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We might have seen the end of the Xbox One era, but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the end of Xbox One games. If you decided to skip out on the Xbox One but plan on picking up an Xbox Series X or Series X, you’ve got the entire previous generation of games available to you.
Even better, if you happen to have a subscription to Xbox Game Pass, you can play all of the games we’ve gathered here at no additional cost. Of course, some people like to own physical versions of their games, so we’ll make it easy for you with links to buy them as well.
While we wait to see how Halo Infinite pans out, it’s well worth visiting to most recent game in the series to catch up with the story so far. If you’ve played the earlier games, you’ll have a better time understanding it, but the game does catch you up on what you need to know about the events of the previous games.
2. Gears 5
The latest entry in the Gears of War franchise picks up where Gears of War 4 left off, but chops its name down for simplicity’s sake. If you’ve ever played a Gears game, you know what you’re getting into here, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less fun to play. Just make sure to play the previous game first.
While Burnout Paradise may still hold the mantle for best open-world racing game made to date, Forza Horizon 4 gives it a run for its money. With tons of different styles of racing, challenges, and open-world exploration, this blows other similar racing games out of the water.
Sunset Overdrive is a bold concept, one that blends a zombie apocalypse with a bizarre sense of humor and movement that wouldn’t feel out of place in Jet Grind Radio. In retrospect, it also hinted at the direction Insomniac would take with Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4.
While it doesn’t have anything new in terms of story, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is jam-packed with value. This collection gathers six Halo games in one package, at least when it comes to the single-player, while multiplayer uses maps from across the games’ history. If you’ve never played the Halo series, now you can play, well, all of them.
Before Forza Horizon, the main Forza series provided the go-to racing games on Xbox consoles. As the console’s answer to Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport 7 doesn’t feel quit as sim-style, but it is far from an arcade racer. If you prefer your races on bespoke tracks, take this over the Forza Horizon series. Better yet, play both.
The Xbox One has no shortage of fighting games, but most of them are also available on Sony’s console. Killer Instinct, calling back to the original SNES fighter, launched as a free-to-play game but the Game Pass version gives you the whole package, meaning it feels much more like a “proper” fighting game.
8. Rare Replay
While Rare was once a Nintendo-only franchise, the team jumped ship to Microsoft in the early 2000s. Rare Replay traces the company’s history across 30 games, including those from the Nintendo era. If you love retro games or video game history, don’t miss out on this one.
When it launched, ReCore had a fair number of issues, and its reputation hasn’t recovered. That said, Keiji Inafune’s unique action-adventure takes its inspiration from Metroid Prime, but this game feels better to play. Later on it can get a little repetitive and it doesn’t have much of an ending, but it’s still worth checking out.
More Xbox One Games Worth Playing
While the exclusives here are great, they’re far from the only Xbox One games worth playing. If you’re an Xbox One owner and still haven’t chosen which next-gen console is for you, don’t worry, there are plenty of games that can keep you occupied.