Dead Cells NEW 91
5NieR: Automata - Become as Gods Edition  90
6Monster Hunter: World Buy From Amazon90
7The Banner Saga 3 NEW 88
8Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice  88
9Dragon Ball FighterZ Buy From Amazon86
10Destiny 2: Forsaken NEW 86
11PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds NEWBuy From Amazon86
Dark Souls Remastered Buy From Amazon86
13NHL 19 NEWBuy From Amazon84
14Moonlighter  84
15F1 2018 NEWBuy From Amazon84
16NBA 2K19 NEWBuy From Amazon84
17Forgotton Anne  83
18Shadow of the Tomb Raider NEWBuy From Amazon83
19Overcooked! 2 NEWBuy From Amazon83
20Owlboy  83
21Yoku's Island Express Buy From Amazon83
22Warhammer: Vermintide 2 NEW 83
23Prey: Mooncrash  82
24Far Cry 5 Buy From Amazon82
25FIFA 19 NEWBuy From Amazon82
... and the worst-reviewed:
128Yet Another Zombie Defense HD  45
129Tennis World Tour Buy From Amazon42
130Past Cure Buy From Amazon34
131Agony Buy From Amazon34
132Gene Rain NEW 32

Includes games released between January 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018 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 September 30, 2018.

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
2Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition (2018) NEW 95
3Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015) Buy From Amazon95
4Celeste (2018)  94
5INSIDE (2016)  93
6What Remains of Edith Finch (2017)  92
7Forza Horizon 4 (2018) NEWBuy From Amazon92
8The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015) Buy From Amazon91
9Dead Cells (2018) NEW 91
10Overwatch (2016) Buy From Amazon91
11Forza Horizon 3 (2016) Buy From Amazon91
12NieR: Automata - Become as Gods Edition (2018)  90
13Monster Hunter: World (2018) Buy From Amazon90
14NBA 2K17 (2016) Buy From Amazon90
15Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (2015) Buy From Amazon89
16Stardew Valley (2016) Buy From Amazon89
17Destiny: The Taken King (2015)  89
18Injustice 2 (2017) Buy From Amazon89
19Fallout 4 (2015) Buy From Amazon88
20N++ (2017)  88
21Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (2017) Buy From Amazon88
22Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition (2015) Buy From Amazon88
23FIFA 14 (2013) Buy From Amazon88
24Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition (2016) Buy From Amazon88
25Dishonored 2 (2016) Buy From Amazon88

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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