Since the introduction of the Xbox One X, Microsoft has established a dominant position in the world of consoles. With a quick look at the specs, it’s easy to see that they knocked the ball out of park with this one. Aside from the obvious (and common) graphics and performance enhancements over previous console models, it’s hard to ignore 40% more power than the competition.
Power isn’t the only selling point for Xbox. Gamers, no matter where their loyalty may reside, have long been asking for the ability to play game titles across generations of consoles, thereby avoiding the need to purchase a second, or nth, copy of the same game. So, can you play Xbox 360 games, in addition to the new Xbox One games, on the Xbox One console?
YES! Thanks to backward compatibility, there are over 500 Xbox 360 games listed on the Microsoft Xbox website that can be played on the Xbox One console. This is a major advantage for gamers over the rival Sony PlayStation 4 which sadly does not have this desired and much appreciated function.
This page is designed to share Xbox games, consoles, controllers, accessories and anything we find cool related to Xbox!
Let’s start with games!
Best Rated Video Games
How this page works:
ESRB stands for ‘Entertainment Software Rating Board.’ They’re the ones that put that little ‘E’, ‘E 10+’, ‘T’, or ‘M’ on the video game covers. We’ve categorized the Xbox One games listed below based on those ratings to help you find games faster that are deemed appropriate for ‘Everyone’, ‘Teen’, and ‘Mature’ audiences.
These lists are updated as feedback changes on New Releases, Popularity and Reviews.
Best Rated Video Games: ‘E’ for Everyone
Spyro Reignited Trilogy (Remastered!)
Remastered in HD, this set includes all 3 previously released games. Rated E 10+ due to Spyro’s attitude, roasting his enemies, and some shooting challenges. Go on quests, explore realms, and compete in various types of challenges in the 100+ levels of improved graphics and controls. Adventure awaits with this beloved dragon! If you haven’t experienced Spyro before, this is the way to do it!
Simple gameplay for the younger kids, with a “character design mode” that’s fun for the older kids that allows you to create your own Super Villain to play through the DC Universe. It’s your typical good LEGO entertainment, with good graphics, and the Joker is voiced by Mark Hamill!
ComicsBeat said it’s “the most fan-pleasing comic adaptation experience DC has ever had in games.”
Forza Horizon 4 (Top choice game!)
This is SO much more than racing. Play solo or coop in this season changing world of racing, themes, challenges, and rewards. Go on ‘barn finds‘ to grab an old classic to restore. Collect and drive over 450 different modern and classic models. Repair and customize cars in your garage. Explore beautiful Britain as you take in lakes, valleys, rolling hills and castles through sun, rain and snow. Don’t forget to checkout the Showcase events, where you might find yourself racing a jet or locomotive. Set aside some time when you turn this one on. You progress while you play, and it’s addicting, so expect hours of fun!
Unbelievable graphics and real life gameplay. The “Neighborhood’s” been updated, so whether you play on the court or on the street, you’ll notice new surroundings, new moves, and new features. Career story mode tracks your stats, and may bring you some endorsements. With new dynamic play, you may see the sun go down if you’ve been out on the block playing street ball. If you enjoy basketball, this is a must add to the game collection.
Build your franchise and play your rivals. This long standing best-rated game is back with more content and more challenges. Super realistic motion. Has some mild language and violence, much like watching live NFL games.
Play as the Parr family and use your powers to build structures, complete missions, and defeat the villains. Just as in the movie, you can customize your character using the “Edna” mode. Adventure, explore, and conquer to protect your city!
Best Rated Video Games: ‘T’ for Teen
- More popular NOW than ever before! Fortnite has surely become a phenomenon. The popular combination of shooter gaming and “emoting” has taken over. What is emoting? It’s basically dancing. In this new release, players can enjoy new outfits, tools, weapons, and the new Cold Front Glider. This Edition does include a FREE install of Battle Royale, so if you are just now jumping into the world of Fortnite, you can experience it in all it’s glory with this bundle. It includes 1,000 V-Bucks, which can also be earned, or bought, throughout gameplay and spent to upgrade outfits, tools, weapons, emotes, gliders, etc.
SOULCALIBUR VI (Stunning Graphics!)
- This game has been a popular franchise for years. Play is basically Character building and warrior battles, now in new and improved 3D graphics. Reviews have been mixed, as loading time is apparently slow if not played on the Xbox One X (as packaging states it was specifically enhanced for).
Best Rated Video Games: ‘M’ for Mature
- Explore post-nuclear West Virginia! In this new release, you will see many upgrades from graphics and landscapes to “C.A.M.P.” where you’ll build shelters and supplies that you can (try to) trade with other survivors like yourself. Play alone, if you’re feeling lucky, or with friends, and decide if in the constant threat of nuclear annihilation, will you protect or destroy? Go ahead! Explore, build, and unlock nuclear missiles! Play with fire.
A current #1 BEST SELLER. An epic Wild West tale in which outlaw gangs are being hunted by lawmen. True to any Wild West story, there are horses, trains, robberies and gun fights a plenty. The dynamic play and graphics are absolutely AMAZING. There is a lot of cinematic story that takes place in between “missions” that has resulted in some poor reviews. I LOVE IT! In order to survive, you must hunt, fish, forage and fight. To update your “Compendium”, there are items that need to be collected, including animals, weapons, herbs, cards, letters, and treasure maps. You can get through the missions as fast or slow as you like. I’ve been playing this game since release day, and it is my new favorite game. You could play it over and over and have a different experience each time.
Favorites and Popular Titles
As we update the lists for each rating above, we will keep a list below for popular titles :
- Rocket League – Collector’s Edition – Released 11-1-17 – Rated E
- Rayman Legends – Rated E 10+ (One of the best rated coop games!)
- Overcooked – Released 11-15-16 – Rated E
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – Released 6-29-17 – Rated E 10+
- Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 – Released 2-23-16 – Rated E 10+
- Lego Jurassic Park – Released 6-12-15 – Rated E 10+
- Minecraft – Released 11-18-14 – Rated E 10+
- Minecraft Explorer’s Pack – Released 11-7-17 – Rated E
- Assassin’s Creed: Origins – Released 10-26-17 – Rated M
- Gears of War 4 – Released 10-7-16 – Rated M
- Grand Theft Auto V – Released 2015 – Rated M
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Xbox One Consoles
While you certainly can buy these consoles “a-la-carte,” it is almost always a better deal to go with a bundle. Typically, you’ll end up getting a game for about 50% of what it would cost to purchase separately, and of course, you get a controller, which is kind of a necessity. Here are the two you’ll want to consider:
4K Ultra HD, 3D Spatial Sound, High Dynamic Range, 1 TB Storage, Backward Compatibility, 1080p TV friendly, Xbox Live.
All with 40% more power than any other console!
4K Ultra HD, Spatial Audio, High Dynamic Range, 1 TB Storage, Backward Compatibility, Xbox Live.
All in the small and sleek design of the Xbox One S.
Free Xbox Live
Xbox Live is a service that’s been around for years, and known for allowing users to enjoy gaming online. Now days, Free Xbox Live accounts are used for gaming, T.V., movies, music, sports, entertainment apps and more.
Because Xbox Live is a Microsoft service, when you create or sign in to your Microsoft account on your Xbox, you automatically have access to the basic level, or Free Xbox Live. Just sign in, and you’re connected!
What is Xbox Live Gold?
Xbox Live Gold is the premier account membership which offers the most advanced multiplayer gaming, and gives players access to free and discounted games. Currently priced at $9.99/month or $59.99/yr, you can take advantage of exclusive deals, demos, previews, and “Gold sharing.” With Gold sharing, you can share your membership with anyone who logs in on your console.
For more information on a Free Xbox Live, or an Xbox Live Gold account click here to be redirected to the Xbox Support page.
Xbox Game Pass
Xbox Game Pass is subscription access to a library of Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible games available for play on Xbox One. Currently storing over 100 games, the library provides unlimited access to play and downloads for $9.99/month (no contract, cancel anytime). The library is updated monthly. You can access and purchase the subscription directly through your Xbox One console, or on the official Xbox website.
Controllers for Xbox One
Here’s something that most players don’t give much thought. You take whatever controller you get when you buy your console bundle, and often times pick up the same one when you want an additional controller. But, there are other options!
You can buy “custom” controllers from retailers that may include a certain specified modification, be that style or performance.
OR, what some gamers are a big fan of are 100% custom-built modded controllers. You can have these made to order by a company that helps you design your own one-of-a-kind controller. To learn more about these, you can read this article: Modded Xbox One Controller. (And they’re not just for Xbox!) Check it out!
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This comes with a charging station, AC Adapter, and 2 rechargeable battery packs.
Boasts up to 35 hrs of play time on a full charge. (Some customers have reviewed up to 40 hrs of play time!)
Time to charge is about 2 hrs. Simply place controller(s) on the charging station, verify that the red LED lights are lit, and when the controllers are ready the lights will turn green.
- Both Xbox Standard and Elite controllers are compatible!
This headset stays a step ahead of the rest in design, technology, and comfort.
Highly rated for use with all platforms, this comes with 5 different connectors.
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