Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Xbox One Games

  • Publish Date: December 31, 2018
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Best-reviewed Xbox One games of 2018

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

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box Red Dead Redemption 2 NEW Buy From Amazon 97
This October sequel to Rockstar's hit 2010 western game Red Dead Redemption is now the best-reviewed XB1 game of all time.
2Celeste  94
3Forza Horizon 4 Buy From Amazon92
4Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition  92
5Dead Cells  91
6NieR: Automata - Become as Gods Edition  90
7Monster Hunter: World Buy From Amazon90
8The Banner Saga 3  88
9Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Buy From Amazon88
10Assassin's Creed Odyssey NEWBuy From Amazon87
11Dragon Ball FighterZ Buy From Amazon86
12Destiny 2: Forsaken  86
13Dark Souls Remastered Buy From Amazon86
14Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 NEWBuy From Amazon85
15PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Buy From Amazon85
16F1 2018 Buy From Amazon84
17SoulCalibur VI NEWBuy From Amazon84
18Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden NEW 84
19Moonlighter  84
20Hitman 2 NEWBuy From Amazon84
21Forgotton Anne  83
22NBA 2K19 Buy From Amazon83
23Overcooked! 2 Buy From Amazon83
24Spyro Reignited Trilogy NEWBuy From Amazon83
25FIFA 19 Buy From Amazon83
... and the worst-reviewed:
170Yet Another Zombie Defense HD  45
171Tennis World Tour Buy From Amazon42
172Past Cure Buy From Amazon34
173Agony Buy From Amazon34
174Gene Rain  32

Includes games released between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 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 December 31, 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
1Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018) NEWBuy From Amazon97
2Grand Theft Auto V (2014) Buy From Amazon97
3Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015) Buy From Amazon95
4Celeste (2018)  94
5INSIDE (2016)  93
6Forza Horizon 4 (2018) Buy From Amazon92
7Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition (2018)  92
8What Remains of Edith Finch (2017)  92
9The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015) Buy From Amazon91
10Overwatch (2016) Buy From Amazon91
11Forza Horizon 3 (2016) Buy From Amazon91
12Dead Cells (2018)  91
13NieR: Automata - Become as Gods Edition (2018)  90
14Monster Hunter: World (2018) Buy From Amazon90
15NBA 2K17 (2016) Buy From Amazon90
16Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (2015) Buy From Amazon89
17Stardew Valley (2016) Buy From Amazon89
18Destiny: The Taken King (2015)  89
19Injustice 2 (2017) Buy From Amazon89
20Fallout 4 (2015) Buy From Amazon88
21N++ (2017)  88
22Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (2017) Buy From Amazon88
23Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition (2015) Buy From Amazon88
24FIFA 14 (2013) Buy From Amazon88
25Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition (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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