The Xbox One has seen a surge in popularity in the last few months with the arrival of the Xbox One S, as well as a few exclusive titles that you cannot find on any other platform. Whether you are a casual gamer, or one of the best players on a particular multiplayer experience, Microsoft’s current console has provided something for everyone in 2016. If you know someone who has bought an Xbox One in the lead up to Christmas, or will be getting one on the big day, here are a few suggestions for some great games at affordable prices.
The world after the apocalypse has been imagined many times, but you would be hard pressed to find an experience that is as immersive as Bethesda’s latest entry in the Fallout series. Along with your faithful companion Dogmeat, as well as a host of weird and wonderful characters, you will need to be on your guard to ensure you survive the wasteland.
Perfect For: RPG fans, or anyone who loves to experience a desolate version of the future.
Best Price: Amazon, £14.99
The latest game by the team that brought you Alan Wake and Max Payne takes you on a unique journey through the complexity of time. After an experiment goes badly wrong, Jack Joyce is flung into a world where the fabric of time is fading away, so you must use your newly acquired powers to put things right, despite the wishes of your former friend who has been driven mad by the experiment.
Perfect For: Action fans, especially those who will enjoy the four part live action drama series included in game.
Best Price: Tesco, £17.50
If you enjoyed the reboot of Ratchet and Clank by Insomniac Games, you might be surprised to learn they developed this third person shooter for Xbox One last year. After a new brand of fizzy beverage causes mysterious mutations to the people that drink it, it is up to you to bring the “awesome apocalypse” under control by finding the source of the epidemic and shutting it down. One of the best parts is that you can choose to play in multiplayer co-op to take down the mutants together and save the world.
Perfect For: Shooter fans, and anyone who wants a co-operative experience available in the story campaign.
Best Price: Tesco, £8.50
Rise of the Tomb Raider
After the success of the Tomb Raider reboot released in 2013, Core Design opted to produce a direct sequel, which follows Lara as she embarks on a journey to uncover a relic which will help her friend Sam overcome the darkness that has been awakened inside her. Along the way, she will have to deal with her own post traumatic stress from her previous adventures, and a mysterious government agency named Trinity,
Perfect For: Adventure fans, and anyone who enjoyed the many previous adventures of Lara Croft.
Best Price: Amazon, £21.50
Final Fantasy XV
The latest entry in the Final Fantasy series was originally developed to be part of the Final Fantasy XIII saga, but was eventually developed into it’s own separate release. The game focuses on a young prince named Noctis, who is journeying with his three closest friends to find a way to overcome the empire of Niflheim, who have overtaken the kingdom of Lucis by brute force.
Perfect For: RPG fans, and anyone who wants to experience an immersive story driven experience with intriguing characters.
Best Price: The Game Collection, £38.95
A vast collection of thirty games from Rare, ranging from the early years from the arcade with Battletoads, to the candy based garden simulator that is Viva Pinata. Some of the highlights of this collection are the first two Banjo Kazooie games, the adult humour filled Conker’s Bad Fur Day and the Xbox spirit hunting classic Grabbed by the Ghoulies.
Perfect For: Retro fans, and anyone who wants to experience the history of one of the world’s most prolific developers.
Best Price: Coolshop, £11.95
Forza Horizon 3
The latest entry in the Forza Horizon series takes us back to the vast open world that the series is known for. The map is twice as large as the previous entry, and contains the largest amount of playable cars that have ever been included in a Forza game. What makes this entry in the series unique is that it can be played on both PC and Xbox One, so you can continue your progress on either your console or your desktop/laptop.
Perfect For: Racing fans, and anyone who wants to see one of the best high definition driving experiences currently available.
Best Price: Coolshop, £11.95
The second entry in the Titanfall series has been given almost universal praise over the improvements that have been made since the original game. This time around, the fist person shooter includes a single player campaign, as well as more options to customise both your Titans and your own weaponry.
Perfect For: FPS fans, and anyone who wants a fast paced online multiplayer experience.
Best Price: Gameseek, £39.75
The sixth game in the Skylanders franchise is currently planned to be the final entry in the series, and to round things off with a bang, Activision have offered us the ability to create our own Skylander heroes, and save them to magical crystals in a similar manner to the trap devices used in Skylanders Trap Team. The Skylands are once again under threat from the sorcerer Kaos, so it is up to you and the Skylanders to save the day, along with the new Sensei figures who are leading the charge. Some of the new figures you can buy separately this time around include the legendary hero Crash Bandicoot and his nemesis Dr Neo Cortex.
Perfect For: Platformer fans, and anyone who wants to create their own heroes to venture forward with.
Best Price: Smyths, £49.99
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
If you are a fan of Halo, this current generation remaster of the first four games in the series is one of the best multiplayer experiences available on the Xbox One. From the early beginnings with the first Halo, to the excellent Halo 4, this compilation will offer endless amounts of nostalgia for any fan of the series. It now also includes the single player campaign from the Halo 3 ODST expansion, thanks to an update provided by Bungie after the game’s release.
Perfect For: Shooter fans, and anyone who revisit the previous entries of the Halo franchise.
Best Price: Amazon, £23.79
Although it had a rocky start, the Xbox One is now a force to be reckoned with, and will certainly provide many hours of entertainment to any gamer this year with the titles we have recommended. If you need to find games for other formats, be sure to check our Holiday Gift Guide 2016 Hub for more ideas for more ideas to rank up your Social Links.