The Xbox One, Microsoft’s most recent console that follows in the not-inconsiderable footsteps of the Xbox and Xbox 360, has a whole host of fantastic games available. Over 10 million units have been shipped, and its backwards compatibility with selected Xbox 360 games has boosted the arsenal of available games further.
The tyranny of choice is a terrible thing, and if you’re looking for a new Xbox One game to pass the time then you might be overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available to you. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a short list of three very different but very enjoyable games that should suit any gamer.
Grand Theft Auto V
Developer: Rockstar Games
Release: November 2014
About: Grand Theft Auto V was re-released for Xbox one in 2014, having previously enjoyed success on the Xbox 360. This isn’t a simple cut-and-paste for a new console, though, as the Xbox One version enjoys a wealth of new features and options that is sure to keep even die-hard fans happy on top of the improved performance and graphics that a console upgrade entails.
There are additional bonuses, side missions and more in the main game, which in true Grand Theft Auto style boasts a huge number of missions and activities on a gigantic open world map. However, the biggest draw of Grand Theft Auto V on Xbox One is undoubtedly the multi-player mode, which unleashes the chaos of Grand Theft Auto among you and your friends.
Grand Theft Auto V supports up to 30 players in multiplayer mode, with all the classic vehicles and weapons available to your fully customisable character. On top of that, this boasts the first time that Grand Theft Auto is playable in first-person mode, which considering the amount of game time you’ll spend firing a gun is pretty overdue!
Developer: 505 Games
Release: August 2016
About: How’s this for a winning pair: computer games and card games. This high-stakes role-playing game is set in the seedy underbelly of Prominence, a mysterious town founded by crooks, gangsters and worse. Go head-to-head against different gangs and use your card skills to survive your ascent up the city’s hierarchy.
Hundreds of thousands of Canadians regularly enjoy online poker and other classic games like slots, blackjack or baccarat. So it’s no surprise that this game has proved popular, promising realistic and high-stakes poker intensity directly from your console. Though it might not be the real-money online poker enjoyed online, the success of games like Zynga Poker proves that people love to play for fun regardless.
From the developers of Wold Series of Poker: Full House Pro, this game features a single-player mode that sees you take on the town one at a time, plus many other game modes and full character customisation. Design your personal avatar and hit the tables, making your way through the corrupt down and defeating opponents on your way to a high-stakes heads-up showdown with the evil Mayor of Prominence.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Release: May 2014
About: When you think of first-person shooter games on the Xbox, you think of Call of Duty and – of course – the Halo series. However, one highly overlooked and underrated series dates back far beyond these and brings its latest instalment in the shape of Wolfenstein: The New Order.
A resurrection of the classic Wolfenstein series, The New Order is set in an alternate universe 1960 where World War II still rages. You take on the role of BJ Blazkowicz, a super-soldier who is the only hope to end the brutal oppression of a twenty-year war and restore the world to balance.
In short, anyone who is keen on first-person shooter games should definitely be playing the latest addition to a classic series. Similarly, anyone who has yet to really play many first-person shooter games will find no better place to start than with one of the all-time classic and original first-person shooters in the shape of Wolfenstein.