The Xbox One console is a favorite among fans and critics, and the best games of 2015 look outstanding when played with its powerful graphics processing. Compared to other consoles, the Xbox One is geared more toward grown-up gamers than to kids, and the adult themes and mature storytelling provide many hours of fun and fascinating visuals for players who are perhaps 14 or older. The artwork of modern video games keeps getting more technically advanced, and the Xbox One includes the most powerful graphics engine of any Xbox system, allowing gamers to experience surreal fantasy worlds in all their lifelike detail.
1. Grand Theft Auto V
The release of Grand Theft Auto V was one of the biggest events in video game history, and the elaborately realistic world created by Rockstar Games lets players experience a full-size simulation of the city of Los Angeles, called Los Santos in the game. The storytelling has been hailed by critics, and the incredible technical achievement of the game play is truly impressive to experience. Play the included story or go online against other players.
2. Battlefield Hardline Deluxe Edition
This game is one of the most popular of 2015, and it’s another one with dark, gritty storytelling. A crime drama set in a fictional city similar to New York, Battlefield Hardline lets you play as police officer Nick Mendoza to chase members of an organized crime syndicate or as a member of the crime ring in multi-player battle mode. The game play is similar to classic adventure games like Tomb Raider and Metal Gear Solid.
3. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Dedicated gaming fans get into heated debates over whether Call of Duty is better than Halo or vice versa, so it’s safe to say that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is one of the best games for Xbox One. This game features acting from Oscar winner Kevin Spacey as Jonathan Irons, an enigmatic billionaire who unofficially runs the city in the game. It’s set in a future where military forces are privately funded by corporations that make money from warfare.
4. NBA 2K15
This game is probably the most realistic basketball video game currently available, and it allows you to play a full season as the manager of any team in the NBA. There are fictional story lines that you can experience as a player on the team, and the 2015 version has many new offensive and defensive moves available on the court. All the top NBA players are included in this fan favorite, and you can experiment by trading players to the teams you think they should play for.
5. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
The Halo series is an exclusive title for Microsoft, and it’s one of the most critically acclaimed video games of all time. The Master Chief Collection includes every Halo game up to Halo 5: Guardians Beta, and it gives gamers a complete introduction to the Halo universe. The story is a science fiction thriller set in outer space, and it has proved so popular with audiences that a streaming film series is included with the disc.
6. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD
The latest game in the Final Fantasy series has finally been released in America, and audiences have responded with unanimous enthusiasm and excitement. Like past games in the series, Type-0 HD has a dark, complex plot centered around magic and a dystopian science fiction world like that of a serious anime cartoon. The world of Orience is in turmoil, and the object of the game is to restore balance by investigating a strange mystery.
This game is one of the best of 2015, because of its superb storytelling and game mechanics. It’s an online-only multi-player adventure, and it requires a membership in the Xbox Live Gold service to unlock the different plot lines. The graphics are breathtaking, and the first-person playing style is similar to classic games such as Metroid Prime and Half Life. You can design your own character, which allows you to play through a different version of the story for each character you make.
8. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
This two-game set is perfect for anyone who loved both Borderlands games or who never had a chance to play them. The Handsome Collection includes Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Borderlands 2, and both of these games have received numerous awards for innovative game play and storytelling. The outstanding graphics of the original games are enhanced with the beefed-up graphics processing of the Xbox One, and the cross-save feature allows you to play your game on any platform.
9. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
This game, based on the massively popular Lord of the Rings stories, lets you return to Mordor in Middle Earth to fight Sauron the wizard. There are tons of incredible battle moves to explore, and the world map is one of the most detailed and elaborate in modern gaming. This imagining of Middle Earth is perhaps slightly darker than the films made by Peter Jackson, and the fighting is a mix or swordplay, hand-to-hand combat and magic.
10. Dying Light
Dying Light can be described as a bleak, realistic zombie apocalypse story, but it goes beyond the familiar zombie territory by offering truly unique game controls and combat mechanics. In a world overrun by the undead, zombies become more active and aggressive at night, and you must navigate the elaborate world map by scaling buildings, jumping across rooftops and ducking under dumpsters to escape the mobs of the infected.