Note: This article was updated in June 2019
The Xbox One launched all the way back in 2013 and now we’re looking at a ton of great video games available within the catalog. There’s a bit of a challenge to go out and pick up every big video game release or download that comes out so a few may have slipped through the cracks. If that’s the case then we have a great list for you. From those who have purchased a console unit the day it launched to newcomers to the platform, we have some of the best Xbox One games you can purchase on the cheap.
We tried to list down some of the titles that normally released with a full video game launch price of around $59.99. While not all of the games in this list released for that particular price, the titles included are discounted now. Don’t pass up on adding these games into your library.
Enter The Gungeon
Enter the Gungeon can be a punishing adventure to take on. Players will be going through a series of procedural-generated levels as they hunt down loot and face against an array of enemies. While you may find yourself taking quite a few deaths along the journey, the game’s ability to reward players with powerful weaponry will entice you into returning for more. Best of all, the game offers a co-op mode to help aid in the journey into the gungeon.
Night In The Woods
Night in the Woods is another title that has become a favorite for fans of the adventure genre. Within the game, players take on the role of a young character by the name of Mae who dropped out of college.
Now back at her hometown and living with her parents, Mae discovers how much time has passed which changed not only her hometown but the friends that she grew up with. This adventure title quickly takes Mae into the woods where she begins to uncover a hidden secret that the town kept long ago.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season
The Walking Dead: The Final Season almost didn’t come out fully as midway into the video game development, Telltale Games closed its doors and this installment was left in limbo. Luckily, Skybound Games stepped up and brought out the final episodes of the game. As the name suggests, this is meant to be the closing season of The Walking Dead for the protagonist throughout the series, Clementine. If you haven’t already played the past video game titles released then we highly recommend going back as it’s quite the deep narrative journey.
Outlast is a first-person survival psychological horror title by development team Red Barrels. The game follows a freelance investigative journalist named Miles Upshur who is searching out a remote psychiatric hospital.
However, what Miles finds is not only disturbing but dangerous leaving him to fight for his life. Being more of a survival horror title, players are encouraged to use stealth to their advantage while maneuvering over various obstacles. Likewise, a big portion of the game is based on the use of a night vision camera to see what is around the area. However, limited batteries are required to run the camera forcing players to seek out replacements as they progress through the narrative campaign.
Cuphead, developed by StudioMDHR Entertainment, is a run and gun platform indie title. Overall, the narrative follows Cuphead and his brother Mugman, as they end up making a terrible bet against the devil. Losing the bet, Cuphead and Mugman are forced to give their souls to the devil, but it seems that our protagonist duo can save themselves if they go out and collect debts owed to the devil.
The devil has a number of souls that are owed to him by other sorrowful cartoon characters. If Cuphead and Mugman can go out and collect all the souls then the devil may just allow them to keep their own souls in return. However, debt collecting is easier said than done, both Cuphead and Mugman will have a difficult road ahead of themselves
This is a perfect game to play with a friend as the majority of the game is filled with bosses to defeat. Each boss can be difficult making players to remember their moves and dodge attacks otherwise you’ll find yourself restarting the boss fight.
Doom is an iconic franchise that sparked interest and a bit of controversy when it launched in 1993. Now, decades later, the game franchise received a much-needed facelift with a completely new reboot known simply as Doom.
The reboot launched in 2016 and thankfully the developer’s id Software did an incredible job at making a true gameplay experience of the franchise. This is a flesh and blood torn massacre for the demons as our protagonist, Doom Guy, unleashes a hell that even the demons weren’t prepared for.
Most often when video games feature demons or any type of creature, there’s a bit of survival horror element tossed into the narrative, but that’s not the case for Doom. Instead, gamers are humanity’s last hope for survival and you’ve got no problem ripping apart limbs off demons or blasting them away with a BFG 9000.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
The third major installment to the Dragon Age franchise, Dragon Age: Inquisition is an action role-playing video game where players take on the role of an Inquisitor who is on a grand journey to deal with the civil unrest in the continent of Thedas.
While developers have set the game to be on the same continent of the past two installments, exploration for Dragon Age: Inquisition is rather massive in comparison. For instance, it’s been noted that the game features a map that is already five times larger than the setting of the first installment of the series. With all that said, you’ll want to set aside some time to really dive into the video game.
Dying Light was created under Techland, who was also the developers behind Dead Island and as such there are some clear similarities between the two. However, between the two video game titles, Dying Light certainly carries a more mature tone and bleak world.
The video game follows an agent named Kyle Crane who is tasked with infiltrating a quarantine zone city of Harran which has become infested with a virus turning civilians into ruthless zombies. Interestingly enough, there’s a twist on the day and night cycle in Dying Light. During the day, the zombies are more lethargic and easier to deal with, though once the sun set’s they become more aggressive and harder to escape.
Developers have also tossed in some parkour elements within the game allowing players to easily traverse the city and its obstacles when fleeing the undead hordes. Combat as well has been changed from the melee focus from what we have seen within Dead Island to gunplay, giving players an action-adventure experience.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
Gears of War was a breakout video game franchise for the Xbox 360. The video game takes place in an apocalyptic war where humanity is pinned against an alien type race known as the Locust Horde. Players step into the role of Marcus Fenix, a COG soldier attempting to save the human race in a long brutal battle. If you missed out on the video game when it first released then you may want to check into the Ultimate Edition which released as a remake of the first title.
This edition of the game also comes loaded with additional campaign content that was only available for the PC platform. Additionally there will be new game modes, maps, and collectibles that were not previously available for Gears of War when it initially released.
Halo 5: Guardians
Halo 5: Guardians is currently the latest main installment to the Halo franchise. Under the new development team, 343 Industries, fans of the franchise was given a slightly different experience to a Halo game. Instead of the main focus being Master Chief, players were split between our beloved hero and a new team of Spartan’s.
It seemed that Master Chief had suddenly gone rogue leaving a new team to track and discover what is going on with the famed supersoldier. There was also some slight changes to the gameplay mechanics and while this title was received with positive reviews, the game wasn’t the most welcomed installment of the series for longtime fans.
With that said, if you have yet to try the game out then we recommend giving it a go today.
Life is Strange
Life is Strange is one of those games that at first glance doesn’t seem to be something that would have such a deep narrative. But when you give it a try, you’ll have a terrible time when it comes to setting the controller down. There are so many elements to the narrative and journey Dontnod Entertainment takes you that it’s easily a great title recommendation.
Within the game, players take the role of a young adult named Max who is in her senior year of high school after she was accepted into a prestigious academy featuring a desirable photography course. This school actually takes Max back to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon and it’s with her return that she stumbles upon her past best Friend, Chloe.
Years have passed since Max left with her parents and their friendship slowly chipped away into nothing more than acquaintances. However, one day Max discovers she has a supernatural ability to reverse time and through it, she is able to rekindle her friendship with Chloe. But with all that said, there is something deeper that resides in Arcadia Bay and this game definitely doesn’t hold back.
You’ll learn of deep dark secrets the town has kept hidden along with morally tough and emotional choices that will alter the narrative. This is an episodic video game and with the entire season available, we highly recommend playing the game. Gameplay is aimed more towards puzzle solving and exploring which makes it easy for anyone to pick up and play.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
We have been waiting for the sequel to Life is Strange since the first season came to a close. Developers Dontnod Entertainment did a spectacular job in crafting a story that kept us playing until the very end. However, while we don’t have a new installment to the franchise that progresses the story or completely alters the world and characters quite yet, we do have a prequel.
Life is Strange: Before The Storm is actually done by a different developer. Instead of Dontnod Entertainment taking the reign during the production of this game, Deck Nine stepped up to plate and gave fans of the first installment some more substance to chew through. Within this game you’ll be taking on the role of Chloe Price, the best friend of Max from Life is Strange.
Again to avoid spoiling too much of either game, especially since Life is Strange is also included in this list, this game takes place shortly after Max moves away from Arcadia Bay. Chloe is left in a mess, something that we were very familiar with throughout Life is Strange.
However, with this installment, we got a real glimpse into what kind of trouble and issues Chloe Price had got herself into. Nothing seemed to have gone Chloe’s way until she finally bumped into a new friend that could take over Max’s place. This is a story that revolves around Chloe Price and Rachel Amber, the girl that was announced missing at the very beginning of Life is Strange.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Taking place after the events of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, players can enjoy the last installment of the beloved franchise in which was directed under Hideo Kojima. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain follows Snake as he goes through a new mission that takes him to a Soviet-occupied Afghanistan territory.
During the journey, Snake seeks his revenge on those who destroyed his forces during the ending of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, however, to do so, Snake will be exploring an open world environment. For fans of the franchise, this latest installment is seen to be a bit different in terms of the gameplay with this time around, developers allow the players a little more freedom when it comes to how they can complete an objective with an open world environment.
It doesn’t take very much to describe Rocket League. The game quickly exploded in popularity when it launched back in 2015 and its popularity still holds strong to this day.
Essentially, Rocket League is a soccer title though played with fast vehicles that can launch into the air to either block or knock the ball into a goal post. The game is easy to understand but difficult to master, making it tough to take a break from the game.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Wolfenstein: The New Order is a reboot of the iconic Wolfenstein franchise. The game puts players into an alternate universe where the world has successfully been taken over by the Nazis party. Overall, the game focuses on BJ Blazkowicz, a man who was once on death row but managed to escape and join the resistance to fight off the Nazis and regain a peaceful regime. From there players will be fighting off the Nazi regime and all of its insane inventions that’s forcing their own orders onto the innocent civilians trying to survive in this world.
Batman: Arkham Knight
If you’re coming from Batman: Arkham City and looking to get a bit more of the caped crusader then Batman: Arkham Knight is one title not to miss out on. The video game acts as a sequel to the Arkham City release where the game picks up one year following the previous title events.
Within the game, Scarecrow had unleashed an attack on Gotham City causing a massive evacuation. Teamed up with a mysterious enemy known as the Arkham Knight, Batman is left within a barren city filled with his greatest foes.
Much like Batman: Arkham City, Arkham Knight allows players to freely transverse through the world map and take on additional side missions. Likewise, developers, Rocksteady Studios introduced a new element to the franchise, the Batmobile.
Batman’s famous vehicle is not only used to help our hero to travel throughout the city, but also a means to solve puzzles along with acting as another combat tool.
The Evil Within
The Evil Within was directed by Resident Evil series creator, Shinji Mikami as the game focuses on Sebastian Castellanos a detective that gets pulled into a distorted world during an investigation. Staying true to the survival horror genre, The Evil Within will have players struggling against a fight with nightmarish creatures while avoiding traps, sneaking around the world, and solving complex puzzles.
Overall, reception of the game was positive with players enjoying the old school survival horror feel when other long-lasting franchises such as Resident Evil was moving towards an action-oriented gameplay.
Firewatch is the debut title for development studio’s Campo Santo. Within the game, players take on the role of a forest fire lookout named Henry. Set back in 1989, Henry’s only form of communication is through a walkie-talkie to another nearby forest fire lookout named Delilah.
Overall, Henry is tasked with maintaining the safety of the forest and preventing forest fires if possible. However, there seems to be something more going out in the woods leading to potential sabotage. During this narrative adventure title, players will discover the reason behind Henry taking a job that essentially secludes him from the outside world.
Stardew Valley has been a huge hit that acts very much like the Harvest Moon franchise. This is a farming style simulation title where players take on the role of a character who inherits their grandfather’s dilapidated farm.
Again, much like Harvest Moon, the game will have players tending to crops and their livestock while also introducing craft goods, mining, among other social activities. Since its release back in 2016 the video game became a massive hit and has sold over three million units by the end of 2017.
If you enjoy stealth action-adventure titles then chances are you have already picked up a copy of Dishonored from development team, Arkane Studios. The video game takes place in a steampunk style city known as Dunwall where players take the role of a body guard to an Empress. However, when the Empress is murdered our hero is falsely blamed leaving him to escape his imprisonment and track down those who are responsible.
Players will find themselves armed with a few stealthy weapons but the real combat aspect that players will be making use of is the various supernatural powers such as agility, time manipulation and taking possession of another body.
Mortal Kombat X
Mortal Kombat is another iconic video game franchise we’re all familiar with that’s been around for decades. Over the years we have seen new installments release into the market with 2011 seeing a reboot known simply as Mortal Kombat. Mortal Kombat X however is a sequel to the 2011 reboot though the narrative will take players about twenty-five years later. For the most part, this game lines up with all of the past Mortal Kombat video games where gameplay focuses mostly on one-on-one fighting matches.
Since its release the video game has a number of notable characters from throughout the series such as Jax, Johnny Cage, Kitana, and Raiden. However, post release the developers have launched DLC packs that brought in new characters along with crossovers such as Jason Voorhees, Predator and Alien.
The Wolf Among Us
Based on the Fables comic book series, The Wolf Among Us is another hit from developers Telltale Games. Overall, the game is set within an American town that that features outcasts from your beloved fairy tale stories. Now hiding in the human world, players take on the role of Bigby Wolf, once known as the Big Bad Wolf, who must keep the fables in check in order to avoid unwanted attention.
That’s easier said then done when a new string of murders has occurred to various fairy tale characters. Since these chosen few can only be killed by another fairy tale character it seems that this investigation will lead Bigby to meet with past friends in order to learn who is the real murderer.
The Walking Dead
Telltale Games takes real precious care when it comes to their video game releases. Oftentimes they will handle other IPs such as Batman and Game of Thrones though they add their own unique twist to it. This usually results in an adventure narrative that relies heavily on player choices in order to alter the story and the characters within it.
The Walking Dead takes place in the popular comic and AMC TV series universe where you may even see a familiar face. However, predominately, the game is centered around unique characters within The Walking Dead universe.
This first season follows Lee Everett, a man that is on his way to prison until the zombie apocalypse actually ends up freeing him from the law enforcement. Now free in a chaotic world, Lee stumbles upon a young child by the name of Clementine who is all alone. Quickly Lee takes on the role of Clementine’s guardian and protects her from the harsh new realities of the world.
Resident Evil was such a massive title when it first launched back on the original PlayStation console. The game was an instant staple to the survival horror genre that sparked a whole franchise filled with video games, novels to a cinematic film series. But without that first installment the franchise would be nothing. Capcom has taken quite a bit of care towards the Resident Evil franchise, especially its first main installment which has been remastered for the Nintendo GameCube and later touched up again for the latest generation consoles.
This latest version is a massive overhaul in comparison to the original installment. Likewise, its still an iconic game that holds up today and one that we highly recommend playing through. If you’ve never tried out the first Resident Evil game then you’re in for a treat that’s full of puzzles and true survival horror elements. Don’t expect to go into the game guns blazing, instead you’ll need to think of how to proceed through areas while managing your limited inventory stock.
Batman: Arkham Knight
If you’re coming from Batman: Arkham City and looking to get a bit more of the caped crusader then Batman: Arkham Knight is one title not to miss out on. The video game acts as a sequel to the Arkham City release where the game picks up one year following the Arkham City events.
Within the game, Scarecrow had unleashed an attack on Gotham City causing a massive evacuation. Teamed up with a mysterious enemy known as the Arkham Knight, Batman is left within a barren city filled with his greatest foes. Much like Batman: Arkham City, Arkham Knight allows players to freely transverse through the world map and take on additional side missions. Likewise, developers, Rocksteady Studios introduced a new element to the franchise, the Batmobile.
Batman’s famous vehicle is not only used to help our hero to travel throughout the city, but also a means to solve puzzles along with acting as another combat tool.