Xbox One review

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Yes the Xbox One is big and powerful, but what can I play on it? A legitimate question, if there ever was one. While the Xbox One is still building up its library, and value concious gamers would do well wait for some discounted Platinum Hits to emerge, early adopters will find enough to scratch their next-gen itch.

For a comprehensive rundown of the best Xbox One currently has to offer, we've created a full separate article called – as you might expect – The Best Xbox One Games. Too lazy to click the link? Here's a handful of the best games available on the system today:


This is the Xbox One's Halo, the game meant to sell systems and get people playing and paying on Xbox Live. It's multiplayer only, so don't pick it up unless you want to in online. If you do though, you won't be disappointed. It's a fast-paced, dynamic showdown of man versus machine versus man inside of a machine.

From GamesRadar's review:

"Titanfall blends familiar concepts with innovative ideas in remarkable ways, leading to a nearly nonstop supply of awesome moments. But for as fun as it is, you'll likely find yourself wishing Respawn was more ambitious when it comes to game modes, since there's a good chance you've captured enough flags for one lifetime."

Forza Horizon 2

Let's face it, Gran Turismo is asleep at the wheel and the only way to put the pedal to the metal is on Xbox One. Forza Horizon 2 is the latest from Turn 10 and Playground Games that allows you to tune to your heart's content or, if that's not you thing, hop into a totally tuned ride and get down and dirty in rally races at the tap of a button.

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From GamesRadar's review:

"The Forza series is a tale of two different racing games. On the one hand, you have Forza Motorsport, the serious and sterile racing simulator. On the other, you have its Ecstasy-gobbling, Burning Man-attending hip racing cousin Forza Horizon. Apparently, Motorsport convinced Horizon to share some of its drugs, and the two have joined forces to give us Forza Horizon 2: a sprawling open-world racer that can be as arcadey or as sim-y as you want it to be, and is an excellent addition to the series."

Sunset Overdrive

Sunset Overdrive's developer, Insomniac, has been around for a very long time. They're the ones who gave us Spyro, Ratchet & Clank and, more recently, Resistance: Fall of Man on the PS3. Now they've turning to Microsoft's new system for their next project, a combination of raucous punk music and eye-popping color palettes set in what can only be described as a post-apocalyptic playground.

From GamesRadar's review:

"Sunset Overdrive is an exciting, self-confident thrill ride with strengths that easily make up for its weaknesses. Insomniac has proven that it can craft some of the most thrilling open-world acrobatics in gaming, and the upbeat, punk rock attitude dulls the pain of the so-so gunplay and dopey real-world references. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to get back to grinding on street lights and wall-running around skyscrapers."

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection offers all the value of one of those four-in-one PC games but is, you know, actually fun to play. The Master Chief Collection combines Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 and houses them in a completely HD-ified package. You'll get access to every Halo map ever made, too, if you'd rather frag your friends than relive one of the greatest videogame trilogies of our time.

From GamesRadar's review:

"Effectively a Halo jukebox, the MCC's aim is to give you the Halo you want, customised to your own tastes, however and whenever you want it. Whatever your interpretation of, and preferences within, the series, this is your tool for realising them on a whim. A build-your-own-Halo kit of immense value to learned series enthusiast and eager-to-learn newbie alike."


Calling Destiny ambitious is a disservice to the game. It's an ambient world (er, galaxy) that operates in real time. It combines single- and multiplayer into a single campaign, seamlessly transitioning between the two. It's from the team that made Halo, so while Destiny may not have the iconic face of Master Chief plastered on the box, it will have the same creative minds doing what they do best: sci-fi.

From GamesRadar's Destiny preview:

"Bungie had a lot to do with what the first person shooter has become today. Now that the developer's time with the landmark Halo series is over, the developer is setting out with a brand new IP. With the company's next project--an open, shared-world shooter called Destiny--it looks like the creators of Master Chief are aiming to change the face of the shooter once again."

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Advanced Warfare may be the biggest change for the franchise since the seminal launch of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Multiplayer is fast and fierce thanks to the addition of the Exo suit, and the single-player campaign resonates with everyone scared of another international meltdown. Call of Duty has had its foibles, but Advanced Warfare isn't one of them.

From GamesRadar's review:

"Franchise fatigue be damned. Sometimes a game comes into a series and does things a little bit differently. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare aims to change the formula for the better with a new setting and futuristic tech, and it succeeds with several game-changing features."

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

AC IV: Black Flag is a funny thing. It's both a return to form for the series, and bit of a hard left into full-on pirate mode. Do all the classic Assassin's Creed bits, leaping from above onto unsuspecting prey, then hop aboard your frigate and broadside an enemy ship with a volley of cannon fire. AC IV might be the best AC game, but it's definitely the pirate game ever made.

Note: the above video was crafted from footage of the PS4 version of the game, which looks slightly better. AC IV still looks spectacular on the Xbox One though, trust me, I've played them both.

From GamesRadar's review:

"An ambitious start for Assassin's Creed on next-gen. The vibrant Caribbean world and bloody piracy shine brightest, while the only sour notes come from contrived series story beats and repetitive missions--both need rethinking for AC5."


Nick Pino is the senior home entertainment editor at TechRadar and covers TVs, headphones, speakers, video games, VR and streaming devices. He also occasionally writes about Pokemon when no one is watching.