The Elder Scrolls has become one of the most prominent RPG series around, and it made its console debut on Xbox with Morrowind. The third Elder Scrolls game really upped the ante by giving players an absolutely massive world to explore, as well as huge amounts of character customization. Morrowind, followed by Oblivion, really helped define the open world genre, and it’d be great to see it return again on Xbox One.
Fable was one of Microsoft’s staple series on both Xbox and Xbox 360, and the first title still remains the best to many fans. Fable gave us an expansive fantasy world, where choices were reflected in the world and through your character’s morality. Even better, the expanded version known as The Lost Chapters added on an entirely new epilogue section to the game. This is one classic that everyone should get their hands on again.
Grand Theft Auto needs no introductions, and San Andreas easily remains one of the greatest games of all time. The open-endedness of San Andreas is its biggest strength, giving players true freedom to explore a massive city, while experience some top notch storytelling and voice acting. With the ever-rising popularity of GTA, San Andreas is a given.
The Ninja Gaiden series is renowned for its extreme difficulty, and the first reboot of the series on Xbox certainly fits that bill. You take the role of master ninja Ryu Hayabusa, facing down hordes of demons, enemy ninja, and more in a fast-paced, extreme combat system. It’s challenging, but still one of the best character action games around.
Panzer Dragoon Orta is definitely different from anything else you’ll play, a fast-paced rail shooter with an engaging storyline, memorable soundtrack, and high level of difficulty. It’s a short experience but it’s certainly one you won’t forget, and is a great traditional shooting title.
Double Fine is known for making quirky and charming titles, and Psychonauts stands squarely at the top of that list. You play as Raz, a young Psychonaut in training who’s sent to a top secret government training facility. There’s some truly hilarious moments in the game, and plenty of platforming and collecting for fans of the genre.
Star Wars Battlefront was one of the most unique video games to ever come out of the series, and the sequel only made things even better. Bigger battles, space and ship combat, a full-fledged campaign, and playable heroes are just a few of the numerous improvements made. It’s still an essential multiplayer title, and one of the best Star Wars games ever.
Chaos Theory is considered by many to be the best title in the Splinter Cell series, and for good reason. The Splinter Cell formula had been tweaked to an almost perfect balance of storytelling and stealth gameplay. Chaos Theory was had tighter gameplay, better presentation, and much more making it a peak for Splinter Cell.
Fuzion Frenzy is an entirely unique game on the Xbox. At its core, the game is a compilation of 45 different mini-games, ala Mario Party. Players make their way through zones, encountering different mini-games along the way. Of course it’s plenty of fun to play with AI opponents or with your friends as well.