The Xbox One has carved out its niche in the video game market, even as it trails behind Sony’s PlayStation 4. Still, Microsoft has an earned reputation for high-quality titles that push the boundaries of what it means to tell a story via video game action. Microsoft recently announced the arrival of a new system to their lineup, the Xbox One X, which is a higher-resolution version of the Xbox One with more power. With that being said, the Xbox One had an amazing year in 2017. Today we are going to show you three of the top games from the Xbox One’s 2017 line up.
Top 3 Xbox One Games
- Stardew Valley
- Resident Evil 7
- Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition
The Xbox One is probably the most unlikely destination for a farming simulator game that we can imagine. Xbox has largely been focused on big budget, blockbuster style titles like ‘Halo’ or ‘Assassins Creed’ but the release of ‘Stardew Valley’ has completely changed our perspective. Developed originally for the PC, ‘Stardew Valley’ found its way over to the Xbox One during the early portion of 2017. This beautiful farming simulator draws direct inspiration from titles like ‘Harvest Moon’ and ‘Animal Crossing’. Utilizing retro graphics, ‘Stardew Valley’ lulls players into a relaxing rhythm as they develop their farm, plumb the depths of a complex story, and develop their little farmer in whatever way that they see fit. This is an unlikely hit that might just encourage more growth in the relatively stagnate genre of console farming.
- Deep and complex characters make ‘Stardew Valley’ feel alive.
- The retro-pixel graphics make for a wonderful blast of nostalgia.
- The farming system is complex enough to warrant extended playtime.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
At this point in your gaming life you are either fully on board with the Capcom developed ‘Resident Evil’ experience, or you aren’t. Fortunately for us, most gamers have given Capcom free rein to make something horrific, intense, and absolutely delightful. ‘Resident Evil 7: Biohazard’ is a single player game that puts true fear back into a title that had started to grow, well, tepid. ‘Biohazard’ follows Ethan Winters as he searches for his lost wife, Mia. Ethan follows clues to an abandoned home in Louisiana and it is here that things take a turn for the thrilling. We won’t give the story away because you’ll want to experience this for the first time, fresh. The story drives ‘Resident Evil 7’ but the graphics are incredible and the controls, for once, finally feel tight and conducive to your touch. This is probably the best ‘Resident Evil’ title that we have seen in ages.
- Capcom finally brings back true fear to the ‘Resident Evil’ franchise. This game will scare you.
- The story is elaborate, deep, and horrifying. The Baker Family is the best set of antagonists that we have seen in awhile.
- Controls finally feel tight and responsive, pretty much a first for the series.
Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition
We owe the Xbox One directly to the ‘Halo’ franchise. Without ‘Halo: Combat Evolved’ being released as a launch title, we’re not sure that Microsoft would still be in the console business. Now, decades later, we are looking at another ‘Halo’ title: ‘Halo Wars 2: Ultimate edition’. ‘Halo Wars 2’ is probably the best RTS that we have ever played on a console and it could compete with many of the better RTS’s on PC, as well. ‘Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition’ gets right into the action with an expansive single player campaign that will chart you roughly 10 hours to play through it all. The game’s tight controls and deep lore system keep you fully immersed while you battle through enemy after enemy. Like all other ‘Halo’ titles people are going to stick around for the multiplayer mode. There are a variety of different game types to play for including the addicting ‘Stronghold’ mode.
- ‘Halo Wars 2’ features a rich and rewarding single player campaign.
- The controls for this title are better than they have any right to be, especially for an RTS console game.
- ‘Halo Wars 2’ has enough multiplayer options to keep gamers coming back for years.
While the rest of the gaming world looks ahead to the Xbox One X we are content to enjoy the present. The titles we listed above are just a taste of the great games making their way to the Xbox One.