Ranking The All Time Best Xbox One Console Exclusives

It’s no secret that we’re starting to get towards the end of the line for the Xbox One platform. Microsoft have spoken of their development of the next generation console but that doesn’t mean there’s not a few good years left of Xbox One receiving the latest video game titles. Now is a perfect time to jump onto the console if you have yet to do so in order to gather its exclusive video game titles. Some of the past video game releases are available at heavily discounted prices and we selected out fifteen of the very best exclusives available on the platform.

Before we start to get comments on it, we do understand that some of the video game titles are available on the PC platform. We’re looking at providing some of the better exclusives available on the Xbox One platform that is not available on the PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch counterparts. Likewise, things can change and some titles may eventually release on other platforms so as a result this list will continued to be monitored in the future. We’ll make note of when the article was updated above in which to indicate that a video game was either removed or added down below.

Without further ado, here are our picks of the very best and must-have Xbox One exclusives you need to have in your collection.


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#15 Sea of Thieves
  • Developer: Rare
  • Publisher: Microsoft

Sea of Thieves is an action-adventure title that is centered around pirates. Players will take to the open seas with their cooperative crew as they search for hidden treasure and taking out other pirate crews that show up along the way. This is an MMO game where players will consistently run into each other throughout their various adventures. Combat will take place both in ships and on land as well, giving players the full pirate experience.

Players will also be able to attend safe-zones where they can trade, hire on new crew or even dabble into the black market goods.

#14 Killer Instinct
  • Developer: Double Helix Games, Iron Galaxy Studios, Rare, Microsoft Studios
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Killer Instinct is a classic fighting title that has been around for decades. The video game got a new resurgence back in 2013 where it was announced that a new free-to-play title would be heading to the Microsoft Xbox One.

While the game launched more than five years ago, there is new seasons that helped keep the game fresh over the years with even a retail version of title launching in 2014. This reboot of the Killer Instinct franchise brought back classic fighters from the past installments along with brand new characters.

However, this is still a traditional combo-based fighting which is perfect for fans of other popular fighting-based video game franchises.

#13 Quantum Break
  • Developer: Remedy Entertainment
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Quantum Break by development team Remedy Entertainment is part third-person shooter and part live-action series. The story of Quantum Break revolves around a fictional university within the United States. After a time travel experiment goes awry three present witnesses become stricken with time manipulating abilities.

For instance, our main protagonist, Jack Joyce, has the unique ability to stop time while Quantum Break’s antagonist Paul Serene holds the ability to see into the future allowing him to decide on present day choices.

Players find themselves being hunted down by a corporation founded by Paul Serene but in order for players to get the full story and background of what is going on within Quantum Break, they’ll have to turn towards the live-action series. A total of four episodes, running less than thirty minutes long, will showcase more information of what is going on within the story while also allowing players to manipulate how the narrative continues. At the end of each episode, viewers will be able to select a choice, one that will affect how the live action series continues along with the game.

#12 Halo Wars 2
  • Developer: 343 Industries, Creative Assembly
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios

The sequel to Halo Wars, Halo War 2 released back in 2017. With this installment of the Halo franchise, Halo Wars 2 takes place nearly thirty years after the events of Halo Wars and shortly after the events of Halo 5: Guardians. With the Spirit of Fire declared lost with all hands, the crew emerges from their cryosleep at the Ark. It’s here that the crew runs into a new Alien faction known as the Banished, a group that broke away from the Covenant after their demise. This is a real-time strategy title as well which means you’re navigating units around a field and focusing more on plotting your moves rather than going guns blazing like the other main installments to the Halo franchise.

#11 Ashen
  • Developer: A44
  • Publisher: Annapurna Interactive

Ashen is an action RPG that tells the story of a world that lost most of the sun. Players are taking on the role of a character that is seeking a home and establishing what was once lost after darkness devoured the world. In a lot of ways, the video game takes cues from the popular Dark Souls franchise with attacks being more precise and timing out your dodge rolls in order to avoid a devastating blow. However, there are some differences, of course, the obvious being the aesthetic with Ashen being a bit more colorful rather than forcing players to endure more of a bleak world like the Souls series tends to provide gamers. Likewise, Ashen  launched towards the end of 2018 and while it did get plenty of marketing online we’re hoping that the title didn’t fly too under the radar as it’s definitely worth checking out if you haven’t done so already.